It’s not news that Islamic jihadists are joining up with Mexican drug cartels, but the recognition of the hellish partnership by the Homeland Security Secretary is. In fact, John Kelly says the threat keeps him awake at night.
BRET BAIER: Secretary Kelly is warning of a new and deadly connection responsible for increased crime and violence in the streets. Here’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge.
CATHERINE HERRIDGE: Transnational criminal organizations, including drug cartels and gangs, are building a relationship with foreign terrorist groups for financial gain.
DHS SECRETARY JOHN KELLY: The nexus between criminal networks and terrorist networks is real, and I would predict will get more sophisticated.
HERRIDGE: In his first major policy speech on threats facing America, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly predicts if foreign terrorists launched a successful plot like another 911, their operatives will not fly, they will cross through Mexico.
KELLY: That individual or individuals get into the United States through the southwest border. I’m staying up late at night every night to try to prevent that from happening.
HERRIDGE: Last week two Chicago-area men were indicted on ISIS-related charges. Kelly said the nation is in the midst of an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism, citing 36 newly opened cases in 18 states over the last 12 months.
KELLY: They have a single mission, and that is our destruction.
HERRIDGE: Kelly, who will visit the southern border again this week, defended the administration’s aggressive approach, arguing that a strong defense frustrates terrorists, drug shipments, the cartels and gangs. At the Justice Department alongside FBI director James Comey, the Attorney General hit hard on the same issue.
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS: Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and gang members to regenerate these gangs.
JUDGE JEANINE: If you recall they came into this country in 2014 under the Obama administration policy of allowing in those from Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. I was one of those people saying look, as a DA, MS-13 is from El Salvador; they are without a doubt the most violent gang where initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others. . .
They came into this country, they told Border Patrol — “I’m MS-13, I’m a gang member” — and the Border Patrol could not stop them. They’ve got all of the indicia of being gang members, all the tats, and they have been allowed into this country. The Obama administration flew them all over.
They’re in your school, folks, they are in with your children in school. Now the two young girls who were murdered — and I had the parents on my show Justice a few weeks back — that’s not the last group of parents you’re going to see.
The poison pills from Obama just keep on coming.
And the judge is right when she says MS-13 are big into tats.
Tucker Carlson discussed the gang on Thursday, comparing them with the threat of ISIS on the basis of pure numbers:
TUCKER CARLSON: It’s fair to say, ISIS is the new global gold standard for awfulness, and they are indeed awful. Combine the Orlando, San Bernardino and Chattanooga terror attacks, and the groups is responsible for at least 68 deaths here in the U.S. over just the past three years and that’s bad. On the other hand, it’s nothing compared to MS-13. That organization, a mostly immigrant street gang is a far greater threat to your life than ISIS is. It’s the numbers.
It’s not just the bodies pile up in smaller numbers, and the coverage isn’t as splashy when they’re covered at all, because often they are not. Besides the four killings you just heard about in New York today, there’s Raymond Wood. He’s the Lynchburg teenager apparently murdered and left by the side of the road two weeks ago by a group of MS-13 members. All of them were here illegally, by the way.
There’s Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, a pair of teenage girls butchered with machetes by MS-13. They’re walking home from school in Brentwood, New York. We could go on and on and on. And in the future editions of the show, we will. But killing is not the end of the problem with MS-13; its members have been caught running child prostitution rings, they’ve been contacted by Mexican drug cartels and paid to run torture operations. And of course, they engage in the usual extortion, drug trafficking and human smuggling.
But unlike ISIS, MS-13 makes it hard to live in certain neighborhoods here in this country. Also unlike ISIS, there are a lot of them. ISIS may have a significant passive support in the U.S. and a lot of a suspect it does, but true active ISIS members — pretty small, maybe a few hundred at most. MS-13, by contrast, has at least 6,000 members, according to the government in this country, and they’re supported by more than 30,000 abroad. Yes, abroad. Because MS-13 is fundamentally a foreign threat.
