Get Ready for the Biden Gun Grab

H/T Town Hall.

Joe Pee Pads Biden is having wet dreams about his gun grab.

Democrats now have single-party control of the federal government. President Joe Biden styled himself as the most moderate candidate his party had to offer. And still, during the campaign he promised to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s gun policies. 

 

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so. 

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny. 

We’ve already seen what private tech companies are willing to do to curtail First Amendment freedoms, and we’ll soon find out what Democrats on Capitol Hill want to do to eviscerate the Second Amendment.  

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist. 

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening. The Democrats now have a majority in the House and Senate. While they maybe couldn’t pass a bill that says this directly, they are savvy enough to find some small bit of language to insert into some unrelated bill, which federal rule-making agencies would then use to make a regulation – working hand-in-glove with anti-gun lawyers – to set the stage for a legal assault against gun manufacturers. 

Biden also wants to ban the sale of “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” altogether. The old argument “why would anyone need a high capacity magazine” should have been effectively answered by scenes from this summer’s riots, as business owners faced off against huge mobs intent on burning down their business and ending their livelihood. But the left doesn’t want them to have that protection. And as for the old question “what exactly is an assault weapon?” You can bet that they will try to define it as expansive as possible, to try to ban as many physical varieties of guns as they can.

The Biden campaign also promised to do a national “buy-back” of so-called “assault weapons.” The misleading term “buy-back” conceals the fact that if Americans don’t want to give up their guns, they will be forced to register them with the federal government. The fear about this has always been that this national database could be the prelude for a direct federal gun confiscation program, like what the left always applauds Australia for and like Beto O-Rourke said he wants to do here. 

If you had asked me last week just how endangered our Second Amendment freedoms are, I might have been less concerned. I would have said that a Republican Senate will hold back the worst excesses of the left. I would have pointed out that many people argue that Biden is a good enough politician to realize that he won on an historically small and contested margin and commands historically small legislative majorities, that he therefore knows he does not have the same mandate Barack Obama thought he had to “fundamentally transform” America after his landslide victory and the total implosion of the Republican Party after eight years of George W. Bush. 

But today, I’m less sure. The Democrats now have total control over the federal government. And whatever prudent caution Biden might have felt will now likely be over-ridden by the left’s firm conviction that last week proved that whether America wants it or not, it must be fundamentally transformed. 

I can’t tell you exactly what they’re planning. But with two weeks left before Biden’s inaugurated, just remember – it’s a lot easier for them to stop you from buying a gun than to take one out of your hands. 

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement on Incoming Biden Administration

H/T AmmoLand.

It is going to be a long dark time for gun owners under the Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris administration.

 

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Firearms Policy Coalition has released the following statement after Congress today affirmed the Electoral College vote for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris:

As we have said before, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represent a clear and present danger to liberty, freedom, the Constitution, and the values that have made America the greatest country in the world. Given the results of the Georgia runoff election, anti-rights politicians and bureaucrats are set to control the Congress, the White House, and the administrative state, including the rogue Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

Biden and Harris have made it clear that their dangerous agenda includes incredibly expansive and unconstitutional gun control policies, and that they expect Congress to pass many new laws restricting rights, conduct, and property. Indeed, since the 117th Congress was sworn in, many statist, anti-American gun control bills have already been introduced.

In the coming months and years, the attacks on our fundamental rights and liberty will likely be unprecedented, relentless, and lawless. From expanding categories of prohibited persons and “red flag” laws to “universal background checks,” bans on free speech and ‘3D’ printing technology, encryption bans, deplatforming, “Operation Choke Point” and banking restrictions, new prohibitions and restrictions on firearms, magazines, ammunition, and other constitutionally protected arms, expansion of the irrational National Firearms Act, laws to incarcerate thousands more people every year, and, sadly, much, much more. It is not hyperbole to say that the Biden-Harris era may be the most challenging of our lifetimes.

However, as we have explained before, our fundamental rights do not come from the government, the people, or even the Constitution itself. Our right to keep and bear arms exists with or without official legal recognition of it, with or without judicial enforcement of it, and with or without a desire for them to be exercised or respected.

FPC and our Grassroots Army members are resolved to aggressively counter these unconstitutional and immoral proposed policies and unforgivable infringements of our natural, human rights. Our FPC Law team is steeled and prepared to take on important issues and many new lawsuits. And we are confident that, if we hold fast and work together, the right to keep and bear arms—and our Republic—will endure. FPC will continue to fiercely execute our advancement strategy, fight forward based on philosophy and principles, defend and restore the rights and liberty of the People, and create a world of maximal individual liberty.

Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org) and its FPC Law team are the nation’s next-generation advocates leading the Second Amendment litigation and research space, having recently filed two United States Supreme Court petitions for certiorari (review) (Folajtar v. Attorney General and Holloway v. Attorney General) and several major federal Second Amendment lawsuits, including challenges to the State of Maryland’s ban on “assault weapons” (Bianchi v. Frosh), the State of Pennsylvania’s and Allegheny County’s carry restrictions (Cowey v. Mullen), Philadelphia’s Gun Permit Unit policies and practices (Fetsurka v. Outlaw), Pennsylvania’s ban on carry by adults under 21 years of age (Lara v. Evanchick), California’s Handgun Ban and “Roster” laws (Renna v. Becerra), Maryland’s carry ban (Call v. Jones), New Jersey’s carry ban (Bennett v. Davis), New York City’s carry ban (Greco v. New York City), the federal ban on the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition by federal firearm licensees (FFLs) to adults under 21 years of age (Reese v. BATFE), and others, with many more cases being prepared today. To follow these and other legal cases FPC is actively working on, visit the Legal Action section of FPC’s website or follow FPC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.

FPC’s mission is to protect and defend constitutional rights—especially the right to keep and bear arms—advance individual liberty, and restore freedom through litigation and legal action, legislative and regulatory action, education, outreach, grassroots activism, and other programs. FPC Law is the nation’s largest public interest legal team focused on Second Amendment and adjacent fundamental rights including freedom of speech and due process, conducting litigation, research, scholarly publications, and amicus briefing, among other efforts. FPC is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization.

NOTICE — POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS NEEDED!

FPC is urgently seeking individual and FFL plaintiffs for a number of lawsuits that are being prepared to challenge laws and policies that infringe on fundamental rights, including (but not limited to):

  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from purchasing and/or possessing so-called “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms with standard characteristics) and “high-capacity” magazines (standard magazines that hold more than 10 rounds)
  • Laws and policies that prevent adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 from purchasing handguns from FFLs
  • Laws and policies that prevent adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 from carrying loaded handguns and other arms outside of their home
  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from acquiring and/or possessing handguns and other arms without first acquiring a “purchase permit”
  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from acquiring or possessing firearms due to a conviction for a non-violent crime, or mental health adjudication that did not involve an involuntary commitment
  • Laws that prevent honorably discharged veterans from acquiring or possessing firearms because they have been classified as “a mental defective” due to the agency’s determination that they “lack the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs” because they need assistance managing VA benefits and have a fiduciary

If someone you know meets the criteria above, or if you would be interested in participating in litigation as a supporting FFL, please contact us:

  • On the web at www.firearmspolicy.org/hotline
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  • By phone at (855) 252-4510 (FPC Legal Action Hotline available 24/7/365)

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Nearly 23 Million Firearms Sold During 2020

H/T Breitbart.

Joe Pee Pads Biden would love to confiscate all of these 23 million guns plus all of the other gun that are owned by Americans.

Americans underwent over 21 million background checks and purchased nearly 23 million firearms during 2020.

Fox Business reports that 21 million-plus background checks represent an increase of “60 percent from 2019.”  Moreover, the number of background checks conducted in 2020 broke the 2016 record by 34 percent.

Breitbart News tracked these record background checks throughout last year as each month — January 2020 through December 2020 — set a record for the most background checks in its respective month.

For example, January 2020 witnessed more background checks than any January in history, February 2020 more background checks than any February in history, March 2020 more than any March in history, and so it went all the way through December 2020.

Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting estimates nearly 23 million firearms were sold during 2020, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation indicates over 8.4 million first-time gun buyers were among those making purchases last year.

 

GOP Lawmakers Concerned Biden Defense Sec Pick Will Be Rammed Through Congress

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Will retired general Lloyd Austin be rammed through Congress because he was was associated with Bathhouse Barry Obama and Joe Pee Pads Biden? Personally I do not think he has what it takes to be Defense Secretary.

Urge careful deliberation on Pentagon pick with sparse public record.

Republican lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee are expressing concerns the incoming Biden administration will force through its selection of retired general Lloyd Austin to serve as the nation’s next defense secretary, according to a letter sent Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that raises questions about the nominee’s sparse public record.

Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command during the Obama administration, retired in 2016 and requires a congressional waiver to serve as the Defense Department’s top civilian official due to a law prohibiting military members from serving as defense secretary until they have been out of the service for seven years. Republican leaders on the Armed Services Committee urged Pelosi to grant “full deliberation for the waiver processes,” citing concerns his vote “may be rushed to the House floor,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Despite his sterling military credentials, Austin does not have a lengthy public record, and lawmakers are likely to press him on matters ranging from the growing threat posed by China to his work in the Middle East as CENTCOM’s top official. The House granted retired four-star general Jim Mattis a waiver in 2017 after the White House declined to permit his testimony before the Armed Services Committee. At that time, Democrats overwhelmingly voted against the waiver, citing concerns he would sideline the department’s civilian leadership. Lawmakers are concerned Austin would do the same given his background.

“Civilian oversight of our armed forces is too important to expedite,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter led by Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.). The letter was signed by nine other GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, including Reps. Mike Gallagher (Wis.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jack Bergman (Mich.), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.), and Mo Brooks (Ala.).

Congress has only granted such a waiver twice in its history—once in 1950 and again in 2017, when President Donald Trump selected Mattis. The seven-year delay is in place to ensure a strict division between the Pentagon’s military and civilian leadership.

“Civilian oversight of our military is one of the things that makes our country great. If Speaker Pelosi fast-tracks the waiver without allowing the Armed Services Committee to even discuss it, she will have unilaterally abandoned another longstanding principle of our Republic,” Banks told the Free Beacon.

