America’s Senator Jeff Sessions must have thought it was a good time to release more details about how poorly the government is doing its job of protecting the public from illegal alien criminals. The shrinking number of deportations is easy to grasp in the simple chart representing that last four years, plus the details behind the graph are included in an explanatory memo:
Background from the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest:
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deportations of aliens from the United States have decreased precipitously under the Obama Administration – particularly of those aliens from the interior of the United States. In FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 409,849 aliens from the United States, with 180,970 coming from the interior of the United States. In FY 2015, ICE removed 235,413 aliens, with only 69,478 coming from the interior.
Put differently, ICE removed nearly 43 percent fewer total aliens from the United States in FY 2015 than it did in FY 2012 – and nearly 62 percent fewer aliens from the interior of the United States. Continue reading this article
Below, masked men attempt to shut down a political conference of the AfD in Stuttgart.
The Russian broadcaster RT explained the arrests with its usual snark about sovereignty defenders.
CBN’s Dale Hurd interviewed Björn Höcke, one of the AfD leaders after his electoral success in March, and the politician reflected thoughtfully about how Germany’s current difficulty.
Dale Hurd: I assume that you think a big problem with the migrants coming into Germany is that they are Muslim?
Björn Höcke: Yes it’s a big problem. We are still a nation with a Christian imprint. Even though we have many atheists in Germany and in Europe, our values are from a Christian foundation. Islam is a religion that never reformed. It stayed in the Middle Ages. And I, living in Europe, don’t want to adjust myself to Islamic values from the Middle Ages. I’m of the solid conviction that we can’t take in millions of Muslims and integrate them into Germany and Europe.
The lefties squawk about the conservative AfD being nazi, but it’s the masked left-wingers who use violence to shut down legitimate speech, like restricting immigration.
How do anarchists imagine their idealized borderless world will operate? If sovereign democratic states are beaten down into diminished power, who will run the one-world society? Certainly the transnational business interests would move into the vacuum and become even stronger. Have anarchists thought this through?
German riot police on Saturday arrested around 400 protesters trying to block access to the congress of the right-wing populist AfD political party, as clashes broke out between party members and left-wing activists.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is meeting in the western city of Stuttgart, where it is expected to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto, emboldened by the rise of European anti-migrant groups like Austria’s Freedom Party.
The AfD congress comes a week after the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer sent shock waves through Austria’s political establishment by winning the first round of a presidential ballot.
Heavily-armoured riot police used pepper spray to hold off protesters, many dressed in black and masking their faces, as officers escorted AfD members into the congress hall. Continue reading this article
On Friday, President Obama remarked on his Facebook page that he would happily shred the Second Amendment by requiring all firearms have smart gun technology if it could save just one life:
OBAMA: Today, I want to update you on some important progress we’ve made to protect our communities from gun violence. As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one? We should be doing everything we can to save lives and spare families the pain and unimaginable loss too many Americans have endured.
If the President really cared about saving an American life or two, he might consider enforcing the border and immigration laws. Doing that would save many lives, not just one. Too many citizen lives have been lost to criminal illegal aliens because the government permits and arguably promotes the influx of dangerous foreigners.
Jamiel Shaw mentioned that the illegal alien killer was “on his third gun charge” plus “assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest.”
Seriously, killer Pedro Espinoza was a murder waiting to happen. He was violent while incarcerated so the authorities could see how dangerous he was first hand. He was a particularly violent character in jail where he acted as a gang enforcer. News reports say he was the aggressor in eight incidents while he was incarcerated, including attacks on other inmates. One officer testified at trial that Espinoza tried to fight him in the police interrogation room. Yet the alien was released onto Los Angeles streets where he shot young Jamiel Shaw III to death a day later.
An illegal alien criminal practically gets a license to practice in the US. Donald Trump is apparently the only presidential candidate who really understands the level of lawlessness that has been going on for years.
