Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Here's How Many Troops Mattis is Sending to Stop the Caravan(s)


By Katie Pavlich | Townhall


The Pentagon has released the official number of U.S. troops that will be sent to the southern border with Mexico in order to stop the 10,000 person strong caravan moving north from Honduras. A second caravan is behind it.

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News of 5,000 support troops deploying to southern border--on top of 2,000 Guard already there--means the U.S. military will have roughly the same number of troops stationed along the border with Mexico as deployed to Iraq and Syria.

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Officials at the Pentagon aren't explaining how the 5,000 number was chosen. They are calling the deployment "Operation Faithful Patriot."

During a recent interview with Fox News, Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen warned members of the caravan they will be prosecuted for attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.

For weeks, President Trump has warned the caravan and its countries of origin to turn around.

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Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!

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Last week Secretary of Defense James Mattis revealed equipment was being strategically placed along the border to back-up the deployment of additional troops.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with plans to deploy active duty troops there, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday as a caravan of Central Americans slowly heads across Mexico toward the United States.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him that details of the deployment are still being worked out but he should have them Sunday night. They will include exactly how many forces are needed.

Monday, October 29, 2018

What is Blexit? Candace Owens explains plan to lead ‘black exit’ from Democratic Party, impact 2020



Turning Point USA director of urban engagement Brandon Tatum (left) with communications director Candace Owens (right). (Christopher Howard/Fox News).

Conservative activist Candace Owens says she wants to “free” black voters from the decades-long grip of the Democratic Party – and is urging them to support a new movement she’s calling “Blexit.”

“Blexit is a Renaissance,” Owens told Fox News, giving the backstory behind the campaign she launched over the weekend. “Blexit is the black exit from the Democratic Party. It’s the black exit from permanent victimhood, the black exit from the false idea that we are somehow separate from the rest of America.”

The campaign made headlines recently after it was revealed Kanye West helped her design the Blexit logo. “Kanye saw my original design, and said, ‘I can do it better,’” Owens recalled. “It certainly was. He redesigned the logo with vibrant colors inspired by his trip to Uganda.”

Despite the recent attention, Owens told Fox News the concept of Blexit developed over time. As for the name, she recalled, it formed almost by accident. She was at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2017 and a radio interview had gone long, coinciding with President Trump’s speech at the event.


“The doors had closed, so I ran into a room where panelists could watch the speakers on this small TV,” Owens said. “I looked up and Nigel Farage of the Brexit movement was there. I thought, here in America we need a ‘Blexit’.”

Attendees of the Blexit announcement await the "Black State of the Union" speech delivered by Candace Owens, as she announced "Blexit." (Christopher Howard/Fox News).

Owens then purchased the "Blexit" domain, and started garnering support.
Fast forward to today, and she’s added “Founder of the Blexit Movement” to her resume, next to communications director at Turning Point USA.


The movement is geared toward the next election cycle, not the midterms. Owens said she is focused on the 2020 elections and plans to hold rallies in every major American city she claims has been hurt by Democratic policies including Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit.

“There are people that want to change their lives that have been lied to by the media,” Owens said. “There should be something waiting for them when they make that decision, and, now, Blexit will be there.”

Owens came under fire last week when she tweeted her doubts that the person behind a spate of mail bombs sent to Democrats was a conservative. Cesar Sayoc has been charged in the case and is an avowed supporter of President Trump.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

TRAGEDY: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting leaves 11 dead and 6 wounded; suspect hit with multiple charges




First responders were seen near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP)

The suspected gunman behind Saturday’s shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, which left 11 people dead and six more injured, has been formally charged, prosecutors said.



Robert Bowers, 46, was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts of crimes of violence and firearms offenses after authorities say he carried out an anti-Semitic attack on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. The bloody attack brought swift condemnation from President Trump and other leaders, and inspired a grim vigil in the city on Saturday night that attracted thousands.
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All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries...
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Bowers is facing 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death; 11 of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence; four counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer; and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The suspect also faces a list of local charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.


Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said police were dispatched to Tree of Life Synagogue at 9:55 a.m. after receiving calls describing an active-shooter situation in the city's predominantly Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood.


He confirmed the 11 deaths -- none of them children. As for the injury tally, he said it did not include the shooter, who was taken to the hospital after being taken into custody.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center officials said a 61-year-old woman was among the injured. Her injuries were described as “extremity soft tissue injuries that required cleaning in the operating room.” She is said to be in good condition and recovering.

Another victim was ID'd as a 70-year-old male with gunshot wounds to his torso “involving major organs in his abdomen.” He was undergoing his second operation and in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Police Chief Scott Schubert said that two police officers were hit during initial contact with the shooter and that two SWAT team members were also struck “during an engagement inside the building.” He confirmed that all four law enforcement officials are in stable condition.

The FBI special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, Bob Jones, said that it was the most “horrific crime scene” he’s witnessed in his 22-year career with the bureau. Jones said that the victims were targeted “simply because of their faith,” but that Bowers’ full motive was as yet unknown.

Bowers is said to have shouted that "all Jews must die" as he sprayed bullets, according to KDKA-TV. The attack took place during a baby naming ceremony on Shabbat, what is traditionally the busiest of days for synagogues.


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said that the FBI is investigating the shooting as “a hate crime.” That was reinforced on Saturday evening by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said the Justice Department intends to file hate-crime and other charges over an act he deemed "reprehensible and repugnant to the values of this nation."

Authorities believe the suspect acted alone.

“At this point we have no knowledge that Bowers was known to law enforcement before today,” Jones added.

Hours after the deadly shooting, thousands gathered at an intersection in the light rain to grieve for those killed and wounded.

"We'll be dealing with this for months and years," said State Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents the synagogue's district and was speaking a block away when the gunfire began. "It leaves an indelible mark."

In the afternoon appearance in Indianapolis, President Trump, who said he'd been in contact with the mayor and governor over the tragedy, called the shooting a wicked, anti-Semitic act of "pure evil."

First lady Melania Trump, like her husband, tweeted about the shooting Saturday.

“My heart breaks over the news out of Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America,” she wrote.

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My heart breaks over the news out of #Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America.

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Meanwhile, police in New York and Los Angeles said they would be deploying extra teams to synagogues and Jewish locations throughout those cities.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

Friday, October 26, 2018

UPDATE: Bomb suspect was cash-strapped ex-stripper devoted to Trump


By MICHAEL BIESECKER and STEPHEN BRAUN


WASHINGTON (AP) — Cesar Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former male stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along.

On Friday, he was identified by authorities as the Florida man who put pipe bombs in small manila envelopes, affixed six stamps and sent them to some of Trump’s most prominent criti
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Records show Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, has a history of financial problems and extensive record of past arrests, including a stint served on probation for making a bomb threat. He was born in New York City and attended college in North Carolina before moving to the Miami suburbs in the late 1980s.

Florida voter records show he first registered in March 2016 as a Republican and cast a ballot in that November’s heated presidential election. Sayoc’s social media accounts are peppered with memes supporting Trump, denigrating Democrats, and promoting conspiracy theories about George Soros, the billionaire political donor who was the first targeted this week by a package bomb.

Sayoc has also tweeted and posted on Facebook videos that appear to show him at Trump rallies.

At the auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, where Sayoc was taken swarmed by officers and arrested on Friday, authorities towed away a white van covered with stickers supporting Trump and criticizing media outlets that included CNN, the news channel also targeted by a mail bomb this week.

“I know the guy is a lunatic,” said Lenny Altieri, Sayoc’s cousin, told The Associated Press on Friday. “He has been a loner.” He confirmed that Sayoc had been a stripper.

Court records in Florida show that Sayoc was arrested in 2002 and served a year of probation for a felony charge of threatening to throw or place a bomb. Court records available online did not immediately provide further details about the case, but his lawyer in the case told The Associated Press the case involved a heated conversation with a Florida utility representative.

