Why is this even an issue?

And why did it take the Administration six months to enact ANY penalties?

The Department of Justice is cracking down even further on so-called sanctuary cities, saying that cities with such policies are not eligible for a federal assistance program used to help fight violent crime.

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, four cities — Albuquerque, N.M., Baltimore, Md., San Bernardino, Calif., and Sotckton, Calif. — have expressed interest in the department’s Public Safety Partnership, or PSP, program.  The initiative was launched in June in 12 cities that the Justice Department said needed “significant assistance” in combating “gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.”

Now, in letters to those cities, which limit cooperation with the federal government when it comes to immigration law, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson tells the police chiefs they must show a “commitment to reducing violent crime stemming from illegal immigration” in order to be added to the PSP program.

The four cities must prove to the Justice Department by Aug. 18 that they will give federal immigration agents access to jails to question immigrants, as well as provide 48 hours notice to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the release date and time of someone who has been flagged for violating federal immigration law.  The cities must also show they do not block communication between local police and federal immigration agents.

The basic premise of “Sanctuary Cities” is flagrant disregard of federal law.  The Federal government shouldn’t just withhold funding from a new program.  Any such declared “Sanctuary city” should lose ALL federal funding of any kind (not just from the Justice Department), and any public officials who have declared intent not to comply should be removed from office under the Constitution’s supremacy clause.

This is a national security issue — one of the very few areas where I believe the Federal government has the main role.  The costs of our lax and negligent enforcement of immigration law has led directly to the rape and murder of U.S. citizens.  No State or local government complicit in such defiance and mayhem has any legitimate claim to ANY Federal funds of any kind.

I am not a fan of strong Federal government, but where it has been tasked specifically by the Constitution to do certain things it should do them vigorously and well.  To that end, the President should immediately do the following:

  1. Suspend ALL federal funds to any declared “sanctuary city.”
  2. Arrest ALL officials who have openly supported such areas as having knowingly aided and abetted illegal immigration and the crimes that result from it
  3. Refuse to allow Congress to recess until it has passed full funding of enhanced border security (including the wall) and eliminated the H1B and H2B visa programs.

The administration’s current push toward prioritizing legal immigration to those who already speak English and have skills to offer is but a tiny step in the direction we must go.  And it’s good to see an official remind the press that a poem added to the Statue of Liberty 18 years after it was erected does NOT constitute national immigration policy.

Open borders and a welfare state are NOT compatible.  I’ve said it before: there should not be unemployment benefits at the same time we’re importing foreigners to “do the jobs Americans won’t do.”  Close the borders, and the wages for jobs will rise until people ARE willing to do them (cutting off unemployment benefits will be a motivator as well).  The administration is absolutely right to say that immigration policy should be based first on what is good for America and the people already here.

That includes repatriation of all those who are here illegally, no matter how long they’ve managed to “live in the shadows.”  Lawbreaking is lawbreaking, period.

The truly sad thing about the Left’s abuse of the appeal to compassion and emotion is that, for people like me, it’s been worn out.  NOTHING short of full-up globalism will satisfy these people, and that is not in anybody’s interest except for a handful of string-pullers behind the scenes.  Although well-traveled, I am NOT a “citizen of the world.”  I am an American, one who’s worn the uniform to defend my patrimony, and I’ll be damned if idiots like CNN’s Jim Acosta are going to simply give away what I and generations before me have fought to preserve.

As for the Republicans who’ve done all they can to stymie Trump, I’ll simply say this: he’s not our last chance.  He’s your last chance.  A last chance to show the system is in any way responsive to the problems facing real Americans.  And if you undermine that chance, you do so at the very real peril of convincing those who love what America once stood for that our government has become destructive of Life, Liberty and property, and that we need to institute new safeguards for our liberties.

If (when?) it comes to that, it’ll be, in the words of the President, “sad.”  But also necessary.  And probably long overdue.

Legal obstructionism

That’s the only term that can be applied to the decision by Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to stay enforcement of Trump’s executive order blocking the entry to the U.S. of citizens of seven foreign nations.

