When A Top Border Official Was Asked About ISIS At The Border He Gave A Shocking Answer

The Texas director of the Department of Public Safety is concerned that ISIS fighters will infiltrate the U.S. through the Mexico border, and that those from countries with a “known terrorist presence” already have tried.

At the annual Texas Border Coalition meeting in Laredo last week, DPS Director Steven McCraw responded to a question by an audience member asking if any suspected ISIS members had been captured at the Texas/Mexican border. 

McCraw responded: “Individuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes. We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari. Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around. But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are. So, we’re concerned about that.”

Laredo NBC affiliate KGNS reports: “McCraw added that the DPS also has a contingency plan involving increasing security at ports of entry, should violence spillover from Mexico. The DPS also works alongside Border Patrol watching the border through the use of about 5,000 motion-detection cameras on the border.” 

As reported by Western Journalism, according to Judicial Watch ISIS is operating a training camp just south of the US/Mexican border, near El Paso, Texas. Sources, identified as a Mexican Army field grade officer and Mexican federal police inspector, told JW that the camp is about 8 miles south of the border, just west of Ciudad Juarez in an area called Anapra.

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Additionally, Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a member of the Armed Services Committee, told Fox News last October that at least 10 ISIS affiliated fighters were caught trying to cross the border into Texas, according to his source in the Border Patrol. The Obama Administration has denied that any known terrorists have been apprehended coming across the US/Mexican border.  

What Separation Of Church And State?

For the first time in U.S. history, the leader of a major religion was invited to speak before a joint session of Congress. (No. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t count.) Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals–along with the national news media–are all praising the pontiff’s congressional appearance.

But wait just a doggone minute! How is the pope’s speech before Congress NOT a violation of the separation of church and state? Everything he talked about was both political and religious based. His left-wing theology permeated what can only be regarded as a blatantly political sermon. Where are all of the folks who demand that Christian pastors not get involved in politics? Furthermore, why is no one threatening the Catholic Church with the loss of its 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization status? The Internal Revenue Code is pretty plain about pastors of 501c3 churches (of which the Catholic Church is the largest) being forbidden from engaging in political activity during their official duties. And when Pope Francis spoke before Congress, did he appear in the attire of a private person? No! He spoke in full papal regalia–meaning, he appeared before Congress in the official capacity as a religious head.

“The Vatican is a state,” you say. In that case, the hypocrisy of Pope Francis to lecture the United States about tearing down our borders and allowing illegal aliens to pour in at will is as obvious and odious as it can possibly be. Before he lectures us about how we should accept any and all illegals into our country, he should set the example and tear down the forty-foot wall surrounding the Vatican City State.

Then there is his pet socialist (yes, Pope Francis is a longtime socialist and Marxist) talking point regarding how rotten America is because of our material success. BARF! Why is no one willing to point out to the pontiff that the Roman Catholic Church is the richest corporation in the entire world? As if he needs any reminder. No corporation is even a close second. Without a doubt, the Catholic Church is the biggest hoarder of wealth on the planet.

But not only is Pope Francis a Marxist/socialist, he is also a globalist. His remarks regarding globalism could have been written by Henry Kissinger. Who knows? Maybe they were.

The history of this pope is one of a lifetime of involvement in Marxist, globalist activities. I strongly recommend that readers take a look at this report:

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis?

When I watch–and listen to–Pope Francis, it reminds of Piers Morgan.

With all due respect to my British friends, when I watch–and listen to–Piers Morgan, I want to fight the War for Independence all over again. And with all due respect to my Catholic friends, when I watch–and listen to–Pope Francis, I want to fight the Reformation wars all over again.

Thankfully, not all Roman Catholics are enamored with this pope. No more than I am enamored with many of our evangelical “popes” such as Joel Osteen and John Hagee.

It constantly amazes me how so many people are so willing to live their entire lives, and predicate the principles of their lives, with ideological, sociological, and theological biases–biases that have nothing to do with truth and everything to do with the advancement of private parochial agendas. And liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, Christians and secularists are equally culpable.

When President Bill Clinton lied to the American people, liberals and Democrats looked the other way and defended him in every way possible. And when President G.W. Bush lied to the American people, conservatives and Republicans looked the other way and defended him in every way possible.

Too many Catholics defend the pope regardless of his Marxist, socialist ideals. Too many evangelicals defend their denominational leaders regardless of their Marxist, socialist ideals. Even though they claim to reject globalism, too many secular libertarians refuse to deal with the way Bernie Sanders sidesteps the perpetual exploration into global hegemony by Democrat leaders in Washington, D.C. And even though they claim to detest and oppose terrorism, too many religious conservatives refuse to deal with the way that Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel are up to their eyeballs in the sponsorship of all kinds of terrorism–including giving assistance to ISIS and terrorizing the Palestinian people.

Too many people are in a “protected” class, while those sharing alternative ideologies are marked for isolation, persecution, incarceration, or annihilation.

