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Monday
Sep152014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN TO SHAHEEN: NO RECESS WITHOUT SECURING BORDER & CONTAINING HOMEGROWN TERRORISM 

MANCHESTER - Today, Scott Brown sent a letter to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen asking her not to adjourn for congressional recess without accomplishing two important goals: securing the border and passing a bill that will prevent American ISIS fighters from coming home.
 
In the letter, Brown raises concerns about our porous borders in light of recent terrorist threats, writing, “If anyone (including ISIS) can cross our borders at any time, with anything in their possession, then Washington has no control over our nation's security from terrorist attack.”
 
Brown also called on Shaheen to either re-introduce or sign onto the legislation recently proposed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to revoke the citizenship of the Americans currently overseas fighting ISIS. As a senator, Brown introduced similar efforts in 2010 and 2011.
 
Writes Brown: “I believe that it is just a matter of time before some of these U.S. passport holders or their terrorist allies from visa-waiver countries train their sights on our homeland.  I am asking you to reintroduce my prior legislation that would strip U.S. citizenship from those fighting alongside ISIS and prevent them from returning to the United States by taking from them their greatest weapon – a U.S. passport.”
 

See text of the full letter below:

 
September 15, 2014
 
United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senator Shaheen:
 
Last Wednesday night, President Obama laid out his plan for defending our state and nation from the terrorist war being waged upon our citizens by the brutal extremist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”).  ISIS is a group whose tactics exceed even al-Qaeda in their brutality and depravity.
 
It is clear that the ISIS threat is another wave of the jihadist movement that has been waging war on us for decades and continues to shed innocent blood in pursuit of their long-term vision of a worldwide caliphate. Just this weekend, they brutally murdered a third westerner in a gruesome public beheading. 
 
>From the bombing that murdered 241 of our Marines in Beirut in 1983, to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, to the attacks on our African embassies in 1998, and the cowardly suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, and countless incidents in between, the United States has been a prime target of a global terrorist movement which wants to cause the collapse of our civilization. 
 
Thirteen years ago, an attack on our homeland resulted in the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11.  Since that day, terrorists have directly conducted or inspired attacks in every corner of the globe, from London to Bali to Madrid to Boston and beyond. While the Department of Homeland Security claims no "credible" threat to the homeland from ISIS currently exists, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has warned that the group is "sophisticated," "well-funded," and "beyond anything we have seen."
 
Like all Americans, I have a patriotic respect for the Office of the President in a time of war and I support the recent actions he has announced against ISIS.   However, it has been disheartening to see that members of the Obama Administration have at times denied that there is a war going on at all, assigning it more politically palatable names that attempt to minimize the threats we face. 
 
I continue to be concerned that Americans will not be safe and we will not have a sound national security policy so long as our borders are continually trespassed by people entering the country illegally.  By failing to secure the borders and willfully refusing to enforce the laws that Congress passed and past presidents signed into law, the White House continues to put our neighbors here in New Hampshire and around the country at risk.
 
It only took 19 hijackers to unleash the devastating events of 9/11.  Today, there are a number of Americans fighting alongside ISIS.  I believe that it is just a matter of time before some of these U.S. passport holders or their terrorist allies from visa-waiver countries train their sights on our homeland.  I am asking you to reintroduce my prior legislation that would strip U.S. citizenship from those fighting alongside ISIS and prevent them from returning to the United States by taking from them their greatest weapon – a U.S. passport.  Senator Cruz recently filed a similar bill that I also recommend to you.
 
Logic and history show us that there can be no national security without border security. If anyone (including ISIS) can cross our borders at any time, with anything in their possession, then Washington has no control over our nation's security from terrorist attack. Neither of us know where ISIS and its allies are plotting their next terrorist attacks, but there is little in the Administration’s border policy to assure us that we are safe from these very real threats.  We need to secure our borders as the first step in any immigration reform, but now it has become a national security imperative.  
 
