WASHINGTON — Members of terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may have already used the United States' loosely secured southern border to sneak into the nation, Texas Governor Rick Perry told attendees of the Heritage Foundations' panel on border security Thursday.
"We have seen historic high levels of individuals from countries with terrorist ties over the course of the last few months," Perry said. "Because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secured and us not knowing who is penetrating across, individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states. And, I think it is a very real possibility that they have already used that."
Perry is almost certain that ISIS, a jihadist group that has gained global attention in the last few months due to their heinous murders of innocent victims and takeover of cities like Fallujah and Mosul, will at some point try to bring their terror to American soil and other Western nations if nothing is done to stop them. Perry stated that the terrorist group claims their previous acts of violence are just a taste of what to expect will happen in America. more >>
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement mistakenly released over 2,000 undocumented immigrants during a 2013 budget crisis, and over 600 of them had criminal convictions, according to a Homeland Security Inspector General report made publicly available this week.
2,211 unauthorized immigrants held in detention facilities by ICE were released on the weekend of Feb. 22, 2013, and 617 of them had criminal convictions.
A chart on Appendix I of the report appears to show that 10 to 14 of the released detainees with criminal convictions were "level 1," which means, according to footnote 10, they were "convicted of two or more crimes each punishable by at least one year, or convicted of aggravated felonies .... These crimes may be violent or non-violent." (The exact number is difficult to decipher because Appendix I is, without explanation, blurry. It is the only part of the report to appear this way.) more >>
This summer, just as we do every summer, we celebrated the independence of our country and the freedom we enjoy as American citizens. This freedom gives us the ability to worship, to work, and to move freely about the United States without fear.
However, for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in our country, this freedom is not an option. And now, hundreds of children with no hope of enjoying that same freedom in their own countries are flocking to the United States, crossing the border in search of safety and an opportunity to escape lawlessness, violence, poverty and corruption.
As an evangelical Christian and an American citizen, I am concerned with the response to the families and children who are coming into our country. more >>
A group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. — The unaccompanied minors rushing to America's borders are a wake up call to the epidemic levels of violence committed against children in Central and South America, Gary Haugen, president of International Justice Mission, explained to The Christian Post in a Tuesday video interview.
"This is a moment for Americans to wake up to what is taking place in the developing world," he said.
Haugen is the author of the recently published The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. A major reason the poor remain trapped if poverty is the failures of criminal justice systems in developing nations to protect them from violence, Haugen argued. more >>
While Republicans hope to again become the majority party, the chaos over passage of border security and immigration legislation on Friday led some conservatives to voice frustration at Republican incompetence.
After the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass legislation to deal with the current border crisis, House Republicans had an opportunity to demonstrate to the public that they could address the issue where the Democrats failed. Instead, House leaders were unable to garner enough votes on Thursday for their bill to address the crisis.
The leaders convened their caucus on Friday morning, desperate to pass something before their members headed back to their districts to prepare for the November elections. Late Friday they ended up passing two bills that were more designed to send a message than to be a serious attempt at addressing the crisis. more >>