Tag: illegal immigration

A Tale of Two Shootings

 

As Americans always do, scores of celebratory parades, concerts, and fireworks demonstrations occurred on Independence Day. Sadly, at least one of them ended tragically, with a 21-year-old shooter killing eight people in the pleasant and peaceful north Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Two Philadelphia police officers were also injured by gunshots at a July 4th celebration, but there are lots we don’t know about that incident, other than the mayor wants to quit his job he “can enjoy some stuff.”

You know about the first one, and probably the back story that has emerged. A disturbed and troubled young man caught up in gangsta rap culture who once threatened not only to kill himself but others. An apparently delinquent father who enabled his son’s fantasy’s for guns, while a “red flag” law in one of America’s strictest gun control states was ignored. At least seven people are now dead, and others were injured.

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The Republican Party … thanks almost entirely to the disastrous policies of President Brandon and owing nothing to any compelling policy arguments of their own … have caught a decent tailwind going into the mid-term elections. Successful Democrat gerrymandering is going to limit how many House seats they can take, but there’s a good chance […]

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This week’s episode of the Center for Immigration Studies’ weekly podcast highlights a new report, which provides an estimate of the illegal immigrant population. The analysis finds that the illegal immigrant population increased 1.1 million for the year starting January 2021, when Biden took office. The Center’s preliminary population estimate for February 2022 is 11.5 million.

Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and the report’s lead author, discusses the importance of this new estimate. Until this analysis was published, the latest numbers available were for 2018. He explains the various ways the population can be counted and how the dips and increases in the population numbers can be explained by the policies governing immigration at the particular times. Camarota also weighs in on past reports that estimated the population to be vastly larger than the 11 million typically referenced.

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Hanlon’s Razor, attributed to computer programmer Robert J. Hanlon, is “Never Attribute to Malice That Which Can Be Adequately Explained by Incompetence.” It correlates to Occam’s Razor: when faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest is likely the correct one. Both rules of thumb point to the simplest of explanations, with the […]

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Jeb! Bush! once again reminds us how he blew through $130 million in 2016 and came away with three delegates.  I wonder how our medal totals would be if we had an exclusionary immigration system which we have had for the last few years. My heart swells for all of our medalists, including those whose […]

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Part 3 – the Mexican drug cartels currently in operation, their militarization in tactics and weaponry, and the accompanying escalating violence. In Part 1 and Part 2, I discussed the past and present enduring power and destructive worldwide influence of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel (along with other Mexican and Colombian cartels). In Part 3, we’ll look […]

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Democrat Regime “Whitesplains” to Blacks in Harlem

 

Make them own it. The Democratic Party, in the administrative state, the Congress, and the White House, is all in on Critical Race Theory and acknowledging white privilege as part of “anti-racism.” So, how is it that the Senate, White House, and administrative state, medical wing, sent two white women and an old white man to whitesplain experimental, emergency authorization vaccinations to Black people in Harlem?

Can Jill Biden help move the needle on vaccination rates?

No Fate: Supreme Court Edition

 

The Supreme Court as composed October 27, 2020 to presentThere is no arc of history towards socialism, and there is no demographic destiny leading to Democrat permanent rule. Today I sing the praises of Associate Justice Elena Kagen and all her colleagues. Justice Kagen, a 2010 Obama appointment, wrote for a unanimous court in rejecting a husband and wife team of illegal aliens’ claim that they should be eligible for green cards, permanent legal residence, because he was given temporary permission to stay here for many years. This result was all the more noteworthy as it involves a man who leveraged his temporary status here into a marriage with children, presumably given U.S. citizenship at birth.

Oral arguments were this April, with the government brief of Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, et al. filed March 24. The leftist Democrat DOJ continued the Trump position on this case, signaling a slight braking on generating attractive nuisances to draw undocumented Democrat voters north. Perhaps this had something to do with actual voter’s behavior, shocking the Democrats who presumed they owned the votes of blacks and Latino/Hispanics. The Democrats presumably already had the news we are all now reading about working-class minorities shifting towards President Trump and Republicans who agreed with his economic, law enforcement, and public safety policies.

In this instance, the court members acted faithfully to their oath. They simply applied the law. Justice Kagan patiently walked through the facts and the law and made clear it was not even close. This was a case of statutory interpretation, rather than a fight over the Constitution. The government’s position is summarized in their brief’s table of contents [emphasis added]:

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Part 2 – the global power of drug cartels and the decades long history of their ability to establish significant distribution, money laundering, and even drug production and processing operations within the United States. In Part 1, I introduced two Mexican drug cartels. The first, the Guadalajara Cartel, was the first major allied consortium of […]

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At the end of 2020 and into January and early February of 2021, the NatGeo channel aired a ten part documentary series called Narco Wars, which detailed the rise (and periodic fall) of various Colombian and Mexican drug cartels who became wealthy and powerful thanks to America’s insatiable appetite for casual illegal drug use and […]

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During his recent trips to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Bensman, the senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, spoke with human smugglers and their migrant customers, as well as border agents and local residents. Bensman shares their stories about the consequences of U.S. policies that have caused the surge of illegal crossings at the border. They range from the smuggling cartels’ sales pitches to potential migrants in Central America to persuade them to spend thousands of dollars on a risky journey to the U.S., to the dispersal of these illegal migrants across the country through Biden’s “catch-and-bus” policy of releasing these lawbreakers on the honor system.

