More Than 500 Criminal Ex-DACA Recipients ‘At Large,’ Says Immigration Expert

More than 500 people who were removed from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, their benefits “revoked due to criminal and/or gang involvement apparently are still living in the country and at large,” says the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughn in a blog post.

The nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies used statistics that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in preparing the study.

“[Department of Homeland Security] knows who and where these criminal ex-DACA recipients are, and any implication to the contrary is misleading,” emails DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman.

Beneficiaries of the DACA program are mostly young people brought to this country by their illegal immigrant parents.

According to USCIS, of the 2,127 DACA recipients whose participation in the program was revoked, only about 30 percent of ex-DACA criminal aliens were deported or were in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody as of November 2017. ICE released 535 from its custody, while 940 have no record of removal, detention, or release by ICE.

The Center for Immigration Studies says that it’s possible and “even likely” that the reason ICE has not re-apprehended some of the ex-DACA criminals is because they were released by sanctuary jurisdictions—cities and counties that do not enforce federal immigration laws and shield illegal immigrants.

Citizenship and Immigration Services also released a list of more than 45 gangs with which the criminal former DACA recipients are affiliated. That list includes MS-13, the 18th Street gang, the Latin Kings, and the Trinitarios, some of the most violent gangs in the world, the Center for Immigration Studies says.

“Under current law, gang members are not automatically barred from receiving immigration benefits, such as green cards, work permits, and temporary protected status,” said the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan, adding that many of them have “clearly” received some of those benefits in recent years.

President Donald Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a top issue in the 2016 campaign. According to the White House website, one of the president’s top priorities is to “[p]revent gang members from receiving immigration benefits.”

One bill aimed at addressing illegal immigration is the Securing America’s Future Act. The bill would grant amnesty to DACA recipients, but bars illegal immigrants involved in gang activities from receiving immigration benefits.

Despite the bill’s granting amnesty to DACA recipients, NumbersUSA—an organization that says it has been “at the forefront of mobilizing grassroots opposition to every amnesty proposal since 1996”—supports it.

Roy Beck, the founder of NumbersUSA, cited the bill’s provisions requiring employers to use an electronic system for verifying the eligibility of job applicants to work in the United States.

E-Verify would “turn off the jobs magnet for future illegal immigration,” he added.

The headline of this article has been corrected to note the ex-DACA criminals are not “unaccounted for,” and the lede altered to better reflect the sourcing of the claim. A statement from the Department of Homeland Security has also been added.

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VIDEO: The Israel — Hezbollah Border Conflict Up Close and Personal

Come behind-the-scenes with me and The United West team as they travel to the Northern border of Israel to study the conflict with the Iranian-backed, Hezbollah jihadis. This is a very tense area that may be the flash-point of a future attack against Israel.

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Total war against Israel should be called the Islam-Israel conflict.

The Arab and Muslim total war against Israel is a war without end. This is why it is not accurate to describe it as the Arab-Israel conflict, nor is it correct to label it the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is, in reality, the Islam-Israel conflict.

The irrevocable Islamic and Koranic injunction upon all Muslims is to wage endless war against any non-Muslim nation state that exists within what Islam decrees as the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam). Wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal in the name of Allah, that territory is considered eternally Islamic land. If it is lost, then it enters the Dar al-Harb (the House of War) and must be retaken at all costs and its non-Muslim population either forcibly converted to Islam, subdued or exterminated.

It is not only Israel, the Jewish state, that is aggressed against by the followers of the “religion of peace” but all lands, which once were invaded and occupied by Islamic armies, but have since been liberated from Islam. They must be reconquered by Islam’s followers, however long it may take: These lands include, Spain, Portugal, Sicily, parts of Italy and France, Hungary, Austria, the Balkans, Greece, southern Russia – all lands considered to now be in the Dar al Harb.

It is not by chance that much of Europe is now slipping under the baleful influence of Islamic Sharia law. Vast numbers of Muslim migrants, allowed into Europe and Britain through slavish adherence to the twin gods of diversity and multiculturalism, which have replaced Judeo-Christian civilization, now constitute a present day Islamic advance guard for the re-conquest of much of the European continent – thus fulfilling the Islamic injunction to recapture lost lands, or what Muslims call the Dar al-Harb.

