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Dateless teen takes prom pictures with ‘suave’ grandfather

“I decided to ask my grandpa to take pictures with me because I knew that he has never had a prom, and he hasn’t experienced getting dressed up and buying a corsage and all of that,” Bell told Fox News. (Kaylah Bell)

Earlier this week, Lancaster High School student Kaylah Bell took to Twitter to share the images of herself and her guest of honor, in a post that has since gone massively viral with over 105,000 likes and 11,000 shares.

“My papa knew I didn’t have a date to my prom so he matched me!!!” Bell captioned the festive photos.

The 17-year-old and her grandfather Alvin Hackett, 67, were all smiles as they posed in their formal best, Fox 35 reports.


The Latest: Driver in California crash headed to Bible class

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 23, 2019, provided by Don Draper, a victim of a car crash is offered assistance from police in Sunnyvale, Calif. Draper, a witness to the crash that injured several people, said he was waiting for the light to turn green when a Toyota Corolla plowed through the intersection at high speed. (Don Draper via AP)

Authorities say a former U.S. Army sharpshooter who crashed into pedestrians in California had picked up food and was driving to Bible study when he sped into a crosswalk and injured eight people.

Authorities say Peoples deliberately sped into the crowded crosswalk before crashing into a tree.

Ngo said police are investigating claims that Peoples experienced post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq.


Coast Guard lieutenant accused of compiling hit list of TV hosts, Dem politicians, is granted release

Investigators removed this cache of guns and ammunition from Hasson’s Maryland apartment. (U.S. District Court via AP)

Christopher Hasson, 50, had been held since his Feb. 15 arrest on drug and gun charges in the parking garage of the Coast Guard’s Washington headquarters.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day noted that Hasson had not been charged with any terrorism-related offenses, but added that the defendant would “have to have a whole lot of supervision.”

It was not immediately clear what conditions Day would impose on Hasson, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

It also was not immediately clear when Hasson would be released.


FBI, IRS Agents Search Baltimore Mayor’s Homes, City Hall

FILE – In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman in the agency’s Baltimore office, said agents with the FBI and the IRS criminal division in Washington were “executing court-authorized search warrants” at “both residences and City Hall,” and “at other places, too.

” He said he couldn’t immediately release more information because the search warrants are sealed.

The federal case comes amid a criminal investigation by the state prosecutor’s office, which began at the request of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, as well as probes by the Baltimore Inspector General, an ethics board at City Hall and the state insurance commission.


Massachusetts judge who helped illegal immigrant escape ICE arrest indicted, federal authorities say

Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and the court officer, identified in court documents as Wesley MacGregor, face several charges stemming from an April 2, 2018 incident in which the pair allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez get out of the courthouse via a back door in order to elude the ICE agent who sought Medina-Perez.

They’re both charged with obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting; obstruction of a federal proceeding, aiding and abetting and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

MacGregor was also charged with perjury before a federal grand jury.

Medina-Perez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a fugitive warrant for drunken driving in Pennsylvania, had been in Joseph’s courtroom in order to be arraigned on drug charges, the Boston Globe reported.


Texas Border City Mayor Arrested on Voter Fraud Charges

On Thursday morning, Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia, walked into a local Texas Department of Public Safety building to face charges for an “illegal voting scheme” occurring the 2017 mayoral election, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

A news release summarizes allegations that Molina and his wife “had numerous voters” change their residential addresses into the jurisdiction–including the apartment complex he owns–for the express purpose of voting for Molina in the November 7, 2017, election.

The “vote harvesting” scheme, as Paxton’s office describes it, involved the participation of paid campaign workers.

Molina won the election by 1,240 votes, unseating long-time incumbent Richard Garcia.


Parkland, Florida shooter could inherit $432,000; public defenders ask to withdraw

Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz’s
Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz’s

Cruz will inherit money from an insurance policy for his late mother, Lynda Cruz, who died of pneumonia in November 2017.

The public defenders argued that state law bars them from representing a defendant who can afford private attorneys.

The public defenders disclosed the possibility that Cruz would receive an insurance payout last year, but said at the time that it would likely amount to about $30,000.