Related Reports:

Inside a Cartel Smuggling Operation Into West Texas

Twofer Tuesday: President Trump and Kayleigh McEnany Speak

 

Trump and McEnanyIt was a twofer Tuesday at the White House. Early in the day, Kayleigh McEnany delivered her usual elegant evisceration of the press pool jackals. President Trump then tagged and rolled in with a solo performance in a tight and disciplined 26 minutes. Off-camera, he took consequential action with his pen, signing an executive order on the Census. I extensively annotated and selectively bolded the official transcripts, presented below for your consideration. Tuesday’s performance by the president was markedly better, tighter, more disciplined, than many in the past. Or that is my view. I especially welcome feedback from those who have been supportive of his policies but off-put by his presentation manner in press conferences.

[Author’s note: Ricochet members and readers are perfectly able to index and regularly scan official sources, but most of us do not have that interest. I hope that this occasional series of official video and transcripts adds value to Ricochet, as good, factual reporting does elsewhere. Yes, I add my opinion and analysis in and around the official facts of what was spoken. And. This injection of opinion within long transcripts is clearly set off in brackets. You read, you decide. Why transcripts? Because text is so much faster than the spoken word. You can read closely or just skim for highlights so much faster than comprehensible speech. Why video? Because important parts of our communication are tone and physical gesture.]

Kayleigh McEnany opened with law and order, framing the administration’s response in Portland, Oregon. She closed with a defense of Dr. Birx, as a woman who is a true medical expert, who rose to the rank of colonel, and who fought HIV/AIDS. McEnany waved the 400-page notebook full of medical data Dr. Birx delivers to every governor weekly and denounced the New York Times for smearing her. President Trump briefed exclusively on COVID-19 for 14 minutes, then took questions for 12 minutes. The net result was good communication on both major issues the left intends to use to win in November. In his office, the President signed an executive order, and issued a statement, directing the Secretary of Commerce to exclude illegal aliens from the electoral apportionment report, a commonsense action. I leave aside all the actions being taken by the Vice President, First Lady, and Second Lady, cited with links at the end of this post.

Status and Statutes of Limitation

 

Barr Omar and EllisonIt is likely that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father, got her citizenship at age 17 as a result of her father’s further immigration fraud, and committed immigration fraud herself in a sham marriage to a biological brother who wanted status in this country. AND. None of this, because of the way the laws are written, will likely result in her being stripped of her citizenship or facing any federal charges. What we can and should expect is a high profile public briefing by Attorney General Barr, laying out the facts and the law and, very importantly, tying the facts of this case to the massive fraud perpetrated on American citizens by Somali “refugees.” Attorney General Barr should then tie the massive fraud to our government agencies and to supposedly do-gooder non-governmental organizations, several with Christian churches in their names. In so doing, Barr should also address the way this past fraud has been revived and multiplied at our southern border.

Ilhan Omar likely got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father.

Scott Johnson and the Power Line team have done much of the heavy lifting on real reporting about Ilhan “Omar.” Most recently, he provided a useful summary of the cast of characters in the Ilhan Omar family drama:

Roberts Robs Citizens of Crucial Information

 

There has been plenty of commentary, on Ricochet and elsewhere (see first and especially Amy Howe’s analysis), about the decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the four consistent leftists in relevant parts on Department of Commerce v. New York. One issue, and important consequence, seems unaddressed. By sending the matter back to the Federal District courts, without imposing a very accelerated calendar and requiring a decision back to the Supreme Court by the end of the summer, Roberts has effectively pushed back any actual count of the illegal alien population by a decade! He has kept the political process uninformed, except by competing guesses, presented as statistical models and sample data. This is the point on which President Trump should be hammering daily.

Roberts did not rule that a citizenship question is unconstitutional, but he did not need to, as his opinion, as written, runs out the clock nicely. Instead, he relied on insinuations that Wilbur Ross had racist motives and had lied to cover up these racist motives. By entertaining this smear job by the lower courts, Roberts diverted the conversation from the ultimate bipartisan elite goal, perpetuating their numbers racket.

The Numbers Racket:

Red-Green Alliance and Concentration Camps

 

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (socialist) called the facilities where our immigration service detains illegal immigrants “concentration camps,” and made it clear that she meant to compare the detention centers and the American civil servants to the Nazi concentration camps and guards. She did so by invoking the post-Holocaust battle cry “Never Again,” claiming that we were violating that moral imperative. Never mind that the new masses of illegal immigants, including the children, crossed our southern border because her party has conspired to use them as hostages and golden keys to subvert our laws for permanent ruling advantage.

AOC is comfortable expressing her loathing of America and trivializing the actual Holocaust, to say nothing of the gulags. She will pay no more price than her comrades, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. She is operating safely within the interests of the red-green alliance. The radical left and political Islamism are both served by simultaneously demonizing American defense of the constitutional republic and diminishing the public perception of real eliminationist totalitarianism.

While “Never Again,” has been used both to refer to the particular horror of the attempted elimination of all Jews and to refer universally to genocide, the power, the punch, comes from the images, the video, the many accounts, of the Nazi eliminationist program. There were no camps used in the Rwandan Genocide. Rather there was mass murder by machete, directed by old-fashioned AM radio transmission, while President Bill Clinton and the Canadians ensured there would be no effective resistance by a small but competent military force. Apparently, the fine sounding phrase just did not apply.

Pretty Blossoms, but the Weed of Crime Bears Bitter Fruit

 

An American citizen, a single mother, worked her way through undergraduate and professional schools. She did all the right things. She networked successfully. At long last, she got a job with a six figure salary at a highly secured facility, in an industry under intense federal regulation.

Employment at such facilities is subject to constant federal scrutiny. The FBI takes the security clearances very seriously, and apparently routinely monitors indicators of risk, of possible compromise. We should all want this, because very bad things could happen if an employee in the right position was corrupted or coerced, perhaps by blackmail.

Now, Jeb!, the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party, and the red-green alliance all assure us that illegal aliensmigrants” come here as an “act of love.” We are hectored about some duty to be grateful and welcoming to all. We are incessantly told that these are really good people, not criminals.