Before you leave Washington and come to the campaign trail, I hope that you will show leadership and take material steps to enforce the laws and secure the borders as soon as possible.  There is no defensible excuse for the President and Congress to shirk their duty to enforce our immigration laws, a failure which undermines the will of the people and now puts them at risk.  Liberty, the cherished bedrock of this state, is only secure when the rule of law is respected.
 
If you cannot ensure this basic level of government performance in defense of New Hampshire and our entire homeland, then I ask that you explain to our citizens why the current policy of porous borders and lax treatment of passport-holding terrorists makes sense in this era of heightened security concerns.

 
Sincerely,



Scott P. Brown
Wednesday
Jul242013

Watchdog.org - Investigation targets Homeland official

Investigation targets Homeland official, Gulf Coast Funds

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice for the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping Gulf Coast Funds Management secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas was named by the DHS Inspector General’s Office as a target in an ongoing investigation about the EB-5 foreign investor program, the AP said.

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Friday
Feb012013

ALG's Daily Grind - Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Feb. 1, 2013

Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Why are law enforcement and the military listening to the Southern Poverty Law Center? And did Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano perjure herself when she testified about the discredited right-wing extremism memo?

Cartoon: Shooting all the time

Obama touts his record of taking aim.

Does the National Debt Matter?

The greatest fiscal crisis that will face our nation in the next decade won't be Medicare spending or Social Security, it will be whether we should refuse to pay the banks and nations that own our debt or severely cut back on all government services in order to make them whole. 

Saturday
Jun162012

Openmarket.org: Department of Homeland Security: Some Undocumented Aliens Who Came As Children Can Stay

Openmarket.org: Department of Homeland Security: Some Undocumented Aliens Who Came As Children Can Stay

by David Bier on June 15, 2012


Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will begin to grant two-year deportation deferrals for undocumented immigrants up to 30 years old who came into the United States as children who have passed a background check and either graduated high school, earned an equivalency degree, or served in the military.

The Administration’s decision is a modest victory for free-market immigration reformers. While ending such unnecessary deportations helps, more substantive reforms are needed to provide legal routes for immigrants and their American employers. Additionally, the move goes only a small way toward documenting America’s ten million or more law-abiding unauthorized workers — a completely untenable situation from an economic, criminal, and national security perspective.

This rule change is not amnesty. Prosecutorial discretion is regularly used to defer deportation under the Attorney General’s parole authority for a short period. The change does not provide legal status — it merely shifts the enforcement focus away from certain individuals who were brought into the U.S. through no fault of their own.


As DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano put it in her memorandum, “The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.” In other words, this decision is not a de facto Dream Act, which is why some conservatives like Sen. Marco Rubio have criticized the decision as a distraction from real immigration reform, while still calling it “a short term solution to a long term problem.”

The policy will allow the approximately 800,000 immigrants who meet the criteria to apply for work permits directly without leaving the U.S., as was previously required. Because these workers are in their prime working years, they will be in high demand as the economy begins to recover further. If these workers—many of whom have college degrees — are approved for work permits, they will provide a needed boost to the economy, helping America pull out of its economic doldrums.

Saturday
Apr282012

ALG's Daily Grind: Sheila Jackson Lee: 'I believe in privacy!' 

April 27, 2012

 

Sheila Jackson Lee: 'I believe in privacy!'

Amendment allowing DHS to spy on Americans is withdrawn, but Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passes House anyway.

Cartoon: Out of Touch

Clearly, someone who wastes tax dollars like they're worthless is less out of touch than somebody who successfully earned his own fortune.

Mom's couch is getting crowded as youth unemployment soars

It's quite disheartening to come out of the secluded world of college and fight tooth and nail trying to find a way to support yourself, and the times are only getting worse.

WSJ: 'Crucify Them'

"[F] ew are as candid as Al Armendariz, the regional administrator who says the agency's 'general philosophy' is to 'crucify' oil and gas producers."