DHS Secretary: Administration ‘Should Give Voice To Plight Of Muslims Living In This Country’

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is urging those in government and the administration – amidst the turmoil, persecution, and slaughtering of thousands in the Middle East at the hands of Islamic radicals – to focus on the “plight of Muslims living in this country” and the “discrimination they face.”

“I personally committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face,” Johnson said at the Countering Violent Extremism summit. “And the fact that there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and that the Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.”

h/t: Clash Daily

What do you think? Is the plight of the Muslims here greater than the plight of those suffering in the Middle East? 

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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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Boehner Calls Out Senate Democrats For Their Refusal To Act

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In a recent reaction to the House of Representative’s move to fund the Department of Homeland Security while halting Barack Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration, House Speaker John Boehner was quick to tout the effort. He also noted, however, that the House cannot pass the funding bill on its own.

“We won the fight to fund the DHS and stop the president’s unconstitutional actions,” he said. “Now it’s time for the Senate to do their work.”

Boehner specifically called out Senate Democrats who have repeatedly worked to prevent the legislation’s passage.

“In the gift shop out here,” he said, “they’ve got these little booklets on how a bill becomes a law. Why don’t you go as the Senate Democrats when they’re going to get off their a—and do something other than vote no?”

The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid, responded to Boehner’s accusation through a spokesperson, criticizing the use of profanity in his statement.

“We know Speaker Boehner is frustrated,” Adam Jentleson said, “but cursing is not going to resolve the squabbling among Republicans that led to this impasse.”

Though many Americans responded positively to Boehner’s direct admonition, others described the statement as the rhetorical flourishes of an ineffective speaker.

“A do-nothing obstructionist Republican telling someone else to ‘get off their a$s?’” one reader wrote in response to a Washington Times report. “That’s an absolute riot! Proving once again that rank hypocrisy is no deterrent to those lacking a moral compass.”

Some critics also shared the opinion that Boehner should not celebrate funding the DHS at all.

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h/t: Washington Times

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Border Patrol Union Leader Blasts Congress, Obama Over Funding Dispute

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A union leader for the US Border Patrol spoke out Monday about the current dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security between Congress and President Obama.

Shawn Moran, vice president for the National Border Patrol Council, said in an interview with The Daily Signal:

We’re in the middle of political football. You want to be able to do your job, but things like this make it more difficult.

He also said that “those in D.C. aren’t concerned with the real-world impact of a shutdown.”

The House passed a Homeland Security bill last month that includes amendments to undo much of Obama’s executive actions related to immigration as well as a program that would allow Dreamers- children brought in the country illegally- to stay.

Funding for Homeland Security expires February 27th. Many conservatives say the department should be funded only if there are measures to block Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Obama has said that he will veto any bill that includes measures to stop his actions on immigration.

Obama has also called on Congress to fully fund the department:

The men and women of the America’s homeland security apparatus do important work to protect us, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress should not be playing politics with that. We need to fund the department. Pure and simple.

Moran is concerned with how a potential funding crisis could affect the Border Patrol’s ability to attract future agents:

We want to make sure we’re out there able to do our job. We want to be funded. We don’t want politics to play into how we secure the border.

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Conspiracy Theorists Will Be Buzzing After This Strange Thing The Obama Admin Just Ordered

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Preppers sometimes get a bad rap, especially the hardcore survivalists who stockpile tons of packaged food and ammunition in underground bunkers. But what about the apparent prepper mentality of U.S. government officials now awaiting bids on a solicitation they recently made for “emergency preparedness” survival kits for banks?

According to the update on a recent article published at freebeacon.com, the survival kits are not for the military, not for Homeland Security, the FBI, or FEMA–but for bank workers.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department told the Washington Free Beacon that survival kits being ordered for government workers at every major bank in the United States are for “emergency preparedness.”

Once the government finds a bidder, reports freebeacon.com, every one of the more than 3,800 employees of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will receive a well-stocked survival kit.

…the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country, is ordering survival kits for each of its employees.

The survival kits will reportedly be delivered to every major bank in the United States, including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.

The Treasury Department doesn’t specifically say why it feels the kits are needed. But the contents of each survival kit are specifically named in the government’s solicitation for a contractor to provide them:

• 2400-calorie food bar (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• 3-pack 8.5 oz. water (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• 50 water purification tablets (minimum 5-year shelf life)
• Reusable solar blanket 52” x 84”
• Dust mask
• One-size fits all poncho with hood
• 12 hr. light stick
• 1 pair of latex gloves
• Whistle with lanyard
• 33 piece personal first aid kit
• 5 Wet Naps
• Dynamo rechargeable lantern with AM/FM radio
• Air-Aid emergency mask

And everything must be neatly packaged in a fanny pack or backpack for distribution to the bureaucrats who oversee the federal banking system.

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