11/13/18

400 Left the Caravan and Arrive in Tijuana

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Defense Secretary Mattis will spend Wednesday visiting the border. Customs and Border Patrol said it will close lanes at the San Ysidron and Otay Mesa crossing to allow the Department of Defense to install barbed wire and position barricades and fencing in the Tijuana region of Baja, California.

The lead or first caravan is expected to arrive in an estimated two weeks with at least three other caravans making progress heading north in Mexico. More details here.

Meanwhile, Ami Horowitz who is an onsite investigative journalist is traveling with and reporting on the real facts of the caravan. Horowitz has a vast resume of these kinds of investigations on his resume that include corruption at the United Nations and he also traveled by boat with Syrian refugees arriving in Greece.

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10/31/18

Birthright vs. Jurisdiction

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Let’s begin with the 39th Congress, shall we?

1865-1867, it was a time of reconstruction. For context, scan this summary of the activity of Congress.

On the matter of ratification of the 14th Amendment, a year-long study was completed by a 15 member committee. Much of the debate was on citizenship for slaves. For reference, the Joint Resolution was H.R. 127.

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10/30/18

WATCH: Chaos as ‘Migrants’ Destroy Gate at Mexico’s Southern Border

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

‘Migrants’ tearing down Mexico southern border gate (Milenio Televisión screenshot)

Mexican television cable news channel Milenio Televisión posted a Facebook live video yesterday with the description (translated): “Central American migrants break gate on the border bridge with Mexico.” The truly terrifying scene consists of young men who appear to be auditioning for Antifa – many have scarves obscuring their faces as they throw rocks and use their bodies to tear down Mexico’s southern border gate.

Despite the “migrant’s” oft-reported “desperate need for asylum after fleeing violence in Honduras” meme, the “migrants” turned down Mexico’s offer of asylum.

Watch the video, which has been seen over 8 million times at the time of publication (Hat Tip X Strategies):

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09/25/18

Well, the Report Declares 22 Million Not 11 Million Illegals

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Foreign nationals are increasingly gaining the ability to influence American elections more directly. They’re being granted the right to vote.

From Boston, where the city council is debating the move, to San Francisco, where noncitizens gained the right earlier this month in school-board elections, jurisdictions are looking to expand the boundaries of the electorate beyond its citizens.

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Primer: This was compiled by Yale and MIT. Have you considered how many U.S. House Representatives exist from districts where illegals and foreign nationals are the majority? 20? 10? 40?

Context: The Democrats on the Dreamer thing were and are willing to sacrifice the interests of 325 million Americans in order to gain unconditional amnesty for 3.4 million illegal aliens.

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08/2/18

Fugitive Extradited in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Murder

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, left, and Border Agent Brian Terry FBI/ATF

SAN DIEGO, CA – Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, who is charged with the first-degree murder of U.nited S.tates Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was extradited from Mexico to the United States today, announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Southern District of California U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman for the Southern District of California.  He will be arraigned in U.nited S.tates District Court in, Tucson, Arizona, Wednesday tomorrow afternoon.  Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody awaiting extradition since his arrest by Mexican authorities on April 12, 2017.

Agent Terry was fatally shot on Dec.ember 14, 2010, when he and other U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered Osorio-Arellanes and four other members of a “rip crew” (a criminal gang that attempts to steal from drug and alien smugglers) operating in a rural area north of Nogales, Arizona.  Of the six defendants charged along with Osorio-Arellanes in the case, three have pleaded guilty, two were convicted following a jury trial, and one other defendant – Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga (arrested by Mexican authorities in October, 2017) – has not yet been tried. is pending extradition to the United States.

“The Department of Justice is pleased that the suspected killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been successfully extradited to the United States and will now face justice for this terrible crime,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We are grateful for the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as our law enforcement partners in Mexico. To anyone who would take the life of an American citizen, in particular an American law enforcement officer, this action sends a clear message: Working closely with our international partners, we will hunt you down, we will find you, and we will bring you to justice.”

