Our Border Patrol Commissioner thinks all the Central Americans who have come across our border illegally are harmless ‘family members’. General Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, or SOUTHCOM, sees it as an existential threat to the Unites States – equivalent to any threat imposed by North Korea or Iran.
The migrants from Central America are “family members” and are no danger to the U.S., says Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, an Obama appointee. He said this on July 6 knowing that the agents on the border have been told to release gang members into our neighborhoods.
Innocuous children and family members. We experienced a huge surge of them over the July 4 weekend. Obama did say we are a nation of immigrants, apparently not citizens, just immigrants, preferably illegal.
“These are family members, these are not gang members, these are not dangerous individuals,” Kerlikowske told ABC News’ Jim Avila in an exclusive interview, his first since the crisis began. “I think that we all need to work through this problem together as Americans.”
We know from Jeb Bush that they are only coming here “out of love”.
General Kelly has a different take on it.
America’s porous southern border and the recent surge in illegal immigration is more than just a “humanitarian crisis,” claims the top U.S. general in charge of Central and South America, it’s a threat to the United States’ very existence.
Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly is commander of the U.S. Southern Command, or SOUTHCOM, responsible for The Caribbean Sea and all lands south of Mexico. He views the invasion of our southern border as an existential threat.
In regards to the drug trade, murder rates and terrorist activity brewing in Central America, Kelly says, the waves of Latin Americans sweeping through Mexico and illegally into Texas presents a threat to the U.S. every bit as serious as Iran or North Korea.
“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in [this] hemisphere with the associated drug and [illegal immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly said in an interview with Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
The fact that they are coming here illegally without any vetting or physicals seems to have eluded Mr. Kerlikowske and lends support to General Kelly’s viewpoint.
At Kerlikowske’s confirmation hearing, Delaware Democrat Sen. Tom Carper said this:
“If confirmed, Mr. Kerlikowske will not only be responsible for facilitating legitimate travel and trade, but also for securing our land, air and sea borders, as well as stemming the flow of undocumented immigrants. In addition, his duties will include working with other intelligence and law enforcement agencies to identify, target, and apprehend terrorists.”
It is doubtful he is doing that.
The Democrats are making a lot more out of Obama asking Congress to amend TVPRA than they should. As soon as anyone says Mr. Obama is doing nothing or too little, they say he has asked for amendments to TYPRA.
TYPRA only covers children and it was aimed at traffickers not invasions.
The 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, known as the TVPRA, spells out how children from non-contiguous countries have to be treated. The law requires them to be handed over to HHS and have lawyers assigned to them. The law is a trafficking law and not meant for this situation.
Obama asked Congress to allow Border Patrol to make the decisions on deportation of minors as opposed to the court system so deportations can be fast-tracked. He could have asked for this law to be changed back in January when he advertised for escorts for 65,000 children?
This is a cynical move by the president. He has now saying he will not deport the children or the adults and by his actions and deeds, he has openly invited more illegal immigration.
The rules change almost daily.
In any case, the law doesn’t account for the gang members and adults coming in without resistance nor does it explain Jeh Johnson not committing to sending any of them back. He said we have to do what’s right for the children as opposed to citizens and legal residents.
Kerlikowske was asked if he had enough agents and he said Jeh Johnson just deployed 150 to the Rio Grande on top of another 115 and he is “confident that we have the resources.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who knows what is going on in his state and who has been very patient, disagrees and said on ABC’S “This Week” that the commissioner was wrong.
“He is absolutely and totally wrong,” Perry said. “The idea that there is equity and enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely incorrect.”
Perry has called for the National Guard to be deployed to the border, but Kerlikowske said handling and processing these migrants is unique and the National Guard is unnecessary.
For telling the truth, yahoo news did a hit piece on Governor Perry, claiming he is a conspiracy nut for thinking Obama has “ulterior motives”. They also ridiculed his assertion that terrorists from Syria are coming across. Why that is “ridiculous” and “absurd”, as they indicated based on some faux politifact site, is beyond comprehension. It’s a logical path for terrorists.
The only thing ridiculous and absurd is the uncontrolled invasion on our southern border.
The illegal immigrants coming across come from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which have the highest homicide rates in the world because of gang activity.
Gen. John Kelly
“Clearly, criminal networks can move just about anything on these smuggling pipelines,” General Kelly said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in February. “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even quite easily bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”
Terrorists are coming across our borders.
“Supporters and sympathizers of Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in both licit and illicit activities in the region,” Kelly told Congress. “Members, supporters, and adherents of Islamic extremist groups are present in Latin America. Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks. Some Muslim communities in the Caribbean and South America are exhibiting increasingly extremist ideology and activities, mostly as a result from ideologues’ activities and external influence from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Mr. Chairman, we take all these activities seriously.”
Most U.S. crime is committed by illegal alien gangs. They are the primary distributors of illicit drugs in the U.S. The Justice Department said that up to 80% of crime in the U.S. is committed by gangs and that gang membership in this country has grown to 1 million, an increase of 200,000 in the last few years.
According the U.S. Justice Department’s National Drug Assessment of 2011, Mexican drug cartels have been reported to be operating in more than a thousand U.S. cities in 2009 and 2010. It has gotten much worse since then.
These cartels control most of the distribution of heroin, marijuana, and meth in the U.S. and their operations are increasing, according to the report.
The report further states that the cartels in the U.S. operate primarily in Florida, the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pacific, Southeast, Southwest, and West Central.
The report concludes that these Mexican-based organizations “control access to the U.S.-Mexico border, the primary gateway for moving the bulk of illicit drugs into the United States.”
Who do you believe? Commissioner Kerlikowske or General Kelly?