On Thursday, the House Oversight held a hearing, Criminals Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security. (You can watch the nearly six-hour hearing at the link as well as read the testimonies.) The first panel was a grilling of ICE Director Sarah Saldana, who proved that when the administration wants a dirty job done, it choses an incompetent diverse person. Saldana is a slippery liar, who flailed and changed the subject to deflect responsibility from herself. Interestingly, she supported the freeing of violent illegal alien criminals in a hearing just a year ago: ICE Director Defends Administration’s Mass Release of Criminal Aliens. Clearly, this administration’s opening jail cells for violent illegals is a policy, not a mistake. Apparently the increasing number of dead citizens is not too high a cost for turning America hispanic, or Democrat, or whatever the goal is.
Chairman Jason Chaffetz was still exasperated when he appeared on Fox with Greta van Susteren later in the day:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: The Obama administration under fire at a House hearing. The Department of Homeland Security has released thousands of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes on US soil, including some behind more than 200 murders.
(Hearing clip) CHAIRMAN JASON CHAFFETZ: You have somebody who commits homicide? Yes, we want them deported. That’s the law.
ICE DIRECTOR SARAH SALDANA: Then put it in the statute, sir.
CHAFFETZ: There’s a whole list of categories there that are a harm to public safety, including those that commit homicide that you went ahead and released anyway. And so that law is crystal clear. You are making these discretionary choices in releasing these people out in the public and they’re committing more crimes, and I don’t understand why you don’t deport them.
SALDANA: To sit there and say that those proud women and men of law enforcement in ICE are choosing to release criminals is absolutely unforgivable. I am very proud of representing those men and women. Many of them are former police officers, sheriff’s department members, and they do not go around trying to put criminals on the streets. (End hearing clip)
VAN SUSTEREN: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman who led today’s hearing Congressman Jason Chaffetz goes on the record. Very good evening sir. Okay, there are some people who are released who are criminals from prison, right?
CHAFFETZ: Eight-six thousand of them over a three-year period.
VAN SUSTEREN: Okay, who makes the decision to release and how do they pick and choose?
CHAFFETZ: Well it seems to be random, but everything from homicide to DUIs to assault to sexual battery to — I mean you name the violent crime — they have released them back out to the public, rather than either detaining them, or even better yet, deporting them
VAN SUSTEREN: These people have been arrested for these crimes and gotten sentences?
CHAFFETZ: They are here illegally, they committed a crime, they were convicted of that crime, they either served that time or they just released them back out in the public instead of actually saying, now that you’ve served your senior sentence your debt to the United States, we’re gonna send you back to the country from which you came — they don’t do that.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why don’t they do that?
CHAFFETZ: It’s ridiculous; there’s no acceptable answer. They tried to reprogram over $100,000,000 that the congress had, allocated for these deportations they wanted to get that money back rather than do it. There’s a minimum of 34,000 beds for these types of people. Yet the department only wants to house about 30,000, and what they’ve done is they’ve released them out on the streets. And more than 200 of those people that were in our detention, that had committed a crime were released back into the public and committed homicide. Continue reading this article
On Thursday, the feds arrested three family members of the San Bernardino jihadists (the Muslim couple who murdered 14 Americans for Allah last December). None of the charges against the three were terror-related, but instead were an assortment of immigration scams and fraud that allowed a nasty gaggle of foreigners to live here.
Below, mass murderer Syed Rizwan Farook (far left) and family members (from left to right): brother Syed Raheel Farook, brother-in-law Farhan Khan and mother Rafia Farook.
TUCKER CARLSON: It turns out we knew very little about this woman before letting her in. Did we try to learn more?
MICHAEL CUTLER: Well, we try but you know we keep hearing about the vetting process for refugees. In most cases, many of our visa programs have no vetting process. If you look at the K-1 program it has the highest approval rate or one of the highest approval rates because how do you screen this? This isn’t like marriage fraud. I did marriage fraud investigations and we’ve seen what terrorists have used marriage fraud and visa fraud — the 9/11 Commission talked about that by the way. But here you are talking about somebody going to immigration saying, I’m about to marry this person, I’ve never met them. Now they’re supposed to have met them within two years but if going to their countries so far away would impose a hardship or if their religious beliefs don’t require a face-to-face meeting you could bring someone in literally sight unseen. How do you make certain that this is legitimate?
