President Trump made border security and the effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws the centerpiece of his successful campaign for the presidency.
This has enraged globalist politicians from both political parties who see in America’s borders impediments to their wealth and the wealth of their campaign contributors.
Prior administrations have refused to take immigration law enforcement seriously and our nation has, as a direct consequence, paid one hell of a price.
The 9/11 Commission made it clear, the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were made possible by multiple failures of the immigration system that enabled the terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves.
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.
In the years since the attacks of 9/11 other terror attacks were carried out by international terrorists who also exploited vulnerabilities in the immigration system, killing still more innocent victims.
Some of the terrorists had actually been able to acquire political asylum, lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship, proving the the entire immigration system lacked integrity.
Today our politicians, from both the Democratic and Republican parties, aided by the mainstream media have constructed irresistible incentives for millions of illegal aliens to head for the U.S. border, by whatever means possible.
The biggest incentive for this stampede is the promise of a massive amnesty program under the guise of proposed legislation to legalize unknown millions of aliens who supposedly would have qualified under Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action – Childhood Arrivals) program.
No interviews or field investigations could be conducted with such humongous numbers of applications filed creating an invitation to fraud the 9/11 Commission warned about.
I provided a historical perspective on how DACA came to be in my recent article, DACA: The Immigration Trojan Horse in which I explained that DACA had its origins in two failed legislative efforts, Comprehensive Immigration Reform and then the DREAM Act, to provide up to 90% of the entire illegal alien population of the United States with lawful status.
My recent article DACA: Trump and Congress Must Look Before They Leap explained how there would be no way of knowing how many illegal aliens might apply to participate in the DACA amnesty that is an integral part of the various immigration bills being proposed by the House of Representatives.
Last year I addressed the hypocrisy of Chuck Schumer and his cohorts who refuse to secure the borders or enforce our immigration laws in my article Opponents of Border Security and Immigration Law Enforement Aid Human Traffickers which contained this paragraph:
Aliens trespassing into the United States poses a serious threat to national security and public safety yet while Mr. Schumer has proposed making trespassing on landmarks or critical infrastructure a federal crime with a five year jail sentence to deter this dangerous criminal conduct, he refuses to take the necessary measures to prevent aliens from entering the United States illegally by trespassing and/or violating our immigration laws within the United States.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Zero tolerance” position where illegal aliens evading the inspections along the U.S. / Mexican border has revved up the immigration anarchists.
Sessions knows that the only way to demonstrate that he is serious about this vital goal is to prosecute aliens who are arrested entering the United States without inspection. This is important to not only punish aliens who violate our immigration laws but to deter others who may be contemplating committing similar crimes.
Several federal laws address the crime of aliens seeking to enter the United States illegally and one statute in particular, Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326 – reentry after removal (deportation), imposes a 20 year maximum period of incarceration for aliens who illegally reenter the United States after having been deported from the United States and are deemed “aggravated felons,” that is to say aliens who are convicted of committing particularly serious crimes.
I am particularly familiar with this statute, I worked with then Senator Al D’Amato in the 1980’s to create this section of law.
When people are prosecuted they are arrested and frequently held in custody or permitted to post bail to guarantee their appearance in court when required and ultimately, of course, to stand trial unless they plead guilty to the crimes with which they are charged.
Generally bail is determined by risk of flight of the defendant and may also involve potential threat to community safety.
Every day American citizens are arrested in the United States by local and state police and by a wide array of federal law enforcement agencies for committing a wide spectrum of crimes and violations of law, including administrative laws.
Many of these suspects have children yet they are led away in handcuffs and may find themselves serving long prison sentences for their crimes, separated from their children.
Yet little if anything is ever reported in the media about these tens of thousands of incarcerated American citizens who have been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences and separated from their children.
Now that the Trump administration has taken the long-overdue action to attempt to discourage massive illegal immigration, politicians from both sides of the aisle, supposed journalists and members of the clergy, thumping their bibles, are outraged because illegal aliens are being arrested and prosecuted for their crimes- crimes that had for far too long, gone unpunished by previous administrations.
The U.S./Mexican border is a dangerous place. Many people die attempting to cross into the United States through the desert where high temperatures, a lack of water, poisonous insects and snakes and violent gangs and drug smugglers all pose severe threat to the lives of the aliens.
Children are particularly vulnerable to these extremely adverse and life-threatening conditions.
There are numerous laws on the books that punish those who endanger others, particularly when those who are endangered are children. To provide a specific example, let’s consider a New York State law known as the Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra’s Law, that has been on the books since Dec. 18, 2009. and is explained in a press release.
According to the press release, 36 states have passed similar laws that provide for strict penalties when a drunk drive causes the death or serious injury of a child. Under Leandra’s law a drunk driver may be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he/she causes the serious injury of a child under 16 years of age and up to 25 years in prison if the accident causes the death of a child.
A parent who causes the serious injury of his child may be separated from that child and other children by spending up to 15 years behind bars. Would anyone dare suggest that such an individual not be incarcerated after committing such a crime?
What choice does the Trump administration have?
To not end lawlessness on the Mexican border endangers national security and public safety. This can only happen by strict enforcement of our laws. As I noted during one of my early appearances as an expert witness at a congressional hearing, it has been said that you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. For millions of people around the world the first set of laws they encounter are our immigration laws. When we demonstrate an unwillingness to secure our borders and enforce our laws we send the very dangerous message that violations of our laws will not only go unpunished but rewarded.
To not prosecute and incarcerate aliens who seek to enter the United States with children would just encourage more aliens to endanger their children by seeing in that child a “Get out of jail card.”
The message would be clear and utterly insane, either enter the United States with a visa or bring a child with you if you are ineligible to enter legally.
Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.