Sunday, June 12, 2016

ISIS Amaq News Agency has officially claimed responsibility for the shooting in Orlando. We Must Take the Fight to ISIS.

ISIS Officially Takes Credit For Orlando Massacre

The group speaks out, claiming one of their soldiers was behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history
Jun 12, 2016 at 10:48 AM ET

Friends, family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters — (REUTERS)
ISIS Amaq News Agency has officially claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting in Orlando, saying that “a soldier of the Islamic State has carried out the attack.”

Suspected gunman Omar Mateen killed 50 people inside a gay nightclub early Sunday morning; shortly beforehand, he called 911 to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State. Long before ISIS issued its response, users on one of the main ISIS forums praised the violence. “Oh America, you will not sleep and shut an eye as long as there are Mujahedeen. May God will bless you my brother and grant you with heaven,” wrote one supporter. Said another, “Allah Akbar, the target is a place for deviant people, who also known as homosexuals.”
As one ISIS supporter pointed out, the Florida shooting follows ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s most recent speech, in which al-Adnani called upon “soldiers and supporters of the Caliphate in Europe and America” to attack civilians, “spread the terror,” and “open the door of Jihad” in their homes during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Another ISIS sympathizer shared images and videos from Orlando and wrote, “there is nothing I love more than the blood of infidels. This is the month of victories and blessings.”

I spent over 20 years protecting All Americans. I now stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the LGTP Community.

In most Islamic countries, gay men and women are ostracized, persecuted and in some cases even murdered.

        Islam states homosexuality is punishable by death

Islam goes beyond merely disapproving of homosexuality. Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.

Beneath the surface, however, there are implied references to homosexual behavior in paradise, and it has been a historical part of Arab and Muslim culture.
The Muslim Religion could be for me be considered as a cult and a political organization.  If they want to continue to have Islam to be considered a religion in the United States, then the Muslim community must get rid of their radical views.  They themselves must do this.
Homosexuals are killed.


Quran (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)" - An account that is borrowed from the Biblical story of Sodom. Muslim scholars through the centuries have interpreted the "rain of stones" on the town as meaning that homosexuals should be stoned, since no other reason is given for the people's destruction. (The story is also repeated in suras 27 and29).Quran (7:81) - "Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you?" This verse is part of the previous text and it establishes that homosexuality as different from (and much worse than) adultery or other sexual sin. According to the Arabic grammar, homosexuality is called the worst sin, while references elsewhere describe other forms of non-marital sex as being "among great sins."Quran (26:165-166) - "Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, "And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing"Quran (4:16) - "If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone" This is the Yusuf Ali translation. The original Arabic does not use the word "men" and simply says "two from among you." Yusuf Ali may have added the word "men" because the verse seems to refer to a different set than referred to in the prior verse (explicitly denoted as "your women"). In other words, since 4:15 refers to "your women", 4:16 is presumably written to and refers to men.

Terrorists in America

 When Europe agreed to open its borders to Syrian refugees in response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our age, officials assured the Western world: we've got this. There will be no jihadists among them; and if there are, we'll be sure they won't get in.

Arrests Show Jihadists Infiltrating Syrian Refugees

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The return of tuberculosis to the United States - Thanks to Obama your children are being exposed to the transmission of a highly communicable and fatal disease, TB

The return of tuberculosis to the United States

Saturday, June 4, 2016

American Children Put At Risk Because of Obama. We beat this communicable disease which is now being spread because of refugees Obama is bring into the US

The first reported case of a person with measles in the recent Memphis outbreak, which now numbers seven confirmed cases, was at a local mosque on April 15, according to the Shelby County Health Department.  “The first public place where there was a public exposure potentially [to measles] was the Masjid Al-Noor Mosque on April 15,” Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director of the Shelby County Health Department, tells Breitbart News.

“The mosque is one location we know that individuals who were infectious were during their infectious period, but that’s not necessarily where the first case occurred. I don’t want you to draw conclusions without sufficient information,” she added.Haushalter acknowledged, however, that the measles outbreak could have originated with an unvaccinated for measles adult or child brought to Tennessee under the federal refugee resettlement program, something she called “a possibility amongst many.”