The following video report does a decent job of explaining the relationships, starting with the Farook brothers, the deceased shooter being Syed Rizwan and the brother arrested today being Syed Raheel. The non-shooter brother married Tatiana Farook, a Russian woman, for her immigration convenience and her sister Mariya married the doofus neighbor, Enrique Marquez, who supplied the murder weapons and planned another jihad attack with Rizwan that never took place. Marquez has been awaiting trial and could do serious time.
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com/AP) — Three people with close family ties to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded not guilty in an alleged marriage-fraud scheme.
The defendants were arrested Thursday morning during two raids in Corona and Ontario. They are 31-year-old Syed Raheel Farook, his 31-year-old wife, Tatiana, and her 26-year-old sister, Mariya Chernykh.
The trio pleaded not guilty in federal court in Riverside Thursday afternoon. All three were released on bail. Bond was set at $25,000 for Raheel, $35,000 for his wife and $50,000 for Chernykh.
A federal grand jury issued a five-count indictment against the accused Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to the indictment, the three defendants carried out a marriage fraud conspiracy to obtain immigration benefits for Chernykh, who allegedly entered into a sham marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr.
Marquez is charged with providing assault rifles to Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2. He is also charged with conspiring with Rizwan Farook on two previously planned attacks that were never carried out. Continue reading this article
Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??
Self-driving trucking is moving ahead briskly. The main article linked below notes that a convoy of self-driving trucks recently crossed Europe, which leaves out important details. The trucks were connected wirelessly, as part of the 2016 European Truck Platooning Challenge. The event was a test of the platooning concept, meaning the vehicles were following in a close line to save fuel and the lead truck had an active driver:
Michael Kropp typically spends his days behind the wheel of a big, freight-hauling truck, navigating the high-speed curves, offramps, and stop-and-go traffic typical of European highways. On a recent trip to Rotterdam, he was able to relax and take in the sights. Kropp was one of about 30 drivers participating in a test of a new automated driving technology called platooning, which links trucks via Wi-Fi, GPS, sensors, and cameras so they can travel semiautonomously behind one another. The leading rig dictates speed and direction, while the rest automatically steer, accelerate, and brake in a closely spaced convoy. [. . .]
Although driverless cars grab headlines, it may take decades before truly autonomous vehicles rule the road. In the meantime, semiautomated convoys can help manufacturers hone the technology while cutting emissions and fuel consumption, says Anders Kellström, who managed Volvo’s test run to Rotterdam. “Platooning is one of the first steps toward automated driving,” he says. “The technology is mature.”
Eventually, the passive drivers in the convoy will disappear and the group of trucks will be semi-autonomous with one human driver in charge. That will likely be the next step.
This video shows the platooning concept:
The following article is useful because it names some of the costs and savings in dollar amounts. These are the facts the trucking company owners are considering. Naturally they believe that someone else will provide jobs for Americans so they can purchase goods being transported by truck.
A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.
Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks.
Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost.
And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology, allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains. Continue reading this article
Mexico’s beautiful west coast city of Acapulco used to be a safe and pleasant place for Americans to vacation. In fact, Hollywood produced a film in 1963 titled “Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley that was practically a travel ad.
The Pacific city of Acapulco remained gripped by fear Tuesday with thousands of businesses and many schools shuttered following two brazen attacks on federal authorities — the latest round of bloodshed in the city’s long fall from storied vacation paradise to Mexico’s murder capital.
Gov. Hector Astudillo of Guerrero state pleaded for a return to “normalcy” after Sunday night’s attacks by suspected drug gangs on a police station and a hotel that housed federal police.
The attacks were apparently reprisals for the arrest Saturday of Fredy del Valle, alias “El Burro,” head of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, the governor said.
Though the casualties were limited to one dead attacker and a wounded policeman, prolonged gunfire transformed several blocks into a war zone and left residents in a state of shock. City streets, including the Costera Miguel Aleman beach side road, were largely deserted Tuesday amid fears that violence could erupt again. Continue reading this article
Our narco-neighbor to the south is in a regular tizzy about Donald Trump for reminding Americans of what a lawless hellhole it is and why keeping them out with a wall is a good idea. Like many a useless government, the first move was to think “image makeover” rather than deal with actual problems.
