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September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
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September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #270 on: July 28, 2014, 07:03:52 pm »

Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration.

Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.

Yet there's little sign that the urgent humanitarian situation in South Texas, where unaccompanied minors have been showing up by the tens of thousands from Central America, has impeded Obama from making plans to address some portion of the 11.5 million immigrants now in this country illegally. Obama announced late last month that congressional efforts to remake the nation's dysfunctional immigration system were dead and he would proceed on his own authority to fix the system where he could.

Since then he's asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied youths, a request that's gone unmet even as the House and the Senate scramble to see if they can vote on some solution to the crisis this week before adjourning for their annual August recess.

Meanwhile, White House officials led by Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, along with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, have been working to chart a plan on executive actions Obama could take, hosting frequent meetings with interest groups and listening to recommendations from immigration advocates, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, Hispanic lawmakers and others.

Advocates and lawmakers who were in separate meetings Friday said that administration officials are weighing a range of options including reforms to the deportation system and ways to grant relief from deportation to targeted populations in the country, likely by expanding Obama's two-year-old directive that granted work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as youths. That program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been extended to more than 500,000 immigrants so far.

Advocates would like to see deferred action made available to anyone who would have been eligible for eventual citizenship under a comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed last year, which would be around 9 million people. But Obama told them in a meeting a month ago to "right-size" expectations, even as he pledged to be aggressive in steps he does take.

That's led advocates to focus on other populations Obama might address, including parents or legal guardians of U.S. citizen children (around 3.8 million people as of 2009, according to an analysis by Pew Research's Hispanic Trends Project) and parents or legal guardians of DACA recipients (perhaps 500,000 to 1 million people, according to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement).

"Our parents deserve to live without the fear of deportation," Maria Praeli, a 21-year-old from New Haven who came to the United States from Peru 16 years ago, said at a protest outside the White House on Monday. "It is time for the president to go big and to go bold."

Another focus could be the potentially hundreds of thousands of people who might be eligible for green cards today if current law didn't require them to leave the country for 10 years before applying for one.

At the same time, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it is actively working to determine whether there are steps Obama could take by executive action that could help the business community.

For Obama, the political repercussions of broad executive action on immigration could be unpredictable, and extreme.

Republicans are warning he could provoke a constitutional crisis.

"It would be an affront to the people of this country which they will never forgive, it would be a permanent stain on your presidency," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said on the Senate floor Monday, while urging language to block such executive action be made part of any legislation to address the border crisis.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced plans to use an oversight hearing on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency Tuesday to raise questions about Obama's plans, which he warned could "worsen the border crisis and encourage many more to come."

On the other side, some Democrats have debated the best timing for Obama to take executive action, raising questions as to whether acting before the midterms could hurt vulnerable Senate Democrats in close races while boosting turnout among the GOP base.

But liberal advocates noted that Obama's move on deferred action two years ago gave him a boost heading into his re-election and could help this year with Latino voters discouraged over the failure of immigration reform legislation and record-high deportations on Obama's watch. Republicans would be in a position of deciding whether to come out in favor of deporting sympathetic groups, such as parents, and many liberals say impeachment talk would only shore up Democratic base voters.

"Most Democrats will be thrilled" if Obama acts boldly on immigration, said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a leading advocacy group. "And Republicans will keep lurching to the right and cementing their reputation as the anti-immigrant party."
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« Reply #271 on: July 31, 2014, 10:18:07 am »

The Immigration Problem We’re Not Talking About

One of the biggest factors driving the surge of unaccompanied children making the dangerous journey from Central America to the United States’ Southern border has been the incorrect impression that, once they arrive, they will be allowed to stay. Unfortunately, by vastly understaffing the country’s immigration courts, the U.S. government has made that myth appear to be reality.

Imagine this. What if the first wave of children in this migration of tens of thousands had been deported back to Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala a few months after they left home in the first place? It seems likely that word would have got around that, contrary to rumor, the United States was not providing blanket amnesty to children.

In fact, according to the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, the vast majority of unaccompanied children crossing the border are designated for deportation once they come before a judge. The problem is that wait time for a hearing in immigration court is measured not in weeks or months, but in years.

According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there was a backlog of 375,503 cases in the immigration court system as of the end of June. That’s more than twice the number of pending cases in 2008. It also translates into an average wait time, according to TRAC, of 587 days for an initial hearing, with wait times in some jurisdictions averaging much longer.

In Omaha, for instance, the average case takes 839 days to get in front of a judge. In Los Angeles, it’s 820, and in Phoenix it’s 808. And these are just averages. Immigration activists report some children waiting three to five years for a hearing. Worse yet, in some cases, the initial hearing is only part of the process; some drag on for years even after they first come before a judge.

Part of the reason is that the federal immigration court system is gravely understaffed when considering the magnitude of the task in front of it. There are currently about 243 immigration judges, or one to every 1,545 pending cases.

This means that families in Central America who send their children north can report to friends and neighbors that those kids are in the United States and aren’t coming back anytime soon, creating an incentive for other parents to send their children on the perilous trip.

The worst part about this is that it was a completely predictable and avoidable problem.

There is a growing call among those most concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants to amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which many blame for the current crisis on the Southern border. Originally passed in 2000, and meant to protect the victims of human trafficking from being returned to dangerous circumstances, the law barred the immediate deportation of children who enter the US illegally, and who are not from Mexico or Canada. The immigration caseload, flat or declining in the years immediately before 2000, has been on a nearly uninterrupted rise ever since.

But all the law guarantees is a hearing – not amnesty. And the passage of a law promising a hearing to a large segment of illegal immigrants who would not otherwise be entitled to one ensured an increased workload for the immigration court system – a promise the U.S. government largely ignored.

“It’s sort of ironic the one part of the immigration system that is underfunded is the one that provides due process to immigrants,” said Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research for the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. In recent years, he said, funding for immigration enforcement operations increased 300 percent – that’s the part of the system charged with apprehending illegal immigrants and bringing them before a judge. Over the same time frame, said Costa, the funding for the courts rose only 70 percent.

“If there wasn’t an immigration court crisis, there wouldn’t really be a border crisis,” said Costa. “The crisis is that we can’t provide everybody with a hearing. If they were being processed in an orderly fashion – if their cases were being processed in 60, 90, or 100 days, I don’t know if people would be making so much noise about it.”

President Obama’s $4 billion proposal to address the crisis on the border would allow for the hiring of a few dozen judges. A more expansive proposal being pushed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski would provide for substantially more. Given the backlog, though, there’s no likelihood, in the near term, of changing the impression many potential illegal immigrants have that, simply by crossing the border, they will get to stay in the U.S. indefinitely.

Reducing the backlog is going to take years – even with additional funding, said Costa. “Even if you to double or triple the immigration judges you aren’t going to do it overnight.”
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« Reply #272 on: July 31, 2014, 03:32:35 pm »

House leaders abandon border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they called an urgent meeting to plot their next moves.

The surprise developments, coming on Congress' final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, were an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small group of tea party lawmakers once again upset their plans.

Even if Boehner succeeded in reviving the border bill, there was no chance it could be reconciled with a very different version awaiting action in the Senate in time to send to President Barack Obama before Congress heads on its summer recess Friday.

The developments were also a disappointment for the majority of House Republicans who were eager to produce a legislative solution to the situation on the border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been showing up from chaotic Central American nations and crossing illegally into the United States. Many Republican lawmakers were reluctant to return to their districts to face voters without having acted.

"It can't wait, it's a humanitarian crisis," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said before the vote on the $659 million measure was canceled, as he pleaded with fellow Republicans to support the legislation to send resources to the border and send the arriving youths back home faster.

"This bill is an urgently needed bill," Rogers said.

But it was unclear if such sentiments could prevail and pull the GOP conference back together.

"There are still members who are convinced that they're going to be endangered back in their districts if we don't, quote, do something, unquote," said conservative Rep. John Fleming, R-La., who said he opposes any extra border spending.

"I completely disagree with them on that. I think by doing something, all we're doing is taking Obama's nightmare for ourselves. He created it," Fleming said.

Significant concessions by leadership failed to secure support from a small band of tea party lawmakers reluctant to give money to Obama without taking steps to rein in his executive authority on immigration. Those lawmakers were goaded on by firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who summoned them for pizza Wednesday evening to strategize against the bill.

As conservative opposition mounted, GOP leaders agreed late Wednesday to schedule a separate vote on legislation to block Obama from extending deportation relief to more immigrants here illegally, beyond the 500,000 that have already benefited from a program he created.

That seemed to win over some lawmakers by Thursday morning, but as the day progressed conservative lawmakers and outside groups declared the measure insufficient.

Then, just before the vote on the border bill was to begin, there was an unexplained pause in action on the House floor, and suddenly the reading clerk called up an unrelated highway bill instead.

Minutes later, the border bill disappeared from the House schedule for the day, and Boehner and other House leaders issued a statement saying: "This situation shows the intense concern within our conference — and among the American people — about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president's refusal to faithfully execute our laws. ... We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country."

Democrats openly mocked the apparent influence of Cruz over the House GOP, referring to him as Speaker Cruz. Some House Republicans chafed over his involvement.

"I think we've seen this game before," said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is close to House GOP leaders. "Any time the groups come out and start to score about these issues, then senators get involved and they start having meetings and then they all sit together and sing 'Kumbaya' and stop any progress."
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« Reply #273 on: July 31, 2014, 06:04:02 pm »

House Delays Recess Until Border Bill Is Passed

House Republicans, poised to head out for their August break, are staying in Washington to try to pass a plan addressing child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, and some blame Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Cruz, a Tea Party-backed lawmaker from Texas, is urging House Republicans to oppose leaders’ $659 million border plan. Enough of them balked to force leaders to cancel today’s scheduled vote on the bill for lack of support.

“We’ll have the votes tomorrow,” Representative Spencer Bachus of Alabama told reporters.

House leaders plan to confer with holdouts tonight to work on revisions to the measure, and Republicans will meet privately in the morning. Representative John Fleming of Louisiana said that to get his vote, “they would have to massively change what’s in the bill.”

Even if the House manages to pass a measure, Congress almost certainly will leave Washington for the August break without enacting a plan to address the border crisis. The Senate yesterday advanced a $2.7 billion plan, still less than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested.

Republicans and Democrats also disagree about Republicans’ bid to change a law to speed the deportation of children at the border.

House Republican leaders had repeatedly adjusted the border proposal in an effort to gain support from lawmakers aligned with the small-government Tea Party movement.

“We’ve got a caucus of widely disparate views, and it never really gelled for 218 on our side,” the number of votes needed to pass a bill in the House, said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican.

Cruz Meeting

Cruz this week was urging party members in the House to oppose the bill, H.R. 5230. Late yesterday he met with about a dozen House Republicans over pizza and Dr. Pepper to discuss strategy about the proposal.

