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From that arm of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, ABC News,
The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
In part, the issue with visas has been caught up with comprehensive immigration reform, which has delayed any substantial action to fix the problem. The 9/11 Commission cited border security as another crisis that had to be resolved (on both borders, Canada as well as Mexico) after 9/11. All of these efforts have been stalled by political demands to include broad normalization and the lack of independent metrics for triggers to get to it. Congress should put aside the other immigration issues and deal with the national-security threats first, before we have to get taught the same lessons we should have learned thirteen years ago.
Congress should, but there’s a huge gap between what Congress should do, and what it actually does.
Judicial Watch has an Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas.
Andrew McCarthy explains,
For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read.
In other border invasion news, 35 years old illegal alien enrolls in Lynn, MA, while the federal government will not allow school officials to verify the person’s age.
One hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing. On the one hand,
ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY watchdog group’s claim that the terror group is operating in Juarez and plans ‘imminent’ car-bomb attacks on US targets
Three online reports warned Friday of ISIS involvement south of the border, including one from Judicial Watch that cited ‘imminent’ car-bomb attacks
The Department of Homeland Security and the White House quickly denied that they have any information about ISIS gathering an attack force in Mexico
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said America is ‘unaware of any specific, credible threat to the US homeland’ from the terror network
Other reports cited social media warnings from ISIS militants and an online video showing a conservative filmmaker in a bin Laden mask sneaking into the US from Mexico
On the other hand,
Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.
Of course Jerry Brown joined in,
Brown signed a bill into law last year that will enable migrants to get driver’s licenses next year. He said he got the message after a visit to a Monterey artichoke field where the workers yelled “licencia, licencia.”
No word as to whether Brown “demanded justice” for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been in jail – while being jerked around by the Mexican authorities – in Mexico since late March when he accidentally drove into the country with three legally purchased firearms after he made a wrong turn. Peña Nieto’s in Sacramento today, where a rally in support of Tahmooressi is taking place right now,
Organized by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-San Bernardino), the rally is set for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Leland Stanford Governor’s Mansion Museum.
Gateway Pundit has the story:
TSA Misled: Letter Confirms Illegals Allowed to Fly without ID, Just ‘Notice to Appear’
TSA gave the public a false impression. What TSA is saying is that the Notice to Appear is accepted when verified by ICE. But the verification is that a slip of paper was issued by ICE to an illegal alien whose identity cannot be verified by ICE. The illegal alien can give any name they want to ICE and be given a Notice to Appear. They themselves can be an undocumented terrorist or they can give or sell the I-862 form to a drug cartel or terrorist group so that they can penetrate the country beyond the border area.
Breitbart has the letter:
Click on letter to enlarge.
Despite the letter’s admissions, the TSA had previously insisted that Darby’s report–which detailed the acceptance of Notice to Appear forms at airports–was untrue.
And how unique is the letter?
Hector Garza, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told [Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon] Darby that Notice to Appear forms can “easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.
Meanwhile, you try flying without ID.
Because the border is insecure, Perry said that “individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be” taking advantage of the situation.
Marisol Ruiz writes, Want to Fix Border Crises? Empower Women.
Ms Ruiz, whose research focuses on gender and international relations, states that
A common denominator in most proposals is that they lack a gender perspective or simply ignore the concerns of women and girls. A long-term solution is to urge Central American governments to allocate resources – their own and any that the United States may want to contribute – to policies that reduce inequality and promote “gender mainstreaming” – the “globally accepted approach to achieving gender equality,” according to UN Women, so women’s and men’s concerns and experiences are “integral to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all policies and programs.”
. . .
Any approval by US Congress for emergency funds should attach specific conditions to the aid packages, ensuring the money will implement policies focused on gender mainstreaming, highlighting the importance of transforming gender relations, rather than just implementing a one-size-fits-all approach to include women.
Her solutions include government spending in education, family planning, legalizing abortion, and “investing in political equality” by including women in the policymaking.
Yes, good, universal elementary school education and fostering literacy is a vital factor. But what is missing from Ruiz’s picture?
Not a word on the rule of law.
Not a word on curtailing corruption.
Not a word on protecting and encouraging property rights.
Not a word on fostering economic growth by decreasing bureaucracies, streamlining the registration and licensing of businesses, or investing in infrastructure.
Not a word on finding ways to provide access to capital (other than by remittances, that is).
Not a word on attracting foreign investment, industrializing, increasing exports, or increasing productivity.
So, would “gender mainstreaming” fix the border crisis? No.
The Hill: Obama prepares schools for migrant kids.
A total of 37,477 children have been released to an appropriate adult sponsor, usually a parent, relative or family friend, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Those children, who have been settled in all 50 states, would all be eligible to attend public school.
Some of those children may have been schooled in their native countries; none know how to speak, write, or read English.
The onerous burden on all school districts affected is about to start.
But wait! There’s more:
Official: Second illegal immigrant wave of 30,000 coming in September, October
The Obama administration insists that Schools to List Immigrant Kids as ‘Homeless’ for Enrollment Records
Guidance released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education about the unaccompanied minors also pointed out that unaccompanied minors in the custody of sponsors could be eligible for benefits under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
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The VDOE memo reiterated the requirement that school divisions “must immediately enroll homeless students” and must do so regardless of whether or not they are able “to produce the records required for enrollment.”
Let me ask a question, are the millions of minority American schoolchildren stuck in substandard and failing schools now able to enroll anywhere regardless of whether or not they are able “to produce the records required for enrollment?
Dana Milbank wants all you old white men to know that he understands your concerns, although he doesn’t share them. Big of him, isn’t it?
Actually, he doesn’t even understand them, as his essay proves. He thinks the concerns of those other white men have to do with race itself, and that they’re upset because, increasingly, “Whiteness has less and less to do with being American.”
No, Dana dear, they’re upset because traditional and historical Americanvalues increasingly have less and less to do with being American. You’re the one obsessed with race and ethnicity. For most people opposing increased illegal (or greatly increased legal) immigration, the problems are the following ones, and they have nothing to do with the color of the new arrivals:
(1) Letting people come here who break the law means that you’re bringing in a lot of people with no respect for law. That bodes ill for their future as law-abiding citizens.
(2) Way too many of the new arrivals are economically dependent on the welfare state, and in fact by their own admission that’s one of the main reasons they come here. That was never true in the past (especially back when there was no welfare state) and will constitute a drain on our already-stressed economy no matter whether such arrivals are white, black, green, or purple.
(3) Years ago we stopped stressing assimilation in all its important manifestations. American values have suffered as a result. Assimilation was (and still is) the key to this country’s encouraging immigration and yet continuing to be America, with its American exceptionalism intact. It’s not the race of the new arrivals that’s the problem, the problem is that their failure to assimilate is making this country more like the places from whence they came, and that’s not a good thing.
I don’t see white Dana spending years living in China, Latin America, or any other such places.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016.
The IRS now prevents peoples’ Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from automatically expiring after five years as previously mandated. Now immigrants can keep their ITIN so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period. (RELATED: IRS Loophole For Illegals’ Children Costs Taxpayers Billions)
Do I get to pay my taxes every 5 yrs? http://t.co/Ib4du5dwcj
— Fausta (@Fausta) August 7, 2014
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