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DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.

The new instructions do allow agents to use guns to defend themselves from vehicles that drive at them. “Agents shall not discharge their firearms at a moving vehicle unless the agent has a reasonable belief that… deadly force is being used against an agent,” the new instructions say.

However, the instructions also suggest that officers be penalized if they don’t step back. Agents “should not place themselves in the path of a motor vehicle or use their body to block a vehicles’s path,” according to new instructions.

The new curbs were praised by advocates for greater immigration, including Juanita Molina, director of the Border Action Network. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Menendez is one of the drafters of the June 2013 Senate immigration bill, which would boost the inflow of legal immigrants and guest workers up to 40 million over the next decade. During the same period, roughly 40 million Americans will turn 18.

 

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Why Some Nations Succeed and Many Nations Fail

Carlos Slim and Bill Gates are two of the richest men in the world. Slim with his Mexican telecommunication monopolies has done little to make either Mexico or the world a more prosperous place. In contrast, the computer revolution, in which Bill Gates was a major player, enriched the lives of people all over the world. In their book Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson claim that the reasons why Slim’s and Gates’ wealth bear such different fruit are the same reasons why Nogales, Arizona is so much more prosperous than Nogales, Mexico, although the cities are divided by no more than a fence which marks an international border. For the most part the people on both sides of the international line in Nogales are of the same ethnicities and share the same history and geographic constraints, but the incentives in each nation are radically different.

The authors claim that broadly-based prosperity is possible only in a nation with the rule of law, protection of private property, constitutionally-limited government, and relatively broadly-based political and economic power.

In failing nations, political control is held in a few hands and a single party. The institutions have been set up so that the people in power can stay in power and benefit themselves and their friends. In Mexico there were only three banks, no real elections, no publicly acknowledged system for registering private property ownership, and no way in which inventors of new ideas could expect to prosper from those new ideas. Except for those in political power, most of the population was consigned to grinding poverty. Mexico has periodically faced bankruptcy and the International Monetary Fund, as a condition of bailing out the government, insisted that some of the many government monopolies be privatized. The Mexican government privatized the telephone monopoly by handing it over to one of its cronies – Carlos Slim. He didn’t put up any money. He “paid” for it out of the proceeds of the company itself, and he picked up other assets at “distressed” prices. With his monopolies, he continued to soak high telephone rates from the Mexican people. In contrast, Bill Gates, after dropping out of Harvard, invented his software in his garage with a couple of his friends, marketed Microsoft products fiendishly, and competed as ruthlessly as he could with his rivals like Steven Jobs who had built Apple in a similar way. In doing so, Microsoft and its competitors computerized the world and raised living standards in places like India and Mexico.

Under the rule of law, Bill Gates was sued by Netscape for building a monopoly. And although Netscape’s case was relatively weak, Gates lost in court, was humiliated on the witness stand, was fined, and was almost forced to break up his company. The flip side of the equation is that he could not have acquired his wealth if he had been operating in a nation without the rule of law.

Without the rule of law the only way to gain economic wealth is to pay bribes, seek patronage from the government, and rely on the police and the state to eliminate your competition. Technological improvement, so essential to real economic growth, is always a threat because it will lead to political change and any political change is likely to lead to major loss of property and life to those at the top of the heap. And so, historically, those governments have granted monopolies on every aspect of the economy and monopolies tend to charge the highest possible prices and provide the lowest quality of goods. Monopolies cannot exist without the force of government behind them.

Acemoglu and Robinson demonstrate it doesn’t matter what the ideology of the people in power is. They always act to preserve their power and that requires eliminating the rule of law and concentrating all economic and political power in a small group of people. These governments routinely kill and imprison their political opponents, confiscate the wealth of their middle classes, and impoverish and starve the mass of their people. And if those political opponents gain power, they do the same. Thus, using radically egalitarian propaganda, the economic inequality in China and Russia increased after their revolutions and tens of millions of their citizens were starved to death because all the food the peasants grew was expropriated by the government. In Africa, with a few exceptions like Botswana, the post-colonial governments exploited their people in much the same ways, and to an even greater degree, than the colonial powers had. Rhodesia’s government may have been unjust, but Zimbabwe’s government is murderous. In too many of these countries, the leaders and their friends are all fabulously wealthy. The other people are fabulously poor.

