Straight Down the Leash

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Ah yes, the coveted ‘day off’ – no labor in the garden plot of the fourth first, no books to balance, no yardwork and my new cat has just re-entered her daily, 22-hour period of slumber.

It’s “Richard Edward time” now; coffee and a slow, steady ingestion of the news, punctuated by quick trips to the fridge to steal another piece of my only culinary triumph; a home-marinade, grass-fed, dehydrated-in-my-very own-oven beef jerky. All while the fourth first is occupied on a call to her sister in Ukraine.

News intake routine activated? Yes. Initial news scan results? Yes, the news is as annoying today as it is on any other day – and as horrifyingly predictable … or is it predictably horrifying. One article in and I am already running from an avalanche of stupid.

Our friends at Fox News tell us that “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) led a group of her House Democratic colleagues in a letter to federal immigration officials demanding an overhaul of immigration policies and objecting to gang members in the country illegally being targeted for deportation.”

The group further posits that:

The lawmakers claim an interim enforcement memo issued by ICE “does not adequately protect the liberty interests of asylum seekers” and presumes an illegal migrant — including those convicted of aggravated felonies — to be a “border security and enforcement and removal priority.”

“It is well documented that law enforcement’s practices of labelling people as gang-involved is often faulty, based on arbitrary and racist factors, and not subject to due process,” the lawmakers claimed.

“We are in a moment of racial reckoning in this country, with communities across the country calling for an end to mass incarceration and racist policing,” the group continued. “It is time to end the carceral approach to immigration, which relies on these same flawed systems.”

What in the blazes? Dems don’t want illegal gang members to be deported? Did I read that right? Border patrol and ICE personnel aren’t capable of identifying the MS-13 gang tattoo on some illegal’s neck and forehead anymore? Is this insanity or some twisted ploy to distract from a more nefarious plot to destroy —

Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “Richard Edward you did read that ‘right’ and you read it correctly, too. The Squad and many other social justice Democrats are concerned that illegals who have been convicted of aggravated felonies are presumed, by DHS, to be a ‘border security and enforcement and removal priority’; a DHS priority that they opine is trampling all over those poor dear’s rights.”

Richard Edward: “This is crazy talk, reflecting crazy thinking. This isn’t difficult. Even I can determine the difference between a young, central American male covered in gang tattoos from one with crazy Nancy’s ‘spark of divinity’ on his face. Who is the leader of this particular social justice cult that is telling the American people that wrong is right, bad is good, hoodlums are choirboys, and that seasoned law enforcement officers only super-power is one that always ends in the mis-identification of ‘good’ criminal illegals for ‘bad’ criminal illegals?”

Mr. Narrator: “Think about if for a minute, Richard Edward. Think about the groupthink of those 35 Democrats and their rote quotation of their social justice catechism. What do you really hear? Where do you think it begins? How uniform does their litany seem to be and who may have trained these mongrels, the ones who howl at the moon of laws and righteousness? Use your knower, try hard to remember.”

Richard Edward: “Yes, I remember now. Back in the day I used to say I could match any of my squadron’s working dogs with their handlers by simply observing the handler’s behavior. I believed then, and still do, that the personality of the handler goes right down the leash! Tactical training is critical; but the subtle attitudes, approach and response to situations that complete the effectiveness and credibility of the unit start with the attitude and personality of the handler.”

Mr. Narrator: “I knew you’d remember Richard Edward! Now, think a little harder – who is the ‘handler’ for the social justice Democrats?  Who holds the leash? Who dictates the training? Who gives the commands? Who issues the talking points and sets the goals for the group? I’ll help you Richard Edward. It’s not AOC. She is a parrot and a mixologist, not a handler. Think further up the leash.”

Richard Edward: “It can’t be Joey Robinette, Mr. Narrator. He is far too muddled in his thinking to come up with such a preposterous perversion of professional policing and border control. Joey wouldn’t be able to hold even an incoherent thought long enough to come up with this kind of woke poop.”

Mr. Narrator: “I’ll give you one last hint, Richard Edward. It’s got to be someone with a more sinister thought process, someone who was trained year after year in the dark arts of Marxism, someone who embraces Cloward-Piven strategy as the ‘final solution’ to America’s wonderful culture and history’s best-ever living experiment. It’s someone who must still remember his Muslim roots, who believes that America owes the world an apology for its racist, colonial behavior and that an individual’s wealth is something to be re-distributed to those who didn’t labor to earn it.”

Richard Edward: “Okay, I get it. But how can Obama be the handler? He isn’t in office anymore.”

Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, you are so naïve. He has to do something while he waits for the ocean to rise and engulf his new house on Martha’s Vineyard. Don’t you remember, he (joked?) stated in an interview on the CBC how wonderful a third term would be if he could sit in his jammies in his basement and pull the strings of government to someone sitting in the White House, communicating via an earpiece? Why do you think Biden says he’ll be in trouble if he answers press questions? In trouble with who, perhaps his old boss?”

