U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan

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BY LISA MARIA GARZA
DALLAS Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:59pm EDT

(Reuters) – A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels.

Billed as a “Shut Down All Ports Of Entry” protest against the Obama administration’s immigration policies, demonstrators had said they would try to stop incoming and outgoing traffic at 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

But lead organizer Stasyi Barth posted a warning on the event’s official website saying that a combination of violent threats and “suspicious activity” on the group’s Facebook page prompted her to call off the action.

“If you attend, you are not just putting yourself in danger, but the law enforcement officers, as well,” Barth wrote. “Risking anyone’s life is not worth it!”

Another organizer, Rob Chupp, said the threats came from Mexican drug cartels, but did not elaborate. He said that while the protest was officially canceled, he and some others still planned to demonstrate in Brownsville, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Friday it has been coordinating with local police departments to respond to any situation near the ports of entry.

Boehner: Immigratio​n reform will help boost the economy

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It wasn’t part of the jobs message he planned to pitch, but Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that immigration reform would help boost the economy.

“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” the Ohio Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess.

“Our legal system is broken, our border isn’t secure, and we’ve got the problem of those who are here without documents,” the Speaker continued. “It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be.”

His immigration comments, in response to an audience question, weren’t part of his prepared remarks. They followed a 20-minute-speech in which Boehner laid out his five-point plan to jump-start America’s economy.

The AEI address served as the GOP’s closing argument before the November midterm elections and came just as the House was wrapping up its final day of votes before sprinting to the campaign trail.

Boehner didn’t offer many surprises in his speech: He called for fixing the U.S. tax code, cutting spending, reforming the legal system, reining in federal regulations and boosting education.

And the Speaker said opening up more areas for oil exploration and building the Keystone XL pipeline would “really get our economy humming.”

“We do these five things in a meaningful way, along with the coming energy boom, we can reset the foundation of our economy for the next two or three generations and beyond,” Boehner said.

Boehner argued that GOP’s first priority should be tax reform. He said all the focus on so-called corporate “inversions” — where U.S. corporations buy foreign companies and move their headquarters abroad to avoid taxes — was short-sighted.

“Inversions are really just visible symptoms of a much deeper problem: our tax code is terrible. No one understands it, certainly not the IRS,” Boehner said. “So all this talk about inversions is just making the problem smaller.

“It’s fussing over a divot when the road is loaded with potholes.”

He also tried to inspire. When fall arrives, Boehner said, he’s reminded of how cities and college built memorials to honor those who perished during the world wars.

“Well, America has a tough schedule in front of it. We cannot avoid that. Nor should we try,” Boehner said during his pep talk.

“America is not merely obligated to lead. We are again called to lead,” he added. “And we are driven to serve in the same spirit in which our parents and grandparents built those living memorials — with humility and a desire to leave something that outlasts us.”

REPORT: Illegals rushing border fearing crackdown…

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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.

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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.

Awww: Amnesty Friends Are Really, Really, Really Pissed At Obama

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By V. Saxena
September 7, 2014
Earlier today, Downtrend contributor Brian Anderson revealed how President Barack Obama decided to delay enacting immigration reform (amnesty) via executive fiat until after the midterm election. What I find funny about this move, besides its utter shadiness, is how amnesty fiends across the nation are reacting to it.

Cue DREAMer Erika Andiola, via the Washington Post:

“Where is his courage? President Obama has been telling us that he’s going to do something. If DREAMers have been able to have the courage to do that [confront politicians], what you just saw to Rubio, with Steve King, with everything that we’ve done, I don’t understand why the president doesn’t have the courage to really face Republicans and what they’re saying.”

Cue Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, via BuzzFeed:

“The midterm elections were on the calendar back in June . . . [between now and the election] tens of thousands who could have been protected will be deported and more kids will end up in foster care because their parent was deported. These politicians are not paying attention to the humanity.

I can see the GOP being so happy, ‘Here go the Democrats screwing it up again.’ There’s a discipline on the GOP side in the way there isn’t on the Democratic side, where there is no backbone or a real clarity of focus.”

Cue an illegal family, via Breitbart:

The father said of Obama, ‘He’s delaying his own promises.’ [His daughter] Diana, a student at ARC who had been accepted at the Berklee College of Music but could not apply for scholarships, added: ‘And again, it’s empty words and broken promises. And it’s important to know I am an American. I’m an undocumented American. I’m not a foreigner. I’m here.’ Her younger sister, who will attend UC San Diego on a scholarship, [said], ‘I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m hurt…It’s frustrating to think I have all these things and that my family doesn’t. It hurts so much to see them struggle while I’m here, you know. Even if it isn’t my fault.’

Cue Arturo Carmona, director of Presente.org, via Newsmax:

“Obama’s delay is a ‘betrayal,’ Arturo told The Hill. Further, he complained that it is ‘one of the single biggest attack on Latino families by the Democratic Party in recent memory.’

Cue Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, via American Thinker:

“[She] said the decision was ‘another slap to the face of the Latino and immigrant community.’

‘Where we have demanded leadership and courage from both Democrats and the president, we’ve received nothing but broken promises and a lack of political backbone,’ she said.”

I personally find these sorts of caviling statements to be enormously hilarious. All President Obama did is delay amnesty for a few months so as to slightly decrease the likelihood of Democrats (i.e., those who believe in amnesty) getting their butts whooped during the midterm. Yet illegals are so overcome with entitlement that even this makes them gnash their teeth and stomp their feet.

Here’s a question: How’s that entitlement mentality you love to promote working out for you, President Obama?

I hope that maybe, just maybe all this petulance wakes him up to the reality of entitlement – that those who harbor it will never, ever be happy – that they will always want more, more, more!

PS – Sorry for the somewhat racist photo, but as Robert Gehl astutely noted earlier this week, we all could use some more politically incorrect Joan-Rivers-grade humor in this world!