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.”
It’s becoming clear that the Obama bunch has been planning the imperial distribution of work permits to illegal aliens for some time, despite the squeals that Republicans were being obstructionist toward the foreigners languishing in the shadows. In October, the administration began organizing the production of the physical work permits, and now the hiring has begun for the bureaucrats to handle the auto-processing of the foreign lawbreakers.
In the video below, Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan noted, “Of the thousand or so positions they’ve advertised, only seven of them are actually fraud detection staff, which suggests that less than one percent of these people are going to be actually charged with trying to spot fraud in the millions of applications.”
In other words, the administration is saying, “Welcome, cartels gangsters, generic criminals and jihadists!” Public safety and national security apparently mean nothing to the current regime.
America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions, published a press release on Wednesday to point out the new office building dedicated to rubber stamping illegal alien job thieves:
It has just been discovered today that the Obama Administration is now opening a new USCIS facility in Crystal City, Virginia, for the purpose of immediately implementing the President’s imperial immigration decree. They are in the process of hiring 1,000 full-time staff to quickly approve applications for the President’s illegal amnesty, which will provide work permits, photo IDs, Social Security, and Medicare to illegal immigrants—all benefits rejected by Congress. This action will mean that American workers, their sons, their daughters, their parents, will now have to compete directly for jobs, wages, and benefits with millions of illegal immigrants.
This facility is a clear symbol of the President’s defiance of the American people, their laws, and their Constitution. He is hiring federal employees to carry out a directive that violates the laws Congress has passed in order to foist on the nation laws Congress has repeatedly refused to pass.
The Washington Times put Stephan Dinan’s article on Thursday’s front page:
Department of Homeland Security officials wasted little time in ramping up for President Obama’s amnesty, posting 1,000 job openings the day after his announcement and announcing it already has space for hundreds of employees at a new location in Arlington, Virginia — an indication that it had laid its plans well before Mr. Obama’s announcement.
And even though Mr. Obama said his policy is temporary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring the employees for permanent positions, at salaries of up to $157,000 a year, according to the job postings listed on the official federal jobs website.
“USCIS is taking steps to open a new operational center in Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate about 1,000 full-time, permanent federal and contract employees in a variety of positions and grade levels,” the agency said in an internal email to employees on Monday. “The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014.”
A number of the job openings were posted the day after that Nov. 20 announcement, and those postings have already expired, suggesting the agency already has filled some of the slots.
In a statement, USCIS said it was trying to get its operations in order for when it begins to collect applications.
“Increasing staffing will ensure that every case received by USCIS receives a thorough review under our guidelines,” the agency said late Wednesday.
But Ken Palinkas, head of the labor union that represents USCIS employees, said he couldn’t see any way that the agency could hire enough good people in time to process the millions of applications that are expected.
“I can’t see how they could,” he told The Washington Times. “I think what they’re leaning toward is just getting the paperwork done regardless of who does it. You have to vet these people.”
The employees will need to undergo checks, and some will require security clearances, which is an even longer process.
Mr. Palinkas said the large scale of the hiring and the new office space suggests to him that the White House had its plans in place for some time ahead of Mr. Obama’s announcement last month.
“It’s so orchestrated it’s pathetic,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican who has taken the lead in fighting Mr. Obama’s policy, said the new facility in Virginia is “a clear symbol of the president’s defiance of the American people, their laws and their constitution.”
“He is hiring federal employees to carry out a directive that violates the laws Congress has passed in order to foist on the nation laws Congress has repeatedly refused to pass,” Mr. Sessions said in a statement. Continue reading this article
Illegal aliens have a lot for which to be thankful this season, given that Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty will give work permits to at least five million foreign job thieves. Plus, the President’s cornucopian package includes Social Security and Medicare even though the he claimed his amnesty wouldn’t cover benefits that cost taxpayers billions of dollars yearly. In addition, businesses now have a big financial incentive to hire illegals because they are not required to receive Obamacare.
