Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future?
Perhaps the greatest manifestation of civil disobedience today is the illegal presence of between 12 million and 20 million immigrants who broke into our country or are breaking the law by being here after their visas expired. PAT BUCHANAN
Victorville Federal Prison, which was designed to hold 1,400 inmates, is struggling to house an extra 1,000 border detainees who were arrested in stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts.
With immigration detention facilities already at capacity, the Los Angeles Timesreported last week that the Victorville prison was not equipped to handle illegal alien detainees. Workers that talked to the Times complained that prison was already short-staffed and the detainees from around the world have different medical and language needs compared to local prisoners.
Republican Rep. Paul Cook (Yucca Valley) wrote to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Prisons in June to request additional training and staffing.
But Democrat Rep. Mark Takano (Riverside) told the Times that the immigration detainees he met when visiting the prison in early July were suffering poor conditions. Prison medical staff interviewed by the Times said 3 chickenpox cases and about 40 scabies cases had been diagnosed since the detainees started arriving.
In his first week in office in January 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that empowered state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of federal immigration officers to the maximum extent permitted by law.
Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) border services began hiring 5,000 additional Immigration & Customs Agency (ICE) border agents, total arrests declined in 2017. But ICE data reveals that apprehensions have spiked since March 2018, with ICE taking 51,905 migrants into custody in May, about triple the same period in 2017.
Due to a surge over the last few months of asylum seekers coming to the U.S., and shifts in Trump administration policies that have led to more and longer detentions, the number of people in ICE custody nationwide grew 20 percent — from 34,376 in fiscal year 2016, to 41,280 in early May, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Pro law-and-order immigration advocates in America whine about the emotional arguments and unhinged publicity stunts used by the open borders/abolish-ICE anarchists to sway public opinion.
But, when they use these emotional arguments, the abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) crowd are merely playing to their own personal strengths: irrationality, magical thinking, and projection. The important issue is that law-and-order advocates, like us, have failed abysmally to use our own emotional arguments in changing minds on the immigration topic.
Indeed, the most persuasive emotional arguments strongly favor secure borders and effective immigration law enforcement.
Let’s begin by understanding that a nation’s leaders should be most concerned about the safety, well being and futures of its own citizens the same way that rational parents must prioritize the safety and well being of their own children above all others. From a nurturing perspective, pro law-and-order immigration advocates will have an edge by using this argument.
While we are on the topic of children, consider how the DREAM Act and then DACA were sold to us on the lies that this legislative detritus was supposed to help “young immigrants” who were brought here as children and had no control over their situation.
Of course, those “young immigrants” could have been in their mid-thirties and simply had to claim to have been present in the U.S. prior to their 16th birthdays. Then, when that bill failed to pass, President Obama cobbled together DACA -- again claiming that this was about the children because, “Congress had failed to act.” I wrote about this deception in my article, DACA: The Immigration Trojan Horse, How the original DREAM act was designed to cover 90% of the illegal alien population in the US.
Now the press, and the Democrats along with certain judges, have gone off the deep end where an estimated 3,000 children have been separated from their parents along the U.S. Mexican border when they were caught being smuggled into the United States.
Had their own caregivers not brought these children across the border - in a brazen act of law-breaking - there would be no separation between family members. The caregivers took those illegal and irresponsible actions. The Trump administration was compelled to act as a consequence of the actions of those law-breaking caregivers.
Many of those children were not brought into the United States by their parents, but by human traffickers - this fact has been ignored by the media. Those children’s lives were endangered when they were brought by criminals, with whom their parents possibly conspired with in an effort to circumvent our immigration laws.
Even the children brought here by their parents or other family members were placed at risk by the arduous trek across dangerous terrain -- with it's sweltering temperatures, poisonous insects and snakes at every few feet, and with roving murderous thugs of the drug cartels waiting to pounce on innocent people.
The incredible hypocrisy is that those now demanding the demise of ICE are deafeningly silent on the mental condition, and the ultimate fate, of American children in foster care.
