If Janet Napolitano lips are moving she’s lying, any drop in border arrests is offset by the Obama administrations halting deportation of thousands of criminal illegal aliens. ICE has been dismissing hundreds of deportation hearings every week and just releasing these illegals without deporting them. The Obama administration has halted deporting illegals round up in workplace raids and let them continue stealing jobs and depressing wages. The border is still wide open, Obama, Pelosi and Reid have halted the border fence one of the few barriers that has worked. Obama’s boy at ICE John Morton is a disgrace and should be fired or prosecuted for defrauding the taxpayer. He take’s home a big paycheck courtesy of the U.S. tax payers but refuses to do his job enforcing the laws of the land. Worse of all Obama’s lackeys are making no effort to purge illegal aliens from the census, in fact they are doing everything possible to count them as American. So when you hear one of Obama’s lackey’s blathering on its not what there saying it’s what there NOT SAYING.
Border Patrol arrests fall 17 percent in 2010
SAN DIEGO – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday a 17 percent drop in Border Patrol arrests this year shows heightened enforcement is slowing illegal immigration.
The Border Patrol made about 463,000 arrests during the federal government’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down from 556,032 the previous 12 months. It marks the fifth straight year of declines.
Border Patrol arrests are down 72 percent from nearly 1.7 million in 2000. The agency typically makes about 97 percent of its arrests along the 1,952-mile border with Mexico, with nearly all the rest coming along the Canadian border.
Napolitano said the weak economy helps explain why fewer people are getting caught crossing the border illegally, and she also credited enforcement against employers. But she said a big reason is enforcement under President Barack Obama — including bringing the Border Patrol to an all-time high of 20,500 agents and dispatching 1,200 National Guard troops.
“The manpower, the technology, the infrastructure all has enabled us to be able to really slow that flow of illegal immigrant traffic,” she said at a news conference at the San Ysidro border crossing with Tijuana, Mexico.
Napolitano also said more drugs, weapons and illicit cash were being seized along the Mexican border.
“We now have a border more secure than ever before, and these efforts are only going to continue in the weeks, months and years ahead,” she said.
Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego who advocates a more restrictive immigration policy, noted that border enforcement has been building for 15 years. In the mid-1990s, President Bill Clinton launched a crackdown in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, that pushed migrants to remote mountains and deserts and made Arizona the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.
President George W. Bush doubled the size of the Border Patrol to 20,000 agents and, at one point, had 6,000 National Guard troops assigned to the border.
“It’s been a long process over several administrations,” said Nunez, who teaches immigration policy at University of San Diego. “They are reaping the rewards.”
Enrique Morones, an activist who supports looser immigration policies, said the economy is the main reason for the five-year decline in arrests.
“If there are fewer jobs available, fewer people come,” said Morones, president of Border Angels, which provides water to migrants crossing the border.
Morones said enforcement has discouraged people from crossing the border illegally to a much lesser extent. He said the crackdown has led to the deaths of many migrants who tried to evade the Border Patrol by crossing in remote areas in stifling heat.
Border Patrol arrests fell 42 percent in the San Diego region this year, to 68,568 from 118,708. The department did not provide numbers for other regions.
As King Obama continues his rape of the American taxpayer, his next junket is really going to hurt. This president more then any president in the history of the republic has used obscene amounts of taxpayer money to pleasure himself and his family with lavish vacations and parties with hollywood assholes and other assorted a-list malcontents. This “Green President” is spewing jet fuel into the atmosphere at a record pace jetting off for golf outings and partisan political fundraisers. One minute he’s blasting excess on Wall Street the next minute he’s sprinting up Air Force One’s staircase to take another vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. In two years he has blown out the largest debt numbers in the history of the country, he scolds everyone else for not downsizing then goes on spending record sums of hard earned taxpayer money on his leftist agenda. Folks remember this next tuesday when you cast your ballots.
Obama’s 855-Room Junket To India: What About the Deficit?
by John W. Lillpop
Having created another trillion-dollar deficit for the current fiscal year, President Obama is working on yet another deficit buster with his extravagant two-day visit to India in November.
