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Arizona lawman calls Obama deportation statistics bogus

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

This is article 423 of 426 in the topic Immigration

During an interview with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto on Friday, the man known by many as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” said he believes that the Obama administration’s claim that more people in the U.S. illegally have been deported than ever before since President Barack Obama took office is a deceptive claim.

More than 30 percent of the suspects detained in his jails on criminal charges were arrested before and his office turned them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation, according to Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In fact, ICE agents have been up-in-arms over the Obama White House’s handling of criminal aliens, according to an Examiner news report.

The Arizona lawman also told Cavuto that the Obama administration isn’t being completely honest with American citizens on the illegal immigration, criminal aliens, and how they are being being handled by the federal government.

“One of two things is happening: either the federal government is quietly ushering illegal aliens out its back doors and back onto our streets, or our border is still so wide open that deportees continue to re-enter the country illegally with remarkable ease,” Sheriff Arpaio said in a news release.

According to Obama’s Homeland Security Department officials, who are responsible for border security and enforcing immigration laws, DHS is approaching 2-million people deported since Obama took office in 2009. But national security and counterterrorism experts claim those numbers are inflated.

For example, according to a former police lieutenant, Stephen Hodges, “The Obama bean-counters are using numbers that shouldn’t be used in their ‘deportations column.’ If a Border Patrol agent apprehends someone attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico, and the agent sends the intruder back from where he came, the bean-counters categorize that apprehension as a deportation. It’s a lie.”

During his appearance on Cavuto’s show, Arpaio told the Fox News host that he wants to know why one of three illegal aliens arrested by his deputies and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings are discovered back on the streets of Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix.

Arpaio also said, “Law enforcement across the county arrests these offenders, officers place immigration holds to keep the offenders in jail, and then they are turned over to the federal government that brags about ‘record deportations.’ Yet our statistics paint a very different picture. These ‘deportations’ are either not happening or are exceptionally ineffective and that means Washington is failing the American people and hiding the truth.”

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Obama appointees to Border Patrol: Cool it on defending yourselves

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

This is article 62 of 62 in the topic Border Issues

President Barack Obama’s appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) directorate on Friday sent a memorandum to Border Patrol agents instructing them to exercise restraint when illegal aliens on either side of the United States-Mexican border are throwing rocks or debris at Border agents or are escaping in getaway cars, according to an intradepartmental memorandum.

“I want to commend Chief Michael Fisher on his directive on the use of safe tactics and techniques released today, which provides further guidance to the Border Patrol workforce to lessen the likelihood of deadly force situations as we meet our dual goals of ensuring the safety and security of our dedicated agents as well as the public that they serve. I also support and commend his commitment to continue to assess the need for operational adjustments, dictated by situations in the field,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

In his memo to his subordinates, Chief Fisher stated that his agents should take cover when confronted by

people throwing rocks or other projectiles at them. He also said in the memo that Border Patrol agents should not shoot at fleeing cars or trucks and he reminded them of the departmental policy prohibiting agents from placing themselves in front of speeding vehicles and shooting at them.

“Agents have been assaulted with rocks 1,713 times since 2010 and have responded with deadly force 43 times, resulting in 10 deaths,” Fisher stated in his four-page memorandum.

The memo was written and promulgated to all of the more than 21,000 Border Patrol personnel, especially those who are patrolling rural areas such as the desert in Arizona where single-officer vehicle patrols are common and backup assistance difficult.

The memorandum and subsequent re-issuing of the Border Patrol’s use of deadly physical force policy are the result of complaints made against the department’s agents by so-called civil-liberties and human-rights organizations. For example, the director of the Border Network for Human Rights, Fernando Garcia, has been contacting liberal-left members of congress who are sympathetic to the “plight” of illegal aliens.

“There has always been a rush to blame Border Patrol agents for rock assaults that end in the suspect being shot and killed. These suspects chose to be criminals and to assault Border Patrol agents and they are to blame. If you don’t throw rocks at Border Patrol agents, you won’t be shot,” said Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) in response to the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) study upon which the new use-of-force memorandum is based.

Newly appointed recruits are being instructed at the federal law enforcement academy on how to control confrontations, while veteran agents will receive training annually, according to the CBP.

The secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, also released redacted versions of the use-of-force policies that apply to all of his department and specialized policies for two of its agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The NBPC will never stop fighting for the ability of Border Patrol agents to defend themselves against all types of assaults,” said Moran, a life-long law enforcement officer.

