Brady Campaign demands elected Oregon sheriff be “immediately removed” for opposing gun control

The only people who can “fire” or remove Hanlin from his office are the people who elected him


Let’s see how many readers passed their basic civics coursework back in high school. Who can fire an elected public official or remove him or her from office? (Those of you who paid attention to the Kim Davis story can read your textbooks quietly for now.) It seems that the Brady campaign and The Hill both need refresher courses on basic civics:

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin ruffled feathers after it came to lightthat he sent Vice President Joe Biden a letter in January 2013, threatening to not enforce stronger gun laws.

According to reports, Hanlin also posted a conspiracy video on his Facebook page suggesting the government was behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a coordinated effort to “disarm the public.” He later distanced himself from the video and denied claims he is a conspiracy theorist.

This has enraged gun-control activists.

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, the “overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want a 9/11 and Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist leading the investigation.”

“We are calling on John Hanlin not only to be replaced as the lead investigator, but also to be immediately removed as sheriff,” Gross told reporters.

“As sheriff, he has shown he has no qualms about putting his ideology over his responsibility to protect his citizens,” Gross added.

The Hill’s headline emphasized the Brady Campaign’s demand


There’s one big problem with this demand: Douglas County Sheriffs are elected to office, as are most sheriffs in the US. John Hanlin is currently serving his second term, having run unopposed in 2012 for re-election. The only people who can “fire” or remove Hanlin from his office are the people who elected him.

That is basic American civics, which the Brady Campaign apparently hasn’t learned, and which The Hill didn’t know enough to question. There is literally no discussion within the article about the fact that Hanlin is an elected official in their story. This is the second time in the last two months that the US media has failed to recognize that elected officials cannot be fired or removed by other elected officials, the Kim Davis story being the first.

The Brady Campaign’s spokesman screeches about putting ideology above public safety as if Hanlin invented selective enforcement. Where has the Brady Campaign been with so-called “sanctuary cities,” which refuse to cooperate in enforcing immigration law? Did they call for the “firings” of mayors and city council members in places like San Francisco after the Steinle murder, among many other examples? What about the selective enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security on immigration under executive orders from Barack Obama? Will they call for Obama’s “firing” for putting politics above public safety?

Furthermore, if Hanlin determines that specific gun-control regulations violate the Constitution, he shouldn’t enforce it. If his constituents disagree, they can vote him out of office in a couple of years. That’s the only way he gets “fired” or “removed” from an elected position, a fact that public activists ought to learn before they make absurd and ignorant public demands.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a recall election, either. This part of Oregon is very conservative; Romney won by nearly 2:1 in Douglas in a state Obama carried by twelve points. Speaking of which, Obama will travel there later this week to meet with the families of the victims of the mass shooting. While the families will certainly appreciate the President’s presence, don’t expect it to change many minds in Douglas about gun control.

US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration deported the fewest number of immigrants in the past 12 months since 2006, according to new government figures obtained by The Associated Press.

The figures also show that deportations of criminal immigrants have dropped to the lowest numbers since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally.

The overall total of 231,000 deportations generally does not include Mexicans who were caught at the border and quickly returned home by the U.S. Border Patrol. The figure does include roughly 136,700 convicted criminals deported in the last 12 months. Total deportations dropped 42 percent since 2012.

The Homeland Security Department has not yet publicly disclosed the new internal figures, which include month-by-month breakdowns and cover the period between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 28. The new numbers emerged as illegal immigration continues to be sharply debated among Republican presidential candidates, especially front-runner Donald Trump. And they come as Obama carries out his pledge from before his 2012 re-election to narrowly focus enforcement and slow deportations after more than a decade of rising figures.

The biggest surprise in the figures was the decline in criminal deportations. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last year directed immigration authorities anew to focus on finding and deporting immigrants who pose a national security or public safety threat, those who have serious criminal records or those who recently crossed the Mexican border. The decline suggests the administration has been failing to find criminal immigrants in the U.S. interior, or that fewer immigrants living in the U.S. illegally had criminal records serious enough to justify deporting them.

“With the resources we have … I’m interested in focusing on criminals and recent illegal arrivals at the border,” Johnson told Congress in April.

Roughly 11 million immigrants are thought to be living in the country illegally.

Obama has overseen the removal of more than 2.4 million immigrants since taking office, but deportations have been declining steadily in the last three years. Removals declined by more than 84,000 between the 2014 and 2015 budget years, the largest year-over-year decline since 2012.

