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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona District 8) today introduced the National Border and Homeland Security Act in response to the growing crisis on our southern border.
According to Franks, “Border security and national security are inextricably linked. A porous border is an open invitation to those who wish to harm America, and for too long our borders have been an inviting access point for drug smugglers, human traffickers, and potential terrorists. The situation has only become more dire in light of the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border en masse.
“Much like in a surgical procedure, the first step undeniably must be to stop the bleeding. The National Border and Homeland Security Act aims to do precisely that.”
The National Border and Homeland Security Act would direct the Department of Homeland Security to finish the construction of fencing, and to provide for the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors to gain operational control of the southwest border. Operational control of the border will no longer be defined solely by DHS, but will require consultation with border governors, mayors, and sheriffs.
The bill also creates 6,000 new full-time positions for border patrol agents, as well as giving Border Patrol critical access to the 40 percent of land between California and El Paso controlled by the federal government – much of it in the form of national parks and wildlife refuges where border patrol agents are often denied access.
The bill also better equips our border patrol agents to protect our national security by providing the advanced equipment necessary to scan for nuclear materials.
Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. He issued the following statement:
“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the secretary of state’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisers and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the secretary of state’s office to formally withdraw from the race.
This was a difficult decision, but one that I am at peace with. It was difficult because I believe so passionately about the principles we were campaigning for and because, as other candidates can attest to, you feel a tremendous responsibility to not let down your supporters and all those who have contributed time and treasure to the effort. At the same time, I am at peace with the decision because in spite of our efforts we were not going to be able to win the race, and no one who believes in our shared conservative values wants to see conservatives split the vote and allow a liberal to claim our party’s nomination.
Our cause is more important than any one person. For that reason it is time to end this particular campaign. But this is not the end of our fight for secure borders, high Arizona education standards instead of Common Core, tax relief, Texas-style tort reform, universal school vouchers, an energy policy that addresses Arizona’s long-term needs and economic health, and more. I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail soon, and for years to come.”
In nothing short of pure, shameful criminal negligence and malfeasance, the Obama Administration is busing illegals to Arizona and dumping them onto our streets. This is inhumane …
By The Arizona Daily Star
More than 100 people, mostly women and children, were left to their own devices at the Tucson Greyhound station over the last two days after Department of Homeland Security officials released them on their own recognizance.
“The sheer volume of people being released is staggering. On a holiday weekend most of the buses are already booked,” said Laurie Melrood, a volunteer helping families at the station. “To release this many women and children without tickets or even information on how to purchase tickets is clearly a health and safety threat to an already vulnerable population.”
A group of about 30 people waited at the station late Tuesday, many thrusting their bus tickets at volunteers as they tried to figure out layovers and departure times to destinations across the country, including Maryland, Alabama and Florida.
For the past eight months Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol have released large numbers of families to the Greyhound station while they await their immigration court date. A handful of local volunteers have responded by visiting the station every night and providing food, phone calls, and opening their homes for families to spend the night when they are unable to get a ticket.
But recently those numbers increased, in part due to the surge of border crossers in South Texas, members of Casa Mariposa said.
So far this fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector has apprehended more than 140,000 people, with 70 percent from countries other than Mexico, mostly Central Americans. Local media report overcrowded stations, especially in McAllen, where more than 1,000 people were recently arrested in one day.
In comparison, Tucson sector Border Patrol agents have detained about 61,000 border crossers during the same period, with 18 percent being other than Mexican.
The problem with dropping off people at the Tucson Greyhound station, said Daniel Wilson with Casa Mariposa, is that it closes after its last bus departs at 11:40 p.m., leaving people without a ticket with nowhere to spend the night.
Many of them are released without food, money, adequate clothing, hygiene products or access to a phone.
Republican Doug Ducey is leading in the polling for this summer’s GOP primary race for governor. But RINO red flags are abundant. Ducey’s political director Anson Clarkson says Sen. Ted Cruz and conservative writer Michelle Malkin caused GOP losses, labeled patriots as “racists,” helped leftist Randy Parraz take down Republican Senate President Russell Pearce and replace him with the liberal Republican Jerry Lewis. Hugh Hewitt, the center-right radio talk show host who supported Monica Wehby, an accused stalker, for U.S. Senate in Oregon, is also backing Ducey. The uncivil war within the GOP continues …
By the American Post-Gazette
It has been said that you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. That’s why so many people say it is unfair to judge someone by what a family member does. On the other hand, it is also why so many people look long and hard at the advisers and staff members that elected officials hire.
When Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema hired an illegal alien who was fortunate enough to be granted deferred action through President Obama’s DACA program, she was making a point. When House Speaker John Boehner hired an advisor who led John McCain’s push for amnesty, it too sent a message.
Perhaps that is why Arizona politicos pay so much attention to the various hires made by the candidates running for Governor, and who is supporting whom at this early stage?
