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Exclusive: House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul inducted into Sons of the American Revolution

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told Big League Politics about his induction Wednesday into the Sons of the American Revolution and what it means for him, his family to be part of a continuum of service that stretches back to the birth of the Republic.

“My grandfather always told me growing up that I was an Addington,” said Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr. (R.-Texas), who before his election to Congress, served as a Justice Department prosecutor specializing in counter-intelligence.

“My ancestor, Addington, was in the Carolina Wars,” he said.

“The Carolina Wars were very ugly. The attrition rate was horrific, it was like Vietnam, it was that attrition rate that defeated the British,” he said. “My ancestor fought at the siege of Ninety-Six, which is almost like the Alamo of the Revolutionary War.”

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Ninety-Six, South Carolina is a small town in the western part of the state and the origin of its name is still debated. In the spring of 1781, Loyalist troops built an eight-point “Star Fort” with 14-foot walls in a addition to a traditional stockade garrison. From May 22, 1781 through June 18, 1781, Continental soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene, and army’s chief engineer Brig. Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko, sieged the 500 Tories stationed there with a contingent of 1,000.

Siege of Ninety-Six, S.C. reenactors (Park Service photo)

The Patriots dug trenches, employed tunnel mines and built a 30-foot sniper tower to harass the Loyalists for the 28-day engagement.

Greene lost the battle for the town, when Francis, Lord Rawdon marched from Charleston to relieve the siege with 2,000 men. Rawdon was one of the most successful British commanders during the War for Independence, beginning with his star turn at the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he led the third and successful assault against the American position and is credited with delivering the mortal shot that killed Joseph Warren.

Shown here are the ruins of the British Star Fort and Patriot siege lines laid out by the brilliant Polish military engineer, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, at Ninety Six in Greenwood County, South Carolina. These are rare surviving examples of 18th-century military constructions (Photo by Ninety Six National Historic Site).

McCaul said, “For me, what is cool is that my fourth generation grandfather, who was a Patriot, thank God, and my father who had the same middle name–he was a WWII veteran and a bombardier on a B-17–he was part of the D-Day air campaign, so when I spoke at the SAR dinner, I talked about the line of succession between the generations going back to the Revolutionary War, WWII, my father and to the present–serving in Congress.”

In addition to his work in Congress, McCaul was the lead investigator looking into the Red Chinese operatives, who were part of Johnny Chung ring that donated nearly $400,000 to the Democratic National Committee in the two years before President William J. Clinton ran for reelection.

The next step is to visit Ninety-Six and then, Addington’s grave in Franklin County, North Carolina, he said. “It is on my bucket list.”

The chairman said he asked two fellow GOP congressmen if they also had a connection to the Siege of the Ninety-Six. “It is interesting that a guy named ‘Gouedy’ was the head of the Ninety-Six community–I asked Trey Gowdy: ‘Are you related to this?’ He said nah. My ancestor married a Deliah Duncan, so I asked Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.” Duncan told him he did not think they were related.

Joel P. Hinzman, a third vice president at District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, told Big League Politics: “Finding out your history tells you who you are and where you came from, which is really what it is all about.

McCaul said he told Hinzman his grandfather always told stories about the Addington family and how he was supposed to have a relative, who fought in the American Revolution. “My grandfather’s middle name was Addington and my father’s middle name, too–my son’s middle name is Addington”

The Texas congressman worked with Hinzman and the volunteers in the local chapter to conduct the SAR genealogy investigation, he said.

“Sure enough–well, you know with genealogy, you never know what you are going to find, could be good could be bad,” he said. “I am glad I was born in the right family, you don’t know until you actually do the genealogy.”

Hinzman said many Americans did not come from good families in Europe, but they made their names in America. “If you were coming here in the 1700s, things probably were not going that well back home.”

Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr. admires his Sons of the American Revolution certificates and medals at his Dec. 7, 2017 ceremony in Washington along with is wife Linda and past DC SAR president Paul M. Hays. For many years, Hays was a C-SPAN celebrity as the House reading clerk. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Michael T. McCaul Sr.)

