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DOJ, USCIS, Team Up to Stop Employers Illegally Hiring Immigrants

May 15, 2018

Charles Fain Lehman

5/12/2018

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The Department of Justice and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will expand their cooperation to combat fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers of foreign visa workers, DOJ announced Friday.

The two agencies announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will allow for better mutual training, collaboration, and sharing of information. The end goal of this shared work is a crackdown on U.S. employers who hire foreign labor rather than employing Americans in line with federal law.

“In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, today’s partnership adds to the Civil Rights Division’s tools to stop employers from discriminating against U.S. workers by favoring foreign visa workers,” explained Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed in April of 2017, called among other things for a tightening of enforcement of federal laws governing immigration for employment. Under the Immigration and Nationalization Act, any would-be economic immigrant is inadmissible unless his employer can show that there are not sufficient resident workers to fill the job, and that the would-be immigrant “will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed.”

These limitations seem to be only questionably effective at preserving the upwards limits on economic migration nominally imposed by the INA. An analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies found that more than 7 million immigrants received work permits between 2009 and 2014; a study from the Migration Policy Institute showed that awarded H-1B work visa petitions more than quadrupled the number of visas allowed under law.

The Justice Department has already implemented a number of initiatives aimed at enforcing the “Buy American and Hire American” order. The U.S. Workers Initiative, launched in 2017, has lead to dozens of investigations, a lawsuit, and settlements with two employers. The initiative, DOJ said, has led to over $200,000 in back pay being returned to affected U.S. employees.

For its part, USCIS has created dedicated tip lines for H-1B and H-2B fraud, as well as expanding its rate of site visits. L. Francis Cissna, Director of USCIS, said that he expected the MOU would contribute substantially to USCIS’s work to preserve the integrity of the federal immigration system.

“This agreement enhances the level of coordination among investigators who often work on the same issues at different agencies. Breaking down silos and working with our federal partners to combat employment discrimination will help ensure that U.S. workers have the advocate they need at the highest level,” Cissna said.

 

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Demo Hypocrisy for Just $25

May 15, 2018

Mark Alexander

5/12/2018

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Every morning, my inbox includes the full spectrum of political views, from the American Communist Party to the John Birch Society.

One of my recent emails from the Democrat Party included a link promoting their shop, which has about 40 items. Most of those items are, predictably, caustic, promoting what they are against rather than what they are for — for obvious reasons. But I came across this $25 baby onesie and was struck by the abject hypocrisy. How many babies will never wear this outfit because the Democrats ensured they would never be born?

Democrat identity politics are built on what they oppose, because if Americans actually understood what they support, and the future implications, the Party would collapse. If there is one generalization about about Democrat activists that universally holds true, it is that they are consummate hypocrites. This item tragically demonstrates that truth.

 

School board warned about ‘illegal, obscene’ classroom instruction

May 15, 2018

Bob Unruh

5/12/2018

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A top-flight legal team has written a letter to the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, warning that a sex-ed indoctrination program the district is considering is “illegal, obscene” and guilty of promoting “harmful sexual behavior to K-12 grade children.”

The Planned Parenthood-linked “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” programming for children references necrophilia, promotes abortion and homosexuality, and “imposes radical, unscientific, political ideas about gender and sexuality on impressionable children,” according to the letter from Liberty Counsel.

The legal team is representing parents in the district in advising the school board, led by president Buck Crouch, against the “comprehensive sex education” indoctrination being promoted by “Advocates for Youth,” which uses abortion-industry promoted “standards” that are based “upon the sex data of Alfred Kinsey, which included timed-with-a-stopwatch ‘orgasms’ for infants as young as two months old.”

“The Sunnyside Unified School District is hereby on notice of the many legal violations contained in the 3Rs curriculum. The board should reject the 3Rs curriculum in its entirety, and adopt true abstinence-based curricula which provides accurate information, and respects student and parent rights, consistent with Arizona state standards. There are many such,” the Liberty Counsel letter suggested.

“However, if the district nonetheless illegally adopts the curriculum in violation of the current applicable, binding Arizona statutes set forth above, Liberty Counsel is prepared to take additional action to prevent irreparable harm to the rights of our numerous local constitutents.”

