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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2600 on: September 19, 2022, 10:54:19 AM »
Venezuelan "Scarfaces"!

Yes.

Good thing we have magic soil!

It would be tragic if they found their way to Martha's Vinyard or Aspen, Colorado!

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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2601 on: September 19, 2022, 02:01:03 PM »
The Port Mariel exodus was of particular interest to me-- not only because of my interest in Latin America, but also because I had been in Cuba a few months before.  A friend I made there was among the escapees and looked me up in NYC.  We hung together for a few months, often going to Salsa Clubs.

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The Border Crisis is just the tip of the iceberg
« Reply #2602 on: September 24, 2022, 04:05:05 PM »

https://thefederalist.com/2022/09/23/the-border-crisis-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-in-mexico-a-cartel-crisis-looms/

The Border Crisis Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg. In Mexico, A Cartel Crisis Looms
BY: JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON
SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
6 MIN READ

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that apprehensions of illegal immigrants surpassed 2.1 million for the fiscal year in August, with more than 203,000 apprehensions last month alone, marking six straight months of southwest border arrests exceeding 200,000.

Nothing like this has ever happened before. The 2.1 million figure represents an all-time high, surpassing the previous record of 1.7 million, set in fiscal year 2021. That is to say, every year President Joe Biden has been in office has been a record-breaking year of illegal immigration. Biden’s policies are directly responsible for the ongoing border crisis, which will continue unabated until those policies change. Whatever the number ends up being for 2022, the number for 2023 will almost certainly be higher.

But the shocking volume of arrests at the border, and the dramatic footage of illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande or lining up by the hundreds along stretches of the border wall (or scaling it), can blind us to another, less obvious crisis unfolding on the Mexican side of the border that we need to understand if we hope to craft policies that will put an end to mass illegal immigration.

That crisis, put simply, is the gradual takeover of the Mexican state by cartels. I hesitate to call them “drug cartels,” because what these criminal organizations do goes far beyond the manufacture and trafficking of narcotics. In addition to drugs, Mexican cartels are now involved in industrial agriculture, port operations, migrant smuggling, human trafficking, and even the control and distribution of water in drought-stricken parts of the country.

These twin crises are connected. Although the border crisis is a direct result of Biden’s policies, the cartels are exploiting those policies for profit. One estimate from Homeland Security Investigations puts the figure at $13 billion annually, up from just $500 million in 2018. That is to say, illegal immigration has been industrialized by these cartels and their smuggling networks. It is not too much to say they have turned the southwest border into a vast black market, not just for deadly drugs such as fentanyl, but also for illegal immigration.   

A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation (where, full disclosure, I once worked and am today a senior fellow) sheds some much-needed light on how the cartels have accomplished this. Their involvement in migrant smuggling — a vast enterprise that involves transportation, surveillance, logistics, accounting, and stash houses on both sides of the border — is a natural extension of their increasing involvement in nearly every facet of Mexico’s economic and political life.

The report, whose author has remained anonymous for safety reasons, chronicles the recent history of deep collusion between the Mexican state and the country’s most powerful drug cartels: “The unfortunate reality is that criminal cartels have burrowed their way into the government — and vice versa. Well-meaning public servants, of whom Mexico has many, are powerless against a nexus of senior officeholders, societal elites, and criminal cartels.”

The rot in the Mexican state, the report makes clear, goes to the very top. In 2018, just before President Enrique Peña Nieto left office, Ivan Reyes Arzate, a high-ranking member in the Mexican Federal Police, was found guilty in U.S. federal court on charges of obstructing a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of international drug trafficking and money laundering. The case “represented the first time a high-level foreign law enforcement officer was held criminally accountable in a U.S. courtroom for interfering with a transnational organized crime investigation,” according to the TPPF report.

But if Peña Nieto’s time in office was marked by a curtailment of U.S.-Mexico law enforcement cooperation, Mexico’s current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has sought to shut down such cooperation almost entirely. Thanks to a new law pushed by López Obrador’s administration aimed at curbing the operations of foreign agents (clearly aimed at the DEA), decades of U.S.-Mexico bilateral cooperation has been effectively ended. In addition to this new law, López Obrador in April shut down an elite anti-narcotic unit that had worked with the DEA for 25 years.