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07/29/18

On Immigration: A Simple Question That Stops The Conversation

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Future Democrats riding on “La Bestia”

The practice of “catch and release” amounts to “open borders.” According the White House, “only 3.5 percent of UACs [unauthorized alien children] who are apprehended are eventually removed from the U.S.” For leftists, there is evidently no longer a difference between “legal” and “illegal” immigration. That is why the simple question is impossible for so-called immigration activists to answer honestly without betraying their open borders ideal: “Do you distinguish between legal and illegal immigration?”

READ: #WhereAreTheChildren: A Quick Primer on ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’

Andrew Hoberek  and Jeffrey Insko are both university professors that will not answer the simple question: “Do you distinguish between legal and illegal immigration?” Not to pick on these particular leftist academics, as one will find that anyone who bashes America’s immigration policy quite literally will refuse to answer this question.

The question leaves them in quite a conundrum. If they say that there IS a difference, then they are obliged to agree with America’s immigration policies, which they have been deriding as racist, xenophobic, etc. But if they say that there is no difference between legal and illegal immigration, they are exposed for being for completely open borders. Even if they are not for completely open borders, they would be vulnerable to attack by fellow open borders leftists and could even be called *gasp* racist or xenophobic by their associates.

In academia and in the mainstream media, the fall from grace is far and swift. The left is bound by their own impossible rules.

Try asking this question to “immigration” activists on Twitter. The answer is always (always!) either A.) Silence or B.) Obfuscation. Case in point. Jeffrey Insko is an “Associate Professor & Coordinator of American Studies” according to his biography at Michigan’s Oakland University. The good professor evidently agrees with fellow comrade and (of course) English Professor Andrew Hoberek of the University of Missouri that America’s current immigration policy includes “concentration camps where children are sexually abused.”

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07/14/18

Mitch McConnell Finds His Spine: ‘I Will Not Be Intimidated’ by ‘Socialists Who Apparently Prefer Open Borders’

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Well, well, well… uber-RINO Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may not be a total waste after all. He may be playing footsies with Chinese communists, but he seems to have grown a spine when it comes to American socialists. Who knew? McConnell said yesterday that he will not be intimidated by protesters who confront him calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He’s been harassed at two restaurants in Kentucky and at least one event in Washington, D.C.

As he was leaving one establishment in Kentucky last weekend, a demonstrator shouted “Abolish ICE!” at him and the protesters surrounded McConnell like a bunch of jackals. He was also confronted as well at Georgetown, where his tiny little wife, Elaine Chao, let the attackers have it good. These are Mexican Marxists and members of Democratic Socialists of America (i.e. communists) who are hassling other Republicans over the Trump administration’s immigration policies. A number of high profile Democrats have called for abolishing ICE, including the newest and loudest millennial socialist voice… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York. McConnell dismissed their demands for “open borders” and said it is worrisome that some Democratic senators would entertain the notion. It’s predictable as the day is long senator.

“Let’s understand what they are suggesting here: Getting rid of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and having no one at all patrol the borders,” he said at a press conference. “What I worry about is that that point of view seems to be moving into the United States Senate.” It isn’t ‘moving into’ the Senate, it’s already there. McConnell went on to name Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as “credible Democratic United States senators” taking this line. Somebody’s earned a cookie.

Gillibrand and Warren have been screeching at the top of their harpy lungs that ICE needs to be disbanded, going so far as to call it a terrorist organization. Harris has wobbled on the issue, stating recently that ICE’s role must be “reexamined.” Trust me, she’ll toe the socialist line and go on record to abolish ICE and soon. It’s in her Marxist political nature.

McConnell is adamant that he will not be intimidated by these people. “I’m not sure what about my career has led them to believe that I am easily intimidated. … This is all about intimidation. It’s not about persuasion but about intimidation. And I assure you I will not be intimidated by these groups of socialists who apparently prefer open borders,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky. Ah, he said the ‘S’ word. Finally! “Honestly, I enjoyed my lunch,” McConnell added, referring to Saturday’s incident. “I’m just sorry that other people at the restaurant seemed to be inconvenienced by all of this.” Buckle up people, because a whole bunch of Americans are about to be ‘inconvenienced’ by all this.

