Agents along the South Texas Border arrested close to 6,800 illegal immigrants including 19 convicted rapists and three fugitives wanted for sexual abuse of children and child pornography within a two week span. During that time frame agents also seized more than $15.5 million in marijuana.
In the Rio Grande Valley sector from August 28 to September 11, agents arrested 6,800 immigrants with 4,300 of those being from countries other than Mexico. Among the arrests, agents arrested three criminal aliens who had sexually related warrants for their arrests and 19 convicted sexual predators half of which had victimized children, information released to Breitbart Texas by the U.S. Border Patrol shows.
One of the criminal aliens had a warrant for child pornography charges out of Houston, another had a warrant for sexual abuse of a child in Washington DC and the third had a sexual abuse of a child warrant out of Plano Texas. The three criminal aliens have since been sent out to their respective areas to face trial.
During that same time span, agents were able to seize 19,400 pounds of marijuana in various operations including the seizure of 1,100 pounds in the rural area called La Casita.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector spans more than 320 miles along the Rio Grande is a hotspot used by members of organized crime to move their drugs and illegal immigrants from Mexico into the U.S. and eventually into northern cities.
Since October 1, 2013 to September 11, 2014, border patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector have arrested close to 250,000 illegal immigrants 190,000 who come from countries other than Mexico. The number of apprehensions show 71 percent increase from the previous fiscal year and 110 percent increase in people from countries other than Mexico.
In the past two years, the sector saw a jump in illegal immigration from an apparent shift in human smuggling routes that sent thousands of immigrants from countries other than Mexico into the area creating a crisis that overwhelmed detention facilities.
Democrats routinely deride Republicans as extremists bent on coarsening the discourse. In January 2014, in the same interview in which he infamously claimed that ISIS was a “jayvee” team, President Obama blamed conservative media for polarizing the country:
The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things we’ve put in place worked better than people might think.
Castigating Republicans as unreasonable rhetoricians interested only in pandering to their base has become the entire Democratic 2014 campaign strategy. If the GOP will not work with Obama because they are cruel and nasty, the logic goes, the only solution is to vote them out of Congress.
It’s not working. One of the reasons it isn’t working: Democrats are truly the party of over-the-top demonization of their opposition. Here are the top five examples from the last few months alone:
Nancy Pelosi Says Republicans Will End Civilization. On Friday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that Democrats had to retain control of the Senate. Why? Because “civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.” She then claimed that Democrats were not “fear-mongers,” but instead “messengers of hope.”
TV host Bill Maher listened to this with a straight face.
Pelosi Says Republicans Hate Children. In March 2014, Pelosi stated that Republicans hate kids:
I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This colleague’s response was telling in its blunt nature and it’s stunning in its honestly. What he said was to the Republican caucus, these people you are talking about are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them. Invisible and indifferent. This is just plain wrong.
There are two lies here: first, that Pelosi has any Republican friends, and second, that Republicans hate kids. Given her ardent advocacy for abortion-until-birth, the opposite would seem to be more likely.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Says Scott Walker Beats Women. The head of the Democratic National Campaign Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), said last week that Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker “has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.” Just to clarify that she wasn’t misspeaking, Wasserman Schultz continued: “What Republican Tea Party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.” She had no comment on Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy.
Harry Reid Calls Tea Partiers Anarchists. The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), isn’t the only Democrat to attack Tea Parties – for years, high-ranking Democrats all the way up to the White House have suggested that Tea Partiers are racists and terrorists. In September 2013, Reid called conservatives “anarchists” and “fanatics” for opposing Obamacare.
Steve Israel Calls Republicans Racist. Another meme that has been floating around since the election of the nation’s first black president has been the notion that all opposition to Obama’s agenda is based on his race. The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) said back in April that “to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that’s unfortunate.” His comments followed hard on comments by Nancy Pelosi in which she said Republicans opposed any amnesty because of racism: “I’ve heard them say to the Irish, if it were just you, this would be easy.”
Sadly, Republicans don’t get it: they keep attributing kind motives to their political opponents, even as their political opponents castigate them as evil. That is no way to win an election. While Republican operatives scramble to appeal to minority voters by shifting positions, they seem to ignore the fact that the greatest obstacle to making inroads in minority communities isn’t policy but perception: the widespread perception, pushed by Democrats, that Republicans are racist, sexist, bigoted homophobes. That perception cannot be changed by treating those who slander Republicans with respect and civility.
