Report: Department Of Justice, Homeland Security Must Go On Offensive Against Growing Right-Wing Threat

The protesters and militia members who showed up to support rancher Cliven Bundy this spring when the Federal government confiscated his livestock because of unpaid grazing fees and desert tortoises belong to a “much larger and more dangerous” network of “radical right-wing extremists,” according to a report out from the once-purposeful Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC claims that its mission is to combat “hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.” But in recent years, the organization spends most of its time promoting radical political correctness and insisting that modern conservatism is innately driven by hate. In its July 2014 report “War In The West: The Bundy Ranch Standoff and the American Radical Right,” SPLC goes to great trouble to insist that the most radical individuals present at the Bundy ranch are representative of all Americans who are out of step with the prevailing attitudes of the left.

According to the organization, American citizens protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s tactics in dealing with Bundy “invigorated an extremist movement that exploded when President Obama was elected, going from some 150 groups in 2008 to more than 1,000 last year.”

The organization argues in its executive summary:

For those harboring deep hatred of the federal government, the BLM pullout was seen as a dramatic victory, one instance where the armed radicals of the right stared through their own gunsights at the gun barrels of law enforcement officials and won. Rather than being condemned, their actions garnered the support of numerous politicians, including the governor of Nevada and commentators like Fox News’ Sean Hannity — a truly repulsive spectacle. This pandering to the far right by both politicians and media figures ended in a hurry, however, when Bundy engaged in racist blather about “the Negro.” Racism was crossing a line, apparently, but the calls from the ranch for revolution and outright defiance of federal law enforcement seemed to be just fine with the Hannitys of the world.

Of course, conservatives who championed some of Bundy’s anti-government attitudes would dial down support when he demonstrated ignorance. However, arguing to the SPLC that conservatism, respect for the Constitution and supporting the right of the people to challenge government aren’t racist ideals would be a fruitless endeavor.

“[W]e’ve seen an explosive growth of radical-right groups, including armed militias, since Obama was elected, and repeated threats that violence is needed to ‘take our country back’ from the ‘tyranny’ of Obama,” SPLC founder Morris Dees writes in another article on the organization’s website. “This is part of a backlash to the growing diversity in our country, as symbolized by the presence of a black man in the White House.”

In addition to its usual attempts to equate small government ideas to racism, the SPLC has taken another approach in its Bundy reporting: insinuating that anti-government views lead to homicidal tendencies.

Without knowing where Bundy’s armed supporters actually had their weapons trained during the standoff, the SPLC insists that each firearm was pointed at a Federal officer.

And although the standoff ended peacefully when BLM officers backed down, SPLC argues that the Bundy standoff did eventually lead to bloodshed.

From the report:

Writing on his blog hours after the standoff, Mike Vanderboegh, an aging government-hating propagandist from Alabama who heads the III Percent Patriots, characterized the standoff in grandiose terms. “It is impossible to overstate the importance of the victory won in the desert today,” he gushed. “The feds were routed — routed. There is no word that applies. Courage is contagious, defiance is contagious, victory is contagious. Yet the war is not over.”

Within weeks, that rhetoric appeared predictive as two people who had spent time on the Bundy ranch before reportedly being asked to leave went on a shooting spree in Las Vegas. On June 8, Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda entered a restaurant and killed two Las Vegas police officers before running into a nearby Wal-Mart and killing an armed civilian who tried to stop them. Witnesses say the couple shouted, “This is a revolution!” and draped one of the slain officer’s bodies with a Gadsden flag, a militia favorite that reads, “Don’t tread on me.”

Later, the report continues:

The Millers were only two of the hundreds of militia members, conspiracy theorists and other angry antigovernment extremists who responded to Bundy’s call for a “range war.”

Of course, the SPLC fails to note that Jerad Miller was also a felon and reported advocate of crystal meth use. Therefore, it’s very likely that his personal problems had more to do with his later actions than his time at Bundy’s ranch.

The bottom line from the SPLC is that if the Federal government doesn’t start taking a closer look at Americans who dare criticize or protest its actions, there will be more, increasingly violent, Bundy-style standoffs and more shooting rampages akin to the Millers’.