In Israel’s case, it stands as a bulwark – an advance guard if you will – against the battering ram of Islamic supremacy, which threatens to overwhelm the West and subjugate once again Jews and Christians, turning them again into dhimmis, third class citizens, under Muslim control. This is why total war against Israel should be called the Islam-Israel conflict.

How supremely ironic then that the godless European Union relentlessly pressures Israel into conceding ever more of its limited land to create within its biblical and ancestral heartland (Jewish Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank) yet another Muslim Arab state and terrorist entity whose sole purpose is to finish off what is left of the tiny Jewish state. Israel would be reduced to a narrow width of a mere nine to 15 miles in width at its most populous region. Easy prey for a future Islamic onslaught.

That is what the so-called Two State-Solution is really all about: The eventual murder of the one and only Jewish state.

Bowing to previous pressure from the Clinton Administration, Israel accepted the September, 1993 Oslo Peace Accords with the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat who, promptly after shaking then Israeli Prime Minister Rabin’s hand during that lamentable ceremony on the White House lawn, flew off to Durban in South Africa.

In Arabic and in a mosque, Arafat gleefully told his audience that he had no intention of ever making peace with Israel and that the Jewish state’s abandonment of much of its biblical homeland to his PLO was merely for him a launching pad for ever more horrendous terror attacks upon Israel’s long suffering civilian population.

True to his evil promise and since the Oslo ‘Peace Accords’ were signed – with Israelis always hoping and praying that true and lasting peace would now at last break out – thousands of Israeli civilians perished at the hands of the overwhelmingly Muslim PLO, Hamas, Fatah, and Palestinian terror gangs.

Indeed, during the Palestinian so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada alone (Sept. 2,000 – Dec. 2,005) Israeli civilians perished in horrifying numbers, many burnt to death in ghastly bus bombings. Since then, Palestinian terrorist attacks have caused thousands more Israeli civilian deaths with hundreds horribly maimed for life – and this Muslim barbarity by the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas, occurs every day.

Indeed, under Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas – himself a Holocaust denier and a leader who has remained unelected in power now for fourteen during which his earlier four year term expired – Palestinian media and schools under his watch and encouragement have descended into Nazi era anti-Semitic indoctrination. This is the ‘peace’ Israel has received for decades from its Muslim Arab so-called Palestinian peace partner.

In past suicidal decisions by Israel – always done in the vain and naive quest for a lasting peace, but with a permanently hostile Muslim world – Israel’s then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2,005 forcefully removed 10,000 Israeli villagers in the Gaza Strip and handed their homes and farms to the Fatah wing of the so-called Palestinian Authority. In return for that oh, so catastrophic act, Israeli towns, villages and farms along the Gaza border and beyond have since endured thousands of incoming missiles fired from the Iranian supported Hamas occupiers of Gaza.

Israel also foolishly withdrew from the security strip along the Lebanese border some years earlier at the decision of the then Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and predictably that territory was immediately occupied by Iran’s surrogate terrorist organization, Hezbollah.

Again in a vain search for peace with the Muslim world, Israeli towns and villages in Galilee and much of northern and central Israel now face well over 100,000 Iranian supplied sophisticated missiles, most of them deliberately sited by Hezbollah in Lebanese schools, hospitals and private homes. This Muslim act, by an Iranian terror proxy, of hiding lethal weapons among Lebanese civilians – as Hamas does in Gaza – constitutes a crime against humanity.

Thus we clearly see what will happen if Israel gives away yet more land; this time to the genocidal Abbas and his PA terror squads.

We also have the bitter fruits that the unholy alliance between the Left and Muslim Arab propaganda has produced, especially within too many benighted colleges and universities. Rotten to the core with anti-Semitism, and built upon the earlier boycotts of Israel by the oil-rich Arab world, we have the execrable Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeking the elimination of the reconstituted Jewish state.

And the BDS does not shirk from boycotting and demonizing non-Jews who accept Israel’s nationhood even as it pollutes the minds of so many easily manipulated and uninformed students.

Many times, Israel’s survival has been challenged by the Arabs on the battlefield. The Arabs have tried despicable terror against Israel’s civilians. All have failed and so they now resort, with their duped supporters in the West, including not only the BDS thugs, but the morally challenged United Nations and the European Union, to engage in issuing anti-Israel threats and extortion. Mahmoud Abbas now openly flouts the terms of that rotting corpse known as the Oslo Peace Accords and his true genocidal and anti-Jewish bigotry is there for all to see.