Richard Edward: “Okay, you are spot on. Look at Obama’s personality and his attitude towards America; then look at what Biden and the social justice Dems say and do. I was also correct. It goes right down the leash, after all.”

If you think that dozens of American legislators responding to a hidden handler’s commands can lead to a crisis, please leave a comment and let Mr. Narrator and Richard Edward know your thoughts.

—  Richard Edward Tracy

Democrats to Biden: Illegal Immigrants Are ‘American Heroes’ Who Deserve Amnesty

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A group of 22 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday requesting that he include H.R. 1909/S. 747, the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, as part of the administration’s legislative package on jobs and infrastructure. The lawmakers claim these “essential workers are American heroes — and they have earned the right to become American citizens.” So, they are asking Biden to grant amnesty to at least five million illegal immigrants.

The letter is signed by Reps. Joaquin Castro of Texas and Ted Lieu of California, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Alex Padilla of California in addition to 18 other Democrats.

“For the past year, essential workers have further proven themselves to be a truly important part of our nation’s critical infrastructure and crucial part of the backbone of our society,” the lawmakers opine. “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security even designated essential workers as part of our nation’s critical infrastructure. … Over five million of these workers are undocumented immigrants.”

“The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act directly relates to the priority of rebuilding America’s economic infrastructure and aligns entirely with the administration’s priority on defeating COVID-19. If Republicans continue to refuse to advance immigration legislation supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people, the next reconciliation package on jobs and infrastructure should include citizenship for essential workers.

“Speaker Pelosi has already indicated her support for including immigration legislation in legislative packages advanced through budget reconciliation given the clear “case about the budget implications of immigration,” while the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and 100 members of the Democratic Caucus have also urged the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for essential workers in COVID-19 relief legislation. The upcoming legislative package on jobs and infrastructure is the best opportunity to recognize and reward the sacrifices and labor of essential workers.”

There are so many things wrong with this letter, I don’t quite know where to begin.

The economy picked up steam in March. The pace of vaccinations has increased and businesses are opening up again. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. added 916,000 (nonfarm payroll) jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, according to CNBC data. However, as of April 2, the date of the jobs report, there were still 8.4 million more unemployed Americans than there were in February 2020, before the effects of the pandemic put us into a recession.

The idea of granting amnesty to over five million illegals at this stage in our economic recovery is about as wise as raising taxes.

Democrats tried to add an increase in the minimum wage to the $1.9 trillion bloated boondoggle of a COVID-19 relief bill they passed without a single Republican vote in March. Fortunately, the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, objected to its inclusion. She ruled that “the inclusion of the $15 minimum wage hike in a reconciliation bill violated Senate rules.”

If raising the hourly wages of unskilled, low-income American workers were truly important to them, they wouldn’t be lobbying for an influx of new, cheap labor which will compete with lower income earners and depress hourly wages even further.

Illegal immigrants are not American heroes. They are neither American nor are they heroes. They have broken U.S. laws by coming into the country unlawfully. But they know that once they arrive, they need only register with immigration officials and ultimately, they will be given food, shelter, medical care and education for their children. They will become economic parasites of the United States for life.

I suppose one might call them heroic for making the arduous journey to the border, but that was not the context lawmakers were referring to in their letter.

If only the Biden Administration and the Democrats in Congress were as interested in the health and prosperity of U.S. citizens as they are about the well-being of illegal aliens.

Why are Democrats pushing so hard to bring as many illegals into the country as they possibly can?

I’ve never heard anyone explain it better than conservative commentator Candace Owens did during an appearance on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty and Levin” last month. (Note: This episode of Life, Liberty and Levin originally aired on March 28. It can be viewed here. Owen’s segment begins at 17:30.)

Owens believes it’s all part of the administration’s plan to import a new class of voters.

An examination of the Democrats’ historical strategy with black Americans provides a clue into their current objectives.

Owens begins with an explanation of how the Democratic Party, which claims to help blacks through all of their social programs, has actually suppressed them. While it may appear on the surface that Democrats have supported blacks by providing for them financially and rhetorically, their “largesse” has actually been a mechanism designed to hold them back, preventing them from taking the reins and succeeding, from breaking out of the cycle of poverty. Most blacks see only that Democrats are more generous than Republicans and have loyally supported them at the polls for decades. Many of us have known this for a long time.

Owens larger point, however, is that the black population has not grown fast enough for the Democrats. So, they are now “importing” a new class of voters. Democrats will ensure these people receive health care and that they are housed, fed and even educated. The party will see to it that the illegals now flooding into the U.S. from Central and South America in record numbers will become completely dependent on them for their survival.

Just as the majority of blacks continue to vote Democratic, so too, will the Hispanics. The cycle of poverty will repeat itself.

“Everyone keeps calling this a border crisis Mark. This isn’t a border crisis, this is a border plan,” Owens tells Levin.