On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh noticed the Mexican squirming:
RUSH: Look at this headline. I mean, there’s all kinds of little nuggets out there. “Driven Up the Wall by Trump, Mexico Looks to Recast Image in US.” This is a Reuters story. Why, some might say whatever Trump is doing is already getting results. Page two of this story: Mexican officials say that Republicans told them they will take care of Trump.
Let’s see what this story has to say here. “At first, Mexico’s government did its best to ignore Donald Trump. Then it likened him to Adolf Hitler. Now it has appointed a new ambassador to come up with a better plan. Fed up with the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination labeling Mexico as a cradle of drug-runners, job poachers and rapists, the government is sending in respected diplomat Carlos Sada to lead a fightback.
“Mexico’s new ambassador in Washington, Sada acknowledges his country has neglected its image across the border and aims to fix that with PR and media campaigns, and by lobbying prominent US companies, lawmakers and civic leaders.” (continues)
Meanwhile, Meheeco has more serious problems than accurate trashtalk. An international panel just handed in a disturbing report about the 43 missing college students who went missing in 2014 (something I reported at the time: Mexico: 43 Disappeared Students Highlight Deep-Seated Lawlessness). The upshot is that a brutal mass murder happened, but the government blocked the panel’s investigation to determine details.
This video report seems to have pertinent facts — which remain sketchy even after two years of investigations:
Here are a few headlines from the last couple days:
Political correctness represses much of the truth about Mexico — that it is a barbaric and violent society where 43 students can be murdered with no government accountability or even explanation. Donald Trump is the least of Mexico’s problems and his mention of Mexican alien crimes only skims the surface of the rot.
In a move around the standard refugee settlement process in America, the United Nations and the administration are scheming to find other ways to boost the number of Syrians entering the country, from 10,000 this year to possibly 200,000.
U.S. officials, meeting with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, joined in a project that looks to “alternative safe pathways” to setting Syrian refugees in America and Europe that include pushing colleges and universities to offer tuition programs and encouraging Syrians already in the country to open their homes to those who’ve fled the war-torn Middle East nation.
The plan already has one victory. Last week, the University of Southern California revealed that it is offering five free tuition programs for Syrian refugees, including one in the school’s journalism program. Continue reading this article
It doesn’t bode well for America’s national security when even a backward Somali can figure out that the southern border is a practically a welcome mat for an ambitious jihad gangster. The was the upshot of a recent story from Minnesota where some of the local Somalis are charged with partnering with ISIS to smuggle jihadists through welcoming Mexico north to attack the hated American infidels.
Tucker Carlson and Ralph Peters discussed the case a couple days ago:
TUCKER CARLSON: Four Minnesota residents from a local Somalian community outside Minneapolis will be on trial next month for conspiring with ISIS plotting to carry out possible attacks here in the US. According to federal prosecutors, one of those accused terrorists, Gulec Ali Omar, even conceived a plan to route foreign fighters across the US-Mexican border. All this comes as FBI director James Comey warned of a possible Brussels-style attack in America within the next two years. Watch this:
FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: We stare at what happened in Brussels and imagine it is our future that we have to work against; that it could be that the threat they’re facing on the continent, increasingly here in the UK, is the threat that we could face two years from now. And we talk a lot, plan a lot, work a lot against that possibility.
CARLSON: It’s an ominous warning, and joining us now with his reactions, Fox News strategic analyst, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters. Colonel, great to see you tonight. Minneapolis yet again the site of an FBI investigation into terrorism. Something has changed in Minneapolis. Whatever happened to Minneapolis nice or Minnesota nice? It didn’t used to be the locus of terror plots. Why is it now?
RALPH PETERS: Well among other things, our immigration policy is so utterly screwed up. How we not only brought in Somalis in very large numbers, we ghettoized them. We allow them to congregate in one area where they don’t have to learn English, they don’t learn American values, they’re subject to hate preachers, most radical forms of Islam, and it’s a little Somalia within the United States.
CARLSON: But for years we brought Scandinavians into Minneapolis and they congregated together and lived in their own neighborhoods and spoke Swedish and Danish and they didn’t plotting terror attacks. What’s the difference?