Liberty Counsel said in a posting about the dispute that the material, known as the 3Rs, promotes the Planned Parenthood perspective that, “Young women need the right to safe and legal abortion. But many states place barriers on young women’s access by requiring parental notification or even consent … United States policies contribute to an anti-choice climate and limit young women’s access to abortion. No young woman, anywhere, should be forced to seek out an illegal, dangerous procedure or carry a pregnancy she didn’t want to term.”

Planned Parenthood, of course, gets massive revenue from its abortion services annually, although it has been on the defense in recent months following undercover video revelations of its abortionists running unborn-baby-body-parts for cash operations at Planned Parenthood business locations.

Those operations now are under investigation by the Department of Justice, although abortionists have retaliated against the undercover video journalists by suing them.

Liberty Counsel explained that the 3Rs material “contains graphic gynecological illustrations for kindergarten through second graders and for fifth graders; a wooden ‘condom demonstrator’ for eighth graders; and the covers of multiple p-graphic and homosexual magazines for classroom discussion with 12th graders.”

However, it is in violation of Arizona law “by promoting a same-sex lifestyle and suggesting there are safe methods of homosexual sexual activity. In addition, one of the learning goals for 12th graders, includes knowing how to use a condom. The material promotes condoms for anal sex, despite the fact there is not one approved by the FDA as being suitable for this sexual activity,” LC reported.

The programming refers students to Planned Parenthood’s online presence dozens of times, including to its glossary containing “many other obscene words and definitions, which are not suitable for children including ‘necrophilia,’ defined as ‘when a person is sexually aroused by dead bodies.’”

A district spokesman responded to a WND message left with the superintendent requesting comment, and confirmed he was working on a statement.

Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said, “The Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson has no business exposing innocent children to graphic and harmful material. The school board needs to stop this trash as it has no place in public schools. This harmful material is a violation of Arizona law. Tucson parents must let their voices be heard and protect their children. They should attend every school board meeting until this smut is permanently eradicated.”

The letter to board members, Buck Crouch, Beki Quintero, Eva Carrillo Dong, Daniel Hernandez Jr., and Roberto Jaramillo, cites how the program violates state law by “giving preference, encouragement and support to abortion, over childbirth and adoption.”

It also violates state law that requires age appropriate material, medical accuracy and the promotion of abstinence, LC explained.

And “Numerous lessons promote homosexuality and portray it positively.”

“Displaying and advertising material that is obscene or harmful to minors is illegal under Ariz. Rev. Stat. [Paragraph] 13-3506. ‘It is unlawful for any person, with knowledge of the character of the item involved, to recklessly furnish, present, provide, make available, give, lend, show, advertise or distribute to minors any item that is harmful to minors.’ Yet 3Rs does exactly that, in 12th grade, instructing the teacher to present, show, and advertise and discuss pornographic magazines such as Playboy, Playgirl, and Penthouse,” the letter said.

In fact, its lesson involving Playboy and Penthouse “is a Class 6 felony.”

State law, Liberty Counsel said, “presumes that parents possess what a child lacks in maturity, experience, and capacity for judgment required for making life’s difficult decisions, not activist school employees.”

 

Brennan, Strzok And Kerry Allegedly Set “Spy Traps” For Trump Team; Hunt For FBI Mole Intensifies

May 12, 2018

Tyler Durden

5/11/2018

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Previously we reported on a disturbing op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel suggesting the FBI had a mole within the Trump campaign.

After a battle between House Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the release of classified information that was so top-secret that the DOJ refused to show Nunes on the grounds that it “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI” – the agency finally relented on Wednesday, allowing Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to receive a classified briefing.

This U.S. citizen, according the WSJ report, is a spy that the FBI embedded in the Trump campaign – and Strassel says she knows who it is but won’t say. 

I believe I know the name of the informant, but my intelligence sources did not provide it to me and refuse to confirm it. It would therefore be irresponsible to publish it.”

Mole hunt

In February, The Last Refuge reported that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was working as an “under-cover employee” (UCE) for the FBI – helping the agency build a case against “Evgeny Buryakov,” Then – seven months later, the FBI told a FISA court Page was a spy.

In April 2017, writing a story about Carter Page (trying to enhance/affirm the Russian narrative), the New York Times outlined Page’s connections to the Trump campaign.  However, New York Times also references Page’s prior connection to the Buryakov case. If you ignore the narrative, you discover the UCE1 description is Carter Page.  READ [Notice how the story is shaped] LINK HERE –The Last Refuge

When asked over Twitter by OANN‘s Jack Posobiec whether it was him, Page denied the charge – replying “But if what I’m hearing alleged is correct, it’s a guy I know who splits most his time between inside the Beltway and in one of the other Five Eyes countries,” adding “And if so, it’d be typical: swamp creatures putting themselves first.”

