BY JOHN BRODGIAN
Prominent Hillary Clinton donor (and good friend to the Clintons) Donald Trump is running for President. He has made illegal immigration the focal point of his campaign, and while there has been backlash, he’s still going full stream ahead…
You got to build a wall. It’s not an easy thing to do. And I’ll get it done. And believe me, I’ll do it for the right but I’m also going to have Mexico pay for it. Mexico is making a fortune off of us. They will pay for it. So, just mark my word. That’s called “negotiation.” …Before I even start a wall we’d get rid of the bad ones. We have a lot of really bad apples. We have a lot of bad dudes that are causing tremendous problems… I was very proud of bringing up illegal immigration. It was not easy to do. I would get rid of the bad ones, the criminals, we have a lot of people who are here who shouldn’t be here. And, I don’t want to house them in our jails because it’s costing a fortune. I want them to go back to the country where they came from. Not only Mexico, plenty of other countries. They are pouring across the border. So that’s number one. Then there’s number two. There’s some great people. But, you either have laws or you don’t have laws. I would get them back to where they are and I would try to work out a process to where they could come in legally. But, they have to come in legally, Sean. It’s about laws.
Watch the video below. Do you think he’s right?
BY JOHN BRODGIAN
Another day in the Senate means another day for Mitch McConnell to embarrass everyone involved, this time over a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
Ted Cruz issued the following statement…
“Tonight, the McConnell-Reid leadership team pushed through another
win for the Washington Cartel, and they did so at the taxpayers’
expense. By casting votes in favor of cronyism and special interests,
the Senate made clear what group matters most to them… and the answer
is not the American people.
“Worse still, the one person who had the ability to make sure the
Ex-Im Bank remained expired was the majority leader. Rather than
keeping the promise he made to every member of his party, he turned
his back on the American people and allowed one of the worst examples
of corporate welfare our nation has ever known to be resurrected from
“Instead of taking up issues that really matter to the American
people, like defunding Planned Parenthood, standing up against Iran,
passing ‘Kate’s Law’ and ending sanctuary cities, the Senate chose to
satisfy the demands of big businesses with even bigger pocketbooks.
“Fortunately, leaders in the House have indicated this bill is dead on
arrival. I hope that my colleagues in the House remain true to
conservative principles and stand firm in refusing to surrender to the
BY KELLEY BEAUCAR VLAHOS
Syria’s bloody civil war has brought the country’s largest number of refugees and asylum-seekers to the United States in a decade, and thousands more are expected in 2016.
But with the influx comes mounting concerns over whether the Obama administration can properly vet them, and keep out those with terror ties seeking to exploit the system. Lawmakers are worried that not only is Syria the headquarters of the Islamic State, but that the country’s state of chaos makes screening refugees that much harder.
“I agree that the vast majority of Syrian refugees do not have ties to terror groups,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the Homeland Security Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, said at a recent hearing. “However, we have been reviewing the current security vetting procedures for a number of months, and I have a number of concerns, not the least of which is the lack of on-the-ground intelligence necessary to identify terror links.”
According to the State Department, 968 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States this year alone — with the goal of bringing upwards of 2,000 in by the end of 2015. Before the start of the civil war, the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. each year typically was under 30.
In addition, as of March, more than 1,500 Syrians have been granted asylum in the U.S. since the start of the war, according to the latest figures provided to FoxNews.com by the Department of Homeland Security. By contrast, the number granted asylum in 2009 was 11.
The difference between the two categories is asylum-seekers are fleeing specific persecution and file for protection once getting to a host country; while refugees must apply for entry and be approved in advance, typically from a refugee camp or other place outside the host country.
US, Turkey plan new campaign against ISIS
The United States for decades has accepted both categories of people fleeing wretched conditions in their home countries. But the resettlement of refugees from Syria is a unique challenge.
King noted heightened terror alerts involving ISIS recruitment and active terror plots here. “The U.S. has seen the danger of flawed refugee vetting, as well as the potential for refugees to be radicalized once they are in the U.S.,” he said, pointing to the Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who settled here from Dagestan and Kyrgyzstan.
But Anne C. Richard, State Department assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration, told FoxNews.com that Syrian refugees are subjected to the same enhanced screening as anyone from that part of the world. That’s why it takes upwards of two years or more for adults and their families to get here once they apply.
