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Shameful: Protesters Storm Border Patrol Museum, Vandalize Memorial to Fallen Agents

A group of protesters stormed a Border Patrol museum in Texas and vandalized its memorial to fallen agents over the weekend, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner writes that museum Director David Ham and his staff feared for their safety on Saturday when approximately 50 “rowdy” protesters entered the building and refused to leave.

Some protesters can be seen on security camera footage pulling into the museum parking lot and putting on masks before entering the facility.

“That was really intimidating to our staff, plus their kind of aggressive attitude,” said Ham.

Ham, who wasn’t at the building on Saturday watched the events unfold through the security cameras. “We have cameras, and we saw them gathering in the parking lot. We saw them come in the museum… I was able to watch the cameras on my cellphone. They came in after putting masks on,” Ham told the Examiner.

“They proceeded to set up a bunch of signs and just went all over the museum. They of course had an agenda, they were chanting and singing songs, and then a couple of them got on a bullhorn,” he continued. “We had visitors in the museum. They started talking and kind of harassing them. Of course the staff was asking them to leave, and they wouldn’t leave.”

The Examiner reports that protesters standing inside and outside the building were chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, Border Patrol kills!”

Ham said his staff ushered non-protesting visitors to hide in the back of the museum gift store until police arrived.

Houston Sector Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens tweeted photos of the defaced memorial to fallen border agents and wrote, “Yesterday, masked protestors “occupied & reclaimed” (whatever that means) the #BorderPatrol museum (non-profit entity run by volunteers) & defaced our fallen agent memorial (a very sacred monument). I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the hypocrisy of their actions.”

For the full story from the Washington Examiner, click HERE.

Trump is Right – A Border Wall Worked for El Paso

During his recent State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump renewed his calls to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and strengthen border security. “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country and considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives. So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”

Trump later repeated his claim during his recent visit to El Paso, noting that while there were 1,200 murders last year in Mexico’s border-town of Juarez, there were just 23 in bordering El Paso.

Trump is correct that El Paso is one of the safest cities in America (with the third lowest rate of violent crime), though his characterization that it was once one of the nation’s most dangerous is incorrect. A better phrasing of the argument would be that El Paso simply saw a significant decline in violent crime after the construction of a border. Trump is correct that bordering Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, though they’ve seen significant declines in violence in recent years.

The Fact Checkers Fire Back

NBC’s Jane Timm wrote that “Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since its modern-day peak in 1993 and was at historic lows before a fence was authorized by Congress in 2006. Violent crime actually ticked up during the border fence’s construction and after its completion,” a claim completely debunked by the chart accompanying her article:

CNN was even more dishonest and ran this graphic ignoring the implementation of Hold the Line in 1993 (more on that in a bit).

NBC must think we’re only supposed to pay attention to the 2009 border fence completion on the chart – but not the immense increase in border security that Operation Hold the Line brought. Hold the Line, also known as Operation Blockade, began in September 1993 and ran through 2001. The Operation was launched with 130 agents and 3 maintenance crews that were deployed to repair holes in the border (mostly chain) fence. A stronger border was built to replace the chain fence in 2008-2009. Over 400 Border Patrol agents were also deployed on the 20-mile stretch 24/7. According to a 1994 study by the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform on the effects of Hold the Line, it had an immediate effect in thwarting illegal crossings:

The average gross number of apprehensions along the entire U.S./Mexico border declined by nearly 12,000 per month from FY 1993 to FY 1994 (from about 66,300 to about 54,500 per month). Most of this decline occurred because of the sharp drop in the El Paso sector, where apprehensions dropped by more than 10,000 per month. The dramatic effects of Operation Hold the Line can also be seen in the steep drop evident for the post-Operation months. Thus, as measured in these terms, Operation Hold the Line clearly has reduced the number of linewatch apprehensions in the El Paso sector substantially and, by implication, the flow of illegal crossers into the United States.

And there’s no denying that the wall is still working as intended, as the following chart from Rep. Dan Crenshaw of apprehensions in El Paso proves:

Increased border security drastically reduced illegal crossings (and crime), but the fact checkers are ignoring all that and pretending that El Paso only beefed up border security in the form of a border wall.  The U.S. Border Patrol agreed that Hold the Line was a success early on because it inspired a similar effort in San Diego which reduced illegal entries 75% just a few years after being implemented in 1994.

Violent crime in El Paso was cut in half from the time Hold the Line began until the border was completed, though it must be emphasized this doesn’t mean that entire decline (or even most) was due to the prevention of illegal immigrant crimes.  Illegal immigrants are only a sliver of the population of El Paso (3%), so even a 100% drop in illegal immigrant crime wouldn’t appear that dramatic in a chart. I only mention this because I don’t want to oversell the wall’s benefits in El Paso, which undoubtedly worked in stopping illegal crossings.

