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GAO Blows The Whistle - Again

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Washimgton Examiner -- March 26, 2015  
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spent millions on field radios that don't work
    Despite the Department of Homeland Security's $945 million investment in radios for its border patrol agents, spotty coverage and inadequate training still hinders the agency's attempts to secure the southwestern border.
    Some agents even told congressional investigators that radio communications worsened after DHS updated the system, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
    Other border patrol agents reported experiencing "communications bleed" with the new radios, which happens when outsiders are able to listen in on conversations.
    After building additional towers and installing new radios in Yuma, Tucson, the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso, DHS realized that approach was too expensive and time-consuming and instead focused on converting its analog systems to digital in five remaining sectors of the southwestern border that stretches from Texas west to California.[...]
    Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., noted in a hearing Tuesday that Customs and Border Patrol has more than doubled in size since 2003.
    "We have constructed more than 600 miles of new fencing, and deployed sophisticated cameras, sensors, and radars across much of our border with Mexico," Carper said. "Today, we are deploying drones and aerostats high in the sky, as well as fixed and mobile observation towers, providing situational awareness for our agents on the ground."
    Border Patrol drones have drained $360 million from the Homeland Security budget while meeting few surveillance expectations, the Washington Examiner reported in January.

Avoiding Accountability - Ignoring the GAO
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
    In its report on the radios, the Government Accountability Office says:
“CBP has not established an ongoing performance monitoring plan to determine whether the systems are working as intended.”
    In 2006, I criticized the planned Boeing virtual fence - “Nowhere does SBI spell out a goal that can be measured.”
    The one common theme that runs throughout DHS technical failures is the lack of accountability. This is not by accident. The clever liberals who run the DHS know that if you can't measure it, you can't improve it --- so they avoid measurement - and accountability --- at every step.
    The GAO has issued many reports on the failure of DHS to avoid accountability, but the Congress doesn't seem to listen.

March 27, 2015

Breitbart         
Calif. Rep. Cardenas Tells Illegals: 'I Represent All of You' in Congress
U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has been traveling the country on an “Immigration Action National Tour,” gathering foreign nationals illegally present in the United States, organizing them to rally for comprehensive immigration reform, and guiding them in applying for legal status under President Obama's executive amnesty plans–DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)......

Breitbart         
Walker Flips on 'No Amnesty' in Private with GOP 
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may be on the verge of burning himself down before he actually gets started, given what is now becoming something of a circus regarding his actual stance on immigration. -- According to this new Wall Street Journal report, it's quite possible a supporter of Jeb Bush, or another candidate went to the media regarding Walker's recent comments at a private GOP dinner, it doesn't matter......

Twin Cities Daily Planet        
Backers push for vote on driver's licenses for illegals 
Maria Negreros says she risks breaking the law each day to drive her children to preschool. -- Jovita Morales told lawmakers that in August 2007 it took hours to reach her two children who had been inside a bus that fell along with the Interstate 35W bridge into the Mississippi River......

Breitbart         
Report Reveals Harry Reid Pressured DHS to Expedite Visas for Casino Investors Connected to Son Rory 
Details in this week's Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's report reveal only part of the story behind Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) abuse of his political office in 2012 and 2013. Through a brazen intervention, Reid ultimately forced the Department of Homeland Security to bend to his will in a way that benefited his political allies and family......

Breitbart         
Mo Brooks: Ted Cruz Could Be as Great as Ronald Reagan 
In an interview with host Cliff Sims earlier this week on “Yellowhammer Radio” on 101.1, WYDE in Birmingham, AL, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) sung his praises for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA earlier this week......

Brendon Bordelon -- National Review      
Luis Gutierrez Forced to Flee Immigration Event by Anti-Amnesty Activists
Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill) was probably expecting a warmer reception to his Spanish-only immigration town hall at the University of Southern California on Saturday. But the lawmaker’s tireless advocacy for President Obama’s unilateral amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants angered some southern California residents so deeply, they decided to crash the congressman’s speech......

March 26, 2015

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. -- Washington Times        
Jeh Johnson's Malfeasance 
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared Monday that “reading the Quran” reminds him of “quintessential American values.” The Muslim Brotherhood-aligned influence operation he addressed was pleased. The rest of us should be alarmed......