All this naked pressure is designed to force the embattled Jewish state to allow a fraudulent Arab people, who call themselves Palestinians, to create a terror state within Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank) which is the very Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland, and for Israel to exist in a suicidal border at its most populous region until Islam destroys it.

How ironic and shameful that the same world, which cheered the reunification of Berlin, but which still remains silent at the Muslim Turkish occupation and division of Nicosia in Cyprus, should gloatingly wish to divide Holy Jerusalem against itself.

It seems that the dark legions of hate cannot abide the 3,000 year old Jewish city remaining as Israel’s undivided capital, but must try again and again to eradicate it and equally blot out Jewish presence in its one and only homeland. And that is why those who support the odious alliance that exists between the Left and Islamic triumphalism so viscerally hate President Trump.

This president is the only one who has courageously taken the moral high ground and recognized Jewish Biblical and ancestral Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

I, for one, salute him and unreservedly say: Thank God for President Trump.

Court Documents: FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up Florida 9/11 Probe

Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers. A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress.

Under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the story, publicly countering that agents found no connection between the Sarasota Saudi family and the 2001 terrorist plot. The reality is that the FBI’s own files contained several reports that said the opposite, according to the Ft. Lauderdale-based news group’s ongoing investigation. Files obtained by reporters in the course of their lengthy probe reveal that federal agents found “many connections” between the family and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The FBI was forced to release the once-secret reports because the news group sued in federal court when the information wasn’t provided under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The disingenuous statements were issued by FBI officials in Miami and Tampa in a desperate effort to disparage a 2011 story exposing the agency’s covert investigation of the Sarasota Saudis as well as reporting that it had been concealed from Congress. Mueller is referenced in a document index that was ordered by a federal judge to be created in late November 2017. The south Florida judge, William J. Zloch, a Ronald Reagan appointee, asked the FBI to explain where it had discovered dozens of pages of documents in the public-records case filed six years ago. The index reference to then-FBI Director Mueller appears in an item involving an agency white paper written a week after the publication of a news story about the abrupt departure of Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji from their Sarasota area home about two weeks before 9/11. The couple left behind their cars, clothes, furniture, jewelry and other personal items. “It was created to brief the FBI Director concerning the FBI’s investigation of 4224 Escondito Circle,” the al-Hijjis’ address, the index says.

Though the recently filed court documents reveal Mueller received a briefing about the Sarasota Saudi investigation, the FBI continued to publicly deny it existed and it appears that the lies were approved by Mueller. Not surprisingly, he didn’t respond to questions about this new discovery emailed to his office by the news organization that uncovered it. Though the mainstream media has neglected to report this relevant development, it’s difficult to ignore that it chips away at Mueller’s credibility as special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election. Even before the Saudi coverup documents were exposed by nonprofit journalists, Mueller’s credentials were questionable to head any probe. Back in May Judicial Watch reminded of Mueller’s misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director.

Back in 2013 Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the then-FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015. As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties too terrorism. Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

PROJECT PELICAN – A Greater Threat than the Uranium One Deal [+Videos]

The Center for Security Policy in an Occasional Paper warned of a new threat to America’s national security. A threat bigger than the Uranium One deal. This greater threat is called “Project Pelican”

According to The Center for Security Policy:

“The Perfect Storm: Project Pelican’s Gulftainer, Russia’s Club-K, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal” now reveals that the danger to U.S. national security may be exponentially more critical. Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar worked closely with the Russians on Iraq’s full range of Weapons of Mass Destruction programs, including the nuclear one. He succeeded in designing a miniaturized nuclear warhead similar to the model that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un posed with earlier in 2017. Worse yet, Gulftainer, the Iraqi-UAE company that was allowed to obtain the Port Canaveral container facility lease, has entered into a joint venture with the Russian state-owned firm which owns 100% of the shares of Rosoboronexport, the exporter of the Club-K [container missile] system.

CENTER OCCASIONAL PAPER EXPOSES A PERFECT STORM OF THREAT: PORT CANAVERAL CONTAINER LEASE TIED TO RUSSIAN CLUB-K MISSILE SYSTEM

 (Washington, DC): A new Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper being released today picks up where our earlier December 2016 paper, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” left off. Additional research by the dogged and fearless team of Alan Jones and Mary Fanning now reveals exactly what could go wrong, with potentially catastrophic consequences for U.S. national security.