Now, the administration is using a lot of firepower to defeat insurgents in the Middle East right now, and good for them. But what about the insurgency right down the road from you here in America? Because that’s exactly what it is.
The Attorney General made good use of his Arizona border tour on Tuesday by laying out how border protection will be implemented going forward: in short, America’s existing immigration laws will be enforced, not avoided.
AG Sessions spoke to a group of law enforcement officers assembled in Nogales, Arizona.
A few important points: additional immigration judges are being brought on, federal prosecutors are instructed to prioritize crimes committed by illegal alien criminals and the AG himself said, “The catch and release practices of old are over.”
Here is a clip of Sessions’ remarks, with the written text shown further below:
Fox had a segment about the AG’s event on its news show:
Good morning, everyone. Let me start by thanking the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection, who not only served as our gracious hosts today, but who put themselves in harm’s way each day to secure our borders and protect us.
Here, along our nation’s southwest border, is ground zero in this fight. Here, under the Arizona sun, ranchers work the land to make an honest living, and law-abiding citizens seek to provide for their families.
But it is also here, along this border, that transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.
Let’s stop here for a minute. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.
It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.
In this fight, I am here to tell you, the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection: we hear you and we have your back. Under the President’s leadership and through his Executive Orders, we will secure this border and bring the full weight of both the immigration courts and federal criminal enforcement to combat this attack on our national security and sovereignty.
The President has made this a priority — and already we are seeing the results. From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40 percent, which was unprecedented. Then, last month, we saw a 72 percent drop compared to the month before the President was inaugurated. That’s the lowest monthly figure for at least 17 years. Continue reading this article
A February Rasmussen poll headline read, Support for Deportations Plummets, although no further details were given in the brief report. Are some supposed conservatives getting cold feet about law and borders when the real thing actually happens occasionally?
During Thursday’s Outnumbered program on Fox News, Eric Bolling, who generally talks up the conservative position on issues, spouted off with his simple rubber-stamp amnesty solution for the illegal alien problem. In a segment where the group’s discussion was focused on sanctuary cities, Bolling just had to share:
ERIC BOLLING: I have honestly a common-sense solution to the immigration issue, and I’ve said this before. The DMVs — there’s probably 50 or 60 of them in each state, maybe 10 or 15 in each state. Create little harbors, make those embassies where, if you’re an illegal, you can walk into this area, the DMV or whatever you call it, and you’re not going to get arrested or deported, but you’re going to get documentation of who you are. It’s not a path to citizenship: it’s a path to legality. You’ll pay your taxes, you’ll be able to stay here, and eventually you can go back to the end of the line to become a citizen.
That program would be very attractive to Mexican axe murderers and cartel criminals: just get a little paper in the DMV and voila — you’re legalized and documented! Sketchy foreigners could essentially get a new identity under the Bolling Plan. Dangerous or useless aliens get to stay and earn American dollars, which is what they came for, not to participate in the political process. The ability to work legally is the real amnesty.
Gang background? No problema in Eric Bolling’s DMV Amnesty Plan.
Stupidly permissive school officials placed two illegal aliens from Central America who claimed to be teenagers into freshman classes of Rockville High School because of their inability to speak English. As a result, a 14-year-old girl was raped and sodomized in the boys’ restroom. This horrific crime represents the diversity being foisted upon unwilling citizens by open-borders criminal-friendly sanctuary cities and states.
In addition, don’t the facial scar and broken nose suggest that Sanchez is a rough character and inappropriate to be a high school freshmen?
Fox News reported the story on Monday:
BRET BAIER: Now to a disturbing story out of suburban Washington DC where two Rockville High School students have been arrested and charged with rape, but should the teenagers have been in the country at all? Correspondent Doug McKelway has a story that is still developing tonight.
