Self-Deporting Mexican Finds Success at Home

We immigration restrictionists love upbeat stories of Mexicans who forsake their theft of American jobs and achieve prosperity upon return to the beloved homeland. Is it not racist to believe that brown people are inherently incapable of creating wealth and must instead be rescued by big white America?

In fact, Mexico is rich, ranking #15 among nations in world GDP. Mexico’s middle class has seen significant growth in the last decade or so, even though there the disparity between rich and poor is still extreme. There are lawless regions near the border where drug gangs rule, but other areas have a level of order where business can operate and thrive.

Despite the difficulties, there is enough potential within the wealthy Mexican economy for an energetic entrepreneur to be successful, as today’s example demonstrates.

Sunday’s Los Angeles Times front page presented the happy self-deport story:

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The downside to this immigration tale is the college education an American did not get because illegal alien Mexican Bernardino Hernandez took that slot at UC Davis.

Raised in the U.S. without legal status, he attains the American dream — in Mexico, Los Angeles Times, April 24 2016

Six years ago Bernardino Hernandez boarded a plane to Mexico City with not much — his high school yearbook, a printer and his college copy of “Thomas More’s Magician,” a novel about creating a utopian community in 16th century Mexico.

He had recently graduated from UC Davis, but he felt limited by his lack of legal status in the United States. Hernandez was 21 years old and unsure whether he’d ever reach his potential in a country that he’d called home since he was a toddler but that now wouldn’t allow him to work legally.

Before he departed, his disapproving father gave him $1,000 in cash but warned him, “I won’t pay for a coyote to bring you back.”

No need.

Though he gave up on his American dream in the U.S., he is now living it in Mexico.

Hernandez, 27, is at the helm of a translation company he launched last fall, leading a team of 15 linguists who offer services in nearly two dozen languages to multiple businesses, including eight transnational companies. Continue reading this article

House Immigration Hearing Observes Worsened Border Chaos

There were two trend lines noticeable in Thursday’s hearing (full video), which was titled Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants along the Southwest Border: Is This the Obama Administration’s New Normal?. On one hand, the House Republicans are trying to look busy, with the November elections breathing down their necks. For example, Chairman Trey Gowdy gave a reasonably tough opening statement, unlike his periodic backsliding into immigration enforcement squish, also shown by his endorsement of the Gang of Eight amnesty candidate for President, Marco Rubio.

The other trend that showed up in the hearing was the administration’s growing intention to insult and endanger Americans in every way possible during its final year, in this instance creating an even more chaotic, dangerous border. Welcome ISIS and other enemies!

Fox News interviewed House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Thursday to sort out what the subcommittee learned:

JENNA LEE: The immigration issue is a big one on the campaign trail and was also the subject of a subcommittee hearing today on Capitol Hill: lawmakers examining illegal immigration into the United States, specifically along the southwest border. More than 100,000 families making that journey since 2014 and despite a dip in January, some say the United States isn’t doing enough to get the numbers under control for good.

BRANDON JUDD (President of the National Border Patrol Council): Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions. There are little to no consequences for breaking the laws, and that fact is well known in other countries. If government agencies like DHS or CBP are allowed to bypass Congress by legislating through policy, we might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether.

LEE: A person who was there today joining us is House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte — it’s great to have you on the program . . . what do you think is the big headline that came out of the subcommittee today?

BOB GOODLATTE: I think the big headline that came out of the subcommittee should be that as we watch Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond, we need a President of the United States who is committed to enforcing our immigration laws, because this hearing made it very plain that this president is not enforcing the laws. Remember the great border surge of two summers ago? Well guess what — it never stopped. . . .

The projections for this entire fiscal year are higher than they were in 2014, and there’s a reason for that. The word has spread back to Central America and other places in the world for that matter that we’re not enforcing immigration laws, and that’s exactly what we heard from the Border Patrol agent that you just showed a clip of, and in fact he told us today — this was the real blockbuster news — that because the administration has been embarrassed by the number of people who do not return for their hearings after they’re so-called caught and then released into the interior of the country, they’ve ordered the Border Patrol agents to stop arresting them in the first place. Instead of enforcing the law they said, well stop even detaining them, then we won’t have this problem of them not coming back to the hearing because there’s hearing to begin with. Unbelievable. . .

The president of the United States needs to enforce the laws. He needs to announce very clearly here and in Central America that the laws are going to be enforced and that people should not be encouraged to make this long dangerous trip.

Sternly worded memo on official House of Representatives stationery to follow.