“It is not a fast-moving process,” she said. “We have a very careful, very deliberative process.”
She notes that nearly 4 million people have fled the civil war in Syria as of March 2015. Embattled President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on the Sunni population, coupled with the ruthlessness of the Islamic State, has squeezed the Syrian people and sent them to the squalor of refugee camps in neighboring countries. Currently, according to USAID, there are 1.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon; 1.7 million in Turkey; 727,300 in Jordan; and 246,800 in Iraq, which is still reeling from its own conflicts.
King says Syria’s “failed state” is the very reason why it’s impossible to trust the screening.
At the same June hearing, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, noted he sent a series of letters to the White House this year warning against accelerating the acceptance of Syrian refugees. McCaul said the White House “was vague” when he asked about current screening procedures.
“Terrorists have made it known they want to manipulate the refugee program to sneak operatives to the West,” he said, using the example of two Iraqi Al Qaeda members discovered in 2009 living in Bowling Green, Ky., where they were brought as refugees.
David Inserra, policy analyst for homeland security and cybersecurity issues at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said people have a right to be concerned.
“Whenever you are looking at folks coming from a war-torn region and there are groups there — whether it be IS, [Al Qaeda], al Nusra — it can be difficult to do the background checks, to find out if they are who they say they are,” he told FoxNews.com. “However, there are things we can do, and the U.S. agencies working on these cases work with various other international partners and organizations to do the proper checks. But it is a challenge.”
Syrians are a tiny minority compared against the 69,909 foreigners who were resettled in the U.S. in 2013, the most recent numbers available. In that year, while only 36 Syrians were granted refugee status, 16,299 Burmese were resettled here, the largest number from any one country. Others coming from “high risk” countries with ties to terror groups included Iranians (2,579), Iraqis (19,487), and Somalis (7,608).
Meanwhile, that year the U.S. granted asylum to 3,102 Egyptians, representing a sharp, post-Arab Spring rise — before the 2011 revolution, the number of Egyptians granted asylum in the U.S. every year typically numbered in the hundreds.
Advocates like the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have been urging the U.S. to accept thousands more from Syria, noting that 12.2 million are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations estimated last August that 191,000 had already been killed in the conflict.
“Every day, survivors of torture, women widowed by the Syrian conflict, children traumatized by war and others tell (IRC) and other nongovernmental organizations that they think the world has given up on them,” David Miliband, IRC president, wrote in an op-ed earlier this year. “The United States is in a position to help by swiftly expanding resettlement and encouraging other donor states to follow its example. The moral choice is clear.”
Richard said the program is welcoming the weakest and most vulnerable, which means female heads of households, those with medical needs, and persecuted people typically get through first. But all are subjected to layers of checks involving not only the State Department, but the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
“We cannot be naïve about terror screening,” Richard said. “State Department officials themselves have been the target of terrorists’ threats so I don’t think anyone thinks that somehow we should skip over careful screening.”
She said Congress continues to have input — though it does not have the final say in the number of refugees or where they come from.
At another House homeland security hearing earlier this year, FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach cautioned that databases are lacking information on some of these applicants, “and that’s the concern.”
Richard said: “The better outcome of this would be that peace comes to Syria and people could go home, but no one predicts that anytime soon.”
Border Patrol agents confirmed they have seen a slight increase in the number of people illegally crossing the border.
Along the Rio Grande River, anticipation begins to set in for Border Patrol agents for the possibility of a second wave. “We’re planning. You know, the Border Patrol is certainly planning,” Rio Grande Valley Acting Sector Chief Raul Ortiz said.
They said they’re still well below last year’s surge. Apprehensions are 48 percent lower than last fiscal year. “We’ve apprehended about 118,000 people this year,” Ortiz said. “Yet, we’re still the busiest sector in the country.”
Border Patrol is catching about 3,100 people a week. Federal authorities also confirmed holding cells are still well below capacity.
“We’ve seen a little bit of a spike a couple of days out the week,” Ortiz said. However, agents in the Rio Grande Valley said it’s not a big enough uptick to become a trend.
Volunteers at Sacred Heart Church said they too are seeing the same slight increase. About 100 families are showing up for help after they were caught and released at the border.
“In the last three weeks or so, we’ve had about 10 days that we’ve gone over 100 people a day,” Eli Fernandez, director of Sacred Heart Church Immigrant Respite Center, said.