Citi, Deutsche Bank, Bank Of America Were Channels For Sending Drug Money To Colombia, Court Filing Shows
U.S.-based accounts at Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Deutsche Bank AG (ETR:DBK) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) were used to channel tens of millions of dollars’ worth of global drug money that was sent to shady Colombian currency brokerages, an affidavit from an undercover Massachusetts detective obtained recently by 100Reporters says. The revelation comes as the U.S. Justice Department has been laying down record penalties against some of the world’s largest financial institutions for trade-sanction and money laundering violations.
Representatives at the banks declined to comment to International Business Times.
The affidavit by Jaime X. Cepero was filed in August 2013 as part of a four-year investigation by federal authorities in the wake of a 2011 Boston-area sting operation that exposed a global narcotics ring, netting $200 million and 20 suspects. The investigation led to the extradition of 12 suspects from Colombia and 15 guilty pleas. Cepero had been detailed to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force that oversaw the operation. The affidavit was submitted as evidence last year as part of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. In some instances, he said, the banks had reported suspicious activity to the U.S. Treasury Department as required by law, but not in all instances.
The document not only identifies the three banks by name but also offers a glimpse into the action-movie-like efforts narcotics traffickers used to channel global proceeds from the sale of cocaine and heroin through the United States. Couriers would sometimes stash heat-sealed bundles of currency in secret compartments of parked cars in suburban U.S. parking lots. Similar cash transfers took place on busy streets in major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Orlando, Florida. The affidavit says one transfer took place in Rome where the cash was covered in visible cocaine residue.
The money would then be deposited, in some cases by undercover anti-narcotics agents as part of the sting operation, into accounts held by Colombian brokerage houses at the three banks in Boston and New York. These front companies would then transfer the cash to local shell companies in Colombia in the local currency to be retrieved by the operative of La Oficina de Envigado, the drug cartel that emerged from the ashes of the Medellín Cartel, which collapsed in the early 1990s.
The Treasury Department issued a warning in 2006 that Mexican and Colombian exchange houses were at high-risk of being front organizations for money laundering operations. Like banks, these brokerage houses are often used to handle money transfer operations from expats sending money home. Banks have been subjected to record fines in recent years for allegedly laundering drug money and violating trade sanctions. Last year HSBC Holdings PLC (LON:HSBA) was slapped with a $1.9 billion fine for enabling drug cartels to launder billions of dollars. In June, BNP Paribas SA (EPA:BNP) agreed to pay $8.9 billion for transferring funds out of Sudan and other countries under U.S. trade sanctions.
In many cases banks are allowed to pay fines without admitting guilt, and individuals inside these banks rarely go to prison for enabling drug cartels and despots to move money around.
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The U.S. State Department has just put out a bid for 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits, announced a U.S. manufacturer called “Lakeland Industries.” The company’s press release, published at Yahoo Finance, reads:
With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.
This is just the latest sign that the U.S. government is now preparing for a full-blown global outbreak of Ebola which would reach U.S. cities.
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Members of a militia are planning to block ports of entry along the Rio Grande Valley to protest illegal immigration, according to a local news report.
According to a KRGX report Thursday, local officials say militia members are planning to protest by blocking traffic at the international ports on September 20.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal told the station that law enforcement is preparing for the disruption but is unsure what to expect.
“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” he said, explaining that local law and federal enforcement are preparing to deal with the matter when it happens.
Villarreal said that a concern he has is safety.
“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” he told KRGX, going on to add that is could also serve to disrupt the area economy.
“A port of entry is not just a port of entry for people; it’s also a port of entry for commerce. There are hundreds of millions of dollars that transact at the ports of entry,” he added. “If their intent is to cause a disruption at a port of entry, it’s not only a matter of people, it’s a matter of commerce as well.”
Villarreal continued to KRGX that the ability for the militias to show their guns makes him “nervous.”
“We’ve never dealt with militia here in Starr County,” KRGX quoted Villarreal. “We don’t know what their temperament is or their personality might be. I can tell you that knowing that they might be here … helps us prepare for what ever may come,” he said.
