Billions for detention and handling of illegals, but not one dime for turning them back at the border and not letting them cross

Illegal immigrant children at the border.

Central American parents are sending their unaccompanied children north to the U.S. because they believe their children will be given homes, food, clothes, an education and medical care and will not be sent back.

So, what is included in Obama’s proposed $3.7 billion spending package to “secure” the border?

The biggest item is $1.8 billion for Health and Human Services  “to provide the appropriate care for unaccompanied children, consistent with Federal law, while maintaining services for refugees.  With these funds, HHS will have the resources to be able to care for the children currently projected to come into the custody of the Department of Homeland Security while putting in place more stable, cost-effective arrangements for these children going forward.” Going forward means for the long haul.

As for actually securing the border and turning back illegals before entering the country, there is not a mention of doing so.

Obama proposes $433 million for the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, but much of that is for  “contract services and facility costs to care for children while in CBP custody, and medical and transportation.”

It all about apprehending and detaining and not turning back.

Obama proposes $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

  • $116 million would pay for transportation costs associated with the significant rise in apprehensions of unaccompanied children;
  • $109 million would provide for immigration and customs enforcement efforts, including expanding the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program, doubling the size of vetted units in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and expanding investigatory activities by ICE Homeland Security Investigations; and
  • $879 million would pay for detention and removal of apprehended undocumented adults traveling with children, expansion of alternatives to detention programs for these individuals, and additional prosecution capacity for adults with children who cross the border unlawfully.

Most the rest of the money goes for paying lawyers and judges and clerical staff to push paper around for years and years, such as the “$45.4 million would be to hire approximately 40 additional immigration judge teams.”

Then there is that $5 million for a propaganda campaign in Central America that “will emphasize the dangers of the journey, deliver the message that unaccompanied children are not given a permit to stay in the U.S.” Nope. No permit just perpetual care and a lot of paperwork.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry points out that there is no Border Patrol at the border to turn back foreigners.

“The president was not even aware that his border patrol was back 40 or 45 miles from the border at these checkpoints,” he said on Fox News. “They need to be right on the ripper, they need to be there as a show of force.”

Perry went on to say:

“Very little of it [the bill] is for border security. And I think until he gets realistic about the problem and how you deal with the problem, and it is a border security issue, and we’ve got a track record now of five plus years of him disregarding what is going on on the border, so here’s his opportunity to truly lead.”

Lead? He wouldn’t even go to the border — or send his Border Patrol there.

Today the White House confirmed that many of the illegals will be allowed to stay in this country permanently if they simply say they are afraid to return home because of the dangers there.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said:

“These children will — and other immigrants who are attempting to enter the country without documentation — will go through the immigration process and that means their claims of asylum will be considered by an immigration judge and by asylum officials.

“What that means is it means that if a immigration judge determines that they face a credible threat of death upon their return to their home country, then, again, I’m not an immigration judge, but it is likely that the immigration judge will find that that person should be granted humanitarian relief.”

Don’t we all face a credible threat of death eventually?


Glenn McCoy cartoon

Here comes the Sun, devoid of any light

Greenspun column on something that happened two weeks ago.

Greenspun column on something that happened two weeks ago.

What a steaming pile of claptrap.

Two weeks after buying out his brother and sisters — who had voted to accept an offer to cease printing the Las Vegas Sun as a section in the Las Vegas Review-Journal under a joint operating agreement (JOA) — Sun publisher and putative editor Brian Greenspun takes the banner position in his 10-page section to blather about his father. Nothing new there.

He poor mouths his way through the whole screed, saying things like: “while I am not allowed to discuss what I paid to make that deal happen, the cost was very dear.”

And in his typical ancestor worshipfulness: “Many decades ago, my father visited me in college to tell me about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This was not long after a fire had destroyed the Las Vegas Sun, the rebuilding of which caused my parents to go deeply into debt, which they had little or no chance of repaying if they expected to do it from the meager profits that the newspaper made, sometimes.”

Apparently Hank Greenspun had an offer from someone to buy the paper but he first wanted to ask his son — apparently not any of his other children, since no mention is made of them — whether he wanted to continue in the newspaper business. Brian says his answer was yes.

He makes no mention anywhere of the fast real estate deals his father made in order to build Green Valley in Henderson and become fabulously wealthy, nor of him using the newspaper to tout his friends, punish his enemies and shill for certain politicians.