Ronald Lowy, a Miami attorney, said Sayoc became frustrated about a lack of service and told a Florida Power and Light employee “something to the effect that you’re not taking care of my problem and I bet you would if I threw a bomb at you.” Lowy said Sayoc showed no ability at the time to back up his threat with any bomb-making expertise.

The lawyer went on to describe Sayoc as “a confused man who had trouble controlling his emotions.”

Florida records show Sayoc was also convicted in 2014 for grand theft and misdemeanor theft of less than $300, and in 2013 for battery. In 2004, he faced several felony charges for unlawful possession of a synthetic anabolic steroid often used to help build muscles. 

He also had several arrests for theft in the 1990s and faced a felony charge for obtaining fraudulent refunds and a misdemeanor count of tampering with physical evidence.

Lowy said he recalled that Sayoc also had a run-in with authorities over possession of steroids and another case in Broward County where he was charged with possessing a fake driver’s license after altering his birthdate to make him appear younger.

“His mind doesn’t seem to operate like most peoples’,” Lowy said. “It shows in his anger, his emotion and his behavior.”

Lowy said Sayoc displayed no political leanings at the time except for plastering a vehicle he owned with Native American signs. Lowy said Sayoc told him his father was Native American.

More recently, Sayoc described himself on social media as being affiliated with the Seminole Warriors boxing club.

However, his cousin said Sayoc’s mother was Italian and his biological father was Filipino, and his parents separated when he was a young boy. Altieri said the only connection to Native Americans was that Sayoc a decade and a half ago had dated a woman in Minnesota who was a member of a tribe.

“That might be the only connection I can think of,” Altieri said.

Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said there is no evidence to show that Sayoc worked for the tribe or was a tribal member.

After his parents separated, Sayoc was “kind of rejected” by his family, Altieri said.

“When you get no love as a young kid, you get kind of out of whack,” he said.
Sayoc’s name is listed on business records tied to dry cleaning and catering businesses. Records also suggest he also had recent financial problems, including losing his home in foreclosure in 2009 and filling for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2012.

In court records filed as part of the bankruptcy case, Sayoc was described as having $4,175 in personal property and more than $21,000 in debts. His monthly income at the time was $1,070.

“Debtor lives with mother, owns no furniture,” Sayoc’s lawyer indicated in a property list. He owned a 2001 Chevy Tahoe with 285,000 miles on the odometer. Most of his debt was from unpaid credit cards opened up in South Florida and banks across the U.S.

Court files show Sayoc completed a financial management course and was discharged from his debts in September 2012. Sayoc’s mother, Madeline, also filed for bankruptcy at the same time and was discharged in January 2017.

She was not immediately available to respond to phone messages left with her by the AP.

Sayoc’s bankruptcy attorney, Christian Olson, declined to comment.

Christie Cauble, interim director of communications at Brevard College in North Carolina, said Sayoc enrolled at the school in 1980 and attended through three semesters. At the time, Brevard was a two-year school, and Cauble said Sayoc didn’t graduate.

He then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, enrolling for the 1983-84 academic year. Buffie Stephens, director of media relations for the school, said Sayoc didn’t declare a major. He played a few games as a walk-on player for the university’s men’s soccer team.

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Sayoc, @hardrock2016, includes memes denouncing Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, including a photo of Soros made to look like he’s holding a puppet that resembles Gillum.

Other posts called Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg “fake phony.” He posted memes repeatedly attacking Hogg in July. He also called Gov. Rick Scott “greatest Governor Ever” in a posting that shows the Republican governor alongside Trump.

In June, he praised Trump in a birthday message saying: “Happy Birthday President Donald J. Trump the greatest result President ever.”

Sayoc was swarmed by dozens of heavily armed law enforcement officers on Friday morning in the parking lot of an AutoZone store.

Thomas Fiori, a former federal law enforcement officer who operates a property management office directly across the street from the store, said he heard a small explosion, probably a device police use to distract subjects called a flash bang. Officers carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing bulletproof vests ordered Sayoc to the ground.

