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FAST AND FURIOUS
DHS OIG REPORT: DHS Involvement in OCDETF Operation Fast and Furious
New Drone Report: Our Border Is Not as Secure as We Thought
THE HONORABLE MICHELE
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE
AND RELATED AGENCIES
POLITICS AND BORDER SECURITY
Obama Slashes Border Surveillance by $100 Million, Against Lawmakers’ Wishes
IMMIGRATION NEWS AND OPINION
Three Questions on Immigration
'Were being inundated': Arizona group documents border battle with revealing audio, images
Obama Slashes Border Surveillance by $100 Million, Against Lawmakers’ Wishes
HOMELAND SECURITY NEWS WIRE
AZSTARNET BORDER NEWS
INSIGHT CRIME NEWS
ARIZONA BORDER DEFENDERS NEWSLETTER
CYBER and INTERNET SECURITY
MARS ROVER CURIOSITY
SUGGESTED READING - BORDER BOOK LIST:
NO ANGEL: MY HARROWING UNDERCOVER JOURNEY TO THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE HELLS ANGELS by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton (A New York Times Best Seller)
ONE IF BY LAND by William R. Daniel (2012)
10 YEARS ON THE LINE: MY WAR ON THE BORDER: 2nd EDITION by Mike Ligon http://tinyurl.com/8evcncy
SIXTY MILES OF BORDER: AN AMERICAN LAWMAN BATTLES DRUGS ON THE MEXICAN BORDER by Terry Kirkpatrick
The SHADOW CATCHER: A U.S. AGENT INFILTRATES MEXICO'S DEADLY CRIME CARTELS by Hipolito Acosta
BOOK: Beneath the Same Sky: An Interview with Author David Ramirez http://tinyurl.com/8sxlanv
OTHER BOOKS TO CONSIDER:
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Wolves At Our Door a novel by JPS Brown (http://www.jpsbrown-horseman.com/works.htm)
Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives by Jose A. Rodriguez
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer
"Courting Disaster", How the CIA Kept America Safe (Regnery) by Marc Thiessen
No Easy Day by Mark Owen
2010 BOOK: Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol
News links from www.Need2No.US:
Immigration debate: 5 things
Right now, immigration reform seems like President Barack Obama’s best chance at a legacy achievement in 2013.
Bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are closing in on a deal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, and leaders in both parties want it to happen.
As Congress comes back into session, lawmakers will be ironing out lingering details — but that’s not all that could happen to complicate the process in the week ahead.
Conservatives could bolt. The already tenuous relationship between the business and labor communities could fray. Key Republican proponents, like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, will face pressure from the right flank. And when a bill finally makes it out of the backroom, disagreement about how it will snake through the legislative process could upend the whole effort.
Here are five things to watch as Congress enters a crucial stretch in the immigration debate:
1. Revolt from the right
Conservatives looking to trip up a deal will have a lot to work with.
Start with the secretive nature of the talks. Both the House and the Senate return from recess as bipartisan negotiating groups in both chambers attempt to wrap up a bill after months of hush-hush talks. They were so secretive that House members even refused at one point to acknowledge that their group existed.
Then there is the substance of the bill. It’s going to take a lot of convincing for many Republicans that the pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants isn’t actually an amnesty program.
Perhaps most problematic is the cost. Although lawmakers in the Senate are aiming to make it budget-neutral, the legislation is expected to carry an overall price tag of at least tens of billions of dollars, fueling criticism about the burden it would place on the government in the near term and entitlement programs in the coming decades as immigrants access Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
House leaders recognize the danger from the right and have slowly urged that the House negotiators slow down its progress. The group was slated to unveil a bill this week, but aides involved in the negotiations say nothing is even on the horizon.
“Our concern is to get it done well not quickly,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said on CNN on Sunday.
The immigration reform effort has benefited from a neutral, if not supportive, reaction from the country’s loudest conservative critics — Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Rubio, a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight and a tea party darling, can take credit for some of it by initiating an effective charm offensive.
But when the details come out, all bets are off.
“There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn’t get what they wanted,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
2. The pathway — through Congress
As tough as the private Senate and House talks have been, pushing those agreements through each chamber will be infinitely harder.
