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GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities’ Federal Funds to Border Wall Budget

Reported by  Rachel del Guidice / / June 29, 2017

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Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., says security should be the first priority in the immigration process. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow  U.S. immigration law: Take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“How many innocent American lives must be lost before security becomes the first priority of immigration?” Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., asked the audience at an event Thursday at The Heritage Foundation.

How many criminal aliens have to be released shy of justice being served for the rule of law to be affirmed as the first priority of a functioning society?”

Strange’s legislation, introduced in May, would keep federal funds from being given to areas with sanctuary cities that fail to comply with the Justice Department in following immigration law, or that punish small businesses for submitting bids in the construction process for the border wall promised by Trump.

At the Heritage event, titled “Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities,” Strange explained:

My bill has two simple outcomes. Sanctuary jurisdictions can either follow the law or fund the wall. Failure to comply with federal immigration authorities and continued efforts to interfere with the lawful pursuit of border wall contracts by local businesses will be met with the loss of federal transportation and infrastructure grant funding. These funds will go towards the construction of our border wall.

Strange, 64, was appointed Feb. 9 to the Alabama seat vacated when the Senate confirmed one of their own, Jeff Sessions, to serve as attorney general. Prior to his appointment, he had been Alabama’s attorney general since 2011. Strange said he believes his legislation is a fiscally conservative way to provide funds for Trump’s promised border wall. None of the funds allocated would be earmarked for other purposes, he said.

“I want to be clear about that, these are not funds to pay for emergency preparedness, health care, or public safety,” Strange said. “They are transportation and infrastructure funds and they will be going to fund a major infrastructure project.”

The Alabama Republican said he is not certain on the timeline for the border wall, but that the project remains a top priority for Trump.

“I have not heard anything except the president say publicly and personally that he’s going to build the wall,” Strange said. “People in Alabama have certainly not forgotten that promise, and it is a critical commitment to our people.”

The nation will be better served if the rule of law prevails in the immigration process, Strange said.

“The fact that citizens and others who are here lawfully might be harmed by an unlawful measure picking winners and losers in the name of illegal immigration is the height of irony and liberal hypocrisy,” he said. 


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Rachel del Guidice is a reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Send an email to Rachel.


Why Jeff Sessions, ‘an Advocate for the Constitution,’ Has Conservatives So Excited

waving flagAuthored by Fred Lucas / / November 18, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will be soon be facing a confirmation hearing in the Senate after President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday he would nominate Sessions for the job. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters/Newscom)

As attorney general, Jeff Sessions could go a long way toward reversing the politicization of the Justice Department that occurred under the Obama administration, Republican senators and conservative activists said Friday, after President-elect Donald Trump announced he is nominating the Alabama Republican senator for the nation’s top law enforcement job.

“Sen. Sessions’ solid understanding of the Constitution and firm commitment to the rule of law is exactly what the Justice Department needs,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. “I have worked closely with Sen. Sessions on the Judiciary Committee over these past six years and I have every confidence that he will make a great attorney general for all Americans.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, commended the Sessions nomination and excoriated the Justice Department under the controversial leadership of Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.

“A principled and good man, he will restore honor to a department that, under President [Barack] Obama, perpetually pushed a political agenda while neglecting to enforce the law,” Cornyn said in a statement.

“He will restore honor to a department that, under President Obama, perpetually pushed a political agenda,” @JohnCornyn says.

“For nearly eight years the Justice Department has twisted the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress to further the president’s liberal agenda, eroding our liberty in the process,” said Cornyn, also a Judiciary member. “It has put politics ahead of national security, and demonized those who protect us. It’s time to end the politicization of the Justice Department and start defending the rule of law, and I’m confident that as our top law enforcement official Senator Sessions will do that.”

During the Obama administration, Holder fended off an investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking program, and was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide thousands of documents to congressional investigators.

Holder and Lynch also launched controversial investigations into police departments across the country. More recently, Republicans questioned potential Justice Department interference into the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Bumpy Confirmation Ahead?

In the 1980s, Sessions was a U.S. attorney and was nominated but not confirmed to a federal judgeship. So, this will be the third time Sessions will face a Senate confirmation.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is “confident he would be reported favorably out of the committee” because of his legal background.

“Sen. Sessions is a respected member and former ranking member of the Judiciary Committee who has worked across the aisle on major legislation,” Grassley said. “He knows the Justice Department as a former U.S. attorney, which would serve him very well in this position.”


However, this time it still might not be easy. Among the liberal groups opposing the nomination is the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

“This nomination is deeply troubling to Americans who care about equal protection under the law,” the organization’s president Wade Henderson said in a statement. “Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Sen. Sessions has been one of the chamber’s leading antagonists of immigrants and the LGBT community, continuing his long record of obstructing civil rights that began in his tenure as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.”Leftist Propagandist

The confirmation hearing will be missing one Republican on the Judiciary panel—Sessions.