There had been no reported cases of measles in Shelby County for the previous 24 months, according to a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health. “There have been nine previous cases of measles in the entire state of Tennessee in the past 12 years,” WREG reported.  The Shelby County Health Department first notified the public of a measles outbreak on Friday morning, April 22, reporting two confirmed cases, an adult and a child.  “We take the testing [of patients for measles] to the state lab then to CDC. We went public as soon as we received the confirmation,” spokesperson Elizabeth Hart tells Breitbart News.
["The prevalence of communicable disease among refugee populations is well documented. In January 2016, for instance, a severe outbreak of measles occurred in a refugee camp in Calais, France."]

As of May 10, the number of reported cases of measles in Memphis has increased to seven.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of measles cases in the United States grew from 63 in 2010 to 667 in 2014. It fell to 189 in 2015. That year, “the United States experienced a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles, then visited the amusement park while infectious; however, no source was identified.”  Surprisingly, the majority of the more than 70,000 refugees resettled annually across the United States  through the federal refugee resettlement program are not required to have been vaccinated for measles prior to their arrival here.

“Refugees being resettled in the United States, unlike immigrants seeking residency, have not been subject to immunization requirements,” according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the CDC in January 2015.

Kristen Nordlund, a spokesperson for the CDC, tells Breitbart News, “I think you may not be reading the full MMWR, which does discuss a program that CDC set up that requires refugees from some countries to be vaccinated.”

Refugees settled in the United States under the refugee resettlement program arriving from all but six countries — Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia,Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda — are not required to demonstrate they have received immunizations, specifically including measles, according to that January 2015 MMWR from the CDC.
Of the 1,601 refugees resettled in Tennessee in fiscal year 2015, 186 were resettled in Memphis, according to a report provided by Catholic Charities of Tennessee, which administers the program in the Volunteer State on behalf of the federal government under the Wilson-Fish alternative program.
Less than one percent of those 1,601 refugees (a total of twelve individuals) were from the six countries (Thailand, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Malaysia, and Ethiopia) where refugees are required to be vaccinated for measles as a condition of their entry to the United States.

Of the refugees resettled in Tennessee by Catholic Charities of Tennessee under the federal refugee resettlement program, 1,589 (99 percent) came from countries of origin where the United States government does not require that refugees have measles vaccinations, including 332 from Iraq, 214 from Somalia, 206 from Congo, 393 from Burma, 138 from Bhutan, 57 from Sudan, 47 from Afghanistan, and 31 from Syria.

Breitbart News contacted the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the part of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for the federal refugee resettlement program, for comment several times over the past two weeks but has not received a response beyond the acknowledgement they had received our original inquiry.

Michael Evans, State Refugee Health Coordinator for the Tennessee Office for Refugees, part of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, the VOLAG (voluntary agency) hired by ORR to operate the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee, did however respond to Breitbart News.

“The Tennessee Office for Refugees has not been contacted by the Shelby County Health Department, and has no information beyond what is publicly available through reputable news sources,” Evans tells Breitbart News.

This seems to be a rather curious oversight by the Shelby County Health Department, given that the first instance of potential exposure occurred at a mosque in Memphis likely to be frequented by refugees resettled by Catholic Charities.
Evans did not deny that the vast majority of refugees resettled in Tennessee by Catholic Charities of Tennessee are not required to be vaccinated for measles prior to their arrival in the United States.
He did, however, offer this statement:
I am happy to confirm that a refugee suffering from a measles infection would not be permitted to travel to Tennessee, and our screening program has not detected a person infected with measles. As indicated in the link you provided (and also found here), a majority of refugees begin or complete their MMR series before setting foot on a plane to the U.S. Once in Tennessee, medical providers review the vaccinations that were administered overseas to determine what series need to be completed here. Additionally, in order for a refugee to adjust their status to permanent resident (a step required of all refugees), the refugee must be vaccinated against measles, as required by U.S. immigration law. The Tennessee Office for Refugees—through the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement—provides access to all immunizations required to adjust status.
The Tennessee Department of Health has been reluctant to provide details on the point of origin of the measles outbreak.  “Due to the small number of individuals confirmed with measles in one county, our HIPAA Compliance Office has determined we may not provide any information at this time that could be used to identify an individual. We take our obligation to protect individuals – and to protect population health – most seriously,” Woody McMillen, director of communication and media relations for the Tennessee Department of Health, tells Breitbart News.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, the first visit of a person infected with measles who may have spread the disease to others came at the Masjid-Al-Noor-Mosque between the hours of 5:30 am and 8:30 am on Friday, April 15.
The Masjid Al-Noor Mosque offers “Adult Quran Class” every morning after “Fajr,” the first of five daily prayers offered by Muslims, according to the mosque’s website. On April 15, those classes would likely have begun shortly after 5:00 am.