Daily Caller         
Obama Guides More Foreign Workers Into US Job Market 
President Barack Obama implemented his announced plan to help more foreign workers get temporary jobs in the U.S. Tuesday, issuing new guidance that will expand the L-1B visa program. -- The memo, combined with Obama's announcement Monday that “hundreds of thousands” of guest workers and their employers could benefit.....

John Miano -- CIS.org       
H-1B Incompetence  
On my last project before law school, we had an H-1B database administrative, Uma. Uma did not know the first thing about databases and struggled to learn through books on the job. Sadly, she had no real computer talent and would never become very good in the field. -- So why was Uma on the project? -- The company put in place a policy of only allowing contract workers from H-1B bodyshops to save them about $10 an hour......

Washington Times         
Top DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas accused of meddling with immigration 
A top Obama administration official caved to political pressure to approve immigration applications from well-connected wealthy foreigners, ignoring warnings from career officers who said the investor visas should be denied, an inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday....

CIS.org       
ICE Gang Arrests Fact Sheet -- Operation Community Shield 2013 
Immigrant and transnational gangs represent a unique public safety threat to American communities, due to their unusually violent nature and their involvement in cross-border crimes such as drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, extortion and kidnapping. Immigration enforcement has played a key role in disrupting and dismantling certain gangs that have non-citizen, and especially illegal alien, members......

March 25, 2015

Breitbart         
Writing on the Wall: McCain Begs for Donations Before Any Challengers Enter Race 
U.S. Senator John McCain is asking for funds as the strong threat of a Republican primary challenger looms heading into 2016. Tuesday afternoon he made a hard push for contributor cash to Friends of John McCain email subscribers. -- McCain's appeal letter opens by thanking supporters, and acknowledges his 2016 campaign would face a “unique set of challenges.”.....

Washington Times        
Chris Christie attacks Obama over deportation amnesty 
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been difficult to pin down on immigration, finally took a firm stand this week against President Obama's deportation amnesty, filing court papers arguing the president's action was illegal. -- Mr. Christie joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard in asking an appeals court Monday to uphold a lower court's injunction and keep Mr. Obama's amnesty from taking effect......

Breitbart         
It Begins: 'New Yorker' Describes Hispanic Cruz as 'Uppity' 
Apparently it is again okay to use the pejorative “uppity” against Americans who are members of a racial minority group. Ted Cruz is a historic Senator and presidential candidate, the first Cuban-American to join either club, and for that reason (and his unapologetic conservatism) the media is out for blood. The New Yorker went so far as to describe Cruz with the racial pejorative “uppity.”.....

Warren Mass -- The New American         
Texas Group Supports Local Cooperation in Enforcing Immigration Laws
Members of the Houston-based Remembrance Project, which was formed to bring comfort to families of Americans killed by people in the United States illegally, recently traveled to the state capitol in Austin to support the passage of SB 185, a bill to prohibit cities from implementing policies that would interfere with local police enforcement of state or federal immigration laws......

HGHN.com        
Judicial Watch: Feds Released 166,000 Criminal Illegals In U.S. 
Close to 166,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records were released by the federal government into the U.S., according to documents obtained by a conservative foundation and revealed Monday. -- As of 2014, the Department of Homeland Security released the immigrants- with convictions for rapes, murders, aggravated assaults and other crimes --- on the condition they leave the U.S., according to DHS documents obtained by Judicial Watch......

Breitbart         
NYT: 'Jealous,' 'Hoarding' Americans Should Let in 11 Million Immigrants -- Annually 
The United States should absorb as many as 11 million immigrants each year into its economy, NPR “Planet Money” founder Adam Davidson writes in The New York Times Magazine. -- “Few of us are calling for the thing that basic economic analysis shows would benefit nearly all of us: radically open borders,” he writes......

Breitbart         
Deportations Down 40% In Past 5 Months 
Deportations have declined significantly in the first five months of this fiscal year compared to years past, according to data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). -- The rate of deportations from October to March was down 43 percent from what it was three years before, as the Obama administration has altered its enforcement priorities to target illegal immigrants who it says have committed serious crimes......

Texas Tribune         
Greg Abbott, Scott Walker to Tour Texas-Mexico Border 
Likely 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker is headed to the Texas-Mexico border on Friday, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be there to show him the ropes. -- Walker's trip is part of a swing through Texas that will take the Wisconsin governor to Houston on Saturday......

