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Dumb sensors, deadly consequences by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2017 The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez's death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande River. Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez's aid after he radioed for help from a... Read More
Yes, we need a Canadian border wall by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2016 Canada's sloppy, rushed and reckless Syrian refugee resettlement program is America's looming national security nightmare. Donald Trump shouldn't just be promising to build a Mexican border wall. He (and any other sovereignty-minded presidential candidate) should be vowing to rebuild the decimated... Read More
Border Patrol agent Javier Vega, Jr., R.I.P. - UPDATE - Info on how to help his family below Murder in Rio Grande Valley: "This is coming to a town near you" by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 The voice on the other end of the line is exasperated. “It’s insane,” he wants America to... Read More
Jose Antonio Vargas: The face of the entitled illegal alien by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 They've blown it again, big time. They just can't help themselves. During the Bush years, the open-borders movement won over bleeding hearts in the White House but alienated the American public with radical displays of La Raza ("The... Read More
As I predicted, the subject of escalating border violence was ignored during last night's presidential debate. And the debate questions that should have been asked in relation to the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie this week, weren't. I repeat: –Border security/homeland security. On Tuesday morning, one Border Patrol agent was gunned down and... Read More
Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, was married and the father of two children. See the Officer Down page for info on how to send condolences to his family. Via WaPo: The second agent shot in the incident, still unnamed, was released from the hospital today after surgery. A manhunt for the suspects continues: No... Read More
Longtime readers know I've dedicated much of my work over the last two decades to our broken borders and reckless bipartisan sabotage of immigration enforcement. Decades before Fast and Furious, there were dozens of law enforcement and federal officers who sacrificed their lives in defense of our sovereignty. Just like Border Patrol agent Brian Terry,... Read More
You've no doubt read about the Palin family's snoopy new neighbor, author Joe McGinniss, who has rented a house 15 feet from the Palins' backyard to conduct binocular-aided research for his Random House book. I'll share more thoughts later on the media ethics issues and media double standards involved. For his part, Todd Palin wasted... Read More
Last week, I noted the murder of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas. He left behind a wife and two children. His community in Arizona has set up several memorial funds. Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. And help honor Rosas' service by helping his family and keeping his legacy alive.
As expected, John McCain's appearance at the annual convention of La Raza/The Race yielded no Hermana Souljah moments. Ed Morrissey points to McCain's mild, almost apologetic rejoinder to open-borders zealot Enrique Morones and compares it to Barack Obama's embrace of the radical activist. That's a relief. But it's the very least we could expect of... Read More
The bloody consequences of open borders, part 99,999,999: Awaiting action in the Senate: S.330 Title: A bill to authorize secure borders and comprehensive immigration reform, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 1/18/2007) Cosponsors (None) Latest Major Action: 1/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on... Read More
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My syndicated column today follows up on my blog post yesterday about the bipartisan border fence-gutting. The episode, I note, is an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland insecurity. It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. And in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it's a helpful learning tool as... Read More
Not welcome A Border Patrol tipster e-mailed me about this earlier today. New Black Panther Party blowhard Malik Zulu Shabazz was turned away by Canada for his hate-mongering views: Glad to see that our neighbors to the north are paying attention to his hateful spewing.