In the new filing, the defendants said neither they nor Cruz were aware the actual amount would be higher.

It’s unclear if Cruz would actually inherit the insurance policy. A judge could award the money to families of the shooting victims, some of whom have sued Cruz in civil court.


Another beef recall pushes U.S. total to 166,000 pounds

More than 166,000 pounds of beef was recalled Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture

Grant Park Packing said Wednesday it would recall 53,000 pounds that might be vulnerable to E. coli O103.

There’s been no hard link between the meat and E.coli, but officials are performing more tests.

The Chicago recall followed another on Tuesday involving Georgia-based K2D Foods and 113,000 pounds of raw ground beef, the U.S. Agriculture Department said.

The products were produced in March and April and was shipped to restaurants and distributors in Florida and Georgia.

The K2D recall stems from a lawsuit by a Kentucky woman who said she was sickened after eating ground beef in February. The suit said testing confirmed she contracted E. coli.


Dog walkers at Howard University infringe on ‘black Mecca’, students say

The university is historically black and affectionately referred to as one of the Black Meccas of American society.

It was founded in 1867 and has been located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington for the entirety of its 152-year history.

“Howard University is supposed to be a safe space for black people and we don’t need you colonizers infiltrating it,” said Charlemagne, radio personality and the co-host of The Breakfast Club.

“The way you love your dog? Have that same empathy and compassion for the students of Howard.”

“Howard is a space that has a lot of cultural and historical significance for African Americans and just people in the [African] diaspora,” said Zachary Graham, a 2018 graduate.

He says area pet owners should “check your privilege and understand that, yeah, you may be a part of this community, but Howard has been here for 152 years … some things are deeper than just walking your dog”.


PARENTS OF 5-YEAR-OLD FOUND DEAD IN SHALLOW GRAVE ARRESTED

JoAnn Cunningham (L) and Andrew Freund Sr. (R).
Pictured are JoAnn Cunningham (L) and Andrew Freund Sr. (R). Screenshot/ Crystal Lake Police Department

McHenry County prosecutors said Andrew “AJ” Freund died after his body was struck while forced to sit in a cold shower, CBS Chicago reported Thursday.

His body was found in a shallow grave about 10 miles away from his family’s home in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Wednesday.

Andrew Freund Sr., 60, and JoAnn Cunningham, 36, were charged with the boy’s murder. Their bail was set at $5 million each Thursday, according to CBS.

Freund Sr. reported AJ Freund as missing to 911 dispatchers on April 18, CNN reported. The father allegedly looked for his son in the neighborhood.


Woman accused of raping child, posting video on social media

News outlets report Memphis police arrested 24-year-old Tamara Marion on Tuesday and charged her with child rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.

A police affidavit says Marion is seen performing sex acts with the child in two videos shared on social media. The Memphis Police Department said it began investigating after officers received a complaint on April 22 about the videos.


Man Rapes 88-Year-Old Neighbor, Father Helps Police Catch Him

The woman was allegedly raped by 24-year-old Selwyn Worrell, whom, according to Worrell’s uncle Gregory Damien-Worrell, she had known for around 20 years.

She allowed him into her home, reportedly after he knocked on her door so he could cut through her home to get to another location, according to the New York Post.

But once she let him into her home, he is accused of grabbing her by the neck before dragging her into the basement.

He then reportedly tied her hands with an electrical cord so she could not fight back before sexually assaulting her. The victim suffered a contusion to her face and head, reports NBC.

Either during or after the attack, the woman’s Life Alert necklace was triggered, causing police to rush to the home.

Worrell fled the scene but was arrested five blocks away.


DA: Man ran a prostitution ring out of his parents’ basement

Raymond Rodio lll
Raymond Rodio lll is arraigned at First District Court, Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Central Islip, N.Y. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP)

Raymond Rodio III, 47, used social media to recruit women, got them hooked on heroin and crack cocaine, and forced them to have sex with men in the basement of the Sound Beach home or at nearby motels, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said.

“This is a dangerous and depraved individual,” Sini told reporters after Rodio’s arraignment.

“He kept women locked up in the basement of his parents’ house. He used the basement of his parents’ home as a dungeon.”