“They are trying to import a new class of voters. They are trying to say to the Mexican-Americans, to the South-Americans … ‘we will help you, we’ll give you free stuff like we gave black Americans free stuff after Jim Crow ended. We’re gonna welfare-ize you. We’re gonna give you handouts, we’re gonna marry you to the government like we married black Americans to the government.’ It’s pure evil.”

Levin spoke about the media’s coverage of last month’s mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, that left eight people dead (including six Asians) and the Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting that left 10 ten dead. In each case, the media racialized the stories. Levin says, “They’re racializing these issues. Of course, they’re only racializing it in one direction. These people in the media, these people in the Democrat Party are tearing this country apart, don’t you think?”

“With intention, with pure evil intention, they are tearing this country apart because they realize that race gives them power. Because people get emotional about race, right? They don’t even know the facts of the story, but if they say, ‘this was a white supremacist attack,’ they know that black Americans will instantly get angry and that’s how they need them. They rely on emotion, because it suspends rationality,” replied Owens.

“They don’t want people thinking rationally, they don’t want them thinking clearly, they don’t want them actually pursuing the facts,” she said. “They don’t want them looking at the data.”

This culture of racism, Owens explained, “was not created by black Americans, that culture was created by Democrats. Systematically created by Democrats – by Lyndon Baines Johnson who is hailed as a hero in textbooks when he was anything but. He was an avowed racist who sought to make sure that black Americans were programmed, that their families were destroyed and that they turned to the government for every single answer. And that is why we have a rotten culture in black America today. It was orchestrated by the people that always were the racists and continue today to be the racists and that is the Democrat Party.”

Biden and Harris are very well aware of conditions at the border. From their perspective, everything is moving ahead according to plan. They knew it would be a little “messy” in the beginning. But as always with Democrats, and this is especially true for today’s Democrats, the end justifies the means. The (roughly) two million illegal immigrants who will likely flow into our country this year will be added to the millions more who preceded them.

(Note: No one knows how many illegals are currently residing in America. I have seen figures ranging from 11 million to 29 million. My guess is the true number is closer to the latter,)

Democrats are hoping to preside over a repeat of the same cycle of dependency that worked so well for them with black Americans from the 1960s on. They will meet their every need and taxpayers will foot the bill. They will grant amnesty and provide a path to citizenship for them.

They expect members of this demographic group to become loyal Democratic voters who will help cement their power for as long as possible. In the end, the story may play out differently with Hispanics than it did for blacks, but that’s fodder for a different post. The point is that this is all part of the Democrats’ larger strategy to ensure one-party rule in America for generations to come.

Arizona AG: Biden Policies Have Enriched Cartels by $1 Billion and Will ‘Put a Felon in Everyone’s Neighborhood’

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Americans are aghast as they look at photos and videos of the humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. As disturbing as this coverage is, the U.S. is only beginning to feel the effects of the Biden Administration’s far left policy decisions on illegal immigration. According to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Biden has already unwittingly put $1 billion into the hands of the dangerous cartels, and that alone, will change this country forever.

Brnovich appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday night to discuss this madness. Hannity begins by telling viewers that Brnovich recently sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris inviting her to tour the border with him to which she has yet to respond.

It was a great letter.  Here’s how it began: “Recently, you stated, ‘You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.’ With that in mind, I formally invite you to join me for a tour of the southwest border in Arizona later this month. It will provide firsthand insight into what Arizonans, law enforcement officials and migrants are experiencing.”

Brnovich told Hannity: “What is happening is Arizona will affect this entire country. The Biden Administration has essentially decriminalized and incentivized border crossings and as a result, there is a five year high in sex offenders being apprehended. We know that the cartels make about $4,000 to $9,000 per border crossing. If you look at the border patrol’s own numbers, we are talking literally about a billion dollars that they’ve put into their pockets as a result of these crossings.”

“So, they are enriching themselves, you have felons coming into this country. … and make no mistake, this is going to affect all of us,” he explained. “Think about this Sean. In the 1960s, JFK put a man on the moon. Now, in the 21st century, Joe Biden is going to put a felon into everyone’s neighborhood.”

Discussing the number of apprehensions at the border, Hannity said that “a year ago, it was 30,000. It’s nearly 200,000 in the month of March. … Also, we’re looking at maybe 2.5 million people this year. … Stay in Mexico policy worked. Building the border wall worked. Getting rid of catch and release, that worked too. There are answers that we know work.”

Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller, also on the panel, weighed in. “What you are seeing right now, Sean, is the worst border crisis in U.S. history. It’s not just that the numbers are the highest that they’ve been in 20 years. It’s that you have the largest number of illegal immigrant youth and trafficked children ever. You have catch and release. Twenty years ago, you didn’t have catch and release.”

“The people that are being apprehended are being resettled into U.S. communities at taxpayer expense. But it gets worse,” Miller said. “Border Patrol reports that, in addition to the thousands being caught and released, 1,000 per day are getting into the country without being caught at all because our border agents are being pulled off the line dealing with this humanitarian crisis.”