Since taking office, López Obrador has pursued a posture of passivity toward the cartels, especially the Sinaloa Cartel, the country’s most powerful. In so doing, Mexico’s president has transformed his naïve campaign slogan, abrazos no balazos (“hugs not bullets”), into a policy framework that can only be understood as a rebuke of the United States in favor of the cartels.

What is also different now than in the past, the TPPF report explains, is that the cartels “increasingly supplant the legitimate sovereignty of the Mexican state with their own — often in cooperation with major elements of that state. The qualitative difference since 2018 has been the near-open role of the current Mexican president in allowing, and perhaps even participating in, that cooperation.” Indeed, by some estimates cartels now control up to 40 percent of Mexican territory.

If that sounds outlandish, it is not because the facts don’t support such a conclusion but because corporate media in the U.S. are for the most part unwilling or unable to cover the issue in depth or accurately convey its implications for America.

The implications are this: As the Mexican state succumbs to the cartels, Mexico’s problems will become America’s problems. That doesn’t just mean a worsening border crisis but a breakdown of law and order all up and down the border, on both sides of the Rio Grande, and a worsening drug crisis in American cities far from the border. It means the corruption of Mexican officialdom will gradually spread to American officialdom, just as the operations of Mexican cartels have spread to every corner of the United States.

What to do about all this? The first step is for the United States to stop treating Mexico like a partner or a peer with whom we can work together to address common challenges. Our entire posture has to shift. We have to begin treating Mexico less like an ally and more like a hostile neighbor. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to his credit, this week took the extraordinary step of issuing an executive order designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. While that might not do much on its own, it at least sends a signal to Washington that it is time for the federal government to do the same.

There is of course a historical precedent for this, and indeed the relatively peaceful interregnum of the past 80 years is a departure from the historical norm of U.S.-Mexico relations. We are now returning to the norm, whether policymakers in Washington realize it or not.

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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2603 on: September 25, 2022, 06:05:38 AM »
It would be nice if the general public read the forum and Federalist in addition to the news pushed through on facebook and msm.  Having cartels that are terrorist organizations PAID to run our border instead of real US law enforcement is a threat larger than we can imagine.

In numbers, the population of Ireland has come in unchecked, illegally, since Biden was (not really) elected.
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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2604 on: September 25, 2022, 10:16:51 AM »
"These twin crises are connected. Although the border crisis is a direct result of Biden’s policies, the cartels are exploiting those policies for profit. One estimate from Homeland Security Investigations puts the figure at $13 billion annually, up from just $500 million in 2018. That is to say, illegal immigration has been industrialized by these cartels and their smuggling networks. It is not too much to say they have turned the southwest border into a vast black market, not just for deadly drugs such as fentanyl, but also for illegal immigration. "

absolutely appalling as is Biden ignoring

LEFT wind logic would twist this into a good thing - cartels are simply helping poor desperate
  victims into the chance for a good future in the US !!!

Agree with Doug.
WILLFULL Lack of MSM coverage is just as bad as the crimes themselves

Lib jurnolisters who pride themselves with such stories in the 20th century simply ignore it now because they are protecting the favorite politicians.


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NRO: 5th Circuit: No DACA for Biden Millions!
« Reply #2605 on: October 05, 2022, 07:22:49 PM »
Federal Court Rules DACA Unlawful but Preserves Policy for Current Recipients

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By CAROLINE DOWNEY
October 5, 2022 9:01 PM
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is unlawful but agreed to preserve the program for existing recipients.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a July 2021 decision from Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen, who said the Obama administration had no authority to impose DACA, according to a court filing obtained by Axios. The court blocked the Biden administration from enrolling new illegal immigrants, which would provide them with work permits and shield them from deportation, but said current beneficiaries could stay and that immigration officials could process DACA renewals.

“In our view, the defendants have not shown that there is a likelihood that they will succeed on the merits,” Chief Judge Priscilla Richman wrote Wednesday. “We also recognize that DACA has had profound significance to recipients and many others in the ten years since its adoption.”

