Sunday, July 6, 2014

The illegal immigration problem at the Southwest border is worse than it has ever been—tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are coming into the U.S. at unprecedented rates. Border Patrol is overwhelmed and lacking adequate resources to handle the influx, and the administration’s proposed solutions to stem the tide are underwhelming to say the least. 
 
But the illegal immigration problem isn't new, of course. For the past several years we've been working on ways to fix the problem. The Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill last year, and now, Democrats, including Obama, are warning House Republicans that if they don't act soon, the president will act unilaterally.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly had Charles Krauthammer on the show this week to discuss immigration reform, and when asked how he would secure the border, Krauthammer had a simple solution: a fence.

Transcript via RCP:
BILL O'REILLY: How do you secure the border, Charles?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Alright, here's what I've been on for years. You start with a fence. It's very simple. People say, 'Oh, fences don't work. You make a ladder.' Well, then you build two fences, triple strand fences. San Diego did that in the mid 90's and within a decade, the illegal immigration rate at that point was reduced by 90% and people ended up going through other places like Arizona.

If fences don't work, why is there one around the White House? If they don't work, why is it that the Israeli fence which separate Israel from the West Bank has cut down terror attacks within Israel by 99%. Fences work. Yes, there are parts of the border where you can't have a fence, fine. So you don't have it in those areas and you do heavy patrols. But there is no reason why a rich country like us cannot put a fence across -- a double fence, a triple fence and patrol it all the time. That would have a tremendous impact.
Touché.


Initial Reaction

On the surface, this appeared to be a very strong jobs report from both the household survey and establishment survey perspective.

The establishment survey reported a gain of 288,000 jobs while the household survey sported a gain in employment of 407,000. In addition, May was revised up from +217,000 to + 224,000, and April revised up from +282,000 to +304,000.

Digging deeper into the details, strength was entirely part-time (and then some).

Voluntary part-time employment rose by a whopping 840,000 and involuntary part-time employment rose by 275,000.

Compared to a total gain of employment of 407,000, the gain in total part-time employment was 1,115,000. I confirmed with the BLS that one cannot directly subtract those numbers because of seasonal reporting.

However, one can compare seasonally-adjusted full-time employment this month to seasonally-adjusted full-time employment last month. Doing so shows a decline in full-time employment of 523,000!

May BLS Jobs Statistics at a Glance
  • Nonfarm Payroll: +288,000 - Establishment Survey
  • Employment: +407,000 - Household Survey
  • Unemployment: -325,000 - Household Survey
  • Involuntary Part-Time Work: +275,000 - Household Survey
  • Voluntary Part-Time Work: +840,000 - Household Survey
  • Baseline Unemployment Rate: -0.2 at 6.1% - Household Survey
  • U-6 unemployment: -0.1 to 12.1% - Household Survey
  • Civilian Non-institutional Population: +192,000
  • Civilian Labor Force: +81,000 - Household Survey
  • Not in Labor Force: +111,000 - Household Survey
  • Participation Rate: +0.0 at 62.8 - Household Survey

Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset
Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset
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For a mere $2,500, the Walton County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department purchased a military surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle — that cost more than $500,000 to build — to help with its law enforcement activities. This is the same vehicle that the U.S. military deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq to use against insurgents.

The Florida county is just one in a long line of communities using Federal programs designed to militarize local law enforcement by providing them with military equipment and military training. Studies estimate as many as 500 communities have acquired MRAPs. The result has helped to turn local police and sheriff’s departments — originally tasked to protect and serve their public — into violent, shoot-first quasi-military organizations terrorizing and abusing the public. This is not hyperbole, as we show regularly in our Power Of The State section.

Walton County is so idyllic and peaceful that residents feel no need to lock their doors, and its peaceful nature is so over-the-top unusual that one of its communities was chosen as the location for filming “The Truman Show.” Yet Sheriff Mike Adkinson said the MRAP was needed as an “insurance policy” to keep deputies safe in dangerous situations.

