Dale Hurd’s recent interview with the Dutch freedom fighter Geert Wilders got personal about the sacrifices made to speak honestly about the danger of Islam to Western civilization. Wilders has lived like a prisoner for the last 10 years, starting with the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim assassin on an Amsterdam street after the artist criticized Islam. Police thought the outspoken Wilders might be next and arrived at his home, informing him he had three minutes to leave.
Such is the life of a well known critic of Islam and Muslim immigration — living in safe houses with 24/7 police protection.
Hurd asks whether it has been worth the personal cost to live with a target on his back. Wilders answers that the price has indeed been high, but the truth must be told about Islam’s threat to Western freedoms. He wishes more people would do it.
Hated by millions and marked for death, Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders is one of the most controversial politicians in the world.
Wilders believes the religion of Islam is violent and dangerous, and because he has said so, publicly and persistently, he has had to forfeit a normal life. November 4 marks exactly 10 years Wilders has lived under police protection.
It began with the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who had made a film attacking Islam. Van Gogh was murdered by a Moroccan Muslim on the streets of Amsterdam after the film was made.
Dutch police believed Wilders might be in the next victim and showed up at his door.
Geert Wilders: They were wearing machine guns and bullet proof vests and I said, “Hey, what is happening?” And they said, “We don’t know what is happening but you have to leave now, in three minutes.”
I just took some shirts and we went away and I didn’t know where we went, where we would go. The police didn’t even know. We changed cars and we ended up in an army barrack. And since then, 10 years ago, I have not been home.
It’s something you don’t wish your worst enemy to experience. It’s not only the threats. It’s the fact that you lose your freedom, your privacy. My wife and I lived for a few months in a prison cell, a prison cell in Zeist where the Lockerbie suspects used to be imprisoned. Nowadays we have safe houses. I live in a safe house provided by the state.
Dale Hurd: Do you every wonder if you made a mistake? Has this been worth it?
Wilders: I am sure I made no mistake. I make mistakes every day. I’m just human. I am full of mistakes. But to speak the truth about Islam, as I see it, and as the reality, is not a mistake. I wish many people did it.
I understand why few people do it because the price is very high. Besides the death threats you get from average people, from Islamic dissent, from organizations like al Qaeda or the Taliban, also a lot of people label as a “bigot” or a “racist” or an “extremist” – they try to hurt you in any possible way.
You are sued as I have been, and will be again, by a criminal court or by another court. They will sue you, they will threaten you, and they will label you.
So, I understand, it’s not very attractive to speak out against the dark forces of Islam, to be proud of our own values and identity, which I believe are based on Christianity and Judaism and humanism and not about Islam. And you pay a very high price, so I understand why people don’t do it.
But people should do it and what has happened with the Islamic State nowadays in the last few months has opened the eyes of so many people, so I hope it will change.
Hurd: You never wished you had done something else to have a normal life?
Wilders: No. I wish I had a normal life, yes. I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that my most important wish is to lead a normal life. But even more important than that is to fight Islam, to fight for our freedom, the freedom of our society, to be proud of who we are.
And I really strongly believe that Islam is dangerous, Islam is violent, Islam wants to dominate and not assimilate in our societies. And our countries, our free societies will change. And Christians, Jews, apostates – we will be the first ones to pay a price if Islam gets its way in our free societies. Continue reading this article
With the vital mid-term elections coming up on Tuesday, the frequency of voter fraud has been a worrying sidebar. But we shouldn’t be surprised, given the enormous illegal alien population that has grown in its numbers and sense of entitlement.
It’s crazy to work hard for worthy candidates and spend billions of dollars in elections when illegal aliens can steal away the true results.
Rather than being a rare event, voter fraud is apparently far more common than any of us would care to contemplate. A recent item from the Washington Post (Could non-citizens decide the November election?) noted the research of two Old Dominion University professors that suggested voter fraud by non-Americans could be determinative.