Obama reinstates ‘catch-and-release’ policy for illegal immigrants, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 4, 2016

The Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant “catch-and-release” policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to even bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents’ labor union told Congress on Thursday.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said Homeland Security was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants not showing up for their deportation hearings, but instead of cracking down on the immigrants, the department ordered agents not to arrest them in the first place — meaning they no longer need to show up in court in the first place.

Mr. Judd said the releases are part of President Obama’s “priorities” program, which says he’s only worried about illegal immigrants who came across after Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Judd said illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions on their record only have to claim they came before 2014 — without even needing to show proof — in order to be released without ever being arrested.

“Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions,” Mr. Judd testified to the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. “That fact is well known in other countries.”

Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, did not have an immediate comment on Mr. Judd’s testimony. The White House also declined to comment, with spokesman Josh Earnest saying he hadn’t seen the testimony.

Mr. Judd and Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said criminal cartels are particularly astute at exploiting the Obama administration’s policies, and have specifically recruited and sent tens of thousands of children to flood the border in order to distract agents and create new chances to smuggle drugs across.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children from Central America, and tens of thousands more families traveling together, have surged to the southwestern border in the last few years, overwhelming the administration’s ability to handle them. Continue reading this article

Immigrant Senders Dread a Trump Presidency

Immigrant-sending nations have a problem with Donald Trump and the possibility that pushing their unskilled persons and criminals into stupid-generous America may shrink. They are miffed that Obasma’s open borders could shut to a degree, leaving some with a decreased remittance haul of fewer billions of dollars. (The United States is the major remittance-sending country, with $56 billion strip-mined in 2014 by immigrants and illegal aliens.)

The Washington Times did a world roundabout, gathering up quotes from interested persons (mostly critical) that ranged from angry to downright insulting.

For example, Dubai entrepreneur and television celebrity Mohamed Parham al Awadhi remarked:

“Look at flourishing cities like New York or San Francisco and how communities have lived together since their foundation. Middle Eastern, Asian, African, European and Latin American immigrants and refugees are not new phenomena. They’ve been assimilating with U.S. culture and living side by side with their fellow Americans.”

Funny, I remember Muslims’ effect on New York City differently.

On September 11, 2001, 19 Muslim jihadists from abroad killed nearly 3,000 Americans using hijacked passenger plane suicide attacks on New York and Washington.

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Naturally, immigrant workers (who are attractive to employers because they work cheap) sniffed about their hurt feelings and job insecurity. So sad.

The one positive voice was Geert Wilders who warns against Muslim immigration because of national security concerns. No surprise there.

Donald Trump proving a primary concern around the world, Washington Times, January 26, 2016

Advocates decry ideas on immigration

As he has surged to the top of the polls in the Republican presidential primary race, Donald Trump has targeted Muslims, Mexicans and Asians as threats to national security and the economy.

Around the world, they don’t always appreciate it.

“Trump’s comments only propagate a perception of migrants and Mexicans that I know is not true and that outrages me,” said Nancy Landa, a member of Los Otros Dreamers, a Mexican advocacy group for deportees.

To an unusual degree world leaders and foreign populations appear to be monitoring closely the ins and outs of the American primary season, and the clear focus of much of the fascination is Mr. Trump and his unexpected success to date in the GOP primary. The Donald has already been the subject of parliamentary debate in Britain on whether he should be banned from the country for his inflammatory rhetoric, and foreign leaders find themselves forced to prepare their talking points when asked about prospective relations with a Trump administration.

Pressed recently on CNN for his thoughts on Mr. Trump’s call for a temporary ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S., Jordan’s King Abdullah took the traditional diplomatic exit ramp: “You’re into an election cycle, so I don’t think it’s fair for you to ask a foreign leader to express his opinion on candidates in your country running for election.”

But the restrictions don’t hold for foreign pundits, parliamentarians and ordinary citizens observing from afar one of the more disruptive U.S. campaigns in recent memory.

Unsurprisingly, the current gathering of international heavyweights at the Davos World Economic Forum has not been kind to Mr. Trump or his agenda opposing trade deals, freer immigration and open borders.

“I’d be happier with a more welcoming integration,” Chilean Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdes told the Reuters news service recently. “It is uncontroversial to say that integration of markets, of trade is a good thing, and this rhetoric does not help that.” Continue reading this article

Amnesty-for-Enforcement Swap Is Not New

Breitbart (normally a fine news source) seemed surprised that a dim administration apparatchik, ICE Director Sarah Saldana, recently remarked during a hearing that an amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers was the price required for any kind of immigration enforcement.

Below, during an April hearing, ICE Director Saldana shows the standard index card list of who may be deported that is handed out to agents.

