Congress can in fact block funding for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order

 

immigrants crossing borderThe Congressional Research Service (CRS) has concluded that House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) is wrong, and that Congress can in fact block funding for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order.

In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” the CRS, a legislative authority on Capitol Hill, wrote in a report sent to incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). “Where Congress has done so, ‘an agency is not free simply to disregard statutory responsibilities.’ Therefore, if a statute were enacted which prohibited appropriated funds from being used for some specified purposes, then the relevant funds would be unavailable to be obligated or expended for those purposes.”

Sessions’ team provided the CRS report—which is not made public unless members of Congress who request such reports decide to make them so—exclusively to Breitbart News.

Rogers, last week, argued that Congress could not block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty because the agency that will be printing the work authorization and other documents for illegal aliens—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—operates primarily on fees it collects rather than from tax revenue collected by the federal government.

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The House Appropriations Committee, which Rogers chairs, said in a statement last week:

The primary agency for implementing the President’s new immigration executive order is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This agency is entirely self-funded through the fees it collects on various immigration applications. Congress does not appropriate funds for any of its operations, including the issuance of immigration status or work permits, with the exception of the ‘E-Verify’ program. Therefore, the Appropriations process cannot be used to ‘de-fund’ the agency. The agency has the ability to continue to collect and use fees to continue current operations, and to expand operations as under a new Executive Order, without needing legislative approval by the Appropriations Committee or the Congress, even under a continuing resolution or a government shutdown.

But the CRS report that Sessions requested shows that is untrue. Even if an agency like USCIS operates on fees rather than tax revenues appropriated by Congress, the Congress can still block funding for the implementation of such matters as Obama’s executive amnesty. CRS wrote:

A fee-funded agency or activity typically refers to one in which the amounts appropriated by Congress for that agency or activity are derived from fees collected from some external source. Importantly, amounts received as fees by federal agencies must still be appropriated by Congress to that agency in order to be available for obligation or expenditure by the agency. In some cases, this appropriation is provided through the annual appropriations process. In other instances, it is an appropriation that has been enacted independently of the annual appropriations process (such as a permanent appropriation in an authorizing act). In either case, the funds available to the agency through fee collections would be subject to the same potential restrictions imposed by Congress on the use of its appropriations as any other type of appropriated funds.

Cutting the legalese language here, basically this means that, no matter how USCIS gets it money—even if it’s from a prior authorization appropriation that is permanent and based on fee collection—Congress can still restrict the use of that money for some purposes.

On the night Obama announced the amnesty—last Thursday—Sessions said that the House of Representatives must lead by passing a government funding bill that blocks any money being spent on Obama’s amnesty.

The House should send the Senate a government funding bill which ensures no funds can be spent for this unlawful purpose,” Sessions said. “If [Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid’s Senate Democrats vote to surrender their own institution to an imperial dictate and block the measure, then the House should send a short-term funding measure so the new GOP majority can be sworn in and pass a funding bill with the needed language.”

The Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz laid out on Tuesday how one of the things “lost amidst the hullabaloo of mob rule in Ferguson” is that the GOP is planning to “capitulate” to Obama’s amnesty. Part of that caving by Speaker John Boehner to Obama on executive amnesty, Horowitz notes, is that Republicans will promise to fight later—but won’t block the funding of it now.

boehner and obama 1borhner and obama 2boener obama reid pelosi “This strategy allows GOP leaders to promise a fight three months from now, after Obama’s executive action becomes more entrenched, without having to fight on defund immediately,” Horowitz wrote. “It will also buy them time to work on the second step: negotiating with Obama to pass amnesty legislatively.”  

“No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong.” – Winston Churchill

Steven Coburn asked Pelosi “Do you have naked photos of John Boehner doing something?”  He should have asked  Valerie Jarrett instead “Do you have naked photos of John Boehner doing something?”

If Rogers—or other top allies of Speaker Boehner like 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)—don’t block the funding of Obama’s executive amnesty, they could face dire consequences.

“Some Kentucky activists are already talking about a primary challenge to Representative Harold Rogers, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who has been in office since 1981,” the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters wrote on Tuesday. “Breitbart News, a conservative website, reported on the possible primary challenger this week. Mr. Rogers’ office has said Congress could not simply defund the president’s directive, because the agency that carries it out, Citizenship and Immigration Services, is not financed by appropriations but by the fees it generates.”

