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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 15 Jul 2015
Iran Surrender — Worse Than Munich: Congress Greased The Way By Approving Corker Scheme With Huge Majorities Bigger Than Chamberlain’s in 1938
But first, let’s look in a little detail at how both houses of the Congress emasculated themselves last May so they would have very little leverage over the final instrument of surrender.
“With passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill, it has become abundantly clear that Senate Republicans are utterly useless.
Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only 6 Republicans opposed shutting off debate (Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan) and only Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) voted against it in the final passage.”
The House Republican leadership simply rammed it through. Again, Daniel Horowitz explains (click here) “House Leadership Blocking Out Conservatives on #IranDeal.”
From Maryland and Virginia, the only no votes were those of Andy Harris and Dave Brat. (See footnote***)
The Machinery of the Corker Scheme
The invaluable constitutional expert Andy McCarthy spelled out this Monday in NRO the consequences of the Corker Scheme (click here).
Here are few salients excerpts, but read all of McCarthy’s analysis — after all, this surrender is likely to be a matter of war and peace.
“Who are you gonna believe, your honey or your lyin’ eyes? That is the question that springs to mind upon reading the ‘dissent,’ forwarded to Rich by a friend who prefers to remain anonymous, from my weekend column on the dangerously misguided Republican response to Obama’s Iran deal.“
The legislation will help President Obama pave Iran’s way to become a nuclear-weapons power. This seems counterintuitive to those with higher expectations of Obama’s Republican opposition than I have: The bill overwhelmingly passed the GOP-controlled Congress after being proposed by Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn) with co-sponsorship by the likes of Senator Ben Sasse, the freshman Nebraska Republican who drew strong conservative support (and who figured prominently in my weekend column). Yet it is simply a fact that the Corker bill reverses the Constitution’s presumption against international agreements: instead of requiring the president to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the Senate to approve the Iran deal, it requires opponents to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the full Congress to defeat the deal.”
“As the Times elaborates, Democrats were among the Corker bill’s biggest boosters because it ensures the deal cannot be killed unless Republicans muster 67 disapproval votes in the Senate (as well as 291 in the House). Naturally, President Obama signed the bill because it assures him of victory.”
“The Corker bill does not require Congress to approve the Iran deal before sanctions can be extinguished; Obama gets his way if Congress fails to disapprove the deal. These GOP ‘Iran hawks’ well know that Congress will surely fail to enact a joint resolution of disapproval. As the above-excerpted Times report points out, (a) Obama will veto it if one is passed, and (b) more than enough Democrats will stand with him to defeat any override attempt.”
“The dissenter would do well to remember that, in order to get the Corker bill across the finish line with White House support, Republican leadership provided Democrats with astonishing help: defeating amendments that, among other things, would have required Obama to certify that Iran had ceased supporting anti-American terrorism; would have automatically re-imposed sanctions in the absence of such a certification; would have required treating the deal as a treaty; would have required Iran to free the Americans it is holding in its prisons; and would have required Iran to accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The dissenter is sorely mistaken in believing that only Democrats stand to be politically embarrassed by positions the Corker legislation has boxed them into
“Iran is an enemy of the United States and its acquisition of nuclear weapons, like its promotion of terrorism, is unacceptable. This situation thus presents a duty to prevent what is unacceptable, not an opportunity to abide what is unacceptable while scoring political points. Using Congress’s constitutional powers to stop the Iran deal would be statesmanship. The Corker bill is gamesmanship.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Congress now has a brief period in which it could pass — then overcome a veto of — a joint resolution of disapproval of the Iran Surrender.
How likely is this with a Republican leadership that strove so hard for the Corker self-emasculation?
Andy McCarthy also reveals (click here)–
“Cravenly elevating their own political interest over the national interest, many on the GOP side of the political class calculate that it is more important to avoid blame for frustrating Obama — this time, on his delusional Iran deal — than to succeed in actually frustrating Obama. But alas, that annoying Constitution is again an obstacle to shirking accountability. It does not empower the president to make binding agreements with foreign countries all on his own — on the theory that the American people should not take on enforceable international obligations or see their sovereignty compromised absent approval by the elected representatives most directly accountable to them.
Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president.