The original Occasional Paper broke the news that the family of Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar – known as Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bombmaker – along with the Emir of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), had been awarded a 35-year lease for cargo container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida after two years of secret talks with the Obama administration. Jones and Fanning continued their research over the following months and now present their updated and even more alarming findings with this new report: “Perfect Storm: Project Pelican’s Gulftainer, Russia’s Club-K, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal.”

There is a U.S. government inter-agency review board called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) whose responsibility is to conduct a thorough review of any commercial acquisition of U.S. infrastructure or property by a foreign entity that may have national security implications. Unfortunately, during a five-year period from 2009-2014, the CFIUS staff chairperson was Aimen Nabi Mir, the son of a Pakistani immigrant from Kashmir with family connections to the Pakistani intelligence service and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. As we now know, it was during this timeframe that both the Gulftainer lease and the Uranium One deal were permitted to go forward by CFIUS.

Thanks to the remarkable investigative efforts of Mr. Jones and Ms. Fanning, it has now come to light that the implications of the CFIUS failure appropriately to review the Port Canaveral Gulftainer deal go far beyond original concerns about this Middle East-based ports company acquiring such strategic access to all the container operations at this key port along Florida’s Atlantic coast. Indeed, Port Canaveral is near a number of important U.S. facilities—including the Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine base, two U.S. Air Force Space Command bases and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Additionally, Port Canaveral and its container facilities are connected directly to rail and road lines that provide ready transportation access to the entire country.

“The Perfect Storm: Project Pelican’s Gulftainer, Russia’s Club-K, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal” now reveals that the danger to U.S. national security may be exponentially more critical. Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar worked closely with the Russians on Iraq’s full range of Weapons of Mass Destruction programs, including the nuclear one. He succeeded in designing a miniaturized nuclear warhead similar to the model that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un posed with earlier in 2017. Worse yet, Gulftainer, the Iraqi-UAE company that was allowed to obtain the Port Canaveral container facility lease, has entered into a joint venture with the Russian state-owned firm which owns 100% of the shares of Rosoboronexport, the exporter of the Club-K system.

The Club-K is a cruise missile launch system concealed in a container whose external appearance looks identical to standard ISO intermodal commercial cargo shipping containers. Inside each Club-K container, however, are four missiles which can carry biological, chemical, conventional, Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), or nuclear warheads. The genius of the Club-K system is its ability to evade detection among the millions of shipping containers carried on ships, trains, and trucks all over the world, including inside the U.S. Now, the Russian maker of the Club-K has partnered with the Iraqi-UAE company headed by the nuclear mastermind who designed a nuclear warhead specifically to fit on the nosecone of the Club-K cruise missile. Also, Ras al-Khaimah (RAK), one of the seven UAE emirates, runs a shipping company in partnership with Iran, which essentially controls RAK’s main shipping port. And a broken and possibly corrupt CFIUS just gave them all access to a 35-year lease on the container facilities at one of America’s most critical ports.

A Perfect Storm, indeed.

The Center for Security Policy presents this extremely important Occasional Paper in hopes that those with responsibility to protect U.S. national security will awaken—and quickly—to the mortal peril this confluence of threats poses to our country.

In unveiling the Center’s new Occasional Paper, its president, Frank J. Gaffney, observed:

“This transaction is such an obvious threat to U.S. national security that it must be suspended, if not canceled outright, pending a fresh evaluation of its merits, a rigorous re-evaluation of the CFIUS decision-making process that allowed it to be approved, and an informed and thorough debate on Capitol Hill.”

“The Perfect Storm” is available for free in PDF format below

RELATED VIDEO: Club-K Container Missile System.

Florida’s Top #NeverTrump Candidate Files to Run Against Trump Ally John Ward

DAYTONA, Fla –  The Campaign for Navy Veteran, and Businessman John Ward today issued the following statement on Florida’s Top #NeverTrumper Michael Waltz who today entered the congressional race in Florida’s District 6:

Campaign spokesman Brian Swensen says,

“Michael Waltz was a strong #NeverTrump supporter who actively worked to make sure Trump was not elected and helped spread the egregious Trump and Putin lies being pushed by Hillary and the liberal media. He will quickly learn that Republican primary voters are not easily fooled, and they do not forget.”

