VIDEO: Watch an ‘Enemy of the State’ calling for a Revolution on November 4th, 2017

President Donald J. Trump said during his inaugural address, “The Bible tells us, ‘how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’”

It appears that certain clergy do not want unity, as the Bible commands. Rather they seek a revolution.

America must prepare for a coordinated attack from the Marxists and their enablers!

The Refuse Fascism website has a video of Tom Carey, Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Epiphany, Los Angeles stating:

“…There is only one way way for us to bring justice and tolerance back to our national life: To hit the streets to demand the removal of this regime on November 4. We are all coming out into the steeets, people of faith, people of conscience, and we are going to stay there until this regime is removed…”

Refuse Fascism has called for “Faith Weekends”:

As part of our preparations for November 4, we will be contacting you soon (or feel free to contact us) about Faith Weekends that will be taking place October 13-15, October 20-22, and October 27-29. The events of these weekends will help build for November 4 and be vital in their own right. These Faith Weekends may include the following:

• Larger public ecumenical and inter-religious gatherings, where we model for parishioners and society-at-large the indispensable responsibility that we have to bring our demand that “The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” into the public square. These ecumenical gatherings will be timely and spirit-filled; and, they will also be a precursor to November 4. (In Los Angeles, culminating a month of reflections, sermons and gatherings during church services and amongst faith groups, a Sunday, October 29 inter-religious outdoor event is being planned.)

• Reflections and sermons during Church services in the month of October and smaller gatherings of the faith groups themselves that take up the issue of 1) the fascist direction of the U.S. and the serious danger represented by the Trump/ Pence regime, and 2) November 4 being the day when we begin a sustained, public, historic mobilization to demand this regime’s ouster.

• Sharing and discussion of the well-researched 12-page, full-color pamphlet, 7 Indictments: The Crimes Against Humanity of the Trump/Pence Regime. (Please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to receive copies for your church, synagogue or mosque. You may also review the pamphlet at https://refusefascism.org/what-the-trumppence-regime-has- done-and-says-they-will-do/.)

We hope that you will make specific plans for your own neighborhoods and communities to help this nationwide struggle. In preparation for these Faith Weekends and for November 4, we urge you to:

• Endorse the Call for November 4 ~ This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime 
Must Go! Engage your communities in focused conversations about the Call for November 4. Preach sermons, hold dialogues and conduct studies.

• Help the members of your community understand just how important November 4 is. Make a 60-90 second video calling the faith community across the nation to action both during the October Faith Weekend, and on November 4. We’ll promote your video on social media.

The Refuse Fascism website lists other members of “The Faith Task Force”:

Rev. Frank Wulf, Pastor-in-Charge, Echo Park United Methodist Church; Ernestine Henning, Supervisor (ret.) AME Church; Rev. Tom Carey, Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Epiphany; Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran- American activist, co-initiator of Refuse Fascism; Rev. Frank Alton, Provost, Cathedral Center of St. Paul; Ted Jennings, Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary; Father Bob Bossie, SCJ; Rev. TaigenDan Leighton Ph.D., Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Dharma teacher; Rabbi Michael DavisFr. Richard Estrada, Church of the Epiphany, Cornel WestFr. Luis Barrios, Holyrood Episcopal Church, Jon Nathen Wurzel, Atonement Lutheran Church, Lyda Eddington, Pastor, La Tijera United Methodist Church, Sara Lee MacDonald, Communications Director, St. Peter’s Santa Maria Episcopal Church, Rabbi Michael Pollack, March on Harrisburg ~ (affiliations for identification purposes only)

1 Peter 2:13 – 2:17 reads:

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

15For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

17Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

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IN-DEPTH: Disproving the 7 Accusations that Trump is Racist

The evidence that President Trump is a racist hovers between thin gruel and nonexistent. The acceptance as fact that everyone knows he is a racist — by all the smart people on the left that are incapable of actually proving it — says a lot more about those people than Trump.

Yet it has become religious canon among many Americans that Trump is a racist. And for too many within that group, anyone who voted for Trump is not only a racist, but also necessarily approves of every facet of Trump’s past and present and every thing he says, does and tweets. Sixty-three million racists!

This is where we stand in an age where a President of the United States is not only hated beyond all reason, but that hatred has seriously affected the faculties of otherwise relatively smart people to actually take a rational position. All is yelling and pronouncing “facts” with nothing supportive, but to the applause of fellow inhabitants of the Trump Derangement silo.

We cannot necessarily help them with their derangement, beyond laying out the basic case that knocks down each “reason” that is given as evidence for Trump’s racism.

Much of this list comes from some of the smarter people I know who are Liberals and Trump haters, because not all Trump haters are liberals, but all liberals seem to be Trump haters.

1) Cancelling DACA racist

DACA was almost assuredly unconstitutional before Trump cancelled the Obama executive order with his own executive order.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was Obama’s action granting a form of amnesty to children who came here illegally by their parents, not of their own volition. Previously, Obama had said on several occasions that he did not have the authority to do what some people wanted him to do, and simply use his pen to make them legal. He was right.

However, Congress voted the proposal down repeatedly (which by the definition of those charging Trump’s act here proves racism, means more than half of Congress at the time was also racist — which it is possible some may actually believe.) So Obama decided if Congress wouldn’t act, he would — exactly what the Constitution constrains a president from doing and why the courts were set to strike down DACA. (Which means the courts are racist, too?)

Trump undid an unconstitutional action and set federal policy in line with the majority vote in Congress and the law. Citing that as evidence of racism is the weakest of cases.

2) The Muslim ban racist

This one is just so easily felled, despite being an article of faith on the left.

There simply was no “Muslim ban.” That was entirely made up by Democrats and the mainstream media — who are the same people — and a phrase that even Fox News used. Journalist are very pack-oriented creatures. They all used that terminology, which is just despicably bad reporting. It is factually impossible to call it a Muslim ban. It is the fakest of all fake news spins.

