The Obama Admin Just Advised Border Agents To Consider Letting Drunk Drivers Go Free

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As the legal battle rages over President Obama’s now-blocked executive order on amnesty for illegal immigrants, there’s another legal matter that’s stirring controversy for Border Patrol agents in Arizona.

Imagine if these law enforcement officers were told by their superiors — explicitly advised in a written memo — that they could, and possibly should, let drunk drivers go free. In other words, a preferred option for dealing with intoxicated drivers whom those agents stop would be…to let them keep on driving, even if they pose a serious safety risk to themselves or to others.

You don’t need to imagine such an unthinkable scenario — it’s apparently a reality, one that appears to be an offshoot of the Obama administration’s argument about exercising “prosecutorial discretion” at the border.

According to a Fox News report on a memo obtained by the ever-vigilant Judicial Watch: “The Obama administration is telling Customs and Border Protection agents in a busy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico crossing that they don’t have to arrest intoxicated drivers, sparking backlash from advocacy groups and others.”

Of the three options the advisory from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presents to border agents in the Tucson, Arizona, region, the recommended alternative for dealing with drunk drivers is to simply let them go on their way. This advisory apparently pertains to encounters with both illegals immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.

The reason DHS reportedly gives for the “let the drunks” go advice, says the Fox News post, is to try to keep the Border Protection agents out of legal trouble.

The advisory makes clear agents have no legal obligation to intervene in state crimes and that with the third option, “there is generally no liability that will attach to the agent or agency for failing to act in this situation.”

The bulletin, reviewed by FoxNews.com, goes so far as to say agents wouldn’t be liable if they allow the driver “to continue down the road and they kill someone.”

The president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, believes the DHS advisory to be more about politics than protection for the border agents. But whatever the reason for it, says Fitton, the policy hurts public safety.

“’Families across America are now at risk on the roads, as President Obama and his appointees at the Department of Homeland Security have given illegal aliens a license to drive drunk,’ he said.”

MADD — Mothers Against Drunk Driving — is also mad about the DHS memo and its implications. The Fox News report quotes the president of the organization as saying that all law enforcement officers — no matter who they are or for which agency they work — should follow “standard procedures” when they encounter a drunk driver.

“’Law enforcement is the first line of defense in preventing drunk and drugged driving, and their efforts are crucial to keep our roadways safe.’”

h/t: Fox News

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Arizona Sheriff Calls Out Obama, Insists Our Borders Are Not “More Secure Than Ever”

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For all of President Obama’s talk of the border being safer than ever, Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu provided some evidence to the contrary when he spoke before the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of illegal immigration Tuesday.

Babeu, America’s 2011 “Sheriff of the Year” and an Iraq War veteran, testified before the committee that between 88,000 and 123,000 illegal aliens are apprehended at the Tucson Sector, one of nine border-patrol zones along the U.S.-Mexico border, each year. The Tucson Sector covers most of the state of Arizona from the New Mexico state line to the Yuma County line — a total of 262 border miles.

Between 17 and 30 percent of those apprehended have a criminal record in the U.S. “This clearly shows that the border is not more secure than ever,” Babeu said.

He also detailed how 30 to 50 illegal alien criminals are released into Pinal County every day. “These are the people that everybody, including the president, said are the bad actors,” he said. Many of those released have criminal records that include rape, manslaughter, child molestation, financial crimes, armed robbery, and assault against law enforcement.

Babeu said he has asked the federal government for more information regarding those individuals and their criminal histories, but the government refuses to give it to him. “I, as the sheriff, who swore an oath to protect the people of my county, should have a right to that information,” Babeu declared.

He stressed to committee members that the situation is so lawless in some areas of Pinal County — the number one pass through county in America for drug and human smuggling — that it often feels like a war-zone on American soil.

In one day, law enforcement arrested 78 members of a well-known drug cartel and seized 108 illegal weapons. “[These are] not just handguns,” Babeu said. “These are scoped rifles and AK-47s, two of which were traced back to the Fast and Furious operation. This is in my county.”

He also spoke of illegal aliens who serve as scouts for drug-runs, equipped with binoculars and encrypted radios so they can avoid law enforcement. “When I tell a story like that, having served a tour in Iraq and commanded soldiers in the army, it almost appears I’m telling a story of some war-torn area,” Babeu said. “This is on American soil.”

“That’s what’s so disruptive,” he continued, “is the fact that here, as the sheriff, where our primary job is to answer 9-1-1 calls, how on Earth did we get here to this place that local law enforcement is leading the effort to fight criminal syndicates from a foreign nation on American soil?”