The Corker bill is a ploy to circumvent this constitutional roadblock. That is why our post-sovereign, post-constitutional president has warmed to it.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
And maybe there is even more to it — American companies straining at the leash to export to Iran?
For Big Business always has the head chair around the Congressional Ruling Class table.
Yesterday Veronique de Rugy told us in her NRO post, “Boeing Is Going Back to Tehran — Could It Be with Ex-Im’s Help?” (click here)–
“A friend shares the following tweet, from the Tehran bureau chief of the New York Times: ‘Iran state news agency IRNA reports that Boeing wants to send a delegation to sell planes.'”
A Glance At The Munich Debate–
House of Commons, October 3-6, 1938
After Munich, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government was sustained (click here and go to bottom of last page) by a vote of 369 to 150 — far higher opposition numbers than against the Corker Scheme.
But note Chamberlain’s tone — so different than Mr. Obama’s — on British rearmament:
“I am told that the policy which I have tried to describe is inconsistent with the continuance, and much more inconsistent with the acceleration of our present programme of arms. I am asked how I can reconcile an appeal to the country to support the continuance of this programme with the words which I used when I came back from Munich the other day and spoke of my belief that we might have peace in our time. I hope hon. Members will not be disposed to read into words used in a moment of some emotion, after a long and exhausting day, after I had driven through miles of excited, enthusiastic, cheering people–I hope they will not read into those words more than they were intended to convey. I do indeed believe that we may yet secure peace for our time, but I never meant to suggest that we should do that by disarmament, until we can induce others to disarm too.“(Highlighting Forum’s.)
Make no mistake: Munich was still a disaster. Historian Martin Gilbert reports —
“For the first time in his political career — and it was nearly forty years since he had first stood for Parliament — Churchill’s optimism deserted him. Despite his appeal in Parliament for a national revival, the events of September 1938 filled him with a deep despondency….”
What is to be done now? First, promptly and markedly improve the current GOP leadership, so that their successors do not shrink from confronting the president. Second, use the power of the purse and the impeachment power over key Obama appointees to limit damage from the Iran Surrender. All of this will depend on whether Republicans at all levels across the US are sufficiently alarmed by this existential threat from Iran and the threat of Big Immigration.
*** When you hear Virginia GOP members — save for the courageous Dave Brat — blasting the Iran Surrender, ask them why they voted for the Corker scheme. As Brian Darling points out today in Conservative Review (click here) “Republicans will spend the next month denouncing the deal and trashing President Obama when they voted to allow the Corker-Cardin framework to govern the procedure to oppose the deal.”
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 12 Jul 2015
Virginia’s 10th District U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock attended a “Sharing Ramadan” event earlier this month, apparently under the auspices of Emerge USA (click here for Discover The Network’s take on Emerge USA).
The Virginia first-termer spoke (listen here to the YouTube) of the importance of the First Amendment, and gushed about the work of Emerge USA.
Is Emerge USA truly a “great group,” as Mrs. Comstock declared on the YouTube? And here is her endorsement on Emerge USA’s website.
FrontPage.com’s Joe Kaufman revealed in May of 2014 (click here)–
“Emerge USA is a Florida-based organization whose unstated goal is to give radical Muslims a political voice in America.”
And noted that–
“the head of the Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz canceled her keynote address in front of Emerge just two years earlier”
Kaufman in 2014 described Emerge USA’s co-director, Florida attorney Khurrum Basir Wahid–
“Prior to helping found Emerge, Wahid was a legal advisor for the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida chapter. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department as a co-conspirator to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
In 2011, Wahid himself was placed on a U.S. government terrorist watch list.”
Comstock (click here for the YouTube) talked to her Ramadan hosts about the First Amendment.
But does she grasp the deep conflict between free speech and Sharia?