The ring operated for about four years and involved more than 20 women, Sini said.

Rodio’s parents may have known something “untoward” was going on, but not necessarily that their son was running a prostitution ring, Sini said. They are not charged with a crime.


‘Incredibly dangerous’: Seattle man with at least 12 prior DUI arrests faces felony charges after April crash

Dwight David Benson,
Dwight David Benson, seen here in court in 2011, was charged this month with his 13th DUI in King County Superior Court.(Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times, file)

Dwight David Benson was also charged with driving without a court-ordered ignition-interlock device, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and reckless driving.

He has been convicted of felony DUI once before, after a 2011 crash. His other prior DUI convictions were gross misdemeanors, per Washington state law.

Court documents allege that Benson was near the intersection of 52nd Avenue and South Orcas Street just after midnight April 16 when his Corvette crossed the centerline, striking an oncoming Toyota Camry.

When asked how much he’d had to drink, he first replied, “Not enough,” and then said, “Too much,” according to the police report.

Prosecutors asked that bail be set at $1 million. Senior deputy prosecuting attorney Amy Freedheim wrote in charging documents that Benson is “incredibly dangerous to the community,” habitually drives while impaired when he’s not in custody, and
has failed to appear in court 50 times since 1985.


Alabama man Tased after trying to eat bag of meth following police chase

Toney Ray Johnson, 48,
Toney Ray Johnson, 48, was arrested after he trying to eat a bag of meth following a quick police chase in Alabama. (Marshall County Sheriff’s Office)

Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Toney Ray Johnson, 48, standing in the middle of the road next to his motorcycle.

He appeared to be struggling to start his vehicle, authorities said.

When the deputy approached, Johnson allegedly hopped on his motorcycle and sped off.

The deputy followed him and, after a short chase, Johnson pulled over, WHNT reported.


Florida sheriff on border crisis after major drug bust: ‘It makes me absolutely crazy

Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said it makes him “absolutely crazy,” adding, “You want to just pull your eyeballs out” when it was revealed the alleged leader of the group of drug smugglers is an illegal alien.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the meth came into the U.S. from Mexico.

“He was the main person, and the person that was setting up the drugs in Mexico was a person that we deported from this country, and two other of the multi-kilo dealers just arrived from Mexico two months ago.

It’s like we need some help here,” said Judd.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 47 suspects have been charged for their participation in the large-scale investigation called, “Operation Meth Death Peddlers.”

Of those arrested, nine are allegedly in the country illegally.


JUDGE ACCUSES KIM FOXX’S OFFICE OF DOUBLE STANDARD

According to a transcript obtained by FOX 32, Judge Martin stated, “I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett.

It’s a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it.”

Clark, 21, was accused of giving an acquaintance access to her bank account and then reported that money stolen, which she denies.

Prosecutors are looking for her to make full restitution and serve deferred prosecution, something Smollett was not forced to do.

“Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn’t have a high-priced lawyer,” Judge Martin continued. “And this smells big time.

Your office created this mess. There’s no publicity on this case. Press gets ahold of this; it’ll be the newspaper.”

Politics:


Border Patrol union chief blasts Congress over migrant caravans: ‘What are you doing about it?’

Hector Garza, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, made the comments on ‘Fox & Friends’ Thursday following the release of a video showing nearly 300 migrants entering Texas.

Behind them, a new caravan estimated to contain up to 10,000 migrants is now heading through Mexico, with America its intended destination.

“This caravan is no accident. It’s actually the result of all these sanctuary policies,” Garza said.

“It’s the result of Congress not acting and continuing to encourage illegal immigration.”

Garza says migrants are taking advantage of the way the U.S. immigration system processes asylum seekers in order to gain entry to the country.

“President Trump is doing everything in his power to be able to stop this crisis but Democrats and some activists are just doing everything behind his back to undermine his authority,” he told ‘Fox & Friends’.


Kamala Harris says she’d pardon low-level drug offenders if elected president

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to a crowd at the She the People Presidential Forum at Texas Southern University on April 24, 2019, in Houston. Sergio Flores/Getty Images

“Absolutely,” she said when asked whether she’d use presidential pardon powers to release federal prisoners convicted of drug possession and drug-related crimes.