The problem with police departments acquiring new military “toys” comes in the fact that, when toys are acquired, they are wont to be used. And therein lies the rub. Police use flimsy evidence to suggest “threats” exist, and the military tactics escalate encounters and create more violence.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently completed a study of 800 deployments by heavily armed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from 20 law enforcement agencies over the period 2011-2012. It found that more than three-fourths of the deployments were executed — often using MRAPs — to search a person’s home, and more than 60 percent of the time the searches were for drugs. But in at least 36 percent of the SWAT raids studied, no drugs were found. And because police reports were often incomplete, the ACLU notes that the actual figure could be as high as 65 percent.

SWAT teams were originally created to respond to hostage, barricade or active shooter scenarios. But only 7 percent of deployments in the ACLU study were employed for SWAT teams’ original intent.

Records provided the ACLU by 63 responding law enforcement agencies showed they received “a total of 15,054 items of battle uniforms or personal protective equipment” in 2011-2012.

In addition to battle uniforms and gear, officers are increasingly trained in military tactics and they increasingly come from the ranks of military units previously deployed in war zones. Their training “encourages them to adopt a ‘warrior’ mentality and think of people they are supposed to serve as enemies.” And the equipment they use includes battering rams, flashbang grenades and the aforementioned MRAPS or other armored personnel carriers.

It’s not unusual for the raids to be carried out late at night to increase the confusion among the occupants who are startled from sleep. But it also increases the likelihood innocents are in the house, which increases the danger to them.

To put into perspective just how twisted local law enforcement agencies have become, consider this quote from Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department. Regarding his agency’s acquisition of an MRAP, he said: “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.”

This straw man argument is increasingly being promoted by the Federal government in propaganda pieces distributed by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, as I’ve reported before. But to hear it come from a member of a local law enforcement agency, the ranks of which contain many “people who are coming out of the military,” is mind-boggling. Plus, I have yet to see an instance reported of a U.S. veteran employing IEDs against local police.

In fact, attacks on police are down. Firearm-related deaths of police officers reached a 126-year low in 2013, according to a report by the national Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. It’s the second year in a row for a decline, and the number of firearm-related police fatalities has dropped each decade since the 1970s.

The creation of the DHS after 9/11 has contributed to the militarization of local police departments by dispersing grant money and eliciting their assistance in so-called anti-terrorism enforcement. These grants have enabled local departments to stockpile specialized equipment in order to facilitate “readiness” for a terror event. It also increased the contact between a quasi-military agency — the DHS — and local departments.

Violent SWAT raids have resulted in death and injury of innocents — including women and children — often in homes targeted by mistake. Even pets aren’t safe around SWAT teams and patrol officers.

A 2012 report by the CATO Institute found that “40,000 [SWAT raids] per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.”

The DHS long ago jumped the shark in regard to considering all Americans as potential terrorists, and this mindset has increasingly filtered into local police departments through their ongoing contacts and training with DHS. But as we’ve told you before, most, if not all, U.S. terror plots are actually instigated and planned by the FBI.

The militarized mindset is not just reserved to SWAT officers, but has trickled down into all reaches of law enforcement, as evidenced by the increased prevalence of violent encounters between police and peaceful citizens.

Cops have come to think of themselves as gods above the law whose commands are to be obeyed immediately and without question. Any hesitation often leads to the “suspect” being left bleeding and broken or quivering from electricity introduced by a Taser. It doesn’t matter if the person was unable to understand the command because of a language barrier or if the person was unable to comply due to disability or defect. Officers expect immediate and complete compliance with no questions asked.

They are increasingly shooting dogs for barking, shocking with Tasers (see here and here) and pepper spraying children in schools, and shooting wheelchair-bound men in the streets. They apparently feel they operate above the law.

And their militarized appearance, backed by their militarized vehicles and overbearingly intimidating demeanor and the increasingly violent interactions they are having with the public, is creating a sense of fear. And that fear is justified, given that public safety is no longer the number one goal of local police.