Below, only four states requires proof of citizenship to register to vote.
At Fox News, reporter Eric Shawn has been covering voting integrity. A recent report showed a couple mug shots of voter fraudsters, a nice touch.
When Hans von Spakovsky wrote about the problem this week in the WSJ, he emphasized the source of the problem — extremist liberal groups like the ACLU that fight against policies that protect vote honesty:
[. . .] Unfortunately, we can’t know [the likelihood that your vote won’t count]. But one thing is almost certain: Voter fraud will occur. Many states run a rickety election process, lacking rules to deter people who are looking to take advantage of the system’s porous security. And too many groups and individuals—including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder —are doing everything they can to prevent states from improving the integrity of the election process.
Their refrain is that voter fraud either doesn’t exist or is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done to improve ballot security. Yet in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling that upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged “flagrant examples of such fraud” throughout the nation’s history and observed that “not only is the risk of voter fraud real” but also that “it could affect the outcome of a close election.”
Polling shows that the November general election will likely have many close races, particularly on the local level. Nothing new there. In 2014, 16 local races in Ohio were decided by one vote or through breaking a tie. In 2013, 35 local races in Ohio were that close.
Voting by noncitizens alone could swing such races. A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, found that 6.4% of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2% voted in the 2010 midterms. Continue reading this article
Don’t be surprised if you are welcomed to an Orchard Supply Hardware Store by a robot ready to direct your shopping to the right aisle. Just show the replacement part needed to the machine’s screen and the OSHbot will escort you to the correct spot.
An addition, the robot celebrates diversity by speaking Spanish, so immigrants will find another disincentive to assimilate linguistically (which Americans expect of newbies).
If you happen to find yourself in a Orchard Supply Warehouse in Northern California this November, don’t be alarmed if you are approached by a large LCD screen on wheels, especially when it talks to you. Lowe’s will introduce new robot shopping assistants at a trial location later next month and claims this is the first robot to inhabit such a role in a retail environment. Lowe’s, which acquired Orchard Supply Hardware last year, has dubbed the new assistants the ‘OHSbot,’ as they will be making their debut in an OSH location.
If all goes according to plan, the OSHbots will welcome customers as they enter stores and ask if they can help them find anything in particular. The robots will be able to provide details on items in the store and will also walk–er, wheel customers to the exact location of the item(s) they’re looking for.
The OSHbots stand five feet tall and are made of white plastic. They feature two screens, one on the front and back of the robot, and can even allow customers to video conference with store associates. OSHbots will also be able to scan an item a customer has in their hands utilizing a 3-D scanner built-in to the robots’ bodies. Oh yeah, and they can also speak Spanish. Pretty neat. Continue reading this article
In Tuesday’s program, he reminded viewers that a deported alien who returns is committing a felony and may receive up to two years in the slammer. (See Findlaw.com’s post “Illegal Reentry into the U.S. after Removal: Crime and Punishment”.) However, jail for the crime of reentry almost never happens. There are laws on the books to protect the populace, but the government will not enforce them.
Isn’t public safety the top job of government?
BILL O’REILLY: In 2013, 60 percent of all the people ICE deported had been deported at least one time before — 60 percent. In that year alone, 2013, at least 220,000 aliens had multiple deportations. However, there are only 20,000 aliens currently incarcerated for immigration offenses, a fraction of those with multiple deportations, proving once again the feds will not enforce the law to its full extent.
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies appeared with O’Reilly to discuss details of the case and also wrote an article examining the ways in which the government once again failed to protect the public from dangerous foreign criminals.
The man accused in Friday’s horrific killing and carjacking spree near Sacramento, Calif., which resulted in the deaths of two sheriff’s deputies and the wounding of two others, is a citizen of Mexico who was deported twice previously, but who apparently has been living in the United States for more than a decade.