As reported in part, Obama’s travel scheme is hardly what one would expect from a president dedicated to deficit reduction:
To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked.
“The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”
“Since Obama will stay in a hotel that is on sea front, elaborate coastal security arrangements have been made by the US Navy in consonance with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. “There will be US naval ships, along with Indian vessels, patrolling the sea till about 330-km from the shore. This is to negate the possibility of a missile being fired from a distance,” the officer said.
“The President will be accompanied by his chefs, not because he would not like to savour Indian cuisine, but to ensure his food is not spiked.
While all agree that presidential safety is an overriding priority, is it really necessary to book 855 rooms, including 570 at the Taj Mahal Hotel?
Other burning questions that deserve intelligent answers:
* Why Mumbai, other than as a symbolic gesture to terrorists? Can America afford such pricey, meaningless gestures?
* Where is the cost-benefit analysis? Just what benefits will accrue to the American people as a result of this elitist misadventure?
* What can Obama hope to accomplish at the Taj Mahal that he could not accomplish just as well in the Oval Office with a collect call to India? Remember, Mr. President, these are tough times – a truth that applies even to spend-happy Marxists!
If, and when, Republicans recapture the House and or Senate (next week?), the first priority for the new Congress should be to monitor and control travel by the first family.
That means control over trips (domestic and international) by the president and by his reckless spouse whose European vacations are a scandal in these times.
Time to put an end to foolish travel expenses by our out-of-touch, elitist president!
John W. Lillpop is an independent columnist
As Obama, Reid and Pelosi jet around on the tax payer’s dime trying to raise campaign funds
the bills keep adding up. Every where these crooks go the entourage of crap that follow these visits are costing taxpayers plenty. These politicians are not Kings and Queens but they sure expect the royal treatment. Estimated costs for jetting around in AF-1 is estimated at $280 million dollars an year as of 2009, and remember there’s two 747’s.
AF-1 Cost To Taxpayers
AF-1 Operating Cost
Don’t forget the cost’s related to military cargo planes carrying limousines, Secret Service and assorted equiptment. You can also add to that costs for multiple USAF fighters and tankers fly Combat Air Patrols. There is often a spare aircraft to backup AF-1 somewhere nearby. Don’t forget the U.S. Government has a huge fleet of jets just to fly members of the house and senate along with cabinet members and assorted bureaucrats. What do you think all this luxury travel costs you every year, guess what they have no clue what these 1,400 aircraft cost. As of 2002 it was $700 million dollars a year.
GAO Inaccurate Aircraft Costs
Now these jackals are flying family around on your dime, campaigning and going to fundraisers with fat cats with miniscule reimbursement. I thought Obama was the “Green President”, why not use tele-conferencing for most of these deals. Obama makes a big deal about a few useless solar panels on the White House, then hops into AF-1 burning $68,000 per hour of fuel and spewing hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. Its time this bullshit ends, unless its government biz they can pay for there own plane. There’s no reason that cabinet members and bureaucrats can’t fly on commercial aircraft. You know whether your a Democrat or a Republican all these bills are paid for out of your paycheck.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.
Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons were on the June 20, 2009, flight from Andrews AFB to San Francisco where Pelosi resides, according to the documents. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took a grandson on a flight from Andrews to Travis AFB, north of San Francisco.
Judicial Watch obtained the documents as a result of a January 25, 2009, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Previous documents received by the non-profit watchdog group revealed that Pelosi’s travel “cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol,” according to Judicial Watch.
“For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.”
“Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force. Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel,”
Well it seems that Obama is continuing his backdoor Amnesty by choosing to let illegal alien criminals lose to prey on American citizens. Why Obama is trying so hard to destroy our country is for the historians. What is important now is to purge the House and Senate of his lackeys and fellow left-wingers. Obama is driving full scale ahead trying to bring down the American way of life and replace it with some Euro trash socialist wonderland. His corrupt Chicago politics are being shoved down the throat of every American with the full support of the Democratic Party. Casting your votes against these mutants will be the most important vote of any Americans life since the birth of the republic.
