By LEO HOHMANN
Illegal immigrants are quietly being placed on commercial airliners, paid for by the government, and relocated from border areas into cities across the interior of the United States according to a new report by the watchdog agency Judicial Watch.
In the last week alone, groups of illegal aliens boarded planes at airports in Texas and Arizona accompanied by a taxpayer-funded government escort in civilian clothes to avoid drawing attention, high-ranking Homeland Security officials told JW.
The first flight originated at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas, and was bound for Minneapolis. The second left from Tucson International Airport and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, federal sources told JW.
In both cases the illegal aliens appeared to be in their late teens and were escorted by a Health and Human Services chaperone. Judicial Watch contacted HHS for comment but did not hear back from the agency.
The illegal aliens wear red HHS wrist bands and receive “the gold-glove treatment,” according to a veteran federal official, who added that the undocumented migrants get priority boarding ahead of all other passengers, including law enforcement personnel.
“It is shameful and dangerous,” said a seasoned Homeland Security agent with direct knowledge of the secret operations.
Front-line Homeland Security officials have complained about the cost and security risk of flying illegal-alien minors to the destination of their choosing within the U.S., according to a longtime Immigration and Customs Enforcement official present at meetings where the policy was discussed.
One of the closed-door meetings, late last year, included President Donald Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly, according to JW.
“It appears the Trump administration has chosen to ignore the concerns of rank-and-file federal agents, instead opting to quietly extend the controversial Obama-era policy that relocates illegal immigrants to unsuspecting communities nationwide,” JW reports.
The revelation comes as Democrats and Republicans are embroiled in a divisive debate over how and when to grant amnesty to 800,000 so-called DREAMERs, who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
Thanks to our earlier article and new details from Judicial Watch, we now know the Obama-era policy known as “catch and release” is being continued by the Trump administration.
In a period of a few months, border crossings skyrocketed from 11,100 in a single month to 26,000. Immigrants from Asia are also entering the U.S. through Mexico. In San Diego, agents apprehended dozens of illegals from Asian countries in the last few months, including at least 60 from India and more than a dozen from Islamic Pakistan.
More border horror
Judicial Watch is not the only watchdog agency that is trying to draw attention to the renewed surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
William Gheen, president Americans for Legal Immigration, also called ALIPAC, said word is spreading that Trump is either unwilling or unable to back up his tough talk on immigration.
“Instead of everyone talking about the years of tough immigration enforcement and large-scale deportations, we are talking about DACA and comprehensive immigration reform/amnesty legislation just like under Obama and Bush and this has returned the surge at our southern border,” Gheen said. “Attempting deals with Democrats on amnesty is a losing strategy for all Americans.”
Gheen said his organization wants Trump to refocus on enforcing existing laws, firing Obama-era stealth-invasion facilitators from their jobs, and kicking illegals out of America. He says this would require “zero participation from Congress or Democrats.”
In a recent article in the Washington Times, border-patrol agents in Texas said they’ve been ordered to release illegal immigrants caught entering through Mexico because detention centers have run out of space. This has caused a surge in illegal crossings, because there is no punishment to deter the lawbreakers.
Obama’s long-term strategy playing out in real time
Obama’s border policies remain in place because Obama managers are still running federal agencies. Chris Crane, head of the ICE officers’ union, refers to the Obama holdovers as “incompetent, corrupt and anti-enforcement.”
This is exactly how Obama planned it.
Back in April 2015, a conference of the White House Task Force on New Americans was held at the open-borders advocating Migration Policy Institute. It was there that Obama chief domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz laid out the grand strategy to “institutionalize” her boss’s immigration policies so they would endure long after he left the White House.
Muñoz said the plan was to “integrate” millions of migrants and refugees into “welcoming communities” across the U.S. [Remember the term “integrate” is the opposite of “assimilate” meaning cities receiving the “New Americans” would change whatever is necessary to accommodate the migrants, rather than the migrants adapting to the cultural norms of the cities].
Muñoz emphasized to those in the room that her focus in Obama’s second term would be on making sure Obama’s “historic” immigration policies got “institutionalized” so they would remain in place long into the administrations of future presidents.
Obama created the Task Force on New Americans Nov. 21, 2014, when he announced his plan to unilaterally grant amnesty to more than 5 million illegal immigrants and child migrants. His administration also brought in an average of about 70,000 refugees per year from places like Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Bhutan, Burma and Syria.