Erick Erickson is now asking when the shooting will begin. I wonder that too:

Progressives once claimed Republicans were racist. Now they claim Republicans are racist killers who need to be stopped. According to Democrats, Republicans attempted to kill people through passing tax cuts, repealing Obama era net neutrality regulations, merely considering the repeal of Obamacare and now by the president nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

We are already at a point where progressive protestors are showing up at the homes of Trump administration employees. White House staff, members of Congress, Fox News personalities and other notable conservatives are getting harassed and thrown out of restaurants. A random 16-year-old in San Antonio, TX was assaulted in a restaurant last week for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.

Democrats have now convinced a good portion of their base that Russia stole the 2016 election and that Russia is trying to steal the 2018 election as well. In fact, some Democratic consultants are already warning that Democrat leaders may be suppressing their vote by saying Russia is going to steal the election.

Democrats are increasingly vocal about the idea that they think Republicans in Congress are doing Russia’s bidding. They view Donald Trump as an authoritarian figure waiting for just the right moment to suspend elections and impose a dictatorship. Hollywood Director Josh Whedon declared merely considering Kavanaugh’s nomination would create the first American dictatorship.

On Independence Day, “The First Purge” came out in theaters. The movie posits that the National Rifle Association backed a coup that put a dictatorship in power in the United States. Democrats consider the group a terrorist organization that Republicans show fealty to. They also believe Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a terrorist organization that should be abolished. (emphasis added by me)

At this rate, it is only a matter of time until the left takes this to the next level. Then all hell will break loose. McConnell vowed just today that Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the Supreme Court by October 1st. Will that be the tipping point? I guess we’ll see.

McConnell made no bones about letting the protesters know that he would not fear them or worry about what they will do. He tweeted out a threat of sorts earlier this week that he would make sure his wife is with him next time. She is a pit bull and savaged the last morons that attacked Mitch. It was impressive… savagely awesome in fact. His wife, Elaine Chao, is the secretary of transportation. She literally had to be held back by security as immigration protesters were shouting at McConnell and she snarled at them, “You leave my husband alone!”

Many of the Democrats pushing to abolish ICE are craven cowards. Three of the House Democrats who put forth a bill to abolish ICE said they will not even vote for it, accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) of pulling a “political stunt” by allowing the bill to be voted on. It would not surprise me if Ocasio-Cortez smacked them up alongside the head for folding like that. Meanwhile, dozens of GOP senators, including McConnell, are backing a resolution that offers support for ICE and dismisses calls to nix the agency as “an insult to the heroic law enforcement officers of ICE.” Good for them… it’s about time they grew a set.

07/3/18

Abolishing ICE Is A Pre-911 Mentality

By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

In what may become a new litmus test, high-profile Democrats want to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). In doing so, they have been using hyperbole such as ‘black sites’ and ‘deportation force’ – not to mention failing to remember the lessons of 9/11.

Despite the president changing U.S. policy on border detentions, the open-borders advocates continue to protest.  Fueled by far-left benefactors like George Soros,  each weekend, there are protests and some have actually turned violent, such as the bloody unrest in Portland, Oregon.

What are the anti-ICE, pro-immigrant people missing?

There is a grassroots movement where citizens are fighting back to regain sovereignty. How about Brexit? There are other countries in the European Union that may follow Britain, such as Scotland or Italy. This whole globalism thing has been found to have dangerous components. Open borders give rise to lawlessness, confusion, fraud, death and trafficking of all sorts.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a rather young agency, established formally in 2003 with a real purpose, just a short time after the attacks on our country on 9/11. There was a rightful concern and in some cases a panic with not knowing who was in our country, how they got here and what they are doing here. For the continued sake of public safety, that condition remains as laws have gaps, while others invite questionable people in. Once investigated and with evidence, those people do need to be deported.

ICE holds the responsibility for many threatening cases such as female genital mutilation, an Islamic crime against women that occurs in America. Some of those cases involve people in the United States under a temporary visa, on visa overstays or just using falsified documents to enter the country.

ICE also has the lead on DarkNet vendors where illegal and illicit goods are sold and traded, such as drugs, counterfeit goods and weapons.

