U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it’s closing nine stations to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to border, but critics say move will weaken ability to catch drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors.
Feb. 15, 2012: A border patrol vehicle observes border fencing in Douglas, Ariz. (Reuters)
The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.
Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity — one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it’s closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border.
But at least one Border Patrol supervisor in Texas has called on local officers to “voice your concerns” to elected officials, warning that the “deactivation” will remove agents from the Texas Panhandle, among other places. Several members of Congress have asked Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher to reconsider the plan. And local officials are getting worried about what will happen once the Border Patrol leaves town, since they rely on those federal officials to assist in making immigration arrests.
“It could impact us tremendously since we’ve only got two agents up here now for 26 counties,” Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas told FoxNews.com.
Potter County, in the Texas Panhandle, would be affected by the planned closure of the Amarillo station.
Thomas said that while his area is far from the border, it’s still a major “corridor” for illegal immigrants — and he said his office depends on Border Patrol to respond to their calls.
“I can’t hold a carload of people out there on I-40 for eight hours while somebody comes from El Paso,” he said. “I mean, that’s just crazy.”
FAIR also blasted the Obama administration for the plans.
“It’s part of the systematic dismantling of both border and interior enforcement,” Dane told Fox News “It complements the non-enforcement policy of this administration.”
The stations set for closure in about six months include six in Texas. They are in: Lubbock, Amarillo, Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio. The other three are in Billings, Mont.; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Riverside, Calif.
Detractors say the changes are part of a pattern. The administration recently announced it would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have not committed a serious crime. And after the Supreme Court upheld one plank of Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law last month, federal officials said ICE would be selective in responding to calls about immigration status – prioritizing cases that meet certain criteria, like whether the suspect is wanted for a felony.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, who signed the Thornberry letter, also voiced concern about the latest announcement on station closings in a written statement.:
“The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t demonstrated that sending additional resources to the border will be a more efficient use of resources than maintaining a presence further north,” Neugebauer said. “I’d like to see numbers that reassure me that this strategy change won’t ultimately result in fewer arrests.”
Today, Congressman Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) joined Texas Reps. Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and Mike Conaway (TX-11) in sending a letter to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher to express their concern with the Border Patrol’s July 2, 2012 memo announcing their intention to close nine interior Border Patrol stations, including those in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo and Abilene.
The question of the day is just how far the Obama administration will go to gain political advantage with Latino voters? Information released today show that the administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states and the news is not being taken lightly by local law enforcement, Congress or the Border Patrol officers.
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Government officials are calling it the biggest threat to America’s economic security. Cyber spies hacking into U.S. corporations’ computer networks are stealing valuable trade secrets, intellectual property data and confidential business strategies. The biggest aggressor? China. CNBC’s David Faber investigates this new wave of espionage, which experts say amounts to the largest transfer of wealth ever seen – draining America of its competitive advantage and its economic edge. Unless corporate America wakes up and builds an adequate defense strategy, experts say it may be too late.
Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about “the recovery” and lot of arguing over who’s to blame for its supposed slowdown. But before we got too bogged down in who’s responsible for retarding economic growth, maybe we should first look at the data.
Without one word of explanation, Harvard University econ professor Greg Mankiw posted the following graph to his blog:
employment+population+ratio- Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
As you can see, the shaded area indicates the recession and everything to the right of that is the so-called “recovery.”
And of all the ‘audacity’ Holder is out stumping in Texas for Obama who is skipping the national conferences of the most important black and Hispanic groups in the Democratic coalition, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza (The Race), is counting on Holder to keep liberals and minority groups fired up and engaged while Obama seeks to soothe more moderate Democrats and the white, swing-state voters who have abandoned him.
“Our nation’s struggle to overcome injustice and eliminate disparities remains far from over.”
– Attorney General Eric Holder speaking to the National Council of La Raza (The Race), a liberal Hispanic activist group.
It might seem like a good time for Attorney General Eric Holder to lay low, having just become the first cabinet member in history to be held in contempt of Congress.
But Holder is instead out on the campaign trail this week for President Obama, touting his accomplishments to key groups on the left and warning of institutional racism and new threats to black and Hispanic rights.
And today, Holder will be taking in Texas, ground zero for the attorney general’s effort to block states from requiring voters to show identification.
Not exactly low profile.
CBS-Addressing the NAACP convention in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said despite the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down most of Arizona’s voter ID law, he remains wary of the provision that allows local law enforcement to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect to be illegal. “No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like,” Holder said.