Later in the story, Peters noted that Ryan and even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) could face primary challenges in 2016.

“Other potential primary targets, Tea Party groups say, are Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, and even Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who was elected initially with the help of Tea Party energy,” Peters wrote.

boehner ryan scam gopCondemn all Politicians who only work for Lobbyist’s. Who lost their faith and forgot their own citizens future.

 

Dr. Ben Carson that President Barack Obama is putting the needs and desires of non-citizens over those who elected him.

9_162014_b1-carson-constitut8201_s877x511-580x337It only took Dr. Ben Carson three sentences to demolish the executive orders granting amnesty to five million illegal immigrants announced by President Barack Obama Thursday night.

And it only took a few hours for those words, shared on the African-American Conservatives Facebook page, to begin going viral.

There are so many of our own people who are having a very difficult time finding jobs, making ends meet,” Carson said, according to the Facebook post. “This is not going to aid those people.

ben-carson-one-nation“Is there ever going to come a time when maybe we think about our own people first?”

This doesn’t seem like an overly complicated concept, but it’s one that the president and his fellow liberals seem to have difficulty grasping.

There may be those who consider the words of the likely 2016 Republican presidential contender racist — but that would be a difficult argument to maintain. Carson was not referring to a race when he said “our people,” but rather a citizenry made up of many races — indeed, a citizenry made up of essentially every race.

Nor was Carson suggesting that Americans, always a big-hearted people, ignore the plight of those from other nations who truly require assistance with basic needs just to survive. He merely said that America’s elected representatives should give first consideration to those who voted for them — not to those without a vote.

It’s hard to see how anyone could reasonably argue against that sort of common sense.

Please share this article on Twitter and Facebook if you agree with Dr. Ben Carson that President Barack Obama is putting the needs and desires of non-citizens over those who elected him.

Is the Obama administration secretly negotiating treaties with globalist bodies?

Obama, Clinton Selling Out U.S. Sovereignty in Secret

By Victor Thorn

Is the Obama administration secretly negotiating treaties with globalist bodies, in violation of the Unites States Constitution? That’s the question on the minds of a number of political watchdogs, who argue that the White House is doing an end run around Congress and the American people in order to lock the country into agreements on the environment, fishing rights and even gun ownership with the United Nations (UN).

On February 7, former Bill Clinton campaign manager Dick Morris dissected a host of international “sneaky treaties” that, he says, “Once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts.”

The most egregious of these would be U.S. membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC). This tribunal that has jurisdiction across the globe could prosecute elected U.S. leaders for entering into a war without UN approval. These “crimes of aggression”—even if approved by Congress under an official declaration of war—could still land the president or cabinet members in prison.

The ICC’s reach supersedes the rulings of any U.S. court, thereby posing a serious threat to constitutionally-guaranteed trials by a jury of our peers. A lesser-known aspect of this treaty involves, ironically, the use of America’s military to wage aggressions against those deemed war criminals by the ICC. Already, Barack Obama has buckled to this ruling body by sending armed forces into Africa to execute an arrest warrant for alleged war criminal Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Yet rather than having Congress authorize sending U.S. men and women into action overseas, Obama bypassed them and opted to exert his “executive power.” He justified this decision as an “international obligation.”

Who is our president obligated to: American citizens or the New World Order? Another treaty, one advocating children’s rights, would—at least superficially—protect youths from kidnapping, prostitution and human trafficking. However, if a 14-member panel determines that certain countries like the U.S. aren’t providing enough funding for food, education or clothing to underdeveloped nations, the UN could levy a tax on American citizens and then redistribute this money to Third World countries. Not surprisingly,

A leading proponent for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is Hillary Clinton. In her book It Takes a Village, she wrote: “The village must act in the place of parents. It accepts these responsibilities in all our names through the authority we vest in the government.These 14-member overlords could also weigh in on what religious teachings, educational material and social attitudes are acceptable.

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Interestingly, Hillary’s views on child-rearing dovetail with those of the UNCRC. “They [parents] have to be shown how to do it,” wrote Hillary. “They have to be, in a sense, re-parented to be able to be a good parent.” Hillary is so distrustful of traditional families that she further elaborated.: “Decisions about motherhood and abortion, schooling, cosmetic surgery, treatment of venereal diseases or employment and others where the decision—or lack of one—will significantly reflect the child’s future should not be made unilaterally by the parent.”

