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Kirstjen Nielsen should have been fired long ago

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Kirstjen Nielsen should have been fired long ago

Update: Resignation confirmed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will be interim DHS chief until a permanent replacement is named.

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Reports are coming in that DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen will be resigning today. It should have happened long ago considering how terribly managed border security has been under her watch.

President Trump was reportedly unhappy with her and considered firing her throughout last year, but former Chief of Staff John Kelly protected her. With Kelly resigning in December, Nielsen’s time was presumed to be limited. Now, it appears the clock has run out.

As much as I liked her rhetoric in the early days of her tenure, it never manifested into tangible action that benefited border patrol or ICE. As the numbers got worse, she seemed unsure of her direction even when there were clear indicators of what needed to be done. Instead of securing more resources for her department as was clearly necessary based on realities at the border, she squandered what she was given and start pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

Some could blame the President for keeping her hands tied, but that never seemed to be the case. Other than some harsh words behind closed doors, there were never indications that he was holding her back or sending her in the wrong direction. The poor choices she’s made for border security have been hers and hers alone.

This couldn’t have come at a worse time. The department needs strong leadership to even scratch the surface on the problems at hand. It’s incumbent on the President to find a suitable replacement quickly and to make certain the department heads in a good direction in the interim.

The only bad part about Kirstjen Nielsen leaving is that it didn’t happen sooner. We need decisive, aggressive leadership to secure the borders. The President needs someone in that position who understands the problems and fights for solutions.

 

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

Opinion

On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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Cher’s argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

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Chers argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

Singer, actress, and Twitter grammar villain Cher was so passionate about protecting illegal immigrants a couple of years ago, specifically DREAMers, that she offered her own home to house some and called on others in the entertainment industry to do the same.

That was a year and a half ago. Today, things have changed. President Trump wants the migrants who are currently being released to the interior in areas close to where they’re apprehended in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to instead be given their hearing papers and released to sanctuary cities, especially in California.

This idea doesn’t seem to work for Cher, and she makes an oddly conservative argument as to why she thinks it’s a bad idea.

It isn’t just her state that can’t take care of its own. This is a problem across the country, though far-leftist California has definitely squandered its riches much more than most states. Nevertheless, the argument she makes about why illegal immigrants shouldn’t be brought to Los Angeles is the same argument the entire country can make.

In other words, they shouldn’t be released into the interior at all, sanctuary city or not.

The hypocrisy of the left is most notable in places like Los Angeles where Hollywood elites are all about making everyone else handle the problems of their flawed collective ideology. Cher’s argument is applicable everywhere.

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