As this overview demonstrates, she has no grounds for such an order.  The president clearly has the authority to deny entry to the United States to any class of people he believes poses a threat to the nation.  Those who hyperventilate that this is somehow a “Muslim ban” need to note it doesn’t include the most populous Muslim nation (Indonesia) or one of the wealthiest (Saudi Arabia).

In fact, what it does is built on Trump’s predecessor’s actionsObama was the first to list travelers from these seven nations as needing extra scrutiny before entry into the U.S.  All Trump has done is bar *any* entry from these turbulent areas until his administration can ensure screening procedures adequately protect the nation.  This would seem a reasonable precaution during a change in administration, when there are serious questions about the effectiveness of visa and refugee admittance procedures.

Having lost in an election, the liberals are doing what they always do: try to use the courts to overthrow the express will of the people.  This is an effort to further deligitimize Trump as a president and his actions as somehow being arbitrary.

On the contrary, he appears to be one of the few elected leaders in recent memory who has quickly set out to do exactly what he said he would do… and what a large number of Americans wanted.  This is what propelled him to the presidency in the first place.

Trump’s administration needs to push back hard and relentlessly on this judicial activism, placing his executive order into its proper context and showing this particular court as the partisan tool it is.  This period is a struggle for the hearts and minds of Americans, who are still trying to decide whether Trump was a mistake or represents the final chance to put several issues back into balance before they destroy the nation.  A coherent communication strategy (yes, including Twitter, which bypasses the media gatekeepers) is essential to this task of maintaining public support.

Buckle up.  The next few months are going to be quite the ride, I suspect.

Why have a Congress?

It’s clear we aren’t ruled by representative government anymore.  Instead, unelected bureaucrats and a President who continues to wipe his feet on the Constitution rule us instead.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a sweeping, 300+ page overhaul that will place the internet under government regulation as though it were a public utility, including, for the first time, the power to levy Federal taxes on it.  The FCC is expected to pass the changes by a 3-2 partisan vote (three Democrats, two Republicans on the commission) — just as “Obamacare” was passed on the flimsiest of margins.  Not exactly a mandate from the people in either case.  Not only has the FCC Chairman steadfastly refused to allow public review of the proposals before the vote (something that more sensible Senator Obama fellow thought should be a requirement), he has also refused to appear before Congress — the representative branch of government — before taking action that seems predetermined.

And thus does Congress just roll over yet again.  Does the IRS want to stonewall them about how they attempted to influence an election?  Fine, says the Congresscritters.  Got a rogue President ignoring his duty to faithfully execute the laws on immigration?  Gosh, wish there was something we could do about that, says Congress, but guess we’ll fund Homeland Security anyway.   Meanwhile, despite a court injunction against the President’s unconstitutional actions, he has the gall to tell our border enforcement agency–in a public, townhall meeting–to continue on anyway, or they’ll “answer to the head of Homeland Security.”

To top it off, despite Americans being war weary — especially given how the ship of state has been run aground at home — our leaders seem determined to pick a war with Russia (probably to distract from their utter corruption and abuse of power at home.  After all, we’ve always been at war with Eurasia, right?):

U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War…  The United States has sent hundreds of military personnel to joint NATO exercises in the Baltics. NATO nations committed in September to forming a rapid reaction force that could deploy quickly to eastern Europe if they are invaded.

Congress, if it had any spine whatsoever, could stop all this in its tracks.  FCC chairman wants to ignore a request for testimony?  Fine — defund the FCC until he sees the error of his ways.  IRS wants to act like an unaccountable mafia operation?  Fine, pass a flat tax to be collected at the point of sales and sent direct to the Treasury, abolish the income tax and the IRS right along with it.

The problem is that Congress has either no will or no desire to act so decisively in defense of the people.  Some of that is because many of its members secretly hope to wield this growing Federal power themselves one day.  For those who see the danger and want to roll back increasingly unitary government under executive fiat, they can’t get enough of their fellow Capitolistas to cooperate.  Worse, many individual Americans are still convinced that handing government more power will solve problems that government intervention created to begin with!