Muñoz, a former executive with the Marxist National Council of La Raza, said it was her job “to make sure we build this really into the DNA across the federal bureaucracy, at a leadership level, but much more importantly to make sure that when political appointees like me are no longer here this (immigration strategy) is built into what those agencies do and think about every day.”
Muñoz said it was important for the federal government to standardize, set benchmarks and “measure successes,” ensuring states and localities create the desired “welcoming communities” for immigrants and refugees.
Eva Millona, co-chair of National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition of 34 organizations involved in everything from protecting immigrant rights to providing social services, echoed the call for a strong federal role.
“We have been pushing to really have a centralized leadership in terms of implementation of this report,” Millona said. “We are happy that the report has called for a centralized entity to really move it forward.”
Millona spoke of “diverse needs” of the immigrants and making sure those needs were met.
She said 34 organizations affiliated with the National Partnership for New Americans already had “boots on the ground” in 29 states, including all manner of service providers, immigrant rights attorneys, interpreters, and advocates “to make sure immigrants have what they need.”
“It’s a national group and the only one of its kind pushing an immigration integration agenda forward,” Millona said.
Silent on ‘assimilation’ and security risks
The 2015 conference was also notable for what was not addressed.
Hotbutton issues of assimilation and protecting national security never came up during the 90-minute conference held in April 2015 at Migration Policy Institute in Washington.
There was not a peep about the poor record of assimilation into American society by refugees from Somalia and other Muslim countries. Dozens of Somalis living in Minnesota and other states have been arrested on charges of providing material support to terrorist groups al-Shabab, al-Qaida and ISIS. The FBI had put out a bulletin on its newest “most wanted terrorist,” Liban Haji Mohamed, just weeks before the April 2015 conference. Mohamed was a Somali-American cab driver from Northern Virginia who entered the country as a refugee. Two Iraqi refugees living in Kentucky were also arrested in 2011 and charged with sending support to al-Qaida.
Six Bosnian natives who immigrated to the U.S. were indicted in February in New York for allegedly sending money and military equipment to al-Qaida in Iraq and the ISIS terror group.
The Boston Marathon bombers were also Muslims who entered the country as asylum seekers from Chechnya.
Another Somali-American, 23-year-old Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted on charges that he provided a computer and other support to terrorists during a trip to the Middle East. He came to the United States from Somalia as a child refugee.
But rather than addressing assimilation and national security problems, the conference on “New Americans” focused on “integration.” It’s the new buzz word for planting diverse, multicultural communities within communities.
Obama, in his Nov. 21 2014 memo, challenged 16 federal agencies to get involved in the effort of “creating welcoming communities.” The focus should be three-pronged, Muñoz said — economic, linguistic and civic.
What was meant by “civic” was never explained, but some observers saw it as preparing the new migrants to be registered voters and activist citizens who engage in political issues favorable to open borders and easy paths to citizenship for new generations of migrant workers and refugees. We see that playing out today with the large protest rallies held whenever Trump announces a new policy, such as his travel ban, mean to protect national security.
We also have evidence from Susan Payne, who infiltrated a telephone conference call earlier in 2015 with more than a dozen members of Obama’s White House Task Force on New Americans.
Payne told radio host Mark Levin that by listening in on the call she learned the following: The participants spoke of their plans to plant “seedlings” of immigrant populations into “receiving communities” that would be cultivated into fertile “soil.”
The idea was that the seedlings would sprout and grow into communities within communities. This is “integration.” The soil, meaning the community, needed to be changed to accommodate the needs of the seedlings, rather than the other way around. Eventually, the mature seedlings would take over the host community.
Waging a propaganda war on ‘receiving communities’
Preparing the receiving communities requires agitators on the ground at the local level. Their role is to combat any push back that might be encountered from local residents.
One big player in this propaganda war is Welcoming America, which was started with seed money from billionaire George Soros. Its stated mission is to work at the grassroots level, setting up “welcoming communities” in cities and counties across the U.S. Soros’s Open Society Institute granted the organization $150,000 in December 2010.
Munuz encouraged every community in every state to establish an immigration integration plan.
“The reason for the lightning speed on this is the president gave us a timeline, because he is eager for what we can accomplish, eager for outcomes,” Muñoz said Friday. “We’re making sure the federal government is doing its job and doing its best to lift up cities, mayors and local governments, to make sure others are taking this job on as well, and we have great, great examples to follow of many in this field of building welcoming communities.”
Leo Hohmann is a veteran journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” Donate to this website and help support his investigative reporting on topics most journalists are afraid to touch.