If these social-engineering thoughts aren’t horrifying enough, Hillary remarked at the University of Texas in 1993, “Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into the new millennium.”

A third troublesome treaty is known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST. Over 162 nations have signed or ratified it. Many other nations, such as Turkey and Israel, have stayed out of it. Obama sidesteps the Constitution yet again via executive order

. LOST is being promoted by another Clinton crony, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who seeks to surrender seas off the coasts of the United States to UN overseers. Although the complexities of this treaty are far too vast to elaborate on here, in a nutshell LOST will acquiesce to a UN council where U.S. companies can drill for oil or fish and which technologies must become global property via a form of intellectual eminent domain. The UN could tax up to 50% of royalties from offshore drilling and redistribute these proceeds to poorer nations.

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In another example, the Outer Space Code of Conduct could seriously interfere with the U.S. implementing any type of anti-missile shield to protect itself. Using the feel-good premise of decreasing space debris, in actuality this treaty would jeopardize the U.S. military’s ability to deploy platform-based weapons in space

When it comes to China and India’s rapid development of their space programs and offensive weaponry, are Americans willing to forfeit their safety to the edicts of UN bureaucrats that already view us with such outright enmity?

Obama and Hillary are also targeting Americans’ firearms ownership.

In early April, Sen. Rand Paul issued a statement on this: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama administration will be working hand in glove with the United Nations to pass a new ‘UN Small Arms Treaty.’ ” The UN Small Arms Treaty is designed to “register, ban and confiscate firearms owned by private citizens like you,” wrote Paul.

If Washington signs onto this, added Paul, the U.S. would be forced to “enact tougher licensing requirements . . . confiscate and destroy all ‘unauthorized’ civilian firearms . . . ban the trade, sale and private ownership of semiautomatic weapons . . .[and] create an international gun registry.” – See more at: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=4207#sthash.KWS4wdOi.dpuf

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Who is there to enforce the rule of law, a Supreme Court ruling or the Constitution? NO ONE?

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The 2012 election has often been described as the most pivotal since 1860. This statement is not hyperbole. Barack Obama was re-elected and the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of mankind.

The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama’s first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of “transforming America” in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress.

The most significant accomplishment of Obama’s first term is to make Congress irrelevant. Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in a second term, a potential dictatorial presidency

During the first two years of the Obama administration when the Democrats overwhelming controlled both Houses of Congress and the media was in an Obama worshipping stupor, a myriad of laws were passed and actions taken which transferred virtually unlimited power to the executive branch.

The birth of multi-thousand page laws was not an aberration. This tactic was adopted so the bureaucracy controlled by Obama appointees would have sole discretion in interpreting vaguely written laws and enforcing thousands of pages of regulations they and not Congress would subsequently write.

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For example, in the 2,700 pages of ObamaCare there are more than 2,500 references to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they “shall” do something and more than 200 times when they “may” take at their sole discretion some form of regulatory action. On 139 occasions, the law mentions that the “Secretary determines.” In essence one person, appointed by and reporting to the president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once ObamaCare is fully operational.

The same is true in the 2,319 pages of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act which confers nearly unlimited power on various agencies to control by fiat the nation’s financial, banking and investment sectors. The bill also creates new agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not subject to any oversight by Congress. This overall process was repeated numerous times with other legislation all with the intent of granting unfettered power to the executive branch controlled by Barack Obama and his radical associates.

Additionally, the Obama administration has, through its unilaterally determined rule making and regulatory powers, created laws out of whole cloth. The Environmental Protection Agency on a near daily basis issues new regulations clearly out of their purview in order to modify and change environmental laws previously passed and to impose a radical green agenda never approved by Congress. The same is true of the Energy and Interior Departments among many others.

None of these extra-constitutional actions have been challenged by Congress. The left in America knows this usurpation of power is nearly impossible to reverse unless stopped in its early stages.

It is clearly the mindset of this administration and its appointees that Congress is merely a nuisance and can be ignored after they were able to take full advantage of the useful idiots in the Democrat controlled House and Senate in 2009-2010 and the Democrat Senate in the current Congress.

Additionally, Barack Obama knows his re-election a Republican controlled House and Senate will not be able to enact any legislation to roll back the power previously granted to the Executive Branch or usurped by them. His veto will not be overridden as there will always be at least 145 Democratic members of the House or 34 in the Senate in agreement with or intimidated by an administration more than willing to use Chicago style political tactics.