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Military not alone in Obama budget cuts; law enforcement budget reduced

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

This is article 123 of 126 in the topic National Security

Although the announced reductions in military spending are being widely covered by news organizations and widely known by the public, America’s national security concerns are far more serious than most Americans realize with the Obama administration announcing on Tuesday the likelihood of significant cuts to the budgets for the many agencies under the Homeland Security Department umbrella, according to several law enforcement officials, such as Police Capt. Charles Hoffstetter on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, reacted immediately to what he believes is President Barack Obama and his minions buying into their own false narrative that the threats to this country are diminishing.”

McCaul served as chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, and he commanded the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) which combined federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

With that background, McCaul is leery of a White House that denies the evidence of their own senses, according to Hoffstetter, a decorated police commander and former U.S. Marine.

“The President’s budget again shows that his priorities do not match up with the American people’s. Ultimately this proposal increases fees to taxpayers, travelers and businesses while decreasing the overall budget for securing the homeland,” said McCaul in a statement.

“This means the American people will pay more out of pocket while the Department cuts key security programs such as those to detain criminals and conduct aerial patrols of the border,” according to the five-term congressman.

McCaul claims that the American people are fully aware that the northern and southern U.S. borders are not secure, but what they may not know is that the Obama Administration expects to cut the funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement by almost $250 million – including a reduction of 3,500 detention beds.

He also accuses the Obama White House of proposing drastic cuts to the U.S. Coast Guard — up to $300 million in cuts — which will mean fewer ships available for indicting narcotics and other illicit drugs as well as fewer ships available to intercept criminals or terrorists headed for the United States, according to Federal Times.

“Meanwhile, the President increases funding for more bureaucracy including throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at a new headquarters instead of spending precious funds on keeping Americans safe,” McCaul stated.

“[Obama's budget] proposal shows a distinct disconnect between what the American people need and what the Administration wants. Ultimately, this budget proves that the Administration believes its own false narrative that the threats to this country are diminishing, and the Committee will have many questions for DHS at the full Committee budget hearing with the Secretary on March 13,” said McCaul.

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Mexican cops capture Somali illegals headed for U.S.

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This is article 122 of 126 in the topic National Security

Mexican cops on Sunday apprehended six Somali illegal immigrants who claimed they were abandoned in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, by human traffickers they paid to help sneak them into the United States, according to La Prensa.

The Somali men claimed they had been wandering the region near Mexico’s border with Guatemala for eight days after being left to fend for themselves by the human traffickers, according to the Chiapas Attorney General’s Office.

But according to Nicholas Grassio, an American law enforcement and border security veteran, Mexican authorities should be more suspicious and should validate the Somalis’ story.

“It’s a little known fact that a Spanish-speaking Muslim community sprung up in Chiapas near the Guatemalan border. According to several reports, there are about 500-to-600 Mexican Muslims residing in that area and some are considered extremist at least in their teachings,” said Grassio.

Grassio also pointed out that there have been several incidents of Somali terrorists being arrested in the United States for their activities, according to an Examiner report.

According to the Mexican news media, the Somali illegals were given food and water as well as medical attention for their dehydration. They were also provided access to legal counsel.

Mexican officials said on Sunday that military troops and National Immigration Ministry agents detained 1,500 illegal aliens, the majority of them Guatemalans, last month.

“While illegal immigrants in the United States have held huge rallies in the U.S., without any consequences, the thousands and thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico endure their inhumane treatment in silent fear. In fact, Mexico’s constitution prohibits non-citizens from participating in protests or other public demonstrations against the Mexican government,” according to an Examiner news story.

“U.S. Homeland Security Department directorates should be alerted by the State Department about these six Somalis just in case they are released by the Mexicans and they decide to again attempt entering the United States illegally,” said former Capt. Grassio.

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DHS deputy chief boasts of Obama successes at Texas-Mexico border

by Jim Kouri on Friday, February 21st, 2014

This is article 61 of 62 in the topic Border Issues

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, during his two-day visit to Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory staff and rank-and-file agents while viewing enforcement operations along the Rio Grande River, in the Rio Grande Valley and at the Port of Anzalduas, and visited the Port Isabel Detention Center. He also boasted about President Barack Obama’s successes at border security and immigration enforcement.

Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met leaders of the decidedly pro-illegal alien group Southern Border Communities Coalition, an organization that is no friend of the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The [U.S. Border Patrol] agency has long acted with impunity in border communities. This must end if we are to achieve a meaningful border security in the southern border counties of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, which are home to an estimated 15 million people who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” according to Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), which brings together 60 organizations from the US southern border.

