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.
The University of Cape Town campus. Photo: Adrian Frith via Wikimedia Commons.
The University of Cape Town, the top-ranking academic institution in Africa, is set to consider enforcing an academic boycott against Israel later this month.
The UCT Senate, a decision-making body comprised primarily of professors and administrators, endorsed a proposal on March 15 to bar the university from entering into any formal relationship with Israeli academic institutions that operate “in the occupied Palestinian territories,” or otherwise enable “gross human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the university said in a statement.
The campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
JNS.org – Students at Brown University voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum held between Tuesday and Thursday, calling on the school to separate itself from companies that conduct business with the State of Israel.
The tally was 69 percent in favor and 31 percent against.
Members of the pro-Israel community nationally and locally condemned the outcome.
“For the sake of My servant Yaakov, Yisrael My chosen one, I call you by name, I hail you by title, though you have not known Me.” Isaiah 45:4 (The Israel Bible™)
Many have seen similarities between the Biblical King Cyrus and President Donald Trump. (Breaking Israel News)
After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!
Many are claiming this was a pre-election gift to Trump’s friend, Netanyahu, but it others see a much larger significance that transcends politics and enters into the realm of the Biblical. One such belief was expressed by Breaking Israel News publisher Rabbi Tuly Weisz, who noted that the announcement came on the Jewish holiday of Purim.
“The same days on which the Yehudim enjoyed relief from their foes and the same month which had been transformed for them from one of grief and mourning to one of festive joy. They were to observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor.” Esther 9:22 (The Israel Bible™)
If there was ever a quintessentially Jewish holiday, it’s Purim, when the Jewish people were threatened by Haman, a descendant of Amalek, and saved by God’s hidden hand. Even so, we find examples of people from the Nations being inspired by the story of Purim and even gathering to mark the day alongside the Jewish people.
Protesters waving Turkish and Palestinian flags shout anti-Israel slogans during a demonstration in Amsterdam June 4, 2010. Israel’s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla has set off a diplomatic furor, drawing criticism from friends and foes alike and straining ties with regional ally Turkey, which cal. (photo credit: REUTERS)
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags turned their backs on a Dutch chief rabbi during his eulogy at a vigil for Muslims killed in New Zealand.
The incident Sunday happened as Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs was discussing the meaning of a minute of silence at the gathering at the Dam Square World War II memorial monument. Thousands of people, many of them Muslims, gathered at the square to commemorate the 49 people slain Friday by a far-right killer at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Hamas is now accusing the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah of exploiting the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip to call on Palestinians to overthrow the Hamas regime. Fatah, for its part, is accusing the “dark forces” of Hamas of acting on orders from outside parties to establish a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip.
The US administration says it will publish its long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East, known as the “Deal of the Century,” after the general elections in Israel on April 9
There is a difference between an “honest broker” and a “neutral arbiter.” In advance of the rollout of its Middle East peace plan, the Trump administration has taken a series of steps to ensure its role as the honest broker. The U.S. is not “neutral” between our ally, Israel, and the Palestinians who seek to replace it. But it won’t be easy to change presumptions that are deeply embedded in the
When the FBI informs us that parents are ready to spend up to $6.5 million in bribes to get their children into prestige colleges, it seemingly implies that all is very, very well in the American university. But Warren Treadgold tells us that’s an illusion.
He’s a distinguished professor of Byzantine history at St. Louis University who has also taught at Berkeley, FIU, Hillsdale, Stanford, and UCLA. Having entered college in 1967, he draws on long experience to both indict and offer a remedy of the most thoroughly left-wing major institution in America. His book, The University We Need (Encounter, 2018) presents its case with insight and a light touch.
The threat posed by Hezbollah and Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior operative in Hezbollah, was unmasked by Israel on Wednesday.
Daqduq was responsible for the “abduction and execution of five American servicemen in Iraq in 2007,” the IDF said. The role of Hezbollah members in neighboring states is an illustration of how groups allied with Iran are continuing to build a web linking Tehran to Beirut via a “road to the sea” that transits Iraq and Syria.
According to the IDF, the role of Daqduq includes establishing terror cells in Iraq to fight the US in 2006, stints training in Lebanon in 2013-2018 and now putting down roots in Syria.
Every few weeks, some political or national figure demands a national conversation about race. (Most recently, Senator Kamala Harris insisted, “We have not had these honest discussions about race.”)
What does a conversation about race mean? Invariably, an indictment of the fundamental unfairness of our country, the historical roots of racism in white supremacy, and the national guilt of white people.
Or, to put it more simply, why Senator Kamala Harris deserves to be in the White House.
We don’t have national conversations about anti-Semitism because the problem can’t be narrowed down to an easily blamed demographic. The Democrats invariably try to blame anti-Semitism on the usual suspects, white male Republicans living more than two hundred miles from a Starbucks, but the largest toll of violent anti-Semitic attacks tend to fall on New York City’s black neighborhoods.