Homeland Security

National Guard deployment led to more than 10,000 arrests of illegal immigrants, says CBP

The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who illegally entered the United States from Mexico, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said Monday. Because guardsmen are military personnel and not law enforcement officers, they cannot apprehend illegal immigrants. But CBP officers and Border Patrol agents apprehended thousands of people that guardsmen helped point out. The National Guard’s presence also helped lead to the interception of more than 3,300 others who were turned back before they crossed into the U.S., CBP press secretary Corry Schiermeyer said in an email to the Washington Examiner. The Guard’s deployment has also led to an additional 11,686 pounds of marijuana being seized as a result of their work. There are 1,601 National Guard troops at the border assisting with various surveillance, maintenance, and related operations. That number could tick up considerably if the 4,000 National Guard troops President Trump approved on April 4 are called on in a future request from CBP. Troops are providing support from the air, surveillance backup, and assistance with infrastructure projects like vegetation clearing and road maintenance, not including border wall construction. Another task is to specifically free up agents to leave their desks and get back out to the field. The troops monitoring remote video surveillance systems have then been able to report sightings to a greater field of agents, and thus the number of apprehensions has increased, officials said. The deployment is funded through the end of fiscal 2018, Sept. 30. Ronald Vitiello, then-acting CBP deputy commissioner, said in April the intent of the mission is for CBP to regain operational control of the border.

Feds: 1-in-5 Illegal Aliens Crossing with Toddlers Are Criminals, a Danger

About 1-in-5 illegal alien adults crossing the United States-Mexico border with toddlers under the age of five are either criminals, not the child’s parent, or present some other danger to the child. A new report released by the White House finds that of the 102 border crossing toddlers who were mandated by the courts to be reunited with the illegal alien adults they arrived with, 21 of the adults were found to be unfit to be reunited with the toddlers they crossed with. This means that about 1-in-5 illegal alien adults arriving in the U.S. with toddlers are not eligible to have those children placed back in their care and custody after being separated at the border. The White House outlined the cases of the 21 illegal alien adults who are unfit to be reunited with the toddlers they arrived with. Click here to see the breakdown:

Pretty compelling…

MS-13, Other Gang Members Caught After Illegally Crossing Border

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector stopped MS-13 and 18th Street gang members after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas during the weekend following the Independence Day holiday. Agents in the Del Rio Sector also stopped another MS-13 member. Agents assigned to the Weslaco Station arrested a Honduran male near the town of Edinburg, Texas, on July 5. During a biometric background investigation, the agents learned the man had been ordered removed from the U.S. following a conviction for sexual assault of a child..

Kudos to these BP agents for catching these maggots..  For more, click on the text above.

DHS expands power to initiate deportations

The Trump administration has expanded the government’s deportation powers, issuing guidelines urging officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that oversees legal immigration and naturalization — to begin the removal process for people who use fraudulent documents or who illegally took government benefits. USCIS officers have always had powers, but in the past had usually referred cases to other parts of Homeland Security for decisions on deportation. But new guidance memos reviewed by The Washington Times show USCIS is now pushing to advance its own role in policing illegal immigration. “For too long, USCIS officers uncovering instances of fraudulent or criminal activity have been limited in their ability to help ensure U.S. immigration laws are faithfully executed,” L. Francis Cissna, the agency’s director, said in announcing the changes publicly. “This updated policy equips USCIS officers with clear guidance they need and deserve to support the enforcement priorities established by the president, keep our communities safe, and protect the integrity of our immigration system from those seeking to exploit it.” The memos tell agency employees to be on the lookout for people who apply for naturalization or another legal immigration benefit but who have criminal records, used fraudulent documents, lied about their applications or had abused public benefit programs. In the past, those might have been enough to reject the application, but USCIS would either drop the issue or refer the case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation. Under the new guidelines, dated June 28, USCIS employees are now urged to begin the deportation process themselves. That involves issuing a Notice to Appear, or NTA, which signals the beginning of the deportation process. Someone who receives an NTA then must go before an immigration judge, has the chance to appeal, and only then is deported. “When fraud, misrepresentation, or evidence of abuse of public benefit programs is part of the record and the alien is removable, USCIS will issue an NTA upon denial of the petition or application, or other appropriate negative eligibility determination,” the guidance says. The new guidance reclaims USCIS’s role as a gatekeeper and expands the number of government employees on the lookout for deportable migrants. The immediate effect could be to discourage people with bogus claims from coming forward to apply, since they now run a greater risk of ending up in deportation proceedings. People applying under the Obama-era DACA program are exempted from the new guidance, meaning illegal immigrant “Dreamers” won’t generally have to worry about being put in deportation if their claim is rejected. The prohibition on sharing their information with ICE is also still in place..

