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December 25, 2015

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 25, 2015

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 25, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

When we talk about the failure of this present Obama administration and what at least I perceive as intentional distraction away from – facts – and the Obama administration’s attempt to allow Muslim refugees as a priority over Christian refugees again citing factual data and the concern of all Americans as to the inability of a US vetting process to assure that radicals will not be allowed access – the following article talks about the terror of radical Islam towards Christians and a real concern for the majority of Americans and South Americans who are Christian:

“One Christian Slaughtered Every Five Minutes”
Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2015
by Raymond Ibrahim

December 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7046/christian-slaughter

Throughout September, as more Christians were slaughtered and persecuted for their religion — not just by the Islamic State but by “everyday” Muslims from all around the world — increasing numbers of people and organizations called for action. Meanwhile, those best placed to respond — chief among them U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis — did nothing.
“Why, we ask the western world, why not raise one’s voice over so much ferocity and injustice?”asked Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the head of the Italian Bishops Conference.

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said: “I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.”

As one report put it: “Human rights activists see it. Foreign leaders see it. And more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress see it. Together, they are pressuring the leader of the free world [President Obama] to declare there is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East.”

In response, the White House said it was preparing to release a statement accusing the Islamic State of committing genocide against religious minorities, naming and recognizing various groups, such as the Yazidis, as victims. However, Christians are apparently not going to be included as victims, as Obama officials argue that Christians “do not appear to meet the high bar set out in the genocide treaty.”

Meanwhile, Father Behnam Benoka, an Iraqi priest, explained in a detailed letter to Pope Francis the horrors Mideast Christians are experiencing. To his joy, the pope called the Middle Eastern priest and told him that “I will never leave you.” As Benoka put it, “He called me. He told me certainly, sure I am with you, I will don’t forget you… I will make all possible to help you.”

However, later in September, when Pope Francis stood before the world at the United Nations, his energy was, once again, spent on defending the environment. In his entire speech, which lasted nearly 50 minutes, only once did Francis make reference to persecuted Christians — and even then they did not receive special attention but, in the same breath, their sufferings were merged in the same sentence with the supposedly equal sufferings of “members of the majority religion,” that is, Sunni Muslims (the only group not to be attacked by the Islamic State, a Sunni organization):

I must renew my repeated appeals regarding to the painful situation of the entire Middle East, North Africa and other African countries, where Christians, together with other cultural or ethnic groups, and even members of the majority religion who have no desire to be caught up in hatred and folly, have been forced to witness the destruction of their places of worship, their cultural and religious heritage, their houses and property, and have faced the alternative either of fleeing or of paying for their adhesion to good and to peace by their own lives, or by enslavement.

Yet, as the following roundup from September shows, “members of the majority religion” –Sunnis — are not being slaughtered, beheaded, and raped for their faith; are not having their mosques bombed and burned; are not being jailed or killed for apostasy, blasphemy, or proselytization.

Savagery and Slaughter

Uganda: Three Muslim men beat and raped a 19-year-old Christian woman. The young student was returning home from St. Mary’s Teachers College in Bukedea when she was ambushed by three masked men. “I tried to scream, but one blocked my mouth and another slapped me as they forcefully dragged me off the footpath,” said the victim. “I heard one of them telling the others that I should be killed because my parents deserted Islam. But another said, ‘But we are not sure whether this girl is a Christian.'” Instead of killing her, they raped and beat her so severely that she is still receiving hospital treatment for her injuries.

United States: Freddy Akoa, a 49-year-old Christian healthcare worker in Portland, Maine, was savagely beaten to death in his own home by three Muslims. Found next to Akoa’s body was his blood-splattered Bible. The slain had cuts and bruises all over his body and a fatal head trauma. Internally, he suffered 22 rib fractures and a lacerated liver. The police affidavit stated that Akoa “had been beaten and kicked in the head, and bashed in the head with a piece of furniture in an assault that continued relentlessly for hours.” Akoa was apparently throwing a party before or during the attack. The three assailants were all Muslim refugees of Somali origin. In recent times, both in America and Europe, several “refugees” have turned out to be Islamic terrorists, some with direct ties to ISIS. (A faction of Al Shabaab, Somalia’s premiere jihadi organization, recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.)