“That means criminals getting in, that means drugs getting in, that means weapons getting in, that means contraband getting in, that means sex offenders getting in.”

Attorney General Brnovich has filed a very important lawsuit “and I applaud him for it,” Miller said. “In addition to the disaster on the border, Joe Biden has shut down ICE. ICE is now disabled from removing most criminally convicted illegal immigrants that they were removing under the Trump immigration. So, you have an open sieve at the border and you have unfettered criminal conduct inside this country. It is a travesty and Republicans should talk about this every single day.”

Hannity asks Brnovich, “Isn’t the Biden Administration aiding and abetting, facilitating law breaking?”

Brnovich brings up the lawsuit that Miller mentioned earlier. In that lawsuit, “we allege that he [Biden] is violating federal law. It’s clear in Title 8, it says you shall be deported when there’s an order – there’s 1.2 million people in this country right now with deportation orders that they refuse to deport. … We point out that there’s a recidivism rate of 53 percent of people in ICE custody in Pinellas County. That means these are people that have already been convicted of crimes like assault and robbery and drug offenses, so our system is being overwhelmed by the Biden Administration’s inaction.”

Hannity emphasizes the “long term impact this is going to have on our communities. Because right now, this is a catastrophe … It’s an unmitigated disaster. But it is going to be a tragedy. People are going to die as a result of the Biden Administration policies.”

Hannity says that we now have 8,300 border workers who are COVID positive. Thirty of them have died. “Is it directly related to this? I would say, probably … because of the high COVID positivity rates of those that have been entering illegally.”

Miller summed things up: “The southern border is the single greatest superspreader event in this whole country and a voluntary choice by this administration. Under the Trump Administration, you did not see a single news story about a COVID outbreak in our facilities because we were returning people quickly. We had record low numbers of people in custody and we had agreements that worked. Joe Biden ended all of that and he put the health and safety and sovereignty of this country under siege.”

Border Patrol Agents Arrest MS-13 Gang Member Crossing the Border Into California

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A member of the notorious international criminal gang, MS-13, was arrested along with five others after crossing the Mexican border into California on Wednesday.

A CBP statement about the arrest says: “At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, an agent patrolling the mountains near Forest Gate Road was searching for a group of illegal entrants when he encountered six men near the border wall.”

The group included a Mexican national, a Honduran national, and four El Salvadorian nationals, according to the report.

The six were arrested and brought to a CBP station “for processing” where it was confirmed that one of the El Salvadorian nationals was a “documented MS-13 gang member.” He is 28.

Border Patrol agents said he had traveled to the U.S. via El Salvador.

All six men will be “processed for removal from the U.S.”

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said, “I’m proud of the great work by our agents arresting this gang member. Their hard work keeps our neighborhoods safe.”

These arrests come just days after federal authorities announced that two Yemenis, who are on the FBI’s terror watch list and on a U.S. no-fly list, were arrested crossing into the U.S.

According to CBP, these arrests were made separately, one on Jan. 29 and the other on March 30, and announced on Tuesday. Both arrests occurred near the Calexico Port of Entry in California.

The CBP report on the Yemeni arrest is no longer available on the CBP website.

Candace Owens: For the Biden Administration, It’s Not a Border Crisis, But a Border Plan

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President Joe Biden’s refusal to call the debacle which is unfolding on our southwest border a crisis has been an outrage. Despite the photos, the recordings and the reports that come to us on an hourly basis, neither he nor his lady in waiting, Vice President Kamala Harris, have visited to see firsthand the misery their policies have led to. But what if, rather than a denial that the crisis exists, it’s all part of the administration’s plan to import a new class of voters?

An examination of the Democrats’ historical strategy with black Americans provides a clue into their current objectives.

Conservative commentator Candace Owens joined Fox News’ Mark Levin to discuss the Democratic Party’s total betrayal of America and the strategy behind it. (This episode of Life, Liberty and Levin originally aired on March 28. It can be viewed below. Owen’s segment begins at 17:30.)

Owens begins with an explanation of how the Democratic Party, which claims to help blacks through all of their social programs, has actually suppressed them. While it may appear on the surface that Democrats have supported blacks by providing for them financially and rhetorically, their “largesse” has actually been a mechanism designed to hold them back, preventing them from taking the reins and succeeding, from breaking out of the cycle of poverty. Most blacks see only that Democrats are more generous than Republicans and have loyally supported them at the polls for decades. Many of us have known this for a long time.

Owens larger point, however, is that the black population has not grown fast enough for the Democrats. So, they are now “importing” a new class of voters. Democrats will ensure these people receive health care and that they are housed, fed and even educated. The party will see to it that the illegals now flooding into the U.S. from Central and South America in record numbers will become completely dependent on them for their survival.

Just as the majority of blacks continue to vote Democratic, so too will the Hispanics. The cycle of poverty will repeat itself.