DOUG McKELWAY: At Rockville High School in progressive Montgomery County, Maryland, police say a 14-year-old ninth-grade girl was pushed into a boys’ restroom last Thursday. Despite her efforts to resist by holding on to a sink, she was shoved into a stall where she was allegedly raped and sodomized. Police arrested two ninth graders: 18 year old Henry Sanchez, an illegal from Guatemala, and a minor 17-year-old, Jose Montano, also here illegally. Both are being held without bond.
CITIZEN (PARENT?): I just hope she’s okay you know now, in a week from now, and maybe the rest of her life.
CITIZEN IN CAR: You figure that they’re protected and they’re safe, but . . .
McKELWAY: It happened amidst a debate to formally declare Rockville a sanctuary city though both it and Montgomery County have long practiced informal sanctuary. In a joint statement after President Trump’s inauguration, county leaders reassured residents of long-standing policy quote “Police do not enforce federal immigration law.” Maryland state policy goes well beyond non-enforcement, granting in-state college tuition rates to illegals. It has helped lead to massive demographic shifts here.
DANIEL McHUGH, MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUNG GOP: Who’s come with them? Their parents their aunts, their uncles, the cousins, their nieces, their nephews. MS-13 has come through that door with them too.
McKELWAY: Among school families in central Montgomery County, 51 percent are now immigrants. The poverty rate for immigrant homes at 14 percent is twice that for native homes at seven percent, meaning a lower tax base as some schools struggle to serve student bodies speaking as many as 19 different languages.
McHUGH: Higher taxes, lowered educational standards and higher crime is what we’ve faced in Montgomery County as a result of pro-illegal-immigration policies put forth by the county government and even by the state.
McKELWAY: After Thursday’s incident the superintendent of Montgomery County Schools wrote parents about the alleged crime, calling it quote, “Horrible and unacceptable. They do not represent the positive values of our students and school communities.”
Below, Kate Steinle, left, her heartbroken parents, right. The inset shows Francisco Sanchez, the illegal alien killer. Kate was shot and killed by Sanchez (who confessed) as she and her father strolled on a popular San Francisco pier on July 1, 2015.
The parents of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot to death on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 by an immigrant with a record of deportations, can sue the federal government for negligence because a ranger allegedly left the gun used in the shooting in his unlocked car, a federal magistrate ruled Friday.
U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero dismissed the parents’ claims against the city of San Francisco, which had released Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez from custody less than three months before the shooting without notifying immigration authorities. But Spero said the parents may be able to prove that the federal government was at fault for Steinle’s death because its employee’s apparent carelessness led to the shooting.
“Leaving a gun loaded makes (its) capability for harm readily accessible in the same way as leaving the key in the ignition of a vehicle,” Spero said. Continue reading this article
It’s amazing that liberals believe they are superior moral beings, while at the same time they don’t mind the carnage that results from their beloved policy of sanctuary cities for illegal aliens, including violent criminals.
But since Donald Trump, a strong enforcer of immigration law, has been elected president, San Francisco is determined to protect the foreign lawbreakers rather than defend the public safety of the citizens. It’s not like there’s no cost to this liberal insanity: San Francisco has four preventable deaths on its conscience — if it had one.
Plus, open borders and morally bankrupt cities don’t just attract moochers and gangsters from south of the border, they also entice America’s jihadist enemies. Former INS agent Michael Cutler made that point during a Newsmax interview from November 15:
“Look at the warnings that we’ve had from John Brennan, the head of the CIA, from James Comey, the head of the FBI, saying that ISIS was abetting terrorists in the refugee flows and finding other means to come here and kill us, and we’ve seen it time and again. . . These are failures of the immigration system and it’s the immigration laws and our borders that our first and last line of defense.”
The Chronicle’s big story includes not only the predictable baloney of sob stories, but it also notes the desire of the Public Defender for $5 million in taxpayer funds to legally protect illegal aliens — so citizens would again be forced to pay for their dispossession and decreased safety.