According to the report, Customs and Border Protection officials meet with international bridge authorities in Starr County Thursday to consider a response to the threat.
The Rio Grande Valley has been ground zero for much of the recent surge in illegal immigration into the U.S. — which has seen tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and family units stream across the southern border, overwhelming government resources and resulting in a humanitarian crisis.
Three Mexican citizens, who are present in the United States illegally, have been arrested in conjunction with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl near the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU). The three men were arrested on Wednesday morning after the van they were driving was stopped by SMU police officers who noticed the vehicle driving erratically.
The minor female had been walking from one relative’s home to another relative’s home at about 4:30 in the morning. She was approached by the driver of a van who asked if she wanted a ride. Seeing no one else in the van, she accepted the offer and got in the van according to a statement by Dallas Police Major Rob Sherwin. After entering the van she discovered two more men in the vehicle she had not previously seen. The suspects began driving around and when the young girl protested the suspects allegedly began to assault her physically and sexually. This continued for about an hour and a half. The suspects allegedly took turns driving so each had a turn with the girl.
At about 6:00 a.m. the suspects arrived on the SMU campus and were noticed driving in a suspicious manner by SMU police. The officers initiated a traffic stop and the victim jumped out of the van and asked for help. The suspects were immediately taken into custody by SMU police and later transferred to the Dallas Police Department which is investigating the case.
Dallas PD confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the three men: Braulio Valencia Hernandez, age 35; Antonio Hernandez Cabrera, age 36; and Rogelio Bedolla Munoz, age 57; were all Mexican nationals who were in the United States illegally.
Dallas PD was unable to confirm if the three men had prior criminal histories or had been previously deported at this time. However, during a press conference, Major Sherwin stated the men had no prior Texas criminal history.
Currently the men are being held in the Dallas County Jail on charges of Aggravated Kidnapping. They are also being detained on a Homeland Security Investigations hold.
Officials have repeatedly stated the alleged sexual assault did not occur on the campus of SMU.
The young girl was treated at a local hospital and released to her family. Dallas PD told Breitbart Texas no other information is available at this time.
While native-born Americans accounted for more than half of the working-age population growth in Georgia since 2000, the net increase in employment went entirely to legal and illegal immigrants, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
According to CIS — which reached its conclusions by analyzing government data — from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014 the total number of employed working-age immigrants in Georgia increased by 400,000. In that same timeframe the number of working-age “natives” with a job declined by 71,000 — despite the fact that “natives” represented 54 percent of the overall working-age population growth.
“There are a huge number of working-age people in Georgia not working and labor force participation remains at record lows,” Steven Camarota, the research director at CIS and lead author of the report, said in a statement Thursday.
CIS points out the the Senate-passed immigration bill not only would have legalized the undocumented immigrant population, it also would have practically doubled the number of guest workers.
The report draws two conclusions namely that there is not a “general labor shortage in the state” and that immigration does not necessarily spur job creation.
“Georgia working-age immigrant population grew 167 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of work-age native working in 2014 was actually lower than in 2000,” the report reads. “This undermines the argument that immigration on balance increases job opportunities for natives.”
In recent months CIS has been highlighting the lack of job growth among native-born Americans compared to immigrants in various U.S. states and the overall country
Other findings include:
- In the first quarter of this year, only 64 percent of working-age natives in the state held a job. As recently as 2000, 74 percent of working-age natives in Georgia were working.
- Because the native working-age population in Georgia grew significantly, but the share working actually fell, there were 684,000 more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000 — a 52 percent increase.
- Perhaps most troubling is that the labor force participation rate (share working or looking for work) of Georgia’s working-age natives has not improved, even after the jobs recovery began in 2010.1
- In fact, the labor force participation of natives in Georgia shows a long-term decline, with the rate lower at the last economic peak in 2007 than at the prior peak in 2000.
- The supply of potential workers in Georgia is very large: In the first quarter of 2014, two million working-age natives were not working (unemployed or entirely out of the labor market), as were 208,000 working-age immigrants.
- In terms of the labor-force participation rate among working-age natives, the state ranks 36th in the nation.
The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.