Syria: A Christian from the Qaryatain village in the province of Homs was executed by the Islamic State for refusing to obey the dhimmi [second-class, “tolerated”] conditions imposed on Christian villagers. ISIS also killed a Christian priest, chopped his body into pieces, and sent the pieces back to his family in a box. Earlier ISIS had kidnapped the priest and demanded a ransom of $120,000 from his family, which finally managed to raise the ransom money after two months. But after paying it, ISIS reneged on their word and brutally killed the Catholic priest anyway.

Pakistan: The Muslim family of a woman who converted to Christianity and married a Christianmurdered her husband and wounded the young woman. Aleem Masih, 28, married Nadia, 23, last year after she put her faith in Christ. The couple then fled their village as the woman’s family sought “to avenge the shame their daughter had brought upon them by recanting Islam and marrying a Christian,” said a lawyer involved in the case. Eventually Nadia’s father, Muhammad Din Meo, and his henchmen managed to abduct the couple and took them to a nearby farm. “The Muslim men first brutally tortured the couple with fists and kicks and then thrice shot Aleem Masih — one bullet hit him in his ankle, the second in the ribs while the third targeted his face,” the attorney said. “Nadia was shot in the abdomen.” The Muslim relatives left believing they had killed the couple. “The attackers returned to their village and publicly proclaimed that they had avenged their humiliation and restored the pride of the Muslims by killing the couple in cold blood.” Police, however, found Nadia still breathing when they arrived at the farm. “She was shifted to the General Hospital in Lahore, where she is fighting for her life after a major operation in which two bullets were removed from her abdomen.” A large number of Muslims were gathered at the hospital when the critically wounded woman arrived. “The mob, some of them armed with weapons, was shouting furious anti-Christian slogans…. They were also praising Azhar for restoring the pride of the Muslim Ummah [community] and saying that he had earned his place in paradise for killing an infidel.”

Philippines: Islamic terrorists from the jihadi group Abu Sayyaf were suspected in the bombingof a passenger bus in the predominantly Christian city of Zamboanga on September 18 that killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded 33 others. Intelligence sources had warned that Abu Sayyaf would be targeting cities and communities with heavy Christian populations. Only 20% of Zamboanga is Muslim, and the rest almost entirely Christian (mostly Catholic).

Egypt: The mother of a Coptic priest was robbed and killed in Fekria city in Minya.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches

United States: On Sunday, September 13, 40-year-old Rasheed Abdul Aziz was arrested forthreatening the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Bullard, Texas. The Muslim-American had a gun and was dressed for combat — complete with camouflage helmet, camouflage pants, tactical vest and boots — when he entered the church around 1 p.m. According to Pastor John Johnson, Aziz said that Allah had told him to “slay infidels” and that “people are going to die today.” The pastor added, “I believe that his intent was when he came to our church was to actually kill somebody.”

Tanzania: During the course of one week, six Christian churches were burned down. On September 23, three churches were set ablaze: The Living Waters International Church, Buyekera Pentecostal Assemblies of God, and Evangelical Assemblies of God Tanzania Church. Three days later, on September 26, another three churches were also set ablaze: The Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kitundu Roman Catholic Church, and Katoro Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church. According to a local source, “The people woke up on 27th Sep to find their sanctuaries burnt down… The scenarios are the same; unknown people broke in, piled things onto the altar, poured petrol over it and set it alight. They fled before anyone could respond and so remain unknown.” The east African nation is mostly comprised of Christians and Muslims, though the ratio is disputed.

Bethlehem: Muslims set fire to the St. Charbel Monastery. Sobhy Makhoul, the chancellor of the Maronite Patriarchate in Jerusalem, said, “It was an act of arson, not a fire caused by an electrical problem [as local authorities had claimed], an act of sectarian vandalism by radical Muslims.” The fire caused no casualties or injuries — fortunately the building was unoccupied and under renovation — but the damage is evident, and the local Christian community evidently feared further violence. The Maronite leader added that, “The attack is… anti-Christian, like many other incidents across the Middle East. Extremist groups operate in the area, including some Hamas cells.”