“The Bundy ranch standoff wasn’t a spontaneous response to Cliven Bundy’s predicament but rather a well-organized, military-type action that reflects the potential for violence from a much larger and more dangerous movement,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow in the SPLC’s Intelligence Project and lead author of the report, in a statement. “This incident may have faded from public view, but if our government doesn’t pay attention, we will be caught off guard as much as the Bureau of Land Management was that day.”

So what’s SPLC’s answer?

The report argues that Federal officials should put into place more mechanisms for monitoring America’s “far-right”:

The recent announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Justice Department is reviving its Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee is welcome news. The committee was established after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and was instrumental in bringing swift prosecutions that stemmed the tide of hardcore antigovernment activity; it should never have been allowed to become moribund after the 9/11 attacks. The militiamen and others who pointed their weapons at BLM and Las Vegas officers need to face criminal prosecution because the rule of law must be enforced or it will be challenged again.

But swift prosecutions are only part of the answer. The Justice Department is a law enforcement agency, not an intelligence-gathering one. To help law enforcement at all levels, the Department of Homeland Security must put more resources into assessing the threat of non-Islamic domestic terrorism. The unit with the primary responsibility for that task was allowed to wither in the face of conservative criticism following the leak of a 2009 report on the resurgent threat from the far right. That, too, should never have been allowed to happen.

In essence, the SPLC believes that the Federal government must always be protected from the people because of a populist threat to some of its policies. Oddly enough, all of the Nation’s founding documents suggest that things ought to be the other way around.

Sunday News Show Roundup

Sunday’s political talk shows focused heavily on foreign policy, as guests discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine which was cast back into the headlines by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the U.S.’s position on escalating tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.

Members of Congress, along with top officials from the Obama Administration, suggested that the Russian government likely played a role in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union”, saying that Russia is ultimately to blame if the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

“The nexus between Russia and the separatists has been established very clearly,” Feinstein said.

“So the issue is: Where is Putin? I would say, Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say this was a mistake, which I hope it was,” the lawmaker continued.

Feinstein also said that she believes that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia is now back at Cold War levels.

Republican Representative Michael McCaul (Texas) and Peter King (New York) expressed similar sentiments, saying that the event will drastically alter U.S.-Russia relations.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence over rebels in Ukraine to aid the investigation into the events surrounding the plane crash.

“This is a moment of truth for Mr. Putin and for Russia,” he said. “Russia needs to step up and prove its bona fides, if there are any left, with respect to its willingness to put actions behind the words.”

During another of five Sunday appearances, Kerry told CNN that Ukrainian separatists have already tampered with the crash site.

“Today we have reports of drunken separatists piling the remains of people into trucks in an unceremonious fashion, actually removing them from the location. They are interfering with the evidence in the location. They have removed, we understand, some airplane parts,” Kerry said.

Kerry joined Fox News Sunday to discuss another pressing U.S. foreign policy concern in Gaza. The Secretary of State was caught on an open mic sarcastically discussing Israel’s tactics in the region with an aid.

Kerry was heard telling the aid that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to send troops to the region was “a hell of a pinpoint,” parroting a term used by Israeli officials explaining that the military response to Hamas is measured and targeted.

Fox’s Chris Wallace asked, based on Kerry’s remarks, if the official was “upset that the Israelis are going too far?”

“I think it’s very, very difficult in these situations,” he said. “You have people who come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are, you know, continuing to come in. … So yeah, it’s tough, it’s tough to have this kind of operation, and I reacted, obviously, in a way that anybody does in respect to young children and civilians.”

On “State of the Union”, Netanyahu defended his nation’s actions.

“We have to protect ourselves. So we try to target the rocketeers. We do. And all civilian casualties are unintended by us, but intended by Hamas,” he said. “They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can, because somebody said they use — it’s gruesome. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead the better.”

Despite the turmoil unfolding throughout the world, on “Meet the Press” Kerry said that Americans should be proud of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy approach.