But times are changing. The Mexican government is turning toward the rule of law and the privatization of large and inefficient state monopolies. Meanwhile, in this country, we are moving away from the rule of law and constitutionally-limited government and toward unlimited government power and cronyism. Government is becoming the only available source of funding for many people and many businesses, and politically, the force of government is being used to silence the government’s political opposition. And perhaps Bill Gates and Microsoft may finally get a real monopoly. It is called the Common Core. Read more about Why Some Nations Succeed and Many Nations Fail

U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says

Republicans will be unlikely to compromise on immigration reform unless U.S. borders are first secured, and the possibility of a broad immigration bill reaching President Barack Obama's desk this year is "clearly in doubt," Representative Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

"Security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."...

Last June, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally and tighten border security.

The bill stalled in the House, and some conservative Republicans in both chambers remain staunchly opposed to offering legal status for millions of adults who live in the United States unlawfully.

Obama last week hinted in an interview that he might be open to a plan that would first give undocumented workers legal status, as long as they were not permanently barred from becoming citizens....

"This is not one of those issues that has a deadline," he said in the ABC interview. Ryan emphasized that securing the U.S.-Mexico border was a crucial first step before changing rules around legal residency.

"We don't know who's coming and going in this country. We don't have control of our borders," he said. "Doing nothing on the security side of this isn't the responsible thing to do."

House leaders must contend with several conservatives who are suspicious of Obama's agenda and are reluctant to give the president a long-sought legislative victory....

Incumbents facing a primary challenge or a close general election in this year's campaign season may have an incentive to oppose the plan's path to citizenship.

Still, many lawmakers agreed to revamp U.S. policy on immigration after exit polling showed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012. The Republican National Committee made it a priority to reach out to minority voters after the election.

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Republicans should go ahead with immigration reform since it remains the right thing to do and not "because of what some pollster tells us." Read more about U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says

Obama: "We don't want two classes of people in America"

Although president Obama wants a "pathway to citizenship" as part of overall immigration reform, he says he won't "prejudge" what kind of bill might reach his desk -- as long as "folks aren't being deported."

"Well, I think the principle that we don't want two classes of people in America is a principle that a lot of people agree with, not just me and not just Democrats," Obama told Jake Tapper in a taped interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Obama said if House Republicans produce a bill saying that "folks aren't being deported, families aren't being separated, we're able to attract top young students to provide the skills or start businesses here and then there's a regular process of citizenship, I'm not sure how wide the divide ends up being. That's why I don't want to prejudge it."

He said he "genuinely" believes that House Republicans want to get serious about immigration reform, and he mentioned Rep. Paul Ryan by name.

"I do know that for a lot of families, the fear of deportation is one of the biggest concerns that they've got. And that's why we took executive actions, given my prosecutorial discretion, to make sure we're not deporting kids who grew up here and are Americans, for all practical purposes. But we need to get that codified.

"And the question is, is there more that we can do in this legislation that gets both Democratic and Republican support, but solves these broader problems, including strengthening borders and making sure that we have a legal immigration system that works better than it currently does."

Obama said he plans to consult with "the people who stand to be affected" by immigration reform legislation.

"The -- not just the immigrant -- immigration rights groups and organizations and advocates, but also ordinary folks. How do they feel? What is it that they're looking for? What do they aspire to? And, you know, this is something that -- where you've got to have a serious conversation around the country."

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that President Obama does want a "pathway to citizenship" for people who came to the U.S. illegally.

"We don't want to have a permanent separation of classes or two permanent different classes of Americans in this country," he said. "We're just not going to live with that."

He said the White House will now "stand back" and "see how the House Republicans handle this."