Actually the devil’s bargain of no enforcement is the same old lawless crap and not new at all. In 2010 then-Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) noted at a local town hall that during a private meeting with the President, Obama had said that precise thing:

KYL: “The problem is, he (Obama) said, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.”

Fortunately, the video of that statement still resides on the internets:

Plus, the appearance of the video kicked up a minor kerfuffle at the time, complete with denials from the palace:

White House says Jon Kyl story not true, Politico, June 21, 2010

The White House on Monday denied Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl’s claim that President Barack Obama told him privately that he would not work to secure the border unless it was part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.

In a video that started circulating among conservative blogs over the weekend, the Arizona Republican is seen telling supporters in North Phoenix that in a private meeting in the Oval Office, Obama said “the problem” with border enforcement measures is that “if we secure the border then [Republicans] won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.” [. . .]

Still, the statement of Sarah Saldana fits Michael Kinsley’s definition of a political gaffe, namely an instance where an official reveals a true fact that is inconvenient.

Obama ICE Director: No Immigration Enforcement until Amnesty Is Passed, Breitbart, July 21, 2015

President Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director tells lawmakers that no consequences are planned for sanctuary cities until Congress first passes “comprehensive immigration reform.” Sarah Saldaña testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on criminal alien violence.

After hearing emotional testimony from families torn apart by illegal immigrant murderers, Republican members of Congress grilled two administration witnesses: Leon Rodriquez, Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Sarah Saldaña, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Both Rodriquez and Saldaña have been tasked with carrying out President Obama’s executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers, which includes work permits and medical benefits for low-income illegal aliens funded by citizen taxpayers.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) repeatedly pressed Saldaña on why the Administration was taking no action against sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to turn over dangerous criminal aliens from their prisons and jails to federal law officers.  Saldaña replied that Congress would first have to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Vitter: “This has been going on for years and you still are not prepared to say that there is ever going to be any negative consequence to those [sanctuary] jurisdictions. When is that going to change?”

Saldaña: “I presume when you all address comprehensive immigration reform; perhaps it can be addressed there.” [. . .]

Feds Plan Personal Removal of DACA Amnesty Papers from Recipients

Who knew that even a tiny instance of immigration enforcement could occur in Obama’s America? Apparently Judge Andrew Hanen’s holding the feds accountable for the administration’s lawless mini-amnesty has been having an effect. The judge acted to halt the imperial amnesty in February, but the DHS continued to hand out work permits (The Real Amnesty) anyway.

It didn’t faze the administration that the USCIS had admitted known gangsters to the DACA amnesty and one had murdered a young woman. But the legal system still has some currency. This time.

DHS boss Jeh Johnson must really want to avoid facing the judge and having to explain his knowing violation of a court injunction.

Here’s an official Fact Sheet from USCIS on the subject:

Important Information for Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year* Work Authorization, July 15, 2015

WASHINGTON—If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.

Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, after the February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. (Continues)

In fact, more was done than bureaucrats merely issuing a memo: agents will go door to door (!) to retrieve the unlawful amnesty documents. That’s the plan, at least. Let the raza shrieking begin!

Feds going door-to-door to seize illegal immigrants’ Obama amnesty approvals, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, July 15, 2015

Goosed into action by an angry federal judge, federal immigration authorities will go door-to-door demanding illegal immigrants return the three-year amnesty approvals the Obama administration issued to them in defiance of a court order.

Those who don’t return their three-year permits will have them terminated at the end of this month, the National Immigrant Justice Center, one of the advocacy groups briefed on authorities’ plan, said in a statement preparing immigrants for what could be a traumatic encounter.

The move comes as Homeland Security officials, fed up with slow-walking by illegal immigrants, are finally playing hardball after months of less forceful measures.

They’re scrambling to meet an end-of-month deadline set by Judge Andrew S. Hanen for recapturing thousands of three-year amnesties the department issued even after the court had entered an injunction halting the new amnesty program.

Unless all of the permits are recovered, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could personally have to appear in court to explain the foul-up, Judge Hanen said in an order earlier this month.

But the home visits also come at a tricky time, when immigration is a heated issue, and any contact by authorities can be scary for immigrants. Advocacy groups, who were given a heads-up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are preparing to field calls from frightened immigrants.

“The USCIS home visits unfortunately will add to the mounting confusion and anxiety communities feel as they await a resolution in the executive action case, but individuals should know it is critical to comply with requests to exchange their work permits, whether they receive a letter or visit at their homes,” Vanessa Esparza-Lopez, supervising attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s legal defense project, said in a statement.

