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.
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:
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.” [. . .]
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.” [. . .]
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
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:
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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. . .
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
Senator Jeff Sessions has a fine publishing operation in his office, demonstrated by his occasional fact sheets of well researched points regarding the failure of Washington to stem immigration anarchy.
Now Senator Sessions has presented the mother of all lists, scary in its length, that enumerates the instances of President Obama dismantling America’s immigration enforcement system. It was posted on Breitbart on Feb 16:
Timeline: How the Obama Administration Bypassed Congress to Dismantle Immigration Enforcement
In September 2011, President Obama said, “We live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it.” Yet, since that time, and indeed before then, he has systematically voided existing laws and unilaterally created new measures that Congress has refused to adopt under either Democratic or Republican control.
Most recently, the President announced he would do what he once said only an “emperor” could do – grant unilateral amnesty, work permits, and access to government benefits to more than five million illegal immigrants. This unprecedented action, combined with new “enforcement priorities” for Department of Homeland Security personnel that exempt the vast majority of illegal immigrants from the threat of removal, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive, the “Morton” memos, and numerous other lesser-reported but far-reaching Executive actions, has threatened not only our constitutional system, but our national sovereignty. Indeed, the idea of national, sovereign borders is being daily eviscerated by the President’s determination to write his own immigration rules in defiance of Congress and the American people.
Below is a detailed timeline of how the Obama Administration systematically dismantled immigration enforcement, undermining the very rule of law upon which our nation was founded and upon which its greatness depends.
January 2009: Obama Administration Ends Worksite Enforcement Actions
In early 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executes a raid (initiated and planned under the Bush Administration) on an engine machine shop in Bellingham, Washington, detaining 28 illegal immigrants who were using fake Social Security numbers and identity documents. Shortly thereafter, pro-amnesty groups criticized the Administration for enforcing the law. An unnamed DHS official is quoted in the Washington Times as saying, “the Secretary is not happy about it and this is not her policy.” Instead of enforcing the law, the Secretary investigates the ICE agents for simply doing their duty. Esther Olavarria, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, says on a call with employers and pro-amnesty groups that “we’re not doing raids or audits under this administration.”
January 29, 2009: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Delays E-Verify Deadline
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delays the original deadlines for federal contractors to use the E-Verify system, from January 15, 2009, and February 20, 2009, to May 21, 2009. Continue reading this article
There are pieces of the hearing available through Congressmen’s website, but the whole thing is not, at least yet. Sometimes whole hearings show up on C-SPAN days later.
So here are a few hearing clips, starting with the opening statement of Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte. He posted a text version of his opening statement, which was a preview of the dreary facts to come. The President has used his imperial pen and phone very effectively to destroy immigration enforcement in this country, endangering both the citizens’ jobs and safety.
Chairman Goodlatte: When President Obama announced unilateral changes to our immigration laws with a wave of his “pen and cell phone” on November 20, 2014, he indicated that he would allow millions of unlawful and criminal aliens to evade immigration enforcement. He did this with the issuance of new so-called “priorities” for the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens. Under the Obama Administration’s new enforcement priorities, broad categories of unlawful and criminal aliens will be immune from the law. This means that these removable aliens will be able to remain in the U.S. without the consequence of deportation. To make matters worse, even the most dangerous criminals and national security threats can cease being a “priority” for removal if there are undefined “compelling and exceptional factors.”
On the same date, President Obama effectively announced the end of Secure Communities. Despite the fact that the President claims he took action to prioritize immigration enforcement against criminal aliens, he is scrapping a tool that identifies criminal aliens booked in jails across the United States so that federal law enforcement officials can prioritize their removal. Secure Communities, created in 2008, is a simple and highly successful program to identify criminal aliens once arrested and jailed. It protects Americans from those who are a danger to their communities. (Continues)
I was pleased to hear a strong opening statement from Trey Gowdy, who at times has been rather squishy about illegal immigration. “A sovereign country should never apologize for having a secure border any more than this Congress or this capitol apologizes for having metal detectors at every single entrance,” he remarked — that’s what we want to hear from our elected representatives.
