August 31, 2014

Not News: Tens of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant ‘Children’ Dispersed Throughout U.S.

The “Office of Refugee Resettlement” in the government’s Department of Health and Human Services has released a county-by-county list of 29,890 unaccompanied children sent “to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members).” Year-to-date, the number, according to an HHS state-by-state list, is 37,477. This has occurred “while they await immigration proceedings.”

Now that they’re out in the general population, we’re still supposed to believe that the majority of these “children” (more on that later) will ultimately be deported. After all, that’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on July 7, specifically:

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August 11, 2014

The U.S.-Mexico Border Is NOT Secure

Filed under: Activism,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:16 pm

Note: This post will stay at the top for the rest of Monday.

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James O’Keefe proves that the border isn’t secure (direct YouTube):

James O’Keefe as Osama bin Laden crosses border from Mexico to US

July 25, 2014

Dereliction of Duty, Pure and Simple

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:31 am

From WCPO (HT to an emailer):

Does (Cincinnati) Mayor John Cranley’s goal of making Cincinnati the most immigration friendly city in America mean not enforcing the law?

Police chief Jeffrey Blackwell says police won’t aggressively go after undocumented aliens in town.

“We’re trying to make this the safest big city in America, and there’s a lot involved with that. And going after undocumented illegals is not part of that,” Blackwell said Thursday.

Apparently Mr. Blackwell has never heard of MS-13 or the other Mexican drug cartels.

Besides the obvious fact that being here illegally is a crime, Blackwell also apparently doesn’t know anything about the murder of Kevin Barnhill or the attempted murder at a construction site in Hamilton Township.

Yes, those incidents happened eight years ago. So? Think about how many more criminal illegals will locate here thanks to Mayor Cranley’s and Police Chief Blackwell’s Welcome Wagon invitiation.

July 22, 2014

Politico’s Simon: Perry Sending National Guard to Border ‘To Shoot Small Children’

Roger Simon “joined Politico as its first chief political columnist” in 2006. A couple of items on his resume include being “the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary,” and a 2013 National Press Club humor-related award. Judges for that award said that “Simon’s writing is witty, specific and based on sharp observations of politics and the media.”

Perhaps, but at least one of his recent tweets is bitter, loony-tunes leftist rubbish. Proving once again that it only takes a slight scratch beneath the surface of a supposedly mainstream liberal journalist to find a hardened, vitriolic radical who hates (yes, that’s the correct word) those who dare to disagree with him or her just screaming to come out, Simon tweeted the following in response to news that Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling up 1,000 National Guardsman to serve at his state’s border with Mexico (HT RedState):

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July 18, 2014

As World Tensions Mount, State Dept.’s Psaki Tweets on Being ‘Smart, Savvy and Fashionable’

The Obama administration is probably wondering why so many people of all political stripes don’t believe that they take foreign policy seriously, up to and including charges that the president and his minions are doing the equivalent of fiddling as some parts of the world burn, and others threaten to.

I don’t see why would anyone think that (in case it’s not obvious, that’s sarcasm). After all, wasn’t Bush 43 press secretary Ari Fleischer linking to a friend’s column on men’s suits after the Bali bombings in 2002? And didn’t the London bombings in 2005 lead the otherwise hapless Scott McClellan to wax eloquent on the importance of tie-shirt coordination? The answer to both of those questions is, “Of course not.” But yesterday, on a day when Israel invaded Gaza, pro-Russian forces shot down a passenger airliner with almost 300 aboard, and diseases this country hasn’t seen in decades continued to be carried over the U.S. Mexican border by “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (that DHS’s term), State Department spokesman Jen Psaki tweeted on the dreadfully important topic of how you can be “informed” and fashionable (HT The Blaze):

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July 14, 2014

Obama Insider Raises Concern About His Isolation Behind Jarrett and Michelle; Expect the Press to Ignore

In the early 1970s, the press obsessed about President Nixon’s alleged “isolation,” especially as the Watergate scandal, which in an objective lookback has to be seen as relative child’s play compared to what we’re seeing now, unfolded. Proof that Nixon’s “isolation” had been a constant media theme in previous months is found in an NBC Evening News report on May 10, 1973, when a White House staff reorganization was characterized by reporter Richard Valeriani as “Nixon moving to end President(‘s) isolation.”

On Fox News’s “The Five” on Friday, Democrat Bob Beckel relayed what he said was an anonymous comment by a person in a position to know about how cut off from external advice President Barack Obama is. It seems arguably creepier than any degree of isolation Nixon may have ever had, for reasons which I will explain below. Let’s see what Beckel had to say following co-host Andrea Tantaros’s comment that Obama has a “Stepford staff just sort of nodding at whatever he says,” and Greg Gutfeld’s assertion that Obama “doesn’t have anybody in his circle” with the nerve or access to intervene (bolds are mine):

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July 10, 2014

False Reuters Headline at Yahoo News: ‘President Obama Visits the Border’

I’m sure that many will pass off what Reuters and Yahoo News have just been caught doing as some kind of an innocent mistake, and perhaps it was. But isn’t odd how often those “mistakes” so often end up giving President Obama and the left more credit than they deserve?