In a new fact sheet, USCIS raised the number of erroneous “Employment Authorization Documents,” or EADs, it approved from about 2,500 to 2,600 — the third time it’s boosted that estimate. Continue reading this article

Judge Napolitano: Congress Has the Power to Rein In Obama and His Unconstitutional Amnesty

Fox News’ resident expert on legal opinions of the courts discussed Tuesday’s decision of the Fifth Circuit to deny the administration’s request to lift a hold on Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

The judge appeared with Neil Cavuto for a chat about the law and politics. Unfortunately, it will be a chilly day in hell before the squishy Republican Congress will adequately defend the Constitution from the lawless black President. Anything as harsh as the impeachment remedy suggested by the judge wouldn’t celebrate diversity or appreciate the historic nature of America’s first black President. (The legislators should also read Daniel Horowitz’s informative list: 6 Reasons Congress Can’t Rely on Courts to Stop Executive Amnesty.)

NAPOLITANO: When the case is finally tried in district court, the government will probably lose, the President will probably lose, and for that reason they’re going to keep the injunction in place.

I cannot tell you how rare this is in American history for a succession of federal judges to stop the President of the United States from doing what he says he has the authority to do, but we saw it happen today.

CAVUTO: But what changes if the President is still freezing these deportations? He’s still doing it.

NAPOLITANO: The President is breaking the law. That’s what two judges said in United States courts.

CAVUTO: He’s gotta ship ‘em back in that event? Or let the deportation process continue?

NAPOLITANO: What’s the remedy when the President doesn’t do what he took an oath to do? It’s a Congressional remedy, it’s the “I” word that nobody wants to talk about — it’s impeachment.

But we now have three out of four federal judges who have looked at this have said the President is breaking the law, the President is acting outside that box of the Constitution gives him in which Presidential discretion [crosstalk] . . .

I would think that the White House will have to appeal this to the Supreme Court. The initial appeal is to Justice Scalia of all people because he happens to be the circuit justice, the member of the Supreme Court who hears emergency appeals from that part of the United States, the Fifth Circuit which is Louisiana and Texas and the surrounding states. So it would be up to the President if he wants to dispatch his lawyers there. This does not look good for him.

The Washington Times provided details on the decision.

Federal appeals court deals blow to President Obama’s amnesty, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 26, 2015

A federal appeals court refused to lift an injunction against President Obama’s deportation amnesty in a ruling Tuesday that delivers a second major legal setback to the administration and keeps millions of illegal immigrants on hold.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided with a lower court that ruled Mr. Obama probably broke the law in taking unilateral action last year to grant an amnesty from deportation. The three-judge panel, ruling 2-1, shot down Mr. Obama’s hopes of quickly restarting the amnesty, and make it likely he’ll have to go to the Supreme Court to try to win his case. Continue reading this article

USCIS Admits Approving Known Gangsters for DACA Amnesty

Earlier this year, it became known that accused mass murderer Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was a DACA recipient despite having recognized gangster affiliation. (See my blog, Known Gang Member and Accused Killer Was Amnesty Recipient.)

Below, one alleged victim of Rangel-Hernandez was a contestant in the TV show America’s Top Model, Mirjana Puhar.

This week the USCIS admitted to Senator Grassley (who has been a leader in uncovering this scandal) that the agency had indeed done insufficient investigation about Rangel-Hernandez and others.

No surprise there. News reports have found that the Obama preference for his executive DACA amnesty is rapid processing of applications, not detecting and rejecting dangerous criminals. In December, Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan noted, “Of the thousand or so positions they’ve advertised, only seven of them are actually fraud detection staff.”

On Thursday, Don Rosenberg appeared on the Fox morning show to express his distrust of the administration’s screening of illegal aliens. He has been an advocate for the public safety of citizens since his son was killed by an illegal alien in 2010. He knows very well that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

STEVE DOOCY: Our next guest’s son was killed by an illegal in a car crash back in 2010, and he says this was no mistake. . . . You say the government did not make a mistake here, did they?

ROSENBERG: They have a policy right now and it’s actually been going on for years, to try to keep as many of these people in the country as they possibly can, and I’m not buying that it’s a mistake, a matter of fact they lie constantly. It’s a mistake when they tell the truth. . . .

When you talk about a background check, how do you do a background check on somebody, you have no idea who he is, you have no idea where they came from, but you’re going to do a background check? You don’t know what they did in their country of origin, and here’s a case, a perfect example of that because it wasn’t just this guy, they’re admitting to at least 20 others.

Below, Don Rosenberg with a photo of Drew, his son who was killed by an unlicensed illegal alien alien driver.