Immigration cases tossed by the hundreds
In the month after Homeland Security officials started a review of Houston, Texas’ immigration court docket, immigration judges dismissed more than 200 cases, an increase of more than 700 percent from the prior month, new data shows.
The number of dismissals in Houston courts reached 217 in August – up from just 27 in July, according to data from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers the nation’s immigration court system.
In September, judges dismissed 174 pending cases – the vast majority involving immigrants who already were out on bond and had cases pending on Houston’s crowded downtown court docket, where hearings are now being scheduled into 2012. Roughly 45 percent of the 350 cases decided in that court in September resulted in dismissals, the records show.
The EOIR data offer the first glimpse into Homeland Security’s largely secretive review of pending cases on the local immigration court docket. In early August, federal attorneys in Houston started filing unsolicited motions to dismiss cases involving suspected illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for years without committing serious crimes.
News of the dismissals, first reported in the Houston Chronicle in late August, caused a national controversy amid allegations that the Obama administration was implementing a kind of “backdoor amnesty” – a charge officials strongly denied.
In recent weeks, some immigration attorneys reported the dismissals have slowed somewhat, while others reported they now have to ask ICE trial attorneys to exercise prosecutorial discretion in order to have their cases dismissed. Others, however, said they are still being approached by government attorneys seeking to file joint motions for case dismissal.
“They’re still doing it,” said immigration attorney Steve Villarreal. “They’re just doing it quietly.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials declined this week to discuss specifics of the docket reviews and dismissals, which are also going on in several other cities, including Dallas and Miami.
In response to the Houston EOIR data, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham noted that immigration judges can terminate cases for other than prosecutorial discretion, such as when ICE does not meet its burden of proof. The Houston immigration courts averaged about 38 case terminations each month in the 10 months prior to the DHS review.
ICE has tried to downplay the docket reviews, suggesting in some media accounts that they were limited to cases involving illegal immigrants with pending petitions filed by U.S. citizen relatives. However, EOIR’s liaison with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Raed Gonzalez, said he was briefed on the guidelines in August directly by DHS’ deputy chief counsel in Houston and described a broader set of internal criteria.
Government attorneys in Houston were instructed to exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis for illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least two years and have no serious criminal history, Gonzalez said. To qualify for dismissal, defendants also must have no felony record or any misdemeanor convictions involving DWI, sex crimes or domestic violence, he said.
Several dismissed cases examined by the Chronicle involved defendants without U.S. citizen relatives but with arguments for dismissal on humanitarian grounds, such as illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who have stayed out of trouble and are enrolled in college.
Supporters of the review called it a necessary, common-sense step to reduce the system’s staggering backlog, which hit an all-time high this year. In June, the number of pending immigration cases nationally reached 247,922, including 7,444 in Houston. By moving to dismiss cases for people who have stayed out of trouble, the agency will be better able to use its limited resources to more rapidly deport those with serious criminal records, supporters said. “It makes all of the sense in the world,” John Nechman, a Houston immigration attorney, said of the review, which has led the dismissals of cases for several of his clients.
The dismissals essentially mean that officials are no longer actively trying to remove defendants through the immigration court system, though they can re-file such charges at a later date. The dismissals do not convey any kind of legal status, so recipients remain illegal immigrants and cannot work legally in the U.S.
But critics still charge that the dismissals show the government is not enforcing the law. “When you have this kind of mass dismissal, it sends a very clear message to illegal immigrants, and to society at large, that the government is not serious about enforcing the laws,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that advocates for stricter border controls. “This type of action muddles the message so both the public at large as well as illegal immigrants don’t know what to think.”