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Rep. Schrader to Hold Town Hall Events in Salem, Lake Oswego

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2014-01-21
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Plan to attend one of the upcoming town hall events taking place in Salem and Lake Oswego at the end of January and early February. Town hall events are excellent opportunities for you to ask questions about issues pending in Congress or your community.

SALEM TOWN HALL

Thursday, January 30th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium
585 Liberty Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

LAKE OSWEGO TOWN HALL
Saturday, February 8th
Noon to 1:00 PM
Lake Oswego City Hall, Council Chambers
380 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Questions you might ask Rep. Schrader:

1. There have been 7 major amnesties passed by Congress from 1986 to 2000, each resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Now another huge amnesty is being pushed. We need enforcement of the immigration laws, not another amnesty. We need E-Verify mandated, to ensure that all employed persons are here legally. E-Verify is accurate and ready for expansion. Will you work to make E-Verify mandatory?

2. Unemployment persists as a major problem in Oregon and the U.S. Businesses can and do hire illegal aliens at substandard wages in construction, agriculture, hotels, restaurants. Why don’t you do more to stop the hiring of illegal aliens?

3. States that have E-Verify laws have seen a decline in the illegal alien population. This shows that many illegal aliens will leave if they cannot find jobs. There’s no need for mass deportations and no one is advocating that. There is no need for another amnesty. Simply require implementation of E-Verify and honest enforcement of other immigration laws. This would bring decreases in numbers of illegal aliens and also discourage others from attempting to enter illegally.

4. Giving benefits to illegal aliens such as driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, etc. legitimizes their presence here and rewards illegal behavior. Citizenship and the rule of law must be cherished and respected, or our nation is on a slippery slope into the culture of corruption from which many immigrants claim to be escaping. What are you doing to strengthen U.S. immigration law enforcement?

5. Did you know that between the Censuses of 2000 and 2010, 80% of population growth resulted from immigration (immigrants plus the children of immigrants). The U.S. is already overcrowded. After more than 4 decades of unprecedentedly high immigration, we need a pause, a moratorium on immigration, or we face a steep decline in the quality of life for everyone. Are you willing to say No to the lobbies constantly pushing for amnesties and more immigration?

Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi privately has urged the Obama administration to halt deportations for some illegal immigrants...

In an interview with Telemundo over the weekend, Mrs. Pelosi said that just being in the country illegally is not enough of a reason to be deported, and she said illegal immigrants must have something more serious on their records.

“Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation,” she said in the interview... “If somebody has broken the law, committed a felony or something, that’s a different story.”

Federal law generally does say that those who are in the country without authorization — either because they jumped the border or have overstayed their visas — are deportable.

But Mr. Obama has claimed broad discretion to decide whom to deport out of the 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the country, arguing that Congress only appropriated enough money to deport about 400,000 people a year and so he must pick and choose whom to deport.

Homeland Security officials argue that nearly all of those they deport do meet one of their priority categories of having a criminal record or having previously been deported and returned to the U.S. in violation of that removal.

In her interview with Telemundo, Mrs. Pelosi said she disputes that, saying she’s appeared alongside some of those she said shouldn’t have been deported.

...Still, Mrs. Pelosi said she is not sure whether Mr. Obama has the authority to grant a broad suspension of deportations for parents of so-called Dreamers, the illegal immigrants whom the president already carved out of danger of deportation in an executive action last year.

“I don’t know whether he has the authority,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said. “But I think that there is discretion in the law as to the implementation, enforcement of the legislation that is calling for these deportations.” Read more about Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations

Now is not the time for us to relax

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2013-11-11
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The holiday season is when some of the dirtiest tricks in Congress are played on the American public - they hope you aren't paying attention and are too busy thinking about Christmas shopping and holiday parties.

Congress has just nine work days left in 2013 and many American loyalists are heartened by the white flags being raised by illegal alien amnesty supporters, indicating that "immigration reform" amnesty will not take place in 2013.  DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT! 

