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.”

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What Obama Says And Does Regarding Immigration Are Two Very Different Things

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As many times as President Obama has promised immigration reform in return for the 67% and 71% of the Hispanic vote he received in his 2008 and 2012 bid for the White House, what has he actually achieved? He has blamed House Republicans for the lack of reform all while refusing to admit that his commitment to securing our borders would be the first step in actually gaining bipartisan support for reform.

Although a formal immigration reform bill has not been passed, over the past 6 years, President Obama has fundamentally and systematically destroyed U.S. laws on deportation and immigration. He has encouraged illegals to come into the country and sign up for government entitlement programs funded by taxpayers, all while demonizing and retaliating against any state that enforces immigration laws. He has consistently lied and misled the American people, while he has removed any and all barriers at our borders.

Many Americans who have been in favor of immigration reform have now tired of the lack of legal ramifications for those crossing our borders and hiding within the system while freely partaking of public services that we, as Americans, have paid for and must jump through hoops ourselves in order to receive. If the country wants immigration reform, they have to look no further than the Oval Office for the cause of the political stalemate that has stymied all efforts to resolve the issue.

Below, you will find a timeline that shows how President Obama has not only disregarded our current deportation and immigration laws, but has systematically opened up our borders and refused to deport any illegals currently in the US. In this day of terrorist threats, you must ask the question, why is our back door wide open to those whose life’s purpose it is to destroy us?

I know the article is long, but I can assure you, if you read the entire timeline you will be fully informed and no doubt appalled at the deception that has been played out at the expense and detriment of the American citizens and the United States. (Senator Jeff Sessions has provided the majority of the timeline).

President Obama gave a speech on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Obama: “To begin with, our borders have been porous for decades. Obviously, the problem is greatest along our Southern border, but it’s not restricted to that part of the country. In fact, because we don’t do a very good job of tracking who comes in and out of the country as visitors, large numbers avoid immigration laws simply by over-staying their visas.”

“More fundamentally, the presence of so many illegal immigrants makes a mockery of all those who are going through the process of immigrating legally. Indeed, after years of patchwork fixes and ill-conceived revisions, the legal immigration system is as broken as the borders.”

March 8 2010: ICE (U.S Immigration and Custom Enforcement) Inflates Deportation Statistics According to the Washington Post: “Months after reporting that the number of illegal immigrants removed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased 47 percent during President Obama’s first year in office, the Department of Homeland Security on Monday corrected the record, saying the actual increase in those deported and ‘voluntary departures’ was 5 percent.”

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Rick Perry Just Fired Back At Attacks From Mexico’s President And Perfectly Silenced Him

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Several weeks after announcing a plan to deploy Texas National Guard troops along his state’s border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry received a critical letter from the neighboring country that just happened to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Released last Wednesday, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs used the press release to expound on a previous statement deriding Perry’s plan to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.

“The measure taken unilaterally by the Texas government is clearly erroneous and does not contribute to the efforts being made by our countries to create a secure border an a solution to the issue of immigration,” the statement read.

One week later, Perry published a letter he sent to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in response.

“As neighbors and economic partners,” he wrote, “Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today.”

Perry praised the steps Mexico has taken in recent years to facilitate a stronger economic and cultural bond between the two nations before responding directly to the criticism lodged against him.

“I believe strongly that our continued prosperity depends on a partnership that works collaboratively to address our shared border security challenges, rather than marginalizing the legitimate views of one side,” he wrote. “Our partnership cannot advance if we fail to acknowledge the serious issues associated with lax border enforcement along both of our southern borders.”

He cited the physical danger illegal immigrants face in crossing into the U.S. as well as the criminals who seek to exploit lax border security in causing harm to American citizens. Perry assured Nieto that he is dedicated to addressing the issue head-on, adding that he “will not be dissuaded by rhetoric of any kind.”

In much the same way he invited Barack Obama to discuss the crisis with him, Perry invited Nieto to Texas in the hopes that “the United States and Mexico can work as partners to find solutions to these challenges, now and in the future.”

