Center specially designed to house migrant women and children
DILLEY, Texas — Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, came to this South Texas outpost on Monday to inaugurate a 50-acre detention center that will hold as many as 2,400 migrants caught crossing the Southwest border illegally, becoming the largest immigration detention facility in the country.
Though President Obama has offered work permits and protection from deportation to millions of unauthorized immigrants, he also ordered new policies to reinforce border security, hoping to prevent a new surge of illegal crossings. Mr. Johnson presided over the opening of the center in Dilley, 85 miles northeast of Laredo, to draw more attention to the border security pieces of the president’s executive actions, in response to the furor those actions caused.
The center is specially designed to house migrant women and their children, from babies to teenagers, as their deportation cases move through the courts.
A member of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights handed out information about how to join the group and gain access to immigration lawyers.Undocumented Immigrants Line Up for Door Opened by ObamaDEC. 14, 2014
Workers at a union headquarters in San Francisco watched President Obama’s televised remarks. Mr. Obama said millions of unauthorized workers could “come out of the shadows.”Obama, Daring Congress, Acts to Overhaul ImmigrationNOV. 20, 2014
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Standing on a barren dirt roadway lined with cabins in a fenced-in compound, Mr. Johnson delivered a blunt message to migrants without legal papers considering a trip to the United States. “It will now be more likely that you will be detained and sent back,” he said.
Republicans have assailed Mr. Obama’s measures, saying he overstepped his constitutional authorities with a sweeping program of deportation reprieves that they predict will attract another wave of migrants like the one in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas last summer.
Republican leaders have vowed to halt the programs when they take control of Congress next year. More than 20 states, led by Republican officials in Texas, have sued to stop the federal government from issuing the deportation reprieves.
But the administration’s huge expansion of family detention has drawn similarly angry criticism from advocates and lawyers on the other side, who argue that prolonged confinement is inappropriate for young children and mothers who pose no security risks. Until now, the largest permanent facility for migrant families was a center in Pennsylvania with about 100 beds.
“There are no conditions that could make the mass incarceration of families right,” said Stephen Manning, an immigration lawyer who led a team of volunteers representing migrant women detained this year.
Mr. Johnson said the administration is making “a sharp distinction between past and future,” with all migrants who came illegally after Jan. 1, 2014, becoming top priorities for deportation.
“This must be clear,” Mr. Johnson said, “Our borders are not open to illegal migration.”
He chastised Republicans in Congress who expressed their dismay at Mr. Obama’s executive actions by funding the Department of Homeland Security only through the end of February in a spending bill passed this weekend.
Mr. Johnson said the short-term funding created “further jeopardy of homeland security,” after lawmakers did not pass a supplemental border spending bill the president sought over the summer. Mr. Johnson said he diverted several hundred million dollars from disaster emergency funds to pay for a surge of resources to the border last summer.
“Everyone agrees that border security is important,” Mr. Johnson said. “Now it’s time to step up and partner with this department to help support that.”
He announced three new task forces, including one focused on the Southwest border, to better combine enforcement resources from different, sometimes competing or overlapping homeland security agencies.
He crossed the border with impunity, even though he was on the FBI’s most wanted list. Why wasn’t he ever noticed or arrested? Was Obama’s FBI too busy conducting “outreach” meetings at mosques to devote any time or attention to apprehending him?
Adnan el Shukrijumah
“Al Qaeda Terrorist Wanted by FBI Crossed Back and Forth Into U.S. From Mexico,” Judicial Watch, December 8, 2014:
An Al Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list for years crossed back and forth into the United States from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas and piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.
The same Al Qaeda operative helped plan the 2009 bombing of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the iconic Sears Tower (renamed Willis Tower), a story that Judicial Watch broke just last week. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (also known as “Javier Robles”) and over the weekend he was killed in Pakistan, according to military officials in the Islamic republic.
In 2010 Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States—including New York City’s subway system—and the United Kingdom, according the FBI. The plot against New York City’s subway system was directed by senior Al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, the FBI says, and was also directly related to a scheme by Al Qaeda plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States.
A year earlier Shukrijumah helped plan a terrorist truck-bomb plot targeting Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and the Sears Tower. Two of his fellow conspirators—Emad Karakrah and Hector Pedroza Huerta—were recently arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. Karakrah is in Cook County, Illinois Jail on charges of making a false car bomb threat after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago with an ISIS flag waving from his car in August. Huerta, an illegal alien twice convicted for driving intoxicated, is in the El Paso County Jail and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
The men form part of a sophisticated narco-terror ring, exposed by JW in October, with connections running from El Paso to Chicago to New York City. It includes an all-star lineup of logistics and transportation operatives for militant Islamists in the United State, drug and weapons smugglers for the Juarez drug cartel in Mexico, an FBI confidential informant gone rogue and two of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. Shukrijumah is one of them.
Despite being one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, Shukrijumah for years managed to slip in and out of the U.S. through the southern border to meet fellow militant Islamists—including Karakrah and Huerta—in the El Paso region, JW’s law enforcement sources confirm. In fact, in March the most wanted terrorist piloted a private aircraft from Mexico into the airfield at Cielo Dorado in Anthony New Mexico, according to JW’s high-level government sources.
Citing Pakistani military officials, a newspaper syndicate confirms that he’s been killed. “In an intelligence-borne operation, top al-Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed by (the) Pakistan Army in an early morning raid in Shinwarsak, South Waziristan today,” a military statement quoted in the story says. “The remote region borders Afghanistan. His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid.”