“Ted Cruz and a handful of Republicans have hijacked the party,” said Representative Peter King, a New York Republican.

“Speaker Cruz is deciding the agenda,” said Representative Joe Garcia, a Florida Democrat.

Cruz been an influential voice among House Republicans, urging them to oppose Obamacare at every turn. His encouragement to withhold support for government spending unless the president’s health-care law was defunded led to the partial government shutdown in October.

Senator Sessions

Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, also sought to persuade House Republicans to oppose their leaders’ bill, Bachus said. In a statement on his website, Sessions said Congress needs to pass a stronger bill to prevent Obama from taking executive action to provide “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants.

The blowup over the border bill occurred as House Speaker John Boehner’s new leadership team is taking control following the defeat of outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a Tea Party-backed candidate in a Virginia primary vote.

“We are going to stay until we get it done,” Representative Darrell Issa of California told reporters after the meeting. “There were a number of people who had indicated no but they would now vote yes.”

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said, though, that members of his party were already leaving Washington.

Texas Republican Kay Granger said she was “very disappointed” the bill her border working group helped write was pulled from the floor. The reason was “no votes,” she told reporters.

Senate Bill

With the House in disarray, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters that Senate Democrats would press forward with an effort to pass their $2.7 billion spending bill later today.

“Obviously we’ll try and pass ours,” said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, adding that he wasn’t surprised Boehner couldn’t lock down the votes for the House bill. “It’s not the first time.”

Today’s move in the House was similar to another failed attempt by Boehner to corral votes from his members. In December 2012 he canceled a vote on his proposal to extend expiring tax breaks for people making up to $1 million annually. That ultimately led to a fiscal compromise including a tax increase for individuals making more than $400,000 a year.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an interview, criticized Republicans for stripping down their bill repeatedly to appeal to holdout Tea Party members.

‘Bad Enough’

“It wasn’t even bad enough for them,” said Pelosi of California.

The border vote would be a tough one for some Tea Party Republicans because it combines more spending with the politically difficult issue of immigration. In the past few years, Boehner has had to rely on Democratic support to help pass some measures, including a debt-limit increase and a farm bill.

Boehner told reporters July 29 that leaders had “a little more work to do” to gain support for the border bill.

Late yesterday, Republican leaders agreed to allow a vote on a measure -- sought by Cruz and other party members -- to block Obama from expanding a 2012 executive order giving certain undocumented children relief from immigration proceedings.

That agreement “cuts both ways” by picking up certain Republicans and losing others, said Representative Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican.

About 57,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the border from Oct. 1, 2013, through June 15, double the total from the same time a year earlier. Most of the children are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Securing Border

Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan Republican, said regarding the leaders’ plan, “I don’t really think it secures the border.”

“I’m not really interested in supporting it because I don’t think it does anything,” Bentivolio said.

The Obama administration seized on the House leadership’s failure to get a vote and used it to justify the president’s plan to use executive actions on the border issue.

“By pulling their own bill, the House GOP once again proves why the president must act on his own to solve problems,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer posted on Twitter.

Pfeiffer told reporters last week that the humanitarian crisis on the border combined with a deadlock in Congress give Obama “broad permission to take what executive action we can to try to deal with the broken immigration system.”

Democratic officials and immigration advocates have said Obama is considering using his executive authority to let millions of undocumented immigrants obtain work permits that would allow them to stay in the U.S. legally. Obama probably will act before the November midterm congressional elections.
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« Reply #274 on: July 31, 2014, 06:09:35 pm »


OUTRAGE: Illegal Aliens to be Housed in Renovated ‘Suites’ with Flat-Screen TVs, New Soccer Field, Health Club
By Top Right News on July 31, 2014 in 2016, Border Security, Crime, Obama, Politics, Texas

Thousands of veterans are suffering in outdated facilities, many dying from neglect, or even just waiting for an appointment. Millions of Americans remain out of work or are homeless, children are hungry or go without basic supplies in dilapidated schools.

But the Federal government seems unwilling or unable to fix these problems. But there seems to be no limit to the blank check Obama will write for his most-favored amongst us: illegal invaders.

And now he has spent millions to renovate facilities in Texas to house illegals in the style he thinks they deserve (and God knows where else, since they keep most everything secret) .

Case in point: a planned facility 3 hours north of the Rio Grande Valley that will over 500 “women and children” from Central America who crossed the Rio Grande over the past few months. As KRGV reports:

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a refurbished detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley.

    The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley.

    The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to house women and children. The center housed only adult immigrants in the past.

    Immigrants will be at the facility for an average of 23 days.

    The feds said the immigrants will be referred to as “residents” and the rooms as “suites.” The suites are furnished with flat-screen television sets and landline telephones. The center has a soccer field covered with artificial turf, ping pong tables and a weight room.

    A charter school nearby will provide schooling and access to a library for the immigrant children.

Work hard, fellow Americans: illegal aliens are counting on your tax dollars.

Notice how the Feds told the reporter that they “must” provide these luxuries to keep up “Federal standards”. Where are such “standards” for our wounded veterans?
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« Reply #275 on: August 01, 2014, 12:19:57 pm »

As we all know, Rick Warren is a Council on Foreign Relations member - the same shadow government group pushing for the North American Union!
Rick Warren, Andy Stanley to Headline Major Hispanic Evangelical Leadership Conference

Renowned Hispanic evangelical church leaders from Latin America and throughout the United States will trek to Los Angeles to partake in LiderVision Conference, considered to be the largest Spanish-speaking convergence movement, during a two-day event beginning August 1.

"Pastors and ministry leaders today need ministerial renovation. We need to broaden our knowledge and skills and in turn we need to work together," reads a statement on LiderVision's website. "That is why LiderVision is not only an annual event but an event of connections."

The event is organized by Editorial Vida and Grupo Nelson, publishing entities under Harper Collins Christian Publishing, and will be headlined by Rick Warren, Marcos Witt, Samuel Rodriguez, Andy Stanley, Luis Palau, Phillip Yancey and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend round table discussions to engage in conversation and questions about practical topics within ministry today. Each discussion will be moderated by experts in the topic of interest and will offer different perspectives on subjects about church growth, culture, leadership, youth ministry, worship, technology within the church and Bible study.

In a previous interview with The Christian Post, David Coyotl, a member of the marketing team at Editorial Vida, said the event is intended to be dynamic with a collaborative environment.

"The purpose is for these experts to disperse their knowledge to those with similar interests and experiences which will facilitate open dynamic interaction among them," said Coyotl.

Coyotl also said that bringing together renowned leaders has been an ongoing work in progress as they have worked to establish relationships with various movers and shakers within the Christian community over the last 15 years.

"We're trying to consolidate a community based on leaders who encounter similar experiences but are separated by different Latin American countries," he added. "Our efforts go beyond our event … it's more than just that."

LiderVision holds conferences in Washington, D.C., Houston and Los Angeles each year. In addition, the organization will host a conference in Mexico City in 2015 and will launch a new television program in August.
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« Reply #276 on: August 01, 2014, 03:02:05 pm »

Feds Fly Unaccompanied Minors to Alaska

HOUSTON, Texas--As unaccompanied minors continue to illegally cross the Texas-Mexico border, President Obama's Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing them onto U.S. soil. A total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody and placed into foster homes, according to HHS' Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR). While many migrants have been released in border states like Texas and California, others have been set free in Alaska.

Federal data shows that as of July 7, five unaccompanied minors were released in Alaska.

The trip from McAllen, Texas--where the current border crisis is occurring--to Anchorage, Alaska is a nine and a half hour flight. This is almost double the time it would take to fly the migrants back to their home countries in Central America; a flight from McAllen to El Salvador takes just over five hours, according to Google Maps.

The federal government's reasons for transporting unaccompanied minors all the way to Alaska are unclear. Some of the minors have also been flown to Hawaii, according to Fox News' Todd Starnes.

Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have been spent flying illegal immigrants to locations around the nation. Breitbart Texas recently revealed that a Department of Homeland Security budget for Fiscal Year 2015 includes more than $87 million for the transportation of illegal immigrants, who are most often flown via charter plane from Southern Texas to shelters located in various U.S. cities.

Subsequent to a short stay in federal housing facilities, most of the minors are released from custody. They promise to show up at an immigration court hearing at a future date, but many never do. Foster families, or "sponsors," for children migrants are often located through nonprofit organizations at various locations in the U.S. Breitbart Texas has reported closely on the process of becoming a foster parent of a foreign youth--in some cases, sponsors can receive up to $7,400 per month for housing up to six illegal immigrants at a time. The payments are dispersed by the federal government.

"ORR cares for the children in shelters around the country until they can be released to a sponsor, typically a parent or relative, who can care for the child while their immigration case is processed," an HHS webpage says. "Ensuring that a potential sponsor can safely and appropriately care for the child is a top priority.  A background check is conducted on all potential sponsors, and steps are taken to verify a potential sponsor’s identity and relationship to the child.  In some cases where concerns are raised, a home study is done. Before children are released to a sponsor, they receive vaccinations and medical screenings. We do not release any children who have a contagious condition."

Breitbart Texas made multiple attempts via phone and email to reach HHS and inquire about the shipment of illegal immigrants to Alaska. No phone calls or emails were returned.
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« Reply #277 on: August 03, 2014, 04:01:42 pm »

Undocumented Immigrant Minors With Legal Counsel Show Up for Immigration Court, Likely to Stay in US, Says Report

The immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border has seen an influx of undocumented immigrant minors enter the country in alarming figures.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 57,525 undocumented immigrant children under the age of 18 and traveling without a parent or guardian were apprehended between Oct. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. For 2015, the White House said up to 150,000 undocumented children will enter the U.S. With many undocumented immigrant children being apprehended to detention centers, they have the opportunity to make their case to stay in the U.S. at an immigration court hearing. According to new reports, however, the children appearing at the immigration courts bring new problems.

Republican Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain claimed 90 percent of unaccompanied immigration children skip their immigration hearings. Sen. Flake told The Arizona Republic that his 90 percent source was House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The senators' allegation has received criticism, such as from the Department of Justice's Executive Office of Immigration Review. The office's director, Juan Osuna, said 46 percent of all overall minors failed to appear at court hearings, but he didn't share the rate for unaccompanied children.

"The fact that no one -- from the executive branch to the chairman of the congressional oversight committee -- is able to tell us how many of the kids currently being apprehended will show up for court just underscores the need for better tracking and reporting, which is what Sen. Flake and Sen. McCain are trying to do with their bill," Flake spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said to The Arizona Republic.

As noted by President Barack Obama, the wait times for a hearing at an immigration court can be long. Pew Research revealed the current U.S. immigration process could take months, even years, for an undocumented immigrant to be processed through the country's system, regardless of the outcome.