Funny how the system is being rejiggered to screw the citizens and benefit the invasive foreigners.
Border watchdog and filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch appeared on Fox News on Thanksgiving morning to discuss the government’s inducement to hire illegals, including some observations as a former employer:
LYNCH: Let me explain how this works using my own company. I used to have 250 employees. Fifty of them would be front office workers, sales, marketing etc, I gave them insurance. My guys in the back though, the lower-skilled, the lower-wage, I can’t afford to give them insurance. So if I don’t give them insurance I get hit with a fine. Now that fine could be anywhere from two thousand and five thousand, not three, could be anywhere between. So if you look at the higher range, if I don’t pay insurance I have to pay a million dollar fine — five thousand times two hunderd employees. But now because Obamacare is not given to anyone legal US citizens or legal aliens, the illegal aliens — the five million or I think more like 10 million, who just got the work permits from President Obama — I can now hire them legally and get rid of my US citizen employees and save myself the million dollars. . .
I find something very ironic. He gave the other day after Ferguson a speech in Chicago about how it is that there are so many hardships in the black community and then he goes on and talks about his amnesty. Anybody who’s familiar with this knows that amnesty of this kind throws the black community under the bus. We’ve got 22 percent unemployment for young black men, highest in this country, in some cities it’s 50 percent.
So now what happens is that these people are all going to go in and take those jobs. Employers are going to be forced to hire the illegal aliens. if you think about it because the Obamacare businessman the employer mandate suffers you. It actually pins the employer versus the employee in a way that’s like the Hunger Games, so you bring in the illegal aliens and that’s it. I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. It’s devastating for the economy because you’re going to look at those 200 employees that I had — where are they going? They’re going on the welfare line. . .
And don’t think for one moment that the illegal alien who just got this work permit who might be picking crops or hanging sheetrock is going to say “Ooh, now I can do that legally.” They’re going to be able to go to those better payroll jobs, working at UPS, working at the United States Postal Service. This is devastating to the American worker.
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
The loophole was confirmed by congressional aides and drew condemnation from those who said it put illegal immigrants ahead of Americans in the job market.
“If it is true that the president’s actions give employers a $3,000 incentive to hire those who came here illegally, he has added insult to injury,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The president’s actions would have just moved those who came here illegally to the front of the line, ahead of unemployed and underemployed Americans.”
A Department of Homeland Security official confirmed that the newly legalized immigrants won’t have access to Obamacare, which opens up the loophole for employers looking to avoid the penalty. Continue reading this article
An administration education bureaucrat opined, “The DOE believes that every child has a right to a great education,” and that means any foreign kid who can bypass the border gets the whole education-welfare enchilada courtesy of the unwilling taxpayer.
The upshot is this: either taxes are raised to pay for the higher school costs or resources are moved around so citizen kids get less so illegal alien kids can get more. Every American parent with a kid in public school should be concerned and angry about the downgrade.
New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants.
The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.
“It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,” says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The Post.
The notice comes as the city rolls out a $50 million red carpet for 1,662 minors who crossed the border this summer to escape violence and gangs in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In the “surge,” 5,000 of the 63,000 migrant kids caught trying to cross US borders — or who turned themselves in for refuge — have been released to relatives or other “sponsors” in New York state. Most live with other illegal immigrants.
In the city, Queens has received the highest number of unaccompanied children, 732, followed by Brooklyn (434), The Bronx (433), Manhattan (63) and Staten Island (less than 50), federal reports show.
The recent arrivals join an estimated 350,000 children of illegal immigrants already in New York state — about 12 percent of the public-school population.
The DOE refused to discuss the exact numbers of recently enrolled children, claiming it would violate student privacy. Officials ignored questions about the cost.
The city’s per-pupil spending in the 2012-2013 academic year averaged $20,749, which would bring the total for the migrant kids to $48.7 million.