It was a ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries which the State Department labeled either terrorist countries or hosts for terrorist organizations. They represented only 12 percent of all Muslims worldwide, meaning more than 88 percent of Muslims — almost 9 out of 10 — retained their travel rights here. That is by any definition not a “Muslim ban.”

Side note, Obama labeled the same countries the same way and increased travel restrictions. Even Obama recognized the increased threat from those countries. Trump merely took it a step further as he promised to do during his campaign. There is no way to honestly view this as even moderately radical or racist.

Alas, it continues to be used to call Trump both radical and racist by those calling Trump a bigot and a racist.

3) Criminal justice reform racist

Criminal justice reform? This could range from how to deal with the opioid epidemic to stopping racist police brutality and ending racist judicial sentencing. The problem is that most of this conversation is based upon yet another set of duplicitous assumptions and accusations. Whenever reforms are proposed, they are founded on the factually unsupportable charge that blacks are the victims of systemic racism in arrests, charges and incarcerations.

There seems to be absolutely no actual evidence of systemic racial injustice in the American criminal justice system. This is not about anecdotal incidents. There certainly are those. But any reforms or policies based on anecdotes and Youtube videos are bound to be awful reforms and policies.

Data — concrete, actual facts — based on crimes committed and incarceration shows some slight differences at the margins, which can be studied for causality, but is not the major driving bogeymen some want to make it out to be. Just as is the case with the charge that there is an epidemic of cops killing unarmed black men. Actually, black suspects are significantly more likely to be shot by black police officers than white. Last year, according to a Washington Post study, only 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million black men, were killed by police. That figure is less than the number of black men hit by lightning. Hardly an epidemic.

There is a wealth of information in this Wikipedia entry on the subject, which includes more citations than probably anyone could ever get through.

4) Immigration policy racist

This charge of racism continues to make the head shake.

The majority of Americans want some type of “reform” when it is asked broadly. But they may be thinking of anything from legalizing 12 million illegals to building the wall and sending 12 million illegals home. So when we talk about the specifics, there is no clear support — except for enforcing existing law when asked, which it rarely is.

A big part of the problem stems from the endless media fudging on being honest in describing illegal aliens — a proper legal term for people to live here illegally — with just “immigrants” not even illegal immigrants. “We’re a nation built on immigrants!” liberals and politicking Democrats intone haughtily, and informed conservatives respond as one, “Legal immigrants!…Stop lying!”

A perfectly reasonable policy would be to first secure the southern border and visa overstays. No conservatives (not always sure about Republicans) will accept deals like Democrats reneged on with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s where everyone is legalized and then we secure the borders but the secure-the-borders part never happens.

It would be terrific to have a conversation on which immigrants are good for America — PhDs, engineers, entrepreneurs, techies, etc. — which is a really reasonable and productive conversation. Such immigrants are an important part of the mix so that we can maintain the powerful capitalistic dynamic that can then also give opportunities to the low-skilled citizens already here and the low-skilled who are immigrating here. But all must legal. Democrats and some Chamber Republicans don’t want to have that conversation.

The political reality is the Democrats like having the issue to run on to try to whip up higher percentages of Hispanic voters — remember, their strategies always rely on dividing Americans and pitting us against each other. So they are only willing to give up the issue if they get full legalization of 12 million new residents who will vote 65 percent for Democrats. Otherwise, they want to keep the issue for election and fundraising.

Republicans are the obstructionists. And racists.

5) Opposing NFL Protests racist

This issue has been covered to death, including on this site here on why the NFL is wrong to allow the disrespect, and here on how taxpayers inadvertently subsidize the protests and here asking if it is time to tune out the NFL. But regarding the charges of racism, again it is pretty easy to disprove.

The charge is leveled because the NFL is about 70 percent black, ipso facto Trump is only criticizing the protestors of the National Anthem because they are black, or mostly black.

But he had not criticized them for anything else. And he has not criticized the NBA, which is nearly 80 percent black. But he has criticized the owners of the NFL teams — who could respond to the anti-police, anti-flag, anti-Americanism of the protest. And they are all rich white males, just like him. That does not sound like someone who is racist or prefers only people like himself.

It just sounds like someone who loves both the country and its primary symbols. Kind of refreshing.

6) Response to Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico racist

Lest you think all of this craziness is not really happening, all the time, here’s what a CNN columnist said about the problems afflicting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Naturally, Trump was blamed for a slow federal response because he doesn’t like “brown people.”

“Nothing in the tweets President Donald Trump sent out Saturday morning criticizing the people of Puerto Rico and the commonwealth’s female mayor revealed anything new about his character. But his supporters’ continued defense of him in the face of such behavior revealed theirs. That’s a bigger threat to our democracy than anything Trump could do, except start WWIII. Trump is a small man who has been given a big job for which he has no real qualifications because he is a rich white man in a country that has long believed rich white men are, by default, always the most qualified candidates.”

(Note, both “brown” people and the “female” mayor are part of this narrative — because he’s a misogynist, too, of course. The fact that Trump similarly savaged every white male opponent in the Republican Primary —  little Marco, low-energy Jeb, lying Ted — seems to have escaped the tunnel vision of another liberal blinded by Trump hatred. Naturally, the author, who goes on to call all Trump supporters racist, is a public policy college professor. Wonderful.)

So again, for the Left, whenever anything goes wrong, there is never personal responsibility or the attempt to learn from it. Hurricane Katrina devastated the most corrupt city in America, which had siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars away from the dykes meant to protect residents. The mayor told people notto evacuate. But this all became the fault of George W. Bush.

In like fashion, Puerto Rico is more recklessly run than Illinois, verging on insolvency long before Hurricane Maria. It never upgraded its power grid like it should have in Hurricane Alley (and like Florida has done); it did not mandate better building codes (like Florida has done); and had almost no post-catastrophe plan in place (like Florida does).