Unfortunately, until a full border is completed, there will always be cracks that illegals can slip through regardless of how well any stretches of border built so far perform. We know that 20-miles of border security and a wall worked in El Paso – only 1,400 miles to go.

Report: Migrant Caravans Used by Cartels to Sneak Drugs into U.S.

The migrant caravans inundating the United States are being used by cartel members to smuggle drugs into the country, according to a Washington Times report.

The large groups of migrants often overwhelm Border Patrol agents, allowing drug gangs to take advantage of the situation and ship drugs across the border while agents remain occupied providing humanitarian aid to the illegal immigrants.

A Customs and Border Protection official said, “They’re using these large groups to facilitate the crossing of narcotics because they know they’ve tied up a large percentage of our manpower.”

The Times reports:

“On any day, about 150 Border Patrol agents are pulled out of the field and have to do “hospital watch,” staying with hundreds of illegal immigrants who were so sick when they arrived that they needed immediate medical attention, officials said.

The latest large group was nabbed near Ajo, Arizona, on Thursday.

The 320 people came to a part of the U.S.-Mexico border where there is no fence, but rather a vehicle barrier to prevent cars and trucks from driving across.

The group easily climbed the barrier, then demanded the attention of Border Patrol agents.

“You’re pulling from a security mission in order to be able to perform a humanitarian mission,” the border official said.”

For the full story, click HERE.

 

Border Town Residents Fear Cartel Retaliation for Reporting Criminal Migrant Activity

Americans in border towns in New Mexico are leery of reporting crimes and suspicious activities by illegal immigrants because they fear they will be retaliated against by drug cartels, according to a  Washington Examiner report.

Seven residents who live within 30 to 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border told the paper that calling local or federal law enforcement for help after discovering they have been victims of illegal immigrant crime could lead to “nasty consequences.”

One cattle rancher from Hidalgo County told the Examiner he calls in every crime, but not without punishment from the cartels.

“I turned in 700 pounds [of marijuana] up here … I called it in [to Border Patrol]. They went and got it. That night, they [smugglers] came back. They … broke off all the floats off my troughs — chopped ’em up, drained all of it,” he said.

Another cattle rancher, Cammi Moore in Animas is also concerned about reporting illegal activity.

“You don’t know whether to call them [suspected criminals] or not, if they are packing ’cause there is retaliation on some families,” she said.

The Examiner writes, that Moore then “noted the case of Bob Krentz, a prominent rancher in nearby Cochise County, Ariz., who many believe was murdered by drug cartel members after he left to check on his cattle in 2010 and never returned.”

Hidalgo County commissioner Joel Edwards said resident’s claims of cartel retaliation are “legitimate.”

“I mix and mingle with those folks a lot,” Edwards said. “That’s pretty much a real common feeling out there … I’ve heard it quite a bit in the last few weeks. They’re just scared.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Deported Child Molester and Kidnapper Arrested at U.S. Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Calexico, CA apprehended a deported child molester and kidnapper on Monday after the illegal alien re-entered the country.

Breitbart reports:

…agents identified the man as 63-year-old Jose C. Gomez, a Mexican national. The agents checked his criminal history and discovered that a Georgia court convicted Gomez in 2007 for Felony Child Molestation. The court sentenced the man to five years in prison. Following the completion of his prison term in February 2011, immigration officers deported him to Mexico.
However, that wasn’t Gomez’s only felony. In Virginia in 1999, he was charged with felony abduction and kidnapping and served two years in prison.

The man will be prosecuted for re-entering the U.S. as a sex offender and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Last week–in two separate incidents in Del Rio, TX–Border Patrol agents arrested two previously deported sex offenders.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the latest, incredible jobs numbers**

One man was a 53-year-old Mexican national previously convicted in Illinois in 2012 for child molestation and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After serving five years in prison, immigration officers deported him in April 2017.

The other man–a 48-year-old Mexican national was previously convicted in Kentucky for a 1996 rape. He was deported after serving two years in prison.

Both men will also face charges for re-entering the U.S. after deportation as sex offenders.

REPORT: More Than 100 El Salvadorian Gang Members Caught at U.S. Border Since October

Sources tell Fox News that over 100 gang members from El Salvador have been apprehended at the U.S. border since October.

Last week alone, nearly 400 migrants were apprehended trying to cross into the United States and on Monday, more than 100 were caught scaling the border wall in Arizona.

Fox News reports:

Since the shutdown began, border officials in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in Texas have arrested over 14,000 illegal immigrants and confiscated over 14,000 pounds of marijuana and 800 pounds of cocaine, border patrol sources told Fox News.

Since October, authorities have also arrested more than 100 people believed to be El Salvadorian gang members in the same sector, the same sources added. The notorious MS-13 gang that originated in Los Angeles prisons before infiltrating the rest of the U.S. is mainly comprised of El Salvadorans.