Iraq: A report that discusses how one Christian is slaughtered every five minutes in Iraq, adds that, “Islamic State Militants in Iraq are using Christian churches as torture chambers where they force Christians to either convert to Islam or die.”

Syria: Within days of capturing the city of Qaryatain, the Islamic State destroyed an ancient Catholic monastery and threw away the remains of a revered saint. The Sunni terror group then gave an ultimatum to the Christians in Qaryatain to either pay jizya (extortion money), convert to Islam, or leave.

Islamic State jihadists in the midst of destroying the ancient Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria.
Yemen: A day after a Catholic church in Aden was vandalized, another group of unidentified assailants set the Christian building “in flames,” in the words of a witness. Of the 22 churches that operated in Aden before 1967, when the city was a British colony, only a few remain open, used rarely by foreign workers and African refugees. The now-torched St. Joseph Church was one of those few.

Indonesia: On Sunday, September 27, the GKI Yasmin Church in Bogor held its 100th open-air service since 2008, when local Muslims had begun complaining that the church existed. Even though the church was fully registered, the authorities obligingly closed it. In December 2010, the Indonesian Supreme Court ordered the church to be reopened, but the mayor of Bogor refused to comply and kept it sealed off. Since then, the congregation has been holding Sunday services at the homes of members, and occasionally on the street, to the usual jeers and attacks by Muslim mobs.

Muslim Attacks on Christian Freedom
(Apostasy, Blasphemy, and Proselytization)

Uganda: A 36-year-old mother of eight requested prayer after area Muslims forced her to return to Islam, or lose her children and be killed. Although Madina remained Christian after her husband abandoned her a decade ago for her apostasy from Islam, she returned to Islam in September: “The relatives of my husband threatened to kill me and take away the children if I refused to go back to Islam. They said, ‘We are not going to lose our children to Christianity. We better kill you and get back the children.’… I have nowhere to go with my children, so I have decided to return to Islam to save the children and myself. I know Issa [Jesus] will remember me one day.”

United Kingdom: A Pakistani man, his wife, and their six children are suffering “an appalling ordeal at the hands of neighbours who regard them as blasphemers.” Their “crime” is converting to Christianity— more than 20 years ago. Despite being “prisoners in their own home after being attacked in the street, having their car windscreens repeatedly smashed and eggs thrown at their windows” the Christian family said that both police and the Anglican church have failed to provide any meaningful support and are “reluctant to treat the problem as a religious hate crime.” Nissar Hussain, the father, said, “Our lives have been sabotaged and this shouldn’t happen in the United Kingdom. We live in a free democratic society and what they are doing to us is abhorrent.”

Turkey: Since August 27, as many as 15 churches received death threats for “denying Allah.” Even so, “Threats are not anything new for the Protestant community who live in this country and want to raise their children here,” said church leaders. As former Muslims, many of the congregation, apostates from Islam, were threatened with beheading. The messages accuse the Christians of having “chosen the path that denies Allah” and “dragged others into believing as you do… As heretics you have increased your number with ignorant followers.” One of the messages depicted the Islamic State flag along with the words: “Perverted infidels, the time that we will strike your necks is soon. May Allah receive the glory and the praise.”

Pakistan: Police arrested a Christian brick kiln worker, Pervaiz Masih, in the Kasur District of Punjab province, after a Muslim business rival falsely accused him of insulting the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Pervaiz, a father of four, including a seven-month-old boy, fled his home after Muhammad Kahlid filed a report, which said that he had made derogatory remarks about Muhammad during a dispute. Police detained four of Pervaiz’s relatives; then officers dragged his wife into the streets and ripped off her clothing as they tried to get information about her husband’s whereabouts. Police also beat local Christians and raided Christian homes for information in Pervaiz’s town. Pervaiz eventually handed himself over to police in order that his relatives be released.