Among the new news about the Rangel-Hernandez case is the fact that there are 20 more gangsters awarded DACA by the government: that action is not a mistake, it’s a pattern. Another example: the feds released released 30,558 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014, following the 36,007 criminals it released the previous year. Public safety doesn’t even rank as an afterthought to this administration.

Obama gives amnesty to known gang member, ‘Top Model’ murder suspect, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 21, 2015

20 other suspected gang affiliates get admin’s approval

The man accused of murdering a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was already a known gang member when he was approved for President Obama’s amnesty for so-called Dreamers, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted it broke its own rules in approving the gang member for tentative legal status, agency chief Leon Rodriguez said in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley.

“Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been approved,” Mr. Rodriguez said in admitting his agency’s catastrophic error in approving Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez.

Mr. Rodriguez said Mr. Rangel’s immigrant’s status was revoked March 5 — but that was a month after he’d already been arrested by police and accused of killing Mirjana Puhar, a contestant last year on the “Top Model” program, and three others.

The admissions are a serious black eye for Mr. Obama’s amnesty program, which the president has insisted would allow generally law-abiding illegal immigrants to live and work without fear, while weeding out serious criminals.

USCIS admitted in its letter to Mr. Grassley that another 20 immigrants with potential gang ties have also been approved, and officers are now going back and trying to figure out whether rules were broken in those cases as well. Mr. Rodriguez said his officers will also face retraining so they know which applications to deny.

But Mr. Grassley said the approvals exposed the holes with the amnesty, which Mr. Obama announced in 2012 and which has approved more than 600,000 Dreamers for tentative legal status under his program, officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

“It’s no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it’s clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety,” Mr. Grassley said. “The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members.” Continue reading this article

Democrat-Run California Defies Secure Identification Law with Illegal Alien Driver’s Licenses

After the 2001 jihad attack on America that killed nearly 3000, the government sought to improve national security by implementing secure identification, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The legislation created was the REAL ID Act, signed in 2005, that established federal standards for state driver’s licenses, among other things. But despite the federal law requiring state driving permits for illegal aliens be easily recognizable as distinct from REAL ID compliant documents, several states are unwilling to comply.

Below, the California driver’s license for illegal aliens on the right has tiny type in the upper corner reading “Federal Limits Apply.” The license on the left that citizens get does not have that subtle marking. The licenses are nearly identical.

Fox report William La Jeunesse explained how California and several other states are violating federal law to coddle illegal aliens:

LA JEUNESSE: To board an airplane, TSA requires a secure ID. Driver’s licenses meet that standard; state IDs do not, which is why after 9/11 Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which said IDs for illegal immigrants must use a unique design or color to alert law enforcement they’re not secure.

The ACLU spokesman in the clip voiced concern that apparently sensitive illegal aliens would feel “stigmatized” by the “scarlet letter” of having a different looking license. Who knew that lawbreaking money-grubbing job thieves were so touchy about graphic design?

Democrat-run California is happy to indulge illegals, whom the liberals regard as future voters to create a permanent Democrat majority. Piecemeal amnesty is part of the deal.

States flouting post-9/11 ID law, giving cards to illegal immigrants that mirror licenses, By William La Jeunesse, Fox News, April 07, 2015

After the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to prevent foreign nationals from fraudulently obtaining a U.S. driver’s license — by requiring that any ID issued based on unverifiable foreign documents look different in “design or color” from an official driver’s license.

That way, TSA and other law enforcement would know the ID holder might not be who they say they are.

But more than a decade later, several state and local governments are openly flouting the law, issuing ID cards that are barely distinguishable from a bona fide driver’s license. That means those with mere ID cards, like illegal immigrants, might be able to pass off their cards as a driver’s license at the airport and elsewhere — creating a huge gap in security.

Examples include Washington, D.C., and Colorado.

For card-holders in the nation’s capital, a small star in the corner is the only visual cue that distinguishes a D.C. license from a mere ID card.

In Colorado, the distinguishing characteristic for the ID cards is a small black band.

“If you could issue a letter grade to the way states are handling this, it would be an ‘F’,” said Andrew Meehan, of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License.

From the outset, states have chafed at the new federal rules. They called the policy an unfunded mandate and federal intrusion.

More recently, advocates for illegal immigrants have opposed the parts of the law that require “noncompliant” cards for undocumented workers to look different than licenses for U.S. citizens and legal residents.

“What we object to is states that gratuitously would try to do much more than necessary for the sole purpose of stigmatizing individuals,” said American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Jon Blazer. “On the other hand, some states have taken a better approach in this regard, and have put the minimal requirements that they’re obliged to put under federal law.”

Meehan said 23 states currently meet Department of Homeland Security standards.