“In the wide net cast by sharia law’s repressive blasphemy standards, such speech includes critical examinations of Islam, no matter how accurately they represent Islamic supremacism—a mainstream interpretation of Muslim doctrine that is bellicose, misogynistic, harshly discriminatory, and often cruelly punitive.”(Highlighting Forum’s)
McCarthy explains the world-wide Islamist effort to make free speech conform to Sharia’s harsh restrictions, and how this Administration enables that effort–
“At the conference in what has become known as the ‘Istanbul Process,’ Secretary Clinton lamented that the effort to stamp out the common sense commonly demagogued as ‘Islamophobia’ had been hampered by the inconvenient fact that ‘for 235 years [of American history], freedom of expression has been a universal right at the core of our democracy.’ The First Amendment made it extraordinarily difficult for government to prohibit speech explicitly. Still, she maintained that Leviathan could get the job done by an alternative route—one no doubt near and dear to the hearts of the sharia enthusiasts in her audience. The Obama administration, she promised, would ‘use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.'”(Highlighting Forum’s)
After watching the Comstock YouTube, one seasoned northern Virginia Republican lamented, “Barbara sure has time for these folks, but hardly any for Tea Partiers.”
Our lawmakers need to do their homework on emerging Islamist threats!
We are not suggesting that Mrs. Comstock is some secret Sharia adherent.
What we are urging is that she — and those Virginia state lawmakers who sponsored a General Assembly commendation (click here) for the ADAMS Center (click here then here for our earlier stories) — begin their (apparently neglected) due diligence on Sharia and Civilization Jihad.
This is no time for willful blindness.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 02 Jul 2015
Are tunnels like those also, in the eyes of ISIS, a developing instrument for attacks across our southern border?
Listen to these two “Secure Freedom” podcasts of last Tuesday to get the full force of Gordon’s message–
- “What ISIS learned from Hamas’ most recent loss in Gaza”
- “Why is the U.S. more vulnerable to terror-tunnel attacks than Israel?”
- “The tempting target that San Diego makes, and how ISIS could infiltrate it”
Dan Gordon explains “The Middle East for ISIS is a R & D laboratory for what they intend to do to the United States.”
Click on podcast below.
- “Is an ISIS safe-haven in Northern Mexico logistically possible?”
- “A united Arab coalition against Obama’s Iran policy”
- “Concerns that the U.S. Congress and Administration have put the world on a path towards nuclear brinkmanship”
- “Where the current level of unrest in the Middle East compares to the last thousand years”
Click on podcast below.
Dan Gordon’s advice to the Congress–
Get us out of the Iran deal immediately; arm the Kurds and make them a base of action; get serious about our air strikes — needed 150 -200 strikes per day; overall, deal with ISIS in the Middle East before they come here.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 19 Jun 2015
UPDATED! Any Answers On Sharia From Our Local GOP Politicians? Judicial Watch Reveals “SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law”
UPDATE! “Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad” — Center for Security Policy June 23, 2015
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As we tweeted yesterday, the respected Judicial Watch revealed SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law–
“The Obama-tied leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization has assembled a starter kit for Islamists to attack American women who refuse to comply with Sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism.
It’s the summer special from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an extremist nonprofit that lists conservative organizations that disagree with it on social issues on a catalogue of ‘hate groups.’ A few years ago a gunman received a 25-year prison sentence for carrying out the politically-motivated shooting of the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters after admitting that he learned about the FRC from the SPLC ‘hate map.’ Prosecutors called it an act of terrorism and recommended a 45-year sentence.
Now the SPLC, which has conducted diversity training for the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), is targeting female bloggers, activists and television personalities who refuse to comply with Sharia law which is rooted in the Quran. The European Court on Human rights has repeatedly ruled that Sharia is ‘incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy’ yet politically-connected radical Muslim groups—such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—keep pushing to implement it in the United States and the movement has gained steam.
Among those resisting this effort publicly are the high-profile women being targeted by the SPLC. Some of them are colleagues or friends of Judicial Watch and now they must fear for their safety simply for practicing their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The new hate list is titled Women Against Islam/The Dirty Dozen and includes illustrations and detailed information on all the women, who are branded ‘the core of the anti-Muslim radical right.’ The new SPLC hate brochure further targets them by claiming that they’re ‘a dozen of the most hardline anti-Muslim women activists in America.’