Congressman Lamar Smith was formerly the Judiciary Chair and knows the issue very well. A Jan. 30 press release emphasized protections for American workers.
Smith first questioned Sheriff Babeu and focused on the danger of releasing thousands of violent criminal aliens. The Sheriff specifically mentioned the Apolinar Altamirano case, where a previously arrested alien murdered a 21-year-old convenience store clerk, Grant Ronnebeck, in Mesa Arizona. The killer had kidnapped a woman and held her for a week, but the authorities allowed bond for a clearly dangerous foreigner and the result was a preventable death.
When Smith turned to Jessica Vaughan about the criminal recidivism, she responded, “What I’m told by ICE officials — and I’ve been told on a number of occasions — is that they believe, from their internal data, is there is a recidivism rate of about 50 percent of criminal aliens who are released by ICE.”
This is how much the administration cares about the safety of the American people.
Former Texas judge Louis Gohmert was particularly outraged about the idea of releasing criminals, 50 percent of whom will offend again, remarking, “As a judge when I was considering bail or bond that was a primary consideration, the likelihood of them returning and the public safety. I can’t imagine releasing somebody on a makeable bond if both sides agreed the defendant had a 50% chance of reoffending.”
Sunday’s Omaha Herald has a front-page article railing against worsening hispanic poverty in the state, with an appropriate sob story graphic of an adorable dark-eyed child with a bag of spuds. So subtle.
But wait. Nebraska had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation as of November, just 3.1 percent, compared with the national rate of 5.8 percent. What’s the problem here? A low-unemployment state shouldn’t have a lot of poverty, and Omaha has a hispanic poverty rate of 27.6 percent from the latest Census data.
In the article, hispanics have jobs but they have to stand in the snow (sniff!) in line for food pantries to obtain free chow. Wages in meatpacking have fallen and that is one reason given for the worsening poverty. Incidentally, meatpacking is twice characterized as “low-wage” employment, which is a devolutionary trend for an industry that once supplied middle-class lifestyles for American workers a few decades ago. Domestic companies later discovered that illegal alien foreigners were happy to work for peanuts, and wages in meat plants were lowered accordingly.
The article is a curious mix: it quotes Heritage’s welfare and immigration scholar Robert Rector saying, “If you have an increase in illegal immigration to a community, poverty rates will go up.” But the piece also suggests that more rights for illegal aliens (like driver’s licenses and work permits) would be a big help for the foreigners.
Bottom line: if a low-unemployment state cannot generate adequate wages to keep immigrants and aliens out of free-food charities, then perhaps America has imported enough poverty.
Maria Benitez’s husband brings home $80 a day from his job painting houses. She supplements that by selling Mexican candies in South Omaha from a cart she pushes down the street.
But after paying rent and other bills, there’s often not much money left to feed the couple and their three children.
That’s why the 50-year-old Benitez recently stood in a light snow outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church accepting free sack lunches handed out by James Parsons, who runs a street ministry assisting Omaha’s needy.
While Benitez and the two dozen others accepting the charity that day expressed their thanks, she also gratefully offered Parsons something in return: homemade tortillas from her kitchen.
Benitez and her family are part of a fast-growing population of Hispanics in South Omaha who know the hardships of living en la pobreza: “in poverty.” Recent Census Bureau figures show that the poverty rate among the Hispanic population in Nebraska as well as in Omaha has been dramatically on the rise.
Poverty for Hispanic households in the Omaha metro area climbed steadily from 16.9 percent in 2000 to 27.6 percent in the most recent census data.
For the first time, the Omaha’s Hispanic poverty rate now is higher than the national Hispanic average. Just as alarming, Hispanic poverty now approaches the levels seen in Omaha’s black community, which at times in recent years has suffered from one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.
“The attention in Omaha has been on black poverty, given the disparity in black versus white,” said David Drozd, a University of Nebraska at Omaha demographer who identified the new trend in the census data. “But now it’s obvious Hispanic poverty is becoming a bigger problem.”
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