It was not too long ago, with the assistance of ICE, that Obama and Trump both deported Russian illegals that were part of spying and espionage rings and intellectual property theft. When it comes to gangs, no real description is required as we know full well about MS-13. There is also a Japanese gang known as Yakusa, which is an international organized crime syndicate. They have cells in Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. The FBI maintains 160 violent gang safe street task forces nationwide. If deportation is declared by the court in a criminal case, that is the role of ICE.

In 2007-2008, the United States prosecuted a case known as the Holyland Foundation trial. The Department of Justice handed down countless convictions for material support to Hamas, a terror organization. Many received sentencing in U.S. prisons and others were deported.

Are our memories so short that we forget Farook and Malik that were the San Bernardino terrorists? How about in 2016, where two refugees were arrested, both Palestinians born in Iraq. One was from Houston, while the other was from Sacramento. How about Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov? He was born in Tashkent and came to the United States in 2010 on a diversity immigrant visa. He rented a U-Haul truck and mowed down people in lower Manhattan on November 1, 2017. If government intelligence agencies, policy and tracking were well oiled machines, ICE would have detained him and deported him.

Facts are stubborn things. One such fact that was included in congressional testimony reported that since 2001, there were 549 convictions for international terror related cases. Of that number, 254 were not U.S. citizens and 148 received U.S. citizenship through naturalization.

Are the Democrats so shallow and so twisted that they demand ICE be abolished, but say nothing of the increased threat to public safety if ICE was re-tooled and open borders was a human right policy?

The Supreme Court decision to uphold President Trump’s travel suspension is hardly a Muslim ban since North Korea and Venezuela are part of proclamation 9645. There are countries that cannot provide or won’t provide credible background information on people attempting to enter the United States. The Trump White House is suspending distinctive travel requests until such time that a country can and will provide the necessary information.

We have come a very long way since 9/11 to enhance security, protections, intelligence, policies and procedures. Tell those Democrats this plan to abolish ICE has another threatening component and they have short memories. Pre-9/11 attitudes are reckless and ANTIFA should be designated a domestic terror organization in the meantime.

06/29/18

Commie Bill de Blasio Joins The Marxist Push To ‘Abolish ICE’

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The new rallying cry from the left is to abolish ICE. It’s part of a Marxist platform that aims to get rid of ICE, police and prisons. I know you won’t be shocked in the least that comrade New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has jumped on the bandwagon for this. But he’s hardly alone. All of this used to be considered far-left, now it’s mainstream liberalism. It’s sheer communism. The left wants open borders and therefore ICE must go. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio have added their support to the cause in the last 24 hours.

“I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force … and that’s why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works,” Gillibrand said in a CNN interview Thursday night. California’s Kamala Harris has called for ICE to be terminated as well. “We should abolish ICE,” de Blasio said Friday morning on WNYC radio. There’s a whole list of Democrats calling for this and one of them has entered a bill to actually do away with ICE. It will never go anywhere, but not for lack of trying from the left.

Gillibrand is the first sitting senator to endorse the ‘abolish ICE’ push. She’s considered a potential 2020 presidential contender. I don’t think this is going to help her presidential aspirations. But she’ll find that out herself. De Blasio and Gillibrand join numerous other Democratic candidates, House members, liberal commentators and writers who have fought back against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies by calling to gut ICE, which identifies, arrests and deports illegal immigrants inside the United States. They also stop a lot of crime committed by both illegal aliens and refugees coming into the U.S. But they don’t care about that.

If leftists can get rid of ICE, they are that much closer to throwing the borders wide open and allowing everyone in unfettered. They need these people to pad their voter base and to create a permanent political majority to basically take over the United States. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking win against Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) pushed the move into overdrive. It’s also turned the Democratic Party’s leadership on its head. Crowley was supposed to take over for Pelosi. No longer – Ocasio-Cortez is the fresh, new millennial Marxist face of the Democratic Party. She will usher in a wave of young communists that will once and for all shove the Democrats to the far-left permanently.