Fiori, who described Sayoc as having short hair on the sides and a ponytail in the back, said the accused mass bomber didn’t resist.

“He had that look of, ‘I’m done, I surrender,’ Fiori said.

Associated Press reporters Michael Schneider in Orlando, Florida, Ken Sweet in New York, Tom Foreman Jr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this story.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Pipe-Bombs Story: Another Example of Why No One Trusts the Media


By Andrew C. McCarthy | National Review

A member of the NYPD bomb squad outside the Time Warner Center after a suspicious package was found inside the CNN Headquarters in N.Y., October 24, 2018. (Kevin Coombs/Reuters)

The political Left has been known to orchestrate frame-up attacks designed to make it appear that right-leaning opponents are responsible for violent acts and plots.

If I wrote the paragraph above in the context of reporting or commenting on the pipe bombs that were reportedly sent by an unidentified person or persons to prominent Democrats, many people would react angrily, and rightly so. 

After all, there is no evidence that the atrocious but thankfully unsuccessful bombs targeted at high-profile Democrats was carried out by political leftists. 
Targeted were the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN, George Soros, and Eric Holder (as well as “Debbie Wasserman Shultz,” whose Florida office, with her name misspelled, was given as the return address on some of the packages. 

There is no proof that any Democrat was hoping to cast suspicion on Republican supporters, to suggest to voters, less than two weeks before the midterms, that Trump and GOP rhetoric incites violence. 

To intimate, in the absence of any proof, that left-wing agitators may be responsible would be a condemnable smear.

That’s why this paragraph, by the usually sensible Will Rashbaum in the New York Times’s report on the apparent attempted bombings, is so infuriating:

Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Soros and CNN have all figured prominently in conservative political attacks — many of which have been led by President Trump. 
He has often referred to major news organizations as “the enemy of the people,” and has had a particular animus for CNN.

The report goes on to say that the CNN bomb package was addressed to former Obama CIA director John Brennan (who is actually a commentator at MSNBC, not CNN). 

The Times then adds, gratuitously, that Brennan “is a harsh critic of Mr. Trump,” who revoked Brennan’s security clearance “in what was seen as an act of retribution.” 
At this point, there is no evidence whatsoever that provocative words from the president had anything to do with the sending of bombs. 

Indeed, there is as yet no known evidence of who is behind these possible attacks. 

And speaking of “attacks,” why, in light of the context of a possible bombing spree, is the Times asserting that Secretary Clinton, President Obama, and Mr. Soros have “figured prominently in conservative political attacks”? 

They have not been subjected to “attacks” in the sense conveyed by this report; they have been on the receiving end of mere political criticism, not the subjects of attempted political assassinations.   

There is plenty of media commentary at the moment about incivility, in the form of incendiary rhetoric and actions. This is entirely appropriate. 

But I’m at a loss to understand how the climate is improved by spicing up reports with thinly veiled suggestions that President Trump may have triggered a series of potentially murderous attacks on political opponents. 

A Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson opened fire on the Republicans he targeted and nearly killed Representative Steve Scalise. 

I don’t recall much Times speculation about whether he could have been set him off by Democrats urging their supporters to get aggressive — “get in their face”; “if they bring a knife, we bring a gun” — when dealing with political adversaries. 

As we often observe after terrorist attacks, everyone needs to take a deep breath until facts begin to emerge. The investigators are doing their jobs. 

Chances are we will know soon enough who is actually responsible for the pipe bombs. 

Then we probably won’t need speculation about motive and incitement . . . though there will be no shortage of it, anyway.
Andrew C. McCarthy — Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a contributing editor of National Review. @AndrewCMcCarthy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

FLORIDA DEMOCRAT CORRUPTION: Records show FBI agents gave Andrew Gillum tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in 2016


By Lawrence Mower | Tampa Bay Times


The records, released by former lobbyist Adam Corey today, appear to refute what his campaign has said about the trip.

Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raises new questions two weeks before the Nov. 6 election for Florida governor.

Among the records released Tuesday: photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent. They appear to contradict Gillum's explanation for the expenses, which have been made an major issue by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.