The campaign has launched the website, www.NeverTrumperMikeWaltz.com, and the video below that details Florida’s leading #NeverTrumper, Michael Waltz’s, most egregious attacks, lies, and accusations made on President Trump.

Below is a sample of some of some of Waltz’s attacks that can be found on the video above and on www.NeverTrumperMikeWaltz.com.

  • Spread Hillary Clinton’s Russia collusion lies by saying Trump was “cozying up to Putin…”
  • Lied by Claiming Trump “dodged the draft”
  • Tried disqualifying President Trump’s ability to lead by saying we can’t “afford a commander-in-chief that’s learning on the job and shooting from the hip.”
  • He buddied up with Megyn Kelly and claimed Trump’s “foreign policy isn’t moored in principle.”
  • Said “Donald Trump hasn’t served this country a day in his life…” and that “Has been fed through a silver spoon.”
  • Waltz also added that “All Donald Trump has served is himself”
  • Accused the President of only “saying what the voters want to hear.”
  • Falsely accused the president of having “Hateful rhetoric towards muslims”
  • Waltz closed his attacks by saying: “Don’t let Donald Trump fool you, look into his real record and stop Trump now!”

John Ward announced his campaign for CD 6 on October 12, 2017.

The 6th Congressional District, includes Volusia & Flagler Counties as well as southern St. John’s and north eastern Lake County.

The Government Shutdown Will Further Weaken Our Military

Congress faced a number of bad options on Friday, when government funding expired for the third time this fiscal year.

But lawmakers picked the worst option of all for our military and national security: they decided to let the government shut down.

This decision will be incredibly damaging to our national security and to the men and women who work to keep us safe.

When Secretary of Defense James Mattis discussed on Friday the effects that a shutdown would have on the Department of Defense, he made multiple references to the stoic nature that is required of our warfighters when faced with trying times. All their stoicism will now be tested.

During a government shutdown, employees who are necessary for ensuring the safety of American lives and the protection of property are exempt, and have to continue working. This applies to all of our active-duty military personnel and, according to Mattis, close to half of the civilian employees at the Pentagon.

Everyone else is furloughed and stays home without pay, unless Congress specifically makes provisions for them to be paid. In 2013, Congress made such provisions. But so far, this is not the case in 2018.

It is up to the Pentagon’s senior leadership to determine who continues working and who gets furloughed. This takes time away from all the other critical challenges that the Department of Defense faces.

And decisions like these inevitably cause leadership problems, as furloughed employees wonder why their contributions are less valued than those who are not furloughed.

During a shutdown, most people who work to maintain our ships, airplanes, and tanks will be forced to stop their work, thus further delaying the upkeep that is necessary to return those platforms to action.

Acquisition programs will also be slowed or stopped, as the necessary officials will be absent. Training for reservists and the National Guard will also have to stop. This will undoubtedly add to the current readiness problems that already plague our armed forces.

These are men and women who chose to put on the uniform and risk their lives in defense of the country they believe in. In return, we, as a nation, have allowed their funds to dry up and have asked them to stoically show up to work without access to the resources they need.

All of this, despite the fact that Congress has already agreed on defense spending levels by wide margins.

Ironically, the congressional debate over funding took place on the same day that Mattis unveiled the new national defense strategy to the public. At multiple points, the strategy mentions the need for sustained, predictable, and increased investments in our nation’s armed forces to ensure that we are capable of meeting the challenges we face.

But when Congress decided to let defense funds lapse at the stroke of midnight of Jan. 19, it made sure that a sustained, predictable, and increased defense budget would be even harder to achieve.

Similarly, at the same time Mattis was outlining his vision for the future of our national defense, his deputy, Patrick Shanahan, issued guidance to the Pentagon on how to continue operations during a government shutdown.

Even though that guidance expressed hopeful words that Congress might be able to avoid a funding lapse, those hopes were dashed at midnight on Friday.

Congress has failed the American people and has been unable to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. This failure will be felt most acutely by our men and women in uniform.

It was an entirely avoidable situation, but instead of steering away from the cliff, 49 senators chose to drive right off of it.

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Portrait of Frederico Bartels

Frederico Bartels is a policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Twitter: .