“I would urge this Congress,” he said, “to stand up as a lawmaking body, to enforce the laws, just as you expect me and every other law enforcement officer locally to do, and secure the border.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Armed Pennsylvania Senior Puts Would-Be Robber Out Of Commission

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According to local reports, a 67-year-old man in a crime-addled section of Upper Darby, Pa., was recently confronted by a masked gunman who threatened to kill him. The victim, however, a concealed carry permit holder, was ultimately able to turn the tables on his attacker.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood confirmed. He explained the masked man jumped out of some bushes in a local park and threatened the victim with what was later determined to be a toy gun.

“At first the victim was startled,” Chitwood said, “then he reaches out and grabs the gun hand of the gunman.”

After a physical altercation, the victim was reportedly able to access his own gun and shot the suspect in the head, killing him instantly. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains, but he was later released.

Though the incident took an obvious toll on the shooter, Chitwood said he was able to reassure him that he did the right thing.

“He was really shook up,” he recalled, “really upset, and I told him point blank, ‘You did what you had to do.’ And as far as I’m concerned, I don’t see any criminal charges.”

Though Chitwood said it is a shame that someone had to die, he added that “at the end of the day the bad guy pulled a stickup and lost.”

Locals acknowledge that the section of town in which the attack took place is a hotbed of criminal activity.

“I was just walking home at night and they came up behind me and struck me,” Michael Hepperly said of an encounter he had with some assailants in the area.

As of the latest reports available, detectives are still attempting to identify the attacker.

h/t: Bearing Arms

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Clerks Can’t Contain Chuckles When Confronted With Criminal’s Cartoonish Camouflage

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According to recent reports, a robber entered a doughnut shop in Pasadena, Texas, and attempted to threaten the store’s employees at gunpoint. Instead of evoking fear, however, the man’s outlandish disguise brought the clerks to laughter. Scroll down for surveillance footage of the incident.

The Houston Chronicle reported the white male wore a woman’s wig when he entered the Donut Hole and demanded money from a clerk. Local authorities believe the employee, who is reportedly not fluent in English, believed the entire incident was a joke.

Surveillance footage shows the clerk laughing even as the robber brandished a gun and pointed it at her. Though the employee did ultimately open the cash register, there is no indication that the suspect took any money with him when he left the scene. As of the latest reports available, police continue to look for the suspect, believed to be in his 30s and possibly in a two-tone tan Ford pickup truck.

 

Another attempted doughnut store robbery ended inauspiciously in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Reports indicate a man entered a Dunkin’ Donuts location armed with a BB gun and attempted to rob the store. Within seconds of his entry, though, two police officers entered behind him and took him into custody. Their subsequent investigation revealed the suspect was also responsible for another retail robbery in the area.

 

h/t: The Blaze

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Armed Patron Celebrated As Hero After Opening Fire On Two Robbers

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When two armed robbers entered a Texas restaurant last weekend, the dining room was clearing out as owners prepared to close for the evening. One of the patrons finishing up his meal, however, was able to jump into action as the suspects made their way toward the cash register.

Owner Koy Sam recalled that seeing the two armed robbers storm into the business was alarming.

“All of a sudden, my wife ran back panicking,” he said, noting that one of the suspects forced him and his wife to the ground as the other made his way to the till.

A vigilant customer stepped in and grabbed one of the men, firing his own gun at the other as he ran out of the Houston eatery. All the while, Sam said, the patron reassured everyone else that the situation was under control,

“He was amazing,” the owner said. “He absolutely kept us all calm, made sure everything was OK.”

The customer was able to hold one suspect until authorities arrived, though the accomplice was able to exit the scene. A KHOU report indicated it is not clear whether the second suspect was hit when the patron opened fire.

K&S Seafood was left with several bullet holes in its front windows, but staff and customers were safe – as was the money in the register. Thanks to the quick thinking of an armed patron, the restaurant is enjoying some local celebration and an increase in business.

Conservative radio hosts in the area have reportedly been urging listeners to visit the restaurant, and some existing customers are doing their best to promote the establishment. Thomas Bazan, for example, is making the rounds in surrounding neighborhoods distributing promotional fliers.

“There’s wickedness and evil,” he said, “and we need to stand up against it and fight back.”

The willingness to fight back shown by the armed customer Saturday evening prompted Bazan’s wife, Paula, to pursue getting a concealed handgun license. She was among those eager to praise the customer’s actions.

“Thank you for your bravery,” she said, “and thank you for being prepared.”

h/t: IJReview

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