“[T]he facts could not be more clear. The United States of America has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now. …” he said. “And I think the American people ought to be proud of what this president has done in terms of peaceful, diplomatic engagement, rather than quick-trigger, deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice. I think the president’s on the right track and I think we have the facts to prove it.”

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.), like many of his fellow Republicans, believes that the Secretary of State must be delusional.

“Secretary Kerry… gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy that I can imagine. It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape,” the Senator said. “America is the glue that holds the free world together. Leading from behind is not working. The world is adrift. President Obama has become the king of indecision.”

Harry Reid Criticizes GOP Plan Because Illegal Aliens Are Here ‘Legitimately’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made some ridiculous claims about the ongoing border crisis over the past week. On Tuesday, he told reporters that despite the thousands of illegal immigrants flowing into the country, he is certain the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. Reid then told fellow lawmakers that illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors did, in fact, come here legally.

Reid’s remarks came on the Senate floor Thursday in response to a demand from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that the Barack Obama Administration make drastic changes to its immigration policy.

The Texas Republican has asked lawmakers to oppose Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the border crisis unless language is included in the appropriations bill to halt the President’s 2012 order halting deportations of the illegal immigrant minors affectionately called Dreamers by the White House.

”What is causing this humanitarian crisis is that these children believe that they will be granted, in the future, amnesty. So this legislation directly solves that problem,” Cruz told reporters Thursday. “The only way to address this humanitarian crisis and to solve it, so we don’t have children being brutalized, is to remove the promise of amnesty that is causing these children to risk their lives and be entrusted to vicious drug dealers.”

Reid took the lead in Democratic attacks on Cruz’s proposed end to Obama’s amnesty.

“Before Republicans help our Border Patrol agents and all the personnel trying to do something to handle this humanitarian crisis, they want President Obama to deport the Dreamers who are already here, legitimately here,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

“What the junior senator from Texas (Cruz) said (is) we’re not going to do this unless we deport all these children who came here before, the so-called Dreamers,” Reid continued. “Once again we see there are no substantive solutions being offered by the Republican Party. Instead of doing something about these children who are at the border, they want to deport hundreds of thousands of the people who are already here.”

The argument between the two lawmakers indicated that polarization in Congress is making it increasingly unlikely that a legislative fix to the immigration crisis is forthcoming. Unfortunately for conservatives, many Democratic lawmakers have begun hinting that the President will attempt to tackle the problem unilaterally — a move that would likely include amnesty for hundreds of thousands of the so-called Dreamers and their family members.

“It’s important to understand that the president made it very clear to the Hispanic Caucus yesterday that Congress is not acting,” California Democrat Tony Cardenas told MSNBC Wednesday. “He let Speaker Boehner know many, many months ago to please go ahead and do something. He has not done it. And now’s the time for the president to act, and the president’s going to act shortly.”

The lawmaker said the President will use his executive “legal authority and latitude” to “give people some kind of status to the 11 million who are waiting to get some relief.”

“Not all of them,” he continued. “The power of the President cannot relieve all 11 million. But there are categories of 500,000 or a million that he can give some kind of temporary status to.”

DEA Fed Crackhead’s Addiction To Catch Crackheads

Crack is wack, unless you happen to be a Federal dope peddler.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents working to clean up the streets of Las Vegas, N.M., decided that it would be a good idea to pay a recovering drug addict aiding them in an undercover investigation, a lawsuit filed in an Albuquerque district court alleges.

According to court documents filed on Monday, 38-year-old Aaron Romero, who agreed to work with the Feds in a DEA investigation dubbed “Operation Smack City” was given copious amounts of crack in return for his cooperation.

“The United States government and the defendants affirmatively and intentionally established a pattern of distribution of crack cocaine to (Romero) in order to utilize his addiction to crack cocaine to further the investigation and to ‘stack drug related charges’ against him,” the lawsuit alleges.

The Federal agents later charged Romero with drug distribution.

According to his attorneys, Romero’s drug distribution charges were dropped — but his addiction to crack persisted, thanks to the Federal government.

“He was targeted because he was a known drug addict,” his attorney Erlinda Ocampo Johnson said. “He is trying to get his life back together but he’s still afraid that the government will try to restart his addiction again.”