“Everyone keeps calling this a border crisis Mark. This isn’t a border crisis, this is a border plan,” Owens tells Levin.

“They are trying to import a new class of voters. They are trying to say to the Mexican-Americans, to the South-Americans … ‘we will help you, we’ll give you free stuff like we gave black Americans free stuff after Jim Crow ended. We’re gonna welfare-ize you. We’re gonna give you handouts, we’re gonna marry you to the government like we married black Americans to the government.’ It’s pure evil.”

Levin spoke about the media’s coverage of the recent mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, that left eight people dead (including six Asians) and the Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting that left 10 ten dead. In each case, the media racialized the stories. Levin says, “They’re racializing these issues. Of course, they’re only racializing it in one direction. These people in the media, these people in the Democrat Party are tearing this country apart, don’t you think?”

“With intention, with pure evil intention, they are tearing this country apart because they realize that race gives them power. Because people get emotional about race, right? They don’t even know the facts of the story, but if they say, ‘this was a white supremacist attack,’ they know that black Americans will instantly get angry and that’s how they need them. They rely on emotion, because it suspends rationality,” replied Owens.

“They don’t want people thinking rationally, they don’t want them thinking clearly, they don’t want them actually pursuing the facts,” she said. “They don’t want them looking at the data.”

This culture of racism, Owens explained, “was not created by black Americans, that culture was created by Democrats. Systematically created by Democrats – by Lyndon Baines Johnson who is hailed as a hero in textbooks when he was anything but. He was an avowed racist who sought to make sure that black Americans were programmed, that their families were destroyed and that they turned to the government for every single answer. And that is why we have a rotten culture in black America today. It was orchestrated by the people that always were the racists and continue today to be the racists and that is the Democrat Party.”

Biden and Harris are very well aware of conditions at the border. From their perspective, everything is moving ahead according to plan. They knew it would be a little “messy” in the beginning. But as always with Democrats, and this is especially true for today’s Democrats, the end justifies the means. The (roughly) two million illegal immigrants who will likely flow into our country this year will be added to the millions more who preceded them.

(Note: No one knows how many illegals are currently residing in America. I have seen figures ranging from 11 million to 29 million. My guess is the true number is closer to the latter,)

Democrats are hoping to preside over a repeat of the same cycle of dependency that worked so well for them with black Americans from the 1960s on. They will meet their every need and taxpayers will foot the bill. They will grant amnesty and provide a path to citizenship for them.

They expect members of this demographic group to become loyal Democratic voters who will help cement their power for as long as possible. In the end, the story may play out differently with Hispanics than it did for blacks, but that’s fodder for a different post. The point is that the Democrats are not in denial, it’s all part of their larger strategy to ensure one-party rule in America for generations to come.

April 7: Video taken down by Youtube. It can be viewed here.

Truth and (Unintended) Consequences: New York State Legislature Plans to Give $20,000 Checks to Illegals and Ex-Convicts

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I am diligently ingesting my daily intake of news, and what passes for news, in 2021 America. Since January 20, the range of news stories seems to have broadened from the simple, ‘Its Trump’s Fault’ to ‘Why everything bad that is happening now originated with Trump.’

Leaning back in my office chair, I close my eyes and let them rest, taking a momentary reprieve from the hard-news assault on my delicate, pearl-clutching conservative sensibilities.

Okay Richard Edward, back to work. You have a responsibility to stay informed and up to date on the issues of the day. My eyes land on a story in The Western Journal, a potpourri of news and information. The following headline stops me in my tracks. State Finalizing Plan to Immediately Give Illegal Immigrants Checks of Over $20,000. Have lawmakers in the New York State Legislature lost their minds?

I read the headline again and immediately check my calendar.

Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “I know Richard Edward, it’s April Fool’s Day, but this is real.”

Richard Edward: “It can’t be Mr. Narrator. I am reading a headline that absolutely must be from the Babylon Bee or it’s someone’s idea of a grotesque April-fool joke. No sane governmental entity in the US would simply hand cash out to illegal aliens, more money than most of our homeless non-criminal citizens collect in a year, would they?”

Mr. Narrator: “Before you completely lose it Richard Edward, try reading the remainder of the article.”

Okay, a deep breath and I begin to let my eyes and brain start down the page, left to right, just like they taught me in school.

Democrats in New York are working on creating a fund that would give some illegal aliens and ex-convicts more than $27,000 apiece in direct payments for financial hardships related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Again, I am stopped in my intellectual tracks.  Illegal aliens AND ex-convicts? Why, what the…..? Another deep breath.

Richard Edward: “Why? What could these folks possibly have in common and what makes them so special that they deserve this much of our tax dollars?”

Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, Democrats posit that these folks have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. What do they have in common?  All of them have broken the laws of the USA; the illegal aliens in arriving here and the ex-convicts when it was convenient for them to do so.”