As the number of illegal aliens here in America is in the tens of MILLIONS, this is nowhere near enough.  But, hey..  It’s a small win.  So, we’ll take it..

What ICE is really doing on the US-Mexico border

As a border patrol agent based near Mexico, Hector Garza holds his job in high esteem: He tries to do the job with dignity, he said, even in the face of mass protests aimed at the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents. “We’re treating people with respect at the border,” he said during an interview with FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto. “Our agents go out there every single day and save these illegal immigrants who crossed, kids were abandoned by their parents, abandoned by the smugglers.” The furor began on Monday, after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency began forcibly separating and detaining children from their parents who had entered the U.S. illegally. Although President Trump signed on Thursday an executive order that ended the policy by keeping families together when they’re detained, there are reportedly still hundreds of children separated from their parents. Garza said some of the separations are likely to continue, despite the executive order, because some of the children aren’t related to the adults purporting to be their parents. Some cartels, he said, will sneak across the border by pretending to be families. “Many times they don’t have any kind of information,” he said. “They have their names confused. The kid won’t even recognize who the adult is.” Garza did not have specific numbers about how many children may have been recruited by drug cartels. Protesters have targeted border patrol agents and administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. But, Garza said, many people aren’t aware of what it really entails to be a border patrol agent, or what the job is comprised of. And while he said the waves of hatred toward the agency has affected some of the agents, they will continue to go out there and protect the country, he said. Each day, agents confiscate mass amounts of drugs along the border — drugs that could kill people in the U.S., he said. “They’re focusing on this issue with families, but they’re not focusing on the fentanyl, the cocaine and all these dangerous drugs that are killing our kids in this country,” he said. “Those are the drugs we need to stop.”

Agreed..  THIS is the story that MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream media, as well as Democrat politicians, don’t want you to know.  For them, they don’t care at all about the illegal alien kids.  They just want to use this issue to whip up their base in a frenzy to oppose Trump and use it as an election issue in the November midterms.  That’s all.  The FACT that this policy of separating illegal kids from illegal adults that cross has been around for a long time spanning previous presidential administrations.  That’s a FACT.  These self-righteous Dems and liberal media personalities on MSNBC and CNN never hounded Obama or his administration when they had the same exact policy.  What hypocrites!  Another FACT..  Trump penned an executive action stopping most of these separations recently.  So, really…The issue is no more.  BUT, the liberal media, idiot liberal celebs in HollyWEIRD and Dems still are parading it around and keeping the “issue” alive for pure self-righteous, hypocritical reasons; again to keep it as a campaign issue in November.  FAKE NEWS!!    Remember that next time you find yourself having a brain fart and actually turning on CNN or MSNBC.