“We have to have the courage to recognize that there are a lot of folks who have been incarcerated who should not have been incarcerated and are still in prison because they were convicted under draconian laws that have incarcerated them … for what is essentially a public health issue.”

During her remarks at a She the People town hall, Harris also condemned the war on drugs and reiterated her support for legalizing marijuana.


Florida House passes bill giving ex-felons voting rights

The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November.

The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether the bill sets up unnecessary hurdles for ex-felons such as requiring that all fines and restitution be paid.

Republican Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, the main sponsor, said completion of a sentence includes probation and any financial obligations ordered by a judge.

Opponents said those requirements would bar many former felons and violate the spirit of the constitutional amendment.


MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough criticizes Franklin Graham’s comments on Pete Buttigieg’s Sexuality: ‘You are a disgrace’

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough took evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham to task Thursday, calling him a “disgrace” for recent statements over 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality. (Getty)

Scarborough’s comment was made in response to tweets by Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization, where he condemned Buttigieg’s claim of being a “gay Christian,” saying that that Bible “defines homosexuality as sin.”

Graham tweeted on Wednesday, “Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party.

But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever.”

Graham posted the tweet in response to a CNN article called “Pete Buttigieg: ‘God doesn’t have a political party’”

Graham also tweeted, “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian.

As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.

The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women.”

He concluded: “The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.”


Former California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman named in sexual assault lawsuit

Former California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman
Former California Democratic Party chairman is named in a lawsuit alleging harassment (Facebook)

The 28-year-old Floyd’s lawsuit seeks damages for lost income, emotional distress and pain and suffering, along with punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

The suit names the CDP and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party – arguing that the two parties did nothing to stop Bauman’s alleged behavior and retained him in “conscious disregard of the rights and well-being of others.”

Bauman resigned from his post as CDP chair last November amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.

Bauman, who allegedly made sexually explicit comments while at work and sometimes touched staffers without permission, said it was “in everyone’s best interest” for him to step down from his post.

Multiple staffers said that Bauman, the party’s first openly gay chairman, would
often make sexual comments to men and women at work.


Republican Looking to Unseat Maxine Waters Rips Her for Her Attacks on Trump: ‘We Must Impeach You’

In response to Waters calling supporters of President Donald Trump “unpatriotic,” Navarro responded that instead, “We must impeach you from Congress for encouraging threats towards Americans and our President.”

The California congressional candidate claimed that Waters must be impeached for her “disorderly behavior,” adding that American voters within their district “want to see somebody that’s going to unite them.”

“They’re seeing Maxine Waters as dividing them, and they’re tired of it,” he added. “[…] I think that it’s time for a change. It’s time for someone who’s going to bring back jobs, bring back stability, common sense into our district, and I feel that I can do that.”


OCASIO-CORTEZ TOOK A SHOT AT REPUBLICANS BUT ENDED UP HITTING DEMOCRATS INSTEAD

Ocasio-Cortez took a shot at Democratic Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth on Twitter for posing next to a cardboard cutout of herself.

She appeared to think Yarmuth — the chairman of the House Budget Committee — is a Republican.

Ocasio-Cortez deleted the tweet after she was mocked online for the error.


NYC Vows to Start ‘Phasing Out’ Hot Dogs to Save the Planet as Part of Their Own $14B Green New Deal

(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) slapped his signature on his city’s blueprint for combatting climate change. Following in the footsteps of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the city passed a Green New Deal to mobilize the city’s resources to combat climate change.

Unfortunately for hot dog lovers, the plan includes a goal of eliminating processed meat from all city-owned property.

According to NYC’s Green New Deal, hot dogs must go if New Yorkers want to maintain a “livable climate.” The plan details the city’s goal of “reducing the purchasing of beef and phasing out the purchasing of processed meat” from all city-owned facilities.

Similar to Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to “fully get rid of farting cows,” New York City aims to reduce the need for cows because of their production of the greenhouse gas methane.


Michael Avenatti Endorses Joe Biden for President

“I am extremely happy that @JoeBiden has decided to enter the race. He offers Dems the very best chance in 2020, especially in key states.