Another person of interest is Stefan Halper, a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor who is connected to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6.

Halper set up a February, 2016 meeting between Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and former Australian High Commissioner (and Clinton pal) Alexander Downer. Downer’s tip to Australian authorities that Papadopoulos knew of hacked emails which would be harmful to Hillary Clinton was a major factor in the FBI’s decision to launch its counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign.

Halper had several other contacts with Trump campaign officials, as the Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported in March.

Halper’s September 2016 outreach to Papadopoulos wasn’t his only contact with Trump campaign members. The 73-year-old professor, a veteran of three Republican administrations, met with two other campaign advisers, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned. –Daily Caller

Interestingly, The New York Post‘s Paul Sperry points out that Stefan Halper’s Wikipedia page had been updated to include “He has been exposed as a CIA and M-16 spy behind the FBI Russiagate investigations of the Trump Campaign and is an informant to the Mueller Special Prosecutor investigation” – an addition which was quickly deleted.

Perhaps Page and Halper are connected through London-based Hakluyt & Co. – founded by three former British intelligence operatives in 1995 to provide the kind of otherwise inaccessible research for which select governments and Fortune 500 corporations pay huge sums

Interestingly, Alexander Downer has been on their advisory board for a decade, while Halper is connected to Hakluyt through Jonathan Clarke, with whom he has co-authored two books. You can find a June 2004 video of the pair discussing their first book here. (h/t themarketswork.com)

Jonathan Clarke is the U.S. Representative – Director U.S. Operations for Hakluyt. Clarke is a fairly public figure – but it was quite difficult to locate references to his association with Hakluyt.

Given the lengthy association between Halper and Clarke, I expect we will find additional ties between Halper, other members of Hakluyt and members of British Intelligence.

Halper’s association with former MI6 Head Richard Dearlove – via their previous positions at Cambridge Intelligence Seminar –  is already known. –Themarketswork.com

Here’s Posobiec’s take on the FBI mole situation and Hakluyt. In short “Page got played” and the rabbit hole appears to be very deep…

Paul Sperry made another titillating tweet Friday morning, in which he writes:

“DEVELOPING: A major new front is opening in the political espionage scandal. In summer 2016, Brennan with his FBI liaison Strzok, along with help from Kerry @ State, were trying to set Russian espionage traps for minor players in the Trump campaign through cultivated intel assets”

As we reported in March, Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee was investigating the Obama State Department under John Kerry for its involvement in the dissemination of the unverified “Steele Dossier,” along with a second anti-Trump dossier written by Clinton confidant Cody Shearer. Nunes referred to this as “Phase 2” of his committee’s probe into Russian influence in the 2016 US election.

Nunes is also investigating whether former CIA director John Brennan perjured himself during Congressional testimony about the Steele Dossier. As Paul Sperry wrote in February:

In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.”

Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document (excerpt here), even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. –RealClear Investigations

So, if Sperry’s tweet is correct, the Obama State department, CIA, and FBI conspired to set “Russian espionage traps” for minor players in the Trump campaignand the FBI had a mole within the Trump campaign, that giant sucking sound you might hear is nothing short of the US Intelligence community starting to implode.

 

Agents Sound Alarm on Syrians Caught Sneaking Across Texas Border

May 12, 2018

Bob Price

5/10/2018

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Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector are sounding the alarm after they recently apprehended two Syrian nationals who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into South Texas. The agents say the arrest of the Syrians confirms there is a human smuggling pipeline from countries with connections to terrorism into the U.S.

“We don’t know the intentions of the two Syrians we caught sneaking across the border into Texas,” U.S. Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council 2455. “What we do know is that if the cartel-connected smugglers can bring people with good intentions across the border, they can also bring people with bad intentions.”

The two Syrian nationals apprehended on May 7, crossed the border in the same part of Laredo as nearly 230 Bangladeshi nationals have been apprehended. Garza explained that all drug and human smuggling in this area is controlled by the cartel known as Los Zetas.

