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Obama to Name Border 'Czar'

By Spencer Hsu
The Obama administration will name a new U.S.-Mexico border "czar" to advise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, tapping former federal prosecutor and California educator Alan Bersin, according to a homeland security official.

Napolitano expects to name Bersin as counselor to the secretary for the southwest border Wednesday when she travels to the border with John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser and chairman of the White House's Homeland Security Council, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Also yesterday, Obama announced his intent to nominate former Energy Department official David F. Heyman to be assistant secretary of policy for DHS. Heyman is a senior fellow and director of the homeland security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Bersin, 52, has served as California education secretary, San Diego schools superintendent, and U.S. attorney for southern California under the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 1998, he was the attorney general's southwest border representative, coordinating law enforcement issues between the United States and Mexico.

Posted at 7:20 PM ET on Apr 14, 2009  | Category:  Cast of Characters
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Folks, it really is just this simple!:

We will ALWAYS have Foreigners traversing across our Country! Often, they are called "Tourists"!

There are two things that make any Foreign National a Problem.

First, when they are in cahoots with Foreign Sympathizers working against this Country, our People, and/or our Sovereignty. In which case both the Invader here for illegitimate purposes, AND the Quisling US National, are Enemy Elements!

Second, when they STEAL Jobs in our Country in Violation of our Federal Labor Laws designed to PROTECT Americans!

In either case, our FIRST LINE of Defense, is the RIGHTFUL Review of Employer I-9's and W-4's!

ANY Judge who would block our Federal Authorities from reviewing ID's or Employer Records;

warrants IMMEDIATE Removal! (9Th Circuit Court-No Mas!) ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 15, 2009 2:13 PM

"U.S.-Mexico border "czar" to advise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, tapping former federal prosecutor and California educator Alan Bersin" - How is a Liberal Educator qualified to CZAR a border they don't believe in?

We need a pro Military person in charge of the border, to be sure it is secured from the invasion from the South.

Posted by: HernandezUSA | April 15, 2009 10:36 AM


Mr. Heyman:

Congratulations on your appointment. I wrote a note to Mrs. Obama today on the occasion of her visit to DHS. The note elicited a "held for blog owner" message, although The Washington Post does NOT "hold" posts unless foul language is detected.

So I rewrote the note, informing Mrs. Obama's staff that the unexpurgated version could be found under the "free speech" thread of

This time, the post went through. Because it is relevant to your new assignment, I wanted you to see it. But once again, my post here elicited a "held for blog owner" message.

I believe this message emanated from a DHS fusion center, not from The Washington Post.

So now more than I ever, I believe you should read what I wrote to Mrs. Obama. Could you please direct your staff to the following link, provided by ACLU:

Thank you, Mr. Heyman. Hopefully, your staff and/or colleagues will see this message and call it to your attention. I would email you directly, but my telecommunications don't seem to be very reliable these days; perhaps it's a sign of the times.



Posted by: scrivener50 | April 14, 2009 9:32 PM

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