When federal aid after Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey was delayed for months and even years, Obama got very little criticism. And it was a weaker storm than any of these others.

Yes, it was a terrible strike over the Puerto Rican island by Maria, but it was also inevitable. Puerto Rico leaders lived in an area of the world with one, huge danger every year, and yet did almost nothing to prepare for it. Therefore, it had to be Trump’s fault — like Katrina was Bush’s — and just like Bush was charged with not caring about black people in New Orleans, Trump is charged with not caring about brown people in Puerto Rico.

Really, just pathetic.

7) Black Gold Star mom phone call racist

A race-baiting Congresswoman no one had ever heard of was part of a setup phone call from President Trump to the wife of an American soldier killed in Niger. Trump called to console the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson and the woman put it on speaker phone when the Congresswoman was in the car with her. Obviously pre-arranged because the White House usually gives a window of time for a call from the President.

Then the unremarkable and little-known Congresswoman sprinted to the media to claim Trump had disrespected the mom. His wording was precisely what Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly had coached him on. Kelly has made these calls and is himself a Gold Star father.

This Congresswoman, who we are not naming because it was clearly a self-publicity stunt, was taken down firmly and cooly by Gen. Kelly. He called her an “empty barrel” and called her out on previous self-aggrandizements of hers that were highly inappropriate. This Congresswoman again sprinted to the media to attack Kelly for using a racist term. The problem, of course, is that it is not racist and no one has ever said so and Kelly has used it publicly before referring to white critics. Even Google doesn’t consider it racist in any sense. It comes from the phrase that “an empty barrel makes the most noise.” It means to minimize the impact of a very loud critic who you think has nothing to say. Pretty good phrase.

Anyone who knows history, military history or guns has probably heard that phrase. But the Congresswoman, who is black, only knows racism! She used it on Trump and on Kelly. The media loved the Trump angle and for days every story was couched “against a backdrop of controversy over the President’s call to a Gold Star mom…” The Congresswoman later said she was a “rock star now.” That’s what she was looking for and the media was only to quick to oblige.

Interestingly, another Gold Star widow, who is also black, had heard enough and released a video recording of Trump’s call to her several months ago. It was actually quite amazing. Trump told the children repeatedly that their father was a hero, explaining how others in his troop looked to him for leadership and stability, and they should be very proud. They were beautifully respectful back and forth.

Interestingly, there is no recording of the call with the Congresswoman. Bet we know why. Also bet you can guess which one got all the news coverage.

There’s just nothing there

Just like with the empty Russian collusion narrative, there is just no evidence that Trump is racist. He was given an award by the NAACP with Muhammad Ali present.

But facts, data, recordings, are not the point.

For the mainstream media, it’s not millions of Mexicans and others illegally crossing our border and taking jobs and benefits; it’s not blacks committing violent crimes at six times the rate of whites; it’s not millionaire football players protesting the nation that made them millionaires — and free; it’s not Puerto Rico’s corruption and incompetence; it’s not a politician’s deceitful attempt to hurt Trump and get 15 minutes of fame; it’s President Trump’s supposedly indisputable racism and, according to CNN, that of the 63 million Americans who voted for him.

It’s truly a pathetic case.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act.

Who Deserves the Drug Cartels’ MVP Award? The growing list of those feeding the opioid crisis.

There has been a long-standing debate as to whether or not marijuana is a “gateway drug” to hardcore drugs.  However, there is no such debate about whether abused prescription opiates are gateway drugs to heroin and fentanyl — they are.

Today America finds itself suffering from the worst heroin epidemic in history.

The unprecedented numbers of Americans who have become addicted to prescription opiates provide the drug cartels with more potential “customers” than ever before and, as I noted in an article awhile back, Obama’s border failures have only made their business easier.

There are other parties who bear blame for the creation of this crisis as well. On Sunday, October 15, 2017 the CBS News program, “60 Minutes” aired an infuriating report, “Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress.”

That “ex-DEA agent” is Joe Rannazzisi who headed the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the division that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. According to the 60 Minutes report, “Rannazzisi tells the inside story of how, he says, the opioid crisis was allowed to spread — aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed 200,000 lives.”

A subsequent Washington Post editorial detailed how the situation unfolded:

A DEA effort was undertaken in the mid-2000s to target drug distribution companies that were shipping unusually large volumes of opioids. For example, one midsize distributor had shipped 20 million doses to pharmacies in West Virginia over five years; 11 million doses went to one county alone with a population of 25,000 people. Some pharmacies in Florida were nothing more than illicit drug dens, with streams of customers arriving in vans from Appalachia. “Back home, each 30-pill bottle of oxycodone was worth $900,” The Post reports. By going after the distributors, the DEA hoped to stanch this deadly trade. The DEA brought at least 17 enforcement cases against 13 drug distributors and one manufacturer under a hard-charging head of the Office of Diversion Control, Joseph T. Rannazzisi.

Then the rules changed. The DEA originally could freeze drug shipments that posed an “imminent danger” to the community, giving the agency broad authority to act. In 2014, the industry launched an effort to slow enforcement by changing the standard. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and aided by former DEA officials who went through the revolving door to help the drug companies.

The 60 Minutes report and a parallel eye-opening investigative report published by the Washington Post sent shockwaves around the country and resulted in Pennsylvania  Congressman Tom Marino issuing a statement requesting that President Trump withdraw his name from consideration to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the so-called “Drug Czar.”

Although I was an INS special agent, I had a front row seat to America’s purported “War on Drugs.” In 1988 I became the first INS special agent to be assigned to DEA’s Unified Intelligence Division (UID) in New York City.  In 1991 I was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) where I remained for the balance of my career, working with the DEA, FBI and other federal and local law enforcement agencies and the law enforcement agencies of other governments.