Mr. Narrator points to the apologetic, outlined in the article, for the proposed law:

Under the state Senate’s plan, illegal immigrants and people who have been released from prison since October 2019 would be eligible for the big payouts, as Democratic lawmakers believe these individuals were not able to establish a requisite work history that would make them eligible for unemployment benefits.

Some illegal immigrants and ex-convicts could see an immediate payment of $20,700, with an additional $6,600 coming later.

Vanessa Agudelo of the New York Immigration Coalition praised the proposition.

“This level of investment is absolutely historic for our communities,” Agudelo told Politico. “It’s the biggest investment any state has made to provide this level of relief to those workers who have been excluded from those unemployment benefits as well as what’s been passed in the stimulus package.”

Richard Edward: “Mr. Narrator, Agudelo called them ‘workers’, but then goes on to say they weren’t working and that’s why the need help. Even if they did work, they (or their employers) didn’t pay into the unemployment system. What about those folks who lost their legitimate jobs or who had to quit because their kids had to stay home from school?”

Mr. Narrator: “Richard Edward, don’t you understand anything about woke politics? Illegals and ex-cons will someday be granted the right to vote, such laws to be passed and forced down the collective throat of the residents of NY by that state’s majority Democratic Party. Those ‘new’ votes will keep the Democrats in office. What a great narrative, right? The disenfranchised, unprivileged and rehabilitated given the same rights as law abiding citizens. What a winning narrative! And what about those real, normal, law abiding New Yorkers who lost their jobs or had to quit cause their kids couldn’t go to school? Dude, they got a $600 or $1200 check here and there. At least some of them did. Like they should be bold enough to ask for more?”

I am stunned. Hardworking American citizens are intermittently getting Nancy Pelosi’s ‘crumbs’ and those who came here sans invitation, worked (maybe) in an underground economy, most likely have taken advantage of Medicaid, SNAP, Section 8 and other government handouts are now hitting the NY State Democrat Lotto?  Oh yes, accompanied by those who have been felonious enough in their own neighborhoods to have served time….

Mr. Narrator (interrupts again): “Richard Edward, now that you’ve been enlightened, tell the folks about the Democrats’ new gameshow, “Truth and Unintended Consequences.”

Richard Edward (reverting to gameshow mode): “With pleasure. Well Mr. and Mrs. New  York, where do we begin? This is a simple game. You just give away large sums of citizens tax dollars to people who have not earned them, and then wait and see what happens. What could be more fun? What if anything, could possibly go wrong?

“Let’s start with the unintended consequence of these hand-outs. How much will even stay in NY, let alone the USA? Can’t you just imagine the rush at the Western Union counter when the checks arrive, all those overseas money transfers made to the mother countries of origin? Any bets on how much local, struggling New York businesses will benefit?”

“Yes, Mr. Narrator, we realize not everyone getting a large check will send it overseas, in fact, some of our lucky recipients will most assuredly cash that check and re-invest it back into the same criminal enterprises that landed then in jail in the first place. C’mon man, what’s more American than giving back?”

“Speaking of (not) giving back, let’s speculate on what could have been done if that much money were directed into the unemployment system, where tax paying citizens may have gotten some additional, much needed assistance, too.”

“And of course, let’s not forget the psychological and emotional consequences to the unfortunate, the homeless, the poor American citizens. Nothing like a good slap in the face when they see illegals and ex-cons with ‘walking-around money,’ flush with government fiat, right Mr. and Mrs. New York?”

Mr. Narrator:  “Thanks Richard Edward. You do sound like you feel a little bitter, a little racist and a little America first-ish. But that may become an unintended consequence of how many New York citizens might start to feel, too.”

If you think government handouts to illegal aliens and recently released convicts could become an American Crisis (or at least a NY State crisis), please leave a comment for us to ponder.

— Richard Edward Tracy

The Mexican Cartels Have Evolved Over the Last Decade; Border Crisis Deniers Near to Hear the Grim Reality

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Political analyst Robert Reich, a former Clinton Administration Cabinet secretary, wrote an article which surprisingly spent the day at the top of RealClearPolitcs’ trending list. The piece is entitled, “Republicans are fabricating the border crisis.” He writes: “Republicans are outraged — outraged! — at the surge of migrants on the southern border.”

After mocking the reactions of several prominent Republicans, Reich declares, “In fact, there’s no surge of migrants at the border. … The ‘surge’ has been fabricated by Republicans in order to stoke fear.”

A little further down the list was an article about AOC’s viral rebuke of anyone calling the surge at our southern border, a surge. “She tells us: “Anyone who is using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame. … This is not a surge. These are children and they are not insurgents.”

On Thursday, she continues even further down denial river and says: “What is happening here is not the same as what happened during the Trump administration, where they took babies out of the arms of their mothers.”

Both clips can be viewed below.

She might be surprised to hear that an infant was flung from a boat into the Rio Grande this week, and men were photographed tossing two toddlers, aged three and five, over the border wall and abandoned.

