Patterico's Pontifications

9/19/2016

Norm MacDonald Podcast Returns!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:51 pm

Christmas came early this year. I looked at my podcast player of choice tonight (Downcast) and happened to see a new episode of the Norm Macdonald podcast.

It is a happy day indeed.

UPDATE: You can watch it here. Language warning!

Oops! More Than 800 Illegal Immigrants Facing Deportation Mistakenly Granted Citizenship

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:31 pm

[guest post by Dana]

There is a report out today explaining how the U.S. mistakenly granted more than 800 illegal immigrants from unnamed countries of concern citizenship. Apparently, there was an inability to determine the authenticity of the names and birth dates on applications because the applicants’ fingerprints were missing from government databases:

The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration. In the case of 858 immigrants from “special interest countries or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud,” the discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

Further:

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

DHS said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can’t be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review “every file” identified as a case of possible fraud.

Roth’s report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn’t consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.

According to the report, the government has known about the information gap for at least 8 years.

As reminder, the dangers of an unvetted illegal immigrant being naturalized can be huge:

“[T]hese individuals retain many of the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship, including serving in law enforcement, obtaining a security clearance, and sponsoring other aliens’ entry into the United States.”

According to the report, at least three “immigrants-turned-citizens” acquired aviation and transportation worker credentials, which then allowed them access to areas at airports and maritime facilities requiring a security clearance. Oh, and another “citizen” became a law enforcement officer.

With that, at this week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, President Obama is expected to announce that the US will increase by 30% the number of immigrant refugees it accepts:

The Obama administration plans to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, from 85,000 this fiscal year, according to an annual refugee report to Congress obtained by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

[…]

The 110,000 target for 2017 for individuals fleeing persecution and conflict around the world represents a nearly 30% increase over this fiscal year and an almost 60% increase over the 70,000 admitted in 2015.

After a closed session last week where John Kerry outlined the plan, Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmed what we already know:

“[The] common-sense concerns of the American people are simply ignored as the administration expands its reckless and extreme policies.”

And of course, the risk of admitting refugees from certain parts of the world is increased by the inability to thoroughly vet them.

Coincidentally, the report was released on the same day that bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was captured.

Also today, after accusing Donald Trump of helping recruit for ISIS, Hillary Clinton called for a more serious scrutiny of those hoping to settle in the U.S.:

I am absolutely in favor of and have long been an advocate for tough vetting…

We need a better visa system. Let’s remember what happened on 9/11. These were not refugees who got into airplanes and attacked our city and our country.

She provided no details of what this tougher vetting would look like.

–Dana

White House On ISIS: It’s A War Of Narratives

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:22 am

[guest post by Dana]

During a dreadful weekend in which bombs exploded in several U.S. cities, an absurd Clinton-like debate about the definition of “terrorism” took center-stage, a horrible knife attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility took place in a mall, explosive devices were discovered at a train station, and U.S. Marines may have been targeted at a charity run, President Obama remained silent. At least about these occurrences. No public statements, no public condemnation, no reassurances offered to the American people. And apparently, he had no plans to do so, even though it appeared that a wave of terror was unfolding before our eyes. Nothing. Further, I can’t find a report confirming that he has contacted the governors of New York, New Jersey or Minnesota.

But hey, the man’s been busy with other pressing matters, so let’s cut him some slack. After all, there’s a pivotal election just a mere 7 weeks away, and a legacy to preserve. So what’s a sitting president to do during a weekend of terror? Certainly not focus on national security and threats to the homeland. National security or himself?? Oh, please. You’re not new at this. Thus instead of addressing the American people, President Obama played identity politics this weekend as he shamed black Americans into voting for Hillary and used accusations of sexism as a tool to manipulate big-money Democrats into voting for the woman he believes will preserve said legacy. When you have priorities like that, it just doesn’t leave much time for trivial matters like terrorism and national security.

But no worries, White House spokesman Josh Earnest broke it down for us, explaining that the “war against ISIS is “in some ways […] just a war of narratives”:

“We can also work to lift up the voices of prominent, patriotic Muslims in the United States, there are millions of them,” Earnest said. “They can speak to the poisonous, empty, bankrupt mythology that is being propagated by ISIL. In some ways this is actually just a war of narratives. And so we want to make sure we’re getting out our counter-narrative against ISIL, and we’re having some progress.”

I just heard a report that the president is expected to make a statement sometime this morning about the horrible events this weekend. Unless a pressing issue concerning his legacy comes up…

–Dana

UPDATE: President Obama just made finished making a statement regarding this weekend’s terror attack(s). It was fairly generic. He reassured us that he had been receiving regular briefings about the events this weekend as they unfolded, and that our counter-terrorism and law enforcement professionals are working hard to keep us safe. He also reiterated that if we see something, say something. Sure thing…

Ahmad Khan Rahami Sought in Connection with NYC and NJ Bombings

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:24 am

New York Daily News:

Authorities started a fierce search Monday morning for the first person sought in connection with weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the first person identified in connection with the bombings. New York City Mayor de Blasio said Rahami is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Also:

The FBI took five people with possible links to the Chelsea explosion into custody Sunday night in Brooklyn as authorities shut down a busy New Jersey rail station after finding multiple pipe bombs in a garbage can, police and New Jersey officials said.

Meanwhile, the guy who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall was a “Somali-American.” ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack — but, so far, apparently not the bombings in NYC and NJ.

I believe Dana may have something to say about President Obama’s reaction — or lack thereof — to all this.

UPDATE: Ahmad Khan Rahami has been taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.


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