Ethiopia: A group of 15 young Christians were attacked and arrested for engaging in evangelism in eastern Ethiopia. Separately, six Christian leaders were found guilty of inciting public disturbance, destroying public trust in government officials, and spreading hatred. The six men, members of a church administrative committee, had written a letter to their national church leadership on March 11 describing the persecution they endured as Christians living in the Muslim-majority Silte zone. They complained of discrimination in employment opportunities, unfair dismissal from jobs, harsh job performance feedback, burned church buildings, physical attacks and death threats. The letter was leaked to local media and widely disseminated, prompting their arrest and conviction.

Dhimmitude

Germany: According to a report, “Many Christian refugees from Syria, Iraq or Kurdistan are being intimidated and attacked by Muslim refugees. In several refugee centers set up by the local authorities, Sharia law is being imposed and Christians — which are a minority — are the victims of bullying.” Gottfried Martens, pastor of a south Berlin church, said that “very religious Muslims are spreading the following idea throughout the refugee centers: Sharia law rules wherever we are.” Martens expressed especial concern for Muslims who convert to Christianity — apostates who, according to Islamic law, can be killed: “There is a 100% chance that these people will be attacked.”

Lebanon: Christians are being overrun by Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq, and are in danger of losing their place in their country, said Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil: “What is happening in Lebanon is an attempt to replace the people with [Muslim] Syrians and Palestinians.” Because Lebanon’s Christian population is, and has historically been, a minority, Bassil said their rights are being threatened because “some are attempting to impose Muslims over Christians” (a situation also occurring in the U.S.) In an earlier interview, Bassil said that the Mideast Christian community as a whole has been eroded “in large chunks”: “In Iraq, it happened over 20 years, and we saw that 90 percent of the Christians have left Iraq. In Syria, we don’t have actual numbers because of the chaos. We cannot tell. We know that there has been a lot of internal and external immigration and displacement…. But definitely churches have been destroyed and people have left already.”

United Kingdom: An Iranian, Noureden Mallaky-Soodmand, 41, was supposed to have beendeported to Iran after he was arrested for hurling threats and brandishing knives on the streets of London. However, he was not deported, apparently because the Iranian Embassy was closed. He was, instead, re-housed 250 miles away in Stockton-on-Tees. Earlier, on April 2, holding a curved knife, he had run amok, screaming: “I’m a Muslim and I’ll chop your f***ing head, mother f***ers…. I’m Isis and my people will cut off your balls, Christians…. I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you all. I’m going to chop your head off and f*** you up.”

Egyptian Dhimmitude

Muslim attacks on Christians erupted in two separate villages in Samalout, north of the Minya governorate. One attack apparently took place in “revenge” for the construction of a small church. In one village, five Copts were injured; In another village, Muslims packed into a number of cars attacked a Christian wedding ceremony. Three Copts were injured; throughout the area, young Christian girls were sexually harassed.

Separately, a group of Muslims in the village of al-Oula, near Alexandria, attacked Christian homes and a church on September 20, after police attempted to return land stolen by a Muslim to its rightful Christian owner. When the police arrived to implement the order, they were attacked and fled. “After the security forces fled,” said a church leader, “a large crowd surrounded [the] church and hurled stones at it. Then they attacked four homes owned by Christians.” At least two Christians were seriously injured, one had his spine fractured. “The El Houty family [Muslim family that stole Christian land] used microphones in the local mosque and in nearby villages to call out for the Muslims from everywhere around the village saying that the police have come to take the lands and give it to the Christians.”

A Coptic Christian female student, Mariam, who was discriminated against, made headlines in major Egyptian media and created a scandal. Known as “Student Zero,” she was described by former teachers as a “brilliant student,” planning on becoming a doctor. She had scored 97% in her first two years and was expecting similar results in her final year — only to find that she had failed: her final grade was zero. She insisted on seeing the results for herself but was denied. When the issue made headlines, the results were shown to her. She and others — including handwriting experts — said that the handwriting on the test shown to her was not hers.