He has the fight, intelligence and fortitude to beat Trump and begin to make America, America again.

He has my enthusiastic support,” Avenatti stated on his private Twitter account. Screenshots of the message soon spread it to a wider audience.


California ‘Pre-Crime’ Bill to Root Out Potential Criminals

SB 55 by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would create a new class of non-violent misdemeanors that would result in a 10-year prohibition on firearms possession.

The key theory is that firearm injury and death will be reduced if guns are kept out of the hands of people who, based on their condition or past behavior, are determined to be at risk of future acts of violence.

Existing law already says that anyone convicted of a felony, anyone addicted to a narcotic drug, any juvenile convicted of a violent crime with a gun and tried in adult court is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for life.

“There’s some unnerving technology out there that brings Tom Cruise’s futuristic movie into a frightening focus – and far closer to reality than we want,” Gun Owners of CA says.

Sen. Jackson’s bill would add misdemeanor offenses to those for which a conviction results in a 10-year prohibition on possession of a firearm. The bill analysis explains:

World News:


Kim Jong Un Asks Putin for Help With President Trump at North Korean Leader’s Summit in Russia

VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA – APRIL 25: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un (L) before a meeting April 25, 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia. Kim Jong-un is on his first visit to Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

“Chairman Kim Jong Un himself asked us to inform the American side about his position,” Putin told reporters after more than three hours of talks on a university campus in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok.

“There are no secrets here. We will discuss this with the Americans and our Chinese partners,” said Putin, who is heading to Beijing later Thursday.

While Russia extended the invitation to Kim almost a year ago, the North Korean leader only accepted after his second summit with Trump broke down in February without agreements on relief from United Nations sanctions that are choking his economy or steps toward Kim’s disarmament.


RUSSIA LAUNCHES DEADLY DOOMSDAY SUBMARINE

The submarine, known as Special Project 09852, is a nuclear-powered special purpose and research submarine, Russian News Agency TASS reported Tuesday.

The Russian Navy said the submarine is designed to carry “Poisedon” drones and will be used starting in 2020 according to TASS.

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk originally said the Belgorod was intended for research in ocean explorations, search and rescue operations, underwater installations, and monitoring of underwater routes.

However, a Russian news outlet reported in 2017 that the Belgorod had new lengthened chambers designed to hold the Poisedon drones, making it the largest submarine in the Russian Navy according to TASS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed the Poisedon drones in a state of the nation address in March 2018, according to Business Insider.

The drones are nuclear torpedoes with ranges up to 100 megatons and speeds of 125 mph, which could send catastrophic waves of radiation throughout the ocean and onto continents for decades, according to Business Insider.

Putin reportedly said in statements in 2018 that the drones would render U.S. defense systems useless, according to Fox News.


Study finds Germans increasingly hostile to asylum-seekers

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said Thursday that 54.1% of respondents expressed negative opinions about asylum-seekers, up from 49.5% in 2016 and 44% in 2014.

Germany saw a significant increase in migrant arrivals in 2016, with almost 746,000 people seeking asylum that year.

Numbers have since declined again, with about 186,000 asylum requests last year.


Boy, 6, leads police to bodies of his mother, brother in Spanish cave after being discovered by hikers; father arrested

Members of the Spanish Civil Guard work on a road leading to a cave at the base of the Teide volcano, where a mother and son were found in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP)

Authorities said the boy was spotted on Tuesday alone near the town of Adeje, covered in dirt and crying on the path.

It is believed the boy had spent about 5 hours wandering alone before he was spotted, El Pais reported.

The hikers took the boy, who doesn’t speak Spanish and appeared to be in shock, to the Civil Guard station where a local resident helped translate.

Civil Guard arrested the 43-year-old father, who is also German and identified as Thomas Handrick by El Pais, in an apartment in downtown Adeje, a town of 43,000 residents in southwestern Tenerife.

He reportedly refused to say where the rest of his family was and became violent during the arrest. Handrick reportedly had scratch marks and injuries at the time of his arrest.