Richman returned the case challenging the legality of the policy back to a lower court in Texas to examine a recent rule the Biden administration implemented in a maneuver to protect the program from litigation. The Biden administration, which appealed the 2021 ruling, codified DACA into regulatory law this August and revoked the 2012 memo drafted by former Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano that formed the original program. Given Wednesday’s ruling, the Biden administration is expected to file a formal appeal that could eventually send the case to the Supreme Court to make a final judgment on DACA’s constitutionality.

DACA applies to nearly 600,000 illegal immigrants residing in the U.S., often called “Dreamers” by proponents of the program, who had to prove that they arrived in the country by age 16 and before June 2007. They must attend or have graduated from high school and cannot have a serious criminal record. Recipients are also not entitled under the program to be given permanent legal status or citizenship.

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Re: NRO: 5th Circuit: No DACA for Biden Millions!
« Reply #2606 on: October 05, 2022, 07:27:35 PM »
ALL illegals should be deported!
ALL!


Federal Court Rules DACA Unlawful but Preserves Policy for Current Recipients

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October 5, 2022 9:01 PM
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is unlawful but agreed to preserve the program for existing recipients.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a July 2021 decision from Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen, who said the Obama administration had no authority to impose DACA, according to a court filing obtained by Axios. The court blocked the Biden administration from enrolling new illegal immigrants, which would provide them with work permits and shield them from deportation, but said current beneficiaries could stay and that immigration officials could process DACA renewals.

“In our view, the defendants have not shown that there is a likelihood that they will succeed on the merits,” Chief Judge Priscilla Richman wrote Wednesday. “We also recognize that DACA has had profound significance to recipients and many others in the ten years since its adoption.”

Richman returned the case challenging the legality of the policy back to a lower court in Texas to examine a recent rule the Biden administration implemented in a maneuver to protect the program from litigation. The Biden administration, which appealed the 2021 ruling, codified DACA into regulatory law this August and revoked the 2012 memo drafted by former Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano that formed the original program. Given Wednesday’s ruling, the Biden administration is expected to file a formal appeal that could eventually send the case to the Supreme Court to make a final judgment on DACA’s constitutionality.

DACA applies to nearly 600,000 illegal immigrants residing in the U.S., often called “Dreamers” by proponents of the program, who had to prove that they arrived in the country by age 16 and before June 2007. They must attend or have graduated from high school and cannot have a serious criminal record. Recipients are also not entitled under the program to be given permanent legal status or citizenship.

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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2607 on: October 06, 2022, 06:28:12 AM »
1)  As the saying goes, "The first rule of holes is when you find yourself in one-- stop digging!"  Seems to me that this decision is quite important-- if blocks Biden, his handlers, and the Progs from continuing to dig us deeper.  In that they have finagled five million illegals into our country, this is a really good thing!

2) Saying "ALL illegals" is politically suicidal.  There are plenty of cases wherein someone was brought here illegally as a child and grew up as an American and genuinely thinks of themselves as such.  To say that a twenty two year old person who was brought here at two should be heaved out just is not going to fly-- and correctly so!

OF COURSE the Progs will be trying to use such cases to block deportation of an MS 13 who came in three years ago at 20 while claiming to be 15 but we need to be politically astute enough to distinguish between the two types of cases.

EDITED TO ADD:

Clarifying remarks in the following WT piece:
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Appeals court rules DACA was illegally created

Program created in 2012 to remain intact — for now

BY STEPHEN DINAN THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the DACA program to protect immigrant “Dreamers” was created illegally by the Obama administration a decade ago, upholding a lower court’s decision to erase the program.

But the three-judge panel said its ruling doesn’t apply to the new version the Biden administration announced this year.

The judges sent the entire matter back to the lower-court judge to evaluate.

And the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept in place a partial stay, meaning the current DACA program will remain running while the case works through the court system.

The appeals court did signal a tough road ahead for the Biden plans, saying it does not appear that Congress anticipated such a broad grant of executive authority in immigration law.

“There is no ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the power that DHS claims,” wrote Chief Judge Priscilla Richman, who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush.

But for now, she said, that merely means that the 2012 program created by the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama years was established in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he was “deeply disappointed” in the ruling and said the administration is working on “an appropriate legal response.”