Pakistani Dhimmitude

A Christian family was almost burned alive during a “land grab” attempt of their home by Muslims. Because Boota Masih, 38, and his wife and family refused to abandon their home and property to some Muslims, they were violently beaten. The Muslims next sprayed petrol over the house to set fire to it, and locked Boota and his family in a room. The Masihs managed to escape by breaking through a window. Despite the presence of eyewitnesses, the local police were reluctant to register a formal complaint, and instead, according to the lawyers, arrested Masih on spurious charges.

Most degrading jobs continue to be reserved for Christians and other minorities. The latest example comes from the announcement of vacancies from the Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore. In the list, all jobs are open to all applicants — except for “sanitary worker” positions, such as toilet cleaners: only non-Muslim applicants are eligible. According to labor lawyers, “this is a form of direct oppression, racism and bigotry against the nation’s religious minorities,” primarily Christians, Hindus, and non-Sunni Muslims.

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians is expanding. “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some — by no means all — of the instances of persecution that surface each month.

It documents what the mainstream media often fails to report.

It posits that such persecution is not random but systematic, and takes place in all languages, ethnicities and locations.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War in Christians (published by Regnery in cooperation with Gatestone Institute, April 2013).

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 25, 2015 @ 7:27 pm

As a global geopolitical landscape and its stability becomes more and more uncertain and to many, forging new regional relationships for instance and to many fearful that War looms ahead, on this Christmas ’15 where so many Christians are being tortured and abused, killed in cold blooded murder and the Catholic Pope and other church leaders talk about global climate as well as the US WH Oval Office as well as both sides of the US Congressional aisle….

With the newly forged Saudi inspired “regional alliance” when we talk about Homeland Security, our borders, a weakened America purposely disposed so by this present Oval Office and its biased and despicable ways so contrary to our beloved Republic….

….and in particular how the “oven is kept hot to assure the bread bakes” throughout the Middle East this Christmas ’15, we note the corrupt and manipulative ways of those who seek our demise from within and to far border and a reminder in rereading of Psalm 83 / Keep your Bibles close to your heart and be vigilant in your ways and do not be duped by those who have other vile intentions, in particular – Iran and Germany:

Psalm 83:2-8 “For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head.

They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot”

Bible prophecy about to be fulfilled before our watching eyes!
“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:28

God Bless us all!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 26, 2015 @ 9:11 am

When it comes to the State of the Union and Homeland Security….this day after Christmas 2015 where our “intel folks” are restricted from really doing their job and have been thrown under the bus more than once by this Oval Office and we see the Pentagon playing political tag w/the insiders at the White House and State as well as Justice when our armed forces have been so weakened, while the CIA and FBI and NSA strive to get the job done 24×7 despite you the politicians and your political agenda which is certainly Not standing with ‘ol Glory:

Enough of this political charade from the White House and Congress — raids to be conducted by DHS, are you kidding, do you truly believe We here on “Main Street USA” are just that dumb…

….as We run to buy 57k guns and submit staggering numbers of concealed permits daily because We know that you truly do Not give a damn for our safety, but you surely as elected officials by our precious vote where you spin your empty political rhetoric and once in office, select your own self-serving ways….you who have your families protected….

….while YOU allow convicted – yes, convicted criminals aliens to walk the streets per this Barack Hussein Obama White House and you, Donald tweet —

Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump
Wow, because of the pressure put on by me, ICE TO LAUNCH LARGE SCALE DEPORTATION RAIDS. It’s about time!

Com’on Donald, really?

You are telling us much like these other hot shots in Washington who abuse our laws in every way on both sides of the aisle and now we have to listen to good ‘ol Ms. Hillary spewing the same empty political jargon…Really?

You Donald are saying that because of you we are discussing the issue…We have been not only discussing, but demanding that our borders be sealed and thatr any illegal found driving or given benefits or found on our streets as convicts be imprisoned and sent back to wherever — nada….