The Homeland Security Department has been quick to attribute the steady decline to changing demographics at the Mexican border, specifically the increasing number of immigrants from countries other than Mexico and the spike in unaccompanied children and families caught trying to cross the border illegally in 2014. The majority of the children and tens of thousands of people traveling as families, mostly mothers and children, came from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The Border Patrol historically sends home Mexican immigrants caught crossing the border illegally, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must fly home immigrants from other countries. That process is more expensive, complicated and time-consuming, especially when immigrants fight their deportation or seek asylum in the United States.

Arrests of border crossers from other countries also dropped this year, along with the number of unaccompanied children and families. As of the end of August, the Border Patrol arrested about 130,000 immigrants from countries other than Mexico, about 34,500 unaccompanied children and roughly 34,400 people traveling as families.

More than 257,000 immigrants from countries other than Mexico were apprehended at the border during the 2014 budget year, including more than 68,000 unaccompanied children and tens of thousands of family members. It was the first time that immigrants from other countries outnumbered those from Mexico.


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A new report shows that languages spoken in Muslim countries are surging into U.S. households, thanks in large part to immigration from Muslim nations.

2014 data from the American Community Survey reveals that Arabic and Urdu – Pakistan’s national language – are the fastest-growing foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

A record 63.2 million U.S. residents, or more than one-in-five, speak a language other than English when at home, after five decades of large-scale immigration, according to Census Bureau data authored by the Center for Immigration Studies. The data also shows that 41 percent– or 25.6 million– of the residents have difficulty speaking English.

Previous reports have shown that the United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world.

But the new census study shows that the fastest-growing foreign languages, in percentage terms, are languages spoken by immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.

Between 2010 and 2014, there was a 29 percent increase in Arabic, a 23 percent increase in Urdu, and a 9 percent in Persian, which is spoken in Iran.

The findings of this report reinforce other studies, which show that Muslim immigration is the fastest growing bloc of new immigrants. Every year the United States voluntarily imports more than a quarter of a million– or 280,000– Muslim migrants (this figure includes permanently resettled immigrants, guest workers, refugees and foreign students). All of these arrivals are invited in the U.S. on visas can  collect welfare, eventually apply for citizenship, voting rights, and the ability to bring in extended-family members via visa-sponsorships and other legal means.

Arabic is now the most common language spoken by refugees, and 91.4 percent of recent refugees from the Middle East are on food stamps.

The report’s author, Steve Camarota, told Breitbart News:

“Immigration is not just an economic issue. English as our common language is part of the glue that holds our country together. These numbers suggest that the levels of immigration are so high that it may strain that. After the last great wave of immigration more than a century ago, the level of immigration was reduced and remained low for half a century, which helped with assimilation. With no pause in immigration levels in sight, the nation is headed into uncharted territory.”

Since 1980, the share of the population that speaks a foreign language at home more than doubled in Nebraska, more than tripled in Virginia, and more than quadrupled in North Carolina, says the report.

Nearly one in seven school-aged children in Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia speak a language other than English at home. In California, nearly one in every two school children, or 43.9 percent, speak a language other than English at home.

The number of people in America who speak a language other than English at home is now larger than the populations of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada combined

Mass Muslim migration has posed unique challenges to assimilation. Equality Now recently issued a report documenting how half a million U.S. girls are at-risk of the gruesome practice of female genital mutilation.

The cost that non-English speakers are imposing on American communities has been well documented in Dearborn, Michigan– which has been called the “Arab capitol of North America.

For example, in 2014, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice pressured the Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights to “’take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal and meaningful participation by’ students with limited English skills.” The DOJ required that the school district, “provide ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction to all students who do not receive proficient (test) scores, USA Today reported.

“The agreement also says the district must hire sufficient interpreters and translators so that all letters, notices, and other documents are available in languages needed. The agreement doesn’t specify Arabic, but given that the agreement centered around complaints from Arab-Americans, it will probably include that… Other requirements of the agreement include increased community outreach, more diversity in hiring, and developing anti-retaliation program,”  USA Today said,

Donald Trump has made English language patriotism part of his candidacy, but

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%

has traveled in the opposite direction– conducting numerous interviews in Spanish including an interview in which he said he would not rescind the President’s executive amnesty pending some kind of “immigration reform” or amnesty.

Rubio has been one of the most aggressive of the Republican hopefuls to offer ideas that would increase the pace of Muslim immigration. Both his “Gang of Eight” immigration plan and his newly introduced I-Squared bill, which would essentially lift the caps on university green cards and triple the number of guest worker admissions, would substantially boost Muslim immigration.