**LISTEN: Dan addresses the latest attack by Nancy Pelosi on the Trump Administration**

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a video on Monday which shows over 100 migrants crossing over the border wall in Yuma, Az:

Yesterday, Yuma CBP reported they arrested two MS-13 gang members traveling together from Honduras.

These Three Charts Prove that Walls Work

Do border walls work? The consensus among Democratic pundits and lawmakers clearly is “no”:

“We know walls don’t work, that they don’t stop drugs. That they don’t stop migration,” Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobar told CNN. Trump’s main shutdown-opponent Chuck Schumer echoed much of the same, that “a big, concrete wall is expensive and it doesn’t work.” “The Conversation,” a website with articles authored by academics and edited by professional journalists, published a piece beginning with the sentence “history teachers us walls don’t work,” before failing to provide any evidence in the 800-word article that followed. Nancy Pelosi has taken the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez approach and decided to put morality before the facts, arguing that walls are “immoral.”

And of course they all know better. After all, both Pelosi and Schumer were among those who voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which approved construction of 652 miles of fencing at the border. Three years after voting in favor of the Act, Schumer was pleased by the progress, stating in a speech that “construction of a 630-mile border fence that creates a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border,” before he then turned to slam employers who hire illegal immigrants. Surely he doesn’t believe that fencing is a deterrent, but concrete isn’t.

All that Schumer and company needed to change their opinion was a change in President – thus confirming their complete lack of principles.

Rather than speculate over whether a complete wall at the U.S. Mexico border would work as intended, history does have much to teach us, and it’s that walls do work. Just Facts Daily‘s Daniel Marulanda and James Agresti examined the effects border walls had on illegal crossings and terrorism in two countries: Hungary and Israel.

Hungary

Hungary constructed a barbed wire fence along their border on Croatia, which was completed in October 2015. The wall was in response to the refugee crisis, tens of thousands of which were illegally entering Hungary. Judging from the figures of illegal entrants into Hungary pictured below, you probably didn’t need to be told October was the month construction was completed:

It took a mere two days before daily migrant captures fell 99%.

Israel

Israel has numerous examples of success with walls in combating both illegal entries into their country and reducing terrorism. Israel began constructing their West Bank Barrier in 2002 following a surge in Palestinian terrorism, which immediately cut terrorist deaths nearly in half, before mostly reducing them to the single digits annually.

Israel also began constructing a fence along its border with Egypt in 2010 to thwart illegal entrants from Africa. Illegal entries from Egypt to Israel fell from 10,000+ per year to near-zero. There was an uptik in 2015 as entrants began using ladders at certain border sections to get across, but the border was quickly approved to prevent that from continuing.

Everyone Also Knows Borders Work

And lastly, as Marulanda and Agresti note:

Far from being relics of a distant age, a wide variety of nations have built, fortified, or expanded border barriers since 2010. This includes Austria, Kenya, Jordan, Spain, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Macedonia, Gibraltar, Myanmar, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Oman, Algeria, Ukraine, Tunisia, Hungary, and Morocco.

If walls didn’t work, we’d expect fewer of them, not more. Even Democrats are aware of that. The reason they’re afraid of a border wall isn’t that it won’t work (because then what would they have to fear?), it’s because it will work as intended.

TX Border Patrol Chief Reveals Startling Border Apprehension Numbers

A Texas Border Patrol chief dropped some startling numbers on the President yesterday when he described how many of those apprehended at the border were from nations other than Central America and Mexico.

Speaking to the President at the U.S. border in Mission, TX, Rio Grande Valley Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz noted that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico–including two from Pakistan.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

Ortiz said his sector has apprehended individuals from 41 different countries.

The border patrol chief noted that while it’s typical for family units and unaccompanied children to make up about 60 to 70 percent of border patrol apprehensions, “over the last couple of weeks where that number is less than 50 percent of the apprehensions we make here in south Texas.”

He continued, “So south Texas continues to lead the country in apprehensions as well as marijuana seizures in between the ports of entry so CBP and DHS are committed to both our border security mission as well as our humanitarian mission.”

“Violent Mob” of Migrants Attack U.S. Agents While Attempting to Cross San Diego Border

A “violent mob” of migrants threw rocks at U.S. Customs and Border agents on New Year’s Eve after attempting to cross the border in San Diego, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Border agents were forced to use smoke, pepper spray and CS gas to suppress the migrants after they threw rocks over the border fence, a DHS press release states.

Young migrants also attempted to cross over concertina wire on the border fence, leaving agents unable to assist them because of “the large number of rocks being thrown at them.”

“Several teenagers, wrapped in heavy jackets, blankets and rubber mats were put over the concertina wire,” stated DHS.  “Border Patrol agents witnessed members of the group attempt to lift toddler sized children up and over the concertina wire and having difficulty accomplishing the task in a safe manner. Agents were not in a position to safely assist the children due to the large number of rocks being thrown at them.”

Twenty-five migrants–including two teenagers–were apprehended by border agents during the altercation.