As Latin Post reported, the Department of Justice noted that the U.S. immigration courts have a backlog of 375,373 cases, approximately 50,000 more cases than in 2012. According to National Association of Immigration Judges President Dana Leigh Marks, she has scheduled immigration cases as far as 2018. Judge Marks is one of the 243 judges making decisions for the more than 59 immigration courts in the U.S.

The Transnational Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University revealed 47.5 percent of undocumented minors with legal counsel are present for their immigration court hearings and granted the right to stay in the U.S. The study revealed nine out of 10 children without an attorney are deported.

"Examining cases filed during the last 21 months (FY 2013 through June 30, 2014) for which outcomes have been reached, a greater proportion of the children have been allowed to remain in this country, and a smaller percentage were ordered deported, relative to earlier cohorts of children," the study stated. "This was true both for those who were represented as well as those who were not."

The study also reported, "Even without the assistance of an attorney, over a quarter of recently arrived children have been allowed by an Immigration Judge to remain, as compared with only 10 percent for the decade as a whole."

For 2014, Congress allocated $312 million for immigration courts, which is an increase from $289 million in 2013.
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« Reply #278 on: August 03, 2014, 04:15:55 pm »

Are We Being Lied To ? – Detainment Center At Artesia New Mexico Claims Lockdown Due To Chicken Pox… But Something Is Not Adding Up

A few days ago we shared the Washington Times story about a facility in New Mexico being closed due to a Chicken Pox outbreak.  However, a little more research into the Artesia, New Mexico, Detainment Center and you can find out a week prior a little-known CDC/DHS inspection found there were 89 (eighty-nine) cases of Tuberculosis identified in the exact same facility.

Is the Chicken Pox story a cover for the more troublesome Tuberculosis outbreak ? Is the New Mexico quarantine really because of Chicken Pox ?

If so, why didn’t they quarantine the facility as they began x-ray screening for the 89 active skin-test TB cases ?

I think with research we have a pretty good idea of what the *actual* reality is.  But first, the Chicken Pox story as it appeared in the media:

NEW MEXICO - The federal government’s new facility to house illegal immigrant families surging across the border has been put on lockdown because of chicken pox, with no immigrants allowed to be transferred in or out, a congressman said this week.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants being kept at the campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, are being treated for and vaccinated against chicken pox after an outbreak, said Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican congressman whose district includes Artesia.

“As the FLETC facility reaches maximum capacity, I am increasingly concerned for the health and safety of the women and children at FLETC and for the local community. The virus, that has caused two residents to be put in isolation, has halted all departures,” Mr. Pearce said.

He said he’s asked the Homeland Security Department, which runs the facility, to be available to handle calls from the community.

The chicken pox outbreak is the latest hiccup for federal officials struggling to gain a handle on the surge of illegal immigrants from Central America this year.

While most of the attention has been on the children traveling without their parents, the border has been flooded by an almost equal number of families from Central America — usually women bringing their children with them. While unaccompanied children were being turned over to social workers, the families were eligible for quick deportations — except the government had fewer than 100 beds to hold the thousands of people being apprehended. (read more)

However, the week prior, the first underreported story of positive skin TB tests in the same facility reflected this reality:  (*note – Pay attention to the dates)

TUESDAY JULY 22nd – ARTESIA >> A total of 89 undocumented immigrants detained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center have tested positive on the tuberculosis, or TB, skin test, but no individual has actually contracted the disease according to J.R. Doporto, a Carlsbad City Councilor.

A positive TB skin or blood test only signifies that the person has been infected with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis, according to a fact sheet published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The test does not show whether the person has actually contracted the tuberculosis disease.

If a person tests positive in the TB skin test, he or she is then given a chest x-ray which proves whether the subject has contracted the disease.

Doporto, Artesia Mayor Phil Burch, and other various city and county officials from Southeastern New Mexico met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Tuesday (7/22) for an update on the status of the undocumented immigrants being detained at FLETC while they await either deportation or an asylum hearing in front of an immigration judge. (read more)

On Tuesday July 22nd they were in the process of x-raying the positive skin test detainees to identify “ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS”.

According to the media report some detainees ‘skin-tested positive’ on Tuesday July 22nd, and therefore couldn’t get their x-rays until Wednesday July 23rd or Thursday the 24th.  There are 603 illegal alien detainees in this facility. Notably ICE refused to give the reporter commentary.   However, the final paragraph of the article is this:

[...]  No detainee to-date has been found to have any contagious disease or virus since Central Americans who were caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border were first brought to Artesia on June 27. (link)

And yet SIX DAYS after this article, and four days after the TB X-Rays began, the entire facility was shut down due to an outbreak of “chicken pox” ?

Doesn’t make sense.

If, according to the reporter and city council member, no detainee through 7/22/14 “has been found to have any contagious disease“, then why did the entire facility get quarantined five days after they began screening (x-rays) for “active TB” ?

Think about it.

…And another factor coincidence.  The same day as the media reports the facility was quarantined, President Obama signs an executive order allowing for the detainment and quarantine of those showing signs of acute respiratory disease, ex: Tuberculosis.

On Thursday, Barack Obama signed an executive order that allows for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals with certain severe acute respiratory diseases, not including influenza. The executive order modifies one signed in 2003 by George Bush that allowed for the detention and quarantine of those with SARS.

“Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled,” the executive order reads. “This subsection does not apply to influenza.” (link)

Our hunch, our reasonable hunch based on empirical evidence, is the quarantine was a direct result of positive x-ray scans for ACTIVE TB.

Further evidenced because the CDC, DHS and ICE have been studying TB contagion rates in illegal aliens for several years.    And not coincidentally guess which countries have the highest rates of TB virus:

It’s important to remember the U.S. Border Patrol does NOT screen for diseases.  The BP merely process the apprehended illegal alien and transfer into a temporary detainment facility – like the FLETC facility in Artesia, New Mexico – where DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) take over and begin screening the arrivals.

Additionally, and again not coincidentally, yesterday the following article outlined Inspector General audits of DHS facilities.   The audit reflected an alarming reality:

Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.

The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California during July 1-16.  (continue reading)

An outbreak of “Chicken Pox” sounds a lot better to the public than an outbreak of “Tuberculosis”, no?   The former sounds, well, almost ‘childlike’.

I seriously doubt the exact same facility holding 603 detainees, just coincidentally with 89 positive TB skin tests, is quarantined because of chicken pox -with zero prior occurrence’s- just five days after x-rays began on 89 positive TB skin test patients; on the same day President Obama signs an executive order allowing DHS to detain and isolate TB carriers.

Occam’s Razor !

Just sayin’….
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« Reply #279 on: August 04, 2014, 09:20:24 am »

Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has started issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, marking a dramatic change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

There was a festive mood at one Denver office issuing the documents Friday morning, as state Department of Revenue Director Barbara Brohl congratulated applicants once they had their cards approved.

"I never imagined that I would one day have a driver's license in my hands," Mexican immigrant Rosalva Mireles, 37, said in Spanish as she held a paper copy of her new license. The permanent card will be mailed.

She's one of thousands of immigrants hoping the identification cards will add a degree of legitimacy to their residency in Colorado. About 9,500 people are signed up for appointments through the next 90 days to get the documents, with more getting scheduled every day. Both people in the country illegally and those who have temporary legal status will qualify.

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« Reply #280 on: August 04, 2014, 03:50:44 pm »

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border

LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries. The report was obtained by a trusted source within the CBP agency who leaked the document and spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The report is labeled as "Unclassified//For Official Use Only" and indicates that the data should be handled as "Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)."

The numbers provided are in graphics and are broken down into “OFO” and “OBP.” The Customs and Border Protection agency is divided into the Office of Field Operations (OFO) and the Office of Border Patrol (OBP). The OFO numbers reflect anyone either turning themselves in at official U.S. points of entry, or anyone caught while being smuggled at the points of entry. The OBP numbers reflect anyone being caught or turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents between the points of entry, or anyone caught at interior checkpoints by Border Patrol agents. The “OFO Inadmissible” designation to any individual from a nation other than Mexico or Canada means that U.S. authorities took the individuals into custody. Whether they were deported or given a Notice to Appear is unknown. It is important to note these numbers do not include data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The unavailable ICE data are in addition to these numbers.

The report reveals the apprehension numbers ranging from 2010 through July 2014. It shows that most of the human smuggling from Syria and Albania into the U.S. comes through Central America. The report also indicates the routes individuals from North Africa and the Middle East take into the European Union, either to illegally migrate there or as a possible stop in their journey to the United States. The data are broken down further into the specific U.S. border sectors where the apprehensions and contact occurred.

Among the significant revelations are that individuals from nations currently suffering from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak have been caught attempting to sneak across the porous U.S. border into the interior of the United States. At least 71 individuals from the three nations affected by the current Ebola outbreak have either turned themselves in or been caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S. by U.S. authorities between January 2014 and July 2014.

As of July 20, 2014, 1,443 individuals from China were caught sneaking across the porous U.S. border this year alone, with another 1,803 individuals either turning themselves in to U.S. authorities at official ports of entry, or being caught attempting to illegally enter at the ports of entry. This comes amid a massive crackdown by Chinese authorities of Islamic terrorists in the Communist nation.

Twenty-eight individuals from Pakistan were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. this year alone, with another 211 individuals either turning themselves in or being caught at official ports of entry.

Thirteen Egyptians were caught trying to sneak into the U.S. this year alone, with another 168 either turning themselves in or being caught at official ports of entry.

Four individuals from Yemen were caught attempting to sneak into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents in 2014 alone, with another 34 individuals either turning themselves in or being caught attempting to sneak through official ports of entry. Yemen is not the only nation with individuals who pose terror risks to the U.S. that the report indicates travel from. The failed nation of Somalia, known as a hotbed of Islamic terror activity, was also referenced in the report. Four individuals from Somalia were caught trying to sneak into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents in 2014. Another 290 either turned themselves in or were caught attempting to sneak in at official ports of entry. This reporter previously covered the issue of illegal immigration into the U.S. from Somalia and other nations in the Horn of Africa.
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« Reply #281 on: August 06, 2014, 08:53:53 am »

Rand Paul: Rick Perry's Embrace of TX DREAM Act Lured Illegals Like Obama's Amnesty

On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Texas Gov. Rick Perry's enthusiastic embrace of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is a magnet that lures more illegal immigrants to America – just like President Barack Obama's temporary amnesty program for DREAMers.

“President Obama won’t send them home, and Gov. Perry has done the same thing by giving them in-state tuition," Paul told the Wall Street Journal during a significant Iowa trip. "That’s a beacon without any kind of border security."

Paul and Perry are potential 2016 presidential rivals, and they both will be meeting with potential supporters and activists as they crisscross throughout Iowa this month. They have feuded on foreign policy in recent months in the pages of beltway publications like Politico and the Washington Post.