March 24, 2015

Warren Mass -- The New American        
Ted Cruz Criticized by Two Pro-Amnesty Hispanic Groups 
Senator Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Liberty University in Virginia on March 23, has been criticized by Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, co-directors of the radical, pro-amnesty Dream Action Coalition. -- A statement issued by Vargas and Andiola posted on the Dream Action Coalition website on Monday read: The only policy Latinos hear from Ted Cruz is that he wants to end DACA for Dreamers.....

Breitbart         
Report: Border Surge Still 'In Progress,' WH Policies to Blame 
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan said that new numbers show the “surge” of illegal immigrant minors crossing into the US is “still in progress” and that the president's policies are to blame on Tuesday's “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. -- Vaughan reacted to a report in the Washington Examiner that over 12,000 illegal immigrants under the age of 18 have crossed.....

KLTV -- Tyler        
Kilgore man indicted on multiple counts of child sex assault, indecency
Upshur County, Texas -- A Kilgore man has been indicted on multiple counts of child sexual assault and indecency. -- Gilberto Hernandez Garcia, 32, was indicted Tuesday one two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. -- Garcia was arrested Feb. 4 by Upshur County Sheriff's Office officials and is being held in the Upshur County jail. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency also issued a detainer request for Garcia......

Breitbart         
Report: Exec. Amnesty May 'Tarnish' Loretta Lynch Even if She's Confirmed 
President Barack Obama's executive amnesty may tarnish Loretta Lynch --- even if the Senate confirms her nomination --- and make it more difficult for her to enact her agenda. -- Democrats need four Republicans to confirm Lynch, and Politico notes that “If Lynch is confirmed with a Senate vote that barely gets her over the finish line --- or with Vice President Joe Biden casting the tie-breaking vote, a scenario that isn't out of the question....".

Phyllis Schlafly -- Investors.com       
The Many Costs of Obama's Amnesty 
Seeing as the costs will come due only after President Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn't care how high those costs are. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country's foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation......

Paul Bedard -- Washington Times      
12,509 illegal kids already over border in second wave, just 1 in 6 returned
xThe next explosion of illegal teen border crossing is in full swing, but just one-in-six are being sent home, with most of the rest settled in the United States, according to new government figures. -- The U.S. Border Patrol agency reported that they have seized 12,509 illegals under age 18 since October, making it the second biggest surge in history after last year's unprecedented movement of unaccompanied youths across the nation's southern border......

Ronald W. Mortensen -- CIS.org        
Rubio Prepares to Sacrifice Middle-Class Jobs for Presidency 
Marco Rubio just can't seem to stay away from gangs, or to tell the truth about gang-sponsored legislation. -- Rubio broke onto the national immigration scene as a member of the infamous Senate "Gang of Eight", which drafted a "comprehensive" amnesty bill. He peddled the Gang's bill to conservatives by hiding the fact that it granted illegal aliens immediate legal status, a path to citizenship, and total amnesty from employment-related felonies......

Charlotte Observer        
Charlotte considers IDs for illegals 
Creating a new municipal ID for undocumented immigrants has some support on the Charlotte City Council, though there are some unanswered questions, including how the city would pay for it in a difficult budget year. -- The city's Immigrant Integration Task Force made a number of recommendations to council members Monday, including the ID, which supporters say would help immigrants handle day-to-day tasks......

Josh Blackman -- National Review         
Obama: Giving Immigrants Work Permits Is "Vital for National Security" 
....This Rube Goldbergesque contortion of logic, premised on a “complete abdication” of the law, is the best defense the Justice Department can muster for why this policy should go into effect immediately. If you believe that this was the real reason behind DAPA --- and not a scheme to implement an immigration policy that Congress expressly rejected --- then I have a bridge to sell you. While Congress generally has broad latitude in choosing the means to accomplish legitimate policy goals, the executive, when acting unilaterally to disregard the law, should not receive such deference. This national-security smokescreen should be rejected by the courts......

Breitbart         
Rep. Gutierrez Preps Illegals for 'Dream Act' on Cross-Country Tour 
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) isn't letting a judge's orders keep him from a cross-country tour that landed in Los Angeles this weekend, counseling illegal aliens on how to apply for Obama's executive actions on immigration --- DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) --- and to stay in the country with newly minted legal status......