A year ago, Obama and John Kerry were straining at the leash to launch air strikes on Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in “killing his own people.”
But when Americans rose as one to demand that we stay out of Syria, Obama hastily erased his “red line” and announced a new policy of not getting involved in “somebody else’s civil war.”
Now, after videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists have set the nation on fire, the president, reading the polls, has flipped again.
Now Obama wants to lead the West and the Arab world straight into Syria’s civil war. Only this time we bomb ISIL, not Assad.
Who will provide the legions Obama will deploy to crush ISIL in Syria? The Free Syrian Army, the same rebels who have been routed again and again and whose chances of ousting Assad were derided by Obama himself in August as a “fantasy”? The FSA, the president mocked, is a force of “former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth.”
Now Obama wants Congress to appropriate $500 million to train and arm those doctors and pharmacists and send them into battle against an army of jihadist terrorists who just bit off one-third of Iraq.
Before Congress votes a dime, it should get some answers.
Whom will this Free Syrian Army fight? ISIL alone? The al-Nusra Front? Hezbollah in Syria? Assad’s army? How many years will it take to train, equip and build the FSA into a force that can crush both Assad and ISIL?
“Tell me how this thing ends,” said Gen. David Petraeus on the road up to Baghdad in 2003.
The president did not tell us how this new war ends.
If Assad falls, do the Alawites and Christians survive? Does Syria disintegrate? Who will rule in Damascus?
The United States spent seven years building an army to hold Iraq together. Yet when a few thousand ISIL fighters stormed in from Syria, that army broke and fled all the way to Baghdad. Even the Kurdish peshmerga broke and ran.
What makes us think we can succeed in Syria where we failed in Iraq.
If ISIL is our mortal enemy and Syria its sanctuary, there are two armies capable of crushing it together — the Syrian and Turkish armies.
But Turkey, a NATO ally, was not even mentioned in Obama’s speech. Why? Because the Turks have been allowing jihadists to cross into Syria, as they have long sought the fall of Assad.
Now, with the Islamic State holding hostage 49 Turkish diplomats and their families in Mosul, Ankara is even more reluctant to intervene.
Nor is there any indication Turkey will let the United States use its air base at Incirlik to attack ISIS.
In Iraq, too, thousands of ground troops will be needed to dig the Islamic State out of the Sunni cities and towns.
Where will these soldiers come from?
We are told the Iraqi army, Shia militia, Kurds and Sunni tribesmen will join forces to defeat and drive out the Islamic State.
But these Shia militia were, not long ago, killing U.S. soldiers. And, like the Iraqi army, they are feared and hated in Sunni villages, which is why many Sunni welcomed ISIL.
A number of NATO allies have indicated a willingness to join the U.S. in air strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq. None has offered to send troops. Similar responses have come from the Arab League.
But if this is truly a mortal threat, why the reluctance to send troops?
Some of our Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf Arabs, have reportedly been providing aid to ISIL in Syria. Why would they aid these terrorists?
Because ISIL looked like the best bet to bring down Assad, whom many Sunni loathe as an Arab and Alawite ally of Iran in the heart of the “Shia Crescent” of Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Hezbollah. For many Sunni Arabs, the greater fear is of Shia hegemony in the Gulf and a new Persian empire in the Middle East.
Among all the nations involved here, the least threatened is the United States. Our intelligence agencies, Obama, says, have discovered no evidence of any planned or imminent attack from ISIL.
As the threat is not primarily ours, the urgency to go to war is not ours. And upon the basis of what we heard Wednesday night, either this war has not been thought through by the president, or he is inhibited from telling us the whole truth about what victory will look like and what destroying the Islamic State will require in blood, treasure and years.
The Department of Homeland Security has fined an American and a Canadian $5,000 each for crossing the U.S./Canada border, fines which are never assessed on thousands of illegal aliens who are detained by Border Patrol daily.
The two men, a 40-year-old American and a 44-year-old Canadian, were walking down a dirt road with mountain bikes near the border when they were approached by a Border Patrol agent.
“Questioning by the agent revealed that the two suspects illegally entered the U.S. from Canada,” stated a Customs and Border Patrol press release. “Subsequently, both males were arrested for violation of U.S. law and transported to the Rangeley Station for further processing.”