“Laredo is a prime target for these ruthless smugglers because of our sector’s shortage of manpower and the lack of a physical barrier,” Garza explained in an interview with Breitbart Texas on Thursday. “We have 170 miles of river border with Mexico. Not one mile of that border has a physical barrier. We are wide open for these drug and human smugglers.”

“It is because of the hard work of the men and women who work as Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector that we are able to capture as many as we can,” he said.

Garza said that the region where these people are crossed into Texas is “notorious for extremely violent drug smugglers.”

“They don’t care what happens to the people who they smuggle,” Garza said, “and they sure don’t care about what happens to a Border Patrol agent who might get in their way. They are in it for the profit they can make today — nothing else.”

Breitbart Texas spoke with several officials from the Laredo Sector on Friday at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas. From frontline agents to the sector chief, the Border Patrol officials all expressed concern about the increasing numbers of foreign nationals crossing the border from countries with ties to terrorism.

“You have to look not only at the numbers of folks coming across in our Area of Responsibility (AOR),” Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens explained in a recent interview with Breitbart Texas, “but also, who they are and where they’re from because that very much affects how we meet the threat.”

“When we talk about the different groups that are crossing into an area, what we’re trying to draw attention to is a more comprehensive look at our threat picture,” Chief Owens continued. “We need to stay away from just focusing on the family units and Unaccompanied Alien Children that are coming from Central America and Mexico. What the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are dealing with on a daily basis is so much more complex than that.”

 

More than 30K ‘Credible Fear’ Claims Occurred at Southern Border in Last Months of 2017

May 12, 2018

John Binder

5/11/2018

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More than 30,000 claims of “credible fear” by foreign nationals have occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border in the last three months of 2017 under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s watch.

According to DHS data, there were about 30,186 total cases of foreign nationals claiming credible fear and thus requesting asylum in the U.S. between October and December 2017 – at the same time that an amnesty for illegal aliens was being considered by Congress and President Trump’s administration.

Current U.S. immigration and asylum laws allow foreign nationals passing through Mexico to arrive at the southern border and claim credible fear. These asylum-seekers are often allowed to evade deportation and can even obtain work permits once in the U.S., as Breitbart Texas has reported.

More than 10,000 of those 30,000 total cases of credible fear occurred when foreign nationals arrived at the ports of entry at the southern border, while more than 20,000 of the cases occurred when foreign nationals sought asylum by crossing the border illegally. About 67 percent of credible fear claims are made by foreign nationals crossing illegally into the U.S.

The data reveals the extent to which the nation’s asylum laws have been used by foreign nationals to enter the U.S., just as DHS Secretary Nielsen begged asylum-seekers to use the ports of entry to come to the country, as Breitbart News reported.

“So if you have a claim, you have children, you’re concerned for your life, go to a port of entry. You’ll be processed. We have asylum laws,” Nielsen said during a congressional hearing. “But when you break the law, that’s where it gets very difficult because we have to prosecute those who break the law.”

In recent months, the southern border has been inundated with illegal immigration and Central American asylum-seekers who traveled with a caravan, taunting President Trump’s DHS along the way.

Border-crossings have continued to soar under Nielsen’s direction at DHS. For example, as Breitbart Texas reported, border-crossings in March approached Obama-era levels of illegal immigration at the border. Last month, border-crossings continued to increase, with nearly 40,000 illegal aliens crossing the border.

As Breitbart News reported, border-crossers entering the U.S. illegally have an 88 percent chance of evading immediate deportation by claiming credible fear in their native country. Only half of the foreign nationals who evade immediate deportation by claiming credible fear, however, end up filing for asylum status after they are released into the U.S.

 

Billboard: Get Your Guns, Pro-Impeachment Liberals

May 11, 2018

Joe Miller

5/11/2018

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By Indy100. A pro-Trump billboard that tells liberals to ‘get their guns’ if they try to impeach President Trump has kicked off a storm on social media.

The sign, which is posted on private property in Maryland, around 30 miles from Washington, reads:

Hey liberals, better get your guns if you try to impeach President Trump. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County.

Residents of the area have had a mixed response to the sign’s message. Speaking to AB7 News, Michelle Rinker said: “I love the billboard. We’re conservative and there’s a lot of corruption that’s happened in this country and I don’t think it’s threatening.”