The center helps the families released by the federal authorities. “We have seen a pretty good size increase of people coming through,” Fernandez said. “Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are the most prevalent countries.”
Fernandez said the family units that come in are either a mom or a dad with children. “We are getting a lot more people than we were seeing earlier this year,” he said.
However, Border Patrol and Fernandez are making the proper preparations. “More than likely the numbers will probably go up,” Fernandez said. “You know, as word gets out, the families will, you know, talk to another family back home.”
“There’s certainly concern that we could potentially see an increase in traffic,” Ortiz said.
If a second surge does happen, responders said they will be ready.
Saves lives of three other people, including 1-year-old
BY STEVE WATSON
Here’s a story that won’t make many headlines in the mainstream media, because it doesn’t neatly fit the anti-Second Amendment agenda.
An Ohio concealed carrier prevented a tragedy Sunday, as he fired upon a man who was trying to kill a woman he got into an argument with, as well as her one year old child, and innocent bystanders.
Cincinnati’s Fox19 reports that 62-year-old Thomas McCary pulled a gun on Patrick Ewing when Ewing attempted to settle a dispute between his own sister, Jeaneta Walker, and McCary.
McCary shot at Ewing three times, according to the report, prompting Ewing to pull out his own firearm, which he has under a concealed carry license.
Ewing hit McCary in the leg, but it didn’t prevent him from returning to his house and emerging with yet more firepower.
McCary, now carrying two handguns, came out firing at anyone in sight, including Ms Walker, the child, and another man in the vicinity.
Ewing again opened fire as close to McCary as he safely could, diverting his attention, and allowing the innocents to run to safety.
McCary was eventually arrested and taken to hospital where he was treated and released into police custody. He is being held without bond in Hamilton County jail on four counts of felonious assault.
Ewing is being hailed as a local hero and will almost certainly not face charges for using his weapon, as this was a case of self defense.
As The Washington Post noted this week, Americans are increasingly viewing more responsible gun owners as a solution, rather than a problem.
A recent Pew Research poll found a nine-point rise in the number of Americans who think gun ownership could “protect people from becoming victims of crime.”
The Post reported:
The post-Newtown shift was most significant among Republicans, whose support for gun ownership in the two years since the attack rose from 63 percent to 80 percent.
The poll also marked the first time in two decades of Pew surveys that more Americans supported gun rights rather than gun control (though public opinion had been shifting that way for years).
Obama floods country with violent illegals, then demands more gun control
BY KIT DANIELS
MS-13 and other violent street gangs are aggressively recruiting illegal alien youth who recently arrived in America.
The gangs, which also include the Latin Kings and the Sureños, are targeting immigrant communities in New York and elsewhere across the country for recruits under the age of 18.
“I came from… [El Salvador] to get away from them [MS-13], but the same crime is happening here,” N.Y. resident Wilfredo Serrano told Fox News Latino. “Now they’ve been going after the new arrivals… kids who are very vulnerable and have already been through the worst in life.”
In N.Y. alone the gangs are vying to recruit from a pool of over 3,000 illegals who resettled in Nassau and Suffolk counties after last year’s massive surge of illegal immigration from Central America.
“They were targeted by the Latino gangs that were already established here,” Det. Sgt. Mike Marino of the Nassau Co. Police Department said. “The gangs did try to recruit some of them.”
Many of these children were in fact previously apprehended by immigration authorities, but as Infowars discovered last year, the federal government was quickly releasing them and even buying them bus tickets to resettle anywhere in the U.S.
“What happened [at the McAllen, Texas, bus station] in particular is that the Border Patrol dropped off what they call detainees but obviously they’re not detained when they drop them off,” McAllen City Attorney Kevin Pagan said in an interview with Infowars. “Normally they have tickets or arraigned transportation to go somewhere in the interior [of the U.S.]”
In exchange for the tickets, the illegals are given a date to appear at immigration court, but the court dates are set several years in advance and 90% of the illegals never show up to court anyway.
“They know they are going to be processed and released and they are free to go wherever they want to go in the U.S. and the likelihood of them ever showing up for their court date is slim to none,” Stu Harris of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 told Infowars.
To sum it up, the Obama administration is importing illegal aliens into the country at taxpayer expense and many of them will ultimately join violent street gangs like MS-13.
And once the gang violence explodes across America, Obama will exploit it to advocate more gun control.