Ocasio-Cortez emphasized her support for abolishing ICE during her campaign and even protested outside an ICE center in Texas. She had slick propaganda buttons made up that endorsed abolishing ICE as well. “Its extra-judicial nature is baked into the structure of the agency and that is why they are able to get away with black sites at our border, with the separation of children,” the Democrat said in an interview this week. It doesn’t matter that what she says is a lie… it’s their new cause du jour. Ocasio-Cortez is here to raise more than a little hell… Venezuela style.

“As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States,” the 28 year-old Democrat said. “[I] believes that if we are to uphold civic justice, we must abolish ICE and see to it that our undocumented neighbors are treated with the dignity and respect owed to all people, regardless of citizenship status.”

More from Fox News — the Dems are really lining up on this one:

The focus on ICE comes in the wake of the controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which called for all illegal border crossers to be prosecuted. This in turn led to the separation of families due to longstanding detention rules, until President Trump signed an executive order last week ordering families be detained together.

With that controversy in the headlines, the abolition of ICE — which has long been the purview of far-left sections of the Democratic Party base advocating for open borders and no deportations — has moved from being a slogan on protest placards to an idea being mulled by rumored 2020 hopefuls.

“Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. ICE is broken, it’s divisive and it should be abolished,” de Blasio tweeted Friday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has come under heavy pressure from the left to call for the elimination of ICE, particularly amid a far-left challenge from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon — who called it a terrorist organization.

And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who has been floated as a 2020 Democratic contender, said that the U.S. should consider “starting from scratch” for ICE — though stopped short of calling to abolish it.

In Oregon, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who voted against the agency’s creation in 2002, doubled down on his opposition in a recent Medium post in which he called for it to be shut down.

“We should abolish ICE and start over, focusing on our priorities to protect our families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful fashion,” he said.

In January, the idea was endorsed by Brian Fallon, a former top aide to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s attorney general.

“ICE operates as an unaccountable deportation force,” Fallon tweeted. “Dems running in 2020 should campaign on ending the agency in its current form.”

And this isn’t limited to deep-blue states either. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) is the guy I mentioned earlier who introduced the bill to abolish the agency that was set up during President George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of 9/11. “I’m introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency’s blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families,” Pocan said in a statement. “The heartless actions of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation and the U.S. must develop a more humane immigration system, one that treats every person with dignity and respect.” Yes, and grants citizenship to everyone who comes here period.

Many Republicans see this extreme shift to the left as a political gift. That it may render Democrats unelectable. But given the win of Ocasio-Cortez and other DSA candidates, I’d be very careful to just assume that. That is the way countries are lost to communism. It’s never possible to become a communist country until it happens. Then it’s too late. If you aren’t vigilant and fight creeping Marxism, one day you wake up and you are surrounded by comrades that can’t figure out what just happened. “Based on the last week, Democrats apparently want to campaign on open borders, mass migration, & abolishing ICE,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Twitter. “Give them points for honesty. Let’s vote.”

Comrade de Blasio said, “Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. ICE is broken, it’s divisive and it should be abolished.” What he really means is there should be NO law enforcement. That’s the ‘reasonable’ part of his flawed argument. He joined more than 20 other mayors in traveling to the southern border last week and was turned away from a migrant detention center in Tornillo, Texas. “This is our federal government denying access, and not allowing information, and it’s not America. It’s crazy,” de Blasio said as he demonstrated outside Tornillo Migrant Children’s Facility.

What’s crazy is that he’s lying. He knows those facilities are clean and safe. The children have soft, warm beds, hot meals, medical treatment and are provided studies. Their clothes are clean and they are being well cared for. Which is more than you can say of the conditions they came here from. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” de Blasio scoffed. “These are public facilities paid for with taxpayer dollars. How on earth are we not allowed to see what’s happening to these children? It’s astounding, and it feels really un-American.” Why in the world would they just let strange politicians in? These children are already emotionally scarred without leftists posing for propagandic selfies with them.

This needs to be stopped. ICE is a badly needed piece of law enforcement on the border and elsewhere. Communists are getting very brazen here in the U.S. and George Soros is behind a lot of this. I think we should abolish them instead.