Paul's comments come as the border crisis has propelled Perry to the top tier of potential GOP presidential hopefuls – along with Paul – in some polls. During the 2012 GOP presidential primary, Perry fell precipitously because of the illegal immigration issue.

In addition to concerns about his crony capitalism, conservatives did not trust Perry on illegal immigration before the campaign. He only confirmed and exacerbated those fears during a Florida primary debate in September of 2011 when Perry said opponents of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants did not have "a heart."

Perry never recovered from those remarks.
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« Reply #282 on: August 06, 2014, 07:06:55 pm »

Obama Is Preparing To Make One Of The Boldest Moves Of His Presidency — And It Could Stretch The Scope Of Executive Power

By the end of the summer, President Barack Obama will make what some activists and legal experts say could be the "boldest move" of his presidency as he prepares to move without Congress on immigration reform.

The coming executive actions to change immigration policy could become the defining moment in a second term marred by congressional gridlock. A mid  fierce debate over the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border they also could set up a potential political firestorm just weeks before the crucial midterm elections. Perhaps most importantly, Obama's coming executive actions could also test the limits of presidential power.

"Depending on how far they go, yes," David Martin, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law who specializes in immigration law, told Business Insider.  "It could be a significant challenge to the scope of presidential power."

The White House has provided few hints on what Obama will do on immigration as a review by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on his options is still ongoing. The Washington Post has reported, based on readouts of meetings among White House officials, congressional Democrats, and activist groups, that Obama could effectively expand the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it is known, has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation .

According to the Washington Post report, the Obama administration is considering providing " temporary relief for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are closely related to U.S. citizens or those who have lived in the country a certain number of years." The number of people who could fit under those descriptions might be as high as five million.

"We're asking the president to really go as broad as he can go," Cristina Jimenez, the cofounder and managing director of the group United We Dream, told Business Insider, adding: "He has a chance to make one of the boldest moves he possibly could. It depends on how he wants to be remembered."

United We Dream was one of a few groups that gave up rather early on the idea Congress would pass any sort of legislative reform to the nation's immigration policy. The group stopped lobbying Congress on the issue long before House Speaker John Boehner informed Obama in late June that the House would not take up any immigration-related legislation this year.

Jimenez said United We Dream then  made Obama its "primary target," because he has the authority to enforce the law
. As most proponents of immigration reform see it, Obama's options for executive actions fit into two categories, as laid out earlier this year by the left-leaning Center for American Progress:

    "Enforcement reforms" — in which, for example, the administration would choose to place a lower priority on undocumented immigrants who do not have a criminal history or who have extensive community ties.
    "Affirmative relief" — involves identifying the low-priority individuals and creating a program for them to earn relief from deportation, such as in the case of the DACA program.

During a news conference last week, Obama painted a sharp contrast between himself and congressional Republicans who voted to effectively end the DACA program the same day, saying he would have to "act alone" to solve the border crisis.

"The broader point is that if, in fact, House Republicans are concerned about me acting independently of Congress — despite the fact that I’ve taken fewer executive actions than my Republican predecessor or my Democratic predecessor before that, or the Republican predecessor before that — then the easiest way to solve it is passing legislation. Get things done," Obama said.

Some legal experts, as well as supporters of any potential executive action, think the administration is on solid legal ground to take the steps described in reports — despite the White House's repeated claims earlier this year that its hands were tied.

Others, like Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the conservative-leaning Center for Immigration Studies, disagree. Krikorian argued that though much smaller versions of the DACA program have been pursued by presidents in the past, they were usually in emergency situations in which the president did not have time to wait for Congress.

Krikorian said an expansion of the DACA program to as many as five million people could constitute a fundamental change in executive power — from a constitutional system with checks and balances to one that could run on "decree."

"He  doesn't give a rat's *** about the Constitution," Krikorian said of Obama.

Krikorian said Obama's executive actions could be a slippery slope for future presidents. One example he gave: A Republican President Chris Christie, for instance, could want to reform the corporate tax code. Facing opposition from Congress, he would decide that his administration would simply not prosecute corporations that don't pay more than 25% in taxes.

However, Ben Winograd, an attorney at the  Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center, rejected Krikorian's analogy. Winograd told Business Insider the federal government always has the discretion to enforce the law as it wishes or sees capable — and does so already, to an extent, in deciding which types of violators of tax laws it wants to go after.

"If the complaint is that, 'Well, so and so isn't following the law as we'd like him to,' then the only remedy for that is political," Winograd said. "You can vote them out at the ballot box, or you can try to bring articles of impeachment. But to say you are violating the law by not enforcing the law to an extent we'd like — I mean, it's a non sequitur. It doesn't make sense."

The key element the administration must follow is adhering to the resources allocated by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act  requires the executive branch to spend the  money appropriated by Congress toward the purpose designated by Congress.

Congress has appropriated enough funds to deport about 400,000 people a year. The administration deported nearly 370,000 undocumented immigrants last year, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security.

Martin, the Virginia law professor, told Business Insider the administration could theoretically adhere to those guidelines for at least a few years while expanding deferred action. But absent legislative action from Congress, it might be hard to continue on a long-term basis.

"The situation requires f aithful execution of appropriation laws," Martin said. " If they drop far below that, then there'd be real legal issues."
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« Reply #283 on: August 07, 2014, 03:42:17 pm »

Weighing in on border crisis, SBC president says Jesus was an immigrant
Just back from touring two Texas facilities for unaccompanied migrant children, SBC President Ronnie Floyd urged Baptists to act with compassion toward the undocumented.

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says Jesus would be sympathetic to the plight of undocumented children flocking to the southern U.S. border, because as a child he also lived as an immigrant.

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, preached a sermon Aug. 3 on what the Bible says about immigration. In the message, picked up on the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission website, Floyd reminded listeners that according to the second chapter of Matthew, the baby Jesus’ parents took him and fled during the night to Egypt after an angel told Joseph in a dream that Herod was trying to kill him.

Floyd — just back from a visit with faith leaders including SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to sites along the U.S. border housing immigrant children — repeated a quote that Moore wrote in a blog three years ago.

Our Lord Jesus himself was a so-called ‘illegal immigrant,’” Moore, at the time a professor and administrator at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote in a blog titled “Immigration and the Gospel” dated June 17, 2011. “Fleeing, like many of those in our country right now, a brutal political situation, our Lord’s parents sojourned with him in Egypt.”

“Therefore, without any question at all, Jesus Christ is sympathetic with immigrants,” Floyd added. “The immigrant is loved by Jesus Christ. I mean every person on the face of this earth is loved by Jesus Christ. And that’s why Christ died for all of the world.”

Floyd said following Christ should affect every area of life, including one’s views about immigration.

“How we treat other people — all people, all ages of people and all generations of people, regardless of the color of their skin or the language they speak — it tells us a great deal about our personal walk and relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said.

Floyd said Christians “must extend compassionate action to all people, pointing them to the hope that is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ and his saving grace,” and “as we treat the least of these, we had better remember, we are treating Jesus Christ.”

Floyd said that means ministering to the needs of the immigrant when opportunities arise. He said Cross Church has been involved in immigrant transition ministry for about a year, teaching English as a second language with hopes of adding citizenship classes and resources to put immigrants in touch with legal aid.

**I've noticed SBC churches, in particular these First Baptists, have offered free English as a Second Language classes in recent years. Now I see why.

A moral issue, as well as politlcal

Floyd said regardless of one’s personal views on immigration policy, the immigration crisis taking place at the border is not just a political issue, but also a moral issue.

“I want to remind you again, these are real people, made in the image of God, and people for whom Christ died,” he said.

Floyd urged Christians to “diligently pray” for national leaders confronting the immigration issue.

“We need to humbly call upon the leaders of our country to fix the immigration system in our nation,” he said. “Since we have elected them to lead us, we need to pray for them to come together and agree upon what needs to be done in reforming our immigration system.”

“As we pray for them, we need to remember that these issues are very complex and they don’t have easy answers,” Floyd said. “Yet I believe that we have a God who is able to bring people together and towards a common goal of demonstrating a commitment to both compassion and justice.”

Floyd cited a 2011 SBC resolution calling for, “with the borders secured, a just and compassionate path to legal status, with appropriate restitutionary measures, for those undocumented immigrants already living in our country,” while adding that “this resolution is not to be construed as support for amnesty for any undocumented immigrant.”

Avoiding amnesty

“You hear periodically the term ‘amnesty,’” Floyd said. “By no means would we believe in absolute amnesty, meaning that we believe everyone who is illegal now becomes legal automatically.”

Floyd said the presence of an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the country and the surge of children and young people creating the current humanitarian crisis at the border prove that the nation’s borders are not secure.

“This is a major national security threat to our nation and to our future,” Floyd said. “This is why we must pray for the leaders of our nation, and our leaders need to come together and take care of this issue.”

Floyd said the Christian’s final responsibility for the immigrant is “we need to reach all people, including immigrants, for Jesus Christ.”

**So one minute he says(pretty much) that those who came here illegally need to be sent back, then the next minute he says to "reach out to them"? Talk about double minded...

“As God is bringing the world to the United States, we have a tremendous opportunity for reaching people for Christ,” Floyd said. “God has brought them here to find him. Therefore we must share him.”

“Our church must be aggressive in reaching all people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, not only those who look like us and talk like us, but those who are different from us in many ways,” he said.

One way of doing that, he said, is through ministries of adoption and foster care.
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« Reply #284 on: August 07, 2014, 03:49:43 pm »

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, preached a sermon Aug. 3 on what the Bible says about immigration. In the message, picked up on the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission website, Floyd reminded listeners that according to the second chapter of Matthew, the baby Jesus’ parents took him and fled during the night to Egypt after an angel told Joseph in a dream that Herod was trying to kill him.

Floyd — just back from a visit with faith leaders including SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to sites along the U.S. border housing immigrant children — repeated a quote that Moore wrote in a blog three years ago.

“Our Lord Jesus himself was a so-called ‘illegal immigrant,’” Moore, at the time a professor and administrator at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote in a blog titled “Immigration and the Gospel” dated June 17, 2011. “Fleeing, like many of those in our country right now, a brutal political situation, our Lord’s parents sojourned with him in Egypt.”

OK, let's look at the CONTEXT of this passage they're talking about...

Matthew 2:12  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Mat 2:13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

1) It was GOD that told them to flee from Herod and to depart to Egypt.

2) Joseph, Mary, and Jesus ONLY stayed there TEMPORARILY(until the Lord told them to come out).

