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.
(Breitbart) – U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended at least 474 aliens from terrorism-linked countries attempting to sneak into the country illegally this year alone, according to a leaked document obtained by Breitbart Texas.
According to the document from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison, of the 474 aliens, 76 are from terrorism-linked nations located in and around the jihadist Islamic State’s area of operation — Turkey (41), Saudi Arabia (13), Syria (7), Jordan (7), Iraq (4),Iran (3), and J Kuwait (1).
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, controls areas inside Syria and Iraq, both countries are bordered by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan.
Illegals from terrorism-linked countries apprehended by Border Patrol agents are referred to as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) in the CBP intelligence document.
SIAs are individuals whose native country is found on a list of 35 nations described in a November 2004 CBP memo as “special interest countries.”
A 2011 audit by the DHS inspector general, which originally included a similar list that was later taken down, described special interest countries as those “that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.”
CBP refused to respond to numerous requests for comment on this story.
On September 14, CNN, citing an ISIS recruit, revealed that the extremist group is recruiting foreign fighters from Somalia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Lebanon, among other countries.
Those nations are found on the list of terrorism-linked countries compiled by CBP.
Among the 474 SIAs apprehended so far in 2014 alone are 34 from countries identified in the CNN report, including: Somalia (4), Turkmenistan (1), Uzbekistan (10), Egypt (13), Tunisia (1), and Lebanon (5).
The CBP intelligence document contains SIA arrest figures from the beginning of fiscal 2009 through July 20, 2014.
During that period, nearly 3,000 SIAs were apprehended by border agents for trying to sneak into the U.S. illegally.
Among the 474 special interest aliens arrested in 2014 are individuals from Pakistan (28), Yemen (4), and Afghanistan (2). Most, 266, are from Bangladesh.
The SIA apprehension figures mentioned in this story cover illegals attempting to enter the country in between official ports of entry at or near the Southwest, Northern, and Coastal U.S. borders.
In the leaked document, the apprehensions are not broken down by border area. Historically, however, Border Patrol apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border far outnumber those taking place elsewhere.
Human smuggling routes from Syria into the U.S. go through South America, Central America, and the Caribbean before reaching Mexico, the document shows.
Syrian human smugglers reportedly use the U.S.-Mexico border to enter America.
The CBP intelligence office predicts that the 474 SIA apprehensions so far this year will grow to 560 by September 30, the end of fiscal 2014.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, under questioning by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) during a House panel hearing yesterday, was unable to articulate whether or not known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended trying to enter the United States illegally.
SIA apprehensions included in the intelligence document peaked at 647 in 2010, then dropped to 328 in 2012. A 70 percent increase is expected between 2012 and the end of 2014 when apprehensions are projected to reach an estimated 560.
At the hearing yesterday, Rep. Chaffetz said that four individuals with ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East were apprehended in Texas on September 10.
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.”