Gillum's campaign has maintained — and continued to do so Tuesday after the records were released — that Gillum's brother, Marcus, handed him the ticket the night of the show.

But text messages at the time of the trip show Gillum was told the tickets came from "Mike Miller," an FBI agent looking into city corruption who was posing as a developer.

"Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.," Corey texted Gillum on Aug. 10, 2016.

"Awesome news about Hamilton," Gillum replied, according to the records.
The campaign has not said how Marcus Gillum, who lives in Chicago, came by such a sought-after Broadway ticket, or whether Andrew Gillum asked his brother about it.

"These messages only confirm what we have said all along," Andrew Gillum said on Facebook Live. "We did go to see Hamilton. I did get my ticket to Hamilton from my brother. At the time, we believed that they were reserved by friends of Adam's, Mike Miller.

"And when I got there after work, got my ticket, we went in there and saw it, assumed my brother paid for it, and so far as I know, that was the deal."

DeSantis' campaign pounced with a statement: "It's now abundantly clear that Andrew Gillum has repeatedly lied about taking free gifts and trips from lobbyists. If he'll lie about these gifts and trips from lobbyists on national television, what else is he lying about?"

The new records came from Chris Kise, an attorney representing Corey. Kise said he gave the records to the Florida Commission on Ethics, which is investigating a complaint about Gillum's trips to New York City and Costa Rica with Corey. He then gave copies to the campaigns of Gillum and DeSantis.

Once a close friend of Gillum's, Corey is at the center of the FBI's long-running probe into corruption in Tallahassee. No one has been charged, and Gillum has said that agents assured him he was neither a target nor a focus of the probe.

Gillum has repeatedly given vague answers to questions about who paid for the New York City trip. His avoidance of a direct answer became pronounced during a Sunday debate on CNN between DeSantis and Gillum.

"Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?" DeSantis asked.

"First of all, I am a grown man," Gillum replied. "My wife and I take vacations and we pay for our own vacations … I don't take free trips from anybody. I'm a hard-working person, I know that may not fit your description of what you think people like me do, but I've worked hard for everything that I've gotten in my life."

The new records go beyond Broadway tickets.

They show that undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen were working for months to get an out-of-state meeting with Gillum, and that Gillum appeared willing to oblige them.

In June 2016, Corey texted Miller, the undercover agent, telling him that he would discuss options with Gillum.

"I just want to make it a good trip and Sweets and B will be booked on something else if we don't lock something down," Miller replied.

"Mike Sweets" and "Brian Butler" were the two other undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen.

Corey then followed up proposing to meet in Las Vegas.

"AG thinks Vegas in August is an easier option for him," Corey texted Miller, referring to Gillum. "He is double checking availability with his office now. Stand by."

Instead of Las Vegas, they met in New York, while Gillum was attending a conference on behalf of the People for the American Way Foundation, a liberal advocacy group that employed him.

Text messages show Miller paid for the airfare and hotel room for Gillum's brother, Marcus.

"Send me the mayor and his brother's information and I will have my girl book their flights," Miller wrote.

Corey replied that Gillum had already booked his flight, but he would send his brother's information "ASAP."

"Just tell them to let me know what their flights cost and I will cover it," Miller said.

The ethics complaint was filed against Gillum in June this year, and Gillum met with investigators in early September.

Kise said Corey was issued a subpoena for records on Oct. 15 and was releasing the records now because they were going to become public anyway. He said they showed Corey did not participate in any criminal activity.

"Mr. Corey seeks, as he has sought in the past, to remove himself from the center of rampant and untoward speculation," Kise wrote. "Hopefully, disclosure of the actual facts will now permit him to do so, and to move forward with his life and career."

It's rare but not unprecedented for the commission to use its subpoena power, as it did in the Gillum case.

"We do not keep track of the number of subpoenas issued by the commission," commission spokeswoman Kerrie Stillman said. "However, subpoenas are not uncommon."