“Following database verifications, Border Patrol agents turned over both subjects to CBP officers at the Coburn Gore port of entry for assessment of fines and penalties.”
Both men were “assessed a $5,000 civil penalty under 19 USC 1459 for Failure to Report” to border officials and it’s unlikely that either of them crossed the border in pursuit of Obama’s de facto amnesty for illegal aliens.
“Since this is an administrative fine, the individuals do not have to go through a judicial process and will have approximately 30 days to pay the fine,” the press release added.
Of course, when it comes to illegals entering America who are eight times more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans, they’re not fined but rather pampered with free food, shelter, medical care, and bus tickets to anywhere in the nation.
Government officials claim the illegals are given “notices to appear” for immigration court before they are handed bus tickets to their destination of choice, but the courts are scheduling their court dates four years from now.
“They know they are going to be processed and released and they are free to go wherever they want to go in the United States and the likelihood of them ever showing up for their court date is slim to none,” Stu Harris of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 told Infowars.
This selective enforcement of immigration laws, in which an American is fined for crossing the border while thousands of illegal aliens are encouraged to do so, exemplifies how the Obama administration is directing federal agencies to target peaceful Americans but not illegal immigrants the White House is exploiting for political gain.
Back in July, for example, federal agents detained a Boy Scout Troop for taking photos near a border checkpoint, with one agent even aiming his gun at a boy scout’s head.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Troop 111 leader Jim Fox told KCCI, who also said the agent claimed it was illegal to take photos of officials.
Media hype surrounding the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors who recently entered the U.S. through Mexico has dwindled, but the impact will be long-lasting and costly for American taxpayers who are forced to house, feed and educate them in public schools around the country.
Among the largest expenses will be education and the feds aren’t likely to help out, instead sticking it to overwhelmed state governments that have no say in the matter. So far 37,472 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are living throughout the nation and states will spend an astounding $761 million a year to educate them in public schools, according to a new study conducted by a nonprofit that examines immigration trends and effects.
This includes special Limited English Proficient (LEP) classes conducted in Spanish or in other indigenous Central American languages as well as free school meals for the new arrivals. In many cases the UACs have very little education, making the task all the more difficult. Texas and New York will get hit the hardest, the study reveals. Texas has the most UACs—5,280—and it will cost $78 million a year to educate them, the figures show. New York has less—4,244—but will spend more, $148 million, because evidently it’s more expensive to school kids in the state.
The bottom line remains that public education is funded by states and they are getting slammed with this monumental expense because the federal government is failing miserably to fulfill its duty to secure the border. In south Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the superintendent of public schools asked the feds for money to help out with the flood of new students from Central America. Besides extra work in the classroom, the illegal immigrants also need health screenings, social and psychological services, according to the superintendent. That will cost local taxpayers nearly $2,000 more than it typically spends on most students.
Though the recent influx of UACs is overwhelming public schools in this country, it’s not new that American taxpayers are financing the educations of illegal immigrants, in elementary and high school as well as college. Not surprisingly, border states such as California, Arizona and Texas are most affected but that burden is spreading as the feds disburse the barrage of new arrivals in an effort to ease the load. The Obama administration has transferred illegal alien minors around the country, including Nebraska, Massachusetts and, as we previously mentioned, Florida.
Uncle Sam’s generosity—especially a free education—has long been a magnet for illegal immigrants. A few years ago Judicial Watch reported that thousands of Mexican children cross the U.S. border daily to attend public schools. The daily trek across the border is so common in El Paso Texas that a special lane was opened years ago to facilitate the journey for the Mexican kids receiving their free U.S. taxpayer-funded education. Frustrated public school officials say their hands are tied because they simply don’t have the resources to verify every student’s address.
At the college level some states—including Texas, California, Utah, Washington and New York—offer illegal immigrants discounted tuition at public universities. This ends up costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year. JW has been a leader in working to end this illegal perk and last month filed a lawsuit against the University of California Regents seeking to end an estimated $19.6 million in non-resident tuition waivers currently being given to illegal alien students. JW’s suit charges that both federal and state law prohibit the public university system from using tax dollars to provide discounted in-state tuition benefits and financial aid to illegal immigrants.