The website Children’s Rights Children’s Rights posted a section on Foster Care that included the following statistics:
Many of the children were taken from their families in the U.S. because their parents were incarcerated, were homeless or were, in one way or another deemed unfit to care for their own children.
Where is the news coverage about this foster care crisis that involves a far greater number of children in the United States? How many psychologists are rushing to comfort these hundreds of thousands of children in America who are in foster care, not for several weeks but as noted above, in some cases, for years?
Once again, the so-called “concerns” about children that have been exploited to evoke antagonism for the Trump administration and immigration law enforcement, are as fake as their other arguments.
The facts are crystal clear: our immigration laws have nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity. Safety, security and employment opportunities for Americans, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity are at the foundation of America’s immigration laws.
The bullying tactic employed by the immigration anarchists whereby they accuse pro-law-and-order immigration advocates of being racists and xenophobes is quickly dispelled by reviewing a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Title 8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens.
This section of law enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States. There are absolutely no references about race, religion or ethnicity. Rather, this section of law that guides CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors at America’s ports of entry.
Among these categories are: aliens who were previously deported (removed), aliens who suffer from dangerous communicable diseases or are severely mentally ill and prone to violence, and aliens who are criminals, spies, war criminals, human rights violators or terrorists. Exclusions include: aliens who would likely become public charges or work illegally, thereby displacing and suppressing the wages of American workers and lawful immigrant workers.
Open borders and a lack of interior enforcement of our immigration laws has enabled transitional gangs to enter the United States and establish themselves in towns and cities around the country. Recent news of MS-13 gang activity has outraged the American public but the problem has persisted for decades and involves Latin American gangs as well as gangs from around the world. As an INS agent, I investigated and arrested criminals from nearly every continent. Human nature is universal. All humans bleed red and among all races, religions, and ethnicities we find examples of “The good, the bad and the ugly.”
The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, made it clear that multiple failures of the immigration system enabled terrorists, and not only the 19 terrorist-hijackers who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 but a list of others, to enter the United States and embed themselves.
Thousands of innocent people have lost their lives to foreign criminals and international terrorists. Does this not evoke strong emotions?
My family, my neighbors and I lived through the terror attack on September 11, 2001, nearly 17 years ago, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that the attacks left those who witnessed them shaken to the core and causing many to still suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), forever impacting them and their well being.
Psychological damage has led to a higher risk for heart attack and stroke among civilian 9/11 rescuers and recovery workers, according to a study to be released Tuesday.
The American Heart Association interviewed more than 6,841 non-firefighter workers and untrained volunteers who were at Ground Zero following the attacks on Sept. 11, and found that PTSD cases were twice as prevalent than among the general population. Heart attacks and strokes among those blue collar crew members with PTSD were 2.35 times higher than the rest of the 9/11 workers, according to the study.
America has been too willing to permit foreign workers to enter the United States. This has displaced American workers, driven down wages and caused large numbers of American families to lose their homes to foreclosure, perhaps forcing more American kids into foster care.
Will hearing these facts evoke strong emotions?
Time and again judges and mayors of Sanctuary Cities have fatuously declared the Trump administration's immigration policies - policies to secure our nation’s borders and enforce our immigration laws - to be “unconstitutional.”
These officials should be required to read Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
"Invasion" has been defined, in part, as:
An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force: the Allied invasion of Normandy | in 1546 England had to be defended from invasion.
• an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity: an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
Facts and emotions are stubborn things. Where the current immigration debate is concerned, facts, the U.S. Constitution, our laws, our sense of morality, common sense - and even emotions - can be used to counter the unhinged and irrational narratives of the open borders / abolish-ICE crowd.
Smugglers Using Unaccompanied Minors to Carry Drugs Across Mexican Border, Say Feds
Border Patrol agents in South Texas arrested three unaccompanied minors being used by Mexican cartels to smuggle marijuana across the Rio Grande River. The actions are indicative of the types of abuses put upon Central American juveniles who are being put through the human smuggling process.