Rubio has also joined Democrats in expressing his desire to expand the resettlement of Muslim refugees above the annual intake of the 280,000 temporary and permanent Muslim migrants the U.S. admits each year. This is part of Rubio’s campaign theme to create a “New American Century.”

While it might seem curious that progressive Democratic politicians like

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) 4%


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 2%

would join Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in welcoming a wave of migrants who engage in brutalities against women into their state, the answer may lie in a finding from the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that only 11% of U.S. Muslims identify as Republicans or lean-Republican. Al Franken, whose nail-biter recount allowed him to cast the critical vote for Obamacare’s passage, made an impassioned plea during last week’s refugee hearing for the U.S. to admit even more Muslim migrants.

A separate recent Pew report demonstrated that post-1965 immigrants and their children added 72 million people to the U.S. population.

This means that immigration between 1965 and 2015 added one new resident to the population for every one net birth to the preexisting population– a ratio of one-to-one. AsBreitbart News exclusively reported based on analysis from the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, between 2015 and 2065, immigration will add seven new people for every one net U.S. birth produced by today’s population– a ratio of seven-to-one.


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EU Cardinal says illegal entry into Europe is a “fundamental right”


A German economic news website, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, reports Chancellor Angela Merkel as declaring the massive influx of illegal immigrants entering Germany and Europe are sent by God.

Merkel said it is “the duty of Germany” to accept the migrants, most arriving from Syria and the Middle East.

The Chancellor said she is in agreement with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union.

In April, prior to the largest influx of refugees in Europe since the Second World War, Marx said “Europe’s response will be a litmus test for European values.”
Marx met with Merkel on September 29 to discuss the crisis.

“The fundamental right to asylum must not be questioned,” Cardinal Marx said. “Anyone who makes an application for asylum must receive a fair and quick process. That is our demand.”

Initially, Germany expected 800,000 illegals, but estimates on the number are double the original figure, according to the BBC, citing an internal official report published by the popular daily Bild.

The report warns that services currently assisting the migrants will fail and the situation will worsen as winter arrives.

“It will get much colder still, and the provision of adequate shelter is not even close to matching the number of people crossing into Serbia every day,” Doctors Without Borders President Meinie Nicolai told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, in the towns of Plauen and Sebnitz, thousands of Germans protested against the crisis. The media blames the anti-Islamic Pegida movement for the demonstrations.

Thus far, according to Frontex, an organization monitoring the European Union’s external borders, there have been 630,000 illegal border crossings as of the end of September.


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Obama using migrants to transform voting base


The migrant tsunami that is already deluging the European Union is on track to also swamp America. A huge nationwide “refugee resettlement” network is already in place to ramp up the escalation planned by the U.S. State Department for acceptance of United Nations-designated migrants. A map of the United States produced by the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (shown above) shows the areas where its “contractor” organizations are set up to bring the migrant wave to what the State Department propagandists calls “welcoming communities.”

Organizations such as International Rescue Committee, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Church World Service, World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and many more “contractors” receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars from the State Department (DOS), Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as foundation grants, to bring in migrants designated as refugees by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Across the country, from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, from Boston to San Diego, from Seattle to Miami — and dozens of points in between — cities and towns are targeted to receive a flood of Muslim “refugees” from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, and other parts of Africa and the Middle East. It’s not only our major coastal cities that are scheduled to be hit with an enormous influx of unfortunates from foreign lands; smaller heartland cities and towns, such as Sheboygan (Wis.), Twin Falls (Idaho), Grand Forks (N.D.), Lexington (Ky.), Turlock (Calif.), Spartanburg (S.C.), Abilene (Texas), Cedar Rapids (Iowa), and many more, have also been targeted for their “share” of UN-assigned “refugees.”

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The Obama administration, besides proclaiming amnesty (unlawfully, by executive order) for the 12-20 million illegal aliens already in the United States (and doing everything possible to expand the legal and illegal migration flows to America), has already set in motion plans to “surge” an unspecified, open-ended number of Syrian refugees into the country, despite the fact that top intelligence officials have publicly testified that they have no way of vetting these individuals to be sure we are not admitting terrorists and other criminals.

Notwithstanding these serious security concerns, the State Department is busily sending its officials hither and thither across the country to falsely assure local residents, as well as state and local government officials, that there is nothing to worry about. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said any refugees would be “subject to the highest level of security checks,” Bloomberg News reported on September 9. Other administration officials have made similarly unfounded claims.