In Fall 2013, the group worked with the ACLU to demand federal officials investigate the Border Patrols “abusive and harassing roving patrols.” They claimed that officers on these details have humiliated, intimidated, and threatened U.S. citizens, assaulted lifelong residents without reason, and damaged their personal property during unlawful searches.

But Mayorkas claimed that under President Barack Obama’s administration, Border Patrol apprehensions were at historic lows, reflecting fewer individuals attempting to cross the border; and CBP processed more than $2.3 trillion in trade through our nation’s ports of entry.

“One of the top priorities for this Administration, and for the Department of Homeland Security, is to strengthen our border security while facilitating the lawful trade and travel essential to our economy. The funding to expand and modernize the Laredo Port of Entry reaffirms our commitment,” said Deputy Secretary Mayorkas.

Mayorkas is tied to not only the Obama administration but also to Hillary Clinton. During his confirmation process for the DHS position there were allegations made about possible corruption in his office when he served as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that the inspector general at DHS was investigating Mayorkas’ role in getting a visa for a foreign investor for Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham. Mayorkas alleged efforts on behalf of Gulf Coast allegedly happened after the foreign investor’s visa application was originally denied and an appeal was later rejected.

According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), “Understanding that members of Congress ultimately would not ignore the unequivocal objections of their constituents to amnesty, the Obama Administration opted to adopt a strategy of dismantling immigration enforcement in order to achieve the same ends. The Administration hoped that while the American people were focused on unemployment, crashing real estate values, banking scandals, health care reform, foreign policy crises, and countless other issues, they would not notice just what was actually taking place.”

“Appointing Mayorkas as the head of immigration enforcement is part of the Obama plan for amnesty and changing the nation’s demographic.

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While America sleeps: The crony Obama donors in charge of DHS

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

This is article 112 of 115 in the topic Obama Appointments

While America sleeps: The crony Obama donors in charge of DHS
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

Dirty Harry Reid sabotaged the filibuster, and now the Democrats are running wild in Washington. Mark my words: We all will pay a price. Thanks to Reid’s crony-coddling rule change, unqualified stooges will manage the Obama Department of Homeland Security. It’s a bundler’s world, and we’re just living in it. God help us.

On Monday night, Senate Democrats voted 57-37 to end debate on the nomination of Jeh Johnson to head DHS. That’s three votes short of the traditional 60-vote filibuster threshold that Reid nuked last month. Johnson went on to win his appointment by a 78-16 margin. The White House performed its Snoopy happy dance soon after, with President Obama declaring Johnson “a strong leader with a deep understanding of the threats we face and a proven ability to work across agencies and complex organizations to keep America secure.”

DHS employs 240,000 people and boasts a $40 billion budget. Johnson, unlike his most recent predecessors, has never actually held an executive position governing a state or managing a complex organization. Let me summarize his relevant experience in border security, port security, airport security or immigration enforcement: Zero. Zip. Nada.

News coverage instead stresses that Johnson is the “first African-American” to hold the No. 1 position at DHS. Because, you know, diversity will keep us safe. Here’s more you should know about Johnson: He’s a lifelong beneficiary of the government/law firm revolving door, dating back to the Clinton years. In a recent interview with a legal website, Johnson cheerfully bragged that his initial “foray into national security was a fluke, really. The Clinton White House recruited me to be general counsel of the Air Force. I had no idea what the job was about, had never been in the military and had never set foot in the Pentagon.”

Yep, a “fluke.” That’s a public confidence booster, huh?

Johnson counts among the “big breaks” in his life a fateful meeting with Obama in 2006. He went on to shovel gobs of money into Obama’s campaigns and Democratic coffers. In 2008, this top campaign finance bundler served on the Team Obama transition team. Next, Johnson found himself — like the feather floating in “Forrest Gump” — appointed to the position of general counsel at the Defense Department. He was “involved” in ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reportedly “oversaw” the use of unmanned drone strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

White House aides claim that Johnson is a “respected national security leader.” But respected by whom (other than Democratic fundraisers) the administration will not say.

Perhaps we might comfort ourselves if the No. 2 in charge at DHS had strong qualifications and a record on national security to compensate for Johnson’s deficiencies. Sorry. As I reported last week, Dirty Harry Reid exploited the nuked filibuster threshold to ram through Alejandro Mayorkas’ nomination as deputy DHS secretary. Mayorkas remains under investigation for a partisan cash-for-foreign-investor-visas scandal by the DHS inspector general’s office, which itself remains under investigation for fraud and ethics violations that endanger national security. His appointment is expected to sail through the full Senate on Wednesday.