The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the hearing is of particular importance because Trump “has proposed religious tests, a return to torture, and a deportation force that threatens to remove millions of immigrants.”

“Sen. Sessions and I have had significant disagreements over the years, particularly on civil rights, voting rights, immigration, and criminal justice issues,” Leahy said. “But unlike Republicans’ practice of unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s nominees, I believe nominees deserve a full and fair process before the Senate. The American people deserve to learn about Sen. Sessions’ record at the public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.”gag me

The confirmation should be swift, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who asserted he strongly supports Trump’s nomination, and noted Sessions’ record of working with Democrats such as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, and the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy on major legislation.


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was rumored to be under consideration for the attorney general’s job. However, Trump’s leading Republican presidential primary opponent expressed strong support for Sessions.

“Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as attorney general is great news for all of us who revere the Constitution and the rule of law,” Cruz, a Judiciary member, said in a statement. “I have been honored to work with Sen. Sessions on many of our nation’s most important issues over the last four years. Sen. Sessions has had an extraordinary career in government and law enforcement. He has been an exemplary senator for the state of Alabama, and I am confident that he will be an exceptional United States attorney general.”


Conservative Activists Excited

A former Sessions colleague, Jim DeMint, now president of The Heritage Foundation, said Sessions will defend the freedom and safety of Americans as attorney general.

“No one will work harder than Jeff Sessions to defend the freedoms and safety of all Americans as attorney general. He is not intimidated by the liberal media or the Washington establishment,” DeMint said in a statement. “He has the courage and the proven record to take on special interests. He is passionate about defending the Constitution and the rule of law to protect the rights of everyone. Jeff has been such a great friend to me and many others, becoming one of the most respected leaders in the Senate and should easily be confirmed.”

Conservative activists, such as Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, were also excited by the news, noting the DOJ’s leftward shift under the Obama administration.

“For eight years under President Obama, the Justice Department prioritized politics over the rule of law,” Martin said. “Under Sen. Sessions, we know the rule of law will finally be paramount again with our nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer. We look forward to supporting Sen. Sessions during his confirmation process and working with him once he takes the oath of office as our next attorney general.”

Sessions’ record as U.S. attorney, Alabama attorney general, and in the Senate makes him a strong nominee, said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America. She added the nomination speaks well to Trump’s commitment to conservative principles.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America around the country will urge senators to move quickly in the new year to confirm Sen. Sessions as the next attorney general, so that we may start rectifying many of the asphyxiating policies pursued by Attorney General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch,” Nance said in a statement. “The attacks on religious freedom and freedom of conscience in general, for example, must be atop of the list.”AMEN

Sessions has been a strong conservative advocate and is an indicator potential future appointments, said Frank Cannon, president at American Principles Project.

“On life, education, religious freedom, sound money—really, across the board—Sen. Jeff Sessions has proven himself to be an advocate for the Constitution and for the hardworking people of this great nation. We expect he will do an excellent job as attorney general,” Cannon said.

7,900 ISIS jihadists now inside Germany

waving flagPosted By Leo Hohmann On 11/27/2015

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Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

The nearly 1 million migrants huddled in Germany are proving the perfect cover for a growing jihadist army, says one of that country’s leading law enforcement officials. ISIS fighters determined to carry out attacks in European cities are entering the continent hidden among migrants, a German police chief told the Austrian Press Agency.

Hans-Georg Maasen, a federal police chief, said fighters from the Islamic State have come from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and are “blending in with the migrants and are planning ‘combat missions’ in Europe,” the Daily Mail reported. At least two of the eight Paris attackers, who used automatic rifles, grenades and suicide vests to slaughter 130 people, had reached the city via Greece posing as refugees. Maasen told the Austrian Press Agency his office was aware of nearly 8,000 Islamic radicals inside Germany right now.America are you paying attention

He said some are recruiting among the migrants, and his office receives at least one credible threat of a planned terrorist activity every week.America are you really paying attention

He described ISIS fighters as “combat-hardened professionals” more dangerous than those from al-Qaida.

WND reported earlier this week that a new report from the Threat Group, an independent national security assessment firm, estimates that “thousands” of ISIS supporters are now located in the United States as well.Red Flag

The U.S. has imported more than 3 million refugees since 1990, approximately half of them from Muslim-dominated countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and now Syria. The refugees are hand-selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Red Flag

Maasen said nearly a dozen terrorists have been arrested with fake Syrian passports that are nearly identical, including the name. Only the photograph is different.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

As WND reported last month, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., described in an Oct. 1 congressional hearing the thriving black market in Syrian passports. He said these passports can be purchased for as little as $200.

