The Obama administration’s decision to release some immigrants awaiting deportation back into the community has spawned a furious backlash from Congress, where stunned lawmakers have besieged the Homeland Security Department with questions.
Department officials have described the move as a cost-savings measure required by the budget sequesters, but two years ago one top official testified to Congress that detaining immigrants is usually cheaper than releasing them.
As the questions build, so does pressure on Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, who has not yet answered the requests, signed by dozens of Senate and House members, to detail who exactly has been released, why they were being held in the first place, and who gave final approval.
by Keith Koffler on March 12, 2013, 10:30 am
Somehow, ancient China was able to do what America cannot: seal off its border, and at far greater expense and effort than it would take the United States.
The Great Wall of China has been measured at 13,173 miles, about 6.7 times the size of the fence that would be required to seal the U.S. Mexican border, which is 1,969 miles long.
What’s more, the Great Wall was vastly superior to anything being contemplated by the United States, having been constructed not just to keep foreigners out, but to withstand attack. And some of it was built over hilly terrain far less accessible than the flat desert that separates the United States and Mexico.
Republicans, who insist on sealing the border before considering amnesty for those who have entered the country illegally, are hardly demanding something unprecedented and technologically unachievable.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration has been seeking to minimize the need for border security and inflating the facts about how much of the border has already been sealed.
The American Dream
March 11, 2013
Why does it seem like Barack Obama has been doing everything that he can to sabotage our border security and promote more illegal immigration? The number one responsibility of the president of the United States is to defend our nation, and yet Obama stubbornly refuses to secure our borders. In fact, he has been doing quite a bit to make it even easier for millions more drug runners, gang members and welfare parasites to enter our country illegally. This is utter insanity. Today, the U.S. government makes it exceedingly difficult for law-abiding people to enter this country legally through the “front door”, but meanwhile we leave the “back door” completely wide open. What sense does that make? And now Obama is using the sequester cuts as an excuse to totally gut our border security. 60,000 border agents are going to be forced to take mandatory furloughs and thousands of illegal immigrants are being released from federal detention facilities due to “budget constraints”. Yet Michelle Obama still has enough taxpayer money to have Adele and Beyoncecome out and sing for her 50th birthday celebration, and the Obamas continue to take extravagant vacations that cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars. And most Americans don’t even realize that the U.S. government will still spend more money in 2013 than it did in 2012 even after the sequester cuts are factored in. So the government still has plenty of money to do everything that it needs to do. Obama is just using the sequester cuts as an excuse to gut the programs that he does not like, and that includes border security and immigration enforcement.
The sad truth is that Barack Obama never cared about protecting our borders or enforcing our immigration laws. In fact, he has done basically everything that he can within the constraints of the law to make things even easier for illegal immigrants.
The following are 11 things that the Obama administration is doing to promote more illegal immigration…
#1 The Obama administration is using the sequester cuts as an excuse to cut border security to the bone. CNN is reporting that 60,000 border agents will soon be facing mandatory furloughs…
The U.S. government on Thursday notified 60,000 federal workers responsible for securing borders and facilitating trade that they will face furloughs due to government-wide spending cuts.
Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time.
#2 The Department of Homeland Security says that it will release approximately 10,000 illegal immigrants that are currently being held in detention centers around the nation. The Obama administration says that there is not enough money to hold them any longer. The following is from a recent Fox News article…
The Department of Homeland Security has started releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails in anticipation of automatic budget cuts, in a move one Arizona sheriff called politically motivated — and dangerous.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Tuesday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more than 500 detainees in his county alone over the weekend. A spokesman for Babeu told FoxNews.com that ICE officials have said they plan to release a total of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants.
If you are outraged by this, you are not alone. In fact, the official at the Department of Homeland Security that was in charge of immigration enforcement and removal operations actually resigned because of all this.
#3 The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has implemented a case-by-case review of all deportation cases involving illegal immigrants. Cases involving those that have committed crimes will be prioritized and almost all the rest will be thrown out. In essence, this is a form of “backdoor amnesty” that the Obama administration has put into place without going through Congress. I discussed the details of this “backdoor amnesty” in a previous article…
Government officials have now been given a list of 19 factors to use when deciding whether to use “prosecutorial discretion” in deportation cases.
Essentially, what is going to happen now is that illegal immigrants are going to get to stay in the United States if any of the following apply….
-arrival in the U.S. as a young child
-actively “pursuing an education”
-serving or served in the U.S. military
-spouse of someone in the U.S. military
-18 years old or younger
-pregnant or nursing
-victim of a “serious crime”
-serious disability or health problem
-caring for a family member with a serious disability or health problem
As you can see, these categories are so broad that almost all illegal immigrants will be able to fit into at least one of them.
#4 The Obama administration wants immigrants to know that just because they are getting food stamps that does not mean that it will hurt their chances of becoming United States citizens. The following is from a recent Daily Caller article…
The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.
The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”
In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”
#5 The federal government actually has a website that teaches immigrants how to sign up for welfare programs once they arrive in the United States. On WelcomeToUSA.gov, immigrants are encouraged to sign up for all of the “government benefits” that they are eligible for. Here is an excerpt from that page…
Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs. Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.