However, six of those states issue ID cards that look virtually identical to a standard driver’s license, violating the act’s language. Since January alone, one of those states — California — has issued licenses to 500,000 illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article

Initial Amnesty Costs for Processing Are Toted Up

Judicial Watch has dug up some figures about the immediate costs of Obama’s imperial amnesty and they are high, nearly half a billion dollars annually just for the paper pushing.

You wouldn’t expect government rubber-stampers to work in less-than-deluxe offices would you?

Below, the administration rented this office building in Arlington, Virginia, to process millions of amnesty applications.

Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News Saturday morning to explain the administration spending that has no authorization in law, including how resources are being shunted from processing legal immigrants to the servicing of foreign lawbreakers.

FITTON: In our experience with the last DREAM Act amnesty which is also illegal, the handing of legal applications for green cards shut down. So if you are a US citizen trying to get your foreign-born wife into the country, you had to wait a year. But if you’re an illegal alien, you’re stamped right through,

TUCKER CARLSON: So the United States is paying half a billion dollars just in direct costs, just directly half a billion dollars to break US law, Why? What’s the purpose of this?

FITTON: The purpose is to enact the President’s prosecutorial discretion and would allow you if you are here a certain period of time to apply for provisional status or legal status and be able to work, and the administration’s encouraging you even if you don’t think you’ll pass and get the application approved, come in and apply anyway and you’ll get the benefit of not being deported. It essentially would allow virtually anyone who’s here illegally to continue to stay here. And as I said, upward of $484 million a year, but that’s just for the first year; they give it every year from here on in, and of course it’s going to draw more illegal aliens and so the cost will just increase over time.

CARLSON: All Democratic voters. This is the same administration that advertises food stamps in Mexico.

Of course, these many millions of dollars are merely the pricetag on processing. When the future Democrats are fast-tracked for citizenship and voting, they will cost trillions of dollars in benefits over their lifetimes according to Heritage scholar Robert Rector. The high cost is because as low-skilled workers, they receive far more welfare than they pay in taxes. The $6.3 trillion cost is for the official total number of 11 million illegal aliens, and Obama is only going for half a loaf now — but he has two years left in office to accommodate those left out.

Here are the details from Judicial Watch:

Obama Amnesty to Cost $484 Mil, Expand Workforce by 3,100 in New Compound, JudicialWatch.org, March 4, 2015

The U.S. government will spend nearly half a billion dollars, expand its workforce by 3,100 and open a 280,000-square-foot compound in Virginia to carry out President Obama’s amnesty order, according to detailed government figures provided to Judicial Watch.

The numbers are breathtaking and include a $647,590 monthly rent bill for a new facility at 2200 Crystal Drive in Arlington Virginia. It will be the processing headquarters for two Obama amnesty plans—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)—that will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. Last month a federal court in Texas blocked the amnesty order, but records show the administration is ready to pull the trigger if it succeeds in appealing the ruling.

In fact a few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported that, despite the court order, the administration continued working behind the scenes to quickly award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms that can expeditiously process millions of illegal immigrants. A Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that the population of potential requesters for the president’s deferred action will be “approximately four million people” and that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) anticipates the initial filing of “approximately five to six million forms” related to the amnesty order which also covers the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. Continue reading this article

Can Minnesota Assimilate Somali Teen Jihadist?

On Sunday’s Fox morning show, Tucker Carlson questioned the idea of rehabilitating a Minnesota-residing Somali teen who had been nabbed at the airport headed for ISIS-stan. Apparently the local diversity dreamers think Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf can be retrained from wanna-be headchopper to basketball coach for young people. What could possibly go wrong?

Retired FBI Agent Tim Clemente joined in the conversation.

CLEMENTE: This an 18-year-old kid that needs to be deprogrammed. It’s not just leading him on the right path to becoming a basketball coach but literally, he’s part of an Islamist death cult and he needs to be deprogrammed from the alternative reality they’ve put into his brain.

CARLSON: But also, basketball coach and team mentor? Does no one have a real job anymore? How about becoming a HBC repairman or like something real? Why should taxpayers pay for a guy, why should somebody be rewarded for trying to join ISIS? It is perverse. . .

Maybe we should rethink our immigration policies.

We all want to believe in redemption, but an 18-year-old Somali male raised to be Muslim has been deeply imprinted by prayers to Allah five times a day. Repetition is key to training — ask anyone who advertises cokes for a living.

Plus, a cool gig in hoops won’t stand up to Islam promises of 72 virgins for murdering infidels.

And what American parent would want his son coached in basketball by a young chopper?

Like dozens of Minnesota Somalis, Yusuf planned on a career of Islamic enforcement for Allah.