Yesterday, a Reuters story at Yahoo News was headlined “President Obama Visits the Border.” That’s a pretty remarkable headline, given Obama’s quite widely known refusal — except perhaps by low-information Yahoo readers — to visit the Texas-Mexico border or to visit facilities where Unaccompanied Alien Children are being detained by the Border Patrol. The headline, before it was corrected to “President Obama Visits Austin,” along with evidence that Google News was still carrying the original headline until just a short time ago, follow the jump.

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Press Virtually Ignoring Cuellar’s Hits at Obama’s ‘Bizarre’ Actions, White House Blowback

At the Politico Wednesday afternoon, Jonathan Topaz covered Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar’s sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s failure to visit the nation’s southern border, or for that matter any of the detention centers set up for “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (the Department of Homeland Security’s term).

The Politico is where many stories the rest of the establishment press would rather not cover go to die; they then appear to say, “Well, the Politico covered it, so we don’t have to.” During the Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 presidencies, the press went with saturation coverage of Republicans who criticized a president from their party. The degree of coverage in Cuellar’s situation is quite the opposite, even though, as we shall see, the White House has contacted him in an attempt to convince him to shut up.

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July 8, 2014

‘Gates of Hell’ Update

Via emailer Dan Friedman, with the accompanying commentary:

An “incident” here and an” incident” there, to America’s eyes and its media, they all seem unconnected. But the origin of the current chaos circling the globe has a nexus – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where the man in the White House has, with malice aforethought, opened the Gates of Hell.

Buckle up friends, and say your prayers. This is going to be one for the ages.

Here are Dan’s headlines. It’s only a small sample of what he could have included:

June 23, 2014

AP’s Caldwell Protects New WH PressSec Earnest As He Blames ‘Criminal Syndicates’ For Border Crisis

As I noted yesterday, the Associated Press’s Alicia Caldwell managed to ignore President Barack Obama’s unilaterally imposed and recently extended “Deferred Action for Child Arrivals” (DACA) policy as the most obvious explanation for the sudden wave of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (Homeland Security’s term) illegally crossing the nation’s southern border.

As weak as her report was, it had one very useful finding, namely that these young arrivals “can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work here for years without consequences.” A “former director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office responsible for finding and removing immigrants living in the country,” bluntly asserted that “They almost never go home.” That factual situation directly contradicts a statement made by new White House press secretary Josh Earnest in his maiden press briefing on Friday — a statement which Caldwell, conveniently for the administration, did not report.

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June 22, 2014

AP’s Caldwell Ignores DACA As She Calls Unaccompanied Alien Children a ‘Perceived Humanitaran Crisis’

In a flawed Sunday morning report on the wave of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” — that’s the Department of Homeland Security’s term — illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, the Associated Press’s Alicia Caldwell passively noted that the influx “is widely perceived as becoming a humanitarian crisis.” Then, in her very next sentence, she wrote that “The system is now so overwhelmed that children are being housed in Border Patrol facilities ill-equipped to handle them.” Is that statement a real or “perceived” fact, Alicia?

The AP reporter, supposedly revealing the results of a wire service “investigation,” blamed the situation on “an overburdened, deeply flawed system of immigration courts and a 2002 law intended to protect children’s welfare.” Amazingly — well, it would be amazing if this wasn’t the Administration’s Press — this clueless collection of Inspector Clouseaus assigned no blame to the most obvious culprit, namely President Barack Obama’s unilaterally imposed and widely reported (including by Caldwell herself) “Deferred Action for Child Arrivals” (DACA) policy in 2012. Two weeks ago, the administraion extended DACA.

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June 21, 2014

Not News: DHS Sought ‘Escorts For Unaccompanied Alien Children’ — In January

Though the Associated Press is covering “the waves of immigrant children crossing the border illegally” (AP’s words), the wire service doesn’t seem to believe the story is particularly important. As of 8:15 this morning ET, the situation had no presence on its “Big Story” page. The dominant “Big Story”? How made-up “scandals” and Democratic Party prosecutor-driven “criminal investigations” are hurting the potential 2016 presidential candidacies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and New Jersey’s Chris Christie.

There are four “non-Big” AP stories on the “wave” (here, here, here, and here). One of those stories reports that “The spike in border crossers – southern Texas is now the busiest border crossing in the country – prompted the Homeland Security Department earlier this year to start sending families to other parts of Texas and Arizona for processing before releasing them at local bus stops.” Here’s a reasonable question which the AP reporters seem uninterested in pursuing: Why did DHS request private help in responding to the influx — in January — indicating that it somehow knew that the wave was coming?

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June 10, 2014

Lefties Drag Cantor’s Jewish Faith Into Shocking Loss, When They May Have Contributed to His Demise

Desperate to tie David Brat’s shocking defeat tonight of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s Republican Congressional Primary to something other than voter resistance to illegal-immigrant amnesty, some on the left are already implying that Cantor’s Jewish faith had something to do with the result. The fact that the seven-term Congressman has, as far as I can tell, never gotten grief of any kind from either party about his religious affiliation seems not to matter.