Breitbart News contacted the Masjid Al-Noor Mosque for comment, but has not received a response.
The second visit of a person infected with measles came at the same location during the same three morning hours the following day, Saturday, April 16.

By Sunday, persons infected with measles visited two additional locations, the nursery at the Collierville United Methodist Church, which is only open on Sundays from 8:15 am to noon, and a Goodwill store located in Millington, Tennessee.

“From my knowledge it was detected at a local doctor’s office. They caught it early on it was an adult, a woman [who was infected with measles] …. No one else from my knowledge who was infected visited our store. I was not here when she [the woman infected with measles] came in [to the store on Sunday morning],” Ashley Brooks, the manager of the Goodwill store in Millington tells Breitbart News.

According to the Shelby County Health Department:
The investigation of the measles outbreak in Shelby County has identified the following locations as sites visited by people with measles during the time when they were infected
with measles and could have spread the illness to others.  You may have been exposed to a person with measles if you were at the following locations on the dates listed.
In chronological order, these locations are listed as follows:
Masjid-Al-Noor Mosque
3529 Mynders Ave, Memphis TN
4/15/2016 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
4/16/2016 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a..m.
Collierville United Methodist Church Nursery
454 W. Poplar Ave, Collierville TN
4/17/2016 9:00am – 12:00pm
8059 US 51, Millington TN
4/17/2016 9am – 2pm
Parkway Village Church of Christ
4400 Knight Arnold Rd, Memphis TN
River City Pediatrics
6401 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN
Yukon Clinic
1355 W. Brierbrook Rd, Germantown TN
4/19/2016 9:45am – 12:45pm
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital – Emergency Department
7691 Poplar Ave, Germantown TN
4/20/2016 7:00pm – 4/21/2016 3:00am
Family Physicians Group PC
8110 Cordova Road, Memphis TN
4/20/2016 10:00am – 2:00pm
4/22/2016 8:00am – 12:30pm
Primary Care Pediatrics
9091 Highway 51N, Millington TN
4/21/2016 1:00pm – 6:00pm
St. Francis Hospital – Bartlett – Emergency Department
2986 Kate Bond Rd, Memphis TN
4/22/2016 any time after 10:45am to 4/23/2016 3:30 p.m.
“What we listed are public places we know individuals were… however somebody could have been ill, but it may not have been at a public case,” Shelby County Director of Health Dr. Haushalter tells Breitbart News.

Haushalter acknowledged, however, that the mosque was “the first potential exposure in a public place… I am familar with the refugee process and how people come through and how their immunization status is checked. Once they come to the US they have a window [of time] through which.. often they can get immunization.”

Haushalter also acknowledged that “In some cases they are required. I don’t know for measles.”
On Friday May 6, the Shelby County Health Department confirmed a seventh case of measles:
The Shelby County Health Department has received confirmation of a seventh case of measles.  According to the Shelby County Health Department, six of those infected were not immunized against measles.  We are told the cases are all over the county.  The original two cases involved an adult, and the other a child.  Four of the cases were connected to each other.  Two other cases were connected to each other.
The possibility that immigrants brought to the United States under the federal refugee resettlement program pose a potential health risk to the rest of the population is one of a number of objections raised to the continuation of the program. Other objections include the unfunded mandate financial burden social welfare benefits impose upon states where the refugees are resettled, as well as security concerns that the resettled refugees, many of whom are Muslim, may pose due to possible ties to Islamist terrorist groups or ideologies.