Biden’s transition team has yet to publicly confirm recent claims by the Armed Services Committee’s Democratic leader, Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), that Austin has agreed to appear before his committee prior to any vote on the waiver.

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted in early December that Austin would speak with committee members but did not agree to formal hearings in front of Congress.

 

“Secretary-designate Austin is looking forward to speaking with congressional leadership early on, including House leadership, and both Senate and House Armed Service Committee members,” Psaki tweeted.

Smith expressed concerns last year, when Austin was first selected, “about again appointing a recently retired general to be secretary of defense.” He urged Austin to “meet with the members of the House Armed Services Committee so they can ask questions about civilian control of the military, and to be assured that General Austin is committed to this important principle and understands what he will have to do to make sure it is upheld during his tenure as secretary of defense.”

Joe Biden has enjoyed a close relationship with Austin since his time in the Obama administration, and said in a December op-ed explaining his pick that the military official “will do an outstanding job.”

Austin led a push during the Obama administration to bring home some 150,000 American troops from Iraq. “Given the immense and urgent threats and challenges our nation faces, he should be confirmed swiftly,” Biden wrote.

Biden Chief of Staff Seems to Back $23 Minimum Wage

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Joe Pee Pads Biden wants $15.00 per hr. minimum wage will his Chief Of Staff convince him to push for $23.00 per hr.?

$15.00 per hr.minimum wage  would cost jobs and cause businesses to close $23.00 would bankrupt many more businesses.

Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain on Friday appeared to endorse a $23-per-hour minimum wage, just minutes after President-elect Joe Biden called for boosting the federal minimum wage.

Klain retweeted a tweet by California-based investor and onetime presidential aspirant Joe Sanberg that called $15 per hour a “step in the right direction” but argued that Americans are “entitled to $23 an hour” to keep in line with rising productivity since the 1960s.

The Biden transition team did not respond to a request for comment as to whether either Klain or Biden endorses a $23-per-hour minimum wage.

Klain’s gesture came as Biden said Friday that he wanted to see the federal minimum wage boosted to $15 per hour, up from $7.25. That’s in line with the demands of the “Fight for Fifteen” movement, which has agitated for a national wage hike since 2012. Biden has already endorsed the proposal as part of his “build back better” economic agenda.

Sanberg is a generous supporter of Biden. FEC records indicate that he gave $50,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, a pro-Biden fundraising group, as well as the legal maximum of $2,800 to the candidate himself. He has generously supported other Democrats and was at one point considering a run for the 2020 Democratic nomination himself on an anti-poverty platform.

A $23-per-hour minimum wage would likely exacerbate inequality even more than a $15-per-hour payout. That’s the conclusion of an expert analysis of the $15 proposal from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center. While a higher federal minimum wage would boost some workers’ earnings, it would do so at the expense of pushing others out of the labor market—specifically, Mercatus fellow Robert Graboyes notes, the “young, inexperienced, disabled, and poorly educated, along with immigrants, inner-city dwellers, those whose skills have grown obsolete, and residents of areas where costs of living are low.”

As Dems Retake Government, Standoff With Party’s Left Flank Looms

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is going to be interesting seeing the DemocRats at war with each other.

It will be interesting to see how far to the left AOC and the squad can make the party go.

Will Joe Pee Pads Biden allow the hard left lurch or will he quit and all Kalama Knee Pads Harris to oversee the leftward lurch?

We need to fasten our seatbelts as it is going to be a long hard and bumpy four years.

First Dem-controlled gov’t in a decade means fights over filibuster, court packing, socialist agenda

Victory in Georgia has guaranteed Democratic control of the White House and Congress, giving President-elect Joe Biden expanded options but also denying him cover from the demands of his party’s radical left wing.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s surprise double triumph on Tuesday makes possible many of Biden’s more expansive legislative priorities, such as his promised revisions to Obamacare or his $2 trillion climate plan. But it also means that he has lost the convenient excuse of a Republican-controlled Senate, which would have allowed him to refuse the more revolutionary changes endorsed by members of his party.

Instead, progressive groups are already agitating for proposals such as ending the Senate’s filibuster. Eli Zupnick, spokesman for the left-leaning Fix Our Senate, responded to the news of Warnock and Ossoff’s victory with bluntness: “What does this election mean? The filibuster is dead.”

Similar calls will soon emerge from other corners, pushing for court packing, the addition of new states, radical appointees, and the agenda of the House’s socialist “squad” caucus. Paradoxically, Biden’s victory in the Senate may have set up an even greater battle: not against Republicans, but across the ever-growing fault lines which divide his party.

As much is particularly true due to the razor-thin margin by which Democrats control government. They will hold the Senate only through the grace of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, while Republicans chipped away at their already narrow control of the House in the November election.

That margin will come into play over a likely contentious debate over the filibuster. Democrats’ sub-60-vote position means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) can still stall much of Biden’s agenda, as he did in the latter days of the Obama administration. Recognizing this, soon-to-be majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has repeatedly signaled an openness to ending the practice.