How do I know that? By the actions and words of police departments acquiring the weaponry and using the tactics.

“I know that if somebody was in harm’s way, I wouldn’t let public opinion decide the safety of my deputy,” Adkinson said. “Safety is my number one priority.”

“At the end of the day, it gives the guys the ability to go home safely,” said Downing, “So, no matter what the price tag is on it, as long as they get to go home, that’s all that really matters.”
 
Note that it’s the safety of law enforcement that is the “number one priority” and “that’s all that really matters.”


Newsmax
Romney Was Right on Several Major Issues, Observers Say
By Todd Beamon




In the nearly 20 months since Mitt Romney lost the election to President Barack Obama, many of the former Massachusetts governor's predictions have played out on the world stage.

For instance, Romney called Russia the nation's "number one geopolitical foe"; he pledged strong support for Israel amid tense relations with Iran and other neighbors; declared that corporations are "people" — and said that illegal immigration remained a continued threat to the American economy.

As many realities have developed in the U.S. and abroad, Romney's popularity has increased in national polls — and it is believed that he is considering a White House run in 2016.

"Mitt Romney, in retrospect, was not omniscient," Bradley Blakeman, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, told Newsmax. "He saw what was there to be seen. He saw the world as it was — not the way he wished it would be.

"Obama believed that he could change the world with just his presence on the world stage and with his words. His hope was naïve and impossible," Blakeman added. "He was running for president, not messiah.

"He never has been able to match his words with deeds. And, today, if it were not for bad news — Obama doesn't make news."

Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen told Newsmax that while Romney made the right calls on several issues, particularly Russia and Syria, his recent poll numbers are not as strong they were on Election Day in 2012.

Neither are Obama's, for that matter, he said.

"The American people are frustrated with both parties and the direction our country is heading," Schoen told Newsmax. "Romney does look better than he did in 2012, but very sadly America looks worse — and the American people are yearning more new leadership."

Here are some of Romney's statements and how things have developed:

Op-ed: 
"Secure this border Mr. President” 
By: Diane Sori

“Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake this very, very dangerous and life-threatening journey...and those who come must be sent back to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that risking your lives on the top of those trains and the ways that they are coming here, it’s not worth it.” 
- Texas Governor Rick Perry's words before an HHS committee looking into the crisis at our southern border

And with those words kudos must go out to Governor Perry...a man of courage who stood strong and said what needed to be said as he echoed the words of what many of us believe...ship them all back including the children...period.

Saying that entering our country ILLEGALLY is both a humanitarian and a national security crisis, Perry's recent testimony before the above said HHS committee held NOTHING back as he made it clear that we need to "Secure this border now." Claiming the unending stream of unaccompanied children ILLEGALLY entering our country is a direct result of Obama's failure to secure this border, Perry then went on to say...and rightfully so...that Obama's recent changes to our immigration policy sent a message to any and all that if they send their children here they would be allowed to stay.

And why NOT as Obama sees them as NOTHING but future Democratic voters...as Obama sees them as party loyalists knowing full well that people don't bite the hand that feeds them...as Obama knows that black Americans are starting to turn on him and the party as they see these ILLEGALS taking their jobs away...and how right they are.

Point blank...as these children are being loaded onto buses for disbursement throughout our country...with their destinations deliberately being within the 100-mile so-called 'Constitution Free' zones where Obama has made it so that they cannot be deported...those buses need to be turned around by the National Guard if need be... depositing these ILLEGALS back on the Mexican side of the border where they belong. In fact, NOT only has Governor Perry called for the deploying of at least 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help with immigration enforcement while more U.S. Border Patrol agents are trained, but Michael McCaul, the chairman of the HHS committee and a Texas Republican, reiterated Perry's need to send the National Guard forces "to free up Border Patrol agents so they can perform their primary mission, and that is securing the border." 