Mat 2:19  But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
Mat 2:20  Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
Mat 2:21  And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
Mat 2:22  But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
Mat 2:23  And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

So are these SBC reprobates saying these (unsaved)illegal immigrants were told in a vision by God to sneak across the Mexican border and stay here permanently?
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« Reply #285 on: August 07, 2014, 04:07:45 pm »

CBF appeals for funds as it responds to immigrants crossing U.S. border

The group has helped feed more than 3,000 people in partnership with others in the Rio Grande Valley.


The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has created a fund called “CBF CARES (Children and Refugee Emergency Support)” to assist the surge in Central American immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom are now detained in federal facilities.

The fund will help with immediate needs but also will provide resources as unaccompanied children and refugee families are transported from border areas to other cities.

CBF Disaster Response is coordinating efforts with field personnel along the Texas border, CBF of Texas and partners including Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery.

Diann Whisnand, a CBF worker on the Texas border, has facilitated the CBF’s donation of pallets of bottled water to the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank in Pharr, Texas. She has also talked with refugees, aid volunteers and agencies in McAllen, Texas. The CBF has helped feed more than 3,000 people in partnership with the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Whisnand says the McAllen community is focused on helping refugee families, typically young mothers with children. Unaccompanied refugee children, she said, “are transported directly under the guardianship of the federal government to centers managed by contracted child service agencies.”

Tommy Deal, the CBF’s U.S. Disaster Response coordinator, said the organization will continue to seek ways to serve in this long-term crisis.

“As these children and families are moved out of the border cities and states where they entered the U.S. to other cities for housing, other needs will arise across the country,” he said. “Opportunities for individual and church support for the day-to-day needs of the refugees, as well as opportunities to advocate on their behalf will surface.”
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« Reply #286 on: August 07, 2014, 06:14:43 pm »

Texas Border Rancher Says Illegal Immigrant Surge ‘Overwhelming’

While the discussion of the latest wave of illegal immigrants has focused mostly on women and unaccompanied children, Texas sheriffs and ranchers say they are seeing another side of the surge.

Illegal immigrants — often ushered across the Rio Grande river by coyotes — are busting through ranchers’ fences in one county at levels not seen in years, indicating that more than just children and women are coming into the U.S. illegally.

According to ABC Houston, in the first six months of the year in Hidalgo County, 30 miles north of the Rio Grande, ranchers in just one precinct have placed 47 calls about traffickers obliterating their fences.

“I promise you the number of incidents of ranch crossings is double or triple that,” Hidalgo County precinct Sgt. Aaron Moreno told the news station.

In the same precinct, 64 “bailouts” have been reported, according to ABC Houston. Bailouts occur when illegal immigrant passengers scatter from the vehicles transporting them after they crash or officers pull them over.

Hidalgo County rancher Fred Cappadona has observed a similar uptick in illegal traffic.

“The numbers are overwhelming,” he told ABC Houston, adding that, compared to last year, movement is “three times more aggressive this year.”

The recent spike of illegal immigrants — which the Obama administration has called “unprecedented” — has mostly been reported as a wave of unaccompanied children. The administration predicts that 90,000 will be apprehended this year — three times last year’s totals.

While the administration and lawmakers have called this a “humanitarian crisis,” ranchers like Cappadona and law enforcement officials working near the border have provided first-hand evidence that more than innocent children are coming into the U.S.

“They’re not being stopped at the river,” Cappadona told ABC Houston. “That’s the main problem. It’s government’s responsibility, not ours but we’re having to pay the expenses.”

“If the border patrol controlled them at the river, we wouldn’t have to call them here,” the rancher continued, adding “I am a taxpayer and I’m not getting my money’s worth.”

Cappadona’s and Sgt. Moreno’s observations were shared by at least some of the Texas sheriffs who gathered last month at their annual convention.

“The damage is constant,” Brooks County chief deputy Benny Martinez told reporters at the event.

“When you have to focus on the rush of undocumented immigrants coming through your county, what does that do to your staffing? Of course it kinda takes some of our staffing from being out on patrol,” Karnes County sheriff Dwayne Villaneuva warned. (RELATED: Texas Sheriffs Speak Out On Illegal Immigration)

Dealing with unaccompanied children and women with children leaves gaps in the border and allows more dangerous elements to enter the country, some lawmakers and U.S. border agents have claimed.

Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott expressed that concern in a June letter to President Obama requesting more border help.

“With the Border Patrol’s focus shifted to this crisis, we have grave concerns that dangerous cartel activity, including narcotics smuggling and human trafficking, will go unchecked because Border Patrol resources are stretched too thin,” he wrote.
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« Reply #287 on: August 09, 2014, 06:20:32 pm »

The Federal Government Won't Seal Our Southern Border, So It's Up To Us

Right this very minute, next to the town of Killeen, Texas sits Fort Hood. There are two full army divisions there: The 2nd Armored Division and the 1st Cavalry Division (my old unit). Given the circumstances, why haven't these two divisions been assigned to and deployed to our southern border?

The other day, an off duty border agent was murdered right in front of his wife and children by two illegal alien criminals, both of whom were deported several times before, but always found themselves back in the US. Because of Barack Hussein Obama's direct policies, a father, husband and son was brutally ripped away from his family and it didn't have to happen. Obama, in my opinion, is directly responsible and that young man's blood is on his hands!

Don't think that I'm letting Congress (both Houses) off the hook either, because I'm not!

It is painfully obvious, even to the most dimwitted, die-hard liberal that our country is under assault on our southern border. Contrary to what the liberal media is telling you, they are not all women and babies coming through. There is direct proof that there are Jihadist terrorists, drug dealers, violent psychopathic criminals and MS-13 gang members coming through also. This fact alone should alarm and terrify any sane person. These animals do not want to be American citizens. Their only thoughts are to ****, murder and rob you and me. The Muslims that are mixed in with them are here for only one thing: To destroy the United States of America.

This is one reason why the 2nd Amendment was put in the Constitution; the protection of our nation! It is an obligation of every American citizen to bear arms and protect his country. The federal government, from the President, to the Senate and the House of Representatives has utterly failed in their sworn duty to you and me. They left Washington without first securing the border. So when you go to town-hall meetings in the next five weeks, ask your elected official why they failed us. And don't accept any answer that starts with "It was all because of Harry Reid and the Democrats…" That is not an acceptable answer. You don't leave to go on vacation without locking-up the store before you go. No responsible adult can justify doing something so blatantly supid! That token bit of dramatic theater last week at the last minute was a shameful farce! They had no business leaving Washington until the border was secure. And yes, there is plenty of the blame game to go around!

Logically, it is now up to us, to do what our politicians have failed to do.

In my last article, I stated that every single politician who comes home during their break should be arrested for dereliction of duty and violation of their oath of office. That wasn't rhetoric or angst, but the plain and simple truth! And it goes all the way up to and including the President!

This is not a joke, our lives, our property and the lives of all our loved ones are in mortal danger! Every single politician in our nations capital have let us down and have put us in grave danger and exposed us to not just violence but the possibility of contracting diseases as well that were eradicated decades ago.

If you live on a border state....any border state, you have a duty as a citizen of that state to protect and defend it.

People who think this is all just the Democrats fault, don't have a clue as to how the political system in this representative government works and are living in a fools paradise and give ALL Americans and Tea Party members, a "black eye" with their lack of involvement and apathy!

If your state doesn't have a militia, then you should think about starting one, because if you're waiting for the National Guard to come and rescue you, you might be waiting a long time, and by then it will be too late.

This link will help you find a militia in your state.
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Treason: Border Patrol Agent Reveals that ADMITTED MURDERERS are Being Released into America

Treason: Border Patrol Agent Reveals that ADMITTED MURDERERS are Being Released into America

And more importantly, what will it take for Americans to finally do something about it?

Has everyone forgotten that these people work for us?

Would you consider releasing an admitted murderer, notice I said admitted and not suspected, into the United States an act of treason? Would that qualify?

While Obama and his complicit & traitorous legislators enjoy their vacations, this is exactly what has been happening. These traitors come in both colors, red and blue. However, I am not disillusioned enough to believe that there really are two distinct political parties in America. Both sides share the guilt and equally share a common agenda.

I don't want to hear another word about gun control. I don't want to hear another word about these poor helpless children who are entering the country to claim their free soccer balls from bleeding heart turncoats like Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz.

I am sick of hearing the lies. I am sick of the media twisting the stories and yanking at our heart strings. My heart strings currently belong to my own children. They are here legally and my government is putting my kids in danger.

Our government is now intentionally putting American people in harms way and using loopholes to do it. Never mind that these are illegal immigrants. That is immaterial. We are hearing that we can not break the laws that prohibit their deportation.

What the hell is that about? They are illegal, but we can't get rid of them?

This entire system is upside down.

And guess what people?

Your elected servants simply do not give a crap.

While Americans worry about Ebola and dozens of other legitimate problems, they are golfing, praying to their owl gods and doing whatever the hell else it is that the elite do.

Do you remember Chris Cabrera? He is the Vice President of the Border Patrol Union who previously revealed, "We're having a lot of diseases coming in and some we haven't seen in decades."

As if that wasn't enough to make us all mad…

His latest revelations are enough to make someone want to go write a letter or hold up a sign and beg the government to stop. Gee, that always works doesn't it? Check out this video and tell me it doesn't make you angrier than you have been in a long, long time.

Cabrera says "morale is at an all-time low right now," but the reasons for that morale being low better make everyone who reads this angry and we have to decide soon, like yesterday, that we have had enough. We can't just pour a glass of wine and turn on "Dancing With the Stars" while this goes away. That won't work.

Not only are our border patrol agents not being "allowed" to do their jobs, they are actually complicit in letting some very dangerous people into this country. That is unacceptable. Chris is acting like their hands are tied and that the decisions ultimately rest with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), but these Border Patrol agents took an oath and you are an American Chris Cabrera. Start acting like it.

Our morale is pretty low as well.

You don't have to deport anyone. If they are not fond of dodging bullets, they will gladly deport themselves. Defend the American homeland. That is what you are there for.

Unconstitutional orders must be ignored. America is being invaded.

"We've had a couple that admitted to murder in their home countries."


Really Chris?

I appreciate the whistle blowing aspect of this, but wake up people. This is beyond crazy. Can we really hear statements like that and just go about our daily business?

I am really angry and you should be too.

Forget about the humanitarian effort for a minute and tell me… What has happened to the "humanity" of a nation that can accept bringing this trash into our country while intentionally putting our citizens in danger?

All these young gang members have to say is that they have a parent here and nothing at home and they are released. They can have gang tats from head to toe. They can admit M-13 gang affiliation and it doesn't matter. They can admit to murder. Does anyone else see a problem here?

Cavuto at one point says/asks, "So you have to follow the law, and if the law says to release them, there is nothing you can do about it?" That was not the proper line of questioning Neil. What about something like, "So what about your responsibility to the American people?"