As Barrack Hussein Obama and his fellow Democrats led by Pelosi and Reid continue there assault on middle class America it is more apparent then ever that idealogy is there guiding light. As unemployment continues to hover at almost 10% the Democrats have gone into there tired old assault on the succressfull and wealthy. All over the country Democrats running for House and Senate seats are running negative attack ads using the tactics of “blame the rich” and “Republicans hate Grandma”. The hypocrisy would be comical if it didn’t have such a negative effect on the countries economy. This country has done quite well over the years under the capitalist system despite the Democrats and government meddling. All this regulation and federal government intrusion into private sector business just adds costs and burdens to business and that’s what drives business overseas or worse “out of business”. Since day one of the Obama administration they have done nothing but place increasing burdens on the cost of doing business in this country. All this “Progressive Bullshit” is hammering the middle-class workforce along with the small business owner. Unfortunately every agency in the federal government is being led by one of these Obama “Progressive lunatics”, these anti-business left wing Democrats are strangling business with regulatory and pro-union morass. The problems on Wall Street have been brewing for decades and Washington is responsible. Long time Democrats like Sen. Chris Dodd are an example of everything that’s wrong with government and its interaction with business. This clown is so corrupt and tied to the very issues that caused the finacial collapse it almost comical.
Sen Dodd and Scandal
Every election cycle you can count on the Democrats to start slamming business while pandering to corrupt union bosses. Even though Democrats took far more money from “Wall Street” last election cycle they still continue this childish and petty practice. Maybe if Barrack Hussein Obama actually understood how capitalism works the country wouldn’t be in such miserable shape. Considering how his administration is stacked with hedge fund traders and investment bankers you would think they might catch on. But like most Socialist he has spent his life living on the taxpayers dime and apparently has no grasp of even the basic fundamentals of capitalism. He sure can spend taxpayer money he just doesn’t understand that the bills are paid by taxing successfull business endeavors. When business prospers government benefits from the greater base of taxable income, its pretty simple. When people get wealthy they spend it and that creates jobs, the disastrous luxury tax is a perfect example. Rich guys might buy yachts and exotic cars and other toys but its middle class folks who build them, fix them and operate them. Yes Barack, wealth does trickle down and it creates even greater wealth. Democrats live in some fairy tale world where they think the bloated, corrupt and incompetent federal government can create jobs. The private sector has it flaws but government is inherently flawed and inefficient, not to mention the added costs. Programs run by government bureaucrats who prosper regardless of there success or failure just cannot match the the advantages the private sector brings to the table. When folks are rewarded for there efforts they will produce faster,cheaper and on time, its not rocket science just human nature. Obama and his fellow Democrats dedication to there socialist ideology will lead to continuing high unemployment. The Gulf oil industry is a perfect example of how leftist ideology is strangling and entire industry and region. How about the thousands of auto dealership employees who are jobless thanks to Obama’s GM and Chrysler bailout to save union jobs. Farmers all over the west are under attack thanks to the Obama administration regulatory issues having to do with water rights and the endangered species act. The Democrats ideology has cost this country a hell of a lot more jobs then “Wall Street”
After the repugnant whining that Felipe Calderon did last May when addressing congress to hear now that Mexico is building a fence along its southern border to keep out illegal immigrants is not surprising. After that revolting bash America show Calderon put on I am willing to bet that you won’t see Obama, Pelosi or Reid condeming Mexico for its intolerance and unjust treatment of these poor folks just looking for a better life in Mexico. Mexico claims there building this wall to protect their citizens from terrorists and drug smugglers. So let me get this straight we build a fence to try and protect our citizens from a violent narco war and to get some control over the hordes of criminals streaming across our borders every day and where the bad guys. I guess this is like Obama bashing Wall Street while stuffing his pockets with WALL STREET money and filling his administration with Hedge fund traders and tax cheats. I guess hypocrites like to stick together, you think the media will give this hypocrisy even one line of print.
Mexico Building Fence… on Its Southern Border
Reporting from Guatemala City, Danilo Valladares of the Inter-Press Service (IPS) notes that there will be one more barrier for Guatemalan immigrants in their trek to the United States. In addition to dodging dangerous drug traffickers and immigration officials, the latest obstacle is emerging: a wall between Guatemala and Mexico.
According to the head of customs for Mexico’s tax administration, Raul Diaz, the Mexican border state of Chiapas is constructing a wall along the country’s southern border with Guatemala, along the river Suchiate which divides the countries. Diaz says the purpose of the wall is to prevent the passage of contraband, but admits, “It could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants.”