I did not generally participate in DEA investigations into so-called “diversion” cases because those investigations rarely involved foreign nationals.  However, what the excellent 60 Minutes report did not discuss was how, all too often, hapless patients who became hooked on prescription opiates were either unable to get more prescriptions for those drugs or were unable to continue to pay for those expensive drugs and, consequently, some of these desperate addicts have resorted to committing violent robberies at local pharmacies. Others resorted to cheaper street drugs such as heroin.

Heroin is not produced in the United States.  Every gram of heroin present in the United States provides unequivocal evidence of a failure of border security because every gram of heroin was smuggled into the United States. Indeed, this is precisely a point that Attorney General Jeff Sessions made during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 18, 2017 when he again raised the need to secure the U.S./Mexican border to protect American lives.

Immigration laws provide important weapons that can and must be used against transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations and international terrorists and their organizations.  This was made abundantly clear to me during my assignments with UID and then OCDETF.  Yet this commonsense fact is willfully discounted and denied by politicians from both political parties and at all levels of government.

Smugglers are smugglers.  Brutal human traffickers often engage in drug smuggling and, in fact, often force smuggled aliens to carry drugs on them, earning such aliens the nickname “mules.”  They are literally used as beasts of burden.  This is not only the case along the violent and porous U.S./Mexican border but at our nation’s international airports and seaports as well.

Because the smugglers are engaged in moving contraband into the United States from foreign countries, most of the smugglers are aliens, as are those who hold the highest positions within the drug trafficking organizations.  Immigration laws could be brought to bear with great success against these smugglers, yet the number of immigration law enforcement officers has always been very low, further hampering efforts to use immigration laws to maximum advantage.

I began my career with the INS in 1971 as an Immigration Inspector at JFK Airport.  Back then I became aware of individuals who attempted to smuggle narcotics into the United States by swallowing balloons and condoms which had been stuffed with narcotics.  A ruptured balloon or condom would almost always cost the life of the person who had swallowed it.

Drug money enriches the coffers of the banks and money remitters that transmit the proceeds of narcotics transactions.  They are the “silent partners” in this hugely profitable criminal enterprise.  Yet while banks often pay huge fines, few bankers are ever prosecuted.

Furthermore, drug money washes through Wall Street, the real estate industry and permeates our economy.

On September 10, 2012 the New York Times reported that HSBC was forced to pay $1.92 billion to settle charges of money laundering.  No one could argue that they paid a huge fine, until you consider the final paragraphs in the report:

Congressional hearings exposed weaknesses at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the national bank regulator. In 2010, the regulator found that HSBC had severe deficiencies in its anti-money laundering controls, including $60 trillion in transactions and 17,000 accounts flagged as potentially suspicious, activities that were not reviewed. Despite the findings, the regulator did not fine the bank.

During the hearings this summer, lawmakers assailed the regulator. At one point, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, called the comptroller “a lap dog, not a watchdog.”

The July 11, 2016 report by the House Republican Staff of the Committee on Financial Services on the topic, “Too Big To Jail:  Inside the Obama Justice Department’s Decision Not To Hold Wall Street Accountable” focused on failures of the Obama Justice Department to effectively deal with massive violations of laws pertaining to money laundering and other crimes that have national security implications.

It is my contention that not unlike the way that DEA lost its authority to block the shipments of opiates when it is apparent that community safety is jeopardized, we have seen, for decades, parallel efforts to prevent the effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws and the securing of our nation’s borders in, what I have come to refer to as, Immigration Failure – By Design.

“Sanctuary cities” and now “sanctuary states” have crippled efforts to use immigration laws to combat violent transnational gangs, drug trafficking and human smuggling and even undermining national security.

On August 11, 2017 Fox News posted the incredible article, “Los Angeles Targets Contractors Who Might Work on Border Wall.”  The city of Los Angeles and the state of California have become sanctuaries and are now seeking to “blacklist” American companies that accept contracts from the federal government — particularly when such companies have worked to help stem the flood of heroin and other dangerous drugs into the United States along with aliens engaged in criminal and/or terror-related activities.

The drug trade and drug addiction are synonymous with death and violence.  Drug money is “blood money” funding criminal and terrorist organizations.  Our leaders must be made to accept that effective immigration law enforcement is a vital element of the “War on Drugs.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

VIDEO: I Went to a #NoMuslimBanEver March. Here’s What I Saw.

About 500 protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., for the #NoMuslimBanEver March, protesting the Trump administration’s travel ban. The Daily Signal went to the #NoMuslimBanEver March to find out why they were protesting.

“I’m so upset to see many, many things this president is doing … to see him discriminate against a group of people, which creates hatred and prejudices in the country,” one protester said. “And when he makes statements like banning Muslims, then that makes people in the country suspicious of their Muslim neighbors, it makes them treat people badly, and creates this whole climate of hatred.”

The rally was in protest of the third iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban—which was supposed to go into effect on Oct. 18, but was blocked by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii. Check out the video above to see what the protesters had to say.

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National security is ‘Islamophobic’: Hawaii judge blocks latest version of Trump’s travel ban

Every last one of the blocks of Trump’s travel bans ignores the statute that gives the President sweeping power to limit immigration:

(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

But now acting to defend the United States is “Islamophobic.”  Trump is recognizing the undeniable fact that there is no reliable way to distinguish jihadis from peaceful refugees. But clearly the Left will fight him to the death to keep him from defending the American people.

“Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump’s travel ban,” Associated Press, October 17, 2017:

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Tuesday granted Hawaii’s request to temporarily block the federal government from enforcing the policy. It was supposed to take effect at midnight EDT Wednesday.