At one point in the column Brian boasts, “What I now own is a company with some of the best reporters, editors, designers, salespeople and dreamers in the news industry. If the Las Vegas Sun and its sister publications survive and prosper in the coming years, it will be because of the hard work, dedication and imagination of the people who call the Greenspun Media Group home.”

This statement is on a front page, three-quarters of which is filled with a Los Angeles Times feature on development at the Grand Canyon. The only thing else on the page is a puff piece by Robin Leach about the first 100 days of operation of an oversized roller coaster on the Strip that first appeared online this past Tuesday.

The back page is a feature by a local writer about two Las Vegas performers appearing in Los Angeles that first appeared online Friday.

The rest, save two letters to the editor, is syndicated columns and features. Don’t want to work those best reporters and editors too hard now, Brian.

If I recall, the JOA gives Greenspun wide birth as to the content of the section and requires that it be delivered daily with the R-J. Short of pornography or repulsive photos of aborted fetuses, he can publish just about anything he wishes and it gets delivered to the driveway — whether it is news or not.

Perhaps his father is still waiting for him to continue in the newspaper business, since what he is doing now is certainly not the newspaper business.


Newspaper column: Anti-fracking lawsuit doesn’t hold water

Send in the Luddites. Don’t bother they’re here.

A group calling itself the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking has joined the cacophony of doomsayers crying in the wilderness for all oil and natural gas exploration to be stopped lest the planet fly off its axis, as reported in this week’s newspaper column, available online at The Ely Times, the Elko Daily Free Press and the Mesquite Local News.

Specifically, they have filed a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management in an effort to stop a scheduled lease of 230,000 acres of federally controlled land in Lander, Nye and Esmeralda counties for oil and gas drilling, saying the leases will cause “irreparable harm to the environment, cultural treasures and aesthetic interests.”

The 24-page suit goes through the typical litany of alleged woes that come with the hobgoblin of the hour — hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the process in which water and sand are pumped into a well under high pressure to crack rock and shale formations to release oil and gas deposits, which has been practiced since the 1940s and now is used in 90 percent of wells. This has caused a boom in the domestic production of oil and gas, mostly on private land.

While the suit makes a big deal about how much scarce water it takes to frack a well, it also claims the BLM failed to take into account the impact fracking might have on the “numerous alfalfa farms that are adjacent to the parcels both in Reese River and Smoky Valleys.” The suit fails to explain that a one-time well fracking job uses about as much water as an acre of alfalfa every year — about four acre-feet, though most of the fracking water is recycled. Also, the driller would have to buy the water from those who own the water rights.

This lawsuit comes on the heels of a formal anti-fracking lease protest to the BLM by the Center for Biological Diversity, which made much of the fact that fracking uses “toxic chemicals.” Tap water contains toxic chemicals, including the highly toxic chlorine that makes it safe to drink.

The contents of the fracking solution used in the only fracked well in Nevada — in Elko County earlier this year — are posted online at a site called FracFocus, and it is 99.5 percent water and sand with less hydrochloric acid than is found in a typical swimming pool.

While all this gnashing of teeth is going on, The Associated Press reports that many states have yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession. Nevada ranked worst in the nation, having 6 percent fewer nonfarm payroll jobs now than in December 2007. Best in the nation? North Dakota with a growth of 27.6 percent in jobs. Texas was next with growth in jobs of 9.5 percent.

A waitress in North Dakota can earn $25 an hour, while a truck driver can fetch $80,000 a year.

Why do you think that is?

The suit: Resse River lawsuit

Read the entire column at Ely, Elko or Mesquite.

Illegal immigrant ‘children’ carrying more than just infectious diseases

Ramirez cartoon

In addition to carrying debilitating and deadly diseases, those unaccompanied alien “children” being detained temporarily on our Southern border are carrying other problems.

Katie Pavlich reports on that internal Border Patrol memo says at least 16 unaccompanied illegal alien children are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha — also known as MS-13.

MS-13 gangs were first reported to be active in Los Angeles in the 1980s, formed by immigrant Salvadorian youth. They had reputation for being among the most violent of gangs. Many were trained in guerilla warfare and had access to sophisticated weapons.

MS-13 members are noted for their elaborate tattoos.

