Saturday, February 27, 2021

Biden is now flying illegal immigrants to their relatives in the US

Eddie Scarry

 The Washington Times reported Tuesday that the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Timothy Perry, wrote agency leadership that "we need to prepare for border surges now." Since January, according to the Washington Post, "the number of [illegal immigrant] minors in federal custody has more than tripled to 7,000" and that Health and Human Services has instructed ICE to "purchase airplane tickets and cover other transportation costs for minors whose relatives are already living in the United States."

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is "getting ICE to help transport migrants northward so they can be processed and released."

You read that correctly. The Biden administration is literally flying illegal immigrants to be with their families in the U.S.

This is how the refugee and "asylum" scam works. Adult migrants throw themselves across the border with their children into U.S. custody and claim asylum, immediately securing themselves legal protection to be here. Their case eventually goes before a judge to determine their eligibility to remain in the U.S. indefinitely, but those cases are backlogged by years.

Of the 1 million illegal immigrants who arrived in family groups in the last six years, only 6% have actually been deported, according to the Washington Post report. With tens of thousands more arriving each week, that percentage will only decrease...MORE

L.A. Ordered to Pay NRA Six Figures After Losing First Amendment Case

A federal court ordered Los Angeles to hand over more than $100,000 to the National Rifle Association after ruling that the city had violated the gun-rights group's First Amendment rights. Federal district court judge Stephen Wilson struck down a city ordinance aimed at punishing prospective contractors with ties to the NRA as an infringement on the right to free speech and association. On Tuesday, he ordered city officials to pay for the Second Amendment group's attorney fees, which totaled nearly $150,000."In this case, the text of the Ordinance, the Ordinance's legislative history, and the concurrent public statements made by the Ordinance’s primary legislative sponsor evince a strong intent to suppress the speech of the NRA," Wilson ruled in December. "Even though the Ordinance only forces disclosure of activity that may not be expressive, the clear purpose of the disclosure is to undermine the NRA’s explicitly political speech." The NRA filed suit against the ordinance shortly after it was implemented in April 2019. Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NRA, told the Washington Free Beacon the rulings prove the city unfairly targeted the group because of its advocacy...MORE

Biden’s Assault on Gun Owners

Armstrong Williams 

For the duration of his 2020 presidential campaign—which at first appeared to be a long shot, especially given the far left’s vocal disdain for “old, white men”—Joe Biden ran on the promise that he would unite the country.

He repeatedly spoke about the importance of America’s institutions and norms, and to the many who ultimately voted for him, those were the halcyon days of this country that they longed for and that Biden promised them.

Unfortunately, it seems that more and more of his supporters are still patiently waiting for him to make good on his campaign promise.

It was, without a doubt, a noble promise. Even if you didn’t agree with Biden or support his policies, Americans of all stripes would agree that a call for national unity amid years of division and political strife is necessary at this point.

However, despite his lofty goals and plans, Biden has, unsurprisingly, returned to Washington as a creature of habit. As a result, instead of uniting the country, Biden is about to divide it even further and in a deeply profound, potentially irreparable way.

In a recent statement from the White House in which he commemorated those who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Biden called for significant gun legislation.

In his statement, Biden declared:

This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.

With a step that will undoubtedly cause millions of Americans to resist Biden and his agenda even more aggressively, the new president has effectively put a nail in his own coffin. He’s lost any remaining benefit of the doubt that conservatives and Republicans were willing to give him based on his repeated calls for national unity.

Throughout his remarks, Biden mentioned the word violence five times, but not once did he attempt to identify or speculate on the root of the violence within America, nor did he offer any tangible solutions.

Instead, he immediately pivoted to banning certain magazines and weapons while blatantly ignoring the fact that millions of Americans own AR-15s, the semi-automatic weapon that Biden is going after.

Keep in mind that most of America’s gun owners are decent and law-abiding citizens who pose absolutely no threat to their peers, regardless of what type of weapon they own.

By moving down this path, Biden is essentially asking us to ignore the real root of the problems that result in mass shootings, all the while punishing gun owners who don’t break the law or commit crimes. There is a small, disgusting fraction of people who commit heinous acts, and yet the millions of law-abiding citizens are being targeted.