In this, Schumer has been joined by progressive members of his caucus such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), as well as former president Barack Obama. But blue dog senators have been hostile: Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.), and Jon Tester (D., Mont.) are all opposed, while Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) has dodged the question. So too has Warnock, while Ossoff offered only a “maybe” when asked.

Abolishing the filibuster would be a prerequisite for another major change Schumer has been eyeing—granting statehood to the District of Columbia and possibly Puerto Rico, guaranteeing two to four more Democrats in the upper chamber. But it would not be necessary to add further justices to the Supreme Court, a move many Democrats agitated for in the wake of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment. Biden has remained conspicuously silent on the issue of court packing, which would require his involvement but would see the ostensible moderate yielding to progressives over the majority of Americans.

Such major changes are not the only place Democratic control could be a headache for Biden. McConnell’s control of the Senate was expected to moderate Biden’s selection for top posts, and the president-elect has leaned toward the center in many of his taps.

But a Democrat-controlled Senate will allow more controversial choices, like the inflammatory OMB pick Neera Tanden, a serious hearing Biden may not have expected. And it could give new life to appointment priorities from the left, like the list of 100 foreign policy progressives that until Tuesday appeared dead on arrival.

A similar headache may await House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), as a smaller caucus gives more power to the growing “squad” of Democratic socialists in her chamber. A cadre of online progressives spent the days leading up to the vote for speaker agitating for Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), and others to withhold their votes unless Pelosi agreed to allow a vote on Medicare for All. Ocasio-Cortez shot down the idea but acknowledged it—indicating future pressure efforts may be more fruitful.

Pelosi, in other words, could experience a redux of the standoffs that defined the relationship between former speaker John Boehner and the House Freedom Caucus, which ended with Boehner’s resignation. Biden, similarly, risks his agenda being hijacked—not by obstreperous Republicans, as expected, but by members of his own party eager to seize power.

 

President Trump Announces He Will Skip Joe Biden’s Inauguration

H/T The Daily Caller.

Joe Pee Pads Biden is a illegitimate president so I do not blame President Trump is he does not go to the inauguration.

I say shame on Vice President Pence if he attends.

President Donald Trump announced Friday he will skip President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20.

Trump made the announcement via Twitter after weeks of speculation that he would not attend, breaking tradition. It is highly irregular for an outgoing president to skip the inauguration of an outgoing president, happening only a handful of times in American history. Trump has not officially announced where he will be on Inauguration Day, but reports in December suggested he may hold a rally in Florida.

The last president to skip his successor’s inauguration was Andrew Johnson in 1869, more than 150 years ago. Johnson and the incoming president, Ulysses S. Grant, despised each other and often clashed over how to continue President Abraham’s Lincoln’s legacy after his assassination.

 

 

Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly expected to break with Trump and attend Biden’s ceremony, however. Sources close to Pence told Politico that the vice president’s decision became easier after Trump publicly criticized him for refusing to “decertify” Biden’s Electoral College win Wednesday.

Trump’s presidency has been reeling in the wake of Wednesday’s events, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was certifying Biden’s victory

 

Trump’s administration has also seen a spate of resignations since Wednesday, including former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Democrats and many Republicans argue Trump incited the mob to march on the Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both urged Pence to remove Trump from office via the 25th Amendment. Pence has given no indication that he plans to do so, and Pelosi has said she may vote on new articles of impeachment.

New DHS Report Paints Picture of Biden’s Immigration Challenges

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The immigration situation will get out of control under Joe Pee Pads Biden.

Lax immigration enforcement under Biden could bring about a new border crisis.

New data from the Department of Homeland Security capture the changing face of illegal immigration, revealing dramatic shifts that will shape President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes for comprehensive immigration reform.

The report from the Office of Immigration Statistics captures a transition as the share of lone adults, particularly from Mexico, declined, replaced by children and adults traveling with them from the “northern triangle” countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. That change in turn has led to a dramatic decline in the number of individuals reported, as members of the latter group rely on more accommodative legal protections to remain in the country far longer than the former.

The report also shows that individuals who were not detained after apprehension are much more likely to still be in the country. That’s a sign, acting deputy homeland security director Ken Cuccinelli wrote, that “catch and release” policies do not work.

That such policies, including an expansion of the use of “alternatives to detention,” are top of the Biden immigration agenda augurs poorly for the incoming president. The challenges that changing migration patterns posed to the Obama and Trump administrations are unlikely to go away under Biden, teeing up yet another border crisis and ensuing political meltdown.

The report combines data from myriad sources to track the “lifecycle” of would-be entrants apprehended over the past five years at the southwestern border, providing information on the immigration status of some 3.5 million apprehensions. Its coverage bookends two major migrant crises: a surge of unaccompanied minors in 2014, and a much larger surge of both families and unaccompanied kids in late 2018 and early 2019.

These two crises are part of the changing face of migration. Whereas in the period of 2000 to 2004, 97 percent of all those apprehended were Mexicans—many of them lone adults seeking work—by 2019 that share had dropped to just 24 percent. By contrast, arrivals from the “northern triangle” countries rose from 44 percent of apprehensions in 2014 to 64 percent in 2019, amid the second crisis. Many of these individuals were children, often quite young, and adults traveling with them, claiming to be their family members.