In April, the Tennessee General Assembly declared its intention to sue the federal government over its operation of the refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds.

Illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities

DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads of Illegal Aliens Away from Border with tax payer money.  
Uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.
This report, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the security risks along the southern border, features only a snippet of a much broader crisis in which illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities.  Who approved this part of the contract with G4S?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.
A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida. Judicial Watch is filing a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo accompanying this story shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.

G4S: History
‹‹ G4S: Overview Overview G4S: Finances & Investors ››
Mon, 10/09/2012

The G4S story starts in the early 20th century, when two enterprising Danes, Philip Sørensen and Marius Hogrefe, founded the guarding company København Fredriksberg Nattevagt in 1901. Soon after, in 1906, Sophus Falck established Redningskorpet.[1] Redningskorpet, which later changed its name to Falck, started off providing guarding, ambulance and fire engine services. In 1988 the Falck family sold the company to Baltica, a Danish insurance company, that went on to sell off 55% of Falck to a number of other major insurance companies. During the 1990s, Falck expanded in Europe by acquiring several companies (Patena Security in Sweden, Falken in Norway, SIMIS in Germany, Sezam Sp. z o.o. of Poland, AS ESS, a security operator with companies in all Baltic states, and Nederlandse Veiligheidsdienst (NVD), the largest security operator in the Netherlands). In 1950, the Sørensen family consolidated its businesses as ‘Securitas International’.

In 1963, Store Detectives Ltd and Securitas Alarms Ltd were set up by the family in the UK. Jørgen Philip Sørensen was appointed managing director of the UK part of the group in 1965. The UK part of the business was organised under the name Group 4 from 1968 onwards. In 1981, the activities of the Sørensen family were split up into Securitas AB (the Swedish activities) and the Group 4 group (the rest of the European activities). Group 4 moved on to expand to several countries all over the world (India, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Turkey, etc.). In 1990, the group acquired American Magnetics Corporation, which specialised in access control systems. This helped Group 4 Falck win the highly prestigious contract to handle security at the Pentagon.
After the merger of Group 4 and Falck to form Group 4 Falck in 2000, the expansion continued with several acquisitions - ADS in Germany, SOS in Austria, SPAC in Finland, BOS in Czech Republic, Unikey in Norway and Banktech in Hungary. Growth in Indonesia, Kazakhstan and the republics in Central Asia (especially in the oil and gas sector) saw profits increase 20% in 2001. It also acquired the security company Euroguard (France).
The 2002 acquisition of the Wackenhut Corporation added a new and disturbing section to Group 4 Falck’s corporate history. Formed in 1954 by former FBI agent George Wackenhut, its first major coup was the collection of two million files on US citizens implicated in the McCarthyite witch hunts of the 1950s.[2] In the 1970s, the company was implicated in supplying chemicals for weapons to Iraq.[3] Since then, it has diversified into incarceration and other areas of security.
The really big one came in July 2004: the merger of Group 4 and Securicor to create the modern Group 4 Securicor, or G4S, as it is more commonly known. By 2007, now with England's Nick Buckles at the helm, G4S entered the FTSE 100 of leading companies on the stock exchange. Since then it has made around £1 billion worth of acquisitions.
Most recently, the Cotswold Group Limited, the UK’s market leader in surveillance, fraud, analytics, intelligence and investigations services, and Chubb Emergency Response, one of the UK’s leading key holding and response services, have entered the fold.[4] In November 2011, however, G4S' rise was checked by the failed acquisition of rival security and services company ISS. The brainchild of Buckles and other members of senior management, a plan was hatched to finance the £5.2 billion acquisition by borrowing £3.7 billion through a debt facility organised by Deutsche Bank, HSBC Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, plus a £2 billion rights-issue (essentially issuing additional shares and encouraging existing investors to buy them).
Unfortunately, when Buckles and his fellow brains-trusts got round to mentioning this to G4S investors, the reception wasn't as positive as they had hoped. Parvus Asset Management and others balked at the rights issue and taking on so much debt for what they saw as a risky and over-ambitious move and put the kibosh on it. Alf Duch-Pedersen was the major loser, stepping down from his position as chairman.
The ISS failure was a body-blow to G4S' ambitions but not a knockout. Since then announced new public sector contracts and has issued a £600 million bond, which has been very popular with investors. Anyone looking to stop G4S’ abuse should not put much faith in 'the market'.
[1] G4S, ‘Our History’, , accessed 15.5.12
[2] C Marshall, The Last Circle, Lycaeum Books, 1994
[3] S Rintoul, ‘Detention company’s murky origins’, The Australian, 28.12.02
[4] G4S, ‘G4S Acquires Chubb Emergency Response’, , 19.3.12
Testimony of Brandon Judd
On behalf of the National Border Patrol Council
In front of The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest

