As detailed information regarding "Project Gunrunner" continues to shed new light on the actions of the Obama administration which led to a flow of firearms into the hands of criminals waging war against the Mexican government, a new report documents efforts by those same Mexican cartels to target U.S. border officials. The same criminals whom American officials allowed to gain access to firearms in the United States are targeting American citizens.
On Monday, a federal judge blocked portions of a Georgia law that would crack down on illegal immigration, at least until a legal challenge is fully resolved. In his ruling, the judge asserted that the role of enforcing immigration laws should be left to the federal government.
The order was handed down by Judge Thomas Thrash — a 1997 Bill Clinton appointee — who granted a request to block provisions in the law that would punish those who knowingly and willingly transport illegal aliens while committing another crime. Thrash also put a halt to the part of the law that would authorize police officers to verify the immigration status of someone who is unable to provide proper identification at the time of a stop.
As the federal government faces heat over their ineptitude in Project Gunrunner that was exposed by one whistleblower at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, they are in desperate search for a party to blame. Who better than the whistleblower himself?
Fox News reports:
The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.
As Cefalu is the man who blew the whistle on the controversial Operation Fast and Furious headed by the ATF, there are certainly grounds for his assertions.
The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has made official the Obama administration’s declaration that the DREAM Act — the amnesty bill for illegal aliens — is now federal law, despite the bill’s having failed in the Senate last year.
ICE chieftain John Morton published a memorandum on June 17 giving federal prosecutors and agents carte blanche prosecutorial discretion in deciding whether illegal aliens should be deported. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) declares that he will overturn Morton’s ukase with legislation, and the union representing the nation’s ICE employees says that in light of Morton’s memo, ICE officers will not know which illegals to detain or arrest, and will therefore be pressured to let them go.
Former Border Patrol agent Jesus Diaz was denied bond at a hearing earlier this month, but in an interview with Liberty News Network national correspondent Andy Ramirez, members of the Diaz family spoke out.
Agent Diaz was prosecuted and jailed after the Mexican government filed a complaint alleging that he pulled on the handcuffs of a suspected illegal-immigrant drug smuggler. Two oversight agencies cleared him of wrongdoing, but the U.S. Department of Justice decided to take on the case anyway.
South Carolina is the latest state to join the growing list of those fighting illegal immigration. The state legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Nikki Haley (pictured, whose parents are legal immigrants from Amritsar, Punjab, India) — whose spokesman has confirmed she will sign it — to begin the kind of crackdown envisioned in Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.
Unsurprisingly, leftists are in a rage, and the traditional coalition of lawyers have threatened a lawsuit, alleging racism.
The states are ignoring these threats and passing laws to put illegal aliens on notice: This state is closed to border jumpers. In Georgia, illegals are fleeing the state.
In 1846, in the aftermath of the U.S. annexation of Texas, Mexican forces attacked Americans at Fort Brown, Texas, at the Rio Grande River — in part over a border dispute. Later, the city of Brownsville, named after Major Jacob Brown, grew around the fort and presided over much of Texas’ rich and colorful history. Contributing to that history is the beautiful Rio Grande River, which is also the international border between the United States and Mexico. Nowadays, the city finds itself in the uneasy position of, once again, defining that border. Parts of the city and the lush farmlands around it (known in Texas as “the Valley”) are now severed by an ugly 18-foot iron fence that has forever altered peaceful Valley life and stands as a harbinger of uncertainty and discord as border tensions escalate. The New American traveled to Brownsville to investigate the fence and its unintended consequences.
The 14th Amendment is interpreted to give citizenship to virtually anyone who is born in this country, even to the children of illegal immigrants, but the deliberations on the 14th Amendment make clear that the 14th Amendment was designed to preclude such an interpretation.
Led by the White House, the political far Left is not giving up on its desire to grant amnesty to the at least 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, though the Democrats are now are being forced to try to implement their plans in a piecemeal fashion.