Homeland Security Watch

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November 22, 2014

Office of Legal Counsel Analysis

Filed under: Border Security,Immigration,Legal Issues — by Philip J. Palin on November 22, 2014

In an unusual move, the administration has released the analysis of presidential authority undertaken by the Office of Legal Counsel in regard to the role and limits of the President to set priorities in the enforcement of immigration laws. Worth a careful read by all of us… on issues well-beyond immigration.

I will not have time to offer much more any time soon.  Our friends at Lawfare have begun a conversation that should be illuminating.  First up, Paul Rosenzweig on Executive Discretion and Immigration Law.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 22, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

Interesting DoJ/OLC doc! Gives the disloyal opposition a chance to see what they have to overcome legally if they decide to sue.

And both SCTUS accepting review again on Obama Care and a new suit by Republicans time will tell what the Obama legacy consists of as of January 2017.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 23, 2014 @ 7:47 am

Truly I am upset today at those in the Black community who choose to show such bias on the streets of Ferguson before the real “facts” of such an intense investigation and – I believe far fewer that this media shouts out to us – unwilling to afford a law enforcement officer, a “cop” with an unblemished record protecting a predominantly Black community to stand fairly with “fact” as evidenced by eye witness, but more importantly, “fact” and an investigation conducted by experts and when the lawlessness this administration and AG and their pal, good ‘ol Al encourage, well, shame on those in the community at large who cannot accept the “facts” whatever they may be and yes, take in account an obviously angry young, yes, a criminal as we saw him enter a store and take – steal and then intimidate an elder and later eyewitnesses to his arrogant gait impeding traffic flow as he and his accomplice walked….his character? His disposition that day?

Like everyone else, none of us know the outcome of such a detailed forensics investigation which has extensively looked at the “facts” and to those in and around Ferguson, if this police officer was found in harm’s way by someone brazen enough to walk over to a policeman and attack him, well, why do you choose to encourage criminal behavior and stand for the criminal and rightly so, if this police officer and his actions are found to be wrong and that this police officer is in fact the “criminal” then, he like Barry Obama, the Ag, Ms. Hillary and you and I…are Not above the law and surely the police officer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law….

To those of you in the streets of Ferguson who are not biased and and despite the broken promises of Barry Obama and blatantly failing in reaching to the Black community, the kids in Chicago, the jobs and more jobs he promised and never such materializing and unfortunately “unemployment among Black men continuing to be far too high” which by the way can only be corrected by an individual getting an education and having a tenacious nature to be disciplined and focused to achieve, to have Hope and goals and Not subjected by a government intent on “enslaving” the less fortunate motivated….and by the way, instead of all these billions and billions being sent overseas and millions sent to the Muslim Brotherhood, let’s set up a national fund to help our youth gain an education and put pressure on universities to stop the soaring educational costs!

Let’s get these kids in Chicago off the streets and into vocation school or in a college program where their training prepares them to be competitive rather than they loading their illegal guns and shooting another….such a waste of precious youth! We have a responsibility to help our youth even if the government and its officials cannot even visit Chicago to encourage youth….

The world is seeing us on media channels who would not even cover the mid-term elections or give time to the blatant lies spewed by Barry and Ms. Hillary standing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie at the “Benghazi Massacre” with one token arrest after how long? Really?

In Ferguson, efforts were made by the media and others to suppress the video of this young and apparently arrogant Black youth who chooses to steal, to become a criminal and then to again, intimidate an elder storekeeper….Ratings are way down at the other two cable channels because Americans – Black, White, Blue and Green, the same majority of White Americans who should be proud for voting twice to place a – half-Black man in the highest office – despite his incompetency and his biased mannerisms and his favoritism towards Islam – itself comprised of some six (6) differing Islamic mannerisms, itself so complicated and surely an Islamic community where the few have labeled Islam as a a faith of terrorism which it is Not, yet Barry Obama who has chosen to dismiss his pledge to the Judeo-Christian values and God’s laws and to our beloved Republic!