Rio Grande Valley(RGV) Sector agents assigned to the Fort Brown Station observed a group of illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico while carrying large backpacks on July 12. The agents suspected the backpacks carried drugs, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by RGV Sector officials.
The agents intercepted the group and arrested a 25-year-0ld man and a 15-year-old juvenile. The balance of the group quickly fled back across the river into Mexico, officials stated. A search of the three bundles led to the discovery of 64 pounds. Officials estimated the value of the load to have a street value of $51,000. The man and the juvenile were arrested.
A few days later, Fort Brown agents witnessed four suspects crossing the Rio Grande River border from Mexico. The agents responded and apprehended two 17-year-old juveniles. The juveniles had been carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs. The two other suspects fled back across the river with their loads. The intercepted marijuana weighed more than 68 pounds. Officials placed the street value of the seized drugs at more than $55,000.
Rio Grande Valley Sector officials confirmed to Breitbart Texas on Tuesday evening that all three of the juveniles are classified as Unaccompanied Alien Children. They will be processed by Border Patrol officials per the sector’s guidelines.
Agents turned the drugs over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, GAB, and Facebook.
DHS Official: Deported Parents Decided to Leave 100-Plus Children Behind
More than 100 deported migrant parents have separated themselves from their children and left them behind in the United States, according to Kevin McAleenan, head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“So we’ve seen many [deported] parents — apparently over a hundred already — say that they’d rather have their child stay here,” McAleenan told Politico’s interviewer, Luiza Chwialkowska Savage. “They might have a family member who that child can be placed with in the U.S., but that is the parent’s decision,” he said July 17.
The growing number of self-imposed separations comes as progressives and judges continue their emotional protests against the federal effort to shelter children while their migrant parents are detained for immigration violations or asylum hearings.
The judges’ campaign against “family separation” has forced President Donald Trump to reinstate “catch-and-release” policies for migrants with children, and has rushed the release of roughly 2,600 parents and a similar number of children, including the 100-plus adults who have now voluntarily separated themselves from their children.
The post-release separation of parents from their children is a deliberate choice by the parents, Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart News.
That is the choice of their parents! The whole point of bringing the kids was to get the kids into the United States to live with friends or [extended] family. That was always the intended result. The [parents often will] reunify by coming in illegally on a later date.
The parents are willing participants in the criminal act of smuggling, willingly putting their children in this dangerous situation, and willingly separating themselves from their kids, and willingly remaining separated.
Roughly 500,000 migrants from Central America were let into the United States under President Barack Obama, creating many family networks that can help raise the migrants’ abandoned children — and a new population of illegal-alien children to lobby for future amnesty legislation.
In the interview with McAleenan, Politico’s questioner asked: “A lot of people have been surprised to read that some of these parents were deported with their children still here in government custody. Can you explain a little bit about what happened in those cases?”
When they finish their immigration proceeding and have a final order of removal from an immigration judge, and ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is taking that step to remove them to their home country, if they are aware that their child is in HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] custody, ICE gives them the opportunity to make a decision to bring the child home with them or to have the child stay with HHS custody and exercise their own rights under the TVPRA [Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act].
So we’ve seen many parents – apparently over a hundred already — say that they’d rather have their child stay here. They might have a family member who that child can be placed with in the U.S., but that is the parent’s decision.
After McAleenan’s revelation, Politico’s questioner quickly moved on another subject, saying “So let us talk a little bit about the big picture.”
A DHS official said early July that at least 12 parents of children aged four or younger had decided to leave their children behind in the United States.
The expanding abandonment of children is a political problem for progressive groups which have claimed moral superiority over pro-enforcement advocates via their emotional campaign ‘to end to family separation.’
For example, a June statement from American Academy of Pediatrics declared:
“Separating children from their parents contradicts everything we stand for as pediatricians — protecting and promoting children’s health,” AAP President Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, said in a press statement. “The new policy is the latest example of harmful actions by the Department of Homeland Security against immigrant families, hindering their right to seek asylum in our country and denying parents the right to remain with their children.”
