Investment Watch Blog
A Boston TV station has discovered that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been flying planeloads of illegal immigrants to Massachusetts over the past couple of weeks.
ICE officials confirmed to Fox 25 on Friday that at least six commercial, agency-owned charter flights have transported detainees to the Boston area. The agency told the station that moving detainees from the southern borders to other areas of the country is routine.
“There are a number of concerns,” said Jessica Vaughn spokesperson for the Center for Immigration Studies, adding that the crisis at the border is distracting U.S. agencies from their regular mission to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.
Recent reports found that in May, ICE released 36,000 immigrants with criminal convictions into communities for a number of reasons, Vaughn said.
Tea Party Command Center
Yesterday, there were two separate call outs on the internet indicating that the militia members were needed on the Texas border. One call out indicated the militia members should stand by for orders.
Rick Light on FaceBook:
I will be busy this morning because I will be in a meeting with our Local Judge and Sheriff about the Border issue here in Texas.. I ask all Texas Militia personnel to standby.. Lets do this as the Professionals we are.. I will update ASAP..
Mr. Light, a credible militia source, is now posting that Governor Perry has indicated interest in using the militias in tangent with the law enforcement border surge that he announced yesterday.
Update.. RE: Border Op’s for the Texas Militias.
I was just informed that the Governor is interested in using the citizens Militias of Texas in this issue. We need a SOP written up and given to the Governors office for a eyes and ears OP along with Detainee OP’s that is coordinated with the Local and State Law enforcement. So I call on our Texas Commanders to step up and help with the write up.. Time for a phone convention ASAP.. Please get the word out.. I am asking for the Stand down order to be respected until the SOP is approved by the Governor of Texas. I call on The Texas State Militia, and other Texas Militias to assist in the effort.
If this operation moves forward, militias in other states are offering their support deeming this a national issue as opposed to just a Texas problem as indicated by Chad Neal-Ok D.F.,
I can’t speak for all of the Oklahoma Defense Force Militia command but Rick Light as the 1stSgt in the OKDF myself stand with you and seeing how this is a national issue we all need to stand together. If you need additional help I’ll be more than happy to talk to the rest of the group.
AZ Ranger notes that since national security is at stake there may need to be militia support in Nogales Arizona. Further, he cautions that proper protocol needs to be followed:
historically the militia has had authority only to operate within its specified AO, and commanders have always respected that. The only time those things change, is when a militia is responding to a specific request. So, if TX wants other militia organizations to participate. The TX Militia’s leadership should be the people to issue the call, and set the policies of integration and hierarchy once an outside unit arrives on site. Also, that policy can be a lot different for individuals who are not operating as a specific unit. This is an easy fix, and I agree that if TX allows, militias from across the country should show up and contribute to the defense of our borders. I think that Nogales, AZ POE is going to be the next mess to deal with.
Aaron Christopher Combs doesn’t believe that this is an operation that the Governor is currently contemplating.
While i am not calling anyone a liar, but i just got off the phone with austin at the GOV office, Dewhurst and abbott all three have said that NO one has contacted them and they have not contacted any militias about using them. They told me personally that if anything like this were to happen they would not use the militias to write the OP and that it would be a public announcement at a press conf…. this is what i am being told. PERSONALLY by these peoples offices.
Audie Twiford points out that the militias are not vigilantes and that they do need to be called out by the Governor.
It is not the duty of a militia to become a force of vigilantes, it is the duty to prepare and make ready to become organized at the call of our Governor and support him at a state level to be directed by him and the State of Texas in the time of need. Texas didnt get where its at today by being careless and unorganized, the militia has protocols to follow like any other organization.
Will Governor Perry make use of this additional manpower to stop the invasion of Texas by illegals? Time will tell.
, NBC News
The Obama administration said Friday it would detain families arriving at the border and announced investments in Central America to stem the flood of unaccompanied children also coming here. Meanwhile Republicans demanded the president deploy the National Guard.
The administration announced the detentions and other steps in coordination with Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Guatemala to meet leaders of the countries from which tens of thousands of children have traveled, many on their own, to reunite with parents or relatives in the U.S.
The president has called the arrivals of the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children a humanitarian situation for the U.S.
About three-fourths of the children came from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and the rest from Mexico, according to Border Patrol data.
The government has had limited facilities for detaining families after it quit using the T. Don Hutto detention center in Texas in 2009 amid outrage over treatment of the children and families in the prison-like setting. The center now only houses women. Some families also are housed in a Pennsylvania facility but its capacity is small.
Immigration courts already have backlogs of cases, extending the time families awaiting deportation hearings are released into the U.S. The new arrivals have exacerbated the demand on courts.
“We are surging our resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children and to handle immigration court hearings,” deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a conference call.
Mayorkas said additional immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys and asylum officers are being assigned to process adults without children who make asylum claims in order to decide whether their claims are credible or they should be promptly removed from the country.
Homeland Security plans to use alternatives to detention such as ankle monitors for adults with children while they go through deportation proceedings, he said.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was on the border Friday in south Texas where the greatest number of children and families have crossed.
The number of children arriving in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector spiked on June 10, hitting 458 after declining for several days from 313 on June 6, according to a DHS document obtained by NBC News.
The previous high for that sector had been more than 300, but less than 350 on about May 23, a previous DHS document obtained by NBC stated.
The combined total for all other sectors on the southwest border was far lower, the highest being 103 on June 14.
By law, most children from Mexico are quickly repatriated, unlike children from non-bordering countries.
House Speaker John Boehner, whose party has blamed lax immigration and border enforcement for the increased illegal immigration, called on President Barack Obama in a letter to immediately deploy the National Guard.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee chairman, called the administration’s plans “nothing but smoke and mirrors.” He accused Obama of weakening asylum laws that the arriving immigrants are gaming and asked what the president would do about families already released.
“He is using deceptive tactics to make it appear he is doing something when he actually isn’t,” Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement. He plans to hold a hearing next week on whether the arrivals are administration made.
The increased detentions are unlikely to sit well with advocates who have argued that many of the children and families are fleeing stepped-up violence in their countries and are refugees.
Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s refugee protection program, lamented the return to detention of families, which she said are more costly.
Acer urged the use of alternatives that she said are more in keeping with American ideals and “our obligation to protect refugees.”
Michelle Brané’s organization, the Women’s Refugee Commission, helped expose problems at Hutto. Babies were kept in prison jumpsuits, families had to use open-air toilets and children were disciplined with threats of being taken from their parents at the for-profit, privately-run facility, she said.
“Plain and simple, family detention is an awful and damaging process. It profoundly and irreversibly affects the physical and mental health of children and breaks down parent-child relationships,” Brané said in a statement.
The administration detailed funding targeted at the Central American countries, including $9.6 million to help with children returned to their countries and a $40 million, five-year program addressing citizen security from gangs. Other measures were spelled out in a White House fact sheet.
Sen. Bob Menendez, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said he welcomed the programs but added the U.S. is “playing catch-up in the midst of a crisis.” He said he planned hearings to consider a wholesale approach with regional governments “similar to how we approached the crisis in Colombia in the ‘90s.”
Menendez and a spokesman for Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., also stated their opposition to detention of families and urged use of alternatives.
By: Dee Lutz
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