Via Lucianne: Border Patrol Agents Under Attack Judge rejects Padilla torture argument Iraqi police recruits killed by female jihadi who hid a bomb under her abaya. Plus: New dispatch from the ground in Baghdad at Iraq the Model. Ohio soldier missing in Iraq for 3 years Where in the world is Ali-Reza Asgari? In defense... Read More
When I was writing Invasion five years ago, I interviewed immigration officials who joked that the rule for border-crossing prosecutions in southern California and Arizona was "thirteen strikes and you're out." So this new story from the Associated Press headlined "Border crossings rarely prosecuted" in Texas is no surprise. Same old, same old: Guidelines issued... Read More
First, check out this reaction to yesterday's illegal alien worker raids published in the Des Moines Register: Caption: Hector Angel, a Marshalltown business owner, states his point of view about the raid as ICE buses roll away from the plant. A natural response from open-borders zealots who've been giving the finger to immigration law for... Read More
Allah points to this Fox News report on Pelosi's pick. The Dems will play up Reyes' Border Patrol experience as evidence of his law enforcement bona fides and trustworthiness. I remind you of Reyes' crony scandal involving a no-bid contract for a broken U.S.-Canadian border camera system run by a firm that employed Reyes' daughter... Read More
Jerry Taylor: Targeted on a Tucson golf range Lee Malvo, one of the convicted Beltway-area snipers, has confessed to another murder: Convicted Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo confessed to police that he and cohort John Allen Muhammad were responsible for the 2002 killing of a 60-year-old man on a Tucson golf course, Tucson authorities said... Read More
President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act this morning. (Video here.) Efforts to water it down, such as it is, are still underway: Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are getting thrown in jail for doing the job no one else wants to do except at election time--enforcing the borders for real. Debra Saunders reports: Someone ought... Read More
***Update: The border fence clears a Senate hurdle*** No, I'm not making it up: U.S.-Mexico border fence may harm animal migration A plan to fence off a third of the U.S. border to stop illegal immigration from Mexico may harm migration routes used by animals including rare birds and jaguars, environmentalists and U.S. authorities warn.... Read More
I've already told you how underwhelmed I am by the GOP's empty, election-season, unfunded border fence gestures. Mickey Kaus detected signs of a Frist fence flake-out on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulous yesterday, and I think Mickey's radar is dead-on: Because the fence is a gimmick from Beltway Republicans who think they can appease... Read More
Getting lots of alarmed e-mails asking about beheadings at the southern border and why they're not being reported. Some readers are claiming the murder victims were US Border Patrol agents. Wrong. Others are attacking the media for ignoring it. Terrible crimes, no question. But there's no cover-up. Here's the story. Here's more. Q&O blogger Dale... Read More
That's what the president of the National Border Patrol Council calls the Senate immigration bill. Sounds right to me. Diana West dubs it the "Dissolve America Now bill:" The bill's crazy provisions for allowing 66 million new legal immigrants into the United States by 2026 (twice the population of Canada) aside, the Senate bill grants... Read More
The Minutemen began a fence-building project in Arizona today--and they didn't ask Mexico's permission. Chris Simcox issued a statement announcing the construction project now underway: Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), today announced plans by the MCDC to work with local Arizona land owners to build border security fencing on private... Read More
Illegal immigrants hop the border fences and head for the storm drains on their "path to citizenship:" Armando Reyes climbed over the border fence and prepared for the dash into San Diego. But his smuggler instead led him and four other migrants through a patch of reeds to a stinky drainage pipe, and ordered them... Read More
11pm EDT update: Video highlights of tonight's O'Reilly Factor in which I try to make O'Reilly see the light here. 1030pm EDT update: The only good thing about watching the speech was getting to watch it in the Fox News green room with Colorado GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo, a stalwart immigration enforcement advocate. It was... Read More
Here we go again. President Bush is continuing the homeland security dog-and-pony charade in his quest to deliver a massive "guest worker"/amnesty plan to the open-borders lobby. A few weeks ago, Bush's Department of Homeland Security put on a bogus performance of Get Tough Theater with a series of politically timed immigration raids...which, as I... Read More
President Bush may finally be coming around to beefing up the border with National Guard troops, but it's not stopping foreign governments and activist judges from interfering in the enforcement of our immigration laws. The Mexican consulate is investigating our immigration agents for arresting illegal aliens in northern Kentucky: The Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis has... Read More
***scroll for updates*** The Department of Homeland Security is working overtime to quell citizen outrage over the Border Patrol/Mexico/Minutemen story. The contradictory spin doctors are not doing a very good job. I'll have more in a moment. But now is a crucial time to step back and look at this disturbing episode in a larger,... Read More
***update from Daily Bulletin: " Scott James, a former Tucson agent, resigned after eight years of service in February, citing a lack of support for agents by the Department of Homeland Security. He said that U.S. Border Patrol officials provided office space inside their headquarters to Mexican consulate officials, allowed the consulate to dictate the... Read More
The Customs and Border Protection agency at DHS has issued a statement, much-ballyhooed by blind Bush supporters, which calls the Inland Valley Bulletin's story on the Border Patrol/Minutemen/Mexican government "inaccurate." Let's examine the full bluster: The "Vienna Convention" reference is a red herring. CBP claims categorically that "Border Patrol does not report activity by civilian,... Read More