Pavlich quoted the Border Patrol memo as saying:

“Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) and Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs), assigned to The Nogales Placement Center (NPC), discovered that 16 unaccompanied alien children (13 El Salvadoran males, two Guatelmalan males and one Honduran male) currently being held at the NPC are members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). The MS-13 gang members admitted to their gang associations following a discovery of graffiti at the NPC. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) were notified. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) were notified.”

Earlier, Pavlich quoted an anonymous agent as saying, “We have six minors in Nogales who have admitted to killing and doing grievous bodily injuries. One admitted to killing as young as eight years old. They are being held for placement in the U.S.”

An Investor’s Business Daily editorial recounts:

“The transnational criminal organization (MS-13) not only makes millions from smuggling illegals, its cash has bought tentacles into Central American governments that ship illegals and rely on them for remittances.

“Ground zero is El Salvador, which has shipped as much as a third of its population to the U.S. and relies on their remittances for 16% of the nation’s GDP.”

Some of these “children” will soon be released into our population along with their various kinds of infection.

Image with Pavlich report.

Harry Reid’s latest gaffe is truly an embarrassment

Harry Reid once said of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:

“I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. … “I think that his opinions are poorly written. I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.”

Who is embarrassed now?

Reid said:

“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote. And if they vote with the five men on the Supreme Court, I think they’ll have to be treated unfavorably come November for the elections.”

The Hobby Lobby opinion was written by Samuel Alito and was joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.

Clarence Thomas

Sheriff now confirms BLM had no place to take Bundy’s confiscated cattle

A source told us back in April that the real reason the BLM backed down and released Cliven Bundy’s confiscated cattle wasn’t to avoid a shootout with armed Bundy supporters but was because the BLM had no place to take the cattle.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie has now confirmed this.

In a recent editorial board with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gillespie said, although officials told him they had a place to move the cattle, he later discovered that wasn’t true.

“There was no place to take them to,” Gillespie told the newspaper.

The BLM said at the time: “Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.”

I wondered at the time why, after eight days of rounding up “trespass cattle” from the Gold Butte ranch, all the captured cows were still in corrals on site. It made no sense to be hauling hay to them, when they could be trucked to feedlots equipped to handle them.

Bundy cattle released April 12. (R-J photo by Jason Bean)

A source with a source told me a network of Western cattle ranchers and those who provide them services collectively got on the phone and their computers with each other and decided to boycott the BLM roundup. No feedlot would take the cattle for auction. No trucker was available to haul the cows.

“Hey, do you want to know the REAL reason why the BLM backed off a week or so ago?”  my source’s source asked him. “You’ll never read about this in the news media.”

At least not for several months.

The BLM was stuck with cattle that would start dying without food.  Not good optics since all the assembled local media and national media and social media would capture the starvation.

How much cooperation BLM will get from the sheriff in the future?

Gillespie told the R-J that the BLM officials lied to him, ignored his advice and dismissed his warnings.

“I think if anybody would look at how they (BLM) handled the protesting with the use of Tasers and police dogs, anyone who had been in policing would question those tactics,” he told the Las Vegas Sun. “And I believe that led to the heightened interest and escalating the situation.”

BLM spokeswoman Celia Boddington told The Associated Press that the agency planned and conducted the roundup in “full coordination” with Gillespie and his officers.

“It is unfortunate that the sheriff is now attempting to rewrite the details of what occurred, including his claims that the BLM did not share accurate information,” she was quoted as saying. “The sheriff encouraged the operation and promised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we enforced two recent federal court orders. …

“Sadly, he backed out of his commitment shortly before the operation — and after months of joint planning — leaving the BLM and the National Park Service to handle the crowd control that the sheriff previously committed to handling.”



Peeking behind those rosy jobs numbers — where have all the full-time jobs gone

I’m sure you heard about how June unemployment dropped to 6.1 percent and employees added 288,000 jobs, seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was in all the papers. It spurred the stock market to jump.

Here is The Associated Press lede:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom.

What was not in the papers was that there was an increase, as the summer began, of 799,000 part-time jobs and a shocking decrease of 523,000 full-time jobs. That is a difference of 276,000. Where the number 288,000 comes from is your guess. Maybe it is all a guess. Full-time jobs have grown by more than 2 million in the past year and part-time jobs have remained steady. It is unclear why so many full-time jobs disappeared in one month.


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