The Trump administration’s most recent restrictions, which affect citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

Hawaii argues the updated ban is a continuation of President Donald Trump’s “promise to exclude Muslims from the United States.”…

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Unlikely that today’s refugees will be like yesterday’s self-reliant immigrants to America

Reader Bob Enos sent us his thoughts after reading Ms. Wolfe’s paean (in Foreign Policy) to grandpa (in which the author takes the opportunity to, like all good Leftists, use hot button words to describe RRW).  See my post here with a link to “journalist” Lauren Wolfe’s opposition to the idea of “assimilation.”  (You may be able to get the Foreign Policy article the first time without registering.)

In 2015, Enos spoke about refugees. Last time I checked this video had over 61,000 views. Read about it and watch it here:

Enos tells us this:

The article penned by Ms. Lauren Wolf – a New York liberal presumably of Russian Ashkenazi Jewish extraction – for Foreign Policy magazine was yet another piece of revisionist history designed to obscure a 27 year-old change to immigration policy that the American public neither understood nor asked for.

In her fantasy depicting Russian Jewish immigrants as ethnic culturists fiercely holding on to cultural identity in contrast to the American “melting pot,” she conveniently omits the major difference between then and now: the concept of the “public charge.” Her ancestors entered the United States, as did mine, with three pre-conditions in place. One, they were represented by American citizens acting as sponsors – often a rabbi or parish priest. Two, private, unsubsidized housing had been arranged ahead of time. Three, the new immigrants had jobs arranged for them ahead of time. The concept was a simple one: entrance to the United States is a privilege, not a right. Freedom of opportunity provides the means to support oneself, to “sing for your supper,” and to pose no burden to your new home country.

The Immigration Act of 1980 abandoned the 100+ year-old standard of the public charge – at least for refugees.

This is the story of my paternal grandparents, Manuel and Maria Ignacia, from the island of St. Michael, in the remote chain of archipelago islands called the Azores, 1,000 miles off the coasts of both Europe and America in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Portuguese language was spoken in the home. My grandfather worked full-time in the Glenwood Stove factory, and part-time for a local Jewish merchant and landlord, Mr. Steinberg, who rented apartment and sold home furnishings to “green horns” fresh off the boat. My grandparents were Roman Catholic, but Mr. Steinberg’s religion meant nothing to my grandparents. “Mr. Steinberg is like a god to us!”, my grandmother exclaimed, more than once.

Once my grandparents learned the ropes from Mr. Steinberg, they began investing their savings in their own tenement houses and became landlords. During World War II, they bought a meat market, selling what my “vo-vo” (Nana) called “midnight meat” – black-market meat sold out the back door, in the middle of the night, to circumvent rationing restrictions during the war. I’d often thought that, had my grandmother been born in the US about 50 years later, she would have been running General Motors.

Now, to the assimilation part of the story. As in many Portuguese homes in the area, there were four portraits adorning the living room walls. First, a portrait of Jesus Christ. Second, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The church is at the center of family life in traditional Portuguese households. Third, a picture of Cardinal Umberto Medieros, the Archbishop of the Boston Diocese, the first Archbishop of an American Catholic diocese of Portuguese extraction. And last, a portrait of President John F. Kennedy.

One running quip was that Portuguese men preferred smoking Winston cigarettes and drinking Carling-Black Label beer, because the packaging contained the colors of the American flag.

Once, as a teenager, I asked vo-vo if she and voo-voo (grandpa) ever thought about returning home for a visit. She laughed at me; “Ai, cuzao (don’t ask)! Go where? Sao Miguel? Whadda you talkin’ about? I know what it looks like! THIS is our home!”

Enough said.

My grandparents never became citizens. I don’t know why. They were proud of the United States and grateful to be here. It could be that, Portugal having been ruled by a repressive military dictatorship for many years, my grandparents simply distrusted government. They never had a bank account. My grandmother accepted public assistance only once. A bureaucrat from city hall called her at home. Vo-vo was a widow by now. Vo-vo was asked if she would like 100 gallons of home heating oil for free. “Sure,” she replied. When my parents learned of this, they were mortified. They asked her, “why did you take that?” She laughed, “I didn’t ask for nothing. I didn’t call them, they called me!” Of city hall, she said they were idiots.

Both of my grandparents died in nursing homes, one at a time. They financed their nursing home stays with their own money. They came to the US with no money. They died in the US with no money. They left no money to bequeath; only mementos of sentimental value and memories. What they did leave, the really important stuff: opportunities for their progeny to thrive in the greatest land of opportunity the world has ever known.

Our family has been, and continues to be, grateful for the opportunities this wonderful social experiment called the United States has provided us. Today, my grandparents have one grandchild who is a retired Wall Street executive, one grandchild who is chief financial officer and treasurer for one of the most important technology companies in America, and a great-grandchild who graduated with honors from Yale University, and is an associate at the investment bank Goldman Sachs.

This story, my friends, is one that, sadly, is largely lost on the current crop of refugees, in my opinion.

And for those of my fellow Americans who insist that the current crop of refugees will blend in and thrive, no different than previous immigrant waves, I refer you to the caveat of every legitimate stock broker and investment advisor: “past performance is no guarantee of future returns.”

This post is filed in my Comments worth noting/guest posts category.

See another guest column by Mr. Enos about the issue of refugees and the public charge, here.

A refugee designation is the most desired form of entry to the US for wannabe immigrants because it is the only category where the immigrant is legally (there may be migrants receiving illegally) allowed to receive welfare within weeks of arrival.  In fact, the major job of the resettlement contractors is to get their assigned refugees enrolled at local welfare offices ASAP.

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Supreme Court throws out appeals court ruling that struck down Trump’s previous temporary travel ban

It’s still amazing that acting in the interests of national security would be remotely controversial. There are two choices: keep out some harmless people or let in some harmful people. For years, Democratic and Republican governments have opted for the latter and claimed that to make the other choice was racist, bigoted and “Islamophobic.” Trump has grasped the nettle and chosen it anyway, and is being duly smeared. Future free people, if there are any, will look at the battles he had to fight to protect the American people from jihad terror and marvel at the insanity of our age.