Real Threats to Threatened Species


Paul Driessen

Many activists, politicians and regulators are convinced our Earth and its wild kingdoms are threatened by fossil fuels, conventional farming, modern living standards, and catastrophic climate change resulting from the aforementioned human activities. They promote these fears to gain ever-greater control over energy and economic systems, circumscribe personal freedoms, and silence questions and dissent. 

Few of them could likely hunt, gather or grow sufficient food for their families, or be a lucky protagonist in an episode of the Weather Channel’s Could You Survive? series – much less endure Mary Draper Ingles’ harrowing 800-mile walk through the 1755 wilderness to escape captivity by Shawnee Indians.  

They are strident in their opposition to synthetic herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers, and unbending in their mistaken belief that organic farmers don’t use pesticides – or at least none that aren’t perfectly safe for people and wildlife. They ignore the widespread use of “natural, organic” chemicals like copper sulfate, which is toxic to humans, deadly to fish, harmful to avian and mammalian reproductive systems, poisonous to sheep and chickens, and highly persistent and bioaccumulative in soil and water. 

Their obsession with “dangerous man made climate change” ignores reality. Their computer models run hot, consistently predicting planetary temperatures significantly warmer than are actually measured. The warning they fuss over may have begun around the industrial age, but it also coincides with Earth’s emergence from the 500-year-long Little Ice Age – a completely natural phenomenon. The extreme weather events they blame on fossil fuels and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are not increasing in frequency or intensity. Above all, no credible science supports their claims that today’s weather and climate are entirely human-driven ... and unrelated to the natural processes and fluctuations that caused glacial epochs, warm periods, and extreme weather events and cycles throughout history. 

Their gravest error by far, however, is their insistence that wildlife and their habitats would be saved by eliminating fossil fuel for electricity generation, transportation, heating and cooking. In reality, the biggest threats plants, animals and habitats face are not from climate change. They are from energy policies and programs implemented in the name of stabilizing Earth’s never-stable climate. 

This $9 billion plan could bring Biden’s conservation corps to life

 Want to get a job planting trees, restoring wetlands, or stopping wildfires before they start? If a new bill in Congress ends up passing, your job hunt might get a lot easier.

Two Democrats, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado, revived the 21st Century Conservation Corps Act last Friday. The act would put $40 billion toward creating jobs in U.S. forests and parks, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and expanding access to all kinds of parks.

It would also establish a “conservation corps” to put people to work planting trees and restoring public lands and waters, training them for environmentally-friendly careers. The bill could put money behind an executive order President Biden signed in January to create a similar-sounding program called the Civilian Climate Corps. It was inspired by one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous New Deal programs to take on the Great Depression. The original Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, started in 1933 and went on to employ 3 million Americans over the next decade.

One potential problem with Biden’s revived CCC plan is funding. His order stipulated that the corps would have to be created “within existing appropriations.” The thing is, the president can’t just snap his fingers and get funding, because Congress oversees the federal budget. The 21st Century Conservation Corps Act could back up Biden’s plan with $9 billion.

If the new bill didn’t pass, Biden might still be able to find funding for the new CCC through other programs in the budget, said Alejandro Camacho, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a scholar at Center for Progressive Reform, an environmental think tank. “I’m sure they could cobble things together, but this is basically a way to provide a massive injection of money towards this.”


House passes major public lands package

The House on Friday passed a sprawling conservation bill 227-200 aimed at preserving land and water in Arizona, Colorado, California and Washington state. The legislation, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, combined eight bills that had previously been introduced. The bill aims to provide extra protection to about 1.5 million acres of public lands by designating them as wilderness. It would also prevent new oil, gas and mineral extraction on more than 1.2 million acres of public land and preserve 1,000 river miles by adding them to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The vote was largely along party lines, with eight Republicans voting to support the bill and only one Democrat voting against it. “This chamber has bypassed the committee process and circumvented the will of members who represent districts directly impacted by this legislation,” said Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) on Thursday. “The consequences of this bill on the four Western states it impacts will be far-reaching,” he added. “If you live in Colorado and you enjoy recreating on mountain biking and ATV trails ... this bill will shut down your ability to recreate on those lands,” he added. The bill is backed by the White House but could face an uphill battle in the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster...MORE