The stalemate between the Executive and Legislative Branches will inure to the benefit of Barack Obama and his fellow leftists.

The most significant power Congress has is the control of the purse-strings as all spending must be approved by them. However, Barack Obama, as confirmed by his willingness to do or say anything and his unscrupulous tactics, has not only threaten government shutdowns but would deliberately withhold payments to those dependent on government support as a means of intimidating and forcing a Republican controlled Congress to surrender to his demands, thus neutering their ability to control the administration through spending constraints.

Further, this administration has shown contempt for the courts by ignoring various court orders, e.g. the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling moratorium, as well as stonewalling subpoenas and requests issued by Congress. The Eric Holder Justice Department has become the epitome of corruption as part of the most dishonest and deceitful administration in American history. The arrogance of Barack Obama and his minions have become more blatant as he does not have to be concerned with re-election.

Who is there to enforce the rule of law, a Supreme Court ruling or the Constitution? No one. Barack Obama and his fellow-travelers are unchallenged as they run roughshod over the American people.

The nation is not dealing with a person of character and integrity but someone of single-minded purpose and overwhelming narcissism. Judging by his actions, words and deeds he does not intend to work with Congress either Republican or Democrat but rather to force his radical agenda on the American people through the power he has usurped or been granted.

The governmental structure of the United States was set up by the founders in the hope that over the years only those people of high moral character and integrity would assume the reins of power. However, knowing that was not always possible, they dispersed power over three distinct and independent branches as a check on each other.

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What they could not imagine is the surrender and abdication of its constitutional duty by the preeminent governmental branch, the Congress, to a chief executive devoid of any character or integrity coupled with a judiciary essentially powerless to enforce the law when the chief executive ignores them.

Conservatives, Libertarians, and the Republican Party must come to grips with this moment in time and their historical role in denying Barack Obama and his minions their ultimate goal. All resources must be directed at that end-game and not merely controlling Congress and the various committee chairmanships.

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Hillary more of the same

 

President Barack Obama will enact “very significant” executive actions on immigration at the end of summer.

  holder                  boehner and obama Boehner “hellbent” on passing amnesty this year

Obama had previously announced that he had asked Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to give him recommendations on executive actions by the end of summer. Obama said he wanted to change as much of the country’s immigration laws as he could unilaterally.

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Obama would enact the executive actions at the end of summer. On MSNBC’s Daily Rundown on Friday, White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz also said the timeline for the executive actions is still “by the end of summer.”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has said that Obama promised the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he would enact significant executive actions to stop the “deportation of our people,” and he estimated that as many as 5 million more illegal immigrants could get amnesty.

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While referencing bills in the House and Senate that would preclude Obama from awarding more grants of temporary amnesty, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) declared on Friday that

“How Congress chooses to act in the coming hours and days will determine whether the President succeeds in his plan to nullify the immigration laws of the United States.”

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Speaking at an invitation-only event, Pres. Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, told attendees that House Speaker John Boehner has made a commitment to the White House to pass amnesty legislation this year. The gathering included investors, elite political donors, hedge fund managers, political and business leaders, and celebrities.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jarrett said, “I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done. We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus.

There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  After we win, it’s payback time.

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Valerie Jarrett’s comments are a chilling forecast of things to come for conservatives and people of faith.

 

Jarrett also said that the White House sided with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) who said that it would be fine for the House to pass immigration bills piece-by-piece as long as it resembled the Senate-approved, Schumer-Obama amnesty bill, in the end

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Speaker Boehner has made several moves over the last six months that have pointed to his bringing an amnesty bill to the floor. At the end of last year, he hired a former John McCain immigration adviser, Becky Tallent, to lead the immigration reform efforts in his Speaker’s office. Then, earlier this year, he told a group of supporters at a Las Vegas fundraiser that he’s “hellbent” on passing amnesty this year. And finally, just a few weeks ago, he mocked those in his caucus who oppose immigration reform.

John Boehner mocked those in his caucus who oppose immigration reform.

UPDATE: Since this story was published, Valerie Jarrett has said that her statement at the summit was “lost in translation.” She said that Speaker Boehner “has made a commitment to trying (to pass legislation), not that he has made a commitment to us or a time frame.” (The Hill)       smiley-shocked028OH Sure lost in translation??

Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) has also floated out the idea that the GOP-controlled House has a window to move on immigration legislation before the month-long August recess.