But the costs could soar, because the youths — many of them victims of poverty and abuse — will need state-mandated English-language instruction, free or reduced-price lunch, and a range of other services, including psychological counseling, medical and dental. Continue reading this article
Does Adolf Balbuena, pictured below, look 18 or does he look considerably older?
As a result of the young man being considered a minor, he is being treated differently for running down and killing a child in Porterville, California, with the age mentioned offhandedly in the video report below. But he has no drivers license, so how can authorities know his true age?
TRACE GALLEGER: Balbuena just turned 18 years old, so any criminal record in the past is sealed. But critics note the Obama administration has cut back enforcement of immigration laws against illegal immigrants with DUI convictions or identity theft convictions. A customs and immigration attorney has even filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. In it she alleges that she and her colleagues were told to use prosecutorial discretion when it comes to criminal aliens who had old DUI convictions. She says when she challenged her boss about an alien with a criminal record, she was told to quote, let it go.
An illegal immigrant driving drunk and without a license crashed through a fence Sunday, hitting and killing a 3-year-old girl as she was waiting in line for ice cream in Porterville, California.
Adolf Balbuena, 18, mowed down the toddler, Angeles Moreno, as she and several others, including an 8-year-old boy, were waiting line at an ice cream truck.
After hitting Moreno, Balbuena backed up and drove away. He was arrested at his home around an hour later, the Fresno Bee reported.
Initial reports did not state Balbuena’s immigration status, but KMPH reported on Tuesday that he is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Though the local district attorney is handling the case, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will ultimately decide whether he will be tried in the U.S. or deported back to Mexico, the TV station reported. [. . .]
Following is a story about the lawsuit mentioned above:
The Obama administration told federal immigration lawyers to release illegal immigrants with “old” drunken-driving convictions and those found guilty of stealing other people’s identities, according to a lawsuit filed by one of the lawyers at the center of the operation.
Patricia M. Vroom, a top attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona, filed a 67-page discrimination complaint that details repeated battles with agency higher-ups who told her to close cases and not deport people whom President Obama deemed low-priority.
Federal officials were particularly dismissive of identity theft convictions from Arizona, arguing that the state’s laws were too strict and stealing an ID to get a job wasn’t a serious enough offense to get kicked out of the country.
“This was a very significant development, as generally, criminal aliens, particularly convicted felons, are, under the [prosecutorial discretion] memos, ‘priority’ cases that should be aggressively pursued,” Ms. Vroom said in her complaint.
But she said her superiors deemed the identity theft felons low-level offenders “since the typical alien defendant convicted under these provisions of Arizona criminal law had simply been using a fake I.D. to get and keep employment.”
Homeland Security officials said the department, of which ICE is a part, was looking over the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona.
“We are reviewing the allegations in the complaint, which largely refer to events from 2012 and 2013 concerning workplace environment and various personnel decisions taken by key officials, some of whom have since left the department,” spokeswoman Marsha Catron said.
“The leadership of both [the Department of Homeland Security] and ICE take these allegations seriously and, when founded, will always take the appropriate disciplinary action,” she said.
Ms. Vroom, who filed the complaint Nov. 6, declined to comment through her attorney.
In her complaint, she detailed a September conversation in which top ICE lawyers told staff to ignore “old” DUI convictions if immigrants had enough “equities,” such as ties to the community or family responsibilities in the U.S., that would outweigh their criminal behavior.
ICE officials and Mr. Obama have defended their prosecutorial discretion, saying they have enough resources to deport only about 400,000 immigrants a year, so it makes sense to go after the most serious criminals, recent border crossers and those who have violated immigration laws repeatedly.
“We’re misallocating resources. We’re deporting people that shouldn’t be deported. We’re not deporting folks that are dangerous and need to be deported,” Mr. Obama said Sunday on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
Mr. Obama has promised to expand his nondeportation policies by the end of the year, potentially granting tentative legal status and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Deportations, though, have dropped by about 20 percent over the past two years, suggesting the administration is having trouble finding enough cases that meet its definition of “high priority.”
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