May 19, 2016

Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member Schumer, thank you for providing me the opportunity to testify on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). The NBPC represents the interests
of 16,500 line Agents of the Border Patrol. The Agents whom I represent demand I present testimony from a law enforcement standpoint and not from partisan politics. My testimony is about the safety and security of our nation and its borders and I will be testifying about illegal and not legal immigration. 

Current Situation on the Border

If you ask the Administration about the state of the border, they will undoubtedly tell you the border is secure. They will point to apprehension numbers and say that because we are apprehending fewer illegal aliens than in the past, our border is more secure than ever. Although our numbers are down from the historic highs prior to the year 2008 when we were apprehending 1.5 million people, it does not mean our borders are secure. We simply cannot assess border security based on apprehensions.

During the Bush administration, we were told that the high number of apprehensions was a sign that the border was secure. During the Obama Administration, we have been told that declining apprehensions was a sign of a secure border.

So which administration is right? The answer is neither. If you have an unsecure border, the level of apprehensions will be low or high based off the flow of illegal immigrants. Prior to 2008, the housing industry was booming and we saw massive flows of illegal immigrants drawn to the United States by the prospect of finding work in the construction industry. Not surprisingly, we had massive numbers of apprehensions. But after the housing market collapse of 2008, job opportunities for illegal immigrants were scarce. The flows decreased as did apprehensions. The bottom line is that as our economy continues to slowly improve, so will the lure of jobs, ultimately increasing the illegal immigration which we are seeing today.

When I talk about the border not being secure let me be very specific. Along the border we have thousands of sensors that will alert Border Patrol Agents to a border breach. If a group of illegal aliens or narcotics smugglers trip a sensor, we instantly know exactly where the breach has occurred and can rush Agents immediately to the area. In cases where we have a sensor alert our chance of apprehending the illegal aliens or drug smugglers is 50 percent.

In those cases where illegal aliens or drug smugglers cross where we do not have sensors, our chances of making a successful apprehension is a fraction of this 50 percent. How much lower is it? Frankly we do not know, but many Agents will tell you it could be as low as 10 percent.

In the last eight years, three things have changed that make my job much harder. The first is the continued rise of the Mexican drug cartels, the second is the Administration’s use of the catch and release policy to an extent never before seen, and the third is the lack of management accountability.

Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels

Although there have been smuggling organizations along the U.S. and Mexican border for decades, the rise of Mexican drug cartels started in earnest in the 1990s. As their power and influence grew, so
did the violence and corruption. In 2006, the situation in Mexico got so bad that then Mexican President Felipe Calderon ordered the Mexican Armed Forces to directly confront the cartels. That decision sparked the Mexican drug war.

Over the past 10 years, more than 150,000 people have been killed by cartel violence. This number
includes teachers, police officers, judges, elected officials and ordinary citizens. Within the last few years the situation with the cartels has gotten so bad, the U.S. State Department issued multiple travel warnings to U.S. citizens about visiting Mexico. And over the past eight years, Mexican cartels have maintained a stranglehold on illegal activity along our Southwest Border.

