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.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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.  

Watch: Bizarre Anti-Trump Protest Goes Horribly Wrong At The Doors Of Trump Tower

TMZ was on the scene Monday when a woman carrying a load of flowers attempted to gain entry into New York’s Trump Tower. The reporter asked her what she intended to do with the yellow dahlias, to which she responded that they were supposed to be a message for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The oversized bouquet, which consisted of hundreds of Mexico’s national flower, included notes from critics of Trump’s immigration policy.

Activist Stephanie Mercades’ ambitious act was stymied, however, when she attempted to enter the building through a revolving door. Almost immediately, she began dropping dahlias to the ground.

Security personnel soon encircled her as she unsuccessfully solicited some help from passersby.

“Can someone help me pick up the flowers?” she asked.

Trump Tower guards granted her request, though not in the way she had hoped. They began throwing the flowers in a garbage bag as Mercades pleaded to keep them.

“Can I keep the flowers?” she asked one guard.

“No,” he replied, confirming that they would be dumped.

Another guard, however, picked up one discarded bud and gave it to the woman.

“You can keep this one,” he said.

Several social media critics shared brutal reviews of Mercades’ effort, with at least a few agreeing with TMZ’s assessment that it was the “worst protest ever.”

The site’s report concluded that her stunt “looks like something Lucy Ricardo would do.”

Should Trump Tower guards have discarded Mercades’ flowers or helped her deliver them to Donald Trump? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Some Texas Counties Are Making A Bold Move That Has The Mexican Gov’t Furious

As outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to lead the charge for a swift and decisive response to America’s illegal immigration problem, some Texas officials are trying to take one aspect of that issue into their own hands.

Reports indicate several county registrars across the state have been refusing to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican Consulate, noting the inherent unreliability of such documentation.

According to the Texas Tribune, the Mexican government filed an amicus brief last week on behalf of several illegal immigrant families who claim their children were unfairly denied a birth certificate. The Texas Department of State Health Services was named in an associated lawsuit after reportedly telling states that were accepting the identification cards – known as matricula – to stop.

Two Texas civil rights groups filed the suit, which has since been revised to include additional families and a third activist organization. The children represented in the suit, lawyers claim, have had their constitutional rights violated.

Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer representing the Mexican families, asserted that state officials “have to take something” when presented with ostensibly valid identification. She went on to insist that children who “were born here … are U.S. citizens.”

One of Trump’s recurring campaign points includes conclusively determining if the Constitution’s 14th Amendment truly does guarantee any child – regardless of their parents’ status – born in the U.S. automatic citizenship.

The discussion has continued on social media, with several Twitter users citing examples that seem to prove the amendment does not apply in all cases.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the matter last week, quoting the 14th Amendment’s author, Sen. Jacob Howard, who wrote in 1866 that birthright citizenship “will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens…”

Does the Constitution guarantee automatic birthright citizenship? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Trump Is All Talk

Donald Trump is the first talk radio candidate.

Everything he says on the primary trail sounds just like what you can hear on conservative talk radio every day.

When he’s riffing about the failures of the political class in Washington, calling for an end to birthright citizenship or handling a media heckler like Jorge Ramos at a press conference, Trump is talking straight to the hearts and minds of the talk radio demographic.

He’s not much of a conservative, or much of a Republican, for that matter.

But as Trump forces many of the other timid GOP candidates to address subjects they’re otherwise too scared to address, he’s echoing what millions of conservative talk-show listeners have been yelling about for decades.

I know. I used to be one of those talk show guys. I’ve heard what the silent majority yells and bitches at their radios about.

Trump is an entertaining showman. Though he’d hate to admit it, he’s also a natural-born politician.

He might not be likable. But he knows how to relate to and communicate with his constituents. All he needs are catchy slogans, half-finished sentences, quips and shrugs.

The Donald is authentic all right — to a fault. But because he’s immune to criticism from the media or other politicians, as a candidate he has it easy.

Like any conservative talk show host, he can say any wild-and-crazy thing about immigration or the Iran nuclear deal he likes without paying a political penalty or having to explain his sketchy policy ideas.

For example, he can promise us over and over that the first thing he’ll do as President Trump is build a 1,900-mile wall to stop the illegals coming in from Mexico.

But the wall is the simple part. Every conservative talk radio guy in North American has been calling for a strong southern border wall for years.

But what would President Trump do about the 12 million illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.? And what about the millions of illegals who didn’t wade across the Rio Grande to get here?

Studies say as many as 50 percent of them came here legally but then overstayed their tourist or student visas and never left. More than 10 percent came from Asia.

That “Great Trump Wall” he’ll build on the Mexican border won’t stop those kinds of “unauthorized” guests, no matter how tall it is.

It’d be nice if Trump — or any of the genuine conservative Republican candidates — had a few smart ideas about fixing our horrible legal immigration system.

With its long wait times, Soviet-style paperwork, high legal costs and politicized selection process, it’s the epitome of a Big Government bureaucracy.

Last I heard, conservatives were supposed to be against such things.

Meanwhile, a one-man party like Trump will not be able to fix immigration, legal or illegal.

It’s going to take a “boring” career politician like John Kasich, Rick Perry, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush to accomplish that and everything else Trump is talking about doing in Washington to “make America great again.”

As Republican governors, Perry, Kasich, Christie and Bush have proven track records. Perry and Kasich have done all the right conservative things in Texas and Ohio.

They’ve cut taxes, cut back government and created new jobs by encouraging economic growth. Poor Perry did all three, plus he dealt with the border and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Trump has many accomplishments. He’s a fabulous negotiator and builder. He’s also stirring up Republican primary politics-as-usual in a beneficial way.

It’s really great that he’s not afraid to say what a lot of conservatives in the country want to hear him say.

But as any talk radio guy can tell you, saying something and getting something done are two different things.

What Perry and the other governors actually have accomplished in their states is what Trump can only espouse and promise if, by some miracle, he gets to Washington.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Stepfather Throws Toddler Into The Pool. At First It Seems Playful, Then This Happens…

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It looked like play. It could have been an adult teaching a child to swim. It wasn’t, according to Mexican police who have charged the stepfather of a 3-year-old girl with her murder.

Agonizing video from a hotel closed-circuit TV has emerged that shows the girl thrown in the hotel pool over and over and over by a man that police have said is her stepfather. The video shows the girl flailing and floundering each time she hits the water, until finally her struggles are faint and feeble.

The incident took place on August 12 in Morelia, in the south-west Mexican state of Michoacan. It was captured on the hotel’s cameras and posted online by Quadratin News.

The video shows a well-built man throwing the little girl into the swimming pool over and over. At times, he throws her so forcefully that she is submerged. In one scene, the man throws in the girl and, when she emerges, throws her back in while she is fully clothed. The video shows other guests are in the pool throughout the incident.

Police say the man, his girlfriend and her daughter were staying at the hotel together. The girl’s mother was asleep throughout the incident, the police said.

The mother is said to have taken her daughter to the hospital after realizing she wasn’t breathing. Police reports said the man sought out a private hospital to treat the girl.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia by drowning, according to Mexican authorities.

The stepfather has been arrested and charged with homicide and treason. He has been detained in custody while investigations (which could take months) continue, police said.

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