Public schools around the country are making prayer rooms available for Muslim students to pray in during school hours. Colleges and university campuses across the country provide prayer rooms, foot baths in bathrooms, and holy days for Muslim students. And no federal judge suggests that such conduct violates the SCOTUS rulings banning prayer in public schools. No school principal or college president or dean is put in jail. No mayor or city councilman of a “sanctuary” city that openly defies federal immigration laws is thrown in jail. But a Christian clerk in a Kentucky county is sent to jail by a federal judge for refusing to sign her name on a same-sex “marriage” license.

Liberals ignore the injustices and crimes against humanity by Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, while conservatives ignore the injustices and crimes against humanity by Talmudic Jews in Israel. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson ignore black-on-black crime, while Franklin Graham ignores police abuse. Conservatives ignore Ben Carson’s biggest big-government scheme of all the presidential candidates so far: government-mandated vaccinations, while liberals ignore the crimes of the biggest criminal in the field: Hillary Clinton.

But, inviting the pope to speak before a joint session of Congress has to take the all-time prize for hypocrisy and for the most glaring double standard of the entire media and political worlds.

Our founding documents (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) were written to protect us all from despots from both the left and the right, from both secular and religious zealots. As human beings created in the likeness of our Creator, we all have the same intrinsic, Natural rights. The purpose of government is to protect those Natural rights.

Now, all rules are off. There are no safeguards and no protections. Nothing is secure, and nothing is sacred. The rule of law has been replaced with the rule of whatever one can get by with. Nothing is wrong, only politically incorrect. The Rights of Man have been replaced with the rule of government.

This isn’t America anymore.

For the first time in U.S. history, congressional leaders from both parties invited the head of a major religious institution (Pope Francis) to use the U.S. Capitol building to promote a blatantly leftist, globalist agenda IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. This one cannot be blamed on Barack Obama. He has no control of Capitol Hill. This was the collaboration of John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid.

So, pardon me while I laugh the next time someone accuses the pastor of a small church on Main Street, USA of violating the separation of church and state when he delivers a message supporting the right to life of unborn babies or traditional marriage or the lawful right of self-defense.

Pastors who relate Biblical principles to our country’s political affairs have NEVER violated the “separation of church and state.” Had Colonial preachers adhered to the modern interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s personal letter to the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptists (from whence the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” has been taken–but which appears in NO official U.S. document), we would still be a Crown colony of England.

But after this week, we can all say, “Separation of church and state? What separation of church and state?”


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Little Girl’s Immigration Message To The Pope Went Viral- But The Truth Just Came Out

The seemingly spontaneous, sweet incident where a 5-year-old girl approached Pope Francis and hugged him during the Washington, D.C., parade was actually a carefully crafted, well orchestrated meeting by a group supporting illegal immigrants.

Jose Gutierrez of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition talked openly to the Associated Press about the group’s efforts to draw attention to the plight of illegal immigrants. He said the group began planning such an encounter from the moment it was announced the pope would be visiting the United States.

“We have been working for a while now trying to sensitize the American public that dealing with immigration is not just dealing with the people who came in without proper documents but that we also have … countless children whose parents are undocumented,” Gutierrez said.

The group’s strategy is to use the children of immigrants to catch the eye of the Pope, who is already a supporter of immigrants. The group made a similar move during a parade with the pope in Rome. In that case, they used a 10-year-old girl. In each case, the girl presents a handwritten note and a T-shirt to the pope or a bodyguard.

“We have been looking for children to make the case that we as adults have been making for years,” Gutierrez said.

The case in the United States, as Gutierrez identified it, is to save the stalled program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). President Barack Obama initiated the program to allow the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in America to apply to legally stay and work. The program was blocked in February by a federal judge in Texas after 26 states challenged the constitutionality of the plan and the way the president implemented it.

The group carefully selected the little girl in Washington, D.C., identified as Sophie Cruz of Los Angeles, Calif., for this mission. Gutierrez said she “impressed us all so much that we felt she would be our best spokesperson.” Sophie was determined and wouldn’t leave the pope until one of his bodyguards took her letter and T-shirt.

Her note detailed her fears that her parents, who illegally came to the United States from Mexico, would be deported. Under the Obama administration’s current policies, that is unlikely as the president has issued an executive order offering reprieves in most cases.

“I believe I have the right to live with my parents,” Sophie told the AP after her moment with the pope. “I have the right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing pieces of metal. All immigrants just like my dad feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect.”

Gutierrez insists that Sophie’s letter was written completely by her and that the group didn’t coach her on her media interviews. The little girl has been interviewed by several news outlets, and met with Mexico’s ambassador to the United States on Sept. 24.

Gutierrez said the group was prepared to shadow Pope Francis’s visit to New York and then Philadelphia to try the stunt multiple times if security officials stopped Sophie in the nation’s capital.

Pope Francis Lectured The US On Immigration, But Forgot To Mention THIS About The Vatican

Pope Francis recently lectured a joint session of Congress about the importance of generosity toward immigrants from Central and South America who come to America. His exact words were:

Thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

Pope Francis is the head of state of the Vatican, which possibly has the most restrictive immigration policies of any nation in the entire world.