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst also responded to Mexico’s statement, calling it “puzzling and frankly offensive that the government of Mexico chose the 13th anniversary of the most tragic attack on our homeland to call on Texas to throw open our international border to illegal immigration, trafficking in drugs and human lives, and potentially even terrorists who wish to harm America.”

Photo credit: Mays Business School at Texas A&M University (Flickr)

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So Much For ‘No Man Left Behind’…

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I believe the Navy Seals started it; but by now, every branch of the US military service declares and reflects the spirit of the slogan “No man left behind.” Indeed, it reflects the spirit of the services themselves.

Unfortunately, the government under whom they serve does not reflect this spirit.

United States Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been a captive of the Mexican Government. His crime? The Afghanistan war vet went to San Diego seeking treatment for his battlefield related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He had three guns in his truck – legal in the States but not permitted in Mexico. He made a wrong turn and ended up in a border crossing lane with no U turns. The law abiding Marine found himself unintentionally in Mexico and went to a parked police vehicle. He asked help re-crossing the border and volunteered that he had guns in the vehicle and no intention of violating Mexican law – or even being in Mexico. He was promptly arrested, thrown in prison, and has spent the last few months in solitary confinement.

He has had access to Mexican attorneys, but the administration of Barack Obama has been deafeningly silent. There has been no trial; but two judicial hearings have resulted in his being sent back to solitary, a punishment reserved in all nations for particularly troublesome prisoners–the kind who turn themselves in while asking for help, apparently.

While the sergeant is abandoned by his national government, the governor of California flies to Mexico City to negotiate trade agreements for California with Mexico’s President Nieto. Governor Brown utters not a word on behalf of the war hero held in solitary, but he does a victory dance over the success of his trade missions. He is negotiating with the nation that floods our land with illegal drugs and illegal people.

Mexico is known for her harsh treatment of illegals within her own borders, but she nevertheless gives safe passage to the Central Americans now crossing Mexico on their way here. Many of these illegals are children and families, but many are notorious gangsters; still others are members of Mexico’s own drug cartels. Should not Governor Brown say “President Nieto, I will trust you enough to treat with you when you return the American citizen you hold without trial.”? Instead, he invites Nieto to Sacramento for a grand celebration planned for August 26.

Assembly Member Tim Donnelly has planned a demonstration in front of the governor’s mansion at 11:15 AM on Tuesday, August 26. The mansion is located at 800 N Street in Sacramento. Donnelly – readers will remember – ran a wildly successful primary campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination; he led all the polls until carpetbagger Neil Kashkari ingratiated himself with Republican money men and came in second in the primary solely through funding. Donnelly plans to make a public demand for the release of Sergeant Tahmooressi. My prayer is that thousands of Californians will join him in front of the mansion; I most certainly will be there with him.

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Mexico Is Complaining, But Rick Perry Just Showed Them Who’s Boss On The Border

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In the weeks since Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his intention to station National Guard members on his state’s southern border, reports indicate that the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors is far from over. Nevertheless, Mexican officials responded late last week to Perry’s move with a curt and highly disapproving statement.

“We’ve been able to shut down illegal activities in certain sectors with our different operations that we’ve had,” he told Glenn Beck last month, indicating that Texas can successfully combat the current threat with or without federal assistance.

Texas deployed about 1,000 guardsmen Thursday to aid in stopping the flow of illegals across the most porous sections of the border.

Reiterating his defense of the bold move, Perry said he went ahead with the deployment after repeatedly calling on the federal government to secure the border and enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

The nation’s foreign ministry stated that Mexico “reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure,” alleging that no immigration threat “exists that justifies this measure taken by the state.”

Furthermore, the statement insists that the arrival of troops “does not contribute in any way” to securing the border.

Mexico criticized the troop mobilization as contrary to America’s claim that it wants to create a “modern, prosperous and safe border.”

With experts predicting that up to 100,000 illegal minors will cross the border into the U.S. this year, however, plenty of anti-amnesty advocates favor Perry’s direct approach to border security.

Some even question the timing of the deployment and a grand jury’s decision to indict Perry with two felony counts pertaining to his alleged coercion of an Austin-area district attorney.

H/T: SHTF Plan

Photo Credit: Twitter/KUT Austin

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