Recently, conservatives got some bad news from Doug Ducey’s campaign in the form of an email touting endorsements from Sal DiCiccio and Trent Franks. Don’t get us wrong, DiCiccio and Franks are great endorsements. Conservatives probably loved hearing about those two. But the email was signed by Ducey’s new Political Director Anson Clarkson. Yes, the same Anson Clarkson who ran the State Senate campaign of [RINO] Rich Crandall, the State Senate’s leading liberal Republican until he abandoned his office to take a better paying job in Wyoming. The same Anson Clarkson whose career defining moment was working with Arizona’s leading liberal and race-baiter Randy Parraz to take down Republican Senate President Russell Pearce and replace him with the liberal Republican Jerry Lewis.
The same Anson Clarkson who talks trash about “birthers”, bashes immigration hawks as “closet racists”, and feels strongly that Wendy Rogers is a nice lady with “no business running for Congress.” That could get awkward depending on who is on the GOP ticket in November.
Doug Ducey gets to hire whoever he wants, and he is going to hire those people who share his vision and will work to implement it in Arizona. It just so happens that his political director thinks that Rich Crandall and Jerry Lewis were awesome State Senators and that Michelle Malkin and Ted Cruz spew hateful rhetoric (which could get awkward depending on who is on the GOP ticket in 2016!)
Clarkson isn’t in charge of social media, phone banks, or neighborhood outreach. He is the political director. Count us among those who are concerned by this development.
Reprinted from http://arizonaprogressgazette.com/personnel-is-policy/
News 4 TV of Tucson reports …
Has a unit of Mexican Army soldiers who patrol right on the Arizona border gone rogue?
This small group has attacked U.S. citizens, and even challenged U.S. federal agents within the U.S. A News 4 Tucson investigation into the dangerous world of rogue soldiers in Mexico’s military.
In January, soldiers from this lonely outpost of the Mexican Army drew their guns on U.S. Border Patrol agents just 50 yards into the United States. Then in March, they opened fire on Javier Jose Rodriguez, a young Tucson man visiting family in Sásabe when he was driving around the town early on a Saturday morning after drinking beers with friends. Rodriguez was shot in the arm and in the side, he spent three weeks at University of Arizona Medical Center.
The United States’ reaction has been tepid, angering people who live and patrol along the Arizona border.
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) revealed details of the January encounter between soldiers from this base and the Border Patrol. In a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coburn said a lone agent encountered two Mexican soldiers 50 yards inside the U.S. The agent and the soldiers drew their weapons; the soldiers carried G-3 rifles.
“From what I understand, this has happened hundreds of times before,” says Sylvia Longmire, a border security analyst whose recent book, Border Insecurity, details the challenges and failings of some Homeland Security operations along the Arizona-Sonora border. The soldiers told the agent they’d gotten lost while pursuing a drug smuggler.
“However, I believe there was some confusion as to whether that’s what the Mexican Army was doing because there was no evidence found by the Border Patrol of any drug smugglers in the area,” Longmire said.
Reports obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act show that members of Mexico’s Army have crossed into the U.S. at least 300 times over the past 18 years.
On a Tuesday morning, KVOA’s Lupita Murillo spoke with the commander of the base. He said the last unit rotated out and that an entirely new unit took its place.
But reports show that across the entire border, soldiers have driven into Texas, landed helicopters in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and encountered Border Patrol agents within the United States.
The injured Rodriguez says he wants justice. His medical bills are now over $43,000. He says he intends to pay those off when he goes back to work. He also thinks it’s wrong that these soldiers crossed into Arizona and threatened American federal agents.
“I mean, it’s very nerve-wracking,” said Art del Cueto, President of the Border Patrol’s union in the Tucson Sector, Local 2544. “A lot of these encounters happen in the middle of the night where, you know, the lighting is low and you don’t know who you’re encountering. You’re sitting there and seeing a group of guys coming up to you and they’re all carrying long-arms, you don’t know what you’re encountering.”
Sources in the U.S. State Department say they believe Mexico’s Attorney General is looking into that March attack. But nobody is investigating why these soldiers cross into Arizona.
Arivaca resident, Ronald Ayers said in 2006, a Mexican Army helicopter in the area crossed the border and landed in the U.S. about 300 yards across the border.
“A helicopter flew very low. Flew around behind the barn, landed and then several men got out all clad in black with masks over their face and body armor, carrying what looked to be full automatic weapons,” Ayers recalls. What frustrates him, even now, is that he never heard another word about the incident after he was interviewed by both the FBI and Customs and Border Protection.
Sen. Coburn ordered the Homeland Security Department to produce answers into the Mexican Army incursion by early February. A senior senate aide tells KVOA News 4, as of this week, the agency hasn’t responded to the senator’s demand.