At DHS, adjudicators remain under pressure to rubber-stamp visa applications.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents assaulted by Mexican mob

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

This is article 60 of 62 in the topic Border Issues

Border Patrol agents in San Diego, Calif., assigned to the U.S. /Mexico Border were assaulted with rocks, bottles, and other projectiles, according to reports released on Monday.

Upwards of 100 alleged Mexicans crossed the International Border from Mexico and illegally entered the United States, one-quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in the Tijuana River channel, according to Border Patrol officials.

The group of illegal aliens began to walk toward a lone Border Patrol agent posted about 300 yards away from the U.S.-Mexican borderline. The agent followed SOP (standard operating procedure) and ordered the angry mob to stop.

The Mexican nationals completely ignored the agent’s commands and continued to advance toward him. The agent quickly used his PepperBall Launcher System, an intermediate use-of-force device, in an effort to stop the group and protect himself, but the illegal-border crossers refused to halt their advance.

At that point during the incident, a number of Border Patrol agents responded to the scene in their agency vehicles just as the crowd became increasingly unruly and began throwing rocks and bottles.

The crowd struck several agents in the arms and legs with rocks; one agent was hit in the head with a water bottle, according to the San Diego sector chief.

Agents deployed several intermediate use-of-force devices and Mexican law enforcement authorities were contacted. The use of intermediate use-of-force devices eventually caused the group to disperse and return to Mexico.

According to former police detective and U.S. Marine Sid Franes, it appears that Mexican lawbreakers have become more emboldened since they’re hearing U.S. politicians saying illegal aliens have ‘a right” to be in the United States.

“They know that the Obama administration is in their corner and the Democrats and some Republicans want their future votes. They instinctively know that the U.S. Border Patrol is not receiving the support of American leaders,” said Det. Franes.

Paul Beeson, San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent said “While attacks on Border Patrol agents are not uncommon, the agents showed great restraint when faced with the dangers of this unusually large group, and fortunately no one was seriously injured.”

None of the illegal aliens were arrested and not one of those involved in the melee were able to continue north.

According to a Nov. 26, 2013 email from Dr. Lyle Rapacki, a protective intelligence and assessment specialist:

“This is what happens when corrupt Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor promise the La Raza special interest groups that they are still pushing for mass amnesty in the House this year. Mobs of Mexicans are now trying to cross into the U.S. to cash in on the GOP’s proposed mass amnesty for all 20+ million illegal aliens and foreign criminals hiding in our country. Thank you Congress and the GOP for encouraging this border anarchy by Mexican insurgents and criminals. The blood of these brave border agents is on your hands and you will be held accountable for your treason to America. If the Republican Party wants to destroy America, Americans will destroy the Republican Party. We the People will not tolerate two open border, pro-alien parties in this country. Secure the border and enforce our laws now!”

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Obama: I’ll have my way – or all Americans will suffer!

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

This is article 918 of 967 in the topic Obama


No, this is not a direct quote from Barack Obama, but it is an interpretation derived from every statement he has made of late, and his decision making regarding what will be funded, and what will not, during the present partial government shutdown.

Since first elected in 2008, journalists and pundits have repeatedly exclaimed that Barack Obama is the first President in our history that does not love our country. Being a minister, I always initially refuse a bad report about anyone until there is ample proof; it is the benefit of the doubt. That day has come and gone and I am now among those who believe that Obama actually hates America.

He has smashed traditional marriage, lifted homosexual perversion, used the IRS like a battering ram, left border agents, ambassadors and good soldiers to die without help, raised the debt to unimaginable heights and now, is selectively battering various citizens and veterans with his shutdown.  It’s all for his pet legislation, hated by most Americans, the personal idol of his life – ObamaCare!

In fact, I waited a full two years as Mr. Obama came at various governors on voting laws and immigration enforcement before concurring with those who say he hates America.

In 2010 in an article entitled “Obama Courts Latino Votes at Arizona’s Expense” I was forced to say “Every time the President speaks, makes another appointment or ramrods a new bill through the democratically controlled congress, he reinforces what millions of Americans now feel; this President does not love America.

This conclusion was reached only after it became well known that Arizonan’s living near the Mexican border were living in abject fear for their lives as illegal drug traffickers and gun runners were actually killing some of them. Obama instructed his Attorney General to stand against Arizona’s SB 1070, a law enacted to curb the influx of illegals into the state. No love in that act of political bullying.