While the Vatican welcomes millions of visitors every year, only a very select few people are admitted as residents or citizens.

About 450 of the Vatican’s 800 residents are citizens. They consistent primarily of cardinals of the church, the Vatican’s diplomats around the world, or those who live there because of their jobs, like the Swiss guards.

Only a few of the Vatican’s citizens are women.

The Washington Times sent an email to the Vatican spokesman asking for a comment but received no reply.

Texas Representative Michael Burgess stated the following about the pope’s call for generosity toward immigrants:

The thing that always strikes me when we get into these discussions is the United States takes in more people every year legally than the rest of the world combined. You start from that premise — it was 1.7 million last year, you want to add another 400,000 to 600,000 that came in without the benefit of doing it the right way. What is the right number? If over 2 million is not enough, would someone please tell me what that right number is, and would other countries act accordingly.

What do you think of Pope Francis’ call for Congress to have more compassion on immigrants? Share and comment below.

h/t: The Washington Times

Another Cynical Democratic ‘Citizenship USA’ Voter Drive

There’s only one time when you can depend on the chronically backlogged, recklessly inefficient Department of Homeland Security to perform smoothly: election season.

While hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers and deportation fugitives remain on the loose, federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are hastily recruiting tens of thousands of foreigners for the Obama administration’s new “U.S. citizenship and immigrant civic integration” campaign.

For the past week, the agency has staged more than 200 naturalization ceremonies for more than 36,000 new citizens. In partnership with the Interior Department (the same one that blocked American veterans from visiting war memorials during the 2013 federal government standoff over spending), the feds hosted camera-ready events at national parks — and encouraged their new political pawns to post propaganda photos across social media.

Local law enforcement agencies have a hell of a time getting hold of federal agents to help screen and detain criminal aliens. Fingerprint databases spread across DHS, the State Department and the Justice Department still don’t talk to each other. There’s still no comprehensive database to track the exits and entries of temporary visa holders — let alone any functional system to kick out overstayers and keep them out.

But never mind all that! The Obama administration is here at the ready to provide new “customer service enhancements” this week so that “naturalization applicants will be able to use credit cards” to pay their $595 naturalization and $85 biometric fees. DHS has also formed a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture “to provide temporary office space to USCIS” and to “provide services to communities with significant numbers of immigrants who are not located near a USCIS office. Services will include biometrics collection, case interviews and information presentations.”

Wait, that’s not all. The same government that wasted billions of dollars on the botched federal Obamacare website for Americans has helpfully set up “new interactive practice civics tests” to help their new future voters secure a permanent Democratic ruling majority. The election-year naturalizers will have the test ready “in English … with other languages to follow” soon.

Make no mistake: Cultural assimilation into American life isn’t their goal. Political exploitation is.

Did you know that the Obama White House released $10 million in taxpayer money to 40 of its favorite left-wing groups in 26 states to facilitate the expedient citizenship drive? The amnesty-championing Asian Americans Advancing Justice is just one of the social justice recipients involved in pushing green card holders to naturalize — not to show their patriotism, but to march in partisan lockstep so that “political candidates will no longer be able to ignore this growing political force.” ACORN lives.

How carefully will the Obama DHS conduct its background checks of citizenship applicants before the election? If history is any guide, we already know the answer: as carefully as the EPA protects rivers in Colorado!

Remember: In the 1990s, the Clinton administration first turned immigration policy into a massive Democratic voter recruitment machine through the Citizenship USA program. Naturalization officers simply abandoned background checks wholesale. Former House Judiciary Committee chief counsel David Schippers recounted how a “blatant politicization” of the then-INS took place during the 1996 presidential campaign, during which the White House pressured the agency into expediting citizenship to thousands of aliens whom the White House counted as likely Democratic voters.

“To ensure maximum impact,” Schippers reported, “the INS concentrated on aliens in key states — California, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Texas — that hold a combined 181 electoral votes, just 89 short of the total needed to win the election.” In all, he determined, “more than a million aliens would be naturalized in time to vote in the 1996 election.”

In 2003, an Immigration and Naturalization Services center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., solved massive backlog problems by putting tens of thousands of applications through a shredder. In 2006, I exposed how some high-immigrant regions rewarded adjudication officers with bonuses for rubber-stamping as many applications as possible without regard to security. And under President Obama, a whistleblower told Judicial Watch how the administration had abandoned required background checks in 2012, instead adopting “lean and lite” procedures to try to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications spurred by Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive, which grants illegal aliens a two-year deferment from deportation.

The dysfunctional DHS can’t control our borders. It has failed to prevent massive fraud in our asylum, student visa, visitor visa, business visa, tech worker visa and immigrant investor green card programs. And the department is overwhelmed with paperwork from 10 million applicants for Obama’s executive amnesty waivers. But when it comes to signing up new potential Democratic voters in droves, the feckless feds run a NASCAR-ready well-oiled machine.

Suicidal Republicans who continue to hand over the open-borders keys to their hit-and-run opponents reap what they sow.


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