All sides agree that Congress could grant the Dreamers protections, and President Trump and congressional Democrats reached for a deal in 2018. But the president’s price of building a border wall, and potentially making other changes, was too steep for Democrats.

Wednesday’s ruling will fuel the political fight, with immigrant- rights advocates arguing voters have a chance to send a message in November by backing candidates who support granting citizenship rights to Dreamers and other immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Republicans, meanwhile, have made the border chaos under President Biden a top issue.

In sending the case back to the lower court, the 5th Circuit is continuing a line of cases that dates back nearly a decade, to the creation of the original DACA program.

Advocates called the ruling a “punt” that leaves 1.2million people in the lurch.

“To continuously shuttle DACA through different courts, keeping it in limbo, is to devalue and ignore the contributions this policy has made to our state and country,” said Murad Awawdeh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

DACA grants a stay of deportation to immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children before the middle of 2007, who had been here at least five years, who had worked toward an education and who had kept a relatively clean criminal record.

The program, officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also grants work permits, which allow the recipients to settle more deeply into communities and to obtain some taxpayer benefits such as tax credits, Social Security and Medicare.

President Obama had repeatedly said he didn’t have power to create such a program, before reversing himself in the months ahead of Election Day in 2012.

The Trump administration sought to phase out the program, drawing an avalanche of lawsuits that ended at the Supreme Court.

The justices ruled that Mr. Trump cut too many corners in trying to end the program, even though some of the justices pointed out that he had used the same methods as the Obama administration did in creating it.

Republican-led states, led by Texas, sued to force a decision on the original DACA program, leading to Wednesday’s ruling
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Border gangs, $13 billion business, “500% increase in human smuggling
« Reply #2610 on: October 11, 2022, 07:04:03 PM »
https://thefederalist.com/2022/10/11/thanks-to-bidens-border-crisis-the-million-dollar-migrant-smuggling-industry-is-now-worth-billions/

Excerpts:
"“500% increase in human smuggling..."

"In May of 2018, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that human smuggling operations are making “$500 million a year, or more.”

“To be clear, human smuggling operations are lining the pockets of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs). They are not humanitarian endeavors. Smugglers’ priorities have profits over people, and when aliens pay them to get here, they are contributing $500 million a year, or more, to groups that are fueling greater violence and instability in America and the region,” she warned.

More than four years later,
the criminal enterprises responsible for scoping out border weaknesses and using those to funnel more than 2 million illegal border crossers into the U.S. in just 12 short months are now raking in an estimated $13 billion per year."
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BORDER DISASTER BY THE NUMBERS
« Reply #2611 on: October 13, 2022, 06:46:15 AM »
This just keeps getting worse with terrorists and gangs discovered along with human trafficking and fatal fentanyl..  The lack of outrage is reprehensible.  The party in power that did this needs to be permanently, electorally crushed.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/10/border-disaster-by-the-numbers.php

https://nypost.com/2022/10/07/the-chilling-numbers-that-reveal-the-scale-of-joe-bidens-border-disaster/

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Re: BORDER DISASTER BY THE NUMBERS
« Reply #2612 on: October 13, 2022, 06:53:27 AM »
This just keeps getting worse with terrorists and gangs discovered along with human trafficking and fatal fentanyl..  The lack of outrage is reprehensible.  The party in power that did this needs to be permanently, electorally crushed.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/10/border-disaster-by-the-numbers.php

https://nypost.com/2022/10/07/the-chilling-numbers-that-reveal-the-scale-of-joe-bidens-border-disaster/

The party in power will cheat even harder to maintain it's power.

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Re: BORDER DISASTER BY THE NUMBERS
« Reply #2613 on: October 13, 2022, 07:06:50 AM »
This just keeps getting worse with terrorists and gangs discovered along with human trafficking and fatal fentanyl..  The lack of outrage is reprehensible.  The party in power that did this needs to be permanently, electorally crushed.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/10/border-disaster-by-the-numbers.php

https://nypost.com/2022/10/07/the-chilling-numbers-that-reveal-the-scale-of-joe-bidens-border-disaster/

The party in power will cheat even harder to maintain it's power.