Just days after Donald Trump was elected America’s next president, Mayor Ed Lee stood with a line of top city officials on City Hall’s grand marble staircase to promise that San Francisco will uphold its 27-year-old sanctuary city laws protecting people who are in the country illegally.
“We have been and always will be a city of refuge, a city of sanctuary, a city of love,” Lee told the crowd gathered for a unity ceremony on Monday. “We promise to be a city that’s always welcoming. There are no walls in our city!”
Other mayors, including those in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Chicago, made the same pledge in the days after the election. Trump’s top immigration adviser, Kris Kobach, promptly fired back. A co-author of Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration law, Kobach tweeted “End #SanctuaryCities” and shared part of an interview he had done on Fox News.
“They’re just thumbing their noses at federal law and putting their own citizens in danger,” Kobach said of mayors like Lee. Trump, he said, “has made it very clear he cares about the victims of these illegal alien sanctuary cities.”
On Friday, it was announced that Trump’s pick for attorney general is Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has opposed nearly every immigration bill to come before the Senate in the past 20 years and has opposed even some legal immigration programs.
Trump has pledged to immediately deport millions of immigrants once he takes office in January. He has also said he will strip sanctuary cities and counties, which number more than 300, of all federal funding if they continue to shield immigrants who did not come to the country legally.
In San Francisco, which receives about $1 billion in federal funding each year, city officials say they know they must quickly turn their pledges into concrete action. Among the efforts expected or possible:
• Public Defender Jeff Adachi wants $5 million annually for his office to provide representation for people facing deportation — legal aid they are not currently guaranteed. He said he hopes to have a proposal before the Board of Supervisors in the next few weeks. Continue reading this article
The city’s Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to sort out whether the current coddling of illegal aliens should be changed following the shocking death of Kate Steinle last July at the hands of a five-times-deported criminal. Unsurprisingly, the supes only clarified the enormous extent to which illegal aliens, including convicted criminals, are protected in San Francisco: the supervisors specified that only defendants charged with a violent crime and convicted of a violent crime within the past seven years can be referred to ICE for deportation. That is a rather limited category, one that protects foreign criminals rather than public safety.
Fox New reported on the San Francisco supervisors’ decision:
MARTHA MCCALLUM: San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voting to uphold their so-called sanctuary city policy despite coming under fire this past year when 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a convicted felon who was living in the United States illegally, her accused killer protected by that controversial policy. Adam Housley, live in San Francisco where it seems like nothing is going to change because of all that. Good morning, Adam.
ADAM HOUSLEY: Yeah Martha, nothing’s going to change in that unanimously approved legislation which upholds the sanctuary city law. Remember the backlash, you touched on it, with Kate Steinle who was killed here last year. The man who she was killed by was wanted by ICE and was not turned over because of the sanctuary city law in San Francisco. Now what this measure does basically is it clarifies the protections available to illegal immigrants here, the measure calling for law enforcement officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE only if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years. That would be the only time city workers, including police officers, could disclose immigration status. Supervisor John Avalos sponsored the legislation.
JOHN AVALOS: What it would do is make sure that we’re very clear about who is responsible for any part of the workaround detaining people and notifying people, notifying ICE.
HOUSLEY: The San Francisco sheriff is resisting the limitation, says she wanted more say in the whole situation. She was elected here, of course, and would not necessarily have to follow this new city rule.
MCCALLUM: It’s got to make people think twice about the safety of that city, given what’s happened.
In addition, a Maryland sheriff made a convincing case that Obama’s disappearing enforcement has left the nation considerably more endangered by illegal alien criminals.
Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins of Frederick County warned that “Open border policies and failure to enforce our immigration laws have greatly impacted public safety in every community in America and cities are becoming war zones. Every single day, more Americans are becoming victims of avoidable crimes.”