Thanks to fingerprint sharing made possible by ICE’s Secure Communities program (which DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has indicated he wants to scale back), authorities were able to quickly determine that the man arrested had given them an alias. ICE has issued a statement saying that the accused is Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, and that he was deported in 1997 after a conviction in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale, and again in 2001.
Unfortunately, the Secure Communities identification system seems to be the only part of our immigration system that has worked properly against this violent criminal.
According to news accounts, after he illegally re-entered the country after deportation, Monroy-Bracamonte lived and worked for years in Arizona, where he married Janelle Marquez Monroy-Bracamonte, reported to be a U.S. citizen. At some point they moved to the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, which is notably more hospitable to illegal residents. While working as a house painter and lawn mower there, Monroy-Bracamonte apparently racked up more than 10 misdemeanor traffic offenses and citations between 2003 and 2009 under an alias. In addition, he reportedly had a record of one traffic ticket and three small claims court filings for debt in his real name, also in Utah.
Had these offenses occurred in Arizona or other places where local law enforcement agencies are encouraged (and required in Arizona since 2012) to look into the identity and immigration status of lawbreakers, Monroy-Bracamonte might have come to the attention of local police and ICE a long time ago. But Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has said such policies are “ridiculous” and “you actually increase crime when you enforce these kinds of laws.” Who looks ridiculous now? Chief Burbank also has been active with a (very small) group of police chiefs lobbying against immigration enforcement and for amnesty.
Monroy-Bracamonte appears not to be your average illegal worker off on a weekend road trip with his wife. They were quite well armed for their trip to Sacramento, packing an AR-15 assault rifle and at least two pistols. Monroy-Bracamonte killed Sacramento County deputy Danny Oliver by shooting him in the forehead as he approached their car, which was parked in the lot of a Motel 6 that is notorious for criminal activity, and where they were registered as guests. They led officers on a six-hour chase, during which Monroy-Bracamonte killed detective Michael David Davis, Jr., and wounded two others before officers used tear gas to smoke him out of hiding in a house in Auburn, Calif.
The average mind may seize up like a motor without oil when faced with some of the insanely stupid policies put forward by the administration. The most expensive and nonsensical in a while is the proposal to bring highly infective ebola patients from Africa to be treated in the United States. It’s actually against the law to grant a visa to an infectious non-citizen into the country, but the administration is unconcerned with protecting America’s public health.
You really cannot make this stuff up: there’s a deadly plague, so let’s bring it to America.
In the Fox News clip following, reporter Adam Housley remarked about the high level of officials who are planning to import ebola:
This State Department memo has seen by Nancy Powell, the ambassador to India. She is leading Ebola coalition for the Department of State. Also seen potentially by Pat Kennedy Undersecretary for Management you might remember the name from some of the Benghazi decision that were made. It’s basically been cleared by the highest levels of the State Department. So when we hear in briefings that there has been no plan as far as the State Department knows they may not be telling the truth or may not be communicating with each other. This apparently has been seen at some of the highest levels.
Also in the video, former UN Ambassador John Bolton remarked, “This is about the worst idea dealing with ebola I can think of.” Greta van Susteren found the proposed policy “so profoundly stupid.”
And apart from the danger of spreading disease, what about the cost to taxpayers at a time when healthcare for Americans is becoming more expensive and harder to find? Ebola Tom Duncan (pictured) cost the taxpayers $500,000 for nine days of intense medical care.
What’s the plan here? Some of the talk has been about NGO people, medics — that sort — being the persons to be rescued, but not including the poorest Africans will bring charges of racism, so lots of them will have to be part of the mix.
Will the Africans who recover be allowed to remain as immigrants? Will there be an Ebola Visa, courtesy of President Obama?
The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.
Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.
“The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.