“Supreme Court tosses one of two travel ban challenges,” by Lawrence Hurley, Reuters, October 11, 2017:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired.

In a one-page order, the court acted in one of two cases pending before the nine justices over Trump’s travel ban, a case from Maryland brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued to stop the ban contained in a March executive order.

For now, the court did not act on a separate challenge brought by the state of Hawaii, which the court had also agreed to hear. That case also features a challenge to a separate 120-day refugee ban, which has not yet expired.

That case could yet be dismissed once the refugee ban expires on Oct. 24, meaning the court remains unlikely to issue a final ruling on whether the ban was lawful.

The justices were unanimous in deciding against ruling in the Maryland case, although one of the liberal justices, Sonia Sotomayor, noted that she would not have wiped out the appeals court ruling.

The justices had been scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, but removed it from their calendar after Trump’s 90-day ban expired on Sept. 24 and was replaced with a reworked ban.

The expired ban had targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. The new open-ended ban, scheduled to take effect on Oct. 18, removed Sudan from the list while blocking people from Chad and North Korea and certain government officials from Venezuela from entering the United States….

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U.S. Mayor Assures Mexican Consul His ‘Sanctuary City’ Will Provide Safe Spaces for Illegal Aliens

Shortly after Donald Trump got elected president, a California mayor arranged a meeting with the Consul General of Mexico to assure the diplomat that his “sanctuary city” will continue providing safe spaces for illegal immigrants, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. The documents show that Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin’s top aide, Stefan Elgstrand, sent an electronic mail to the Mexican Consul General in San Francisco, Gemi Jose Gonzalez Lopez, stating the following: “The recent events around Trump’s executive order reminded me to reach out to you. We are a sanctuary city and will continue to be. I imagine you are very busy dealing with the concerns and fears of many residents in the Bay Area, and we want to assist in providing safe spaces for them.”

Judicial Watch obtained the files as part of a California Public Records Act request for information surrounding riots by the radical leftist Antifa movement against President Trump and conservative personalities scheduled to speak at the University of California Berkeley. Media reported that fires were set, fences and windows broken, firebombs launched and commercial-grade fireworks thrown at police. A renowned, San Francisco-based pop culture magazine wrote that the uprising raised some big questions about the future of the free speech movement. Judicial Watch requested the files to shed light into how city, police and university officials handled the lawlessness, which received global news coverage. The request asked for records of communications between officials in the Berkeley mayor’s office and the Berkeley Police Department as well as records of communications between the mayor’s office and officials at UC Berkeley, one of the nation’s top public research universities.

The documents show a coordinated effort between Democratic city officials nationwide to “build the movement to resist Trump.” The operation is being financed by leftwing billionaire philanthropist George Soros through one of his groups called Center of Popular Democracy. Earlier this year Judicial Watch uncovered a scandal in which the U.S. government quietly gave millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with Soros’ Open Society Foundation. The U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, worked behind the scenes with Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. Ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The cash flowed through the State Department and the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) and Judicial Watch sued both agencies for records related to funding and political activities of the Open Society Foundation in Macedonia.

The Soros-backed, northern California movement includes a taxpayer-salaried physics professor at UC Berkeley who advises Mayor Arreguin on how to handle conservative protestors at a spring rally. The professor, James McFadden, tells the mayor in an electronic mail obtained by Judicial Watch to “create a corral” and ask the Trump supporters to “get in the corral.” He describes Trump supporters as “delusional and paranoid about the world around them” and says they’re “willing to use violence to impose that order on us, especially when they have the blessing of a narcissistic authoritarian president.” A professor at another California public university tells the Berkeley mayor that the arrest of Antifa leader/middle school teacher Yvette Felarca for assaulting a political opponent (captured on video) at a Sacramento rally, in which seven people were stabbed, was a “McCarthyist political persecution” and he condemned Felarca’s arrest and teaching suspension “in the strongest possible terms.”

Ironically, Berkeley’s official government website brags about being a bastion of the free speech movement. “In Alameda County alone, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward,” the website states. “And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.” Indeed, Berkeley is renowned as the birthplace of the free speech movement in in the 1960s. An opinion piece in a California newspaper points out that the city’s free speech movement has gone full circle, however. “Nowadays, Berkeley is rapidly becoming famed as one of the least tolerant cities in the country — where any challenge to left-wing orthodoxy is met with terrorist threats and mob violence.”

What Trump Told Congress He Wants to See on Immigration

Before granting legal status to illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, President Donald Trump wants to push enhanced border security, interior enforcement, and move toward a merit-based legal immigration system.

At this point, Democrats would be blamed if an amnesty isn’t enacted, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-border security think tank.

“It’s the opening bid, the president is going to aim high, but I’m skeptical of whether Democrats will negotiate and come up with a counteroffer,” Krikorian told The Daily Signal. “They just expected Trump to sign an amnesty bill. The ball is now in the Democrats’ court.”

Trump is working with Congress on a legislative fix to the Obama-era executive action granting temporary legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country as children, the policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Trump’s letter outlines 70 principles for any immigration legislation. This includes the completion of a border wall, which was the cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign. However, he indicated that it would not be part of the deal with Congress on codifying the Obama-era DACA policy.

Trump asked the administration to conduct a review and provide recommendations.

“Rather than asking what policies are supported by special interests, we asked America’s law enforcement professionals to identify reforms that are vital to protect the national interest,” Trump said in the letter. “In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system—current policies that are harming our country and our communities.”

Trump’s principles on immigration—presented in a letter to Congress Sunday—are solid enough, but this still poses the problem of trading amnesty up front for the promise of stronger enforcement maybe later down the road, said David Inserra, a homeland security policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation.