Those demographic differences strongly determine what happens to an individual after he or she is apprehended. Single adults are quickly deported, with 78 percent of those apprehended over the preceding five years repatriated by Q2 2020. But family arrivals and children are not—just 32 percent of the latter, and only 11 percent of the former, had their cases resolved as of Q2 2020.

Such migration is likely to rise under Biden, who has promised to substantially reduce immigration enforcement and intends to pursue an amnesty, both of which could incentivize further arrivals. Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that apprehensions at the border rose year-on-year in the immediate lead-up to and aftermath of Biden’s election, which may indicate a rising tide of migrants eager to take advantage of a more lax immigration regime.

Those arrivals will enjoy the same preexisting immigration challenges that the Center for Immigration Studies’ Andrew Arthur identified as driving the low number of deportations for families and children. “Loopholes” in federal immigration law incentivize the bringing of children from noncontiguous countries and delay almost indefinitely their immigration court process.

In particular, abuse of the asylum system, and of provisions which require the release from detention of minors and their guardians, results in large populations who arrive, are released, and never show up for subsequent immigration processing. According to the report, just 1 percent of those detained had unexecuted removal orders, while 55 percent of those released were still listed as unresolved.

The reason for this dynamic is not that those who arrive at the southwestern border have reasonable claims to be asylees: Just 14 percent of initial applicants are eventually granted asylum. Similarly, among those cases resolved, roughly 13.6 percent were granted some relief, while the rest were summarily deported.

In other words, the report indicates a large and persistent challenge to the U.S. immigration system, with an ever-growing pool of illegal entrants and an ever-expanding backlog of immigration court cases jamming up the process of legal immigration and the limited resources of DHS.

That dynamic is likely to continue, and even expand, under the Biden DHS. Biden’s promised undoing of many of President Donald Trump’s tougher enforcement tools, including the “Remain in Mexico” policy and the limitation of “reasonable fear” asylum claims, could exacerbate the inflow of people driven by the “loopholes” Arthur and Cuccinelli identify. So too could the deployment of “alternatives to detention,” which Cuccinelli specifically singled out as problematic.

The Biden team, likely spooked by the surging apprehension numbers, has signaled that it will slow-roll the undoing of Trump’s immigration agenda. But it has not promised any of the “targeted legislative fixes” endorsed by Cuccinelli in his letter, leaving in place the adverse incentives. That could lead to another humanitarian crisis at the southwestern border—a ticking time bomb Biden’s team has evinced little interest in defusing.

Biden Has Finally Announced His Entire Cabinet. Here’s What You Need To Know

H/T  The Daily Caller.

God help us during the Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime.

Since President-elect Joe Biden won the election in November, he has been announcing the Cabinet nominees who will help him achieve his administration’s agenda.https://d1ee6963644cc785df2d982aa91cf036.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

His nominees, if confirmed by the Senate after he takes office, would comprise the most diverse Cabinet in American history, a promise which Biden made while campaigning. Below is a list of who he has chosen to head departments throughout the executive branch.

Judge Merrick Garland, Attorney General

Biden tapped D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland to be his attorney general on Jan. 7.

Garland was appointed to the circuit by former President Bill Clinton in 1997. His nomination was reported as Democrats became poised to take the Senate for the first time since 2015, potentially giving Biden enough votes to successfully appoint Garland’s eventual successor on the circuit court.

Former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, but he was denied confirmation hearings by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said at the time that Supreme Court vacancies should not be filled in an election year.

If confirmed, Garland would immediately oversee the federal investigation into the president-elect’s son Hunter Biden over his taxes and business dealings, and a special counsel investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Biden has repeatedly said that the investigation into his son would have no bearing on his selection of an attorney general.

While working in the Department of Justice, Garland prosecuted the Oklahoma City bombers and the Unabomber.

During his acceptance speech, Garland said that he would not have agreed to serve had it not been for Biden’s and Vice President-elect Harris assurance that the Justice Department would remain independent.

“The rule of law is not just some lawyers’ turn of phrase. It is the very foundation of our democracy,” he said.

Antony Blinken, Secretary of State

Biden tapped former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to be the United States’ top diplomat on Nov. 24, 2020.

Blinken has long advised Biden on foreign policy, including serving as his top aide while Biden was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Blinken is a strong advocate for international alliances and coalitions, including the Paris Climate Accords, the World Health Organization and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. He criticized the Trump administration for its withdrawing from the Iran deal in 2018.

Blinken was an advocate for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 2015 trade deal between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries intended to decrease China’s influence in the region, and criticized the Trump administration’s withdrawal from it, calling it a strategic and economic mistake.

“Without U.S. leadership, China fills [the] gap and worker, environmental and intellectual property rights wane. Not in our interest,” Blinken tweeted.

Blinken did, however, praise the Trump administration’s peace deals between Israel and other Middle Eastern nations in an interview with Jewish Insider.

“It is good for Israel that the [Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates] are recognizing [Israel’s] existence and moving toward normalization,” he said in the October interview. “That’s a positive step and one that should be applauded and one that Vice President Biden did applaud in the moment.”