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Homeland insecurity, Border unprotected, BIG money laundering operation
« Reply #2614 on: October 13, 2022, 07:20:43 AM »
Under the category of deplorable lack of curiosity, I have not seen the Chinese fentanyl coming across the border killing our youth tied to the Mexican gangs who provide our border security.  Maybe this story connects some of that.
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A revolutionary money laundering system involving Chinese organized crime, Latin American drug cartels and Chinese officials – In 2017, Drug Enforcement Administration agents following the money from cocaine deals in Memphis, Tennessee, identified a mysterious figure in Mexico entrusted by drug lords with their millions: a Chinese American gangster named Xizhi Li. As the agents tracked Li’s activity across the Americas and Asia, they realized he wasn’t just another money launderer. He was a pioneer. Operating with the acumen of a financier and the tradecraft of a spy, he had helped devise an innovative system that revolutionized the drug underworld and fortified the cartels. As they investigated Li’s tangled financial dealings, U.S. agents came across evidence indicating that his money laundering schemes involved Chinese government officials and the Communist Party elite. China’s omnipresent security forces tightly control and monitor its state-run economy. Yet Li and others moved tens of millions of dollars among Chinese banks and companies with seeming impunity, according to court documents and national security officials. Some U.S. officials believe that Chinese authorities permit criminals like Li to operate because dark money benefits the elite, strengthens China’s economy and weakens the West. Beijing rejects such accusations. Read the rest. (Source: propublica.org via sinocism.com.
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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2615 on: October 13, 2022, 07:25:52 AM »
Sorry but what does Ukraine have to do with our unenforced border?

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Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom
« Reply #2616 on: October 13, 2022, 08:00:09 AM »
Sorry but what does Ukraine have to do with our unenforced border?

Everything.

The Mafiya-ocracy of Ukraine isn't my problem. The destruction of the US is.







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BORTAC vs. rip crew
« Reply #2623 on: November 02, 2022, 11:40:16 AM »
BREAKING FROM OPHQ:
There was a shooting in US Border Patrol Yuma Sector! One bandit 10-7’d yesterday by Yuma Sector BORTAC!

An armed smuggler was shot and killed. The suspect was part of a rip crew robbing and kidnapping aliens near County 23rd in Yuma on the Colorad Riverbed

There were two subjects; one brandished a handgun. The other subject ran back to Mexico.

Yuma Border Patrol was watching them for a couple days. When Camera Operators spotted them sometime last week, there were three subjects. Two armed with pistols and one with a rifle. All wearing body armor at that time.

They robbed/kidnapped some give ups, and they were able to provide more INTEL on the bandits.

OPR came out along with local PD, Sheriff. Excellent job BORTACers! That’s how it’s done. Enforcement in the finest tradition of our beloved Patrol.

God help the other side when we finally get leadership with the balls to shut down and secure the Border.

Nobody does it better than the United States Border Patrol. Honor first, honor always!

#BidenBorderCrisis #usbp #cbp #dhs #oldpatrolHQ

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Gov Abbott calls out National Guard, border
« Reply #2626 on: November 15, 2022, 08:45:58 PM »
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/11/abbott-calls-out-the-guard.php

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN CONSTITUTION, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, TEXAS
ABBOTT CALLS OUT THE GUARD [UPDATED]
This could be huge news: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has summoned the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to repel the invasion of Texas from its southern border. Abbott invokes the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions:



Some notable points:

* Texas will build its own border wall.
* I love the reference to gun boats.
* Abbott contemplates entering into one or more compacts with other states to deal with the invasion.
* He also intends to “enter into agreements with foreign powers to enhance border security.”

I believe by the “Invasion Clause” of the U.S. Constitution, Abbott means Section 4 of Article IV, which provides:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

Article IV of the Texas Constitution bestows powers on the governor of that state. Article IV, Section 7 provides:

GOVERNOR AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF MILITARY FORCES. He shall be commander-in-chief of the military forces of the State, except when they are called into actual service of the United States. He shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions.

At first look, I think Abbott is on solid ground under the Texas Constitution. I assume the relevance of the U.S. Constitution is that the federal government has breached its duty to protect Texas against invasion.