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VIDEO: Schumer Shutdown Makes Clear Democrats’ Real Priorities

A couple of days before the shutdown, Genevieve Wood recorded this commentary, which you can either watch above or read below.  Since then, Senate Democrats, whose leader is Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did indeed refuse to join Republicans to vote for a spending bill, and so the government did shut down. 

As you may have heard, a government shutdown is looming here in D.C. Many of you out there watching probably think, “So what? That can be a good thing. Less of Washington, fewer bureaucrats telling us what to do and how to spend our money.”  Those are all good points.

But that is not why Democrats are threatening to shut down the government.

Let’s keep in mind this is the same party that is always telling us if we shut down the government, this will be a travesty for millions of Americans, so many government programs and services will be unmet.

But yet they’re still willing to do so. Why is that?

Well, it’s because their liberal base is demanding that in this election year they put the needs and desires of those who are here in this country illegally before anybody else.

So if you’re an American who wants to live in a safe community and wants a safe border, too bad for you. If you’re a man or woman serving in our military, sworn to protect us around the world, well, we’re just not going to get those funds in that the military may need. And if you’re somebody who is not an American citizen but you’re standing in line because you, too, want to have a chance at the American dream and you’re trying to do it the right way? To all of those folks, Democrats are saying, “Get to the back of the line. ”

Now for all of you of [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] recipients out there who may feel as though you’re kind of a pawn in this whole thing: Well, you have a reason to believe that. Keep in mind Democrats have made promises to you before. But when Barack Obama was president, Nancy [Pelosi] was running the House, Harry [Reid] was running the Senate—for two years, Democrats were in control of the White House and Congress, they did absolutely nada.

That’s why Democrats are willing to shut down government. The reality is they don’t really want a deal on immigration. They talk about addressing the needs of the DACA population, but they have no time to address the other side of the immigration issue, border security and enforcement.

Here’s the deal. Democrats are fearful that President [Donald] Trump and Republicans could go into the midterm elections with both victories on tax cuts and immigration reform. So at the end of the day, that’s what all of this is about. It’s an election year, and that means politics, not people, are their priority.

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RELATED ARTICLES:

The Senate voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on a stalled government spending bill, clearing the way to end the three-day government shutdown. – Fox News

Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration – Washington Times

‘We Are Outraged!’ Illegal Alien Activists Turn on Democrats After Amnesty-or-Shutdown Fail – Breitbart News

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Trust in the mainstream media is at a historic low—and rightfully so given the behavior of many journalists in Washington, D.C.

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, it is painfully clear that the mainstream media covers liberals glowingly and conservatives critically.

Now journalists spread false, negative rumors about President Trump before any evidence is even produced.

Americans need an alternative to the mainstream media. That’s why The Daily Signal exists.

The Daily Signal’s mission is to give Americans the real, unvarnished truth about what is happening in Washington and what must be done to save our country.

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VIDEO: Democrats ‘Complicit’ in Every Murder Committed by Illegal Aliens

The new DonaldJTrump.com campaign ad titled “Complicit” features Luis Bracamontes, a 37-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who allegedly shot and killed Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver in October 2017.

Bracamontes in the courtroom during his murder trial stated. “the only thing I f**king regret is that I f**king only killed two and he wished he “had killed more of the motherf*ckers.”

RELATED ARTICLE: California to register illegal aliens to vote – automatically

Trump is right! Don’t bring Africa to America

This is an incredible report from Karin McQuillan at American Thinker thanks to reader George for sharing it.

Entitled:

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

It is one woman’s account of a year in Africa in which she describes the huge cultural chasm between African countries and America and she begins with one literal difference that relates to Trump’s supposed s***hole comment.

Africans in ConcordThree weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country. Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures’ terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

Continue reading, I promise it will be well worth every minute of your time.

After you read the American Thinker piece, read this that came across my desk at the same time from “welcoming” Concord, NH. The liberal disconnect will be obvious.

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VIDEO: Border Wall Models Thwart U.S. Commandos In Tests

Citizen James Munder posted the following video on his YouTube channel. The testing on the eight border wall prototypes included using 7th Special Forces Group soldiers to try to breach the walls.

It appears according to reports that the favored designs are those with steel beams that border agents can see through. Officials indicated that the best features from each prototype will be used in the final design after testing is completed.