He then grilled an Obama administration investigator in charge of the vetting process for Middle Eastern refugees, Matthew Emrich, and asked him point-blank if the U.S. had any independent databases on Syrian refugees that it could use to cross-check their backgrounds and verify their identities.

Emrich, associate director for Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security, was asked by Sessions if his department had access to even a single database in Syria that could provide solid background records on refugees to confirm a refugee is who he says he is.

“Can you name a single computer database outside of maybe some of our own very small but valuable intelligence databases for Syria that you can check against? Does Syria have any?” Sessions asked.

“The government does not, no Sir,” Emrich answered.Do you want

But the Obama administration continues to stress a different narrative – that foreign refugees are “the most heavily scrutinized of all travelers into the United States” and that they are made up of “some of the world’s most vulnerable” widows and orphans.Delusional Mental Illness Gibberish

DHS puts out ‘propaganda’ video on refugees

On Nov. 24, Jeh Johnson, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, put out a video and press release that hit hard on these themes, saying the majority of refugees from Syria will be women and children and that they will be subject to a “robust” vetting process.

Refugee watchdog and blogger Ann Corcoran called the DHS video a “shameful propaganda piece” that defies both logic and the facts. Even the United Nations’ own data on Syrian refugees acknowledges that the majority are men of pre-retirement age.

Watch Jeh Johnson’s video release on Syrian refugees:

The German police chief’s warnings came just nine days after it was reported that eight migrants have reached Europe using documents almost identical to those carried by one of the Paris suicide bombers. The passport, found near the body of one of those who participated in the massacre, identified him as Syrian.Red Flag

It showed he claimed asylum on the Greek island of Leros last month with the fake Syrian passport in the name of 25-year-old Ahmad Almohammad, the Daily Mail reported. But nine days ago, Serbian police revealed they had arrested a man carrying a Syrian passport that was almost a carbon copy of the one found on the ISIS bomber’s corpse.


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Obama refugee plan exposed: 72 terror cases ‘ignored’

waving flagPosted By Leo Hohmann On 11/20/2015

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Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is throwing cold water on President Obama’s plans to expand the number of Islamic refugees entering the U.S. from Syria, saying it’s a recipe for disaster similar to what’s happening in Europe. He urged Congress to use its only real power – the power of the purse – to stop a president who has often “run over Congress” to get his way.Do you want

In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday night, Sessions said Obama has ignored 72 documented cases (CLICK ON LINK TO SEE ALL 72 CASES) of terrorist activity by suspected Muslim immigrants inside the United States since July of last year. Many of these terrorists came to the U.S. as refugees, a stark contrast to the “widows and orphans” meme put forth by the Obama administration and the myriad political and religious groups that support the resettlement business.

Sessions said his office sent the list of terrorist plots, many of them foiled by the FBI before they could be carried out, to the administration more than four months ago and asked for the immigration histories of each suspect. Sen. Ted Cruz also co-signed the request sent to the Obama administration with an attached list of 72 individuals charged or convicted of terrorism.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

“We asked for the immigration histories of each one of these individuals,” Sessions said. “Isn’t that a good thing to know? Shouldn’t we as policy makers know how these terrorists got into the country? Well, stunningly, the administration just refused to respond. They think if maybe they ignore these requests then people won’t know and begin to question how things are being conducted. Congress should not acquiesce to the president’s refugee funding request when he refuses to even publicly disclose the immigration histories of these 72 terrorists, many of whom are connected to ISIS – al-Qaida and ISIS.”

“The president persists in this plan even though his own officials, testifying before my [immigration] subcommittee, conceded there is no database in Syria with which to vet refugees. Moreover, as his officials concluded, there is no way to prevent refugees from radicalizing after their entrance to the U.S – just as has happened unfortunately with Somali refugees,” Sessions said.

Creating conditions for radicalization

“So it’s an unpleasant but unavoidable fact that bringing in large unassimilated flows of migrants from the Muslim world creates the conditions possible for radicalization and extremism to take hold, just like they’re seeing in Europe.

“The FBI director tells us there are now active ISIS investigations in all 50 states. They’ve got a terrorist investigation involving ISIS in every state today. I think there are 900 open cases.”

This requires an effort encompassing thousands of federal agents and attorneys costing billions, misdirecting their efforts from other cases such as bank fraud and welfare fraud, he said.

“And their abilities have been limited by restrictions on their ability to conduct surveillance. In effect, we are voluntarily admitting individuals at risk of terrorist and then, on the back end, trying to stop them from committing bad, violent designs.”

More than 90 percent of refugee applications from Syria have been approved, according to the State Department.

The Syrians now flooding into the United States are more than 97 percent Muslims, and evidence is building that Muslim officials within the United Nations refugee camps discriminate heavily against Christians.

A new poll out this week by Bloomberg showed that a majority of Americans across all party lines, 53 percent, are against the resettlement of Syrian Muslim refugees in their cities and towns.