Now is not the time for us to relax, let down our guard, and start slapping each other on the back in congratulations. Now is the time for us to focus, intensify, and advance on the white flags of our illegal alien invasion and amnesty supporting opponents.                                                                                                             

We need to prepare for the possibility that the white flags we see are subterfuge designed to put American defenders at ease in order to pass amnesty rapidly without as much public backlash, or to try to diffuse the growing backlash the GOP will face in the 2014 primaries.

In 2013 Americans were terribly defeated when the Senate passed amnesty. Now the House version of the Senate bill has over 190 sponsors including at least 3 Republicans! They only need about 20 more votes to pass amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens to Obama's desk.

Illegal alien amnesty disguised as "immigration reform" is the coup de grace to America. Sure, they will keep the name America for awhile, but those of us loyal to the traditions, heritage, and principles that made America great will be buried beneath an unending wave of humanity that does not share our beliefs and that is coming to take every thing of value they can take from us. They will come in such great numbers until America becomes the same kind of hell hole many illegal aliens are already fleeing.

American activists need to increase our activism and make a major move against amnesty during these final legislative days of 2013!

Pick up the phone or send an email to your Congressman today.  Remind them who they are working for and what they need to do.  They need to hear from YOU!
 

U.S. Immigration Officers Give Frightening Warning

Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, which represents immigration enforcement officers, recently called on Congress to resist immigration reforms that harm his officers’ ability to do their jobs:

ICE officers are being ordered by [Administration] political appointees to ignore the law. Violent criminal aliens are released every day from jails back into American communities. ICE Officers face disciplinary action for engaging in routine law enforcement actions. We are barred from enforcing large sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act, even when public safety is at risk. Officer morale is devastated.

If this were the U.S. Capitol Police, the Secret Service, or the military, Congress would be outraged, the President would react firmly and swiftly, and pundits and groups from across the country would be demanding this problem be fixed. Sadly, though, nothing is being done to fix this broken and dangerous state of affairs.

In fact, the situation is even scarier. As the ICE letter points out, President Obama continues to order ICE officers to ignore ever-growing sections of immigration law and undertake actions that create a risk to public safety. The Senate has passed a gargantuan immigration bill that includes mass amnesty, tons of handouts to special interests, and enough waivers and exemptions to make Obamacare officials jealous.

Notably, the Senate bill does little to actually support the hard-working men and women of ICE and other immigration enforcement agencies. Even worse, amnesty would make the work of ICE even more difficult by encouraging more illegal immigration and adding new classes of provisional immigrants who have special rules that apply to them.

It is sad that it has come to this: “ICE officers are pleading with [Congress] to…stand with American citizens and the immigration officers who put their own personal safety at risk each day to provide for public safety.” U.S. law enforcement officers should not have to beg Congress just to enforce existing laws.

Congress should reject amnesty, which would only further harm our immigration officers’ effort, and instead use the budget process to give ICE and other immigration agencies the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. Then Congress should demand that President Obama uphold immigration law, not selectively enforce it. Read more about U.S. Immigration Officers Give Frightening Warning

Anti-Amnesty Activists Call for Flags at Half-Mast for Those Killed by Illegal Aliens

Anti-amnesty activists have called on President Barack Obama to lower flags at the White House and other government institutions to half-mast on Sunday to honor Americans who have been killed by illegal immigrants.

The call is part of the Remembrance Project’s and the Tea Party Immigration Coalition’s “National Remembrance Day for Those Killed by Illegal Aliens.” In a statement provided to Breitbart News, Remembrance Project founder Maria Espinoza said that her group is planning vigils and events in states across the country.

“Our children are being ignored by politicians," Espinoza said. "It is time politicians ‘represent’ Americans or admit they cannot fulfill the job they promised to do and resign.”

In a letter to President Obama, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition wrote that this administration’s non-enforcement directives have drastic consequences leading to “unnecessary harm to Americans.”