Other people have been less enthusiastic: “I hate that billboard,” a woman said. “I think it’s very threatening. I don’t like it at all.” (Read more from “Billboard: Get Your Guns, Pro-Impeachment Liberals” HERE)

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Pro-Trump Billboard in Maryland Sparks Social Media Debate

By NBC News. A billboard in Maryland warning liberals to arm themselves if they continue efforts to impeach President Donald Trump led to an uproar on social media after a photo of the sign was posted to an anti-Trump Facebook page.

The billboard is staked on private property along Maryland Route 4 in Huntingtown, around 30 miles southeast of Washington. It reads, “Hey Liberals: Better Get Your Guns if You Try to Impeach President Trump,” in dark red letters, adding, “From All of Your Deplorables in Calvert County.” (Huntingtown is in Calvert County.) . . .

Payne said the message on the billboard is changed about once a month. In April, [a pro-life] message on the billboard led several community members to contact police. (Read more from “Pro-Trump Billboard in Maryland Sparks Social Media Debate” HERE)

 

Candace Owens: Murdering Black Babies Is Now Called ‘Health Care’

May 11, 2018

Rebekah Baker

5/10/2018

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Communications director for Turning Point USA and popular conservative activist Candace Owens published two scathing tweets on Tuesday directed at Planned Parenthood — America’s largest and most lucrative abortion provider.

On Tuesday morning, Planned Parenthood Federation of America wrote in a tweet that “Abortion is health care. Full stop.”

Linked in the post was an article by Self Magazine, which claimed that legislation on abortion is “reproductive coercion.”

First, Owens noted that abortion — a procedure that ends the life growing inside the mother — is not health care. In one sarcastic sentence, Owens explained her position on the issue.

Owens is well known for her belief that black Americans aren’t victims and should take personal responsibility for their own lives.

However, it seems Owens believes African-Americans are certainly a target when it comes to the issue of abortion.

“This just in,” she wrote. “Murdering 800 black babies every single day is now considered ‘heathcare.’”

Planned Parenthood has come under fire by various pro-life groups for its targeting of black Americans.

“There is no demographic in America more targeted than the black community,” explained Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation. “The nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, has always focused on the poor black community. They’ve never eliminated poverty, but have helped in what famed voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, called a ‘genocide among blacks.’”

The abortion organization has also been slammed for its apparent racist history, specifically regarding its eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger.

“Since Planned Parenthood’s founder launched The Negro Project in 1939, the billion-dollar population control chain has employed the tactic of using influential black Americans to persuade the black community to embrace birth control and abortion-on-demand. Today, more black babies are aborted than born alive in the city where Planned Parenthood began — NYC,” Bomberger continued.

Results from a 2010 census revealed that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African-American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods, LifeSite News reported.

“According to the Guttmacher Institute, black women in 2011 had the highest unintended pregnancy rates at 79 per 1000 (aged 15-44) compared to 33 for white women,” LifeSite stated.

“Also according to Guttmacher, black women received 30 percent of the abortions in 2011, while blacks are only 12.6 percent of the population; Hispanic women received 25 percent of the abortions, while Hispanics are only 16.3 percent of the population. Combined, these minorities received 55 percent of the abortions but are only 29 percent of the population.”

Between 2013 and 2015, Planned Parenthood received over 1.5 billion in taxpayer funds.

 

New Jersey Allows Illegal Aliens to Apply for State Financial Aid

May 11, 2018

Katherine Rodriguez

5/10/2018

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The governor of New Jersey signed a law Wednesday allowing illegal aliens to apply for state financial aid programs to help pay for college beginning this fall, and the state has wasted no time in implementing it.

The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application for illegal aliens went live on the state’s financial aid website as of Thursday, allowing non-citizens not legally in the country to apply for the same financial aid benefits as U.S. citizens.

Illegal aliens—including Dreamers brought to the U.S. illegally as children—can apply for financial aid if they graduated from a New Jersey high school, attended high school in New Jersey for at least three years, and promise to legalize their immigration status, according to the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s website.

“We know New Jerseyans support the ability of our Dreamers to not only remain in our state but to become a strong and contributing part of our society and our economy,” Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in a statement shortly after signing the bill Wednesday at a ceremony on the Rutgers University campus in Newark. “By allowing them to not only go to college but to qualify for financial assistance, we are living up to that ideal.”

The New Jersey state Senate and Assembly passed the legislation in April mostly along party lines before it made its way to the governor’s desk.