In the House, there’s already talk of bypassing the committees and instead having a closed Republican meeting to hash out the details. Labrador and Diaz-Balart would be tasked with prodding Republicans to vote for the plan and making modest changes if they disagree.
That’s because in the House, it would be nearly impossible to put an immigration compromise through the three committees that have jurisdiction — Judiciary, Homeland Security and Education and the Workforce. The bill would get nicked up and changed beyond recognition. Conservative firebrands would attempt to amend the legislation, and moderate Republicans would be hard-pressed to stand in their way.
Another option is moving it through one committee: Judiciary.
But that could be perilous for Republicans too.
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) would have to oversee a mark up that either infuriates conservatives by restricting amendments or alienates the business community by drifting to the right.
Senate leaders have already decided that the Gang of Eight’s product will undergo a full markup in the Judiciary Committee. The pledge to put the bill through regular order is a lesson from the 2007 reform effort, when a small negotiating group reached an agreement and immediately put it on the Senate floor.
But Rubio has insisted that the committee also hold hearings ahead of the markup, setting back the legislative timetable by at least a few weeks. It’s unclear how many hearings are enough for Rubio, who is speaking for many Republicans when he says the bill needs a full public airing.
McCain attempted to head off the criticism Sunday from his own party, although he didn’t explicitly endorse the call for hearings.
“There will be plenty of time for discussion and debate,” he said. “I reject the notion that this is something being railroaded through. This is the beginning of the process not the end of it.”
3. Gang solidarity
Right now, the House and Senate negotiating groups look chummy.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a leader of the Gang of Eight, appeared with McCain on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” exchanging another round of compliments about how well they have clicked.
McCain called Schumer a “man of his word,” adding, “that’s why I think we’ve been able, the eight of us, to work together.” Schumer went out of his way to say McCain is a ”great leader.”
But that glue could easily come undone in coming days as Schumer pushes for a final deal by the end of the week and a full floor debate by May.
Even if all members of the Gang of Eight sign on to a bill, they will need to decide whether to hold together and work to defeat amendments that threaten the heart of their deal as it moves through committee and the floor.
Such an agreement would put Rubio at odds with his right flank and test his alliance with the Gang of Eight.
Already, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants to toughen the bill, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to increase oversight. Not to mention, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is up for reelection in two years and is sure to push for the toughest path to ameliorate concerns on the right.
And some Democratic senators are likely to pursue amendments that scale back the visa program for low-skilled foreign workers or liberalize the pathway to citizenship. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a gang member whom the Hispanic community is expecting to protect its interests, will face similar pressures as Rubio but from the left.
If the Gang of Eight hopes to get broad bipartisan support — Schumer said Sunday that he wants “a good vote on both sides” — the extent to which the members protect their deal will be key.
“There are always disagreements,” Schumer said. “But the desire of all eight to meet in the middle and come to an agreement, which is so much more important than each little thing that we might prefer one way or the other, has carried us through this far and I’m very hopeful and optimistic will carry us through the whole way.”
4. The Rubio-Labrador stamp of approval
The fate of immigration reform hinges, in no small way, on the two conservative Washington neophytes.
A big reason Republicans have grown comfortable with immigration reform is because the pair — both Hispanic — have given the process their blessing.
But they’re both facing pressures.
Top GOP aides say it’s tough to read Labrador. And it’s become accepted wisdom that if Rubio doesn’t sign on in the Senate, the chances of passing a bill could evaporate. He’s attempted to keep some public distance from the Gang of Eight, suggesting his approval of a final deal won’t come easily.
“Marco has been very important,” McCain said.
5. The labor-business bond
A deal between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO on visas for low-skilled workers was supposed to finally bring fierce rivals into alignment.
But that might have been wishful thinking.
In the week after the Chamber and the AFL-CIO announced the agreement, business groups indicated that they oppose the framework for a temporary worker program, signaling that this issue, which doomed immigration reform in the past, might still be a major headache for the bill’s proponents.
The construction industry was the first to go public, saying they are “deeply concerned” about the temporary worker program and that the cap on construction visas is “simply unrealistic and destined to fail.”
Other industries are expected to step forward, as well, although several business lobbyists told POLITICO that many industries are hesitant to put out statements before seeing legislative language.