Sadly, once immigrants get on welfare they tend to stay on it for a very long time. For example, one study found that 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.
#6 Barack Obama sees the upcoming “immigration reform” bill being pushed through Congress as an opportunity to grant amnesty to millions upon millions of immigrants that have come into the United States illegally…
“‘A bad sequel’ is how American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz described President Obama’s proposal to grant amnesty to people who are in the United States illegally,” according to an American Legion press release from Jan. 30.
“Whether it’s called ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ or some other euphemism, it’s still amnesty,” said Koutz. “It didn’t work when President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and it will be even more disastrous if we repeat that mistake again.”
Koutz added that those who came to the United States illegally should not receive the special title of “American citizen.”
#7 An increasing number of U.S. states are now allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. This is being done with the blessing of the Obama administration.
#8 Since entering the White House, Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to go after “sanctuary cities” even though there is a federal law that requires him to do so.
#9 Obama has not been afraid to appoint women with links to pro-illegal immigration organizations to very high positions in his administration…
After assuming office, President Obama appointed Congresswoman Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary and Celia Munoz as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Both of these women have strong pro-amnesty histories with affiliations with groups such as the National Council of La Raza (The Race).
#10 Recently, the Obama administration announced the very first “unmanned” border station along the Texas-Mexico border…
Get ready for the very first “unmanned” border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.
If nobody is manning those stations, who will stop illegal immigrants from coming across?
#11 Not only has the Obama administration refused to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, they have also sued individual states such as Arizona that have tried to crack down on illegal immigration.
Are you starting to get the picture?
Meanwhile, it looks like illegal immigration is on the increase again in many areas. For example, La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez recently said that he is “seeing more people coming across and in bigger groups.”
And of course it is ridiculously easy to get across the border if you know where to do it.
Recently, Alex Jones went down to the Texas border and shot quite a bit of footage of illegal immigrants crossing the border without any problem whatsoever.
Today, far more people move into the United States illegally than come in through the legal immigration process.
Our immigration enforcement is a complete and total joke. Illegal immigrants know that if they do happen to get picked up, they will just get sent back over the border where they can just try again.
And now we are even releasing many of the illegal immigrants that we have captured inside the United States itself due to “budget cuts”. The Department of Homeland Security insists that they still plan to deport all of them, but once they release them they will have a heck of a time trying to find them again.
And Barack Obama has shown time and time again that he will use the legal immigration process to benefit certain groups that he wants to favor while using it to hurt groups that he does not like.
For example, Obama wants to deport a German homeschooling family that is seeking political asylum in the United States, but he authorized an 80,000 increase in immigration from Islamic nations in 2011. Obama said that the increase from Islamic countries was “justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”
(CNSNews.com) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said last year that he would support a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, then said in a recent book that he did not support such a pathway and then said on national television Sunday that he did.
“I support what Sens. [Lindsey] Graham [R-S.C.] and [Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.] and [John] McCain [R-Ariz.] and [Jeff] Flake [R-Ariz.] are doing with their Democratic counterparts, and if they can find a way to get to a path to citizenship over the long haul, then I would support that,” Bush said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Imagine if cities put up billboards calling for Anglos to ‘rise up’
March 11, 2013
It is considered billboard art, but it comes off more as a revolutionary slogan.
Rise Up, My People: Is “Arriba Mi Gente” art, or an inflamatory call for uprising?
“Arriba Mi Gente” by Nancy Guevara depicts a hoard of people with clenched fists and flags raised, over an image of the U.S.-Mexico border and a heart emblazoned with the Mexican flag logo. The slogan, in Spanish, plastered prominently over the artwork translates “Rise up, my people,” with the idea of uprising clearly suggested.
The Austin Visual Arts Association has teamed up with Reagan Outdoor Advertising to put up 10 pieces of art on billboards on major highways across the city of Austin, where it will be seen by hundreds of thousands in the city and millions more driving through.
One can understand why border issues would inspire art, but why did AustinArtBoards.org, which is city funded, decide to project a such a loaded racial message over major highways that English-speaking drivers can’t even understand and which drivers speeding by who could read Spanish would interpret as a call for uprising?
According to BigPicture.net, “Arriba Mi Gente” was selected from more than 100 entries, yet “Arriba Mi Gente” is the only piece with words at all, much less a revolutionary message clearly divided along racial lines.
Is it art, or an inflammatory call to revolt?
The artwork suggests a political identity based on nothing more than racial inclusion, not principled positions or rights.
What would be the response if a mural of a KKK rally were put up on any billboard, much less a city-funded one? What kind of message are taxpayers fronting the bill for, and who does it benefit?
Children in schools across the U.S have been disciplined for wearing “offensive” shirts with American flags or refusing to recite the Mexican anthem in class while other official figures have been caught flaunting Mexican flags and other regalia as groups like La Raza openly use race as a political rallying point.
Soon 60,000 Customs and Border Protection agents could be told to stay home. Furlough notices went out late last week to agents in Arizona and across the country.
Art Del Cueto is the president of the Tucson Custom and Border Protection Union. He represents 3,500 members.
“There is a lot of confusion right now with the agents not knowing what’s going to happen,” said Del Cueto.
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