I think Abbott’s long-overdue move has the potential to generate a crisis of federalism. Immigration is constitutionally regulated by the federal government, but the federal government has not only failed to enforce its own laws, it has deliberately encouraged the violation of those laws on a massive scale. States like Texas have been left holding the bag. When the federal government abdicates its constitutional duties, and actively tries to undermine the constitutional framework, does a state have the right to step in? One would think so, but the Biden administration no doubt disagrees.

Can a state enter into an agreement with a foreign government? I don’t know. The concept seems extraordinary. No doubt legal scholars will enlighten us.

We have been on a collision course between ever-expanding but incompetently applied federal power on one hand, and the interests and powers of sovereign states like Texas and Florida on the other hand, for a while now. Fundamental issues of federalism like those posed by Abbott’s orders need to be resolved. I hope they are resolved in favor of the states. As I have written before, given the bitterly divided condition of our populace, the alternative to a renewed commitment to federalism may be disunion.

Perhaps Governor Abbott’s declaration will turn out to be a historic step toward restoring the Founders’ constitutional vision.

[Update] A friend whom I won’t identify but who may be known to you as the In___ Pun__ answers my question:

States are forbidden from making treaties with other nations (or each other) by Article I Section 10.
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« Reply #2627 on: November 16, 2022, 07:10:13 AM »
It could be truly awesome if Abbot lives up to the potential here!


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Cartel drones in the skies over America
« Reply #2629 on: November 20, 2022, 02:22:53 PM »

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« Reply #2630 on: November 22, 2022, 10:38:47 AM »
   
 
BIDEN ADMIN NOW DRIVING FOREIGN NATIONALS ACROSS THE BORDER… CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES: Legalizing Border Crossing for All: The Next Stage of Biden’s Migration Crisis

MEXICALI, Mexico – This northern Mexican city across from California is one of the latest to go live with an unreported, legally questionable new immigration strategy that President Joe Biden’s administration has discretely unfurled for months all along the U.S. southern border.

Twice a day, seven days a week since September, Mexicali city officials working closely with Biden’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on a secure shared “CBP-ONE” online platform, select hundreds of people a month for their escorted government-to-government handoffs through the land port of entry to Calexico, Calif. Once the Americans check their paperwork, they legally admit intending illegal border crossers like Nicaraguan Maria Esperanza Diaz Ruiz, 42, into the U.S. interior under a questionable authority known as “humanitarian or significant public benefit parole.”

They are free to start new lives under the benefit, with work authorization and the right to apply for asylum part of the package.

 

EL PASO RESIDENTS BLAME BIDEN FOR INVASION… NY POST: El Paso neighborhood overrun with migrants as border crisis rages: ‘We don’t know if they have guns’

As El Paso becomes the number one location for immigrants to cross into the US, residents of the Texas city tell The Post illegal immigrants are overwhelming their neighborhoods, prowling through their yards and may be carrying weapons.

“It’s real bad because sometimes there’s up to 10, 15 of them running all over,” Luis Lujan, who lives near El Paso’s Ascarate Park, less than two miles from the border, told The Post. […]

“Ever since Biden said, ‘Come on over,’ they’re coming over,” Lujan said. “This was like a freeway to them.”

Lujan’s neighbors are mostly elderly residents with modest incomes. He explained they report the illegals to US Border Patrol.


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Designating Cartels as Terrorists could foul things up
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Designating The Cartels As Terrorists Could Worsen Illegal Immigration, Experts Say
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JENNIE TAER
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November 23, 2022
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Designating the drug cartels as terrorist organizations would likely complicate illegal immigration, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The topic has been mulled on both the federal and state levels, during former President Donald Trump’s administration and most recently by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“The immigration crisis could be exacerbated with asylum claims for fleeing violence from terrorist organizations,” former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso division Kyle Williamson told the DCNF.
Designating the drug cartels as foreign terrorists would likely complicate the illegal immigration crisis, several experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

More migrants would attempt to use threats from the cartels as their ticket into the country, former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge for El Paso Kyle Williamson and former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott told the DCNF. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered a record of over 2.3 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal year 2022 and a surge of over 230,000 in the start of fiscal year 2023.