Breitbart         
Cruz: 'We Need to Reassemble the Reagan Coalition' to Win in 2016 
n an exclusive interview with Breitbart News right after his presidential campaign announcement speech here at Liberty University, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that in order to win in 2016, he plans to “reassemble” the coalition that propelled Ronald Reagan to victory in 1980. -- “I believe 2016 is going to be an election like 1980 and I agree with Ronald Reagan that the way we win is to paint with bold colors not with pale pastels,” Cruz told Breitbart News.....

Breitbart         
Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon: Glenn Beck is Right in His Bill of Indictment of the GOP 
Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon says Glenn Beck is correct in his bill of particulars indicting the GOP. -- Bannon spoke on Sirius XM's “Breitbart News Sunday” radio program, during his interview of Breitbart contributor Michael Patrick Leahy. Leahy wrote an article Sunday which showed most conservatives support Glenn Beck's recent counter attack on Karl Rove and the Republican establishment......

The Blaze        
Is the Obama administration protecting criminal aliens from deportation? Republicans demand answers 
Republicans in the House and Senate are demanding more details about the more than 2,000 criminal aliens that were arrested earlier this month, including how many of them have asked the Obama administration for --- and how many might still receive --- protection from deportation. -- GOP members are asking more questions after it was reported last week that of the 2,059 criminal aliens who were arrested as part of a nation-wide sweep called Operation Cross Check.....

March 23, 2015

Washington Times Editorial         
Immigration out of control 
Statistics can be a cure for insomnia, but sometimes they can deliver the jolt of a thunderclap. Here's a thunderclap with a number on it: 165,527. That's the number of illegals in the United States who have been convicted of a crime and were turned loose by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security......

Fox News Latino        
"Latino groups" reject Cruz's candidacy saying he's "anti-immigrant" 
Two Latino groups on Monday rejected the presidential candidacy of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, saying that he could alienate Hispanics from that party even more given his "anti-immigrant" stance and his rejection of President Barack Obama's executive action measures on behalf of undocumented immigrants [read: illegal aliens]......

My Fox Houston        
Hispanic activists organizing In support of tougher immigration laws 
Pedro Rivera is 53 years old, Hispanic, and a retired military man. He's also part of a growing number of Hispanic Texans pushing for stronger immigration enforcement, including the passage of SB 185, which would stop cities from implementing policies banning local cops from asking immigration-related questions......

Edmond Sun       
Inhofe says "catch and release" policy must change 
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe issued a statement of concern that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released back to the United States 30,558 immigrants with criminal records. -- “It is time the Obama Administration addresses a dangerous immigration loophole that is allowing criminal aliens to be released back into the United States when their country of origin rejects a deportation request,” Inhofe said......

Capt. William E. Simpson -- Western Journalism         
H-1B Immigration Battle: Ignorance Has A Severe Penalty 
The Senate Judiciary Committee has recently been conducting hearings into Obama's lawless immigration reform and amnesty. And low and behold, the American technology workers (‘techies') who thought it would be cool to elect a slick street-activist to the presidency are now whining because now, they're losing their jobs to immigrant workers who will do the same hi-tech work for less money! If you want to really understand why this is happening, you simply need to follow the money since it always leads to who is benefiting the most......

Joel Gehrke -- National Review        
Homeland Security Chair: ISIS Terrorists Are 'Here in the United States'
ISIS terrorists are “here in the United States,” according to House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas), who believes it “would not be so difficult” for them to stage an attack. “Well, we have the foreign fighters. There are about 30,000 of them, 5,000 with Western passports. According to the DNI, Clapper, 180 have returned or gone to the region......

Breitbart         
Rush: Cruz Speech 'Really Resonated With Me,' 'Great Start' 
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh stated that Ted Cruz's presidential announcement speech “really resonated with me,” predicted “this is going to resonate with people when they hear it,” and declared Cruz's speech “a great, great start” on Monday. -- Limbaugh said that Cruz's statement, “imagine it's 1775 and you and I were sitting there in Richmond, listening to Patrick Henry say ‘give me liberty, or give me death,' imagine it's 1776.....

Breitbart         
Watch: Ted Cruz Launches Campaign at Christian University 
Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced his 2016 presidential bid at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. -- Vowing to “re-ignite the promise of America,” Cruz said, “God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe god isn't done with America yet. I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States. It is a time for truth. It is a time for liberty......