Maybe Americans will light up Congressional phone lines today.  Maybe not.  I’m not convinced it makes a difference anymore.  Leviathan’s gonna do what Leviathan wants to do.  And that’s increase its control over you.  So the question, America, is what are our alternatives?  Are we ready as a people yet to say that if Congress won’t comply with our will, we’ll just defund the whole three-ring circus ourselves by refusing to pay taxes?  Or will this trend have to continue until either freedom dies completely or shots have to be fired in its defense?  I greatly fear it’s going to be the latter, because it seems that will be the only thing that will wake up a critical mass of citizenry to action.

“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.” –John Adams, 1818

Department of Misplaced Persons

Next time you’re quietly fuming as you submit to a TSA patdown, think about this: the Department of Homeland (in)Security readily admits they haven’t kept track of thousands of foreign ‘students’ admitted into the country under student visas.

You know, the type of visa many of the 9/11 hijackers used to enter the country:

The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”

Gee, ya think?

I know I speak for many when I say I don’t expect anyone to, you know, lose their job over this, or at least face a demotion.  Accountability is so alien to our government anymore that it would be a shock on par with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to see it occur.  It’s nice that Peter Edge is frowning sternly over this issue, but that’s hardly a solution.  I’m sure DH(i)S will be happy to translate this revelation into a larger budget request next year, but that won’t be a solution, either.  And if we can’t keep up with several thousand ‘students’ we formally and legally processed into the country, why on earth would anyone believe the illusion that we somehow are tracking and will process the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants the Feds are continuing to release across the land?

I suppose the question is this: when you have a government spending over a trillion dollars a year–much of it borrowed–and it can neither secure its borders nor keep track of who it lets inside them, isn’t it time to ask what we’re getting for our money?  And why we continue to provide it?  Why are American citizens increasingly spied upon and put upon, if we’re just going to turn loose all manner of foreigners in our country with no accounting whatsoever?  There is no more important function for the Federal Government than national defense, but that responsibility is failed daily in spectacular fashion.

Sleep well tonight.  If you can’t, maybe it’s time to let Uncle Sam know and ask why he’s not on the job…

We’re all on the border, now

It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States — the current invasion is a local issue:

Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts ((without the normal ID and TSA dance you and I have to endure, incidentally.  Still think TSA is about security? — Jemison)) and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.

“We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.

“The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.”

Hodgson said buses from his facility were recently used to transport six planeloads of illegals sent up from San Antonio to Hanscom Field in Bedford en route to the Plymouth County 
Correctional Facility.

The sheriff said he’s also heard of 100 immigrant children recently arriving in his county. But he couldn’t say if they are part of the deluge of 50,000 unaccompanied kids crossing the nation’s southern border.

Homeland Security has plenty of its own buses, too — complete with covered windows (metaphor alert regarding government transparency).

It should disturb every citizen to realize that our government is essentially providing the logistical backbone of an invasion of our own nation.  Far from fulfilling its duties to enforce the border (without which function no nation is truly sovereign), it is enabling tens of thousands of unvetted individuals to access every corner of our land.  This is beyond dereliction of duty.  It is aiding and abetting a tidal wave to accelerate demographic changes that will in turn impact how our nation functions.  Think I’m exaggerating?  Fine: go count how many stable, prosperous, free-market-limited-government nations you find south of the Rio Grande.  The simple fact is that even if this human tsunami is seeking a better way (rather than simply handouts), they simply have no idea of or experience with how such a system is supposed to function!  A nation can assimilate small numbers of newcomers over time and still retain its identity.  It cannot withstand the importation of massive voting blocks with alien ideologies and no incentives to identify with their new society.

Those in power know it, too — so the question becomes why are they so eagerly embracing and enabling this event?  The obvious answer is that for two centuries the American people have largely resisted letting government do whatever it wants.  Diluting that particular political DNA provides more opportunity for activist government — not least in mediating between people groups with vastly different visions of how things should be. *This* is where the ‘multiculturalism’ fetish leads.

