REPORT: Illegals rushing border fearing crackdown…


BY PAUL BEDARD | SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | 12:52 PM
Illegals rushing border fearing U.S. crackdown

The summer lull in illegal border crossings from Mexico is about to give way to a rush of even more immigrants in a frenzy of fear that Washington is about to shut the door, according to several Hispanic leaders.


The summer lull in illegal border crossings from Mexico is about to give way to a rush of even more immigrants in a frenzy of fear that Washington is about to shut the door, according to several Hispanic leaders.

In Honduras, for example, U.S. threats coupled with those from local leaders warning about the dangers of crossing the border have instead reenergized children and adults to run fast to America and pay inflated fees to “coyotes” to get them there.

“As I am speaking, hundreds of children are trying to leave Honduras,” said Jose Guadalupe Ruelas, a Honduran leader who advocates for children. “When people in Honduras hear that the U.S. is going to get stricter with immigration rules and laws then people think to themselves, ‘Now is the time for me to go,’” he said through an interpreter.

Ruelas and several other Hispanic leaders met in Washington on Tuesday after spending a week in Latin nations responsible for sending over 50,000 children across the U.S. border this year. Officials expect another 145,000 next year.

He and several of the others blamed domestic crime and U.S. policies, notably a lack of social spending in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, for the wave of some 90,000 illegals, mostly youths, into America this year.

Ruelas added that deportation typically backfires. “Every time a child is deported back to their country, they gain more experience and they will return,” he said.

Oscar A. Chacon, executive director of the Nation Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities, scoffed at U.S. claims that border officials have choked off the flow of illegals since it peaked in July.

He said that summer months are too hot for people to make the trip and he said it will begin again in fall unless the U.S. shifts its policies in Latin America.

“If the root causes that are driving people to make that sad choice of having to immigrate despite all the risk, despite all the fear, are not addressed,” he warned, “we may well be seeing chapter one of a book of many chapters.”

At a press conference, Abel Nunez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center, also demanded that U.S. officials pay to give illegal youths and adults legal representation at immigration hearings and called on Congress to pass what amounts to open border legislation.



Terror threat on porous has existed for more than a decade


The Department of Homeland Security has countered warnings that terrorists from the Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS, will cross America’s southern border.

“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,” Homeland Security officials declared in a written statement, according to The New York Times.

ISIL is an alternative name for ISIS.

Democrats are attempting to spin the warnings issued last month by government insiders. In August Judicial Watch cited high-level sources in the federal government stating ISIS would cross the border “very soon” and launch attacks.

At the same time Judicial Watch released its report, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a situational awareness report stating ISIS has expressed an interest in crossing the border.

“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” the bulletin warned. It also stated at the time there was no known or credible homeland security threats present on the border.

Fears of potential terrorist activity along the porous border is not new. “We are seeing a pattern of terrorist suspects exploring opportunities to get hold of Mexican passports and documents and infiltrating into the U.S. through Mexico,” Magnus Ranstorp, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, told The Los Angeles Times in 2004.

Democrats insist the border is not open to terrorists despite the fact thousands of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers cross the border on a weekly basis.

“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, told the Times. “In the absence of understanding the border, they insert their fears. Before it was Iran and Al Qaeda. Now it’s ISIS. They just reach the conclusion that invasion is imminent, and it never is.”

W.H. talks immigration with Latino lawmakers


By SEUNG MIN KIM | 9/11/14 4:57 PM EDT

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough pledged to Latino lawmakers during a private meeting Thursday that President Barack Obama will take executive action on immigration before the holidays are over – an effort to soothe lawmakers furious about the administration’s move to hold off on action.

The timeline was described by several members who attended the meeting and, substantively speaking, isn’t different than the end-of-year pledge made by the White House when it moved to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.

But it gives at least some faith to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who have long pressured the Obama administration to ease deportations of undocumented immigrants – particularly as the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform on the Hill slowly collapsed over the last year.

One member who attended – Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) — said there was some “serious venting” inside the room.

“As I told the chief, I said I for one need constant reassurance,” Grijalva said. “I don’t want to go down this path come November and then for some other reason, find that the immigrant community and the Latino community get thrown in the heap again.”

Multiple people familiar with the meeting said McDonough did not go into specifics of the executive action that Obama will ultimately issue, but stressed that he will go as far as he could under existing law. And – in a response to questions from one lawmaker in the room — McDonough said Obama still plans to act regardless of the results of the November elections or even if the political narrative around the issue worsens for Democrats, people familiar with the discussion said.

Grijalva said after the meeting that he believes the scope of the action will be “significant.” The White House has considered expanding a 2012 program that halted deportations for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, as well as easing some restrictions on legal immigration.

McDonough, accompanied by domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz and other White House officials, declined to go into details of the meeting except to underscore that Obama still plans to act.

“The president understands the depth of the broken immigration system that we have and he’s bound and determined to make sure that we fix it because it’s impacting our economy, it’s impacting our job growth and it’s a humanitarian issue that’s impacting families across the country,” he told reporters.

“So we’re going to fix it and we’ll do it before the end of the year,” McDonough added.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the leading advocate of immigration reform on the Hill, said the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet early next week to determine a formal response to the White House over delaying deportation relief.

“No more excuses, I don’t care what senator is dangling in the wind, I don’t care what Republican proposal is being made,” he said. “I don’t care what happens. We are moving forward.”

“We are concerned that this is a community and these are issues that get stalled,” added Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), speaking for the Latino community. “Why are we stalling? For us, these are not political issues, these are substantive issues that move the country forward.”

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Another Standoff Brewing? Law Enforcement Nervous as Militia Members Plan to Block Bridges Going into Mexico

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September 12, 2014 By Todd Cefaratti

Law enforcement officials in Texas are preparing for what might end up as a stand-off between militia members and law enforcement agents as militia members are planning a demonstration that would block-off bridges that span between the U.S. and Mexico.

On September 20th, militia members are reportedly threatening to stage a protest against illegal immigration by blocking-off pathways between the two nations that span across the Rio Grande River.

KRGV in Texas reports:
Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry.

In Starr County, international bridge authorities met with Customs and Border Protection officials Thursday. Their goal was to discuss the potential problem and find a plan of action.

Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam.

Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking traffic on Sept. 20.

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said members of the group have a right to express their opinion. His is concerned about the group’s intent, though.

“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” Villarreal said.

“I’m a 100 percent sure that with the National Guard, with DPS, with Border Patrol and local law enforcement, we’ll communicate and we’ll handle whatever comes,” he said.

“The level of communication that exists doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s an extraordinary amount of communication,” Villarreal said.

Villarreal said he is worried about safety.

“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” Villarreal said…

Villarreal said he is concerned about possible violence.

“I know that the state of Texas provides for them to be able to display their firearms,” he said.

“I’m not going to lie to you; it’s going to make us nervous. We’re not used to seeing firearms being openly displayed,” he said.

Villarreal said even though they’re not familiar with the militia, they plan to be prepared.

“We’ve never dealt with militia here in Starr County. We don’t know what their temperament is or their personality might be. I can tell you that knowing that they might be here … helps us prepare for what ever may come,” he said.
It’s certainly understandable that law enforcement officials are nervous about the upcoming event. However, with the standoff at the Bundy Ranch fresh in the minds of Americans, it’s clear that police must be mindful of the line between maintaining law and order and engaging in police intimidation by demonstrating a frightening overreaction by militarized police against citizens demonstrating their First and Second Amendment rights- as we saw in the standoff between citizens and the law enforcement officials at the Bundy Ranch several months ago.