06/28/18

For Those That Want To Eliminate ICE, Read This

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

This operation goes back to at least 2017, where collaboration with several agencies and international programs began to investigate FGM.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST), with support from HSI’s Human Rights Violators War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU), has initiated Operation Limelight USA, a pilot program designed to bring awareness to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and deter its practice through training, outreach and enforcement.

This initiative is the U.S.based version of the United Kingdom’s Operation Limelight at Heathrow Airport conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service and Border Force.

The initiative aims to safeguard and prevent young girls from being subjected to FGM by informing passengers traveling to high-prevalence countries about the U.S. laws governing FGM and the potential criminal, immigration, and child protective consequences of transporting a child to another country for the purpose of FGM.

HSI HRVWCU intends to expand Operation Limelight USA to additional airports around the country, focusing on those airports serving the largest FGM- prevalent diaspora communities.

ICE leads effort to prevent female genital mutilation at Newark Airport

NEWARK, NJ – Starting on June 19, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark initiated Operation Limelight USA, a program designed to bring awareness to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and prevent young girls from being subjected to FGM by informing passengers traveling to FGM high-prevalence countries about the U.S. laws governing FGM and the potential criminal, immigration, and child protective consequences of transporting a child to another country for the purpose of FGM.

This initiative is the U.S. based version of the United Kingdom’s Operation Limelight at Heathrow Airport conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service and Border Force. The pilot program was initiated at JFK International Airport last year and was incredibly successful. HSI has expanded Operation Limelight USA to additional airports around the country, focusing on those airports serving the largest FGM- prevalent diaspora communities.  The operation at Newark International Airport met with similar success.

“Our aim here is three-fold regarding this brutal practice,” said Brett Dreyer, assistant special in charge, HSI Newark, and who led the efforts for Operation Limelight at JFK Airport last year and at Newark Airport this year. “Enforcement is a key piece here, but so is outreach and prevention. This is why we have partnered with other government agencies, NGOs and, most importantly, survivors and advocates from the community to share knowledge and resources so we may collectively end this practice.”

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is extremely proud to have assisted in this awareness program,” said Robert E. Perez, director New York Field office.  “It is through collaborative efforts, such as this Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Program, that law enforcement agencies can contribute to the prevention of these serious human rights violations.”

FGM is a serious human rights violation, and a gender-specific form of child abuse. This harmful traditional practice negatively affects millions of women and girls around the world, and is concentrated in thirty-one countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  FGM provides no health benefits and in fact can cause lifelong consequences including chronic infection, severe complications during childbirth, mental health and even death.

HSI is in a unique position to engage with the traveling public at U.S. borders and ports of entry to focus on the prevention of “vacation cutting”, or sending children out of the United States for the purpose of FGM.  As part of Operation Limelight USA, special agents, who have completed FGM-related training, speak to passengers flying to or from high-risk countries, offering informational brochures and identifying potential victims and violators of FGM. These discussions both educate passengers on the consequences of involvement in FGM and provide passengers with a means by which to refer cases or receive victim assistance.

Additionally, HSI Newark has partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, NJ state agencies representing children, local health practitioners, community organizations, and survivors in the fight against FGM. These partnerships reflect the necessity for a whole government approach to prevention of FGM.

Federal law, under Title 18 of United States Code (U.S.C.) §116, prohibits individuals from conducting, assisting, attempting or conspiring to conduct FGM in the United States or facilitating the international travel to perform FGM abroad on female children, under age 18.  Additionally, 26 states, including New Jersey, have specifically outlawed FGM, and for the remaining 24 states, FGM would fall under existing child abuse statutes.

In April 2017, an HSI and FBI joint investigation led to the arrest of a Detroit emergency room physician who was charged with performing FGM on girls who were approximately six to eight years of age. This case, which is being prosecuted out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, is the first case of an individual facing prosecution in the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. §116, which criminalizes FGM.

Members of the public who have information about individuals suspected of engaging in human rights abuses, to include FGM, are urged to call the HSI tip line at – 1-866-DHS-2423 (1-866-347-2423). Callers may remain anonymous. To learn more about the assistance available to victims in these cases, the public should contact the confidential victim-witness toll-free number at 1-866-872-4973.  You can learn more about HSI’s mission to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety at www.ICE.gov.