American father had to choose which of his two children to rescue in Sri Lanka bombing

Former New York investment banker Matthew Linsey, 61, has spoken out in grief about the painful split-second decision he was forced to make on Sunday after a suicide bomber tore through the breakfast buffet in the Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo.

“My son looked worse than my daughter, I tried to revive him,” Linsey, who survived the attack with facial lacerations, told the Times of London.

“People were screaming. I was with my children. I couldn’t tell whether they were all right, it was dark. I was worried there would be another blast.”

His children Amelie, 15, and Daniel, 19 – dual citizens of the U.S. and the U.K. – were both severely wounded by shrapnel in the blast.

Amid the chaos, Linsey recalled how he had to leave his daughter behind in the wreckage, believing that she had a better chance of survival, as another survivor pledged she would take her to the hospital.

Tech Watch:


Facebook sets aside $3bn for privacy probe

While it has provided for a heavy toll from the investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission, the final cost could be $5bn, it said.

The social media giant also said total sales for the first three months of the year leapt 26% to $15.08bn, narrowly beating market expectations.

Monthly users rose 8%, it said.

That rise takes the number of users to 2.38 billion.

Commentary/Opinion:


Should Natural Born Citizenship Be a Requirement for All Federal Elected Offices?

Immigration has long been the life-blood of this nation.

Until 1875 the United States had a virtual “open borders” immigration policy with no significant restrictions to entry.

Between 1836 and 1914 over 30 million immigrants from Europe came to the United States, along with smaller numbers of others from Asia and the Middle East.

The years between WWI and the mid-1960s saw immigration restricted primarily to western and northern Europeans.

However, regardless of the restrictiveness or permissiveness of this nation’s historical immigration policies, all who came were subject to the expectation that they would adopt American culture as their own and they would become loyal, patriotic citizens.

Teddy Roosevelt stated what was the historical paradigm for immigration when he wrote in 1907:
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

The T.R. paradigm of assimilation is broken.

The proliferation of defiantly unassimilated migrant communities is becoming the new normal, and their existence is championed and celebrated by the progressive left as evidence of a more highly evolved and tolerant society.

The same progressive left is also engaged in a war of historical revisionism, removing literally and figuratively, the legacy of one historical American leader and icon after another, deeming them all to be unacceptable by today’s politically correct standards.

The America of the Founding Fathers is being redacted out of existence.

If the requirement for natural born citizenship is not extended to all federally elected offices, we will probably see, in our lifetime, its elimination as a requirement for any.

Simply stated, the very notion of American citizenship is under attack.

Fighting to reinvigorate it by making the requirement of natural born citizenship apply equally for all federally elected positions is neither reactionary nor intolerant. It would be an important step to protect the Republic, and it is a conversation we must have.


Alan Keyes: Border Issue Has ‘Implications For Our Survival As A Free People’

For years, while previous administrations dithered ineffectively with half-measures or no measures at all, they treated this evidence of our nation’s deteriorating sovereignty as if it had no serious implications for our survival as a free people.

Meanwhile, powerful drug cartels and other criminal gangs exploited our weakness to aggravate epidemics of drug abuse, human trafficking and violence, including terrorist threats, against us.

In the last several years, it has become clear that anti-American forces (funded by globalist would-be tyrants like George Soros, among others) have conceived and are implementing a strategy to subvert our sovereignty as a people, first at our borders and then at the ballot box – which latter is the only venue at which we periodically appear in our capacity as the sovereign ruler of our country.

In tragic fact, the people entering our country illegally come from countries where, when the façade of electoral politics exists, it serves to mask the domination of ideological, military or economic factions, who govern by force and intimidation, without regard for the actual will of the people they govern.

In the course of my lifetime, politics in the United States has become more and more infected by this species of tyranny. Both political parties are tainted by it.

The battle over the entry into our territory is probably the crisis intended to complete our transformation from a people struggling to restore and maintain our self-government to a people returned to the shadow of oligarchic tyranny that pretty uniformly oppressed humankind everywhere before the exceptional success of America’s experiment in republican self-government.

The leadership of both major-party factions in the U.S. Congress appears to be dominated by forces committed to the global return of oligarchic tyranny. They have quietly cooperated, in recent years, to promote:

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