What is truly frightening and watching “Waters World” on Fox News and seeing the outright ignorance of folks on the streets who have so little knowledge about the Freedom they are so Blessed with each and every day and a beloved Republic which affords them an incredible opportunity to work and to achieve and they seemingly prefer to lay back and do little other than to allow the government to “enslave them to poverty” – dependent on the government for support….and these corrupt politicians do little other than to spend and spend us into a trillions upon trillions in budget deficit…while sending monies to support Tehran and the Muslim Brotherhood as well and to send sensitive emails via personal and to leave brave warriors behind at the “Benghazi Massacre” and to enable Billy Boy and Chelsea to derive millions and millions into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation…really?

Here are some real facts:

There have been at least 100,000 illegal “family” entrants into the US (fact) since 2014 and ya know what fellas this talk of DHS conducting raids upon illegal entrants by this tainted and biased administration which is so lawless and a US Congress as well with majority Republican and nada –

Take a look at the following which clearly portrays why we do NOT trust this White House or you gents/ladies in Congress and we shall never vote anyone in office other than you Donald because we have no one else to trust and We WILL hold you accountable – so here you go Donald for your ads:

http://cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/vaughan-criminals-5-14_2.pdf

Summary
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
In 2013, ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a document obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies. This group included aliens convicted of hundreds of violent and serious crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. The list of crimes also includes more than 16,000 drunk or drugged driving convictions. The vast majority of these releases from ICE custody were discretionary, not required by law (in fact, in some instances, apparently contrary to law), nor the result of local sanctuary policies.

The document reveals that the 36,007 convicted criminal aliens freed from ICE custody in many instances had multiple convictions. Among them, the 36,007 had nearly 88,000 convictions, including:

193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)

426 sexual assault convictions

303 kidnapping convictions

1,075 aggravated assault convictions

1,160 stolen vehicle convictions

9,187 dangerous drug convictions

16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions

303 flight escape convictions
Background

This enumeration of FY 2013 criminal aliens freed and the criminal convictions tied to these individuals was prepared by ICE in response to congressional inquiries following a report published by the Center for Immigration Studies. That report, “Catch and Release”, showed that ICE officers declined to bring immigration charges in 68,000 cases of criminal aliens they encountered in 2013.

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The following reported by media this day after Christmas: Really? A nationwide sweep of illegals – ya betcha as Barry Obama plays golf and plans to now allow train loads of illegals all ready en route, but some suggest that Fox News is to the Right rather than truly a – no spin zone – and the only – yes, the only media outlet we can trust other than folks who do not put politics first and our nation second such as Ms.Jessica Vaughn and real facts presented to We the People here on “Main Street USA” who do show up for work on time and give a damn about our laws and the enforcement of immigration and the future of our beloved Republic….

The following reports of a nationwide sweep of illegals supported by this tainted and lawless White House itself, well, it ain’t gonna happen –

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“Federal immigration authorities are planning a nationwide sweep of undocumented immigrants and families who are still in the United States even after being ordered by a judge to return home, according to U.S. officials.

The move — expected to begin next month if top administration officials give final approval — comes in response to a recent uptick in illegal border crossings, the officials said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are focusing their efforts “on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” including individuals and their families “who have received a final order of removal on or after January 1, 2014,” aHomeland Security spokesperson said in a statement.

“[O]ur border is not open to illegal immigration, and if individuals come here illegally, do not qualify for asylum or other relief, and have final orders of removal, they will be sent back consistent with our laws and our values,” the statement said.

A former top ICE official described the latest move as “a deviation” from previous policies under the Obama administration, which has heavily focused on deporting convicted criminals and others who pose a threat to the public. However, with “increasing numbers at the border,” DHS and White House officials are “in a real tough spot,” said John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE under the Obama administration.

As Sandweg sees it, the administration is now trying to “slow down the numbers” by sending a clear message to Central Americans: “Don’t come.”

“If they can get images on TV in Central America [of] families being taken off planes … it’s going to deter people from coming,” Sandweg told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas. At the same time, the people being deported are “people who frankly are fleeing poverty, are fleeing violence … are just trying to find a better life for their family,” so ”grabbing those people in their homes is obviously a difficult choice” for the administration, Sandweg said.

Many, meanwhile, were quick to condemn the DHS move.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association said that if DHS were to move forward with such plans, the government would be going after “perhaps the most vulnerable population,” comprised of mothers and children who came to the United States looking to escape environments filled with domestic abuse, rape and even murder.