In his speech to the NAACP today, expect Holder to go farther. He will be in Texas, a state locked in a bitter legal dispute with Holder over its voter ID law, and he will be speaking before the most powerful racial special-interest group on the left.
Plays Race Card on Arizona…
The conventional wisdom in Washington is that Republicans have walked into a trap with their crusade against the attorney general.
Here’s the thinking: By making the first black attorney general also the first cabinet member ever to be held in contempt of Congress, Republicans will look like a bunch of racist Torquemadas.
But two weeks later, it is Holder and Obama who seem to be suffering for the showdown, not the GOP.
Holder’s Justice Department has taken action against no fewer than 26 states, mostly over voter rules and efforts to curb illegal immigration. The attorney general has warned that laws requiring voters to show identification threaten a return to “Jim Crow,” the laws that required segregation and unequal treatment of blacks in the post-Reconstruction South.
The apparent hope is that by embracing his role as a crusader against racism, Holder can blur the lines on his current confrontation with Congress. The more Holder denounces racism in Republican states and the more strife he courts the blurrier the contempt controversy may become. Repeated often enough, Democrats believe that they can create a connection between the secret documents on the gunrunning sting and voter identification laws.
But the problem for Holder remains that the core of the contempt issue is a human tragedy, not secret sex for the president or the firing of some U.S. attorneys. There is a dead Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, and untold others in Mexico and the U.S.
Even if voters believe that Republicans are motivated by political gain, they don’t seem pleased with the Obama administration stonewalling on the subject.
A new CNN poll tells the tale: Fifty three percent approved of the contempt finding compared to 33 percent who opposed it. Sixty nine percent thought that President Obama should not have invoked executive privilege to hide key documents in the case and should instead “answer all questions.”
The Republicans may certainly overplay their hands, especially if egged on by polls like that one, but right now, Holder and his refusal to comply with House demands looks like a drag for Obama.
And while the attorney general is courting controversy and firing up the base, he is also reminding voters about the secrets that he is keeping.
As Abdul Malik Mujahid gives his Friday sermons (“khutba” in Arabic) at various Chicago mosques and prayer locations, it needs to be known Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is a founding member of a political organization called; Muslim Democrat. He is the chairman of Sound Vision , which offers multimedia Islamic teaching materials . Sound Vision is one of the oldest (since 1988) Islamic multimedia companies in the United States. He is the executive producer of Chicago’s RadioIslam.com, a daily one hour (6 to 7 PM CST) talk program on WCEV 1450 AM.
In this January 2012 article from their website in an interview with Abul Malik, titled ‘ The United States of Islamophobia’ this imam is being endorsed by guess who? The Socialist Worker.org.:
In truth, the Muslim community in the United States has been living in a virtual internment camp ever since 9/11. Since then, more than 700,000 Muslims have been interviewed by the FBI. That means nearly 50 percent of all Muslim households have been touched by this “investigation.” Practically all mosques have been “checked for nuclear bombs” or other fear-provoking reasons. That’s the level of trust we “enjoy” in the Muslim community.
In a speech by Abdul Malik Mujahid, Columbus, Ohio, September 1995., he puts out a Conference calling for Jihad:
Consider the following statement:
Qital [killing] is an essential element of Islam. And sometimes you don’t like it. Qital is ordained upon you, though it is hateful to you, but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you….And one example is, now we have 60 or so Muslim countries, and not a single one of them wants to go for Qital and Jihad for Bosnia. Qital is ordained upon you though it is hateful to you.23
In the United States, we treasure our freedoms that are inherent in the Bill of Rights. The freedom of speech is perhaps valued above all. Even so, the above statements were made at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Columbus, Ohio in 1995. The speaker was the then-President of an organization called the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Abdul Malik Mujahid. At the annual conference of this second organization, ICNA, held in Baltimore, Maryland in June and July, 2000, Tayyab Yunus, son of then-ICNA President Mohammad Yunus, made the following statements in an attempt to encourage participation in ICNA’s summer youth training camps:
The youth is [sic] very important…. We all want to see our youth to succeed to become doctors, to become engineers; but how many of you can actually say that you want to send your sons to jihad, to Chechnya? … How many of you can actually say that you want to send your youth to fight in jihad or to send them to … these Islamic institutions to become educated?
The clear implication from Yunus’ statements (23) is that the desire to send children to fight the jihad in Chechnya should be a goal of each parent for their children, and to send their children to ICNA’s camp would be a way to instill these values in their children. Abdul Malik Mujahid was an integral part of this conference.