Shukrijumah, 39, probably could have qualified for Obama’s amnesty. He was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to the U.S. with his family as a youngster in the mid-1990s. As a teenager he lived in South Florida’s Broward County and he attended the local community college where he took computer science and chemistry classes, according to the area’s newspaper. His mother, Zurah Adbu Ahmed, still lives in South Florida, the paper reports.
Austin citizens with AK47 weapons should be vetted by cops
Austin Police Department boss Art Acevedo wants to “vet” what he described as “gun enthusiasts” who may hold anti-government opinions.
His remarks follow a rampage by Larry Steve McQuilliams in Austin, Texas, on Thanksgiving. McQuilliams shot up the Mexican consulate and the Austin Police Department headquarters. He was killed by police.
Police said they discovered a map in the vehicle McQuilliams was driving that indicated 34 targets.
Acevedo urged citizens to contact the police if they know individuals that are angry and possess AK-47s, the kind of weapon McQuilliams allegedly used.
Austin police have characterized McQuilliams as a “lone wolf extremist“ who belonged to “an ultra-conservative Christian movement that, when we really dig into cursory reviews, are anti-biracial families, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay,” according to Acevedo.
17 States most effected by Obama’s “Immigration Reform are taking action to stop what is seen as yet another step in a long line of Executive Branch Overreach.
According to Foxnews.com, Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas and 16 other states are suing the Obama administration over the president’s executive actions on immigration.
Abbott, in a news conference in Austin, said immigration policies should be fixed by Congress, not by presidential “fiat.”
“There are three branches of the Federal Government for a reason.”
He said “President Obama’s recently announced executive actions — a move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation — ‘directly violate the fundamental promise to the American people’ by running afoul of the Constitution.”
“The ability of the president to dispense with laws was specifically considered and unanimously rejected at the Constitutional Convention”
Abbott specifically cited Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution which states the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” He said the lawsuit asks the court to require Obama to go through Congress before enforcing laws, “rather than making them up himself.”
In the lawsuit, Texas is joined by 16 other states, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah.
The lawsuit raises three objections: that Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power; that the federal government violated rulemaking procedures; and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also spoke out against the executive order saying it could trigger a new flood of people pouring across the Texas-Mexico border. Perry and Abbott also have said the order will promote a culture of lawlessness.
Perry said at a news conference that Obama’s 2012 executive order delaying the deportation of children brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents triggered an unprecedented wave of unaccompanied minors and families, mostly from Central America, crossing into the U.S. this summer.
“In effect, his action placed a neon sign on our border, assuring people that they could ignore the law of the United States,” said Perry, who has deployed up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
“More than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored for Ebola” –CDC
The killer virus Ebola may not be front and center in the news, but it’s still in the forefront of efforts by health officials nationwide. As of today, more than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored by state and local health departments after returning from West Africa. The good news is that no new cases have been reported in the U.S. since Oct. 23.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, which provided the figure,
“They are being monitored because they came from one of the four countries with ongoing Ebola outbreaks.”
Responding to a public outcry, the Department of Homeland Security began, on Oct. 22, requiring all U.S. bound passengers from the primary Ebola-infected West African nations to arrive at one of five U.S. airports with enhanced screening.
To date, ten people have been treated for Ebola in the U.S. since late September.
More than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored for Ebola–CDC
Patients with Ebola Brought to U.S.
A total of six people have been brought to the U.S. after contracting Ebola in West Africa: five healthcare workers and one photojournalist. The photojournalist is 33-year old Ashoka Mukpo. All but one survived. Dr. Martin Salia, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., was already critically ill when he arrived from Sierra Leone for treatment at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He died just a few days later on Nov. 17. Officials say they don’t know exactly how he contracted the virus.
Ebola Cases Diagnosed in the U.S.
A total of four people have been diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. since Sept. 30. All of them recovered except one.
September 30, 2014 – CDC confirmed the first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in Thomas Eric Duncan who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Local public health officials identified all of Duncan’s close contacts for daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure. Duncan died on Oct. 8. By Nov. 7, all of his close contacts had completed the 21-day monitoring period.
October 10, 2014 – Nina Pham, a 26-year old nurse who cared for Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for Ebola and was taken to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) Clinical Center. She recovered and was discharged on Oct. 24.
October 15, 2014 – Amber Vinson, a 29-year old nurse, became the second of Duncan’s health care workers to test positive for Ebola and was taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She had flown from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10, and from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13. CDC officials say they “worked to ensure that all passengers and crew on the two flights were contacted by public health professionals to answer their questions and arrange follow up as necessary.” The patient recovered and was discharged Oct. 28 and all monitored passengers completed monitoring by Nov. 3.
October 23, 2014 – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported Ebola in Dr. Craig Spencer, a medical aid worker who had returned to New York City from Guinea, where he served with Doctors Without Borders. He recovered and was discharged from Bellevue Hospital Center Nov. 11. No cases developed from outings he’d made in New York prior to being admitted to the hospital with a fever.
Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown.
“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. “In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.”
Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal justice system and “continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer.”
“Now this is a problem that Congress can’t run away from and the [Congressional Black Caucus] stands here today to make sure that Congress runs toward the problem,” Jeffries said. “That we come up with constructive solutions to breaking this cycle, this epidemic, this scourge of police violence all across America.”
Joining Jeffries were Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Al Green (D-Texas), who praised the handful of St. Louis Rams’ players for also making the “hands up” gesture as they entered the field for their game on Sunday.
“This has become the new symbol, a new statement, a statement wherein people around the country now, are calling to the attention of those who don’t quite understand that this is a movement that will not dissipate, it will not evaporate. It is a movement that is going to continue,” Green said on the floor.