AILA’s director of advocacy, Greg Chen, acknowledged that “the government has legal authority” to deport people from the country who have been ordered removed by a judge. But Chen said his organization is “extremely concerned that the use of aggressive tactics … to round up large numbers of people is going to instill fear in the community and further traumatize a population that is already traumatized.”

In addition, within hours of news reports describing the plans, all three major presidential candidates running for the Democratic ticket took aim at DHS.

“[P]lans for raids to round up/deport Central American refugees fleeing death are wrong,” former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Tweeted. “We are a better nation than this.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he was “very disturbed” by the reports, insisting, “We must take steps to protect children and families seeking refuge here, not cast them out.”

A spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton said the former secretary of state “has real concerns about these reports,” insisting “it is critical that everyone has a full and fair hearing, and that our country provides refuge to those that need it.”

In November 2014, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced new guidelines for federal immigration enforcement, noting that due to “limited resources,” DHS and its components “cannot respond to all immigration violations or remove all persons illegally in the United States.”

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Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 29, 2015 @ 8:01 am

I used to thin the words “GLACIAL MELT” were the most important single indicator of immediate changes on the world’s climate!

Now I have a new term “METHANE RELEASE” that I believe will soon overshadow and should fossil fuel and energy alternatives.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 29, 2015 @ 8:05 am

Did you know that there is a Cuban Migrant Emergency underway due to liberalization of US/Cuban FP relations?

Current US aslyum policy as to Cuba makes NO SENSE IMO! So-called ONE FOOT DRY AND ASLYUM GRANTED FOR ANY CUBAN NATIONAL.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 30, 2015 @ 10:06 am

While we must heed the concerns as a possibility by those who in contrary perception truly believe man has altered our climate versus those of us who merely suggest another cycle whereby every so many tens of thousands of years, warmer temperatures and colder temperatures and associated climate go back and forth, more troubling and most important when it comes to Homeland Security, the intentional frown and turning one’s cheek from this Oval Office towards the brutality of Christians and how this White House has placed priority (factual) to allow Muslim immigrants/refugees to overwhelmingly be afforded a entry into the US:

Now the facts from ACLJ:

Christians are being exterminated.

The brutal toll: 1.3 million have been kidnapped, killed, and forced to flee for their lives.

ISIS – the Islamic State – is committing a mass genocide of Christians. It’s unthinkable.

At the ACLJ, we know it is our sacred duty to protect Christians from jihadist death, but tomorrow we face an urgent deadline.

We’re challenging the Obama Administration’s refusal to legally recognize ISIS’s atrocities against Christians as genocide. We just filed a critical amicus brief at the European Court of Human Rights to protect Christians from ISIS slaughter.

In Pakistan, we’ve freed Christians from jihadist charges. In Sudan, we’ve saved Christian pastors from possible death. In Kenya, we’re rescuing girls from sexual abuse.

Comment by Vicki Campbell

December 30, 2015 @ 4:36 pm

Mr. Tingus, your fundamental assertions about both the Obama administration and Christians are simply false – once again. And your choice of sources in using the ACLJ could not challenge your credibility more. The ACLj is the Christian group attempting to advise and orchestrate the adoption of Christian laws in Africa and other third world countries – and more specifically in Uganda where they’ve advocated for and helped facilitate the criminalization of homosexuality, as well as abortion even where the life of the Mother is clearly at stake, etc. So, in terms of concern for human rights, they don’t have much credibility in my book, for sure. And Christians are certainly being persecuted in the Middle East, along with almost everybody else who doesn’t instantly agree with or toe the ISIS (ISIL) doctrine and line – including a lot more Muslims usually. No life is more important than any other, especially according to someone’s religion – which is why the criteria for refugee status and asylum has nothing to do with religion, nor is anyone being discriminated against because of their religion in any direction.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 31, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

Tomorrow the !st day of 2016! I count many many issues in HS and EM that may influence the Presidential election in 2016. Do you have any favorites?

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