According to the lawsuit, agents deliberately repeatedly instructed an informant to contact Romero in 2011. At the time, after years of drug addiction had taken its toll, Romero was allegedly working to get his life together and repair relationships.

Via the lawsuit:

… [The informant]returned to Las Vegas, New Mexico and contacted Aaron to arrange for the acquisition of $40-$50 worth of Crack Cocaine in exchange for payment of Crack Cocaine to Aaron for consumption.

After consumption of the large amount of Crack Cocaine distributed to Aaron on  November 30, 2011 by the United States Government and the subsequent related relapse of addiction to Crack Cocaine, Aaron agreed to arrange for the acquisition of $40-$50 worth of Crack Cocaine in exchange for payment of Crack Cocaine to Aaron for consumption.

Consequently, this pattern of arrangement of the acquisition of $40-$50 worth of Crack Cocaine to ¼ ounce of Crack Cocaine for [the informant] in exchange for payment of Crack Cocaine to Aaron for consumption continued 2-3 times per week from early December 2011 through May 2012.

All the while, the Feds stacked charges against the drug addict as they manipulated him.

Romero named five DEA agents in the lawsuit, including two special agents, one group supervisor, an assistant agent-in-charge and the overall agent in charge. He is seeking $8.5 million in damages from the Federal government.

Romero’s case is only the latest in a string of reports of government agents manipulating vulnerable people and employing counterintuitive investigation tactics in targeting crime.

In December, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel printed a laundry listed of dubious tactics employed by another Federal law enforcement agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):

■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as “slow-headed” before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a “tutorial” on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.

■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.

■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several ripped off from police cars.

■ Agents damaged buildings they rented for their operations, tearing out walls and rewiring electricity — then stuck landlords with the repair bills. A property owner in Portland said agents removed a parking lot spotlight, damaging her new $30,000 roof and causing leaks, before they shut down the operation and disappeared without a way for her to contact them.

■ Agents pressed suspects for specific firearms that could fetch tougher penalties in court. They allowed felons to walk out of the stores armed with guns. In Wichita, agents suggested a felon take a shotgun, saw it off and bring it back — and provided instructions on how to do it. The sawed-off gun allowed them to charge the man with a more serious crime.

■ In Pensacola, the ATF hired a felon to run its pawnshop. The move widened the pool of potential targets, boosting arrest numbers. Even those trying to sell guns legally could be charged if they knowingly sold to a felon. The ATF’s pawnshop partner was later convicted of pointing a loaded gun at someone outside a bar. Instead of a stiff sentence typically handed down to repeat offenders in federal court, he got six months in jail — and a pat on the back from the prosecutor.

News Flash: Guns In America Have Triggers, Fire Projectiles

Rolling Stone magazine recently published a highly informative photo essay titled “The 5 Most Dangerous Guns In America” which lends further credence to the notion that those who most fear firearms are also those who know the least about them.

Kristen Gwynne, writing for the publication, cites “firearm trace data from the ATF, as well as FBI homicide records” to make an largely unscientific and entirely useless list of the top five guns that cause “the most harm” in America today.

“Contrary to what those who defend the right to own high-powered assault rifles believe, not all guns are created equal,” she writes in her introduction. “Due to a combination of availability, portability and criminal usage the following five types of guns are the country’s most dangerous.”

Here’s what she came up with—excerpts of her outstanding firearms knowledge included:

1) Pistols

Popular among handgun-owners, pistols are defined by their built-in barrel and short stock. They are the most commonly recovered firearm type reported by the ATF.

2) Revolvers

Revolvers, named for their rotating chambered cylinder, placed second in the ATF’s ranking of guns found at crime scenes more than 46,000 recovered in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were kept.

Some grenade launchers, shotguns, and rifles also have rotating barrels, but the term “revolver” is generally used to describe handguns.