“Mr. President, we are asking you to order all national flags to be flown at half-staff on November 3rd to honor our fallen citizens, victimized not only by illegal alien criminals, but by the federal government's refusal to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws,” the group wrote.

A press request sent to the White House from Breitbart News seeking a response to this call has thus far gone unanswered.

Events will occur across the country, Espinoza told Breitbart News, over the course of Sunday and Monday in an effort to honor the fallen. For instance, Jamiel Shaw, the father of Jamiel Shaw, Jr., will hold a vigil starting at 3:30 PM local time in Los Angeles at 2136 Fifth Street, the site of the Jamiel Shaw Memorial, where the young man was killed by an illegal immigrant a few short years ago. Shaw’s father has testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the incident and called for stronger border security and interior enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

At the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, Nov. 4, the Iowa Minutemen will be holding their First Annual Night of Remembrance from 5 PM to 9 PM on the grounds’ West Mall.

On Sunday at 5:30 PM local time in Phoenix, Arizona, activists will hold a vigil at Wesley Bowlin Park at the corner of 17th avenue and Adams street. There, activists will draw attention to the case of Robert Krentz—a border rancher who is believed to have been murdered by an illegal immigrant.

Those are just a few of the events. For others, Espinoza said to check her organization’s website or to contact local activists. Read more about Anti-Amnesty Activists Call for Flags at Half-Mast for Those Killed by Illegal Aliens

Report: Deportations plummet in 2013, lowest since 2007

 

Authorities deported fewer illegal immigrants in fiscal 2013 than at any time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies that suggest Mr. Obama’s nondeportation policies have hindered removals.

Just 364,700 illegal immigrants were removed in fiscal 2013, according to internal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that CIS released Wednesday — down 11 percent from the nearly 410,000 who were deported in 2012.


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Homeland Security officials didn’t dispute the numbers, but said their own counts are still preliminary.

The administration has testified to Congress that it has enough money to deport 400,000 every year, but Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at CIS, said Mr. Obama and the Homeland Security Department have placed so many illegal immigrants off-limits for deportations that they cannot find enough people to fulfill that quota.

“The policies that they’ve implemented, especially prosecutorial discretion and the new detainer policy, are dramatically suppressing interior enforcement,” Ms. Vaughan said. “Even though they are finding out about more illegal aliens than ever before, especially more criminal aliens, the ICE agents in the field have been ordered to look the other way.”

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the agency has not tried to hide its new priorities, which have led to changes in the demographics of deportations.

“Over the course of this administration, DHS has set clear, common sense priorities to ensure that our finite enforcement resources are focused on public safety, national security, and border security,” she said.

“ICE has been vocal about the shift in our immigration enforcement strategy to focus on convicted criminals, public safety and border security and our removal numbers illustrate this,” she said.

The CIS report is bound to shake up the immigration debate going on in Congress.

Immigrant-rights advocates argue that Mr. Obama is removing too many people and have called for him to halt all deportations until Congress acts.

Indeed, immigrant-rights advocates cheered the new numbers, saying that if ICE confirms them, it will mean Mr. Obama is beginning to curb excessive enforcement.

“The dragnet deportation of 400,000 immigrants annually does nothing to make our streets safer, and constitutes a huge expenditure of government resources,” said Ruthie Epstein, policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union.

But those who want to see a crackdown say the administration is already ignoring most illegal immigrants, and said the latest numbers back that up.

Ms. Vaughan said that ICE agents and officers are encountering more immigrants than ever, including those with criminal records, which makes the drop in deportations more surprising. She said there’s a “target-rich environment” but the administration has hamstrung deportations.

The 364,700 deportations are the lowest since fiscal year 2007, which was in the middle of the last time Congress debated immigration.

Mr. Obama and his appointees at the Homeland Security Department have issued several policies designed to put illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. off-limits from deportations.

Probably the most famous of those is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which applies to so-called Dreamers, the young illegal immigrants who were usually brought to the U.S. as minors by their parents and are considered among the most sympathetic cases in the immigration debate.


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