Political activist and commentator Pamela Geller is branded the ‘country’s most flamboyant and visible Muslim-basher’ for, among other things ‘smearing and demonizing Muslims.’ Blogger Ann Barnhardt is identified as one of the ‘most extreme Muslim-bashers in the United States’ and radio talk-show host Laura Ingram made the list for saying that hundreds of millions of Muslims were delighted that 12 people were massacred by Islamic terrorists in the Paris headquarters of a satirical magazine. Former CIA agent Clare Lopez, who runs a Washington D.C. think-tank focusing on national security issues, made the list for saying that the Muslim Brotherhood has ‘infiltrated and suborned the U.S. government to actively assist…the mission of its grand jihad.’
Others appearing on the anti-Sharia docket include television personality and former judge and prosecutor Jeanine Pirro, former chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party Cathie Adams, talk-show host Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, syndicated columnist Diana West, attorney and columnist Debbie Schlussel, blogger Cathy Hinners, ACT! for America founder Brigitte Gabriel and conservative writer and TV personality Ann Coulter. Among her biggest offenses, according to the SPLC, is proclaiming that ‘not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims—at least all terrorists capable of assembling a murderous plot against America.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Today RRW Strikes Back!
Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch(RRW) spotlights the Southern Poverty Law Center’s war on women!
“The filthy rich Southern Poverty Law Center announced its list of 12 women it claims are anti-sharia activists according to Judicial Watch blog yesterday in a post entitled, ‘SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law.’
So here is what I would like to know, if any of these women are harmed (God forbid), could the Southern Poverty Law Center be sued and possibly charged with instigating a ‘hate’ crime? Just wondering…..”(Highlighting Forum’s)
Our Question to Local GOP Figures:
Should America, should Virginia, should Maryland, be concerned with the dangers of Sharia?
Yesterday’s analysis from Judicial Watch of the SPLC attack has again put these issues on the front table.
who sponsored this year’s Virginia General Assembly commendation** of the ADAMS Center
“RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the ADAMS Center for more than 30 years of comprehensive service to the community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the ADAMS Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s contributions to Northern Virginia.” — House Joint Resolution No. 934 (final text February 26, 2015)
—must have given these matters extensive thought and reflection. (Readers may wish to visit our article on the commendation here.)
So let’s hear the judgments of each of the ADAMS Center commendation sponsors: LeMunyon, Minchew, Ramadan, Rust, and Greason on
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Faithful readers will recall our article of March 6, 2014 on the Virginia General Assembly’s earlier commendation for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center: MORE! VA House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 May 2015
The Iowa National Security Action Summit
This Saturday morning starting at 9 AM (Eastern Time) The Center for Security Policy, THE FAMiLY LEADER Foundation, and High Frontier will live-stream a vital conference covering “four key topics of interest to both our nation and the state of Iowa”–
- “The Hollowing Out of The U.S. Military”
- “America’s Electrical Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure”
- “The Threat from Iran, Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement”
- “Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration”
Click here for the line-up of experts.
Then go to this link for live-streaming. (9AM to 5PM Eastern Time)
Every conservative — indeed every citizen — needs to be fully aware of these existential threats.
You won’t hear these experts’ blunt words in the happy talk of GOP politicians — or from the declarations of the bi-partisan political class.
But after watching this gathering, you will be able to discuss these exigent warnings with your elected lawmakers and executives — and even try to get your Party apparatus to address these survival priorities.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 12 Feb 2015
“From the ground level. . . speaking with people especially at the state, local, and county level, I think a great deal can be done there and I think the war will be won in this country at that level.” –John Guandolo (click here)
Yesterday the Center for Security Policy gathered a luminous group of national experts for a “Defeat Jihad Summit” .
The Summit, click here and here, provides conservatives and patriots across the political spectrum with a wealth of information on the Jihad and Shariah threats right here at home as well as worldwide.
In addition to the Summit YouTubes of senator Ted Cruz and governor Bobby Jindal, we would draw your attention to these three–
- General Jerry Boykin on naming (but not arming) our enemy;
- Author Diana West on the perils of Islamic immigration;
- Stephen Coughlin on what is authoritative Islamic doctrine (via VladTepes);
But, as expert John Guandolo suggests, much of the war against Jihad in our country must be fought at the local level.
Lamentably few GOP elected or party officials in Maryland or Virginia have publicly discussed the threats of Civilization Jihad and of Shariah, or even of agents of Islamic influence.