I'll keep updating my first post on this subject with reader feedback. Meantime, the Minutemen Blog has details not reported by the Daily Bulletin: Sara Carter, a reporter with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, reports today that she found documentation on Mexican government websites that show higher ups in the United States Border Patrol have... Read More
***scroll for updates*** Who does the U.S. Border Patrol work for? Apparently, not for us. If you have high blood pressure, don't read on. The Daily Bulletin reports: While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling... Read More
Not that this is a surprise to anyone who has actually listened to President Bush's open borders-sympathizing over the last five years, but here's the "news" from AP tonight: A more accurate headline: Privately, Bush Says He Favors Amnesty More: WASHINGTON -- President Bush generally favors plans to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance... Read More
The open-borders lobby has been phenomenally successful at getting the Beltway elite in both parties and in the media to embrace its blanket overgeneralizations and platitudes about the illegal alien population. "They just come here to work." "They're all Americans, too." "Illegals aren't criminals." And so on. Those who impertinently challenge such characterizations in an... Read More
See, I told you so. This morning I told you that the immigration raid dog-and-pony show would result in most of the illegal aliens arrested being released. The New York Times reports in tomorrow' edition (hat tip Thomas Galvin): Released...never to be seen again. *** Reader H. reports from H
Quote of the morning comes from the incomparable Thomas Sowell (via RealClearPolitics): *** Related: Glenn Reynolds provides a summary of the debate here. He's wrong that security is not an issue in the border protection debate. I wrote a whole book countering that argument. Homeland security requires effective visa screening, national security profiling, and border... Read More
Photoshop courtesy of the Stein Report My syndicated column today follows up yesterday's post about Arlen Specter's Gold Card program for illegal aliens. Buy now, pay later: This proposal is a gargantuan political and bureaucratic disaster. It's a slap in the face to millions of naturalized Americans who followed the rules to follow their dreams,... Read More
Last week, I wrote "They are all profilers now"--mocking Democrats for their expedient embrace of profiling to exploit the ports fiasco. This week, I'm sick of conservatives playing the race card to attack skeptics of the ports deal. From my syndicated column today: It's one thing for feckless grievance-mongers on the Left to accuse Americans... Read More
Paging the Department of Homeland Security. Hello? Hello?! *New* via the San Diego Union Tribune : Two tons of pot found inside Mexico-U.S. border tunnel Meanwhile, the southern border incursions continue: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Wednesday demanded the Department of Homeland Security investigate a border standoff between U.S. lawmen and about 20 heavily armed... Read More
The Inland Daily Bulletin reports on the latest armed Mexican incursions on our southern border: Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officials on the Rio Grande in Texas Monday afternoon, according to Texas police and the FBI. Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be... Read More
I've reported before on the illegal alien gang MS-13's past threats against American law enforcement officers. Now, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports on a new threat on Border Patrol agents: Mexican alien smugglers plan to pay violent gang members and smuggle them into the United States to murder Border Patrol agents, according to a... Read More
Haven't seen much coverage of the standoff over the weekend between US Border Patrol agents and armed Mexican bandits. The El Paso Times reports: KRGV-TV and
If you're in southern California, check out the Liberty Film Festival for fair and balanced entertainment. Looks like there are some very interesting films, documentaries, and panels on tap for tomorrow. Also visit the Libertas blog for more info. Congrats to Jason, Govindini, and the rest of the organizers and sponsors. *** These features looked... Read More
If you were paying attention, you read rumblings about the Department of Homeland Security's shakeup in one of this blog's special reports back in May. Well, now it's officially done. DHS chief Michael Chertoff wil unveil the plan publicly at 1pm EST today. The key details via CQ: Many of the expected changes have long... Read More
Tons of readers are asking me to comment on the story of Gregory Despres, the Bloody Chainsaw-Toting Freak, who crossed the Canadian-U.S. border in April carrying his entire murder kit. The Ottawa Citizen has a good overview of the story and this scary photo: (CP PHOTO/HO/WHDH-TV) (AP) It's scary. It's bizarre. Great water-cooler and cable... Read More
I just obtained a May 2, 2005, memo (after the jump, below) from a Department of Homeland Security source. Bottom line: They're moving around some bureaucratic furniture and getting rid of some dead wood. But it's not all good news. The document reveals that Robert Bonner, Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, has been asked... Read More
That's the subject of today's column here. The rank-and-file marshals refer to the stupid dress code as the "kill-me-first dress code," which benefits no one but the terrorists. The Federal Air Marshals Service is a disaster under Director Quinn, and the dress code is the tip of the iceberg, according to insiders. The Washington Times... Read More
UPI's Christian Bourge and Washington Times occasional writer Joel Mowbray each have good pieces providing details of immigration-related provisions that made it into the "intel reform" bill. The final product gives lie to the criticism that immigration/homeland security was "extraneous" to the measure. In truth, it was the other way around! As Bourge notes: As... Read More
My column today is dedicated to the OBL--the Open Borders Lobby. If you are sick and tired of hearing La Raza and the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the White House(!) smearing supporters of real border security as "anti-immigrant," get off your duff. Intro: Whole column is here:... Read More
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