Blinken added that the significance of the deals was “a little bit overstating,” noting that the countries had never actually been at war.Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense

Joe Biden picked retired four-star Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense on Dec. 8, the Daily Caller reported.

Austin downplayed ISIS in 2014 and denied allegations of brushing off the terrorist group while serving as commander of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, the DCNF reported. Witnesses said he did not like to receive bad news about the campaign against ISIS because they thought his goal was to portray a “rosier” image of the conflict

Austin is the only African American to have led the U.S. Central Command, according to Politico. He oversaw the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq in 2011. Biden commended him for his role in bringing 150,000 troops home from Afghanistan, the Daily Caller reported.

He previously served on the board of the defense contractor Raytheon Technologies, which critics say could be a possible conflict of interest, The New York Times reported.

The Alabama native would be the first black man to oversee the Pentagon if confirmed.

Janet Yellen, Secretary of Treasury

Biden officially announced that he would nominate former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to be his secretary of the Department of the Treasury on Nov. 30.

Yellen, 74, who was the first woman to serve as Federal Reserve chair after her Senate confirmation in 2014, would be the first woman to head the Treasury Department, according to CNBC. Yellen is widely considered to be a “safe” pick with a high likelihood of confirmation by a closely divided Senate.

“She’s well liked, but she gets her way,” economic-advisory firm MacroPolicy Perspectives founder Julia Coronado told The Wall Street Journal. “One of her underappreciated talents is the ability to drive a consensus in pretty convincing ways. She got stuff done.”

Yellen will be tasked with leading the U.S. economy back from the devastating toll caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to The WSJ. Millions of Americans remain unemployed and job growth has slowed.

She recently supported the idea that Congress should guide the economic recovery by increasing spending, The WSJ reported. She said it was the role of Congress to fight unemployment and support small businesses by spending more.

President Donald Trump replaced Yellen with current Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell in 2018.

Yellen reportedly raked in more than $7.2 million giving speeches at giant Wall Street firms including Citi and Goldman Sachs, and other large corporations including Google.U.S. Secretary of the Treasury nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Getty Images)

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security

Biden picked former Obama-era Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the department on Nov. 23, the DCNF reported.

Mayorkas previously worked in strategic counseling and crisis management for WilmerHale, an international law firm. He served as the deputy of DHS under the Obama-Biden administration from 2013-2016 and led the Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2009-2015.

The Cuban native would be the first immigrant and first Hispanic to lead DHS if confirmed by the Senate.

Mayorkas reportedly lobbied the Clinton administration for clemency on behalf of a convicted cocaine trafficker while acting Los Angeles U.S. attorney, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation. The House committee called Mayorka’s advocacy “totally inappropriate” given his position.

He allegedly helped Democrats like Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, obtain visas for their wealthy Chinese business partners, the DCNF reported. Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Mayorkas should be disqualified from consideration due to his actions.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Biden nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services Department on Dec. 7. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino to hold the position.

Becerra, a former Congressman from Los Angeles, emerged as the leading candidate for the post only a few days before he was chosen. If confirmed, he would take over a department critical to guiding the United States out of the coronavirus pandemic and responsible for overseeing the nationwide distribution of safe and effective vaccines.

As the attorney general of the country’s largest state, Becerra led multiple legal efforts in defense of the Affordable Care Act and has been a vocal advocate for women’s health and abortion access.

“The A.C.A. has been life-changing and now through this pandemic, we can see all the value in having greater access to quality health care at affordable prices,” he said in a Supreme Court brief in June.

Becerra also said in 2017 that he would “absolutely” support Medicare-for-All, though Biden has explicitly rejected the proposal and instead favored building on the A.C.A.

Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education

Biden selected Miguel Cardona, the current Connecticut education commissioner, to lead the Department of Education in his incoming administration on Dec. 22.

Cardona began his career in education as a public school teacher in Meriden, Connecticut before he served as a school principal, according to his official bio. After more than a decade, Cardona transitioned to the school district’s central office to lead the work of performance and evaluation.

Cardona, a former member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), would be a great choice to lead the Department of Education because of his past union affiliation, AFT President Randi Weingarten tweeted, applauding the pick.

The AFT and National Education Association, which are among the largest unions in the U.S., both endorsed Biden during the Democratic primaries in March. Weingarten said Biden shares AFT’s values in her endorsement message.

“Joe Biden is the experienced and empathic leader our country needs right now,” Weingarten said in a statement.

If confirmed by the Senate in 2021, Cardona will likely find himself in the middle of a school reopening fight, according to CNN. Cardona has been a strong advocate of reopening schools and has argued that virtual learning causes children to fall behind on classwork.

Biden has pledged to reopen most of the nation’s schools within the first 100 days of his presidency.Dr. Miguel Cardona, US President-Elect Joe Biden's nominee for Education Secretary, speaks during an event announcing his nomination at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 23, 2020. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Miguel Cardona, US President-Elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Education Secretary, speaks during an event announcing his nomination at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 23, 2020. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Rep. Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior

Biden chose New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland to lead the Interior Department on Dec. 17. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American to lead a cabinet-level agency.

Haaland’s nomination was almost universally celebrated among Democrats. As Interior Secretary, she would be responsible for not only overseeing approximately 500 million acres of federal land, but would oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which played a central role in the dislocation of Native Americans throughout its history.