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

President Trump’s travel ban is both legal and constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, reversing a series of anti-Trump decisions by lower courts and delivering a landmark win for the White House. The 5-4 decision recognizes Mr. Trump has broad powers to block foreigners from entering the U.S., giving the administration a boost as it tries to fend off myriad lawsuits over its get-tough immigration policies. And the court refused to hold Mr. Trump’s tweets and other campaign-era anti-Muslim comments against him now that he’s in office, saying judges usually take the president’s actions on their face. They ruled the travel ban was facially neutral, not the “Muslim ban” his critics had said. “The text says nothing about religion,” Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. Trump critics were enraged, with one saying the ruling would go down as among the worst the high court has ever issued. In the immediate term it means the government may continue to severely restrict entry of citizens of seven countries Mr. Trump and his Cabinet deemed to be uncooperative in sharing information on their travelers. But the ruling also has major implications for the ongoing immigration debates, finding that Congress has clear powers to deny entry to foreigners, and it gave the president wide latitude to exercise those powers. Mr. Trump was “squarely within the scope” of his authority in issuing the travel ban, and gave a sufficient description of his reasons for doing so, the court ruled. “Under these circumstances, the government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review. We express no view on the soundness of the policy,” the chief justice wrote. “We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim.” The court’s four Democratic-appointed justices dissented.

Gee..  Big surprise, lol.  This is a HUGE victory for the rule of law, and for the Constitution.  Excellent!!  For more, click on the text above.    🙂

CBS Poll: 51% of Americans Believe a Border Wall is a Good Idea

As Townhall previously reported, a CBS poll released today showed that more Americans than not want illegal alien families either detained or deported all together. But, that same poll shows that 51% of Americans believe that a wall along the United States southern border is a good thing, even if that structure does not span coast-to-coast. According to the poll, 32% of Americans believe that “a wall along the U.S. Mexican border” is a “good idea that can probably be completed.” 19% of those polled answered that the wall is a “a good idea that should be tried, even if it cannot be completed.” 48% of the 2063 adults polled said the wall was a “bad idea.” The CBS poll was conducted last week from June 21-June 22. The poll comes after nearly two weeks of intense national scrutiny of the Trump administration regarding its handling of the southern border child migrant crisis. Democratic officials, liberals, and moderate Republicans have blasted President Trump for his “zero tolerance” policy of separately detaining illegal alien children from their parents when caught crossing the Mexican-American border. President Trump has long promised a “big beautiful wall,” but so far has been unable to receive the necessary funding. In an op-ed on Friday, liberal commentator Andrew Sullivan argued that Democratic representatives should give Trump “his f*cking wall. He won the election. He is owed this. It may never be completed; it may not work, as hoped. But it is now the only way to reassure a critical mass of Americans that mass immigration is under control, and the only way to make any progress under this president.” But, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who often votes against Trump, argued today that just a few months ago Congress actually had given President Trump the necessary funding for the border wall, but the White House opted to decline the bill in hopes of getting more political victories. Sen. King told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that, “Mike Rounds and I had an amendment, it was the one that got the most votes on the floor of the Senate. We got 54 votes. It was in a sense DACA for the wall. And the wall was fully funded. The Democratic Caucus voted, I think, 46 out of 48 members, 49 members for it. That was a hard sell. But the White House itself torpedoed the bill. They threatened to veto, they sent out a scurrilous press release from DHS and we had the votes. We had probably 65, 67 votes. They killed it. They had the wall in their hand and they let it go because they wanted more.” Despite President Trump signing an executive order last week that stopped the separation of families apprehended at the border, it is unclear where the debate on this issue will lead before the 2018 midterm elections.

Think about this..  CBS News, which is part of the dominantly liberal mainstream media, found in one of THEIR polls, that 51% of Americans in THEIR poll, want the wall built.  Just imagine if that had been a Fox News poll…and how much higher that number would be.  Americans are sick of this non-stop invasion on our southern border by illegal aliens.  So, despite the emotional tugs at the heart by agenda-driven leftists talking about children migrants and so on, the people have had it.  We agree.  BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico to prevent would-be crossers from stepping one foot on U.S. soil.  After all, once they do, they’re entitled (and that’s the key word) to all sorts of freebies that we, the actual citizens, have to pay for.  Then, those Guard troops should remain on the border until that wall/fence is finally built above/below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long it takes.  Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegals already here in America by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly), paying particular attention to known gang members (i.e. MS-13, etc.), convicted criminal aliens, and those already determined by an immigration judge to be deported…regardless of age or gender.  And, that’s just for starters, folks.  To do anything less is NOT in our county’s national security, or economic, interests.  Period!