“Amnesty is one and done, but enforcement measures still require annual appropriation, annual policy, and adjustments to the policy,” Inserra told The Daily Signal. “We should enforce our laws first and foremost.”

Trump’s letter to Congress calls for closing loopholes on illegal immigrants to make deportations easier, and to fund another 370 immigration judges to expedite court cases.

Trump also asserted the need to cut off federal funding to sanctuary states and cities, which are jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. California recently became a sanctuary state. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., denounced Trump’s plans.

Trump also calls for cracking down on visa overstays, which the letter says account for 40 percent of all illegal immigration.

“The administration therefore proposes strengthening the removal processes for those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas, and implementing measures to prevent future visa overstays which may account for a growing percentage of illegal immigration,” the letter says.

The proposal would also debar any company that doesn’t use E-Verify from qualifying for federal contracts. E-Verify is an electronic system for employers to determine the legal status of employees.

UnidosUS, a Hispanic rights group formerly known as the National Council of La Raza, blasted Trump’s principles.

“President Trump has gone back on a promise to support a clean bill and instead is now seeking to sabotage legislation aimed at giving these young people a chance for a stable and prosperous future by loading the bill with unpopular and controversial measures,” said Janet Murguía, president of UnidosUS, in a statement. “Sending these so-called ‘conditions’ to Congress is simply a way to stop the bipartisan effort behind a clean DREAM bill.”

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Taxpayer funded resettlement contractor helps organize march opposing Trump ‘Muslim ban’

I continue to be amazed that a quasi-government agency receiving millions of dollars from the US taxpayer is a leading agitator in marches against the hand that feeds them—in this case the Trump Administration.  Chutzpah! I suppose!

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is helping get people out to the #NoMuslimBanEver rally scheduled for a week from tomorrow—October 18th—in Washington, DC.

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Before I get to their latest appeal for marching bodies, here is just a reminder of their financial position.

According to the most recent Form 990 for 2016, they had income from government grants to the tune of $24,493,763 in a category (p. 9) of contributions, gifts and grants of $41,855,465 putting them at 58% funded by the US taxpayer.

58% of course isn’t as bad as some contractors***Episcopal Migration Ministries is 99.5% funded from the US Treasury, but it is still a significant chunk of change.

According to that same Form 990, CEO Mark Hetfield pulls down a salary, benefits and other compensation package of $343,630 (p. 8).

If the nine contractors*** were truly private non-profit charitable organizations, salaries would not be any of our business, but when organizations like these (really quasi-government agencies) receive taxpayer dollars, it becomes our business.

It seems to me that HIAS is always out as the leader of the pack when it comes to demonstrating against the Trump Administration and filing lawsuits to stop them, all the while taking money from Washington (from us!).

Here they are again!

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You should know that HIAS has long supported a ‘religious test’ known as the Lautenberg Amendment that gave preferential treatment to Jews and other religious minorities coming from places like Russia and Iran.

The above is a screenshot so the links are not ‘hot.’  Go to Facebook to learn more about the #NoMuslimBanEver event.

I sure would like to know who is behind this event??? Muslim Brotherhood? CAIR?

***For new readers, these are the nine major federal refugee resettlement contractors. There are over 350 subcontractors working for them throughout the country.  Basically they pass federal grant money through their headquarters to their subcontractors and keep a certain amount of it for their headquarters/office/travel/salaries etc.

HIAS has 20 subcontractors, here they are.

It would be important to find out if the other eight contractors (besides HIAS) will be marching next Wednesday.

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First 98 of President Trump’s refugees have arrived, see where they went

The new fiscal year (2018) is now ten days old and we see that the first of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s and President Trump’s proposed 45,000 refugees have arrived!

According to Wrapsnet:

Top ethnic groups arriving in the group of 98 are from the DR Congo (25), Bhutan (21) and Somalia (16).  For our friends in Minnesota know this: the Somalis were distributed to Missouri, New Hampshire, Washington and Wisconsin, but, as you know, they can and often do move within months to be with larger groups of Somalis in Minnesota, Ohio and in San Diego.

NOTE: 26 of the 98 (34%) are Muslims if you count the 4 Ahmadiyya from Pakistan who went to Maryland.

Here is where the first 98 were placed:

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States in light blue received refugees.

Top five refugee resettlement states are Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and New Hampshire.

Alaska and Hawaii received no refugees.

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Homeland Security Uncovers Massive Immigration Failures

The devastating consequences for national security.

President Trump has been rightfully demanding that aliens who are citizens of countries that have an involvement with terrorism must undergo “extreme vetting.”

This is certainly an important and commonsense requirement. However, the computer systems used by both Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) inside the United States are unable to provide CBP inspectors at ports of entry the data they need to prevent transnational criminals and international terrorists from entering the country. Nor can these systems provide the vital information and records to USCIS adjudications officers that would allow them to prevent aliens present in the United States from improperly acquiring immigration benefits such as political asylum, lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship.

Simply stated, today — more than 16 years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 — the effective vetting of any alien seeking entry into the United States or for any alien seeking immigration benefits has been elusive goals.

The September 28, 2017 Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General’s (DHS OIG) report, “CBP’s IT Systems and Infrastructure Did Not Fully Support Border Security Operations,” noted:

CBP’s IT systems and infrastructure did not fully support its border security objective of preventing the entry of inadmissible aliens to the country. The slow performance of a critical pre-screening system greatly reduced Office of Field Operations officers’ ability to identify any passengers who may represent concerns, including national security threats. Further, incoming passenger screening at U.S. international airports was hampered by frequent system outages that created passenger delays and public safety risks. The outages required that CBP officers rely on backup systems that weakened the screening process, leading to officers potentially being unable to identify travelers that may be attempting to enter the United States with harmful intent.