According to Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), 500,000 people from Central America cross into Mexico illegally every year — the vast majority of them attempting to reach the United States. In addition, smugglers reportedly use the Suchiate River to move goods across the international border without paying duty taxes.
Just as Mexican authorities have opposed more strict border enforcement and the construction of a border fence along the U.S. border with their country, Mexico is now receiving a great deal of criticism from Guatemalan officials.
Its no secret that most military guys have no respect or trust of Obama as Commander-In-Chief so its no shock that retired military officials are letting lose. Obama has done nothing but bad mouth our country every time he goes oversees so you can understand why veterans who fought and served see him as a sniveling coward. His boot licking middle-east apology tour and playing buddy buddy with muslim jihadist who would incinerate us in a heart beat was bad enough but his support of the muslim “victory” mosque at ground zero surely sickened most vets and there families. Obama’s close ties to anti-military radical-left groups like Code Pink who not only donate to his campaign but also have get togethers with the Taliban and Hamas have got to bother most vets. That Obama lavishes such praise on Code Pinks founder and mouth piece Jodie Evans who is a modern day Jane Fonda is also salt in the wound. Obama’s ties to these pathetic mutants should disqualify him to be taken seriously as leader of the finest military force in the world. I am sure there will be more books to follow from war fighters after they retire and are aloud to vent there true feelings.
Patterson says Obama’s conduct ‘unbecoming’
Former President Bill Clinton’s senior military aide, Robert “Buzz” Patterson, tells Newsmax that a fundraiser and “close acquaintance” of Barack Obama should be prosecuted for treason for aiding America’s enemies. Patterson, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and best-selling author, also says morale among American forces in Afghanistan is poor and the troops have “absolutely no faith” in their commander-in-chief’s intention of winning the war. Patterson’s latest book is Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama Is Destroying the Military and Endangering Our Security. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.tv, he was asked why he believes Obama is damaging the military. “He’s trying to change the military culture,” Patterson says. “A perfect example is they’re trying to push through repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, which right now prohibits open homosexuality in the uniformed services. He’s trying to remake the military culture much in his own image, much in the image of the radicals he associates himself with. I’m very fearful of that. I think the repercussions are going to be wide and large. I think you’re going to see a lot of really talented people leave the military. In fact, one of the surveys I quote in my book concludes that up to 25 percent of our uniformed services members may leave if this act is repealed. The problem is that repeal tries to socially engineer the military at a time when we’re fighting a war. You’re going to have a lot of folks who’ll leave the service – they’ll vote with their feet by actually leaving – because they don’t want to put up with all the issues and problems. I ask the question: Do we really want to go through all this right now?”
Patterson notes that when Obama was running for president, he made Jodie Evans his key fundraiser in California. Evans is co-founder of the radical anti-military group Code Pink, which raised more than $600,000 for the insurgents fighting U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Paterson was asked if that rises to the level of treason. “It most definitely does,” he responds. “Jodie Evans not only raised that money for Code Pink, but she delivered that money personally to the insurgents who were fighting and killing U.S. Marines in 2005. And Obama did use her as a fundraiser. In fact, she has been a personal guest at the Obama White House since his election, so she’s not just somebody he used as a fundraiser, she is a close acquaintance and she is, in my opinion, a traitor. The reason she has not been prosecuted to date, I believe, is she has gotten a pass, much like Obama has, from the mainstream media.”
President Obama has no real intention of winning the war in Afghanistan, Patterson states. “Obama won’t even use the word ‘victory.’ The man can’t even utter the fact that we’re fighting against radical fundamentalist Islam. He can’t even identify the enemy. How do you defeat an enemy if you can’t identify him?” Afghanistan “is going to become another Vietnam if we’re not careful,” he adds. Asked about the morale of American troops in Afghanistan, Patterson tells Newsmax: “The morale is not doing well. They understand quite clearly that their commander-in-chief is not looking out for their best welfare, that their commander-in-chief is not dedicated to winning the war in Afghanistan or giving them the tools necessary to win, and the morale is suffering. The guys in uniform right now have absolutely no faith in Barack Obama.”