Neil Cavuto you are a spineless moron and because of that you fit in pretty well at FOX News. You are not alone there. These people are illegal aliens. What part of "illegal" do you not understand?

America needs some leadership with intestinal fortitude to show up quickly. Our politicians and even the right-wing media are totally killing us. They have sold us out.

Someone please tell me when 1776 gets here. I am done defending any of these clowns. They have been put on notice.

Allowing admitted murders into my country crosses every single red line I could imagine. There is no more hiding it. There is no more kidding ourselves that elections will fix this.

How are you going to feel if one of these thugs kills your child or grandchild?

While we are busy trying to babysit the world, we have forgotten about the safety of our own children.

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« Reply #289 on: August 12, 2014, 09:24:29 pm »

300,000 People Could Lose Their Obamacare If They Don't Prove Their Residency

More than 300,000 Obamacare enrollees have yet to provide information on their legal residency or citizenship, according to the government. Those individuals have until September 5 to send complete information to the government before losing coverage on September 30.

According the data provided by the government, in May 970,000 people had citizenship data errors in their Obamacare applications. As of August, 450,000 of those cases have been resolved, 210,000 are in progress and 60,000 new documents arrive every day. The 310,000 remaining applicants will receive two more phone calls and one more email.

In June the Associated Press reported that 2 million enrollees were missing information on immigration, citizenship and income that could jeopardize their subsidies and insurance plans. At the time the Department of Health and Human Services expected that most the of inconsistencies would be cleared up by the end of the summer.

Critics of the health care law have noted that the government doesn't have a system in place to verify information it receives from consumers. Last month the Government Accountability Office was able to gain subsidized health insurance for 11 out of 18 fake accounts. The government has argued that a data inconsistency doesn't mean there's a problem with the application. As The New York Times noted earlier this summer, consumers often run into problems uploading files to Healthcare.gov, or are asked to send in files they've already sent.
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« Reply #290 on: August 13, 2014, 06:46:19 pm »

Illegal Immigrant Children In The Classroom, Schools Brace For 50,000 New Students

Illegal immigrant children are entitled to a free public education under federal law. Schools across the country are preparing for an influx of new students in the coming weeks. Up to 50,000 illegal immigrant children are expected to enroll in American schools this fall, USA Today is reporting.

Although illegal alien children have become an increased percentage of the public school student population in many states over the past several decades, the sheer number of unaccompanied children who have crossed the Texas border this year alone has administrators concerned.

This is a whole new wave of immigrant students that are coming without any guardians whatsoever. One of the challenges here is the large number of unaccompanied minors,” National School Board Association general counsel Francisco Negron said. We don’t know the educational background of the students, if they’ve been to school, the language issue and operational issues that could raise costs, Negron added.

School support assistant director for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia, Caroline Woodason said, “We haven’t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what’s going to come on the first day of school.” In 2013 Montgomery County Publci Schools in Maryland enrolled 107 illegal immigrant children, an currently have no idea how many more new students with little or no English speaking skills will be coming their way this year. Last month more than 2,200 unaccompanied minors arrived in the state. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, illegal immigrants have now been transported to all 50 states from Border Patrol detention centers.

The added expense of educating the illegal immigrant children has been a source of angst for many taxpayers. Parents and teachers concerned about over-crowded classrooms and a slow-down of the learning process due to the language barrier alone is becoming another often-voiced complaint. School nurses, educators, and parents alike are also worried about communicable disease such as lice, scabies, and chicken pox, spreading more rapidly. As previously noted by The Inquisitr, Border Patrol agents at Texas border detention facilities have stated that such conditions and ailments have presented frequently among the unaccompanied children being released into communities across the country.

The United States Department of Education has created a team to field “inquiries received from the field” and to identify additional resources for school districts feeling overwhelmed by the influx of new students.

States can set aside additional money for school districts who have a “significant increase” in illegal immigrant children walking through the building doors. But, a state must actually have additional funds to set aside for such endeavors and be willing to face political backlash from taxpayers over the expense.

What do you think about the concerns over illegal immigrant children attending public schools this fall?
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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

"The president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it's important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions," said White House spokesman Shawn Turner.

One of the more popular requests among business and family groups is a change in the way green cards are counted that would essentially free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year, advocates say.

The result would be threefold: It would lessen the visa bottleneck for business seeking global talent; shorten the green card line for those being sponsored by relatives, a wait that can stretch nearly 25 years; and potentially reduce the incentive for illegal immigration by creating more legal avenues for those wanting to come, as well as those already here.

Obama's aides have held more than 20 meetings in recent months with business groups and other interest groups to discuss possibilities, ahead of an announcement about next steps the president is expected to make in September. Coordinating these "listening sessions," as the White House calls them, is its Office of Public Engagement, led by top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Obama's options without new laws from Congress are limited and would only partially address obstacles business groups say are preventing them from hiring more workers. Even so, administration officials say these groups are urging the White House to help streamline a complex and unpredictable system.

Republicans are working to use immigration and the surge of unaccompanied minors at the border against Democrats in the midterm elections by arguing that Obama and his party are undermining the rule of law.

"Politically we think it flips the switch because it's not just talking about a benefit to those who broke the law," said former Rep. Bruce Morrison, D-Conn., who authored the 1990 immigration law and is now lobbying on behalf of groups representing tech industry professionals, business management and U.S. citizens married to foreigners.

Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based Republican strategist, said the moves on legal immigration might prompt businesses to praise the president, even if it's not enough to persuade the business community to side with Democrats in the upcoming elections.

"From the White House's perspective, this is an easy way for them to score some points," Mackowiak said. "They'll say: 'We're arguing about substance, Republicans are arguing about process.'"

Obama in June announced that in the face of congressional inaction, he would act on his own to address as much of the nation's immigration mess as he could. Since then, advocates for the roughly 11 million people living in the country illegally have lobbied for deportation relief particularly for the parents of U.S.-born children and the parents of youth who authorized to remain in the country under a program Obama announced in 2012.

But in recent weeks, other groups have stepped up public pressure in favor of presidential action that would change how the legal immigration system operates, too.

Those who support changing the green card count say each year half of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued go to spouses and children, unnecessarily reducing the numbers available to workers.

Other requests have included removing the requirement that some spouses of U.S. citizens return to their native country for at least three years before they can apply for U.S. residency, as well as extending work permits to the spouses of all temporary H1-B skilled workers.

The potential for broader executive action ignited flames this week from Republicans in Congress already vehemently opposed to legislation that would increase immigration quotas.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., slammed the White House this week for meeting with big business to bring in more workers while "tens of millions of Americans are on welfare, unemployment and public assistance."

Not all industries are pushing for broad action, though. Agriculture leaders, who acknowledge as much as 70 percent of their workforce is "unauthorized" have remained on the sidelines — a reminder of the limits of any Obama's executive authority.

Kristi Boswell, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau, said her organization has met this summer with White House to encourage administrative changes that would reduce immigration raids targeting farms and processing plants and cut the red tape on hiring guest workers.

"Absolutely, ag workers have an ability to benefit at least temporarily from executive action," she said but added that reforming guest worker provisions and other aspects of the immigration system couldn't be done by the president alone.

For that, she said, Congress will still have to act.
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Obama Plans to Give Amnesty to Five Million Illegals!

Representative Luis Gutierrez was on MSNBC with host Jose Diaz-Balart to discuss the possibility (and probability) that President Obama would use executive action to give amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants next week.

"If it is 5 million, Jose, then that would be five times as many as when the president freed the dreamers from deportation, when he instituted [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] in June of 2012. When he said we’re not going to deport anymore immigrants that arrived here as children and you saw how was it, Jose, that our community was ill prepared.”

“The structures were not in place to help those people. So I've been going around meeting with major news organizations, newspaper editorial boards, columnists and others here in Chicago for the last three weeks telling them we have get prepared as a city. And prepare a model for the nation because when 5 million people are allowed the opportunity to come out from under the shadows and into the light of day and get legalized, it's going to take a lot of work and a lot of capacity of our community but I’m really looking forward to that challenge.”

Are you ready for five million new Americans... President Obama and the Democrats sure are.

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Mexican President Peña Nieto Declares United States 'the Other Mexico'

Forget so-called "Mexifornia." How about the United States of Mexico?

On Monday, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto called on other states to "evolve" like California so the United States can be more like his home country.

Appearing with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown in Los Angeles, Peña Nieto called for amnesty legislation and more open borders while blasting governors who have taken a tough stance on illegal immigration.

"This is the other Mexico," Peña Nieto reportedly "said of the United States, which is property to an estimated 11 million Mexican immigrants," according to the Los Angeles Times.

After President Barack Obama enacted his temporary amnesty program for illegal immigrants in 2012, the number of illegal immigrant juveniles--nearly 90% of whom are teenagers--who have been apprehended has drastically spiked. Since October of last year, close to 63,000 illegal immigrants have been detained, nearly all having been lured by the hope of getting "permisos" or amnesty. Most of those illegal immigrants are Central Americans who have traveled through Mexico, often without much resistance, to the United States. Yet, Obama may soon double down on his executive amnesty, as the White House has indicated that he may grant temporary amnesty and work permits to possibly five million more illegal immigrants.

In California, Brown has already given illegal immigrants driver's licenses, made California a sanctuary state, and signed the California DREAM Act. Peña Nieto thanked Brown for his generosity toward illegal immigrants and called on other governors to follow suit, chastising those who are against open borders as unethical.

"There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still skimp on recognition and, even worse, the rights of immigrants," Peña Nieto said, according to the Associated Press. "Those who still believe and bet for the exclusion and discrimination or the rejection of diversity ... I only have one thing to say: the future, and a very near future, will demonstrate your ethical mistake. Time will show we're right."

Governors across the country from Texas to Maine have expressed concerns that communities do not have the resources to absorb so many illegal immigrants. Others have expressed concerns about communicable diseases and crime that illegal immigrants can bring across the border.

Though Peña Nieto did not offer to help those governments absorb illegal immigrants in their communities and schools, he did reportedly promise scholarships for DREAMers and, "during the ceremony, a group of students from Mexico was awarded scholarships to attend California universities including UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Long Beach."

According to Pew Research, a "record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012," and that estimate included "11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S. who self-identified as Hispanics of Mexican origin." Mexicans accounted for "nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012" and made up roughly 28% percent of all foreign-born residents in the United States.

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The Obama Administration Policies That Jihadists Are Using To Legally Immigrate To America


Did you know that one of the Americans that was recently killed fighting for ISIS once cleaned planes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport?  His name was Abdirahmaan Muhumed, and he was a Somali refugee.  Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees have been resettled in cities in the United States, and thanks to the Obama administration an increasing percentage of those refugees are Muslim.  As you will read about below, Obama has even made it possible for refugees that have given only "limited material support" to terrorists to come to America. The Obama administration says that it is still trying to keep full-blown terrorists from entering the country, but it has become exceedingly clear that administration officials aren't exactly into that whole "border security" thing.  And once refugees arrive in the United States, they are fully eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance and a whole host of other welfare programs.  So if you are a jihadist and you want to move to the United States legally, all you have to do is claim to be a "refugee" and you might just find that the red carpet gets rolled out for you.