She would also be directly involved in carrying out Biden’s energy and climate agenda, including leading the effort to reinstate protections on federal lands that the Trump administration opened up to mining, logging, drilling and construction.Congresswoman Deb Haaland delivers remarks after being introduced as US President-elect Joe Bidens nominee to be the next US Secretary of Interior at the Queen Theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Congresswoman Deb Haaland delivers remarks after being introduced as US President-elect Joe Bidens nominee to be the next US Secretary of Interior at the Queen Theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

In Congress, Haaland served on the House Natural Resources Committee and has been a forceful advocate for climate change prevention and environmental preservation.

“Our Interior Department will fight to address climate change and environmental injustice,” she said during her speech following Biden’s announcement of her nomination. “We will empower communities who have shouldered the burdens of environmental negligence. And we will ensure that our decisions will once again be driven by science.

Haaland also made history in 2018, when she and Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids became the first two Native American women elected to Congress.

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Biden announced Tom Vilsack as his pick to lead the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec. 9.

Vilsack served in the same position — USDA secretary — for the entirety of former President Barack Obama’s presidency. He has been an adviser on agriculture and rural issues for Biden’s campaign.

Vilsack previously served as governor of Iowa for two terms, according to Ballotpedia. He was also an Iowa state senator and the mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. (RELATED: Biden’s Pick For USDA Chief Fought Hard Against Drug Testing For SNAP Recipients)

Biden reportedly picked Vilsack due to his familiarity with the USDA’s structure and organization, Politico reported. His confirmation will also likely be swift and quick because of his experience and lack of scandals when he led the department under Obama.

Vilsack made several achievements while leading the USDA, according to his official department biography. He improved U.S. conservation efforts, was involved with drawing up a trade agreement with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and invested in food assistance programs.

The USDA will reportedly be a major part of Biden’s plan to address economic inequality, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and deteriorating public health infrastructure, according to Politico. Vilsack, who was a strong proponent of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, will lead those efforts if confirmed.

Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy

Biden announced he would nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary on Dec. 16.

Granholm, who served as governor from 2002-2010, led Michigan through the Great Recession and oversaw the recovery of the state’s auto industry, working closely with President Barack Obama to craft a bailout for General Motors and Chrysler in 2009.

She championed investments in renewable energy throughout her two terms and has been a vocal advocate for its adoption nationwide since leaving office. She gave a TED Talk in 2011 discussing how investments in clean energy could accelerate states’ economic growth, mirroring what has become a central piece of Biden’s economic recovery plan, and authored an op-ed in November calling for a low-carbon recovery.

Her nomination earned praise from environmental groups, who touted her record as governor and as a proponent of clean energy.

If confirmed by the Senate, Granholm would be just the second woman to lead the department, which oversees a vast range of federal energy initiatives and the United States nuclear weapons complex.

Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Biden picked Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge as his nominee for secretary of housing and urban development on Dec. 8, the Daily Caller reported.

Fudge was elected to Congress in 2008 after serving as Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, according to The Washington Post.

She will be the first black woman to lead the department if confirmed, the Daily Caller reported. The department is expected to return to an Obama-era push to combat racial segregation in public housing and to handle the eviction crisis caused by COVID-19, according to Politico.

Fudge was chosen after Democratic Rep. James Clyburn criticized the president-elect for not choosing enough black people for cabinet positions, The Hill reported.

Rep. Marcia Fudge delivers remarks after being introduced as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs at the Queen Theater on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation

Biden picked former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to be his nominee for secretary of transportation on Dec. 15, the Daily Caller reported.

Buttigieg suspended his presidential campaign to endorse Biden just before Super Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

The 38-year-old former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and former intelligence officer in Afghanistan hosted events and fundraised for the Biden campaign after dropping out of the race, according to the Daily Caller.

Buttigieg was criticized for his work at McKinsey, a global consultancy firm where he reportedly focused on paperwork instead of clientele, according to The Atlantic. He has also been criticized for failing to connect with minority voters, The New York Times reported.

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Biden picked former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough to be his nominee for secretary of veterans affairs on Dec. 10, the Daily Caller reported.

McDonough served as Obama’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2017, according to the White House archives.

The 51-year-old Minnesota native previously held the position of deputy national security advisor to Obama before he was promoted to chief of staff, according to the archives.

Veterans groups are concerned that he will have trouble building trust within the department since he himself is not a veteran, CNN Politics reported. Veterans reportedly hoped Biden would choose an Afghanistan or Iraq veteran.

Marty Walsh, Secretary of Labor

Biden selected Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Labor Department on Thursday, Politico reported.

Biden, who had heavy union backing during the campaign, has a close relationship with Walsh, a former union member and leader, Politico previously reported.

Walsh first joined a labor union, Laborers, Local 223, in 1988 and worked his way up to eventually being elected president of the union in 2005, according to The Boston Globe. In 2011, he was selected to lead the Building Trades Council, which represents 35,000 ironworkers, pipefitters, and other laborers.

Walsh also earned a reputation for using strong-arm tactics to get his way, The Globe reported. Walsh was reportedly wiretapped as part of a federal investigation into union practices when he led the Building Trades Council, according to Boston Magazine.