And Obama's answer to their requests...his party's answer to their requests...lobby the Republicans in the House to support enactment of his sweeping immigration overhaul bill.

NO...I don't think so.

And so to date more than 52,000 children under 18 years of age...three times the number than were detained in 2012...have crossed into the U.S. unaccompanied since last October, with most coming in through the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas...and those are just the ones we can account for. Most of their journey started when they crossed easily into Mexico from its open southern border, and most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Most easily work their way up through Mexico, and when apprehended claim they're fleeing gang violence and poverty in their home countries, but pray tell how can four and five year olds know to flee anything...and YES children as young as that are crossing into our country unattended. And the bottom line is that their parents are using their children as an 'anchor'...so to speak...banking on the fact that down the road the U.S. government will allow them...the parents...to eventually enter our country without due-process on the grounds that children need their parents.

But the truth is that these children must to be sent back to their parents post-haste NOT have their parents come here. And while Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she was prepared to support funding...ain't we lucky that Rep. Jackson Lee is prepared to spend more of our taxpayer dollars on criminals (remember, crossing our border ILLEGALLY does indeed make them criminals)...funding she claims would help expedite cases allowing them to move through immigration courts faster. And she added to her bloviations that quick deportations were NOT the answer, but I beg to differ as they indeed are.

“A massive deportation policy for children and a mandatory detaining for children is not a humane thing to do,” she said...typical Democrat response of course.

NO Rep. Jackson Lee...deportation IS exactly the humane thing to do as these ILLEGAL now criminal children belong with their parents NOT as wards of our states paid for with our taxpayer dollars. These children were willingly sent by their parents to perpetrate a criminal act...in their name I might add...against our country for their own gain...and they need to go.

But...

Unfortunately there are laws in the U.S. that layout the proper and accepted care of 'at-risk children' which Obama and his administration considers these children to be. And sadly, these laws make no distinction between children of U.S. citizens and children who are here ILLEGALLY. So once here...and especially if they're shipped to cities within the '100-mile zone'...neither the states nor the federal government can simply ship them back to where they came from without first knowing that the conditions where they will be shipped back to meet the minimum standards that would be required for a foster home in the U.S.

Nice huh...

So it seems we're stuck with these children as their mere presence in our country without parental supervision automatically qualifies and labels them as 'at-risk children', and all 50 states have specific laws in place that requires the states to step in as guardians until legal relatives are found. So now we have to feed, house, cloth, and educate them as we watch them rape our welfare system, our health care system, and watch them grow up take our jobs and vote Democratic. And all this lies at the feet of Barack HUSSEIN Obama who has allowed this to happen by tearing down our once in-place immigration system to lay the ground floor for his so-wanted blanket amnesty for the future party loyal.

But for now monies are needed to help protect and secure the Texas border at least enough to slow the what seems to be a never ending influx of ILLEGALS in addition to giving Texas a refund on the millions the state has already spent. An add into the mix that the state will be paying yet another $1.3 million per week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year if NOT longer on top of $500 million Texas has already spent since 2005 to help secure the border.. And along with this request Perry sent a letter inviting Obama to see the border crisis firsthand...and of course he declined.

But the bottom line in all this...and the only logical thing to do...would be to immediately seal the borders...lock them down completely so NO one gets across...NO one...and then send the ILLEGALS...both children and adults that we can account for...back to where they came from for while America is a generous and caring nation it is NOT America's job to take care of those who by their very act of entering our country ILLEGALLY become criminals...after all we do have our own criminals...especially the one in the White House...to deal with.

However, with a much needed reality check here, the building of a secure fence along the entire southern border has had its cost estimated at $46 billion to build, so you just know it won't get done anytime soon as that would mean Obama would have to cut his freebie and handout programs to our future Democratic voters along with cut funding to the muslim terrorist groups that he so loves...and you know he will do neither.

Such is life under Obama's dictatorial regime...and it will only get worse...that sadly I can promise you...sigh...