Overlooked in the Immigration Debate: Gender-based Violence

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security released a report this week showing that 3 out of 4 individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, are foreign-born individuals who entered the United States through our immigration system.

Recent reports from DOJ and DHS also draw attention to an issue often lost in the immigration debate: gender-based violence.

  • A 2011 Government Accountability Office report found that criminal aliens were convicted of 69,929 sex offenses between fiscal years 2003 and 2009.
  • A 2014 study estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages occur in the U.S. every year.
  • That same 2014 study showed there to be an average of 23 to 27 honor killings in America each year—with 90 percent of victims murdered for being “too westernized.”

Numbers like these show that regardless of political affiliation, all Americans should want an immigration system that supports and defends our values.

Read more about how our current immigration system jeopardizes American security.

3 Out of 4 Convicted Terrorists Came to U.S. Legally Via Current Immigration System

Illustrating the national security threats created by the nation’s immigration system, the overwhelming majority of individuals convicted of terrorism are foreigners who entered the United States legally through various federal programs. Three out of every four convicted terrorists between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 are foreign born and came to the United States through our immigration system, according to a new report issued jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

At least 549 individuals were convicted of terrorism-related charges in American federal courts since 2001 and 402 of them—approximately 73%–were foreign-born, the report says. Here’s the breakdown by citizenship at the time of their convictions; 254 were not U.S. citizens, 148 were naturalized and received American citizenship and 147 were U.S. born. Additionally, 1,716 foreigners with national security concerns were removed from the United States. The Trump administration stresses that figures include only those aliens who were convicted or removed and therefore do not represent the total measure of foreign terrorist infiltration of the United States. Statistics on individuals facing terrorism charges who have not yet been convicted will be provided in follow-up reports that will be made available to the public.

This DHS/DOJ report, issued this month, is disturbing enough and reveals that a significant number of terrorists entered the country through immigration programs that use family ties and extended-family chain migration as a basis for entry. Among them is Mufid Elfgeeh, a national of Yemen who benefitted from chain migration in 1997 and was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for attempting to recruit fighters for ISIS. Sudanese Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan came to the U.S. in 2012 as a relative of a lawful permanent resident and eventually pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Pakistani Uzair Paracha was admitted to the U.S. in 1980 as a family member of a lawful permanent resident and in 2006 was sentenced to more than three decades in prison for providing material support to Al Qaeda. Khaleel Ahmed, a national of India, was admitted to the United States in 1998 as a family member of a naturalized United States citizen. Ahmed eventually became an American citizen and in 2010 was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Other convicted terrorists came to the U.S. through the controversial visa lottery program, the multi-agency probe found. Among them is Abdurasaul Hasanovich Juraboev, a national of Uzbekistan who was admitted into the country as a diversity visa lottery recipient in 2011. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to support ISIS and in 2017 Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Sudanese Ali Shukri Amin was admitted to the U.S. in 1999 as the child of a diversity visa lottery recipient and subsequently obtained American citizenship through naturalization. In 2015, he was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS. Amin admitted to using social media to provide advice and encouragement to ISIS and its supporters and facilitated ISIS supporters seeking to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group. Amin also helped a Virginia teen named Reza Niknejad get to Syria to join ISIS in 2015.

“The United States faces a serious and persistent terror threat, and individuals with ties to terror can and will use any pathway to enter our country,” the new DHS/DOJ report states. “Accordingly, DHS has taken significant steps to improve the security of all potential routes used by known or suspected terrorists (KST) to travel to the United States to ensure that individuals who would do harm to Americans are identified and detected, and their plots are disrupted. These figures reflect the challenges faced by the United States and demonstrate the necessity to remain vigilant and proactive in our counterterrorism posture.”

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Dumb & Dumber: A Hawaii government employee sends out false missile alert, a ‘progressive’ veterans group blames the POTUS

Sometimes movies are parodies of real life. It appears that the movie Dumb & Dumber is a parody of a progressive veterans group. According to Google:

Since it began tracking such responses seven years ago, nine states have consistently ranked among the top 10 most-Democratic each year. They are Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, California, Hawaii, Delaware and Illinois.

The Governor of Hawaii is David Ige, a Democrat. Hawaii’s congressional politics are typically dominated by Democrats. The state has elected just one Republican U.S. senator, Hiram Fong, who served from 1959 to 1977, and two GOP House members. The rest have been Democrats. Hawaii is currently represented in the Senate by Democrats Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz.