It is hard to see a Commander in Chief who will not protect Americans from illegal marauders with automatic weapons – as a loving president. In fact, to suggest it, is obscene.

Almost five years into his administration has proven time and again, that if something is good for America, Barack Obama is against it, conversely if it is something they despise, he is behind it all the way. Think this is hyperbole or exaggeration – consider these recent developments connected to Obama’s refusal to negotiate with Congress.

Here’s a clue Mr. Obama – most Americans do not blame the Congress for this shutdown. We are glad they took a stand; it is as American as it gets!

The Daily News of Newburyport, Massachusetts published a story Oct 8, 2013 about a tour bus filled with American citizens and visitors from Australia, Japan, and Canada being detained for hours by armed guards at our famed Yellowstone National Park.

The Daily News said, “The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

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Former Border Patrol agents warn citizens about Obama immigration scam

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, October 13th, 2013

This is article 397 of 426 in the topic Immigration

While the Obama administration barricaded a World War II memorial in order to deny veterans access to its National Mall location in Washington D.C., illegal aliens and their supporters, including several Democrat lawmakers, were permitted to hold a rally demanding rights for illegal immigrants, according to an Examiner news story on Oct. 10, 2013.

The press, the elite political establishment and President Barack Obama and his administration are subjecting the American people to a steady and intense diet of political deception concerning Immigration reform, officials from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers said on Friday.

The group of retired law enforcement officers claim that the purpose of the Obama minions’ deception is to convince U.S. citizens that illegal aliens are not a problem and that immigration laws are designed to provide a pathway to citizenship for aliens whose first act in the U.S. was violating the nation’s laws.

“You have even been told that the border is safer than it has ever been. None of what the press, the political elite or the administration is telling you is true,” said NAFBPO officials.

About one year ago, the Naco Border Patrol Station, in eastern Arizona, was renamed for Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered by weapons allegedly provided to drug cartels by the Obama administration. Since then, in Cochise County, Ariz., the law enforcement community and America lost Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivey and Sheriff Larry Dever.

“Within this time frame there was a Congressional Border tour sponsored by our group, NAFBPO. Field agents reported to the delegation that 30% of the Border was unpatrolled on a monthly basis and they estimated that they were apprehending less than 3% of what they knew was crossing the border illegally in the 70% of the border that they did patrol,” said the retired border agents.

Prior to that operation, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her subordinates would regularly claim that Border Patrol Tucson Sector was apprehending or turning back south 3 out of 4 illegal aliens that they knew crossed the border, according to NAFBPO.

However, when the newly purchased Vadar Radar system was used 24/7 for an extended period of time, 7533 illegal crossers were counted and 410 were apprehended, of which 52 or 35% were drug smugglers.
The actual metric was not 75% apprehended, but 5.4% apprehended. And the Homeland Security Secretary boasted about Vadar being 100% accurate, according to the former border officers.

“Since 2006, the annual percentage of illegal aliens apprehended that were reported in Tucson Sector has varied between 15-30% that already have criminal records inside the United States. Charitably, that means that in the last 8 years approximately 4 million criminal aliens may have come into the United States illegally through Tucson Sector alone. The truth is that nobody knows,” stated the organization’s officials.

“These criminal aliens live among us and the first step in any meaningful Immigration reform is to identify, process and remove every single deportable alien in prison, in jail or on probation for the commission of a crime in the United States and this must take place before any other part of the Immigration reform situation is considered,” they said.

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by Stephen Levine on Monday, August 12th, 2013

This is article 387 of 426 in the topic Immigration

Are we are being played by the Mexican government and U.S. politicians who want illegal aliens to be the next permanent underclass so that blacks can “move on up?”

A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States. — Immigrants are being taught to use “key words and phrases” to be allowed to enter and stay in the country.

Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: “credible fear” of the drug cartels. Source: Loophole: People are being told to use “key words” to cross

Bottom line …

The progressive socialist democrats need a permanent underclass as their coalition power base – promising entitlements in return for their votes. It appears that the Blacks are getting smarter – noticing that the democrats are stealing funds meant for the inner cities and social programs and nothing has changed over the decades of democrat governance. Detroit being a fine example of what 60 years of ruinous progressive politicians and ideology can do to an entire city.

Why not simply adopt the Mexican immigration guidelines as a temporary measure? That would solve all of our problems and point out the hypocrisy of our government’s effort to craft a politically correct solution to comprehensive immigration reform.

– steve

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