A couple years back I wrote about the expensive assimilation difficulties in Minnesota: Somali Immigrants in Minnesota: Import a Problem, Then Pay to Try to Fix It. And even with the total failure of Somali immigrant assimilation, Washington continues it by admitting 800 Somali refugees per month according to RefugeeResettlementWatch.

In fact, from a taxpayer viewpoint it would make more sense to let the jihadists leave and then disallow their re-entry. No dollar amount is given for Yusuf’s rehabilitation project and it’s doubtful we will even learn it. But letting him leave to serve Allah costs zero. Win, win.

Here’s more about the Yusuf case, including the basketball scheme:

Eighteen Year Old from Minnesota Pleads Guilty to Supporting ISIS, Breitbart.com, Feb 27, 2015

FBI agents intercepted 18-year-old Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf of Minnesota at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport last May while en route to Syria to join ISIS. He had obtained a passport under false pretenses, claiming that he wanted to visit Istanbul on vacation. He was later formally arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and entered a guilty plea on Thursday.  He could spend up to 15 years in prison.

Minnesota has been a trouble spot for terrorist recruiting, most actively involving members of the Somali community joining al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia. Young Mr. Yusuf’s tastes ran more to the Islamic State, which recruited him out of high school.

That recruitment process is of obvious interest to counter-terrorism agencies, as the Associated Press relates Yusuf’s court testimony that he “attended meetings in Minnesota last March and April in which participants discussed fighting,” received financial assistance to purchase his plane ticket from someone who has not been identified to the public yet, and had plans to join another young Minnesota recruit in Istanbul, 20-year-old Abdi Nur.  (Nur faces charges if he ever returns to the U.S., but he made it to the Islamic State and is currently believed to be fighting for them in Syria.)

Yusuf’s lawyers attempted to argue the rather odd technicality that the Islamic State was only formally classified as a terrorist organization 12 days before he tried to join them; it would not be much of a technicality unless the designation was made after he was stopped at the airport.

He might not serve much prison time at any rate, as he is not in jail now; he has been “allowed to stay at a halfway house while his case has been pending, and is allowed to work with a group that promotes civic involvement as a way to keep youth engaged, with hopes of keeping him on a positive track and reintegrating him into society,” according to the AP.  No matter what sentence he receives, he will continue “working with coaches, and hopes to eventually continue his college studies.”

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) described this halfway house program as “a very big bet on Yusuf” in a February 12 profile, but ventured that he might be “an ideal test case” for the program to pull radicalized Americans “back from the call of terror” and return them to their communities.

A great deal of Yusuf’s supposedly perfect fit for this plan hinges on the perception that he is “closer to being a naive young person than someone who is already engaged in something that might be a threat to our community or people halfway around the world,” as Mary McKinley of the Heartland Democracy group put it.  The goal is to rehabilitate him to the point where he can “coach basketball, mentor other teens,” and “join a peer group of young Somali-Americans who can talk about the challenges of straddling two cultures,” the MPR report explains. Interest in such programs reportedly exists in European countries dealing with their own ISIS recruiting problems, including the looming threat of trained paramilitary fighters returning home after serving in the Islamic State’s armed forces. Continue reading this article

NYTimes Says Illegal Alien Job Thieves Are Forced 'Back Into Shadows' -- No, Not Really

For Saturday’s front page sob story about “migrants,” America’s open-borders propaganda sheet interviewed aliens by name and one was identifiably pictured, so they are hardly hiding from authorities. The government routinely releases violent criminals rather than deport them, so it’s highly doubtful that mere unlawful workers will be given free trips home on the taxpayer’s tab.

The administration has prettied up the numbers to make the employment situation look better than it is. December’s jobless rate was officially 5.6 percent. However, a more realistic number that includes persons who have given up job searching and those working part time who want full time would be considerably higher. Earlier this month, economist Peter Morici observed, “A good notion is that 5.6 percent isn’t real and the real number is 10 percent.”

Americans aren’t fooled by the lies of the administration and its stenographers. A January Fox News poll found 64 percent of citizens believe the economy is still in recession, because it is on Main Street if not on Wall Street.

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton recently called the low unemployment numbers a “big lie” and remarked, “At the recession, we lost 13 million jobs, only three million have come back.” The real level of unemployed is more like 11.2 percent.

In addition, the Center for Immigration Studies found that since 2000, there were two immigrants admitted for each job created in the United States, specifically 18 million foreigners and only 9.3 million jobs.

Nevertheless, the New York Times continues to press on with its stories of illegal aliens with jobs, which is an insult to millions of Americans struggling to find work.

