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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dumb and Dumber
Military deployment on border is silly -- or is it?
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- February 25  
Top: National Guard -- Bottom: U.S. Army Stryker -- See larger photo -- (Photos by American Border Patrol)
    Last Wednesday I flew a Canadian TV crew along the border. They wanted to see what was really happening. They did.
    As we flew from Bisbee airport eastward I positioned the airplane so their cameraman could see where the U.S. government had placed Army Stryker armored vehicles. This was easy since they were in the exact spots where National Guard units had been deployed earlier.
    The big difference I could see was the increased discomfort suffered by the soldiers. Instead of a group sitting on lawn chairs under a tent where they could chit-chat as they stared into the desert, the Stryker units had one guy sitting on top of the unit - in the open - using a scanner.
    The Strykers did seem to have better surveillance gear, but that didn't matter since no coyote in his right mind would expose his charges to their gazing eyes, and this would be very easy considering the excellent cover in this part of Arizona.
    As was the case with the National Guard, when we got about 15 miles east of Douglas, no more Strykers and no more U.S. Border Patrol. That part of the border – all the way to the New Mexico state line --- and beyond --- is wide open; maybe because most of the land is owned by the Nature Conservancy -- and we certainly couldn't have Strykers on their turf.
    As with the National Guard, the deployment of the Strykers (under control of the U.S. Border Patrol, by the way) is a waste of money and soldiers. The only added benefit of the Strykers is that they protect the soldiers against hostile fire. This, however, raises the question: Is Obama afraid of an attack from Mexico?

Jan Brewer: Senate immigration hearing is a 'publicity stunt'   
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has been invited to the White House for a national meeting of governors, and given her last interaction with President Barack Obamaa, many are reasonably wondering whether that exchange will be as contentious as the last, and whether she will play nice with the Washington powers that be after refusing to testify about immigration law before Congress. Gov. Brewer visited the crew at Fox & Friends...

Houston Chronicle   
Border states again face cuts in federal immigration funding   
It's a budget gimmick that's used every year. -- President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013 earlier this month. -- And that budget blueprint included $4 trillion in deficit reduction measures over the next 10 years. -- One of the items the president chose to cut was the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program --- which seems to start on the chopping block annually...

Madison Ruppert -- The Intel Hub   
Documents show DHS lied to Congress about Big Brother policies 
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has been leading a valiant effort to reveal the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Big Brother policies which include spying on Americans' activity on social networks, especially people who express dissenting opinions. -- EPIC is now claiming that the DHS actually lied to Congress during a hearing surrounding the DHS's $11.4 million contract...

Alexander Hart -- VDare.com   
"Righteous Right" won't defend Buchanan from Media Matters...
In my recent article on Pat Buchanan's dismissal from MSNBC, I stated that there had been "near universal outrage from conservatives" over the incident. VDARE's editors added the note, "This does not include National Review, where there seems to have been complete silence." -- National Review did end up putting up a short item on the firing...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner   
Holder, DOJ continue to drag out Fast & Furious probe, say lawmakers  
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request for an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
New report shows deportation cases have plummeted   
According to a recent report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the number of deportation cases filed by the Obama administration dropped by 33 percent during the first three months of Fiscal Year 2012. -- Between October and December 2011, the federal government only brought 39,331 deportation cases to the more than 50 immigration courts across the U.S., down...

North County Times -- Escondido, Calif.  
12 suspected illegals arrested on beach   
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 12 suspected illegal [aliens] who came ashore near the Ocean Beach Pier shortly before sunrise Thursday. -- A citizen reported spotting the group about 5:15 a.m. on the shoreline south of the Niagara Avenue terminus, near a beached outboard-motor fishing boat, USBP public-affairs Agent Jose Velasquez said. Border Patrol personnel arrived in the area a short time later...

The Packer  
Vilsack pushing for amnesty yet again   
Arlington, Va. -- U.S. growers have a problem with labor, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack isn't shy about identifying who's responsible for fixing it. -- During a Feb. 23 keynote speech at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Vilsack called on Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform, lest America face a future where crops rot in the fields because growers lack workers...

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