The extent to which labor and business support the bill matters — and
not only because they can throw their organizing power behind it.
The proponents of the bill will have a hard enough time herding lawmakers without worrying about a feud between two of Washington’s most powerful interests.
Anna Palmer contributed to this report.
Note: This from Glen Spencer:
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- April 4
Yesterday I flew a mission along the U.S. – Mexico border in American Border Patrol's Cessna TU-206. Cameraman Wes Fleming and I flew 120 miles of the border. We saw many interesting things, but it was what we didn't see on the first leg of the survey that interested us.
We didn't see one U.S. Border Patrol vehicle for a stretch of 32 miles along the border south of Ft. Huachuca. Not only that, the Forward Operating Base that the USBP had established in this area showed no signs of agents being present.
Ft. Huachuca is the headquarters of Army intelligence.
This is a known smuggling area. The little town of Lochiel is just a quick jump over a tiny fence from Mexico.
We did see a helicopter dropping water on a fire just north of the border eight miles east of Lochiel. The area is uninhabited and there was no lightning anywhere nearby. Any guesses as to who started the fire?
On returning home, I noticed the absence of USBP agents at the San Pedro River where they are usually stationed. I took two photos to prove it.
I would be happy to give a tour to any politician looking for the truth about the border.
At 12:20 PM today American Border Patrol used its bordercam to take a shot of the border at the San Pedro River. No US Border Patrol vehicles could be seen where they are usually parked. This is a major smuggling area. Once people get about 200 feet into the U.S. they can hide amongst the cottonwood trees and travel north. The US Border Patrol is not allowed to patrol within the river riparian area that stretches 50 miles north.
Note: A direct effect on AZMEX border security. Would seem that
"arrangements" continue to be put in place by the PRI federal
government. Mexican armed forces have been the only effective
counter to the drug cartels which rose to power during previous PRI
by: Editor on April 5, 2013
Army Reduces 25% dedicated to the effective anti-drug fight
The Mexican Army reduced the number of troops involved in actions
against crime and drug trafficking, and thousands of items previously
performed by public security work are now trained to be part of the
National Gendarmerie, revealed officials involved in the National
Council Public Safety.
They noted that the decrease of soldiers changed schemes were
established under which the so-called joint operations, in which
involved federal and local authorities against criminal groups in
areas such as Baja California, Chihuahua and Sinaloa during the
government of Felipe Calderón.
Respondents noted that due to the reduction of troops have been
withdrawn vehicular checkpoints at different road sections have been
canceled and deterrence operating in states such as Michoacán and
Veracruz, and since December federal institutions acting jointly, now
in charge specific areas individually, and if necessary, as in
assaults or confrontations ask the support of other agencies.
According to information from the Department of Defense, the military
currently perform the operations of Michoacán, Chihuahua
Coordinated, Culiacán-Navolato-Guamuchil; Northeast, in Nuevo Leon,
Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Veracruz; Laguna Segura, Durango and
Coahuila, Isthmus, in Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tabasco; Veracruz Secure,
Aguascalientes - Zacatecas, Villahermosa, Morelos Acapulco Secure,
Guerrero and Hurundal I; Dragon, valleys of Bravo & Toluca, State
of Mexico, Mixteca, in Oaxaca, La Barca and Bloqueo, in Jalisco;
Mexico-Belize Border 10-2012 and 1-2013 Belize Mexico Border, in
Quintana Roo and Campeche; MaravillaTenejapa and Tapachula Secure in
Chiapas; Triagulo de Brecha 1-2013 in Guerrero, Michoacan and Mexico
State and Sierra Madre III in Sinaloa and Durango.
Officials interviewed reported that during the administration of
Felipe Calderón used more than 50,000 troops to fight criminal
groups, but during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto force status
for these tasks fell to 32,000 elements.
That is, decreased by almost 25 percent the number of soldiers who
are tasked daily to combat organized crime.
Of the more than 20,000 soldiers who no longer participate in public
security work, the sources consulted, 8,500 will participate in the
creation of the National Gendarmerie and 1,500 Marines are expected
to join this new federal force that will maintain a military
profile, but acting under the command of the Ministry of the
Interior, through the National Security Commission.
http://www.azcentral.com/video/2272892079001 and videos below this video.