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research, "the estimated share of legal Muslim immigrants entering the U.S. each year has roughly doubled, from about 5 percent of legal immigrants in 1992 to about 10 percent in 2012."  And this rise in Islamic immigration has been accelerated by a series of moves by Barack Obama.

For example, earlier this year the Wall Street Journal reported on a decision by the Obama administration to bring thousands of additional Syrian refugees into the country by the end of this year…

    U.S. plans to resettle thousands of Syrians displaced by their country's civil war could hinge on those refugees receiving exemptions from laws aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the country.

    A U.S. official stated publicly for the first time this week that some of the 30,000 especially vulnerable Syrians the United Nations hopes to resettle by the end of 2014 will be referred to the U.S. for resettlement.

Will "refugees" with ties to ISIS or other jihadist organizations be weeded out?

Hopefully at least some of them will be.  But at this point the Obama administration has set the bar pretty low.  In fact, the Obama administration has decided that it is even okay for those that have provided "limited material support" to terrorists to be allowed into the country…

    The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided "limited material support" to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S.

    The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists.

    "These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to terrorism: material support that was insignificant in amount or provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, family or humanitarian interactions, or under significant pressure," a DHS official explained to The Daily Caller.

When they arrive in the United States, many Muslim refugees are resettled in cities in the heartland of America.  For instance, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota has had such an influx of Somali refugees that it has become known as "Little Mogadishu"…

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, sits at the heart of the controversial program. Known as "Little Mogadishu" to some critics, the city has, since 1983, welcomed thousands of Somali refugees, most of whom are practicing Muslims and attend a local mosque or Islamic center.

    While the Minneapolis-St. Paul area plays host to the largest Somali refugee population, it's not the only American city that is taking in refugees from the war-torn African nation. Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, California, have also served as refugee resettlement hot spots.

Of course most of the refugees are law-abiding people that are not causing problems.

But there are an alarming number of exceptions.

It is not just a coincidence that the two Americans that were fighting for ISIS that were recently killed were both from Minnesota…

    The trend was underscored again last week when it was reported that two Americans, both from Minneapolis, had linked up with the ISIS terrorist organization in Syria and were killed on the battlefield in that country's civil war. One was a Somali refugee and the other reportedly was an African-American with ties to the Somali community in Minnesota.

    And many more have been tried and convicted of providing money or material support to overseas Muslim terrorist organizations. Among them was one Somali woman from Minnesota who refused to rise when called upon by the judge, citing a verse in the Quran.

    "I'll not stand for anyone except for Allah," Amina Farah Ali told the federal judge.

And guess what?

If they had not been killed on the battlefield, they would have been welcomed back into the United States with open arms.

Just check out what Congresswoman Michele Bachmann learned when she asked the FBI about this…

    Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) was stunned when she questioned the FBI about what would happen to American citizens who have gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State, and then try to return to the United States.

    "Two from my state were the first Americans who were fighting for ISIS," she began on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday. "I had gone earlier this year and asked the FBI, 'Are there any Minnesotans that are over fighting with ISIS?' It was classified information at the time, I couldn't reveal it. Now everyone knows."

    "At that time, these two hadn't been killed yet," Bachmann continued. "So what I asked is, 'OK, once they're done fighting with ISIS, what's going to happen if they try to return?' And they said, 'Well, they'll come into the country.'"


Fighting for ISIS won't even keep people out the country?

Are we insane?

And while jihadists are staying inside our country, they are eligible for a free ride that the rest of us are paying for.

The following information comes from Refugee Resettlement Watch…

    Refugee access to welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen has made the program a global magnet.

    The federal programs available to them include:

    ∙ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) formerly known as AFDC
    ∙ Medicaid
    ∙ Food Stamps
    ∙ Public Housing
    ∙ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    ∙ Social Security Disability Insurance
    ∙ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only)
    ∙ Child Care and Development Fund
    ∙ Independent Living Program
    ∙ Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
    ∙ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    ∙ Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants
    ∙ Refugee Assistance Programs
    ∙ Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are qualified immigrants – refugees, asylees, etc)
    ∙ Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds

Of course most refugees are more than happy to take advantage of all of these "services."  Here is more from Refugee Resettlement Watch…

    Public Assistance Utilization Among refugees who arrived during the 5 years previous to the survey 57.7% are on government medical assistance such as Medicaid, about 25% have no health insurance at all, 70.2% are receiving food stamps, 31.6% are in public housing (an additional percentage is on a public housing waiting list), and 38.3 % are getting cash assistance such as TANF or SSI.

    The figure of 57.7% dependent upon government medical assistance is actually an undercount since it excludes children under 16.

Yes, our southern border is wide open for any jihadists that want to come into our country illegally.

But if you are a jihadist that wants to immigrate to America, there is a much easier way.

Just tell the Obama administration that you are a "refugee," and you might just find that you are soon living in one of our major cities at U.S. taxpayer expense.

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« Reply #295 on: September 07, 2014, 09:43:58 pm »

Peter Muller: Obama reforms should allow tech companies to hire key talent

In the coming weeks, President Barack Obama will announce executive actions designed to improve America's immigration system. While he is expected to focus primarily on people living and working in the United States without documentation, the president also should seize the opportunity to improve the legal immigration system that governs how highly skilled, foreign-born workers are employed in this country.

By doing so, Obama can deliver on one of the top priorities of technology companies -- reform to an outdated visa program that restricts their ability to hire key talent.

For years, Silicon Valley companies have struggled to find the highly skilled workers they need to fill important technical positions -- and as the economy strengthens, that challenge becomes greater. A look at job postings for Intel, Google and Facebook shows those companies have hundreds of openings for engineers in California.

The U.S. higher education system produces talented graduates who are sought by companies in the technology and life sciences industries, but because many of those graduates are foreign born they cannot work here without visas.

The visa system for highly skilled workers is broken.

The number of temporary visas, known as H-1Bs, has failed to keep up with increasing demand. This year, half of those who applied for a visa were turned away.

More troubling, our system fails to provide enough permanent employment-based visas, known as green cards, necessary to allow workers with sought-after skills to live and work in the United States permanently.

Currently, foreign-born workers who graduate from U.S. universities, who fill key jobs in companies across the country and meet every requirement for permanent residency, must wait years before receiving a green card.

In the meantime, they work on a temporary employment visa that limits their job opportunities and causes them to question why they struggle for acceptance in the United States while opportunity awaits them around the world.

The Senate passed a bill last year to reform U.S. immigration policies, including those for highly skilled workers; despite support from a wide array of advocates representing undocumented residents, the agriculture and construction industries, religious organizations and high-tech companies, the House of Representatives never voted on it.

In July, Obama declared that the window of opportunity for congressional action had passed and said he would use his executive authority to fix as much as possible.

The Department of Homeland Security already has taken one step in this direction. In May, the department published a proposed rule that would provide work authorization to the spouses of many H-1B workers. This sensible reform would enhance the lives and careers of H-1B employees and their families.

The president can also "recapture" green cards that went unused in previous years and issue them to people who are stuck in the long waiting line. He can create a more seamless process for foreign-born graduates of U.S. universities to obtain permanent resident status without first requiring the interim step of a temporary work visa. And he can look at ways to enhance the legal status of people who have qualified for a green card but will not receive one for years.

The long-term solutions to the fundamental shortcomings of the high-skilled immigration system will require Congress to increase the number of visas available each year.

In the meantime, Obama should use the tools available to him to improve the system as much as possible. We should not encourage talented workers to build businesses and grow economies elsewhere in the world.
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« Reply #296 on: September 09, 2014, 10:56:40 pm »

Texas Is Mad Mexico Won't Share the Rio Grande's Water

According to The Washington Post, Mexico owes the U.S. 380,000 acre-feet of water, equivalent to the amount consumed by 1.5 million Texans over the course of a year.

Since 1945, The United States and Mexico have abided by a water utilization treaty, which was put in place to settle disputes between the neighboring countries over the allocation of water supplies between the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. Together the two rivers make up two thirds of a 1,954 mile long U.S.-Mexico border.

Recently, Mexico has been struggling to uphold its end of the 70-year-old deal, which is especially problematic considering Texas is in the middle of a drought.

What's worse, the race for water in the region doesn't show any signs of stopping. The American Meteorological Society predicts that the likelihood of a decade-long drought impacting the southwestern United States this century is at over 90 percent.

Governor Rick Perry (R) wrote to President Barack Obama in 2013, asking him and Secretary of State John Kerry to use diplomatic pressure to force Mexico to provide the water. According to the Congressional Research Service, Obama subsequently raised the issue with President Enrique Peña Nieto during a trip to Mexico later that year. Nieto stressed his commitment to solving the water problem as soon as possible.

During the shortage, Texas has brought lawsuits against other neighbors as well. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Oklahoma when a Texas District sued the state for trying to block the purchase of water reserves from the Red River. The Lone Star State is hoping for better luck in its current suit against New Mexico.

Meanwhile, Ignacio Peña Treviño, a Mexican representative from the International Boundary and Water Commission told The Washington Post that Mexico was struggling to provide the water because of the country's own sustained drought.

"We have had a prolonged drought since 1994 until now. It has been difficult for Mexico to give this water,” he said  “There isn’t rain like there was in the past.”

This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/09/texas-is-mad-mexico-wont-share-the-rio-grandes-water/379793/
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« Reply #297 on: September 10, 2014, 02:07:02 pm »

Obama’s illegals bring disease to America’s children

America’s children are paying the price of Obama’s largesse. We were warned

    An agent stationed at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station told a radio host Sunday that diseases carried by illegal aliens crossing the Rio Grande are “slipping through the cracks” and will soon begin affecting the entire nation, possibly even “coming to your town.”

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera said that diseased illegals were being dumped at various areas around the country. Pay close attention to where:

    “It’s not always the ideal medical care,” Cabrera confessed, “and a lot of it is slipping through the cracks. I read now one of the publications this morning that [reported] they had a bunch of people go in there in at a detention facility [that] had to be shut down due to chicken pox. It’s kind of alarming, seeing as we toured that facility less than a month ago and they assured us that they had everything in order, that something like this wouldn’t happen. And sure enough, it fell through the cracks.

    “We’re not set up for this, and we’re inviting more problems,” he said. “The thing is, these [illegal immigrants] aren’t staying down here in the border region. This problem isn’t contained in the border areas. [They] are coming in here, they’re going north, and it’s going to affect the entire country. It’s going to affect the New Yorks, the Washington, D.C.s, the Chicago, the Dallas, even the Kansas, the Iowa, that’s where they’re headed, and that’s where it’s headed.”