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Parsippany), criticized the bill after its passage, saying that being a “compassionate state” does not necessarily mean that the state has to give unlimited government benefits to illegal aliens.

“We are a compassionate state and want to see every student succeed and reach his or her full potential,” Webber said in a statement. “But we and our taxpayers have limited resources, and enormous educational benefits already are provided to non-citizens. Compassion does not compel us to provide limitless public benefits to anyone who finds himself within our borders.”

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), said the legislation was necessary to help students succeed.

“Given the ever-escalating costs, many students, even with in-state tuition rates, are finding college more and more financially unattainable,” Schaer said in a statement. “Making this assistance available will make higher education a reality for these aspiring students.”

New Jersey is the tenth state to allow illegal aliens to obtain financial aid, joining Oregon, Connecticut, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Minnesota.

 

USDA caught murdering hundreds of kittens in “incineration ovens” as part of cruel medical experiments

May 11, 2018

5/10/2018

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Just in case you weren’t already horrified by the actions of federal agencies, the USDA has been caught experimenting with and executing hundreds of kittens as part of some sort of twisted study. Congressman Mike Bishop of Michigan is now calling for an investigation, revealing that he has already sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the horrific revelation from earlier this week.

As Bishop reported in his letter, it appears that the USDA has been experimenting on kittens by feeding them parasite-riddled raw meat for two or three weeks so their feces can be collected. Then they are killed via incineration. And at the end of the “study,” Bishops says, the USDA admitted that the baby animals were healthy — and yet, the government agency still saw fit to put them to death. The congressman’s letter questions why these animals were killed instead of being put up for adoption.

In a written statement, Bishop contended further:

“I’m shocked and disturbed that for decades the USDA — the very organization charged with enforcing animal welfare laws — has been unnecessarily killing hundreds of kittens in expensive and inefficient lab experiments. Any government research program like this one that’s been funded since the Nixon administration needs to be put under the microscope, especially when it involves using kittens as disposable test tubes in harmful tests that most taxpayers oppose.”

Bishop says that this research has been going on since 1982 — and that up to 100 kittens are killed every year. The USDA has said this number is a “serious overestimation,” but as Detroit News reports, that number was taken from an internal document dated May 2015, which described the laboratory’s official protocol for animal use in the experiment. The document reportedly estimated that 300 cats would be used during a three-year period.

Apparently the kittens are being killed off “in part” so the USDA can assist with developing a vaccine for toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Bishop says that while cats are the only animals capable of being used to produce Toxoplasma eggs for experimentation, scientists elsewhere have been developing alternatives to animal cruelty.

USDA steeped in controversy

This is not the first time that the USDA — an agency charged with animal welfare — has come under fire for many reasons — including their refusal to enforce organic livestock standards, among other despicable behaviors regarding their treatment of living creatures. Recently, the USDA’s Wildlife Services have been repeatedly called out for their reckless and indiscriminate tactics for murdering wildlife.

In 2016, it was estimated that the USDA killed 2.7 million wild animals. In 2015, that number was estimated to be even higher, at 3.2 million lives taken. But as wildlife advocates note, it’s virtually impossible to verify numbers reported by the government.

A number of ecologists have led research that casts serious doubts on the necessity of these killing sprees, but that has meant little to the federal agency, which appears hellbent on continuing their reprehensible massacres. Firearms, poison, snares, and leg-hold traps are some of their top choices for “controlling” wildlife populations.

As The Dodo contends, it is clear that special interest groups (like ranchers with livestock) have taken priority over the agency’s charge to improve our “coexistence” with the wild.

Many of their “methods” for “controlling wildlife damage” are indiscriminate — which means that non-targeted animals can, and will, be harmed by their tactics. The government reports that 2,790 animals were unintentionally killed in 2016 — though many question if any of the 2.7 million creatures destroyed needed to die at the hands of a federal agency.

On one occasion, a rare gray wolf was killed by a cyanide-spraying trap intended for killing coyotes. It’s worth noting that the gray wolf is considered a natural predator for coyotes (along with bears and mountain lions). Perhaps if we let nature be, instead of killing off all the natural predators and destroying their environment, coyotes would not have become such a problem.

Studies have shown that killing off predators does nothing to actually protect the livestock. So, when is the USDA going to stop killing animals of all kinds with reckless abandon?

Sources for this article include:

Fox5DC.com

TheConversation.com

 

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