By law, ethics complaints are confidential until they are dismissed, a probable cause finding is made or the target of a complaint voluntarily waives confidentiality — which Gillum has not done.

Tuesday's document dump was the type of event Democrats feared when Gillum won the party's nomination in August but hoped would never come. Though supporters generally dismissed the significance of the texts and emails between Gillum and Corey, one Democratic consultant acknowledged that anyone on the fence about Gillum could be deflated.

The timing of the release — exactly two weeks before Election Day and on the second day of early voting — comes during a key period for the Democratic Party, when voters typically begin showing up to the polls in large numbers and making up the advantage Republicans build during absentee voting. During the primary election, it was Gillum's election-day surge that put him ahead of his rivals.

Chris Korge, a Gillum supporter and Democratic booster, said he doesn't think the release of texts and emails will dampen support for Gillum. Korge thinks two Hillary Clinton fundraisers in South Florida raised a combined $2.5 million for Gillum on Tuesday, and said he's got another fundraiser planned with more than 400 attendees this week in Coral Gables.

Times/Herald staff writers Steve Bousquet Steve Contorno and Miami Herald staff writers David Smiley and Elizabeth Koh contributed to this report.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

CRISIS: Mile-long Migrant Mob Marches Toward Our Border


PHOTO: Mainly Adult Males Invading America To Take Jobs And Get Taxpayer Funded Benefits

Democrat-Backed Catch-And-Release Loopholes Created A Border Crisis


CRISIS AT OUR BORDER: Recent illegal immigration data show the urgent need to address the crisis at our border sparked by catch-and-release loopholes backed by Congressional Democrats.

·       The surge of aliens from Central America crossing our borders, thanks to our outdated laws demanding catch-and-release, has created a dire crisis at our border.

o   Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 94,285 Central Americans as part of family units at the border last year, 99 percent of whom remain in the Country today.  

o   CBP apprehended 31,754 unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle of Central America last year, 98 percent of whom remain in the Country today. 

·       The number of illegal alien family units we can remove in a year is roughly equivalent to the number that cross our borders in 48 hours.

DEMOCRAT-BACKED LOOPHOLES FORCE THE RELEASE OF APPREHENDED ALIENS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA: Congressional Democrats helped create loopholes that make it nearly impossible to remove many illegal aliens.

·       Outrageous catch-and-release laws and court rulings have resulted in de facto immunity for illegal alien minors and adults from Central America who arrive at the border with them.

·       Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which prevents the speedy return of unaccompanied minors from non-contiguous countries. 

·       Judicial orders interpreting a Clinton-era consent decree, known as the Flores Settlement Agreement, hinder the Government’s ability to detain and remove alien family units. 

o   The effect is that the Government is forced to release entire family units into the interior of the United States, after which they often fail to appear for their court hearings. 

o   Even if they do appear, it can take years to reach an initial decision in their cases.

·       Eighty percent of aliens claiming a fear of return to their home country get through the initial credible fear screening, but only 20 percent of those claiming asylum end up being granted it.

o   Regardless, 99 percent of asylum seekers in family units are able to remain in the United States.

·       Illegal immigration has undergone a dramatic shift from what used to be mostly single adults from Mexico to now Central American family units and unaccompanied minors.

o   In fiscal year 2000, 98 percent of aliens apprehended by United States Border Patrol were from Mexico, but today nearly 60 percent are from Central America.

OPEN BORDER OBSTRUCTIONISTS: Congressional Democrats’ solution to the immigration crisis facing our Country has been obstruction and insistence on open borders.

·       Democrats defend loopholes that allow minors from Central America, and all adults traveling with them, to illegally cross our borders and remain while their cases are processed.

·       Democrats in the House even opposed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which would have helped remove criminal illegal alien gang members from our communities.  

·       Earlier this year, every single Democrat in the Senate signed up to cosponsor a radical, open borders immigration bill by Sen. Feinstein to expand the existing catch-and-release loopholes.

o   Sen. Feinstein’s bill would effectively give amnesty to illegal aliens caught within 100 miles of the border, as long as they are accompanied by a minor.

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