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Try to be a little kinder: The hypocrisy of the left on display on Ivanka’s Instagram

I was looking through Ivanka’s Instagram account the other day and found a little bit of leftist hypocrisy (shocker, I know).

Ivanka posted a picture of her son watching a band play amongst holiday decorations with the following description: “Holiday cheer at the White House.”

A proggie by the name of @juliekimhoffman (whose account is private) replied in the following manner: “@ivankatrump hey hope you’re enjoying this holiday season with your lovely children. I can think of a couple parents who will NOT be…because their children died in the custody of CBP as a result of your dad’s ONGOING mistreatment of migrants. You and your family are a complete disgrace. #specialplaceinhellforyou”

Never mind the fact that the responsibility of the deaths of these two illegal children could be placed on their parents who dragged them through harsh traveling conditions without providing them proper sustenance and medical care.

Let’s take a look at @juliekimhoffman’s Instagram account description, shall we:

“Shall we make a new rule of life – always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”

I’m guessing when Julie tells Ivanka that there’s a #specialplaceinhellforyou she suspended her “little kinder” rule.

Typical progressive: Do as I say, not as I do.

DCG

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Texas Border Patrol begs for help, besieged by ‘migrant caravan’ advance mob. Troops deployed at border?

The first “migrant caravan” of invaders from Honduras and Guatemala has swelled to more than 7,000 and are reported to have crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico, “with little resistance” from Mexican authorities. A second “caravan” of more than 2,000 Hondurans reached Guatemala yesterday.

See “Central American ‘caravan’ invaders are in Mexico, now number more than 9,000

What the Hate America Media (HAM) aren’t telling us is that untold numbers of the “caravan” invaders are not marching. They are being transported on trains, buses and trucks, which indicates the invasion is an organized, and therefore planned, effort.

The organizations providing financial and logistics support for the invaders are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, including:

  • Pueblo Sin Fronteras
  • CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project — a coalition that includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLIN), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RICELS), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

We are also not told that as the 10,000-strong army of invaders make their way to the Mexican-U.S. border, an advance troop of thousands are already swarming the Texas border, leading Texas Border Patrol to send out a desperate plea for help.

Kristinn Taylor reports for Gateway Pundit that in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, 16,000 illegal alien “family units” were caught in the last month, more than 12,000 illegal border-crossers were caught in the past three weeks, with over 700 caught just last Saturday. In addition, the Valley’s overstretched Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have also busted safe houses and intercepted drug cartel smugglers. All these illegals take manpower and resources to detain, process, house, clothe, feed, and give medical treatment.

Overwhelmed, CBP Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr., begged for help:

  • Earlier in the week, Padilla posted a plea for immigration reform, calling the border “out of control”. He reported a 300% increase in Family Units entering the country illegally compared to October of 2017. Over 5,400 Family Units were detained in just the past two weeks.
  • This past weekend, Padilla sent out several desperate tweets:

In an interview yesterday (Sunday), Padilla said that just the day before his sector reported 700 illegal aliens caught at the border, 8 human smuggling cases, one dead body recovered, a potential river drowning (body not surfaced yet), over 700 pounds of marijuana and 68 pounds of peyote seized–all on Saturday.

Reportedly, among the illegal aliens who were caught are a group from China.

This morning, President Trump tweeted that since “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them”; and that “it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.

Although last Thursday Trump had threatened to send U.S. troops to close and protect America’s southern border if Mexico did not stop the invasion, there are no official reports that troops are being deployed. But there are unconfirmed on-the-ground rumors:

  • A Gateway Pundit reader “Marx’s Credit Card” wrote this comment: “Word is all the Texas Rangers are headed down there… Guard to be deployed this week.”
  • This morning, an anonymous poster on the 8chan message board wrote:

As I was driving on Interstate 8, about 60 miles east of Yuma, AZ., on Monday, I witnessed about 100 American troops who had established a temporary base right next to the border. I do have photos but I am running them by an expert before I release them. When we stopped to take photos, we definitely garnered the attention and when real attention was paid to us, discretion became the better part of valor and we left the scene.

On the way out to San Diego, last Friday, located 20 miles east of Yuma, along the same stretch of highway, I witnessed portable radar devices that were operational and they were accompanied by around 30 troops living in tents, next to the border fence with Mexico.

I was relating my observations to a friend and he said he saw the exact same thing near Ajo, AZ, which is adjacent to the border as he entered Mexico several weeks ago.

Mr. President (@realDonaldTrump), the time for threatening words is over. It is time for action. Declare martial law along the U.S.-Mexico border. Send the United States military to the border to show Mexico-Guatemala-Honduras and the American people you mean what you say. If you don’t, you’ll lose the support of the millions of Deplorables who voted for and believed in you.

See also:

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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DHS denies buying mine-resistant armored vehicles

On March 6, FOTM published a post asking why Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in addition to acquiring billions of bullets (including lethal hollow-point bullets), reportedly acquired from the U.S. Military perhaps 2,717 MRAP (MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) heavily armored vehicles manufactured by Navistar Defense.
DHS’s alleged purchase of these behemoth vehicles is denied by the magazine, Homeland Security Today.
Published by KMD Media LLC, Homeland Security Today calls itself “the leading source for independent news and analysis on homeland security affairs” which provides “Insight & Analysis for Government Decisionmakers.” HS is “sponsored” by General Dynamics.
Below is that denial, in its entirety.