Scott and Williamson both believe that the designation is still needed due to the cartels’ threats on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Over 100,000 people died in the U.S. in 2021 largely due to fentanyl, which comes from cartels in Mexico, according to the DEA. (RELATED: ‘Even Worse’: Illegal Migrants Will Flood The US Border When One Major Trump-Era Policy Ends)


“The immigration crisis could be exacerbated with asylum claims for fleeing violence from terrorist organizations,” Williamson told the DCNF.

“There are implications to designating drug cartels as terrorist organizations that could be negative. … It’s not that people would flee more, it’s that they would have a better argument in asylum hearings,” Scott told the DCNF, adding, “We have over 200,000 a month right now. The Border Patrol is completely overwhelmed. This administration has ignored all that anyway, so I don’t really see that per se as a threat.”

The decision carries a lot of weight, but it should be taken seriously due to the current drug crisis, Williamson said.


“An FTO designation should not be taken lightly because it could exacerbate our current immigration crisis and impact foreign trade. However, with the continued threat of Fentanyl and the the resulting overdose deaths in our communities, we must start to weigh benefits and costs. I believe that we have arrived at a point where designating the cartels as foreign terrorists organizations would be an effective strategy in the fight against Fentanyl and in the best interest of US national security,” Williamson said.

However, David Bier, associate director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, says that being a victim of a terrorist organization won’t qualify illegal migrants “for anything under immigration law.” In Bier’s eyes, the designation is “almost purely symbolic.”

“It is almost purely symbolic, and it would change nothing about migration. I don’t think the sale of fentanyl meets the legal definition either since the cartels aren’t ‘using’ fentanyl. They are selling it. The users are the ones using it, but this question is pretty much irrelevant since drug trafficking is already by itself a permanent bar to legal admission. It would just create confusion between these two types of inadmissibility categories for no foreseeable benefit,” Bier told the DCNF.



When former President Donald Trump was in office, he indicated he was inching toward making the designation at the federal level, but never actually did. But the Biden administration isn’t likely to seriously consider the move, Scott said, adding that he has little faith the current president would do it.

“If the administration was going to be serious about it, and make decisions about OK, this is how far we’re gonna go. And we’re literally willing to hold corporate America or government officials accountable if we can prove that they’re associated in any way, shape or form with these individuals,” Scott said.

“I think it would have a lot of value, and I haven’t always said that. Traditionally, I don’t like changing definitions just to meet the need of the day. I like looking and the definition and then if it meets the definition of a terrorist organization, fine. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Traditionally, I’ve not believed that the cartels met that definition because they’re just criminal enterprises. There hasn’t been like a political agenda, but we’ve seen dramatic shift in the last few years,” he added.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott [Screenshot/Fox News]
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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently indicated he would make the designation at the state level after declaring an “invasion” at his state’s border with Mexico due to the surge in illegal immigration. But the question remains as to how Abbott will press charges against individuals and groups tied to the cartels under the designation at the state level.
Neither Abbott nor Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office responded to requests for comment about the designation and the penalties it could impose.

At the federal level, designating the cartels as terrorists would mean that any person in the U.S. found to be providing “any material support or resources whatsoever” would face prosecution, according to Scott.


“Anybody that provides any kind of assistance to that organization is then subject to criminal prosecution at the federal level, a lot on immigration. So if any alien does it, then they’ll submit inadmissible or deportable. But again, the state doesn’t have immigration authority,” Scott said.

The state, however, wouldn’t be able to step in and take such actions, Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith, who presides over an area of the Texas border, told the DCNF, adding that Abbott’s designation would be more of a “[PR] thing.”

“Federally, it does have a huge impact if they were labeled terrorists or categorized as terrorists because it opens up certain military action that can be taken, I believe. With Abbott doing it, I don’t believe it does really anything more or opens up any other avenues of authority. I think he did that in anticipation of declaring an invasion because he has to name a party that is facilitating the invasion, which is the cartels,” Smith said.


“So I think that was more of a setup on him declaring an invasion more than anything, because legally, the state declaring them as terrorists doesn’t profoundly impact the current authority that law enforcement has before versus after, if that makes sense,” Smith said.

The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.