More than 10,000 people have become infected with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the U.S. has taken a lead role in arguing that the outbreak must be stopped in West Africa. President Obama has committed thousands of U.S. troops and has deployed American medical personnel, but other countries have been slow to follow. Continue reading this article
It’s not exactly news that young Somali men are trooping over to Islam territory to kill infidels and other Muslims not deemed sufficiently pure by the jihadists with guns. Starting around 2007, a couple dozen Somalis returned to their homeland to pursue jihad. In 2008, Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from Minneapolis’ Roosevelt High School, became the first suicide bomber from the US in Somalia when he blew up dozens in Mogadishu.
Styles change however, and now the cool killers are the ISIS bunch that performs Islamic beheading ultraviolence and then broadcasts it online using social media.
Below, American journalist James Foley was beheaded in August and the video was seen around the world, to the delight of Allah’s gangsters and aspiring psycho-killers.
Anyway, jihad investigator Eric Stakelbeck paid a recent visit to Minneapolis to see how the local Somali urge to kill infidels is playing out. Increasing numbers of Somalis are leaving town to join ISIS so it’s clear that efforts of authorities to dissuade them have not been successful.
MINNEAPOLIS — Islamic State has engaged in a reign of terror across the Middle East, raping, pillaging, and beheading its way to a new caliphate.
Now a growing number of U.S. citizens are leaving America to join the brutal ISIS army. These recruits are being radicalized on U.S. soil and they may eventually return home.
It’s hard to imagine America’s heartland as a breeding ground for terrorism. Yet when news emerged that two U.S. citizens had been killed in Syria fighting alongside ISIS, the path led back to, of all places, Minnesota.
The two men were part of a growing number of young Muslims from Minneapolis and St. Paul who have answered the call of jihad (“holy” war).
At least a dozen young Muslims from the Twin Cities area have left their homes to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS. Some of them worshipped at the al-Farooq Mosque in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis.
An Egyptian-American man allegedly recruited young Somali Muslims from the mosque and helped send them to Syria.
Mosque officials say they banned Amir Meshal earlier this year when they learned he was preaching jihad. The suspected terror recruiter remains at large.
“There is an organization that makes this happen,” former sheriff Bob Fletcher told CBN News. “But usually there is one principal person that I call ‘the Guide’ that can take this person in this ideological state and guide them to Syria or wherever it might be.” Continue reading this article
In these pages, I have discussed some of the numerous cases in which full blown war criminals have been admitted to America as immigrants and refugees, usually because of sloppy or non-existent background checks.
But following the Second World War, the US government started to notice German talent and purposely welcomed known Nazis to America. The most famous was Werner von Braun, who designed the V-2 rockets that bombed London and later become a NASA star who was instrumental in engineering America’s moon landing program.
In fact, Operation Paperclip brought over 1500 German scientists to the United States, some number of whom did not pass Truman’s requirement that they not be Nazis.
In a new book, The Nazis Next Door, the focus is on the US government’s recruitment of 1,000 Nazi spies for the Cold War struggle against the Soviet Union. As a reward for spying, the government allowed a number Nazis to live in the United States. According to the Times article, 16 Nazis were known to be admitted to the US as of 1980, but it’s unclear whether that is the total number. Maybe you have to read the book to learn how many.
Below, in 1955, the former commander of the Vilnius branch of the Lithuanian Security Police, Aleksandras Lileikis, emigrated to the USA, where he obtained citizenship, which was stripped from him 1996 because of war crimes. The picture is his 1976 naturalization photo.
America — home of diverse war criminals from around the world! I feel so enriched.
WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.
At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.
The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”
And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.
Evidence of the government’s links to Nazi spies began emerging publicly in the 1970s. But thousands of records from declassified files, Freedom of Information Act requests and other sources, together with interviews with scores of current and former government officials, show that the government’s recruitment of Nazis ran far deeper than previously known and that officials sought to conceal those ties for at least a half-century after the war.
In 1980, F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States.