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Claim DHS Putting Thousands of Armored Personnel Vehicles on Streets Not True, Dept. Says

By: Anthony Kimery – HS (Homeland Security) Today – 03/06/2013
For weeks, the blogosphere and conspiracy websites have been abuzz over an unconfirmed blog that claimed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is fielding several thousand Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles it obtained from the Department of Defense.
Most blogs that have repeated the claim say DHS recently retrofitted 2,717 MRAPs that it obtained from the Pentagon, and that these military vehicles that were used in Iraq and Afghanistan are being put in “service on the streets of the United States” in preparation for some sort of civil insurrection or crisis that would require the imposition of martial law.
Bloggers have questioned why DHS would need such a vehicle to begin with, asking, “what is DHS expecting or preparing for.” The original unconfirmed and unsourced claim spread like wildfire and has prompted flurries of bizarre comments on bloggers’ websites. “I work where MRAPS are built. They are being refit for reuse alright, but it ain’t for use in Afghanistan or Iraq … The overwhelming evidence is enough … These 2,717 MRAPs will be used to enforce martial law,” one read.
That’s one of the milder of the paranoid comments that have been made in response to the numerous iterations of the story that have spread through the blogosphere and fueled its perpetuation.
By and large, most versions of the story trace DHS’s alleged purchase of used military MRAPs to a year-old press release from Navistar Defense, LLC in which the company announced a DoD retrofit contract for its MaxxPro MRAP vehicles already in military service.
But that announcement from Navistar was about its $21 million contract from the US Army Contracting Command for installation work associated with its January, 2012 order to upgrade 2,717 International MaxxPro MRAPs with a new vehicle chassis.
The press release said nothing about DHS receiving any of the MRAPs.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did acquire MRAP-type vehicles from DoD four years ago, but the number the Pentagon provided these DHS agencies wasn’t anywhere near 2,717.
“ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) currently utilizes 16 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles nationwide in the course of criminal investigations. These MRAPs, obtained in 2008, are used by HSI special agents under hazardous conditions, such as the execution of criminal search or arrest warrants for known drug trafficking organizations,” ICE spokesperson, Ross Feinstein, told Homeland Security Today. “Additionally,” Feinstein said, “US Customs and Border Protection utilizes 16 MRAPs in border operations.”
All 32 MRAPs “operated by HSI and CBP were provided free of charge from the Department of Defense” in 2008, Feinstein said.
“[I’m] not sure what we would even do with 2,700 MRAPs; we don’t even use the [ones] we currently have every day,” a DHS offical said on background.
HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security, as well as worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America’s legitimate trade, travel and financial systems. HSI also enforces America’s customs and immigration laws at and beyond the nation’s borders.
HSI Special Response Teams (SRT) use MRAPs for high risk counter-criminal operations.
But they also use their MRAPs during emergencies. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, HSI New York’s SRT utilized its MRAP to pull destroyed government vehicles onto the street so they could be towed out of the area, and assisted CBP in transporting generators and other supplies.
When Hurricane Isaac caused flooding along the Gulf Coast in Sept., ICE HSI New Orleans used their MRAP to assist St.Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police rescue 12 individuals who could not evacuate their homes.
As for “The purchase of nearly 3,000 MRAPs referenced in recent blog posts [that DHS allegedly received from the military], they refer to acquisitions made by the US Marine Corps,” a DHS official told Homeland Security Today on background.
The Pentagon’s $47.7 billion MRAP procurement program officially ended in Oct. when the MRAP Joint Program Office was transitioned from the Marine Corps to the Army, and an MRAP Program of Record was established within each of the services and the Special Operations Command. Most MRAP fleets will be put into storage or sold to the militaries of allied nations.
The Marine Corps Systems Command at Quantico, Va. bought 2,225 Navistar MRAPs pursuant to 2008 requests from the US Army and additional contracts that were awarded in 2010 and 2011.
The Army and Marine Corps also have awarded contracts to protect their existing MRAP fleets. For example, the Marine Corps’ corrosion prevention and control office last Oct. awarded a $4.5 million contract to Transhield for 3,700 covers to protect its MRAPs from UV damage and corrosion.
In Aug. 2010, the Marine Corps announced that they were awarding a Force Protection contract to upgrade over two thousand MRAP vehicles previously purchased.
As for DHS, “DHS has no plans for future MRAP purchases … We have no plans to procure more MRAPs!” Feinstein emphasized.
An examination of DHS contracts for the past year show no purchases of MRAPs, nor do they show any Requests for Proposals indicating the department has plans to purchase large numbers of MRAPs.
[End of HS Today article]
In other words, what HS Today is saying is DHS has, at most, 32 MRAP armored vehicles, instead of the rumored 2,717. (Both ICE and CBP are agencies under DHS.)
Gosh, I sure feel better now. [Snark]
Here’s a guy from DHS showing a DHS-owned armored vehicle deployed in New Mexico, beg. at 2:40 mark:

H/t FOTM’s Steve
~Eowyn

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