Sessions has called for Congress to defund the refugee program, rather than merely ask for greater assurances that refugees can be vetted, as does Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill, passed by the House Thursday.

“It would be unthinkable for Congress to acquiesce to the president’s refugee funding request when he refuses to even publicly disclose the immigration history of these 72 terrorists, many of whom are involved with ISIS,” Sessions said.

Watch video of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ full speech on Obama’s refugee plans

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<div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div>Sessions’ argument against the refugee program is two-fold – both on costs to the economy and risks to national security. He said every penny of the $1.2 billion annually that it costs to administer the program, not to mention the billions more in welfare largesse offered to the refugees on day one of their arrival, must be borrowed. The majority of that $1.2 billion is then shoveled to nine private contractors, six of which are affiliated with religious denominations such as the Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Jewish and evangelical organizations.

“It’s not a healthy thing; it’s very, very expensive,” Sessions said. “And there are enormous security concerns as well. We’ve seen a number of refugees implicated in terrorist activities inside the United States. We wish it weren’t so, but it’s a fact. Yet in this environment of increasing federal debt, wage stagnation, driven by excess labor supply, and ISIS terrorists trying to infiltrate as refugees, President Obama has announced a unilateral expansion of the refugee program to admit many more Syrian refugees. This at a time when 82 percent of the voters say projected growth in immigration should be curbed, according to Pew Research polling.”

‘American people are mean or unkind’

Sessions, a former federal prosecutor, said Obama officials are emitting “spin” on the refugee vetting process.

“We have our own problems. We’ve had 9/11, the Boston bombers, Chattanooga shooter, and look what’s happening in Europe. So I don’t think the American people are ‘mean’ or unkind. They’re just rightly concerned to protect their families, their nation and their interest.

“So the safe and proper course should focus on regional resettlement.”

For the cost of resettling one refugee in America, the U.S. could help 12 refugees in the Middle East region, according to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies. It doesn’t make sense to depopulate the Middle East by shifting that burden to the West, Sessions said.

For years the U.S. has taken in and permanently resettled 70,000 foreign refugees. Obama wants to increase that to 85,000 in fiscal 2016 and 100,000 in fiscal 2017.

Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that the administration may bring in even more Syrian refugees than it has officially disclosed.DELUSIONAL

What should Congress do to stop a program that the people oppose and Congress has not approved?

“The answer lies in the power of the purse,” Sessions said. “Each and every year the president submits a request to congress to fund. Congress, who has been run over numerous times by this administration, must not write the blank check that the president is asking.”AMEN

The West is facing a humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions. That is largely a crisis of the Obama administration’s own making, Sessions said, because it has mismanaged its Middle Eastern foreign policy.AMEN

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Senators Want Answers: 121 Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation, Now Charged With Murder

Reported by Diana Stancy / / June 15, 2015

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More than 100 convicted criminals who remained in the U.S. despite receiving deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 now face murder charges, according to the agency charged with carrying out such deportations of illegal immigrants. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement reports that 121 convicted criminals who were never removed from the country face murder charges today.

In response, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., of the Judiciary Committee submitted a letter on June 12 requesting a “multi-departmental response” from Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. In their letter, Grassley and Sessions cite Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics that show 1,000 of the 36,007 criminally-convicted illegal immigrants released from custody in fiscal year 2013 have been reconvicted of additional crimes.


The senators wrote that the murders committed by the 121 convicted criminals “could have been avoided” had they not been released. As a result, Grassley and Sessions are requesting an explanation from the Obama administration officials concerning the government’s decision to release the convicted criminals before deportation.Only Reason

The senators also ask for information concerning the future of U.S. initiatives to deport convicted criminals and whether immigration officials are “fully leveraging existing tools and resources to prevent these dangerous outcomes.” However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana wrote in a recent letter that convicted criminals may be released, even if the convicted individuals face deportation charges. In fact, the agency states some individuals who face deportation charges are not required to be detained by law.Why

This primarily manifests itself though the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zadvydas v. Davis, which requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release those who are being detained if the deportation does not occur within 180 days. Of the 121 convicted criminals, 24 were released because Immigration and Customs Enforcement could not deport the criminals within 180 days, as lawfully required.just-stop-300x200

Additionally, Grassley and Sessions’ letter claims that the majority of convicted criminals released due to the Zadvydas v. Davis ruling are from one of 12 countries. Nearly one-third of these criminals are originally from Cuba. Grassley and Sessions requested a statement from Kerry to delineate actions planned to “incentivize cooperation” with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s removal efforts. Both senators also requested a response from Johnson asking if initiatives including the visa waiver program had been implemented in order to “promote compliance with ICE removal efforts among recalcitrant countries.”Really with logo freedom combo 2

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