3) Rifles

Law enforcement agencies pulled more than 39,000 from crime scenes in 2012, firmly establishing this weapon — designed to be fired from the shoulder — in third place on the ATF’s trace list. Pulling the trigger of a rifle fires one projectile at the intended target, as opposed to the shotgun’s ability to spray. According to FBI latest publicly available homicide records, in 2012 rifles were used to murder more than 320 people.

4) Shotguns

Like rifles, shotguns are fired from the shoulder and may release a single projectile. Unlike rifles, however, one pull of a shotgun’s trigger may also spray the target with round pellets, or shot. Additionally, the explosive that creates the energy to fire the gun occurs in the fixed shell of a shotgun rather than the metallic cartridge of a rifle.

5) Derringers

Derringers, small pocket or palm-sized pistols with one or two barrels, have no strict legal definition, but are included in the ATF’s trace form as a category of firearm. With just more than 2,000 recoveries in 2012 — a small number compared to the other firearm types listed above, largely because it is a subset of the highly-popular pistol — derringers are the fifth most-cited firearm in crime scene recoveries.

Feel free to suffer the idiocy in its entirety here.

RS readers, it seems, aren’t as ignorant as the magazine’s writers. The comments on Gwynne’s piece are priceless:

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Americans Haven’t Been This Worried About Immigration In Years

Polling data out Wednesday indicate that President Barack Obama and Congress ought to get busy coming up with a plan to fix the immigration crisis along the U.S.’s southern border, as one in six Americans cites immigration as the most pressing issue facing the Nation.

According to Gallup, 17 percent of Americans polled said that immigration is the biggest issue facing the United States, up from just 5 percent last month. The number of Americans concerned about illegal immigration is the highest it’s been since 2006.

Gallup contends that concern over immigration will likely grow in coming months.

“…[I]mmigration has clearly captured public attention given the political and humanitarian crisis building at the border with the influx of thousands of children from Central and South America seeking refugee status,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes.

“Each previous spike in mentions of immigration as the nation’s top problem was fairly short-lived,” she continues. “But with no solution to the current crisis in sight, and less than four months to go before the midterm elections, it is easy to believe the issue could still be a factor come November.”

Indeed, a government solution to the current immigration crisis isn’t likely to come anytime soon as GOP lawmakers have not warmed to President Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal to deal with the crisis at the border. And many Democrats have balked at bipartisan legislation proposed by Representative John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) which changes a 2008 anti-human trafficking law to make it easier to deport some of the illegal minors flowing into the country.

The growing immigration frustration could be good news for Republicans in November, according to Gallup, because “the issue is of particular concern to Republicans and older Americans — both groups that Republicans need to turn out in force in the midterms…”

Worry over immigration is closely followed by what caused the border crisis in the first place: government ineptitude.

Sixteen percent of respondents cited “dissatisfaction with government/ Congress/ politicians/ Poor leadership/ Corruption/ Abuse of power” as their primary concern. Next on the list is the economy, with 15 percent of respondents fretting over fiscal issues.

Why Focus On LGBT Issues When That Affects Less Than 3 Percent Of Americans?

The Barack Obama Administration has gone out of its way to express support for Americans who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. But according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration’s focus on all things LGBT may be overblown, considering that Americans identifying as such make up less than 3 percent of the population.

According to the CDC’s annual National Health Interview Survey, only 1.6 percent of American adults self-identify as gay or lesbian and just 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. Just more than1 percent declined to answer, answered “I don’t know the answer” or claimed to be “something else.”

Meanwhile, 96.6 percent of American adults said they are straight.

The CDC survey offers the first large-scale measure of American sexual orientation and will serve as a way to determine where government funding should be allocated in examining LGBT issues.

NHIS includes a wide range of survey questions on health, the addition of questions on sexual orientation will facilitate many opportunities for future researchers to examine health among sexual minority populations using a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults,” the report said.

The LGBT data was included in the CDC survey as the result of a promise made by Obama Administration Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in 2011.