L. Todd Wood -- Western Journalism       
Unbelievable -- Police Hiring Immigrants With Obama Work Permits As Officers 
How would you like it if you were pulled over and you found out the police officer who gave you the ticket wasn't even a U.S. citizen? -- Now let's take this a step further: what if you found out that the officer until recently was an illegal alien but was given a work permit by President Obama via his illegal executive amnesty? -- Whoa!.....

Judicial Watch        
Sen. Durbin Used Race to Block "Especially Dangerous" Latino Judicial Nominee 
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has a lot of nerve to accuse Republicans of racism for delaying President Obama's nominee for Attorney General considering he's the only sitting senator who actually opposed a candidate specifically because of race. In fact, the veteran lawmaker referred to the judicial nominee as “especially dangerous” for, among other things, being “Latino.”.....

Washington Times        
Hispanics demand more Latinos on Sunday political talk shows 
Hispanic groups are accusing the major broadcast networks of discrimination in the Sunday political talk shows, arguing in a letter Monday that the programs don't include enough Latino guests nor give enough attention to Hispanics' issues. -- Using a report by Media Matters, a press watchdog that generally defends Democratic politicians, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) said just 7 percent of guests on Sunday political talk shows were Hispanic......

Pedro Gonzales -- American Thinker        
Jeb Bush's immigration 'act of love' 
Remember when Jeb Bush said illegal immigration is an "act of love"? At the time I heard it, I thought it was odd. You could say that immigrants are coming here in search of jobs, or a better life, even thought they are breaking the law in doing so (which doesn't justify their actions, but it explains motivations). But instead, Jeb chose the odd phrase "an act of love.".....

John Miano -- CIS.org        
Senate: No Consensus on Protecting American Workers 
I testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers. It was a great honor to be invited. However, participating in an event like this highlights the growing isolation between Washington and the rest of America. -- At one time there was a consensus that American citizens should come first under our immigration laws. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that preserving jobs for American workers is a primary purpose of our immigration laws; see, for instance Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292, 334 (1993)......

Allan Wall -- VDare.com       
Memo From Middle America: The Coming Black-Hispanic Crack-Up 
The Main Stream Media is eagerly looking forward to the day when white people will be a minority and we'll enjoy an egalitarian utopia. But the truth is that there will be more racial conflict, not less, after the hated white majority is dispossessed. And some of the best evidence for this can be found in the comment sections of Spanish-language news......

Ian Smith -- National Review        
Dems: Let's Trust Illegal Aliens to Follow the Law on Voting 
A major voting-law case that the Supreme Court looks likely to take next term, Kobach v. Election Assistance Commission, sets out a dispute between states and the federal government over whether Kansas can require inclusion of a proof-of-citizenship requirement on the National Mail Voter Registration Form. As the name suggests, this form is a single document that can be used nationwide to register to vote, with varying instructions for each state; the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is a federal agency whose responsibilities include creating and administering this form......

Breitbart         
Cruz Strikes Back Against Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown 
On Breitbart News Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) as a global warming “alarmist” who does not want to confront scientific data that undercuts his preferred narrative. -- Brown had earlier declared that Cruz was “unfit” to run for office for not blindly accepting the theory of global warming as an undisputed fact......

Breitbart         
Ted Cruz: 'Courageous Conservatives' Can 'Reignite the Promise of America' 
On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is expected to be the first candidate to formally enter the 2016 campaign on Monday at Liberty University, called on “courageous conservatives” to help take back the country from elites who place their faith in government instead of the American people......

Washington Times        
Obama dealt series of setbacks on immigration, takes fire from all sides
President Obama's immigration policies suffered a rough week, faltering in the courts, taking fire on Capitol Hill, angering his political base and even having his own deportation chief undercut his message as he struggles to find a middle-ground path to overhaul the nation's immigration system......

NVO News         
Obama executive order, E-Verify option and judge's threat of action 
Immigration reform is increasingly getting complicated in the US. While millions of people thought that they were going to benefit from Obama's executive order that bypassed Republican dominated Senate and the Congress, the dream seems to have been shattered. -- Not just Republicans approached the court against the executive order, the judge suspended Obama executive order temporarily.....



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