“Can he raise his voice? Yes. But who can’t?” John J. Moriarty, a contractor who dealt with Walsh on numerous projects, told The Globe. “He would certainly forcefully want you to get to resolution, but I can honestly say I never felt threatened.”

Major unions had come out in support of Biden choosing Walsh to lead the Department of Labor, Bloomberg News reported. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka reportedly reached out to union leaders to rally support for Walsh.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh talks to an attendee of a drive-in watch party for the Democratic National Convention hosted by the Massachusetts Democrats at Suffolk Downs on August 19, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce

Biden selected Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Department of Commerce on Thursday, Politico reported.

Raimondo previously worked as a venture capital at a firm supported by Bain Capital and started a venture firm of her own, according to Politico. In 2011, she entered public service when she was elected to be Rhode Island’s general treasurer.

In 2014, Raimondo successfully ran for governor of Rhode Island, was re-elected in 2018 and in 2019, and led the Democratic Governors Association, Politico reported. Raimondo supported former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed bid for president and served as his campaign’s national co-chair.

Rhode Island was ranked the worst state to start a business in, according to a 2019 Forbes analysis. Raimondo is ranked as the third most unpopular governor in the U.S., according to the latest Morning Consult polling data.

Raimondo has been fiercely opposed by labor leaders and unions due to her record on state pension policy, Axios reported.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations endorsed Raimondo’s Republican opponent in 2014 due to the pension policy, marking the first time the powerful labor organization endorsed a Republican in 28 years, Vox reported.

“If I did a litmus test with her, I’m not sure she’d pass the test so that I could say, ‘Yup, she’s a Democrat,’” Philip Keefe, president of Service Employees International Union Local 580, said during the 2014 campaign, according to The New York Times.

The Left Begins Its Push To, Remake The Supreme Court

H/T Bearing Arms.

Will the left convince Justice Breyer to resign?

If Breyer does not resign will Joe Pee Pads Biden use this as an excuse to try to pack the court?

It’s not an attempt pack the Court (yet, anyway), and it wouldn’t even change the ideological balance of the nine Supreme Court justices, but activists on the Left have officially begun their campaign to shape the direction of SCOTUS in the decades ahead.

POLITICO reports that the progressive activist group Demand Justice is campaigning for 82-year old Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Court, allowing Joe Biden to appoint a much younger justice who could conceivably sit on the bench until 2050.

 

“Justice Breyer’s service on the Court has been remarkable, and history will remember him even more fondly if he ends up playing a critical role in ensuring the appointment of the first Black woman to the Court,” said Brian Fallon, the group’s co-founder and executive director. “Timing his retirement in the coming year would guarantee that opportunity, and it would be wise to do so because the window may prove a narrow one.”

Fallon’s comments are the latest example of Democratic anxiety about the composition of the Supreme Court, where conservatives outnumber liberals six to three. And it illustrates how the left-wing of the party feels immediately emboldened to push Biden now that a Democratic Senate majority seems likely, however narrow.

Just as a quick aside; there is no “left-wing” of the Democrat party. There’s the socialist wing and the progressive wing.

Ultimately though, it’s not about either wing pushing Biden to push Breyer out the door. That’s going to be up to the justice himself. I’m sure Breyer has thought about Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death and Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the vacant seat in the waning days of the Trump administration, but with Biden set to be inaugurated on January 20th and with Democrats in control of the Senate for at least two years (barring any unexpected retirements), the window of opportunity for a Democrat to replace Breyer is a little wider than Brian Fallon wants supporters to believe.

It’s also worth pointing out the breathtaking audaciousness of telling an 82-year old sitting Supreme Court justice that he should step down now, not because of his rulings or judicial philosophy, but because the Left wants to replace him with a younger black woman. It’s pure identity politics, and I suspect that actually has more to do with Fallon’s call for Breyer to step down than any real strategy to replace older Democrat-appointed justices with newer models. In fact, as my friend Ed Morrissey points out at Hot Air, if Breyer were to step down his replacement would likely have to be at least slightly more centrist than Breyer in order to be confirmed.

Do progressives think that Biden can get another Sonia Sotomayor past the goalie in a 50/50 Senate, especially with Senate Republicans still angry over the treatment given to Brett Kavanaugh and to a lesser extent Amy Coney Barrett? Maaaybe, but I doubt Biden would be convinced of that. He’d be more likely to appoint a more center-liberal jurist, especially in the first slot that opens up after his unity talk.

Ed adds that perhaps progressives should just leave well enough alone. If this were truly about the Supreme Court, I’d agree, but I suspect Fallon’s push is based on virtue signaling and fundraising more than anything else. Besides, replacing one lefty justice with one that’s slightly more centrist could end up being good news for gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, though I’ll admit that’s a slim possibility with Biden in charge of the appointment.

With the Lefty already eyeing the Supreme Court, however, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at least four of the current justices vote to accept one of the many Second Amendment cases that SCOTUS will be asked to hear in the coming months. Hopefully we can get some good case law buttressing our right to keep and bear arms before Democrats turn their attention to the Court in earnest.