Politico’s interviewer channeled the progressives’ denunciation of enforcement and separation, asking:
The President of the pediatrics association made some very strong comments about the long-term impact, psychological impacts, impacts on brain development on children who are separated from their parents like this. It has been very difficult for any of us, and I know you’re a dad, to watch this. Talk about what you see as the moral dimension here. What are our responsibilities to the children?
“We need to protect them, ideally, before they even take this perilous journey and are victimized by smugglers [and] are put in stash houses, and many lose their lives,” McAleenan responded.
Progressive lawyers are urging migrant parents to let their children file separately for asylum, even after the parents are slated for deportation.
Pro-immigration advocates say the 2008 update to the TVPRA law allows children to seek asylum — and eventually citizenship — because their parents carried them into the United States and then refused to take them home.
The 2000 law was passed, according to the act’s preamble, “To combat trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude, to reauthorize certain Federal programs to prevent violence against women, and for other purposes.”
A 2013 policy set by the officials working for President Barack Obama said “unaccompanied children” can file for amnesty even if they have a parent in the United States and even after they turn 18.
However, Obama’s lenient policies have been partly supplanted by an asylum reformestablished in June by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions. The Sessions reform says migrants cannot get asylum by claiming spousal abuse or fear of gangs.
In California, the ACLU is pressing Judge Dana Sabraw to let them represent children, with or without parents. The Associated Press reported July 16:
“As a result of the Attorney General’s (patently unlawful) asylum decision, it will be that much more difficult to advise families about whether a child will ultimately prevail in his or her asylum claim,” the ACLU said in the filing, “or instead will spend years by themselves in the United States fighting their case in the immigration courts, only to be removed at the end of the day.”
In New York, the New York City’s Legal Aid Society is trying to help migrants and their children stay. Politico summarized a comment from lawyer Judith Goldiner, saying “Some parents would rather their children stay in the U.S. to avoid violence even if it means being separated, she said.”
Wealthy pro-migration lawyers are volunteering to help migrants’ children win residency and green cards in the United States. For example, the Associated Press reported:
William Silverman, of the New York law firm Proskauer, spent a week in June at the Dilley family immigration detention center southwest of San Antonio, where he represented four Central American children ages 5 to 10 who appeared on their own for appeals after they and their mothers failed credible fear interviews.
He said the judge, speaking to the children via closed-circuit television, denied their appeals and told each kid “good luck in your home country.”
“Some of the kids were not old enough to fully understand the consequences,” Silverman said. “But the oldest boy, as soon as the judge spoke, he didn’t say anything but slouched over and put his head down. He looked completely dejected.”
Many elite lawyers are providing free aid to the migrants.
All-star of the week this week is @lindsaycnash who travelled up with little notice to provide credible fear orientations to 40 migrants being held in the Albany County Jail. When the border comes to NY, we respond accordingly. Thanks for being a part of the team @CardozoLaw!
In his Politico interview, McAleenan said that the law could be enforced and migrants can be treated fairly if Congress allows agencies to hold them in detention for a short period instead of releasing them to hide in the nation’s population of 11 million illegal migrants.
“Immigration processing can be done fairly and relatively quickly [and] the detain docket for the immigration courts moves in about 45 days on average …. for those in ICE custody,” he said, adding that the backlog now consists of 700,000 cases. He continued:
Only about 5 percent of the people released ultimately end up being removed, even if they get a final order of removal for immigration purposes. It is really that in-custody docket, move in 45 days, that actually creates an immigration system where we have a rule of law, and we don’t have that if we are releasing people.
Currently, four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market — but the government provides green cards to roughly 1 million legal immigrants and temporary work-permits to roughly 3 million foreign workers.
Thanks to @SarahFRogerson for her work to ensure access to counsel for migrants detained in Albany. Toughest part by far was trying to explain to these asylum-seekers that they're being held in jail for an untold amount of time simply for seeking safety from persecution.