 

 

 

 

 

The American Public Stand Like A Deer In The Headlights. If not now, When?

 

obama and valleryWhen will Americans say stop No more. I hear only silence while executive orders, signed in seclusion, override our constitution. Our lawmakers provide more restrictions than FREEDOM, with little thought to our pursuit of happiness. We are ruled by BUREAUCRATS and threatened by AGENCIES. Citizens are encumbered by restrictions, codes, regulations, fees, taxes, penalties, and prison.

The private Federal Reserve and the global bankster Billionaires are handed trillions of tax payer dollars while in collusion with factors on Wall Street to destroy the foundations of our economy, and they face no penalty. And Our media fails to inform us.
We see that the systems we allow to shape our lives are camouflaged as serving us when in fact, we the people are the servants. It seems even the institutions and activist groups with altruistic beginnings are infiltrated by instruments of chaos or control.

central american obama children gang members  Gang members cross our border.
What none of these so called surveys ask is what people think of allowing another 40-60 million third world immigrants in, in the next 10-15 years, because under existing laws (for “family reunions”) that is exactly what will happen if you legalize the 15-20 million illigals currently residing in the country.

On Fox business today we hear Obama is going to tax our 401k’s” of course like everything else it starts with  ” I am only asking the rich” and then we find out its the middleclass as well.Last year we heard about this scheme and most said “that cant happen”  Well now it has.

Can Americans, by our own apathy, encourage their own destruction?
By Frosty Wooldridge
When Do We Say “Uncle,” and Get A Life?
Are we hypnotized, or mesmerized? Can an entire civilization possess a death wish? Can Americans, by our own apathy, encourage their own destruction? Can American citizens be that stupid? Are our leaders that corrupt? Can Americans be that disinterested as the core of their values rots ?
Look around fellow Americans. You’ve got Muslims swearing-in on the Koran in the United States Congress. That book stands diametrically opposed to the U.S. Constitution. Those who follow the Koran expect to kill Jewish and Christian nations. The Koran states it emphatically.
Islamists expect to wipe Christians off the face of the earth! It’s the prime directive of those who follow the Koran to “convert or kill all non-believers.” And, yet the people of Minnesota elected a man who follows a religion bent on destroying Western humanity.
Are You Ready – Sharia Law Governing the U.S.A.?
If all 535 candidates for Congress were Muslims, and became U.S. senators and House members– they would dismantle our Constitution in a heartbeat and install Sharia Law.

How stupid are we as a nation? How naïve? How bankrupt in our apathy toward Islam and its prime directive?
Additionally, how stupid our apathy toward massive legal and illegal immigration! How far will we allow our nation into this nightmare?

“To Serve Man”
Forty years ago, a movie narrated by Rod Serling, “To Serve Man” starred Lloyd Bochner and Susan Cummings. It depicted an alien space craft landing on earth. The head alien gave the people of earth a book. With a special beam, all diseases vanished. Crops grew in abundance. Humans grew fat and happy. Soon, the aliens gave humans free trips back to their home planet. The aliens gave humans a choice to stay on the new planet. Flights left daily. Amazingly, no one returned to earth — except more space ships for transport.
Where did they go, and what did they do?
Near the end of the movie, Susan Cummings ran up to Bochner with a horrifying look on her face. “What’s the problem?” Bochner asked. “This book,” she said, “To Serve Man, well, our best experts have deciphered it.” “What did they learn?” Bochner asked. Susan Cummings burst into tears, “It’s a cookbook!”
There are other provocative movies. Have you seen the current movie, “Children of Men?” Brace yourself and do that – then sit somewhere in silence, and think about the consequences.
Believe It, or Not – We Are Responsible For the Nightmare!

We Can Choose To Stop It – If not now, When? How far do Americans want to continue into this horror movie with a cast of millions of consequences including illegal aliens, violent Muslims landing in our country daily and an annual $700 billion trade deficit?