Long overdue: Maryland and Virginia GOP politicians and Party leaders must get their arms around these two grave threats of Jihad and Shariah and discuss them publicly.
The information and expertise available through the “Defeat Jihad Summit” will add much depth to this effort. And it may keep politicians of both parties from straying into questionable company here and here.
Local Tea Parties and the allied grassroots need to spur any reluctant politicians into action.
And kudos to the Clarke County Virginia GOP for featuring Clare Lopez (scroll down in foregoing link) tonight in Berryville to discuss “The Muslim Brotherhood, National Security, & Domestic Infiltration”!
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Jul 2014
UPDATE! Here is an agenda “No Money Until President Obama Acts” recently compiled by immigration-control experts of 28 steps the president should take to address the border crisis.
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Can The House GOP Protect Us From The Obama Youth Invasion?
“Republicans in DC have chosen to be a legislative opposition, rather than a political opposition. They don’t articulate an alternative vision of the role of government and law in our society but, rather, a different basket of legislation and proposals. Is is any wonder that House Democrats are raising more money than House Republicans for the midterm elections? Contrast that with how Republican governors are running fundraising rings around state Democrats. Voters want to support a vision, not a laundry list of legislative proposals. . . .The political and humanitarian crisis currently unfolding at the border is exactly what happens when a large segment of the government simply abandons its job. It is the result of years of unserious policy debate and short-term political expediency. Republicans, unfortunately, have no idea how to respond.” (Highlighting Forum’s) —Breitbart’s Mike Flynn in GOP Lost at the Border
The House Republican leadership, unfortunately, apparently lacks the required vision to cope with the White House and Senate Big-Immigration-induced youth invasion.
Consequently the GOP base and allied independent conservatives will have to weigh in themselves to help guide the House leadership (and to offset the influence of the billionaire pro-amnesty donors) if the tide of illegals is to be stemmed.
This afternoon we learn from Breitbart’s Jonathan Strong here that “Boehner’s Border Group Delays Report As It Broadens Focus, Reviews ‘Wish Lists'”–
“Noting the group had failed to meet prior self-imposed deadlines, Granger said Wednesday only that she [Republican Representative Kay Granger of Texas] hoped the House would pass the resulting bill – or, potentially two bills, she allowed – before lawmakers depart for the August recess.”
Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions sent out a magisterial letter Monday to all members of the Congress.
Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle explains here in his “Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it”–
“‘I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,’ Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News.
Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing crisis at the border, Obama plans to legalize anywhere from five to six million illegal alien adults in much the same way he did for illegal alien minors through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in summer 2012.
‘Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,’ Garrett wrote on July 3, as cited by Sessions. ‘He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.’
Sessions cites another paragraph from that National Journal piece as well, in which Garrett reported that President Obama has ‘now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.’ ‘Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults,’ Garrett wrote.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Alabama senator Sessions declares (see full text of letter within Breitbart post here)–
“… there is a clear path forward to prevent the continued dissolution of America’s borders. Certainly, DACA and the president’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated. But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.
Congress must demand that the President use his lawful powers to begin enforcing the law now — instead of passing legislation on the promise of future enforcement –and that he back down from his plan to widen his disastrous DACA program, which would of course escalate the existing border disaster to unthinkable proportions.