Coming to America (oops, already here):
NEWS OF IMPORT 4/8/13
Below is a great site with a couple of
important videos. Take a look if you have the time.
I Am Created Equal
Former SEAL Has Special Message for Bloomberg in New NRA Video: If You Really Cared About Freedom
Lead Story: Military Labels Evangelicals, Catholics as ‘Religious Extremism’
Co-Lead Story: DHS Suspected of Backdoor Gun Registration
The only gun infographic you’ll ever need.
Illinois Democrat blames Aurora mass killing victims for not defending themselves, blamed conceal carry
Ammo Manufacturers Scramble to Keep Up with Demand, Reassure Eager Customers
Ammo Manufacturers Producing '24 Hours a Day' to Match Demand
Border Patrol Now Experiencing an Ammunition Shortage
Rasmussen's new poll found that only 9% of likely voters think it is very likely that the "federal government would actually secure the border and prevent illegal immigration" if Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform and legalizes 11 million illegal aliens.
Exclusive: Footage Shows Dangerous and Illegal Drug Cartel Activity in Arizona
Supreme Court to Decide Arizona Voter ID Law
Union chief says amnesty bill will draw another 10 million illegal aliens
ICE Union hammers 'gang of eight': Their plan is 'legalization, or amnesty first, and then enforcement'
Gang of 8 Plan to Cost Taxpayers Trillions of Dollars for Welfare
Radar shows U.S. border security gaps
From far left LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-border-radar-20130404,0,2107595.story
Remember this? Border security in exchange for immigration reform? Napolitano says no deal.
Immigration bill would import 1 million workers per year
ICE officer union, construction industry try to put brakes on immigration bill
Stats show surge in illegal immigrant border traffic despite Napolitano claims
Rep. Jason Chaffetz Makes More Startling Border Discoveries: ‘Worst Thing I’ve Seen’
Congressman Watched School Children Cross Border To Attend Classes (Video)
Border Patrol Agent: Napolitano Has No Idea What We Go Through
Assassinating Public Officials: Mexican Cartels Getting Strong and Violent Foothold in the United States
Americans More Concerned About Cartels Than Illegal Immigration
DHS: Legal Immigrants from Asia Outnumbered Latin Americans in FY2012
FBI Stranded as Mexican Cartels Increase Networks in USA
Report: Mexican Drug Cartels Behind Increasing Violence in the United States
FBI Documents Connect Aryan Brotherhood with Mexican Cartels
Assassination survivor: Why hide the truth on Benghazi? Americans should ask [VIDEO]
700 Retired Military Special Ops Tell Congress to Form Select Committee on Benghazi
Wayne LaPierre: The Criminals Aren’t Going to Cooperate with Connecticut’s New Gun Laws
Last tuesday: United Nations Adopts Arms Trade Treaty
Ted Cruz explains opposition to UN Arms Treaty and universal background checks (Great video)
Jan Morgan: U.N. Arms Treaty--Unloading a Pack of Wolves in the Sheep Meadow
'A Dangerous Threat': Texas Attorney General Vows to Fight 'Unconstitutional' U.N. Global Arms Treaty
Will a New Colorado Law Give Local Police Powers to the Secret Service in That State?
NRA welcomes ACLU to gun debate, shares ‘significant concerns’ with Reid bill
"The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed. When the British forgot that they got a revolution. And, as a result, we Americans got a Constitution; a Constitution that, as those who wrote it were determined, would keep men free. If we give up part of that Constitution we give up part of our freedom and increase the chance that we will lose it all." --Ronald Reagan
SOUTHERN PULSE LINKS
SELECTED WEBSITES OF INTEREST
INFO: EXECUTIVE ORDERS
VIDEOS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BORDER WARS
US CBP TUCSON SECTOR STATIONS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
SOUTHERN ARIZONA CATTLEMEN'S WEEKLY
HUMAN AND DRUG TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTERS
NEWS AND DISCUSSION OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER ISSUES:
SELECTED BORDER NEWS & FAST AND FURIOUS POSTINGS ON SACPA WEBSITE
BORDER ISSUES: MEXICO
"By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' 'the security of the nation,' and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy... The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important." - John F. Kennedy
MEXICAN IMMIGRATION PRACTICES
END of 4/13/2013 Border News Watch