Do you like watching diseases like TB, hepatitis and leprosy imported? Do you find it exciting to watch MS-13 gangs expanding all over our country? What about hospitals bankrupting, prisons exploding and education degraded to the Tower of Babel? Is it fun to watch your neighbors lose their jobs to outsourcing, offshoring and insourcing?
On top of that, our own Congress may insanely legalize up to 30 million illegals and jump legal immigration one hundred percent annually – to two million per year. This legislation increases by tens of thousands work visas that take jobs from Americans — and continues chain migration and anchor babies without pause.And still, the American public stands like a bunch of sheep in a pasture waiting to be slaughtered.
Americans remain as stupid and naïve as the humans in “To Serve Man.” Our nation adds 100 million people in 33 years with 70 million of them poorly-educated immigrants from Third World countries. Yet, the American public stands like a deer in the headlights.     (rebloged) 1.21.15

Hillary more of the same  Hillary “I am a Progressive” Clinton

Obama intent on submitting American citizens to the whims of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

At ThreatsWatch.org, Steve Schippert and Clyde Middleton have dug up the bizarre and unsettling issuance of an executive order recently signed by President Barack Obama. Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425, signed December 16 and released a day later, grants the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) rights on American soil that place it beyond the reach of our own law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Schippert and Middleton note that Obama’s order removes protections placed upon INTERPOL by President Reagan in 1983. Obama’s order gives the group the authority to avoid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — which means this foreign law enforcement organization can operate free of an important safeguard against governmental abuse. “Property and assets,” including the organization’s records, cannot be searched or seized. Their physical locations and records are now immune from U.S. legal or investigative authorities.

***This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Some bloggers covering this story are noting that the law enforcement agency to which Obama has extended such extraordinary powers to has had a dismal past.

INTERPOL’s senior leadership was flush with Nazis from the late 1930s all the way into the 1970s. That fact allowed, going Godwin isn’t necessarily relevant to today’s organization. Khoo Boon Hui of Singapore is the current president of the organization, and the current secretary general is American Ronald Noble. Noble is perhaps best known in America for overseeing the Treasury Department’s review of the disastrous 1993 raid and siege of a Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, that left nearly 80 people dead. Noble had cautioned against the initial raid plan as being too dangerous, but the lack of any significant ramifications for federal officials that approved of the raid and allegations of a cover-up have inspired conspiracy theorists to derisively dub Noble “the Enforcer.”

But INTERPOL’s past isn’t what concerns us at this moment. Its current actions and the actions of our president are those that we question.***
With the flourish of a pen and no warning at all, Barack Obama surrendered American sovereignty to an international force with a checkered past. To what end?
The consensus opinion among those commenting on this development is that the most radical president in American history seems to be intent on submitting American citizens to the whims of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Previous administrations have been very leery of signing onto agreements that would make citizens susceptible to the ICC, due to the possibility that U.S. servicemen could be dragged into show war crimes trials. Such events are obviously heavily politicized, and demands for war crimes arrests can come from any government, even those that sponsor terrorism or genocide themselves.

No finer point can be made about the endemic problems of the INTERPOL/ICC than that made by a recent diplomatic incident that erupted in Great Britain, where an Israeli government official had to cancel travel plans to England because of an arrest warrant issued by an English judge — because of Iranian charges of Israeli war crimes in Gaza. The brief but intense conflict was one Iran helped instigate, as the Persians supplied the terrorists in Gaza with the rockets they used against Israeli civilians, triggering an inevitable Israeli response.If President Obama and his radical allies in the Democratic leadership have their way, American soldiers could presumably be brought up on charges as war criminals by enemy nations and marked for arrest and deportation by an international police force on American soil. They would face charges in a foreign land without the constitutional protections they fought and bled to protect. The White House seems to be on the bewildering path of giving al-Qaeda terrorists who murder innocent women and children more legal protection than the very soldiers that risk their lives trying to bring terrorists to justice. The asinine court-martial charges being brought against three Navy SEALs based upon the word of a terrorist they captured suddenly make a sickening kind of sense.

It also stands to reason that Obama’s seeming willingness to put American soldiers’ lives in the hands of a corrupt international community could also be brought to bear against his political enemies. Foreign investigators of dubious intent, and our own left-wing extremists, have long branded officials of the previous administration “war criminals” for actions they’d taken in the war on terror. It is entirely conceivable — perhaps even likely — that these same organizations and enemy governments that went after 25 Israeli government officials through INTERPOL and the ICC would quickly move to indict a wish list of current and former U.S. government officials for alleged “war crimes.” Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would obviously be at the top of such a list of politically motivated suspects, but such a list could just as easily include General David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, congressmen, and senators.

As the Iranian gambit has shown, Obama’s bizarre assault on U.S. sovereignty could have disastrous repercussions. We can only hope that his fetish for weakening this nation can be stopped before American politicians and servicemen are made pawns by our enemies.