For people like me and many of my friends who for non-profit have investigated/researched these conferences since 98′, call sites like this anti-islamic. Well when you see this Abdul, we are ANTI- Sharia.Your laws infiltrating our country and trying to replace our Constitution is what we are against.
He went onto cite our Alabama law:
The text of Alabama’s anti-Sharia bill was actually lifted right from a website, but does not prove what website that was. Isn’t that JUST like what we know now is a radical liberal antagonistic imam?
The other things gleaned from this latest article on Abdul Malik Mujahid’s ‘Sound Vision':
* Instilling fear and hate against us he writes:The term “Sharia” is fast becoming a term of hate at the hands of Islamophobes to attack Islam. This has dangerous, far-reaching consequences for American Muslims which have already begun.
* He is advising his fellow muslims to a challenge and attempts to insult a collective intelligence.:
Three states have passed anti Sharia-laws since 2010 and now, 17 others are discussing similar bills. Meanwhile, the powerful Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is suggesting there should be a federal law banning Sharia altogether. Most other Republican candidates are supporting his position.
While the U.S. Supreme Court recognized Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, among the eighteen greatest lawgivers of the world in 1935, a majority of Americans are confused about Sharia and do not understand what it is.
* Then he goes onto to pitch why they cannot allow banning Sharia in the United States of AMERICA:
The real life implications are many for Muslims. Banning Sharia will directly impact Muslim marriages, divorces, Islamic financing, and mediation. Banning Sharia is like banning Jewish Halakha practiced by many Jews in America. But very few people are articulating Muslim perspectives on Sharia.
Misunderstanding and misinformation about Sharia, as well as Islamophobia in general, is fueled not just by television. The internet has increased the power of hate and misunderstanding several thousand-fold. Google the word “Sharia” and you will find false, negative, and highly anti-Islamic material among the top search results.
He again cites anti-islamic websites with no sourced material:
When we typed in the word “Sharia” on Google, here are some of the first results that showed up:
– Creeping Sharia
– 10 reasons no one should follow Sharia
– Muslim Women against Sharia
– Muslims against Sharia
All of these sites are anti-Islamic. When you search for images or videos about “Sharia”, once again, all of the results are anti-Muslim.
And your point is Abdul?
He wants his fellow muslims in Chicago to know that he will launch a major campaign to develop and provide Muslim perspectives on Sharia set to launch in the fall of 2011 insha Allah. He plans to open a major web portal, Sharia101.org, that will become a repository of accurate, accessible, concise, as well as in-depth information about Sharia. We are using multiple SEO techniques to make Sharia101.org the top website among search results for the word “Sharia”. We also intend to use Facebook and Twitter to promote the website and more importantly, share the critical information it will offer to a larger, and primarily younger audience.
He goes onto advise them their ‘Very Survival is at Stake’ against us boogeymen who refuse to allow Sharia law in our country. Then he close with his pitch for donations:
Sound Vision is in a unique position to help the community with the Sharia 101 project because we have been developing Islamic content for the Muslim community and our neighbors for over 22 years. Using our invaluable connections with Islamic scholars, lawyers, journalists and producers, we have developed a team to accomplish the first phase of the Sharia 101 project within a few months. However, this team of professionals can only assist the community if we raise the resources required for this work.
Patriots, can you imagine this is JUST one imam but one that works out of Obama’s hometown. Realize that islam has thrived in Chicago.
Chicago is not only complicit in working with them but Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on February 23rd, there’s no way Chicago police officers would spy on Muslims or conduct surveillance operations in their communities like those carried out by New York officers in that city and neighboring New Jersey. I cannot phantom or guesstimate what the islam population has grown to in my home state. I do know that it has far surpassed the 96′ estimates. This will show you JUST how many mosques and business there are in Chicago. And that does not include all the surrounding suburbs.
Abdul Malik Mujahid on May 14, 2012 states Chicago has nearly a half of a million muslims when he spoke on the war against them :
In his own words, addresses how targeting of Muslims is not exclusive and all people of color are targeted, particularly these days Latinos. Yep, part of that Obama syndicate.
We began to attend these conferences, mostly it was necessary to do so in disguise, with those that spoke Farsi and Arabic. These conferences were boldy held annually in Rosemont, Il. JUST on the outskirts of the city, near O’Hare. In what has become a near-annual ritual in the Chicago suburbs, a conference promoted by a fringe Islamic organization has drawn suspicion, complaints and ultimately a cancellation. And it’s about time! They began to hold these prior to 9/11 and the outrage was minimal.