But when the process has begun to replace an electorate, you have to ask the question what the intentions are toward those you are replacing.  Americans need to realize those buses with covered windows can serve more than one purpose.  As can various “holding facilities.”  After all, it’s telling that despite all the various crises and threats in the world today ((hey, did you hear ISIS now comes with uranium?)) that the Attorney General’s nightmares are about ‘homegrown extremists.’  Maybe if you didn’t let so many people into the country willy-nilly, there wouldn’t be as many ‘homegrown’ extremists!  But then, that’s not really what he means by ‘homegrown.’

What he’s really concerned about is that Americans may re-read that part of the Declaration of Independence that talks about “…when any government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and establish new government…”  Yeah, that’s pretty extremist talk for a people who’ve become accustomed to just taking whatever Uncle Sam chooses to dish out.  But if the government becomes accustomed to moving around massive numbers of people, and decides to employ that skill towards a newTrail of Tears” for current Americans, Holder may find his nightmares well-founded.

The nation’s governors need to do more than ‘visit the border’ for photo ops.  They need to inform Uncle Sam that if he won’t do his job, they will — do include blocking any federal movements of illegal migrants into their States.

Because if the States won’t secure their borders, there won’t be any left under this Administration…

Why do we have a “defense” department?

Would you be concerned if the government announced it expected roughly eight to ten divisions to invade the United States… but was making preparations to host them, rather than keep them from entering?

It has:

A city-sized rush of about 120,000 illegal immigrant children and teens from Latin America is expected to crash through the U.S. border this year, twice the administration’s prediction, leading humanitarians to seek much more than the $1.5 billion spent to handle the runaways.

U.S. authorities report that there was massive surge in May of children trying to escape crime, drug gangs and sexual exploitation in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, leading them to cast aside the administration’s prediction of 60,000, which was still more than twice the 24,000 apprehended last year…

Unlike adult illegal immigrants, children crossing the border on their own are generally linked up with family members in the United States and helped through the immigration process, not sent home.

The article says the sudden wave of children is due less to the appeal of America than it is fleeing crime and violence in their homelands.  That may well be, given the economic miasma our ruling class has created.  And I’m not unsympathetic to the fact there are tens of millions around the world for whom relocating is their best chance to improve life.

But let’s enumerate a few premises here:

1) Despite the Statue of Liberty’s plea to “give me your tired, huddled masses,” the U.S. can never absorb or give refuge to all the suffering people of the world.

2) Attempting to do so places further strain on an already burdened and broken society here.  What is ‘humane’ about that, unless your equalitarian impulse is so strong you’re not happy unless all are equally miserable?

3) No nation is sovereign unless it is able to choose who gains entrance and who does not.  A wise nation will ensure those who are invited to join and partake of their society will be a net enhancement (talent, energy, civility), rather than a dependent.

Is it clear yet that the leadership of the U.S. has no intention of following any of the premises above?  Keep in mind, this additional “ten divisions” of new immigrants will be added to the more than 40 million foreign-born already living in the U.SEveryone who believes any society can try to absorb that many newcomers without undergoing fundamental alteration is fooling themselves.

We cannot prevent all evil in this world from displacing people.  We can, if we choose, try to keep the rising tide from overwhelming us here as well.

The fact our nation seems powerless–or unwilling– to prevent such massive waves of people from crossing its borders would indicate that our hundreds of billions in ‘defense’ spending is rather ineffective.

But then, the “Defense Department” is a rather Orwellian name for what is really the Department of Offensive Meddling in Other Nations’ Affairs.  It’s not really focused on defense of the U.S. itself.  I fear most people understand and accept that subconsciously now, or else there’d have been more questioning of why we need BOTH a “Defense Department” and a “Department of Homeland Security.”

It’s simple:  The first one pokes the hornets’ nests abroad, often contributing to if not outright causing some of the displacement problems in the world in the first place.

The second one is a political entity that can be told not to enforce the border because the “right” kind of refugees are coming in and it’s considered a political advantage.

And just think: your taxes fund it all… except to actually, you know, defend the country.