Illegal alien Tomas Pendola has a job teaching high school chemistry in Florida. If he were repatriated, a jobless American teacher could have a position. Teaching used to be a secure middle class profession, but no longer.

Another employed illegal alien was pictured actually lurking in a shadowy spot — NYTimes humor, perhaps.

The front-page headline read “Ruling Sends Migrants Back Into Shadows.” But that’s clearly not true: no illegal alien is quitting his ill-gotten American job as a result of Judge Hanan’s ruling temporarily stopping the work-permit amnesty.

They collect their checks and continue to complain about suffering in mean-spirited America. If life in this country is so miserable, they can return to their actual nations of citizenship where their US educations would be very valuable.

Interestingly, those who do return to their native land are often pleased with the results (see Self-Deported Mexicans Happy to Be Home).

For Immigrants, Fear Returns After a Federal Judge’s Ruling, New York Times, Feb 20, 2015

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — For Tomás Péndola, an immigrant from Argentina, it was a normal week teaching chemistry in a public high school here, filling a whiteboard with dense equations and coaxing his students to decipher them.

For Yeni Benítez, a Mexican immigrant in Wisconsin, this week was when “everything just fell apart.”

Mr. Péndola, who came here with his family when he was 10 and grew up in Florida without immigration papers, has protection from deportation and a work permit under President Obama’s program for unauthorized immigrants, known as Dreamers, who came to the United States as children. Ms. Benítez had been ready on Wednesday to join an expanded version of the program, which was announced by the president in November.

But officials indefinitely postponed the expansion this week after a federal judge in Texas, ruling in a lawsuit by 26 states, said it would impose major burdens on state budgets. On Friday, the administration said it would seek a stay of the Texas judge’s order.

“I’m back to this sense of insecurity, of being afraid every day, every hour, every minute,” said Ms. Benítez, who has a college degree in engineering but is working in a factory. “It really is taking a toll on me.” Continue reading this article

Federal Judge Blocks Executive Amnesty

Texas judge Andrew S. Hanen put a hold on the Obama amnesty, which will temporarily halt the rollout. The amnesty had been scheduled to begin Wednesday for the unconstitutional handouts of work permits and Social Security numbers to unlawful foreigners without underlying legislation from Congress.

Fox News’ resident judge, Andrew Napolitano, discussed the ruling on Tuesday:

NAPOLITANO: The burden of providing social welfare benefits to those that the President said were illegal but I’ve declared them to be legal essentially falls on the states and that was the states’ argument, that the President was causing them irreparable harm not Congress but the President by forcing them to spend money that they didn’t have. . .

This is a preliminary ruling. When judges make preliminary rulings like this there’s no jury in the case; this is 26 states saying ‘Judge look at what the President did, tell us preliminarily if we are likely to prevail.’ He spends a month examining the law and arguments from both sides and said ‘Yes, I think you will prevail and yes, I think you will suffer irreparable harm if I don’t stop the President, so I’m going to stop the President from doing this and why am I stopping him from doing it’ because according to this judge the President profoundly changed the law without going through the proper procedures for it. . .

This is the first of many judicial interventions in this case, but it is a rare event in our lifetimes in modern American history for a federal judge, a single federal judge to enjoin the President of the United States from doing something on his own. . .

Below, foreigners demand amnesty in Spanish.

Legal wonks can read Judge Hanen’s opinion online.

Federal judge halts Obama amnesty; W.H. to appeal, Washington Times, By Stephen Dinan, February 17, 2015

A federal judge late Monday halted President Obama’s deportation amnesty, ruling he overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and “benefits and privileges” to millions of illegal immigrants, in a stunning decision that chides the president and throws the White House’s plans into disarray just a day before applications were to be accepted.

The White House said it will appeal Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s decision, but it’s unclear whether the case could reach the circuit court in New Orleans or even the Supreme Court before Wednesday, which is when the Homeland Security Department had planned to begin accepting the first applications under the new amnesty.

“The DHS was not given any ‘discretion by law’ to give 4.3 million removable aliens what the DHS itself labels as ‘legal presence,'” Judge Hanen wrote in issuing an injunction. “In fact, the law mandates that these illegally-present individuals be removed. The DHS has adopted a new rule that substantially changes both the status and employability of millions. These changes go beyond mere enforcement or even non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration scheme.”

In the immediate sense, the ruling will become a major part of the debate over homeland security funding that has roiled Capitol Hill, with Republicans insisting Mr. Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and should be halted through Congress’s spending power, and Democrats backing their president by filibustering to block funding for the Homeland Security Department altogether. Continue reading this article

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