PETERS: Well they did clog our arteries with a lot of cheese. But very seriously, it really comes down to culture. Scandinavians came over here from European culture. Traditionally, European culture has been our culture and its American derivative. And to be fair, most Muslims have done a fair job of integrating. Some of the Iranian Americans have done a great job. But the Somalis were undereducated or uneducated, practiced a very primitive form of Islam, and again they didn’t get dispersed, they didn’t have to integrate and that’s a fundamental problem.
But Tucker, back to the basic thrust of this story that terrorists are going to be coming across the Mexican border — they’re certainly going to try and keep trying to come through airports, they’ll keep trying to come across the Canadian border because the terrorists desperately want to hit us. (Continues)
Speaking of Somali immigration — certainly one of the most wrong-headed government policies ever — WND recently published a very informative graph that well shows the extent of the problem that has continued in a substantial fashion through three administrations:
Six years ago Bernardino Hernandez boarded a plane to Mexico City with not much — his high school yearbook, a printer and his college copy of “Thomas More’s Magician,” a novel about creating a utopian community in 16th century Mexico.
He had recently graduated from UC Davis, but he felt limited by his lack of legal status in the United States. Hernandez was 21 years old and unsure whether he’d ever reach his potential in a country that he’d called home since he was a toddler but that now wouldn’t allow him to work legally.
Before he departed, his disapproving father gave him $1,000 in cash but warned him, “I won’t pay for a coyote to bring you back.”
Though he gave up on his American dream in the U.S., he is now living it in Mexico.
Hernandez, 27, is at the helm of a translation company he launched last fall, leading a team of 15 linguists who offer services in nearly two dozen languages to multiple businesses, including eight transnational companies. Continue reading this article
This National Security Agency map shows a red dot for every successful computer intrusion by China over the past five years — nearly 700 with computer attacks in every state but North Dakota. The northeast corner from Washington to New York is a massive blob red and intrusions are clustered around California’s Silicon Valley, the aerospace regions in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California’s defense industrial base.
Below, the Chinese Baidu company’s self-driving car.
The recent Reuters report about ChiCom self-driving cars observes that the People’s Republic could be advantaged by its “regulatory structure” — does that mean fewer lawyers and less supervision regarding safety? The PRC certainly benefits by operating more pollution-spewing industries, unencumbered by annoying environmental regulations which enable the Chinese to manufacture more cheaply than America. (Funny how transnational trade deals never include the pollution factor.) Even the upbeat Reuters report noted China’s “choking air pollution.”
In the race to develop self-driving cars, the United States and Europe lead in technology, but China is coming up fast in the outside lane with a regulatory structure that could put it ahead in the popular adoption of autonomous cars on its highways and city streets.
A draft roadmap for having highway-ready, self-driving cars within 3-5 years and autonomous vehicles for urban driving by 2025 could be unveiled as early as this year, said Li Keqiang, an automotive engineering professor at Tsinghua University who chairs the committee drafting the plan. The panel is backed by the powerful Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The draft will set out technical standards, including a common language for cars to communicate with each other and infrastructure, and regulatory guidelines – a unified framework that contrasts with a patchwork of state laws and standards in the United States.
Without coordination, that patchwork could hold back the development of self driving cars in the U.S., David Strickland, a former safety chief for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said at an event in Beijing this month.
China’s top-down approach could see it overtake the U.S. and Europe, where automakers have generally been left to agree among themselves on industry standards. A push for self-driving and electric cars also fits with Beijing’s shift to an economy driven by high-tech and consumer industries rather than heavy industry and low-end manufacturing.
“If we can convince the government that every company, every car on the road must use this (single standard) … then there is a chance China can beat the rest of the world” to the widespread use of self-driving cars, said Li Yusheng, head of Chongqing Changan Automobile’s autonomous drive program.
China is ripe for the advent of self-driving cars. It’s the world’s biggest autos market and is blighted by choking air pollution, traffic congestion and often erratic driving. More than 200,000 people die each year in road accidents, according to World Health Organisation estimates. Continue reading this article
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