    Klein asked Cabrera to clarify that he was talking about was medical issues spreading to places like Chicago, New York City and Kansas.

Remember that Cabrera said Kansas was a dumping site for illegals? Obama policies bear fruit there now:

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.

    This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days in kids of all ages.

    Preston Sheldon’s mom says he seemed fine when she took him to pre-school Tuesday. But minutes later, the Grain Valley mom got the call. Her three-year-old son was having trouble breathing.

    “You could see his ribs, and his stomach was pushing out really hard… I thought it was an asthma attack,” said Pam Sheldon.

    But it was a virus that is inundating Children’s Mercy with patients.

And when you hear the word “unusual” from doctors, it means it has recently been introduced:

    “To be at winter census is quite unusual in August obviously. To see a virus we’ve not seen before is unusual, too,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, an infectious disease specialist.

    It is enterovirus 68. The doctor says it’s well-known around the world, but cases have not been seen in Kansas City before.

Barack Obama dumped illegals in Lynn MA.

    Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.

    “We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “But now it’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department.”

Well, hello Tuberculosis

    LYNN, Mass. (AP) — More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if they were exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case.

    Center Director Lori Berry says after confirming the single positive test for tuberculosis in a male health care worker around Labor Day, center medical workers contacted and tested employees as well as patients ‘‘having sufficient exposure to warrant testing.’’

Now a respiratory illness is spreading to children like wildfire across the country.

    A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

    The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

    According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states — Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia — have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

It’s struck Ohio hard:

    Medical officials admitted a record number of children to a local hospital over the weekend because of what they believe to be a rare respiratory virus spreading throughout the country.

    Although there’s been no confirmed cases of the enterovirus at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, officials admitted 540 patients Friday, said Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the hospital.

    The previous record was around 515, Wheeler said.

    Some reports out of Missouri and Colorado suggest the virus, with symptoms similar to the common cold, brought sicker patients to hospitals, Wheeler said.

    “We’re just seeing the (increased) volumes, we haven’t seen (patients) sicker than usual yet,” he said.

    Hospitals from other states have placed restrictions on visitations, but Wheeler said there are no plans to do that in Cincinnati.

Ohio, you say?

Ohio agencies rally help for young immigrants

Ohio charity wants to house immigrant children

Feds: Ohio sponsors already have 360 ‘unaccompanied children’

In Colorado:

    Immigration cases involving unaccompanied minors are clogging one of the Denver area’s two immigration courts, records obtained by CBS4 indicate.

    There are nearly 8,000 immigration cases backlogged in the immigration court in downtown Denver. Nationwide, there are 400,000 cases in a backlog.

    “It’s creating another extreme crisis within the immigration court system throughout the United States to deal with all these additional cases,” David Kolko, the chairman of the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said.

And now?

    The CDC has confirmed samples from children in Colorado have tested positive for Enterovirus 68.

    The illness causes symptoms similar to the common cold, only those symptoms progress quickly and become much more severe.

    Colorado is one of 10 states that asked the CDC to look into it. No deaths have been reported yet, but with thousands of cases being diagnosed in just days, doctors are racing to contain it.

    Confirmation tonight from the CDC is putting health officials on higher alert.

    “Most of the isolates that we have sent them are the enterovirus, giving them increased wheezing and asthma problems,” said Dr. Christine Nyquist, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    Enterovirus typically causes symptoms similar to a cold, but this year’s strain is so severe, some believe it could turn into an epidemic.

    “It’s a phenomenal number of cases that you didn’t even hear about before,” said Dr. John Torres, KRDO medical expert. “If you listen to different hospitals and press conferences. Its hundreds of cases that three days ago you didn’t even hear about.”

900 cases so far.

Enteroviruses are a family of viruses that include polio and Hepatitis A. Five children in California have been identified as having “polio-like syndrome.” Two of them tested positive for Enterovirus 68.

This disease is painful for children and it is becoming a significant health care cost. These kids should not be sick and if not for Obama’s narcissism none would be ill. None would be ill had Obama not created the illegal alien DREAM Act magnet. There have been no reported deaths so far but if one American child dies Obama will have a great of explaining to do.
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« Reply #298 on: September 13, 2014, 12:07:28 am »

Domestic violence ruling may help thousands of immigrants get asylum

Heidy fled her native Honduras for the United States on the advice of police. There was nothing they could do, they told her, to protect her from her abusive husband, a drug trafficker who spat on her, raped her — the first time when she was 17 — and threatened her at gunpoint.

"He was going to kill me at any moment," she told a U.S. immigration judge this week. Heidy, whose surname is being withheld because she is a **** victim, is the first test case since the highest immigration court in the United States issued a ruling last week recognizing domestic violence as a basis for granting asylum.

In that case, a 41-year-old Guatemalan mother of three who was repeatedly beaten and raped by her husband was given asylum in the U.S.

Immigration attorneys have seized on the decision, hoping it will help other Central American women. Thousands of such women and their children have been apprehended in recent months after illegally crossing the Southwest border.

At an immigration detention facility here, at least half of the estimated 300 women interviewed by pro bono attorneys claim they are victims of domestic violence, said Blaine Bookey, who was co-counsel on Heidy's case and is associate director at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of Law.

Critics say the ruling may allow any woman who suffers from domestic violence to seek shelter in the U.S. Bob Dane, spokesman for Federation for American Immigration Reform, called the ruling "another example of the systematic whittling away of the original intent and definition of asylum."

The Board of Immigration Appeals decision also may complicate plans by immigration authorities who have vowed to speed up the processing and deportation of thousands of single women with children who have illegally entered the U.S.

Before last week's ruling, immigration judges regularly denied asylum to victims of domestic violence because U.S. law did not consider them part of a "social group," a key requirement for asylum.

Asylum applicants must establish a well-founded fear of persecution because of "race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion," according to Citizenship and Immigration Services guidelines.

Asylum seekers also have to prove that their home government is complicit in their persecution or unwilling or unable to stop it. The board found the requirement was met in the Guatemala case, observing that the country has a "culture of machismo and family violence" and that police often fail to intervene in domestic violence cases.

He was going to kill me at any moment. - Heidy, a Honduran whose last name is withheld because she is a **** victim, telling a U.S. immigration judge about her abusive husband

Heidy's hearing on Thursday showed the challenges officials face in handling a flood of cases this year. The 23-year-old and her attorney were in a makeshift courtroom set up at an immigration facility in Artesia. They were linked via teleconference to an immigration judge and interpreter 1,800 miles away in Arlington, Va.

Heidy testified about her life in Honduras, trying to compose herself as she told Judge Roxanne C. Hladylowycz about the abuse she endured for six years.

"He would push me. He would grab me from my neck. From my jaw," she said, gesturing with her hands over her neck to demonstrate.

Her face flushed and she bit her lips, trying to hold back tears. "He told me I was an Indian that was worth nothing," she said. "I told him I was a woman who was worth a lot." Sometimes the microphone would cut out unexpectedly, forcing her to repeat uncomfortable testimony again and again.

She was walking to high school when her future husband first spotted her. She resisted his advances, Heidy testified, because she had heard he was part of a powerful drug-trafficking family. But he was relentless. After six months of stalking her, he forced into a car one afternoon and raped her.

When he told her that he would take her far away from her family, Heidy proposed they get married so she could stay in town. She soon gave birth to her son — the product of that first ****, she said. Physical and mental abuse started soon after they wed and moved to a house near his family, she said.

A typical day started with her cooking breakfast for his entire family and doing chores around the house. She wasn't allowed to attend college or leave the home without him.

"I was like a slave for him," she said.

Even when he landed in prison for his role in a murder, his friends and family kept a close eye on her, and he constantly called on a cellphone smuggled to him.

"He and his entire family are very dangerous people, and the whole world is scared of them in my town. Even police are scared of him," Heidy said.

Afraid of what would happen to her if she didn't comply with his demands, she visited him in prison. The guards were paid off to allow him his own room where he would **** her, she said.

Once, she tried filing for divorce, but no government officials would take the case. Eventually, she managed to move to her parents' home, but her husband, who had been released from prison, wouldn't leave her alone. He pointed a gun at her, threatening to take away their 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter if she went with another man.

The last straw came when he arrived at her parents' home firing a gun in the air. On June 2, Heidy's brother took her and her two children to a city three hours away. There, she asked authorities for help. They said her best option was to leave Honduras.

Under cross-examination, a government attorney asked Heidy what would happen if she were deported.

"It would be sure death for me," she replied.

Hladylowycz had already reviewed Heidy's asylum packet, which included multiple testimony — including an affidavit by her brother, who helped her escape, and an assessment of conditions for women in Honduras.

Heidy's situation, the judge said, was a "textbook case" for asylum relief for her and her children.

Heidy put her hands to her face and began to shake. Her principal attorney, Christina Brown, handed her a tissue.

"In one year you can apply to become a permanent resident of the United States," the judge said. "Good luck to you."
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« Reply #299 on: September 15, 2014, 06:58:09 pm »

Exclusive: Feds Find Anti-Israel and Pro-Palestine 9/11 Message to America on Border Fence

NOGALES, Arizona -- On September 11, 2014, individuals or a group in Mexico hung a message to America over the U.S.-Mexico border wall condemning American support for Israel and declaring support for Palestine. U.S. federal agents discovered the banner draped over the primary border fence in Arizona’s Yuma Sector in a restricted area that could only have been reached from Mexico. The message also contained an image described by authorities as an anarchist symbol. The incident was kept secret from the American public by federal authorities. Breitbart Texas exclusively obtained the leaked incident report from federal agents on the condition their identities remain private.

The leaked incident report reveals that U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the banner in the early hours of September 12, 2014, indicating that the banner had been draped over the border wall late in the night on September 11th.

One federal agent involved in leaking the incident report to Breitbart Texas expressed concern over the symbolic timing of the message and said, “Everyone has been discussing whether cartels would work with ISIS or other terror groups, but this indicates that political groups in Mexico’s border region may be more of a concern in terms of working with terrorists to make a political statement in America.”

Breitbart Texas recently published a leaked intelligence report from the Texas Department of Public Safety that was distributed to federal agencies and indicated that ISIS members or supporters were known to be discussing the potential use of the porous U.S.-Mexico border as a means of secretly entering the United States. In the immediate aftermath of that report, experts and pundits erupted into disagreements about whether ISIS would take advantage of the open U.S.-Mexico border instead of utilizing air travel and whether Mexican cartels would actually risk shutting down valuable illicit trade routes by working with Middle Eastern terrorists. The potential for radical and extremist Mexican-based anti-Israel or anti-U.S. political groups to either work with ISIS or engage in extremism was not part of the public discourse.
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