Jenkins noted that his office has partnered with federal authorities on the 287(g) program since 2008 and it has been effective in identifying and removing illegal aliens criminals to better protect Americans in his jurisdiction. But clearly the extent of the administration’s border anarchy has made it hard for local law enforcement to keep up.
The sheriff further explained, “The criminal alien gang numbers are growing across the nation, and the serious crimes are increasing. There is also a direct nexus between the action on unaccompanied minors of two years ago and the increases we are seeing in gang crimes.”
What a surprise. Some were just pretending to be kids for all the easy freebies and others had existing gang affiliations. Plus there are no jobs for unskilled non-English-speaking kids (sometimes preliterate), making them perfect recruits for gangs. The care and feeding of Centrals was estimated to be in the billions of dollars, and that was without their being criminals. America is importing violent criminals and taxpayers are forced to pay for it.
Below, some of the hundreds of thousands of illegal alien Centrals who have been allowed to enter the United States.
You can read Sheriff Jenkins’ full statement to the committee here and watch the hearing at this link.
Chairman Trey Gowdy noted in his opening statement, “Surely we can all agree that protecting the public from violence and lawlessness is the pre-eminent function of government.” (If only the authorities followed that simple principle.)
Congressman Bob Goodlatte is Chair of the full Judiciary Committee and used his opening statement to review some facts about worsening illegal alien crime in America because of the administration’s permissive policies:
BOB GOODLATTE: I also want to express my deepest sympathy to the family members of Sarah Root and Joshua Wilkerson who were tragically killed by criminal aliens illegally present in the United States. Their mothers Michelle Root and Laura Wilkerson are here to share their stories under heartbreaking circumstances that no parent could be prepared for or should have to bear. Sarah Root was killed by an unlawful alien drunk driver less than three months ago. Only hours before her death she graduated from college with a 4.0 average and a degree in investigations. Tragically the Department of Homeland Security did not consider her killer an enforcement priority and did not issue a detainer for his arrest. As a result he posted a state bail bond and fled.
Joshua Wilkerson was tortured and murdered in 2010 by an alien who had overstayed his visa for eight years. The killer was arrested on a harassment charge only months before, but ICE did not seek to take custody. The district attorney who prosecuted the murder case couldn’t explain why ICE did not have an interest in him, despite the fact that ICE regularly reviewed the county jail roster,
Though these two young victims had unique life stories, their tragic deaths are linked by a common thread: they are two of the many innocent victims of the irresponsible policies of the Obama administration that promote the presence of dangerous criminal aliens in American communities. The American public has been misled by the enforcement priorities — deferred action and executive action — policies of this administration which categorize only certain quote unquote serious criminal aliens as worthy of immigration enforcement. However this administration’s actions demonstrate that it finds it acceptable to permit even serious criminal aliens to prey on our communities. The fact remains that illegal immigration has consequences. It is not a victimless crime, and for the families and friends of victims killed, maimed or otherwise hurt by aliens especially those who are illegally present, the consequences can be devastating. Continue reading this article
The parents of Kate Steinle appeared with their lawyer in a Tuesday news conference in front of San Francisco City Hall to announce a suit against the city and government agencies for failing to follow immigration law, negligence which led to the death of their daughter.
Below, the late Kate Steinle (left) and her parents Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan (right) with accused killer Francisco Sanchez (inset).
Here’s a few clips of the presser from AP:
Bill O’Reilly dedicated his opening segment to the Steinle case. He has proposed “Kate’s Law” to end such preventable crimes by severely increasing the punishment of deported felons who return to this country.
Liberal values in San Francisco are so extreme that elites believe it’s better to award special privileges to illegal aliens (because they are seen as victims) rather than protect public safety. SF libs think they are superior to the rest of us because they are on the side of the diverse downtrodden masses, even when they are criminals.
It’s good to see Jaxon Van Derbeken still writing on illegal aliens in San Francisco. In 2009 he won the Katz Award from the Center for Immigration Studies for his excellence in reporting the Bologna murders and the whole swamp of crazy sanctuary policy.