After the jump, readers will find a couple of religion-tainted tweets from bona fide members of the liberal media elite, followed by interesting items I found indicating that the left-leaning Jewish community’s aggressive push for “immigration reform” in a district whose voters clearly oppose it may have helped do him in.

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EARTHQUAKE: Eric Cantor Loses Va. GOP Congressional Primary

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:23 pm

This is “an earthquake, tsunami and ____ (you’ll have to go to the link and look up the acronym yourself) all at once.”

Dave Brat has defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.

Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.

His loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.

AP won’t tell us the size of Cantor’s loss/Brat’s victory.

Here it is, an 11-point drubbing with almost 90% of precincts counted:

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How’s that illegal-immigrant amnesty idea looking now, John Boehner and U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

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UPDATE 1: Politico — “the most shocking primary defeat since Republicans took the House in 2010.” UPDATE 1A: USA Today cites Tom Foley’s loss to George Nethercutt in 1994 as the biggest previous stunner — But that was in a general election.

I don’t recall a more shocking primary defeat of an incumbent Congressman in my lifetime — and I don’t think there is one.

UPDATE 2: With all but two precincts counted, the 11-point margin held.

UPDATE 3: Breitbart

Epic grass-roots victory …

… In a election cycle about the Establishment striking back, one of the most shocking electoral upsets in modern history happened while the the political world was yawning.

Perhaps the most staggering fact about the upset is that Cantor did not, even remotely, take the race for granted. He spent millions and campaigned hard. Many of the incumbents who have lost their seats didn’t realize the threat was coming until it was there. Cantor seemed to know what he was facing, just not how to handle it.

UPDATE 4: Politico — “National Republicans turned out door-knockers – Cantor’s entire political operation was thrust into full throttle. He was trying to set an example, his allies say. Instead, he became an example.

UPDATE 5: Sweeeeeeet“Virginia has a ‘sore loser’ law that prevents him from running as an independent candidate, or attempting a write-in campaign in November.”

UPDATE 6: “Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party’s primary while holding the position of House majority leader, according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.”

June 9, 2014

‘Cloward-Piven at the Border’

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:09 pm

John Hayward at Human Events “stole” my line.

Unfortunately, I haven’t used it in a post yet, so it’s fair game.

The term perfectly describes the planned madness at the border (links are in original; bolds are mine):

CLOWARD-PIVEN AT THE BORDER

Back in the Sixties, Marxists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven came up with a great strategy for overloading and collapsing democratic welfare states, paving the way for socialist tyranny.  Basically, the idea was to hit the system with a tidal wave of demands it couldn’t refuse, and couldn’t possibly fulfill.  The Left would then insist that the moral argument for the system remained intact, so the only way to meet those impossible demands was to scrap every vestige of Constitutional restraint and republican self-government, instituting a totalitarian system that in theory would forcibly restructure society to promote “fairness” and give all those government dependents what they “deserve.”  (In practice, of course, what you actually get is an iron-fisted dictatorship that cooks up reports to make itself look good, or simply tells the unhappy citizens to shut up and obey when things deteriorate to the point that no volume of phony reports can paper over the problems – say, when the glorious worker’s paradise of Venezuela runs out of tap water.)

Cloward and Piven were specifically interested in replacing welfare programs with a government-guaranteed annual income for everyone – an idea that still emerges from the more absurd quarters of the Left occasionally – but the basic idea of overloading the republican system and replacing it with centrally-planned tyranny can be applied in many different ways.  Take a look at the humanitarian crisis on the southern border, which I wrote about two weeks ago.  It has since burst onto the front pages with some astonishing stories, including leaked photos of illegal alien children – many of them 12 years old and younger – “warehoused” in overcrowded facilities, where there are growing concerns about sanitation and disease.  CBS News in Houston writes of unaccompanied minors sleeping on plastic boards in a Nogales, Arizona warehouse after being flown in from south Texas.  According to some estimates, there are nearly a thousand children in that warehouse now.

… This tidal wave of illegals is not an accident, and not entirely a result of conditions in Central America (which have deteriorated lately, but were already bad enough to inspire any sane person to seek a new life elsewhere.)  These people were summoned.  And now that they’re here, the system is collapsing beneath their weight.  In addition to the refugees flown to Arizona in the CBS News story above, the El Paso Times reports two planeloads of illegals arriving for processing.  ”The vast majority of individuals transferred were family units from Central America and Mexico with children,” according to an El Paso official.

… even though the Obama Administration had every reason to know they were coming, the immigration system was curiously unprepared to deal with them.  Cloward-Piven tactics work even better when the system is hollowed out and made ready for speedy collapse.

… the situation is dropped in our laps as a done deal, a fait accompli.  They’re here, they can’t be deported, there’s nothing we can do except give the amnesty chorus at least part of what it wants.  Turning this into a deliberate humanitarian crisis was a political power play.

Read the whole thing.

Apparently there’s no limit to the mayhem Barack Obama can and will unilaterally cause, and no limit to what he can do without substantive pushback from the House, the legislative body which, after all, is supposed to control the purse strings.