Drug cartels control the illegal activity along our border in the same way gangs control illegal activity within our prisons. Nothing moves along the border in the U.S. or Mexico without the cartel’s permission. For the cartels, illegal alien and narcotic smuggling are two lines of huge business that brings in billions in annual revenue.

For example, last year the Border Patrol apprehended 174,000 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley. Each of these individuals paid the Gulf Cartel approximately $5,000 to be smuggled into the United States. That is $870 million in revenue for the cartel. When you factor in those that "got away" the total revenue from alien smuggling alone for the Gulf cartel in this sector is nearly over $1.7 billion.

The money cartels earn from illegal alien smuggling underwrites their narcotics operations, fuels the violence in Mexico which has killed more than 150,000 people, and is threatening the very viability of Mexico as a democracy. But that is not all. The illegal alien smuggling funds cartel expansion into our own communities. Last year, the DEA released a report (DEA-DCT-DIR-065-15) that chronicled the extent of the cartel incursion, showing that virtually no state was immune. For instance, New York is controlled by the Sinaloa cartel while in Alabama, both the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels have operations.

Catch and Release

There are a number of factors that are driving the illegal immigration that we are seeing. Many point to the endemic violence in Central America. Without a doubt violence and instability in Central America is a factor. It is not however what is driving the problem. The single biggest factor driving our illegal immigration right now is our catch and release program.

When Border Patrol Agents arrest illegal immigrants, we interview them. Most illegal immigrants believe that they will either not be caught, or even if they are caught, they will not be deported back to their home country. Most believe that they will simply be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and will be released.

Candidly, they are not wrong. If you are an unaccompanied minor we will not only release you, but will escort you to your final destination. If you are a family unit, we will release you. If you claim credible fear, we will release you. If you are a single male and we do not physically see you cross the border and you claim that you have been in this country since 2014, we will release you. Do you have to offer any proof that you have been here the last two years – absolutely not. We will take your word for it.

We have encountered individuals in the Rio Grande Valley who are still wet from crossing the river, who have claimed they had been in the United States since 2014. Under current Administration policy we processed them and let them go – sometimes without even issuing an NTA.

The illegal aliens that we apprehend are practical people. Before making what is a very dangerous journey and risking a lifetime of savings, they weigh the costs and the benefits. Right now with catch and release, the costs are lower than the benefits. As long as we continue with this policy they will continue to come.

Twenty years ago we faced a similar problem with Brazilian illegal immigrants. If we did not have enough detention space and started to release illegal immigrants with NTAs, they would flood that sector. The second we held illegal aliens in custody pending deportation, the flood of Brazilians stopped overnight. I know that if we simply remembered this lesson once again we could decrease the flow of illegal immigrants attempting to cross.

Lack of Accountability

The last time we had comprehensive immigration reform in this country was 1986 with the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. This legislation gave amnesty to any illegal immigrant who had arrived before 1982 and was one of the factors driving the tidal wave of illegal immigrants we saw in the 1990s.

When the Senate was considering immigration reform three years ago, many warned about what happened after 1986. The Administration promised the American people that it would be different this time because the border was secure. It was a terrific talking point.

Too bad it was completely untrue, unless you count a 50 percent apprehension rate as success. My guess is that your constituents would not call that success.

The challenge now is that the Administration has painted itself into a corner. If the border is secure, how do you ask Congress for more manpower? If the border is secure, how do you ask for money for additional air support, technology and fencing?

The answer unfortunately is that you don’t. You do not talk about the Mexican drug cartels. You do not talk about the fact that every day on average a Border Patrol Agent is seriously assaulted. You do not talk about how 20 percent of the individuals we are apprehending now are convicted felons and have previously been deported. You do not talk about any of this. You talk about how apprehensions are down and how well things are going. And you punish anyone who has the temerity not to echo the Administration’s talking points.


We can solve this problem and we can have a secure border. We can put a serious dent in narcotics trafficking and make sure our communities are safer. However, the first step is to have the courage to admit the problem exists and acknowledge that some of our policy choices are making the problem worse – not better.