In closing I want to share a book by Abdul Malik Mujahid titled “Commanders of the Muslim Army” , a Jihad book -Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago gets funding to help Muslims become American citizens. The True Muslim: Book which was cited by Theo van Gogh’s killer is read in American and english speaking mosques February 2, 2005. Thanks to another citizn blogger, he shows how the Darusalem company flaunts their Islamist message:
What is noteworthy about this tome is that the publisher is none other then Abdul Malik Mujahid, the newly elected chairman of the Council of Islamic organisations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) which is regarded as a mainstream Muslim organisation, but is part of a large Chicago Wahabist network closely aligned with the Bridgeview mosque Foundation, whose spokemen include Rafiq Jaber, is the head of the Islamic Association of Palestine, and Oussama Jammal, who claimed that Muslims were not involved in the 9/11 attacks. Jamal runs a film company and closely linked to Mujahid’s Sound Vision which is a multi media Islamist propagation commercial enterprise.
With imams such as him, you must, as with the socialist liberals, listen to how he talks out of both sides of his mouth. In every speech of his you must follow the innuendo as opposed to the doublespeak. Look for the ‘hidden’ message of their true meaning. They would continue to have us believe that islam is the religion of peace. And as any good anti-sharia website we must declare…
We will not tolerate Sharia being the law of our land in America! ~ JP
A primary claim of the hydraulic fracking industry is that deeply buried rock layers will always seal and contain the dangerous chemicals that are injected thousands of feet underground.
But a new study from Duke University concluded that fracking for natural gas under Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania may lead to harmful gas or liquids flowing upward and contaminating drinking-water supplies.
The study found that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields are seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies. Although it found no evidence of fracking chemicals doing the same, the findings suggest that there are paths that would let hazardous gas or fluids flow up after drilling:
“The biggest implication is the apparent presence of connections from deep underground to the surface,” Robert Jackson, a biology professor at Duke and one of the study’s authors, told ProPublica. “It’s a suggestion based on good evidence that there are places that may be more at risk.”
In a recent interview on Black Panther radio, New Black Panther Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz lashed out at a new target — the Democratic Party.
The shocking rant against the DNC began with Shabazz declaring that “the American economy is in a halt” and even “mainstream whites are talking about” our country’s decline. The Chairman goes on to call America a ”modern Babylon and a modern Rome.”
Shabazz continued by asking his followers “Can the Democratic Party save you?” Here’s more:
“Can the Democratic Party really save us, locally and nationally, or are we just holding on because we ain’t got nothing better? Are we just being fired up for this election, to go out here and give some votes, and all of the core concerns of the black community will be thrown to the side when November gets passed?”
The chairman then began to list a series of grievances with democrats, citing the rights of ex-felons and gentrification, whites moving into black neighborhoods, as letdown issues. Shabazz returned to the point by asking:
“Is the Democratic Party going to help with that? Is that even on their agenda, on their radar? Are your concerns being addressed, or are you being used like a whore? That’s the main point here.”
Shabazz reiterated his point by telling his listeners once again:
“We don’t want to be used like whores and prostitutes, we have to pay attention — we have to take charge of our post, accept our own and be ourselves, and stop jiving in bullsh*t.”
The IRS is gearing up for its new role as health care cop. The agency, whose main responsibility is to collect taxes, will soon be in charge of enforcing ObamaCareTAX. How can the IRS police a bill that comes with no civil or criminal penalties for those who refuse to pay?
If someone chooses to pass on the health care plan and pay the tax, the IRS can withhold tax refunds, put a tax lien on your house, and send threatening letters in order to collect the tax. – Judge Napolitano
“Because Mrs. Pelosi and company wanted unanimity amongst the Democrats when the law was enacted and because of some conservative Democrats, interestingly some of them are not going to the Democratic National Convention this year, insisted that some tools be taken away from the IRS. Some were, so the IRS cannot seek an indictment, a criminal charge for those who willfully refuse to pay this. The IRS cannot seize bank accounts or dock wages. The IRS cannot add to add penalties for your failure to pay, the only thing that keeps adding is interest, and the interest is established by the statute.”
Napolitano said that the scary part about this law is that it provides for 16,000 new IRS agents and funds them for the first four years.