Hinzman said the volunteers spend hundreds of hours researching each potential member.

“You have to find the original documents that prove each generation, so it was not clear-cut,” he said.

“There has to be documented proof,” he said. “We heard his family’s stories and we were able to do the research to prove that it was true.”

William M. Addington enlisted in the Continental Army from South Carolina in 1781, said Hinzman.

“He served three months as a private, then three months as a lieutenant,” he said.

It is a fairly common occurrence that someone would approach a member of the SAR and ask for help revolving if their family legends were true or not, he said.

Hinzman said he is very proud of the SAR program for helping wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “We will chat with service members, and we will work on their genealogy as well.”

Another mission of the SAR is to work with the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure that the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers have a headstone or bronze plate.

Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.

 

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Nielsen: 10,000 of 12,000 Detained Kids Came WITHOUT Their Parents

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed Monday that 10,000 of the 12,000 children detained at the border came to the border without parents with him, smacking down the mainstream media narrative that the Trump administration is tearing many families apart out of callous disregard for illegal immigrants.

The illegal immigrant child-detention program that was criticized during the Obama administration is a policy that President Donald Trump is trying to end, pressuring Democrats to get on board with an immigration bill that funds his Wall and creates merit-based immigration among other policy planks.

People were impressed:

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It is also important to note that Border Patrol separates children from adults if they suspect the children are not actually related to the adults. Why? Because human trafficking is a persistent problem and cartels and other smugglers try to use kids to get more people across the border — or they try to sell the kids into human slavery.

We reported:

San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott said Monday that the Border Patrol separates children from the adults they are with if there are concerns that the kids are being human-trafficked.
Scott revealed that oftentimes traffickers “recycle” children in order to get illegal alien grown-ups over the Southern border into the United States.

“OOPS! A media outlet slipped & printed the truth today!,” Ann Coulter declared, showing people that the media is not being forthright and truthful when reporting on the supposed border separation program.

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Border Patrol Agent: We Separate Kids If They Are Being Human-Trafficked

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San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott said Monday that the Border Patrol separates children from the adults they are with if there are concerns that the kids are being human-trafficked.

Scott revealed that oftentimes traffickers “recycle” children in order to get illegal alien grown-ups over the Southern border into the United States.

“OOPS! A media outlet slipped & printed the truth today!,” Ann Coulter declared, showing people that the media is not being forthright and truthful when reporting on the supposed border separation program.

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Santorum To CNN Panel: Why Don’t You Invite The Migrants To Live At Your House?

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Rick Santorum challenged Ana Navarro and other left-wing CNN panelists to invite the migrants coming over the border to their own houses.

It seems unlikely that Navarro or the other TV personalities would be willing to take Santorum up on his offer.

Big League Politics reported:

Over the Easter holiday, Americans across the country were shocked to hear of a caravan of Central Americans moving across Mexico with the goal of illegally entering the United States. The group behind the caravan, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, meaning people without borders, pledges to break immigration law in order to provide “refuge” for thousands of Central Americans.

The funding behind the group is unknown, but on their website they solicit funds through PayPal, despite their illegal activity directly breaking PayPal’s acceptable use policy.

But while the funding of the group running the caravan is unknown, it is known who is funding some of the organizations supporting them. Mother Jones is a left-wing news organization, and after news broke of the caravans, they labeled those opposed to the caravan as “trolls.” In their article, they mince words to make the attempted illegal immigrant criminals sound like nothing more than peaceful migrants.

After following the money, it becomes clear where Mother Jones’ agenda lies. A report from CNS News shows that Mother Jones has received immense funding from George Soros through the The Foundation for National Progress, which has received over $1 million from George Soros.

George Soros has a clear incentive for groups like Pueblo Sin Fronteras flooding into the United States. He has been pushing for more open immigration laws around the world, resulting in him being condemned by world leaders.

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