If Congress simply passes a supplemental spending bill without these preconditions, it is not a question of if the President will suspend more immigration laws, but only how many he will suspend. Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents, and their communities, we must stand firm. This transcends politics. It is about our duty as constitutional office holders. It is about the solemn oath we all took as members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
In a post here yesterday, Matthew Boyle reports “Key Amnesty Critic Warns: Border Bill Could Open Door to Dreaded Conference Committee”–
“While the 2008 law has dominated discussions about legislative remedies to the border crisis, in which 57,000 unaccompanied children have been smuggled into the U.S. so far this year resulting in frequent abuse and a significant number of deaths, many immigration hawks say the 2008 law is a red herring distraction from the larger cause of the majority of these problems: President Obama’s widespread rejection of enforcement of American immigration laws. Tuesday evening, Numbers USA director of government relations, Rosemary Jenks, warned that Cornyn’s plan could open up the Congress to the entire Gang of Eight bill again via a conference committee. ‘Cornyn, like so many other Republicans, has been distracted by this shiny object, which is the 2008 anti-trafficking law,’ Jenks added in a phone interview. ‘It is just ridiculous to assume that changing this law that affects less than 20 percent of all the illegals coming across the border right now is going to fix the problem.’ On Wednesday morning, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a new report arguing that the 2008 law is inapplicable to the current crisis at the border as pushed by the Obama administration and certain members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Jenks also warned–
“The House bill could be introduced by the end of the week and voted on as early as next week. That’s a pathway that Jenks warns could open up the entire Gang of Eight bill again. ‘If it goes through the House first, it will be conferenced in the Senate,’ Jenks told Breitbart News. ‘Think about what that means. I cannot imagine why people don’t get this. McCain and Graham and Schumer are talking in the pages of The New York Times about how they will attach part or all of their bill to whatever comes through on this. … This is why the whole idea that you can do targeted policy changes is ludicrous.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Finally, savvy Congress watcher Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project cautioned today “Republicans Must Avoid Shiny Objects in Immigration Debate” here—
“Republicans in Washington have been stymied by the President’s impertinence towards the rule of law and disrespect for the legislative authority of Congress. The only tool that Congress can utilize against an imperial presidency is the power of the purse, yet Republicans have been reluctant to engage in such brinkmanship. But now the President has given Republicans their best point of leverage yet–he is asking for new funding to clean up the immigration mess created by his lawless amnesties. It’s time Republicans embrace the leverage instead of squandering it.
In June 2011, the Obama administration sent a memo (‘Morton Memos’) to DHS law enforcement ostensibly suspending deportations against those illegals who would qualify for the Dream Act–a law that never passed Congress. This policy, which was eventually formalized into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was fully institutionalized on June 15, 2012.
It’s bad enough for a president to violate even minor laws and serve as his own ad hoc law-making body. But it is downright dangerous for a president to shred our immigration laws, which are so fundamental to preserving our sovereignty and protecting our national security. Obama was clearly in violation of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1225) which requires ICE to place aliens who are not ‘clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted’ to the United States into removal proceedings. In its place, he unilaterally created his own law, yet most Republicans huffed and puffed but did not fight back with the power of the purse.
Fast-forward two years and we are now witnessing the failure of such lawlessness in spectacular fashion. Hundreds of thousands of people from Central America are chomping at the bit to take advantage of the new open borders policy while the going is good. Now Obama is forced to ask Congress for more money to ‘clean up’ his mess. It goes without saying that the first demand of all Republicans should be the suspension of DACA and the repeal of Obama’s other lawless acts–the very impetus for this request for funding.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
The message to House GOP members: appropriate no money to fix the president’s border mess until he rescinds the DACA and other unlawful immigration programs.
Equally important, approve no legislation to which the Senate can then attach their open-borders schemes.
In view of the gravity of the border invasion and the continuing dispersion of young illegals throughout the US, should the House not remain in session throughout August and later–until the current crisis is under control?
The House leadership shouldn’t hurry that chamber into perilous and unnecessary legislative “fixes” for the invasion, bills few would have read — just to get home for summer vacation.
As senator Sessions points out, this is a constitutional crisis.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 07 Jul 2014
ADD-ON! Continuously updated NumbersUSA map here “Relocations of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors”
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The Invasion: Tracking Where The White House Sends The Young Illegals
We agree, and believe that all conservative activists should stay on top of this invasion especially as it touches their states and local communities.
“Are swarms of ‘The children!”’coming to your state?
If they are, your state’s refugee coordinator will probably be among the first to know. So phone “your” coordinator – contact information is below—and, politely, ask basic questions such as Where? When? How Many? and What’s it going to cost state and local taxpayers?
If you feel awkward about asking such questions … if you feel that you need to be able to explain why you’re calling … you have a ready motive: the news that’s in our faces every day.
The week starting Monday, July 7 is the time to phone, as VDARE.com has learned that at least some of the coordinators will be on a conference call with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement during the week. It will help if the coordinators are made to understand that many of their fellow citizens are very concerned.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Lawrenceville Says No!
Many readers will recall how the citizens of Lawrenceville, Virginia put a stop to settling young illegals into a no-longer-used college building in their tiny community.