US drops key obstacle to global digital tax: Treasury

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G20 colleagues Friday that Washington is dropping a push for a controversial provision in a global digital tax, opening the door to a likely agreement. The US shift -- part of a broader repositioning by President Joe Biden from the "America First" agenda of former President Donald Trump -- prompted immediate praise from Germany and France, which said a deal was now "within reach" following the US pivot. Ms. Yellen announced at the G20 finance ministers meeting that U.S. officials “will engage robustly” in the talks and “is no longer advocating for ‘safe harbour’ implementation of Pillar 1,” a Treasury official told AFP. The Trump administration had insisted on a so-called safe harbour clause in the OECD tax that effectively would have allowed big tech companies to comply voluntarily, blocking progress on a deal...MORE

Friday, February 26, 2021

Amazon Prime Stops Streaming Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month

Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month. Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Thomas is our nation’s only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon’s claim to “building an inclusive culture” and the fact that it’s Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform. In fact, Amazon Prime created an entire Amplify Black Voices page on its site that “feature[s] a curated collection of titles to honor Black History Month across four weekly themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic).” There are scores of films available to stream, including four films available on the Amazon Prime site to stream (two docudramas and two documentaries) on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, a liberal icon and our nation’s first black Supreme Court justice. There are even two films (one docudrama and one documentary) on Anita Hill, who came forward during Thomas’ confirmation hearing to claim that Thomas had sexually harassed her. (Hill’s story never added up and, and as reflected in a NY Times/CBS News poll after the Senate confirmation hearings, American men and women believed Thomas by a 2-1 margin.) Amazon has made a significant effort to celebrate black voices on its site during Black History Month, including films of Thurgood Marshall and even Anita Hill, but can’t find any space for a documentary on our only sitting black Supreme Court justice? This makes no sense at all, other than Amazon made a decision to not show this film because Justice Thomas is a black justice who has conservative views...MORE

Trail camera captures giant predator soaring through the air in Colorado

Did you know that mountain lions can fly? Well, not quite, but they come pretty darn close with the ability to jump nearly 20 feet straight up in the air! It's not often that you see an airborne big cat, but that's exactly what was captured on this trail camera in Colorado. “Absolutely terrifying," one Facebook user said in response to the photograph. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) says that these fascinating animals are incredibly strong and fast, running as fast as 45 miles per hour and jumping as high as 19 feet straight up in the air. These cats are also able to jump a span of roughly 45 feet. Estimates on the number of mountain lions in Colorado land between 3,800 to 4,400 mature mountain lions, not including dependent young...MORE

Audio: American Airlines pilot radios ‘long cylindrical’ UFO over NM; Airline confirms and now the FBI may be involved

An American Airlines pilot was recorded on Sunday during a flight over New Mexico when he reported via radio an unidentified “long cylindrical object” flying over the airplane. The airline confirmed the transmission and pointed to the FBI, who says it’s “aware” of the incident. The pilot of the Phoenix-bound American Airlines flight 2292 first asked air traffic controllers, “Do you have any targets up here?” adding “We just had something go right over the top of us,” according to the radio transmission recorded by aviation blogger and radio interceptor Steve Douglass. “I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise-missile type of thing. Moving really fast and went right over the top of us,” the pilot added.American Airlines confirmed the authenticity of the recording and pointed to the FBI. “Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News on Wednesday. “For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.” On Thursday, the FBI confirmed it was aware of the incident, but per policy, did not say whether an investigation was underway...MORE

California to spend $28M to help arriving asylum-seekers

California is freeing up as much as $28 million to help immigrants arriving from Mexico and being released in the U.S. until their court dates, a sharp contrast from other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden's immigration policies. The funding, expected to last through June, comes as Biden unwinds former President Donald Trump's policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico until their court hearings. It will pay for hotel rooms for immigrants to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic before going to their final destinations throughout the U.S. Money also will go to Jewish Family Service of San Diego to provide food, transportation and help with travel logistics. The state will fund health services for the short stays, including COVID-19 testing...MORE