The bureau balked at a request from prosecutors for internal records on the Nazi suspects, memos show, because the 16 men had all worked as F.B.I. informants, providing leads on Communist “sympathizers.” Five of the men were still active informants. Continue reading this article
But the Wall Street Journal says McDonalds will move toward “technology. . . to order and pay for food digitally.” That means some sort of touchscreen gizmo that takes that takes orders, like the tablet shown below:
Tablets that take orders are already in use and aren’t as big an investment as robot burger cooks — Chili’s had 45,000 tablets in its restaurants as of January. But McDonald’s certainly must see the mechanized future of fast food and is planning accordingly for more advanced devices. Other food chains are taking notice as well that there are other choices besides of raising employee wages.
McDonald’s moves to automate orders to reduce worker costs.
If there’s a silver lining for McDonald’s in Tuesday’s dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast-food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy. The world’s largest restaurant company reported a 30% decline in quarterly profits on a 5% drop in revenues. Problems under the golden arches were global—sales were weak in China, Europe and the United States.
So even one of the world’s most ubiquitous consumer brands cannot print money at its pleasure. This may be news to liberal pressure groups that have lately been demanding that government order the chain known for cheap food to somehow pay higher wages.
Unions have made McDonald’s a particular target of their campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage and have even protested at corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The pressure was enough to cause CEO Don Thompson this summer to capitulate and endorse President Obama’s call to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour from $7.25. Many states have already enacted wage floors above the federal minimum. Continue reading this article
On Friday, a Mexican man and his wife engaged in a six-hour crime spree that began when Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver approached a car he thought suspicious. The Mexican, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, shot Oliver and fled the scene, later shooting two other deputies, killing one, and wounding a motorist.
Now we learn that the accused shooter had been deported twice and has a long rap sheet. The case demonstrates the unwillingness of the government to secure the borders and workplaces. Plus, deportation cannot be the only punishment when criminals continue to return: we need substantial prison sentences to convince foreign bad guys that American opportunities for crime are not worth the risk.
Below, Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, left, and Placer County sheriff’s Det. Michael David Davis Jr. were murdered on Friday.
In the video below, Tucker Carlson opined that the Obama administration is unwilling to enforce even the most basic immigration laws because it hopes that the lowlifes will be enthusiastic Democrat voters. A recent study found that non-citizen voting can affect the outcome of elections.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ purposeful lawlessness has deadly consequences.
The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff’s deputies Friday, killing two, was deported twice and has a criminal record, federal officials said late Saturday.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said that the fingerprints of the suspected shooter match those of a man named Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. Monroy-Bracamonte was initially deported to Mexico in 1997 after being convicted of drug possession in Arizona. Four years later, he was arrested and deported again for an unspecified offense.
“The fingerprints were the basis for our request for an immigration detainer,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told The Associated Press. The detainer requests that local authorities transfer him to federal custody after his case is adjudicated so ICE can purse his deportation, Kice said.
The suspect initially identified himself as Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City. He is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. The suspect’s wife, Janelle Marquez-Monroy, was also arrested Friday and charged with carjacking and attempted murder.
Investigators spent Saturday at the multiple crime scenes “trying to kind of sort through the chaos so we can methodically rebuild this,” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said.
The shootings began when Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in the forehead with an assault rifle at close range as he checked out a suspicious car in a motel parking lot. Continue reading this article
NPR had a segment the other day about a new film about immigrants and their search for the American dream. Immigrants love to go on about themselves.
In this case, it’s the Chinese tribe, which statistically has done better than most, given their Confucian values of hard work, delayed gratification and scholarship. Over half of Asians in the US have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared Americans as a whole with 28 percent and 9.1 percent of Mexican immigrants.
Anyway, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has co-directed a film about Chinese gangs smuggling illegal Chinese immigrants. Americans got an eyeful of what the gangsters were up to when the Golden Venture cargo ship appeared near the New York coast in 1993 and disgorged hundreds of illegal Chinese onto the shore. The film reflects some of the themes from that event.
More criminal diversity for America — let’s celebrate with some Hollywood violence!