Breitbart’s Kerry Picket told that story here in her “Angry Virginia Residents Say ‘No’ to Obama Administration’s Plan to House Illegals.”
Our Maryland and Virginia House GOP members seem tongue-tied when it comes to concrete action to stop the Obama Administration’s settlement of approaching 300,00 young illegals across the US (see Neil Munro’s Daily Caller post here of July 5).
Compare the silence of many of the House GOP lambs with Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine’s robust July 5 letter here to the Department of Health and Human Services —
“In response to your question, I am available to visit the UAC facility sited within Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 and plan to do so. However, it is unacceptable that any representative of the people be limited to pre-planned, showcase visits to a facility so critical to the well-being of children. Just as foster parents in the State of Oklahoma are subject to unannounced visits by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), federal representatives of the people should be able to access UAC facilities at times of their choosing.
I plan to make multiple visits to the UAC facility at Ft. Sill; the tragedy that is occurring requires unfettered access. I will bring my staff, interpreters, and legal counsel. We will speak with HHS staff members, contractor personnel, and persons being detained at the Ft. Sill UAC facility for whatever period is needed to secure an adequate understanding of facility operations and the stories of those being detained . We will bring responsible journalists to appropriately share those stories with the American people.
My visits will be recurring and may include other Members of Congress . On each occasion, I expect to be admitted to the UAC facility without delay and treated professionally and with courtesy. Any federal representative of the people must have unrestricted access to UAC facilities at any time. Denying such access undermines transparency and causes the people to lose confidence in their government. This is especially problematic for an administration attempting to secure an additional $2 billion to expand its Refugee Resettlement operation. HHS and its contractors must be completely transparent in their operation of UAC facilities wherever those facilities may be located.
The stories being told by children and young people now detained at the UAC facilities are horrifying. These stories include accounts of girls being abused and raped as they made their way to the U.S. border. There are accounts of children being leased to unrelated adults seeking to gain entry into the United States. There are reports of children dying in route to the United States. This extreme human suffering and trafficking are the direct result of an open border and misguided policy. Failure to secure the southern border and enforce existing immigration laws is utterly unacceptable .
Congress, the media, and indeed HHS itself should be shining a bright light on the human tragedy that is continuing to grow day by day and week by week as a consequence of our open border.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Just this noon Mr. Bridenstine spoke again here on the need for full transparency in his press release on “Proposed Media Showcase ‘Tour’ of UAC Facility”–
“The idea of no recording devices, no questions, and no interactions is not acceptable. This violates the 1st Amendment. This is not transparent. HHS is trying to muzzle the media and hide the human tragedy that has resulted directly from the Administration’s failure to enforce the law.”
In spite of the best efforts of Jim Bridenstine and a few other fearless House members, citizens themselves will have to bear the laboring oar in the pushback against this invasion.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 02 Jul 2014
- Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle “GOP House shd bag recess, convene special session, take IMMED action to stop Obama’s flagrant wave-thrus at Border, start subpoenaing.“
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Border Apocalypse: What Are GOP Pols Doing Over The 4th?
Todd Starnes reports here today “Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest!”
Fox News & Commentary host Starnes reveals–
“A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.”
Starnes details what he heard–
“A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.
‘We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,’ she said. ‘We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.’
Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.
‘When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’ ‘ the nurse recounted. ‘But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.’
The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept ‘hush-hush.’
‘You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,’ she said. ‘After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.’
The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes.
“That’s what alerted me,” she said. ‘Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.’
I don’t mean to upset anyone’s Independence Day vacation plans, but were these kids transported to the camps before or after they were deloused? Anyone who flies the friendly skies could be facing a public health concern.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
“Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) was denied access yesterday to the HHS facility at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma currently housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.
Congressman Bridenstine said, ‘There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held. Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks.’
The Health and Human Services (HHS) official who appears to be in charge of the facility, told Congressman Bridenstine he could schedule an appointment for July 21. HHS Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Ken Wolfe, would not take the Congressman’s phone call. The Congressman was told to send Mr. Wolfe an email as that was the preferred method of communication. Congressman Bridenstine’s email to Mr. Wolfe included this press release.