UN agencies begin registering asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

UN agencies have begun preparing individuals and families at the Matamoros informal camp, near the United States-Mexico border, for entry into the US, following the termination of a policy that forced asylum seekers to wait for immigration hearings in Mexico. In a joint news release, the UN agencies said that the US and Mexican governments prioritized the Matamoros camp due to the difficult humanitarian conditions there. Other individuals with active MPP cases living outside the Matamoros camp will also be processed, they added. An estimated 25,000 applicants being processed in the US, were returned to Mexico under the policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). After the policy was terminated, a first group with active MPP cases entered the US on 19 February at the San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana (Mexico) and San Diego (US). The UN agencies involved in the exercise – the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – are conducting in-person registrations, ensuring humane treatment of children and their families, and carrying out COVID-19 tests. So far, no cases of COVID-19 have been detected. In coordination with US authorities, UNHCR launched a website on 19 February for people with active MPP cases to pre-register. About 12,000 people signed up in the first three days of operation. The website is supplemented by alternative registration channels including email, social media, and telephone...MORE

El Paso prepares for Friday - 8,600 asylum-seekers now registered to return to US from Mexico

El Paso is ready to welcome small groups of asylum-seekers returning from Mexico beginning on Friday into a facility where COVID-19 protocols will be enforced and months of planning for their arrival will coalesce. Casa del Refugiado (House of the Refugee) will receive 25 prospective refugees per day through March 10, when the number will double to 50 and then triple to 75 at the end of that month, said Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, the umbrella organization for a series of migrant shelters in El Paso. “Individuals will arrive, they will be able to sleep (and eat). That is very important, very crucial to all of these individuals who have been in Mexico close to two years in very challenging conditions,” Garcia said. “We will assist them to make calls to family members they have all over the country. Those individuals will purchase bus or plane tickets for them, and they will be on their way.” Garcia expects the prospective refugees to stay in El Paso between 24 and 96 hours. “Ninety-nine percent of them will be leaving El Paso in very short order,” he said on Thursday, as he gave the news media a tour of Casa del Refugiado. The shelter has been inspected by infectious disease specialists and will require guests and employees to wear face masks. Families will be given hygiene packs that include hand-sanitizers and a quarantine area is ready in case of an unexpected COVID-19 infection, Garcia said. Those who are eligible to return will be given parole at a U.S. port of entry and allowed to continue their cases in the United States. They will be given a form to transfer their cases from El Paso to their destination – Houston, Los Angeles, New York, etc. Garcia said 8,600 prospective refugees have registered so far in the UN page and that, as of Thursday, 350 had passed all requirements for re-entry, save for the same-day or 24-hour negative COVID-19 test, which the UN would be facilitating. If they fail the test, they’ll be placed in quarantine in Mexico until they’re eligible to retest. El Paso non-profits, including Annunciation House, found themselves overrun in late 2018 and early 2019 by the sheer number of asylum-seekers released from DHS custody back in the day when immigration enforcement agencies were stopping hundreds, sometimes thousands of people per day in many sectors. That won’t happen this time around, Garcia and Lopez said, because the nonprofits have been preparing for the return of asylum-seekers since Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election – and also because communication is good between advocates, local and federal officials...MORE

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Federal judge deals Biden another blow on 100-day deportation ban

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on most deportations, the latest blow to Biden on one of his signature campaign promises. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, in a late-night ruling, granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the moratorium the Biden administration announced on its first day. It’s a victory for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the 100-day pause, which was announced in a memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security three days into the Biden administration.Last month, Tipton quickly issued a 14-day temporary restraining order — which he later extended an extra two weeks — to stop the moratorium from being enforced. He expressed then that the DHS memo failed to “consider potential policies more limited in scope and time” and “provide any concrete, reasonable justification for a 100-day pause.” “This preliminary injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits enforcement and implementation of the [100-day pause] in every place Defendants have jurisdiction to enforce and implement the January 20 Memorandum,” Tipton, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, wrote in the 105-page ruling. The order represents a setback to Biden’s immigration agenda, which is largely focused on undoing Trump’s immigration legacy and securing an overhaul to the U.S. immigration system...MORE