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Thanks Obama! Resurgence in MS-13 Gang Activity Linked to Obama Policies

MS-13 crime increased during the Obama years due to an influx of illegal immigrants and reduced enforcement of immigration law, according to a new study by the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tough measures to combat illegal immigration.

The study ties the increase in crime to a changes to Bush administration policies made by the Obama administration.

From the study:

The Trump administration has declared war on MS-13, the notoriously brutal gang based in El Salvador. A similar initiative launched by the Bush administration in 2005 stifled the gang’s activity after several years, but the gang has been able to rebuild itself here since 2012.

The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.

All criminal gangs are a threat to public safety, but MS-13 is a unique problem because of the unusually brutal crimes its members have committed, its success in using intimidation to victimize and control people in its territory, and its focus on recruiting young members, often in schools . . .

The proliferation of sanctuary policies that interfere with cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies threatens to hamper efforts to stifle MS-13 activity.

MS-13 crimes are not primarily petty nuisance crimes; 207 MS-13 members were charged with murder. In addition we found more than 100 accused of conspiracy/racketeering, and dozens of others for drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.

The gang activity subsided for a time following successful disruption and dismantling efforts, including ICE”s Operation Community Shield, which began in 2005. A key element in that success was the assertive use of immigration law enforcement tools . . . Documented gang members often were arrested on administrative immigration violations, which had the effect of disrupting the gang’s activities and ridding communities of troublemakers. In addition, these lower-level arrests often led to more significant criminal investigations of gang leaders and the dismantling of local MS-13 cliques.

The Obama administration revised these policies, however, and ICE field offices were directed to cease efforts to disrupt gangs by arresting members for immigration violations or minor crimes and instead focus on major conspiracy cases. ICE officers were no longer permitted to arrest and remove foreign gang members until they had been convicted of major crimes. Gang arrests by ICE plummeted from about 4,600 in 2012 to about 1,580 in 2014.

Bolding is mine. H/T Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner.

What in God’s Name is This?

For decades, Americans are going to trek to the National Portrait Gallery and have to look at this. I’d say centuries, but if this is how we portray our leaders, we definitely won’t last that long.

Let’s start with the composition. You have cartoonish-looking man in a chair. The man and his chair seem to have been pasted into a painting of a garden. The juxtaposition isn’t jarring or thought-provoking. It’s just peculiar. The president looks peculiar.

Now, he does look resolute. As if he intends to remove not just a few weeds from the garden, but every last one of them. Once, he smoked a lot of weed. Now he removes a lot of weed. See those pinkish-red buds behind him? They are going to bloom, dammit!

And the weeding should go well since the president appears to have six fingers on his left hand.

But I guess this is the perfect metaphor for a society that, at least among its elite, is trying to erase all traces of masculinity from the culture. And no, I don’t mean that only men are strong. Feminity has its own strengths, and ones that also make for great leaders. I don’t think Margeret Thatcher seemed masculine. Nor does Angela Merkel. And yet there aren’t many male leaders of the last few decades whose strengths are comparable.

And neither would allow themselves to be portrayed in chair floating in a flower garden.

This painting represents just another liberal attempt to morph reality, to inflict political correctness on facts. This is a man who was commander in chief of the most lethal armed forces in history, despite his efforts to destroy it through budget cuts. Who daily made life and death decisions. Who led a country that exists in what continues to be a Darwinian international order where no nation’s survival is guaranteed.

I’m not saying the chair should have been placed atop a tank. That would have looked almost as stupid. But at least put him in an office with a mahogany desk, for goodness sake.

Obama doesn’t look like a man who would stand up to the likes of Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin, Bashar Assad or Ayatollah Khamanei.

Oh yeah, he didn’t. Let me take some of this back. It is, perhaps, a fitting portrait. Kudos to the artist.

Video || Bill Clinton, Obama and Trump Agree?? on Immigration

Seems like President Trump might not be so radical after all . . . This was done a while ago but I just found it, maybe you haven’t seen it either. It’s especially interesting to listen to Clinton. My, how Democrats have changed. The used to, only a few short years ago, all oppose gay… Continue Reading

Clinton-Appointed San Francisco Judge Holds Up Trump DACA Order

A San Francisco judge – possibly, uh, not a big President Trump supporter – decided Tuesday that Trump’s order ending Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty had to wait until lawsuits challenging the current president’s move had worked their way through the system. Trump announced in September that he was rescinding the “dreamers” amnesty effective in March… Continue Reading

Panetta Joins Criticism of Obama’s Failure to Back Iran’s Green Revolution

President Obama’s former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Tuesday joined critics of Obama’s failure to support the massive 2009 Green Revolution in Iran. Panetta told CNN: I do think that that was an appropriate time for the United States to have sent a clearer message that we stand by those who try… Continue Reading

Obama Allowed Cocaine to Flow into the U.S. to Get His Iran Deal

The Obama administration blew up an investigation into drug trafficking by Hezbollah into the United States for fear of displeasing Iran, with which President Obama was seeking to strike a nuclear deal, according to a bombshell new report by Politico. Obama went to great lengths to appease Iran, including letting the 2009 Green Revolution against the… Continue Reading

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who… Continue Reading

Remember, it Was Obama Who Started Complaining About Fake News

Barack Obama was the first American president I heard start mentioning journalists and news outlets by name, attacking their fairness and responsibility. Now that President Trump is doing it – admittedly at a heightened pace – there is all sorts of handwringing about whether journalists are going to come to some kind of harm. I… Continue Reading