The “facts” and an objective law enforcement community which has bode well for Ferguson for quite some time – the “facts” – will show whether a police officer acted from a position of fear being attacked and two grabbing for his gun or a police officer acting in a criminal manner and to be prosecuted to teh full extent of the law!

My bet, “fact” will clearly show a young Black man with his willingness to steal, to intimidate an elder so and as an elder would be fearful as well of any man acting in such a way….a crime itself to harm or threaten an elder, however uncaring who the participants are in this law enforcement matter, whether Black of White as this is the 21st century and We here on “Main Street USA” are far past such bias, but rather, my bet especially after seeing the video and hearing that this young man and his pal were willing to impede oncoming traffic, a young man guilty of more than one serious charge and a police officer who has had to endure much when in fact, he was protecting himself and was overwhelmed by not one, but two perpetrators….

It is time to thwart this administration’s efforts in bringing divisiveness to our nation and to our community. It is time that We on “Main Street USA” demand authorities to lend assistance to youth who need vocational training and a job, not a tattoo and membership to some gang….and have little Respect for Life and another, all children of the Lord! The youth of Chicago are in the midst of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” and it is time that We do whatever it takes to demand from the newly elected Congress and Senate that something be done to help the youth of Chicago and stop the lawlessness and the waste of predominantly Black youth killing one another and it is time to show them a future, not broken political promises of change when Barry Obama’s only pledge has been to his father, Hussein Obama and his Kenyan pals seeking to weaken our nation using racism and other to do so….this is NOT America and far many in the Black community are attaining educational aspirations, professional pursuits and are contributing members of society like everyone else so enough of this bias and in Ferguson, the “facts” will clearly show what took place in the police cruiser and outside the police car and whether in fact, the alleged perpetrator’s hands were up as he re approached the cruiser seeking to use his mass to pummel this police officer or the “facts” provide other information showing this police officer using excessive force.

Do Not allow this administration and eight year WH resident who has not been a friend to the Black community with all his broken promises….We are all proud Americans who understand that whether perpetrators or a police officer(s), when the law is broken, we must depend on “facts” —

God bless us all!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 23, 2014 @ 7:53 am

Immigration, it is time that this nation like all other nations close our borders and prosecute those who break any laws. There is a process to immigration and it must be adhered to….

Ferguson (MO) and the “Brutes of Tehran” as well as the blatant lies spewed by Barry and Ms. Hillary at the “Benghazi Massacre” are far more a priority today! Close our borders and enforce the laws and damn it, hold each and everyone we elect accountable to their pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States!

Enough of these criminals who blatantly lie and promote self-serving interests….and since when are the words of Ms. Hillary worth a $225k speech fee when her words at the “Benghazi Massacre” willing to leave our brave men behind…words as empty as her soul!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 23, 2014 @ 8:19 am

IMO OPEN BORDERS are ending the NATION-STATE SYSTEM created post TREATIES OF WESTPHALIA [1648] perhaps a good thing perhaps not.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Bill and Mr. Tingus: I perceive each of you perceive a much more effective regimen of border control than has historically been the case or is currently the case around the world. Where the outsider is most effectively excluded is, it seems to me, much less a matter of border control and much more a matter of linguistic/cultural exclusion. Borders are legal creations and in the vast majority of cases, even for highly authoritarian states, little more than legal fictions. For better or worse…

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 23, 2014 @ 9:15 am

Phil! Perhaps but if accurate then our current militarized approach to NATIONAL SECURITY is highly defective.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 23, 2014 @ 10:09 am

Bill: I agree that is a logical implication. In my experience military professionals are usually quite straightforward that when military power must be used, this is the result of other aspects of national security having failed.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 23, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

The military being utilized as last resort long gone. This will be the subject of detailed analysis in my book on THE CIVIL-MILITARY INTERFACE–How the Security of a Nation-State and its Population Relies On a Troubled Linkage Past, Present, and Future!

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