The Administration has heavily focused on LGBT issues, most notably with the Obama’s February 2011 order that the Department of Justice no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against equal protection constitutional challenges brought by same-sex couples and his repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Lindsey Graham, Thad Cochran Took Money From Nanny Bloomberg To Beat Conservatives

As the GOP leadership continues to wage war on conservative challenges to establishment candidates, some Republican voters in South Carolina and Mississippi might be surprised to find that the candidate they voted for was backed by notoriously liberal former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A POLITICO report out this week reveals that Bloomberg donated $250,000 to a PAC that supported Graham in the primary battle he won last month.

Bloomberg’s donation to the pro-Graham “West Main Street Values PAC” isn’t all that surprising, as the South Carolina Congressman’s record is littered with liberal-leaning and big-government positions such as his 2009 embrace of cap and trade tax hikes and support for amnesty for illegal aliens.

Graham spent more than $5 million in his primary race and beat out a field of six challengers.

Bloomberg also used his money to meddle in the controversial Mississippi Senate race wherein incumbent Senator Thad Cochran narrowly defeated challenging State Senator Chris McDaniel. The former mayor reportedly donated $250,000 to Cochran’s effort.

According to a source left unnamed by POLITICO, the wealthy liberal’s motivation is propping up “candidates in primaries who have a track record of working across party lines.”

Reid: The Border Is Secure

As thousands of people continue to illegally immigrate into the U.S. from the south, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he believes the border is secure.

Reid spoke to reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly lunch, asserting that Congress shouldn’t be working on ways to deport the thousands of new immigrants more quickly or increase security along the border.

Instead, Reid wants lawmakers to approve the $3.7 billion requested by the Obama Administration to process the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants coming to the country from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

“The border is secure,” Reid said, adding that Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) talked to lawmakers about border areas in his State. “He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.”

Reid said that legislative action is unneeded because the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 which is largely to blame for the crisis can be changed at the executive level to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

“My personal belief — there is the law that has created some of the controversy now, there’s enough leeway there [that] the executive branch of government doesn’t need new legislation,” he told reporters.

The lawmaker went on to blame Republicans in the House for the immigration crisis because they refused to move forward with the Senate’s immigration reform plan.

As for effort to quickly deport new illegal immigrants, Reid called a bipartisan proposal from Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, both from the border State of Texas, “too broad.”

“From all the reports I’ve gotten, the answer for me is no, I won’t support it,” he said.

“I believe our No. 1 concern should be this narrow issue of we take care of this situation we have on the border. As I’ve been told, the Cornyn-Cuellar legislation covers a lot of other issues other than the problem we’re having on the border,” he said.

The Cornyn-Cuellar legislation would simply amend the Wilberforce trafficking law to apply the same deportation standards used to deal with children from Mexico to unaccompanied minors from Central America. It would also require the government to beef up security at the border.

Eric Holder’s Worn Out Race Card

Attorney General Eric Holder— never one to allow the record of the Administration to which he belongs to speak for itself— doesn’t think that Americans are frustrated with him and President Obama because of failures and scandals. Rather, Holder argues, Americans ticked off at the Obama Administration and his Department of Justice are simply racists.

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the President,” Holder said on ABC News. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some, there’s a racial animus.”

Despite the Nation being “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago” Holder believes that Americans are still apt to become more frustrated at he and Obama because they are both the first black men to hold their respective positions.

“[T]hat has to show that we have made a great deal of progress,” he said. “But there’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals.”

The Attorney General also said that he would never walk back on remarks that the U.S. is a “Nation of cowards” with regard to racial relations. The inflammatory remarks were made during the first year of the Obama Administration.

“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” he said. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues.”

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova slammed Holder during a Monday radio interview, saying that the AG’s remarks are beneath his office.

“Eric Holder has become unhinged. These comments are stupid, they’re silly, they’re churlish, they’re childish, they’re sophomoric. This is faculty lounge crap,” he said. “The President of the United States and the attorney general are both black. Is it not surprising to them that this happened in the United States of America? That the President, a black President, has been elected twice by the American people? That the attorney general has been around for two terms?

“This is not a racist country.”

diGenova also artfully pointed out the real reasons many Americans are fed up with the Obama Administration.

“What is going on here is because of the incompetence of this administration and particularly this President (and may I say, regrettably, the attorney general himself) they have politicized every aspect of government to the core,” he said.