‘After my visit today with the base commander, I approached the barracks where the children are housed. A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view. Every gate is chained closed.
‘I approached a security guard and asked to speak with the manager of the facility. The guard called his supervisor who said no visitors were allowed. I asked if they were aware that I am a Member of Congress. Eventually the manager came out and said that I would have to go through HHS legislative affairs and that the first chance to visit would be July 21st.
‘What are they trying to hide? Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released.'”
And again this morning, on Tulsa’s KFAQ, the Oklahoma Representative weighed in.
A brave band of House GOP members have been actively fighting to secure our southern border and working with the National Border Patrol Council (as opposed to simply sending out murky press releases about “the importance of enforcement” in “comprehensive immigration reform”).
They are mindful of their oath of office—
“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Where is the House Republican leadership this July 4 week? Are they putting together an action plan right now to bring the Obama Administration to heel and close the border while there is time?
Or do they propose to keep testing the political (and donor) waters until after the November 4 election, maybe even until next January?
Are your own Republican politicians publicly urging the House GOP leaders to take concrete action?
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 20 Jun 2014
MORE ENABLERS — UPDATES AFTER PRESS TIME – –
“Honduran President: Illegal Immigrants Motivated by Hope of Amnesty” reports Breitbart’s Fusion, Hernandez said after an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., ‘They might think they can gain legal status through this, but on the other hand, this is a kind of displacement, because of the cartel wars and the Maras [gangs] in Central America.'” But click here (then go to Honduras) to see CY 2012 $54,456,000 in “US flows” to Honduras. Perhaps the potential loss of “US flows” might dissuade the government of Honduras from encouraging the export of their youth to the U.S. HOUSTON, Texas–The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, recently said that the tidal wave of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Central America can be attributed to the fact that many believe they will get amnesty… According to
“Salvadoran Ambassador: US Must Respect ‘Universal Rights’ of Illegal Minors” writes Breitbart’s here (then go to El Salvador) to see CY 2012 $160,884,000 in “US flows” to that country.Click
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The Southern Border Invasion: Mexico as Enabler
No mass influx of Central American refugees over our southern border, then into our local communities would be possible without Mexico’s acquiescence.
Yesterday David North of the Center for Immigration Studies(CIS) declared here “Let’s Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans”–
“Our government simply announces that Mexico — which sends us more than 100,000 nonimmigrant farm and unskilled non-farm workers (H-2As and H-2Bs) annually — can no longer be used for the recruitment of these workers…We would not be terminating the program, or even reducing it; we simply would tell U.S. employers (who would not like it, if it actually happened) to look elsewhere for workers. It is a simple, legal, unilateral executive action; my sense is that the threat of doing this would cause the government of Mexico to close its own southern border.”
This would be an effective recommendation — if we had a chief executive who was not seeking to transform America, or celebrating here illegal immigrants as “Champions of Change.”
The GOP-led House of Representatives — by itself — has the constitutional power of the purse to curtail our aid to Mexico, in this case until that government closes the refugee pipeline from Central America.
The House actually has a lot of choices.
Here is a menu of programs — “Mexico and the 112th Congress,” prepared by the Congressional Research Service (see pp. 12-14).
House appropriators could select the cuts best tailored to bring Mexico to a better mind.
They could sort any taxpayer monies we send to Mexico that serve our proven direct and immediate interest even during this crisis from those monies that largely benefit the government of Mexico.
Indeed, have taxpayer monies appropriated for Mexico ever been subject to a national scrutiny?
And there is simply no reason why the American taxpayer should be subsidizing a foreign government that enables an existential threat to our polity.
As CIS’ North explains–
“What do we need to do to get them, for example, to see to it that no one rides the ‘Train of Death’, the south-north freight train that carries so many of these migrants through Mexico to our southern border?”
A package of cuts in our aid to Mexico requires only action by the House. But it must be steadfast action. Our representatives need to act and then hang on until Mexico has verifiably closed the refugee pipeline.
Of course the president could attack the House of Representatives for such cuts but, in our view, this would be one public-relations battle the president would find hard to win.
The House GOP leadership– if no one else in Washington, D. C. — must use their constitutional power of the purse to impress our outrage on the government of Mexico.