In the meantime, neither our feeble President Joe Biden (it still pains me to write that), nor his heir apparent, will admit that a crisis exists.

Fox News contributor Lara Logan, who is deeply familiar with the disaster unfolding on our southwest border, joined Sean Hannity on Wednesday night to inject some sanity into the conversation. Her remarks provide a glimpse into what’s happening on the other side of the border. This is the reality. (The segment can be viewed here.)

Logan finds Ocasio-Cortez’ remarks disturbing and fundamentally dishonest and she believes it’s meant to distract from “the real national security threat” at the border. Logan told Hannity:

Starting in around 2006, that was when the cartels in Mexico really transitioned from drug cartels … into an actual insurgency. If AOC knew anything about the history of Mexico and the cartels – at all – she wouldn’t throw that language around. Because there was a real insurgency in Mexico when President Calderón declared the war on drugs and war on the cartels. And in 2009, they [the cartels] transitioned to terrorism and that’s what they’ve been using ever since. That was when Los Zetas, a faction of the Gulf cartel, they broke off and established their own cartel. And one of the first things that they did, Sean, is massacre 72 illegal immigrants who were in a stash house in Mexico. And the next thing they did was kill over 300 Mexican civilians in the Allende Massacre. And the next great flashpoint that the U.S. failed to pay attention to was in 2015 when a new cartel, Jalisco New Generation, shot a Mexican military helicopter out of the sky.

These organizations have gone from drug organizations to insurgents to terrorists and they are now a parallel shadow government in Mexico. They’re the ones calling the shots and what you observe on the border is these cartels do not fear the U.S. government and they do not have to fear the Mexican government because they are calling the shots in Mexico…

They’re pushing as many people across as they want. It’s unbelievable numbers. You can call it whatever you like, but when four or five rafts are coming across at the same time and they are packed with people, and the smugglers are telling everyone hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, and they’re yelling out to people on the U.S. side that they’ve got 50 more, 100 more they’ve got to get back and that includes 23-day-old babies. You’ve got agents holding back because they don’t want these cartels to toss these kids into the river and kill them which is what they’ll do in a heartbeat. You’ve got agents who’ve rescued women who are being raped…

You’ve got kids with no shoes, many of them have never seen a doctor in their lives, some of them don’t even speak Spanish. They’ve come through a COVID hot spot.

And Sean, the numbers that we’re talking about, those are just the apprehensions, those aren’t the gotaways. Over 34,000 gotaways in the last month alone. Those are people who have just vanished, gone.

People have been coming across with little cards, and they have a routing number, an account number written there and that’s what the cartels were giving them to make sure that they get paid. One thing you can be sure of Sean, they will get paid. Now they have wristbands with a number that corresponds to a data base in Mexico. And they know everything about you. They can track you and they will hunt you down if you don’t pay them. They’ll cut their hearts out and eat them while they’re alive Sean. That’s the kind of thing they do. Cut their hearts out and eat it – and laugh – on tape.

Kamala Is Asked If She Plans to Visit the Border; She Responds with … Laughter?

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As the situation at the border reaches crisis levels, neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have felt the necessity of traveling there to assess conditions. Perhaps doing so would be an admission that the crisis exists.

Whatever the reason, in the video below, Harris reacted rather strangely when a reporter asked her if she had plans to visit the border.

Initially, she appeared to be stunned by the question. Collecting herself, she replied, Uh … Um … Not today.” This was followed by laughter. Turning serious, she said, “I have before and I’m sure I will again. Yeah.”

I don’t think the Vice President actually finds the growing disaster funny. Her cackle, in my opinion, is a defense mechanism. When she is nervous, when she wants to deflect from an uncomfortable topic, she laughs. The reporter had obviously hit a nerve.

She has much to be defensive about. Former President Donald Trump had put in place smart policies to bring the situation under control and to keep it that way. This mess belongs to Biden and Harris. Surprisingly, many Democrats are now blaming them for the disaster that is unfolding before Americans’ eyes. Reports over the weekend from The Washington Post and CNN were very critical of the Biden Administration.

On Monday, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter to Biden. Cruz and 14 of his senate colleagues will be traveling to the border to assess conditions and had asked the administration to grant press access to the reporters who will be joining them. This request was denied. Here are several excerpts from the letter:

There is a crisis at our southern border caused by your administration’s radical immigration policies. In 2019, former Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “I know that 1,000 [apprehensions per day] overwhelms the system and I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 a day looks like.” But in response to your administration’s policies and rhetoric promising exceedingly lax enforcement and a path to citizenship for every illegal alien, Border Patrol agents are reportedly apprehending 4,500 to 6,000 illegal aliens per day.

Despite your administration’s refusal to admit that this is a crisis, the American people are beginning to understand the gravity of the situation.

But it is not enough for members of the Senate to see what is happening—the American people must see. That is why I requested that members of the media be allowed to join us. But your administration clearly and emphatically refused to offer press access. This is outrageous and hypocritical.

Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency — it is hiding the truth from the American people. The press and the American people deserve more than denials and excuses from a podium.

 

On Monday, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose district sits on the U.S./Mexico border, published photos of a packed migrant facility in Donna, Texas.

Cuellar’s photos can be viewed here.

Reporter Asks Psaki Why They’re Spending $86 Million to Put Illegals in Hotels When National Guard Troops Slept in Parking Garages

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On Sunday, Fox News reported that the Biden Administration spent $86 million to house illegal immigrants who broke the law to enter the U.S.

The Biden administration has awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled from the United States but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.

The contract, through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, provides 1,239 beds and “other necessary services.” The families will receive a comprehensive health assessment, including COVID-19 testing. The announcement comes days after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday that the White House planned to provide 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico.

That’s a pretty eye-popping sum of tax payer money to spend on people who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

It is especially egregious after the manner in which this administration treated vast numbers of National Guard troops who deployed to Washington, D.C. in the days following the Capitol riot.

The Democrats used these soldiers as props to bolster their false narrative that Trump supporting extremists posed a threat to their safety. When it came to arranging proper accommodations for these men, however, they couldn’t be bothered.

Large numbers of men were forced to sleep in a cold parking garage. In addition, it was widely reported several weeks ago that troops were receiving insufficient, undercooked and even contaminated food.

At Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jennifer Psaki was questioned about this unequal treatment.

Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson brought up the $86 million payment and asked Psaki, “How can you square that with the National Guard troops, who were sleeping in parking garages … some of them got sick from having contaminated food. That’s a disparity a lot of people are pointing out. That our National Guard was treated one way and then the illegal immigrants are going to be put in hotel rooms.

Psaki, of course, said that when they became aware of the conditions, the President addressed the situation right away. Watch her try to defend the indefensible in the clip below.

Does she really believe she’s fooling anyone?

GOP Rep Hits Biden’s DHS Sec. with Brutal Border Question, He Calls It ‘Extremely Disrespectful’

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas seems to have learned a lesson or two from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about avoiding tough questions. All one has to do is discredit the question itself.

Mayorkas took questions from lawmakers on Wednesday at a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security. It was entitled “The Way Forward on Homeland Security.”

In two short months, the Biden Administration has squandered the fruits of years of hard work to rein in the chaos at our southern border. Due to a series of foolish executive orders signed on Day One, the conditions at the border have deteriorated into what can only be described as a crisis. And Republican members of the committee weren’t bashful about calling the hyperpartisan DHS secretary out on it.

Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack opened her questioning by asking what the letters of “FEMA” stood for. She wanted to establish that it was a federal agency that responded to emergency situations in the U.S. and had been recently dispatched to the border to assist with the current crisis.

Shifting gears, she asked Mayorkas if he supports the current security fence, complete with barbed wire, which surrounds the Capitol building and if he felt it was necessary. Growing impatient with Cammack’s line of questioning and knowing where it was leading, he explained that he was not an “expert” in that area. He had not studied the situation.

Cammack said she just wanted to establish that barriers do work.

Reclaiming her time, Cammack told him, “I just want to bring it home a little bit. See, I’m from a small town out West and the month before I was supposed to graduate high school – which was 2006 – one of my classmates was kidnapped by an illegal who had been deported multiple times.”

Cammack continued, “And I think when you have policies that incentivize folks to come over illegally and we don’t have the proper mechanisms in place to protect our borders – as you say, FEMA has been deployed and they are an emergency – that kind of impact has resounding effects. So, my question to you – her name was Amber Scott, the young lady that was kidnapped by this illegal criminal – how many more Ambers have to be kidnapped before you will take action?”

“Congresswoman, I find that question to be extraordinarily disrespectful. Disrespectful not only to me, disrespectful to the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security and to all the frontline personnel throughout this country who dedicate themselves to the safety and security of the American people.”

“I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m sure the American people feel very disrespected about the border situation they’re facing right now.”

Despite the mayhem taking place at the border, Mayorkas stops short of calling the situation a crisis. Instead, he refers to it as a challenge. President Joe Biden also refuses to acknowledge the current reality.

It won’t be long until the crime rates in the areas most impacting by the crisis start to rise. It is inevitable. And the Democrat made disaster will be impossible to ignore.

Fox News reported Thursday morning that two members of the Biden Administration who are working on border issues believe that the President and his surrogates are wrong not to admit this is a crisis.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council told Fox that, “A week ago I would not have called this a crisis. Today it meets the definition. We are overwhelmed. We do not have the resources to stop the cartels from bringing in illegal aliens, from bringing in drugs, therefore we are in fact in a crisis.”

A second official with Customs and Border Protection, who wished to remain anonymous, said “The president understands it is a crisis, which is why he told migrants ‘Don’t come over.'”

President Biden has no current plans to travel to the border.