On January 13th something went very wrong in Hawaii. 

At 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Emergency Management authorities in Hawaii sent out an emergency alert advising all residents that there was a ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii, that they should seek immediate shelter, and that this was not a drill. This alert left some people crying and screaming. The false alert has drawn the attention of FEMA and a federal investigation has been launched.

On January 14th, 2017 the self identified “progressive” organization VoteVets.org sent out the following in a fundraising email titled “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill”:

By now you’ve heard the news: yesterday morning, people in Hawaii received an emergency alert on their phones that a ballistic missile attack was imminent.

Obviously, the good news is that it was a mistake. But the truth of the matter is the extraordinary international reaction to the error is a testament to the perception of how unsafe we are as a nation with Donald Trump as our Commander in Chief. [Emphasis added]

This is not the first time a Hawaiian government agency has sent out a false alert. On January 3rd, 2017 at 8:07 the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management inadvertently activated the emergency sirens while preparing for a scheduled test of the emergency notification system.

The VoteVets.org email went on to state:

Thankfully Trump was at the golf course when this happened and it didn’t come across the screen on Fox and Friends during his “executive time.”

This president is dangerous. That’s why we are organizing veterans who have seen war in Korea to speak out. We can’t wait for you to hear from them.

Chip in $3 today…

QUESTION: Why is a progressive veterans group blaming President Trump for sending out the false missile alert in Hawaii?

Is it proper for any veterans organization to use this event, caused solely by a Hawaii government employee that frightened many thousands of citizens, families and visitors, to raise money and denigrate the Commander-in-Chief?

VoteVets.org needs to take a serious look at itself in the mirror.

President Trump is not unsafe, did not cause this error, does not have “executive time” on Fox & Friends and the state of Hawaii, run by the Democratic Party, is now taking action, in conjunction with the federal government, to insure this does not happen again.

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House Republicans Roll Out Immigration Bill Packed With Border Security and Immigration Reforms

A group of Republican lawmakers unveiled Wednesday a bill that pairs granting legal status to younger illegal immigrants with a laundry list of conservative immigration reforms and border security enhancements, including President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

The proposal contains all of the changes to immigration law that Trump has demanded as part of a deal to replace the now-canceled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a Obama administration order that shielded hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants from deportation.

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It also incorporates several immigration enforcement measures long advocated by immigration hawks, including penalties for sanctuary cities and foreign nationals who overstay their visas.

Dubbed the Securing America’s Future Act, the bill was teased by its sponsors—GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Michael McCaul of Texas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, and Martha McSally of Arizona—in a Tuesday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. The official rollout Wednesday comes a day after Trump met with a bipartisan group lawmakers to discuss the framework of a bill that would legalize DACA recipients before the program expires in March.

The bill’s authors say the DACA negotiations present an opportunity to enact tougher immigration law and stave off pressure for a future amnesty of illegal immigrants.

“Americans have been debating how to best fix the country’s immigration system for decades,” they wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “Congress has a unique opportunity to act now, before the country ends up with another large population who crossed the border illegally as children.”

A summary of the bill’s provisions reads like an immigration hawk’s wish list. It would fulfill Trump’s four-point plan for a DACA compromise: legal status for DACA recipients, end to the Diversity Visa Lottery, limits on chain migration, and full funding for the border wall.

The bill also includes several provisions that Trump has not said are necessary to reach a DACA deal, but that immigration hawks have long argued are needed to eliminate the “pull factors” for illegal immigration. Among them are Kate’s Law, which enhances penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the country after being deported, and mandatory use of E-Verify, an electronic employment authorization system.

Democrats are almost certain to balk the GOP bill, especially because it does not offer a path to legal permanent residence or citizenship for DACA recipients. The bill instead allows beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status, essentially reviving the DACA program for the roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who received protection under the original order.

Despite slim chances of garnering more than a few Democratic supporters, the bill could serve as a starting point for negotiating a DACA replacement.

At Wednesday’s meeting with lawmakers, Trump said he would be willing to place a DACA fix within a “bill of love,” but did not specify what such legislation would entail. The White House clarified Wednesday that any DACA compromise must also do away with chain migration and the Diversity Visa Lottery while also funding the border wall.

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