The parents of a San Francisco woman shot to death in July by an immigrant who was facing possible deportation filed legal claims Tuesday against the city and federal governments, saying their negligence led to her killing.
The chain of events that ended in Kathryn Steinle’s death began when a federal Bureau of Land Management agent left his gun in a backpack that someone stole out of the backseat of his car in San Francisco, said the claim filed on behalf of her parents, Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan of Livermore.
Within four days, the gun came into the hands of 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — a Mexican immigrant who would probably have been deported, Steinle’s parents say, had San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi not released him from jail without alerting federal officials.
Steinle’s killing brought national attention to San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies that, in many cases, discourage cooperation with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It also focused attention on whether law enforcement officials are doing enough to safeguard their guns from thieves — the Steinle case was one of three recently in the Bay Area in which unattended firearms were stolen from authorities’ cars.
Now, her slaying could result in lawsuits against the city, the Bureau of Land Management and ICE if, as is typically the case, officials reject the legal claims. The claims do not specify what damages the family is seeking. Continue reading this article
Jason Riley, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, is a big time amnesty enthusiast. But his recent piece pointed out a strong impetus for cities adopting sanctuary policies, namely the threat of an expensive lawsuit from leftist monsters like the ACLU. Some cities have been sued for cooperating with the feds to deport criminals because the ACLU says it is unlawful.
Riley appeared with Stuart Varney on Wednesday to explain.
Here is the part of Riley’s article that pertains to the ACLU lawsuits aimed at releasing dangerous alien criminals onto American streets:
If San Francisco had been more cooperative with federal authorities, Kate Steinle might still be alive.
[. . .]
This month the administration watered down Secure Communities, renamed it the Priority Enforcement Program, and promised local jurisdictions that the DHS would only issue detainers for felons or other perceived threats to public safety. This may help stem the growth of sanctuary cities and improve federal-local cooperation, but it’s no guarantee. Cities are also under pressure from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union which maintain that cooperating with the federal government on immigration enforcement is illegal.
Court rulings in Oregon and Pennsylvania last year went against local authorities who had detained arrestees for an additional period at the request of the DHS. In Oregon, a federal judge ruled that Clackamas County officials violated the rights of a woman arrested for ignoring a restraining order when they turned her over to DHS officials. The county settled the case by paying the woman $30,000 and picking up her court costs. In a Pennsylvania case involving a man arrested on drug charges, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that local authorities are not required to honor federal detainers. The man sued and was awarded $145,000 in damages and legal fees.
Other cities are taking note, said Mr. Rosenblum. “This local jurisdiction fear of lawsuits, there’s something to that. It’s a big issue, especially in the Ninth Circuit, where the Oregon case was. After that, you saw a big wave of California, Oregon and Washington state counties opting out.” [. . .]
The term “sanctuary city” has become a rallying cry for conservative Republicans seeking stiffer immigration laws. They characterize such places as havens where those in the country illegally are protected from immigration authorities.
The reality behind the phrase is that while some cities actively thumb their noses at federal immigration policies, many refuse to enforce them not because of any moral obligation to immigrants; they fear lawsuits.
Since the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a San Francisco pier allegedly by an immigrant who was released from jail even though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought to deport him for a sixth time, the debate over how to handle cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities has reached a feverish pitch.
On Thursday, House Republicans passed a bill aimed at punishing cities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities, which the White House threatened to veto. While the bill doesn’t specifically address the release of immigrants sought by federal authorities for deportation, the Republicans are pitching other legislation to do so.
The vote came after presidential hopeful Donald Trump attacked illegal immigration on the campaign trail.
While notably liberal San Francisco has openly declared itself a haven for all immigrants regardless of their legal status, some of the cities and counties that have stopped detaining immigrants for ICE are politically conservative and are not trying to shield residents from deportation. Continue reading this article
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