On September 25, 2017, a report was published by DHS OIG on the distressing issue of individuals with multiple identities in US fingerprint enrollment records receiving immigration benefits. This disastrous situation has profound national security and public safety implications. Yet the report stated in part:

As of April 24, 2017, 9,389 aliens USCIS identified as having multiple identities had received an immigration benefit. When taking into account the most current immigration benefit these aliens received, we determined that naturalization, permanent residence, work authorization, and temporary protected status represent the greatest number of benefits, accounting for 8,447 or 90 percent of the 9,389 cases. Benefits approved by USCIS for the other 10 percent of cases, but not discussed in this report, include applications for asylum and travel documents. According to USCIS, receiving a deportation order or having used another identity does not necessarily render an individual ineligible for immigration benefits.

That last sentence should give us all serious cause for pause.

Apparently the “get to yes” philosophy of the Obama administration still permeates management at USCIS where adjudications officers were ordered to do whatever they had to do in order to approve virtually all applications for various immigration benefits.

We will, a bit later on, take a look back at how the Obama administration dismantled a program that sought to uncover immigration fraud and imbue the immigration benefits program with integrity.

But let’s first consider some additional facts.

The official report 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel was issued well over a decade ago and focused specifically on the ability of the terrorists to travel around the world, enter the United States and ultimately embed themselves in the U.S. as they went about their deadly preparations to carry out an attack.

The report noted:

Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.

Under the title “Immigration Benefits” the following paragraph on page 98 of the same report states that

[t]errorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.

These multiple serious failures of the immigration system today are hardly new.

Roughly one year ago a disturbing DHS/OIG Report prompted me to write an article about Weaponized Immigration. I focused on the fact that 858 aliens who had been ordered deported were improperly granted United States citizenship through the process of naturalization due to the fact hat their fingerprints were not on file because they were not properly uploaded when INS, the predecessor agency to DHS, digitized these fingerprints.

As bad as that was, that report went on to state:

Later, ICE identified missing fingerprint records for about 315,000 aliens who had final deportation orders or who were criminals or fugitives, but it has not yet reviewed about 148,000 aliens’ files to try to retrieve and digitize the old fingerprint cards.

The report noted that in 2010 a program known as “Operation Janus” was created to identify aliens who may have committed immigration fraud, yet the report documented that in the final months of the Obama administration, inexplicably, the Operation Janus working group was disbanded, stymieing efforts to identify aliens who had committed naturalization fraud and thereby seriously undermining national security.

While it was in operation, the working group of Operation Janus identified wrongly naturalized aliens who had been able to parlay their U.S. citizenship into sensitive jobs at airports and seaports and at least one of these individuals became a law enforcement officer.  Consequently, appropriate actions were taken to denaturalize some of these individuals and seek criminal prosecutions, although only a small percentage of these aliens were dealt with effectively.

What was even more disconcerting was that some of these aliens were citizens of “Special Interest Countries,” that is to say, countries that are associated with possible terrorist links.

Nevertheless, consider how many politicians from both political parties are determined to provide lawful status to unknown tens of millions of illegal aliens whose true identities are unknown and unknowable. These politicians all know that the immigration bureaucracy is unable to effectively deal with its current workload. Any massive legalization program would cause this already failing system to implode.

We must also consider how many cities and states have declared themselves to be “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens who entered the United States surreptitiously or who may have lost their lawful status because of the serious crimes that they committed.  These jurisdictions have become magnets for foreign criminals and terrorists and undermine national security and public safety.

The immigration system lacks meaningful integrity while the Damoclean Sword of terrorism hangs above our heads each and every day.  Every year thousands of innocent victims lose their lives to criminal aliens, yet the immigration anarchists and their allies in the media castigate anyone who would dare suggest that the United States must act to secure its borders and enforce its immigration laws, branding them xenophobes, racists and haters.

Suicide is not an act of compassion.  All of the failing and dysfunctional elements of the immigration system must be repaired as swiftly as possible — not as a prerequisite for any additional action, but simply as ends unto themselves.  The potential for massive losses of life should provide the clear imperative for getting the job done- for once and for all.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on FrontPage Magazine.

Refugee Admissions Report: U.S. tops list in permanent resettlements costing $1 trillion

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Click on the image to read the full Refugee Admissions Report to Congress.

I have to admit, I haven’t read it yet, but, for diehard grassroots investigators, know that the report is a treasure trove of information on the US Refugee Admissions Program and Trump’s 45,000 refugee ceiling *** for the year that began this past Sunday.

Don’t miss the tables at the end, often more useful than all the verbiage about why we need to save this or that ethnic group by hauling them to your town.

Here is the table that shows that the US admits the vast majority of permanent refugees.

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Be sure to keep this so that the next time some Open Borders pusher says that Lebanon, Turkey, Germany and Jordan are doing more, remind them that ours are PERMANENT, not temporary residents. (note that this table uses calendar year numbers when we usually use fiscal year)
And, here is a table showing the costs of just the resettlement (this year, FY18, for up to 45,000 refugees).

Come to think of it, when those economic studies are done to ostensibly show how much refugees benefit America, do they ever show that it will cost the US taxpayer over $1 BILLION just to get 45,000 bodies in here?

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Read the footnotes!

Please note that the anticipated costs do not include taxpayer funding for: educating the kids, Medicaid, some forms of cash assistance, food stamps, housing subsidies, interpreter costs, criminal justice system costs, etc.

Again, go here for the full report.  One of the things I’ve noted over the years is that the report has no date on the cover.  I can only guess that is because it is always very late and they don’t want any record of the fact that they skirt the law always on the whole determination/consultation process.

***Did you see that the Federation for American Immigration Reform called this a “responsible” number!  Have friends like these been in the swamp too long?

Readers should know, that until very recently FAIR has not taken much interest in the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program.