‘Kelly File’ Exclusive: Texas Border Patrol on Brink of Collapse

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol’s South Texas commander is to address the agency’s efforts to handle the overwhelming flow of immigrants into the region this year. Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley surpassed last year’s immigrant arrest total last week, less than eight months into the fiscal year. The sector in southernmost Texas has nearly 160,000 arrests since Oct. 1, 2013. Laredo Sector Chief Robert Harris, who oversees all sectors in South Texas, will speak Friday about operations in the region. The agency has brought in additional agents from other sectors to help with what has become by far the busiest illegal immigration corridor on the Southwest border. Some immigrants are also being bused and even flown to other sectors to be processed.

Lynch said his information, which comes from “the guys who are down there” on the border, indicates that the Border Patrol there is nearing the point of collapse.

“What they told me is worse than I’ve ever been told before,” said Lynch, adding that he is being told there are a stunning 2,000 arrests of illegal immigrants a day in the Rio Grande Valley.

Lynch said the influx of immigrants from Central America, not Mexico, is becoming more than the Border Patrol in Texas can handle.

“The big driver of it all is the promise of amnesty. That’s what they’re all being told. We’re at the point right now where people are coming across and they’re just handing themselves in because they know they’re not going to be sent back,” said Lynch. “It’s so bad I don’t even know what to say anymore.”

Lynch explained that many illegal immigrants are just being brought to bus depots, where they’re taking buses to whatever area of the U.S. they want.

Obama learns about a lot of his scandals from the news

It’s a Good Thing That Obama Reads the Paper Because Otherwise He’d Have No Idea What His Administration is Doing

Reason.com

So it turns out that President Obama—that whip-smart guy who is so super-curious about everything (unlike that quitter-snowbilly former Gov. Sarah Palin amirite?)—apparently had no idea that his administration was letting veterans croak while on waiting lists for care at Veterans Affairs (V.A.) facilities. At the very least, his people knew about the waiting-list problems, including inaccurate reporting on treatment times, back in 2008.

You remember the Fast and Furious gun-walking snafu? He read about that in the papers. Same thing with NSA surveillance. And it took him a few days to realize that the Obamacare website was tripping balls but he finally started to get news reports about it after a few days. And needless to say, he didn’t have any idea that the IRS—his IRS—was targeting Tea Party groups until he read about in the papers.

I’m guessing that he still doesn’t really know that his Justice Department keeps deporting immigrants and raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in California either. At record rates. Because, you know, he said he wasn’t going to pull that shit. Can somebody slip him a newspaper story about those things so he can finally get cracking?

If Barack Obama wants to play Chauncey Gardiner and basically act as if he has no frickin’ idea of what’s going around in his White House, that’s fine by me.

But will his erstwhile defenders at least admit that either he is a know-it-all who is full of B.S. when he pleads ignorance or that he just has no clue about what’s taking place in this City on a Hill already? It’s not flattering to him whichever way you want to go. But at least it’ll be consistent.

Last fall, Reason TV’s Amanda Winkler looked at how the V.A. took care of soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq. In a word: shamefully. “Right now,” said former V.A. program analyst Paul Sullivan, “it takes V.A. about a year to process a new claim. That is simply no way to treat a wounded soldier coming back from a war.”

The root cause, according to Sullivan? The V.A. has received over 800,000 claims from Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Congress and V.A. planned for “zero.” Zero. So if there’s one thing the government stinks at more than actually planning and winning wars, it’s taking care of the people it sends to fight them.

Net neutrality protesters removed by armed guards at FCC meeting

Three protesters are escorted out of the meeting by guards, as Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for order.

“The purpose of what we’re doing here today on the open Internet is to make sure that we hear from everyone and that we start a process that fully opens the doors for comment by the American people,” Wheeler said after the protestors left. “We’re going to move through that process today, and disruption doesn’t help getting to the point where the American people can provide input into the process.”