The Refugee “Surge” Has Started
It was Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard, who heads the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), that nearly a year ago announced the Obama plan to “surge” Syrian refugees into the United States. At a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on December 9, 2014, Assistant Secretary Richard stated: “The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around the world. Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling Syrians as well. We are reviewing some 9,000 recent UNHCR referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond.”

More recently, during a joint press appearance in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on September 20, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a further hint at what is to come, announcing the Obama administration’s plan to dramatically increase the flow of refugees into the United States, citing specifically refugees from Syria. “I’m pleased to announce today that the United States will significantly increase our numbers for refugee resettlement in the course of this next year and the year after,” Kerry said. “Last year I think we were at 70,000,” he noted, referring to refugees worldwide accepted by the United States. “We are now going to go up to 85,000 with at least, and I underscore the ‘at least’ — it is not a ceiling, it’s a floor — of 10,000 over the next year from Syria specifically even as we also receive more refugees from other areas. And in the next fiscal year, we’ll target 100,000, and if it’s possible to do more, we’ll do [more].”

The Refugee Lobby
Completely under the radar of most Americans, a massive industry of tax-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has built a nationwide network to lobby for admittance of ever-increasing numbers of migrants claiming refugee or asylum status.

The State Department map of the United States referred to above provides a color-coded legend showing colored circles representing corresponding refugee contractor organizations designated by acronyms. We are providing below the actual names of the abbreviated organizations, as well as important background information on some of them:

CWS — Church World Service
EMM — Episcopal Migration Ministries
ECDC — Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc
HIAS — Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
IRC — International Rescue Committee
LIRS — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
USCCB — US Conference of Catholic Bishops
USCRI — U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
WR — World Relief

One of the most knowledgeable experts on our growing migrant/refugee crisis and the burgeoning refugee industry is Ann Corcoran, editor of the very informative website RefugeeResettlementWatch (RRW). In a posting this past January on the above “nine biggies” of the government-funded lobby, she wrote:

These are the nine major contractors the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) fund. They call them Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs) which is such a joke considering the large amount of federal funding that flows to each one! There are approximately 350 subcontractors in 180 cities working under the nine biggies.

Utilizing the organizations’ financial statements from their publicly filed IRS 990 forms for 2012 (the latest year for which many are available), Corcoran shows that these “humanitarian” groups are bilking taxpayers for over $1 billion per year — which does not include the billions in USAID that the State Department pours into the UNHCR coffers and additional funding for the refugee programs of foreign regimes around the globe. Nor does it include, Corcoran points out, “subsidized housing, most healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, educating the kids or the costs to the criminal justice system.”

One billion dollars. That buys a lot of votes and influence. But that was in 2012, and the Refugee Lobby’s revenues have skyrocketed in the past couple of years. Take, for example, the granddaddy of the industry, the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Corcoran stated that in 2012 the IRC reported revenues of more than $456 million, of which $332 million (73 percent) was provided by the taxpayers. (Some of the other groups, while receiving substantially less revenue, are almost completely government funded. USCRI, for example, received $39 million in 2012, of which 99 percent was taxpayer-funded, and LIRS took in $43 million, of which 97 percent came from the taxpayers’ pockets.) However, IRC’s revenues shot up from $456 million in 2012 to over $562 million for 2014 (and, undoubtedly will be even more for 2015, for which data is not yet publicly available.)

The IRC is politically and financially “connected” — to Wall Street and the globalist establishment, especially as represented by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Its “board of directors and overseers” lists such CFR heavyweights as Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Timothy Geithner, Winston Lord, Morton Abramowitz, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Tom Brokaw, W. Michael Blumenthal, Gideon Rose, and Felix Rohatyn — to name only a few. The Obama administration has been using this high-powered, bipartisan political muscle, combined with sympathetic media coverage and an AstroTurf “citizens” lobby financed with over $1 billion annually, to project an image of popular “consensus” in favor of an ever-growing influx of UN refugees.

As the administration’s “Refugee Express” revs into high gear, this network of government-funded organizations will be playing a central role in promoting the UNHCR’s “Transformative Agenda.” Fortunately, a genuinely grassroots opposition to this subversive agenda is developing all across the country, as shown recently, for instance, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Twin Falls, Idaho, where determined citizens are responsibly exposing the agenda, informing their fellow citizens, and putting federal, state, and local officials on notice that they will not stand for an EU-style dictatorship, where officials have recently declared they are assigning compulsory refugee quotas to each member nation of the European Union — whether the people like it or not.

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