Thousands of Chinese immigrants took to the seas in the 1980s and 1990s. Many stowed away on cargo ships, spending months on voyages to America organized by Chinese-American gangs in New York.
The new film Revenge of the Green Dragons tells the true story of one of those gangs. Produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, it stars Harry Shum, Jr., best known for his TV role on Glee. In the movie, Shum plays Paul Wong, the ruthless leader of the Green Dragons. It’s a Queens-based Chinese-American gang that smuggles heroin and traffics Chinese immigrants desperate to chase their American dreams.
“A dishwasher here works like a slave. But he has hope. He can dream of something better,” Paul explains to one of his young recruits in the film. “A fisherman in China, he’ll never be anything but a fisherman in China.”
‘A Land For Opportunists’ The real-life Green Dragons exploited the hopes and fear of unauthorized immigrants as they terrorized the Asian-American community of Queens during the 1980s and ’90s. Their crimes were chronicled in a 1992 article by Fredric Dannen in The New Yorker magazine, which served as the movie’s source material. The film’s co-director and writer Andrew Loo say he was inspired by these gritty stories of surviving in America.
“It wasn’t just a street movie. It wasn’t just a gang movie,” he says. “It actually dealt with this whole fantasy of moving to the West for economic opportunity. I think what our film ultimately says is it’s become more a land for opportunists.” Continue reading this article
Has any conservative talking head on Fox News ever suggested that Muslim immigration be halted? If so, I never saw it. By comparison, SunTV’s Michael Coren (who has lived in the Middle East) asked that politically incorrect question generally to the audience and directly to VDARE.com’s Peter Brimelow.
The result was a discussion about multiculturalism, cultural disintegration and the intention of the elites to “elect (import) a new people” more to their liking.
Coren observed, “Many people are saying look at the countries of origin of potential immigrants. And if these countries are used to sharia law and Islamic triumphalism, maybe they can’t adapt to United States or Canada or Europe.”
Brimelow responded, “In the 1920’s the Americans imposed an immigration law that established a national origins system that discriminated in favor of people who came from the place most Americans had come. In 1960’s they decided it was very bad and discriminatory and they abolished it. What subsequent experience has shown is national origins actually do matter, in all kinds of ways, not just shooting soldiers, but also in academic performance and so on. People from different counties do differently… The interesting thing about this case is that the Muslim community in Canada has reached a critical mass where it actually refuses to assimilate… there’s a certain critical mass where you see reverse assimilation taking place.”
Here’s another recent item with Coren, interviewing security expert David Harris, where the focus is on how the police are reaching the limits of staff who can keep track of the hostile Muslims thought to be terror threats. Harris recommends immigration to Canada be reduced to a manageable few tens of thousands annually.
Stats are being toted up at the end of FY 2014, one being the number of dead illegal alien border crossers. The press is celebrating that fact that the number of corpses for last year was the lowest in 15 years. One reason given is that invaders now know to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents in south Texas rather than face the dangers of the Arizona desert. Another reason cited for improvement is “increased rescue efforts.”
Even so, 307 foreigners died trying to break in to America last year. If they had stayed home they would still be alive.
The AP report included a photo of a Border Patrol rescue of an alien, apparently to emphasize the desired behavior of border officers.
The Border Patrol’s main job is to arrest illegal crossers, as shown below, or at least it used to be.
One gets the impression that protecting America from dangerous foreigners is no longer a top priority in Washington.
The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.
The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.
The Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.
Arizona has long been the most dangerous border region because of triple-digit temperatures, rough desert terrain and the sheer volume of immigrants coming in to the state from Mexico. But more immigrants are now entering through Texas and not Arizona, driven by a surge of people from Central America.
The Tucson and Rio Grande Valley both saw their numbers of deaths decline from 2013, although Arizona’s drop was more precipitous.
Border enforcement officials say the lower numbers are in part due to increased rescue efforts as well as a Spanish-language media campaign discouraging Latin Americans from walking across the border. Continue reading this article
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