Socal Supe Suggests State Split

California’s raging dysfunction regarding its perennially overspent budget and permissive treatment of illegal aliens has prompted a Riverside County Supervisor to call for a division of the state.

The idea is not a new one; many see the state as increasingly ungovernable due to extreme diversity of political views, a history of bad governance choices and worsening tribalism. (See the Chronicle’s 1998 commentary, It’s Time To Divide California and my 2009 article, The California Crisis: Divide And Prosper?.)

Supervisor Jeff Stone is disgusted by liberal leaders’ crazed spending in Sacramexico and irresponsibility regarding immigration enforcement, among other things.

His new state (map shown) would include most of southern California, but with the hopeless Los Angeles County snipped off. (Nobody wants LA, particularly northern Californians who are sick of decades of water grabs.)

Counties To Secede From California; New state would have no term limits, part-time legislature, CBS Los Angeles, July 1, 2011

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Is the state of California about to go “South”?

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone apparently thinks so, after proposing that the county lead a campaign for as many as 13 Southern California counties to secede from the state.

Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new state of South California.

The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said.

“Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public,” Stone said in his statement.

He unveiled his proposal on the day Gov. Jerry Brown signed budget legislation that will divert about $14 million in 2011-12 vehicle license fee revenue from four new Riverside County cities. Continue reading this article

Senator Jeff Sessions: the New DREAM Act Is Worse

Senator Sessions has been a long-time leader in defending American sovereignty in the Senate, a place where patriots are in short supply.

In earlier memos of analysis, he has used the list format, which is a helpful way for readers to grasp the critical details of complex legislation. The Senator excoriated the 2007 Senate amnesty bill with a list of 20 loopholes. He issued a memo last fall blasting the lame duck amnesty legislation titled Ten Things You Need to Know about S.3287, the DREAM Act.

Senator Sessions is back with another explanatory list, this time to elucidate the most recent DREAM Act, which he characterizes as worse than the previous version, which was pretty bad.

The bill is a Christmas tree of goodies for millions, including dangerous criminals, gangsters and drunk drivers (see #5). The open-borders gang in Washington is perfectly happy to endanger public safety to reward foreign lawbreakers whom the Senators dishonestly portray as innocent young people.

The DREAM Act is not going anywhere in this Congress, but the deep corruption of the legislation reveals what evil of the open-borders bunch is trying to palm off as acceptable public policy.

Sen. Sessions: New DREAM Act is Worse than Before, NumbersUSA, July 1, 2011

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has issued a statement highlighing 10 things Americans need to know about the newly introduced DREAM Act. On Tuesday, the Senate Immigration Subcommittee held its first ever hearing on the DREAM Act, but few Senators were in attendance because of conflicts with other committee meetings and votes on the Senate floor.

In the release, Sen. Sessions said that the bill “would offer amnesty to over 2 million illegal aliens” and according to the Congressional Budget Office would add “more than $5 billion to the federal deficit”.

Sen. Sessions 10 points include:

1. The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children
Proponents of the DREAM Act frequently claim the bill offers relief only to illegal alien “children.” Incredibly, previous versions of the DREAM Act had no age limit at all, so illegal aliens of any age who satisfied the Act’s requirements—not just children—could obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. In response to this criticism, S.952 includes a requirement that aliens be under the age of 35 on the date of enactment to be eligible for LPR status. Even with this cap, many could be much older before petitioning for status—hardly the “children” the Act’s advocates talk about. The bill’s 35- year-old age cap on “children” applies only to the date of enactment, and the registration window will remain open indefinitely regardless of future age.

2. The DREAM Act Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard-Working, Law-Abiding Americans
Proponents of the DREAM Act still have failed to acknowledge previous CBO estimates that its enactment would increase projected deficits by more than $5 billion. But the number is likely to be dramatically higher, as CBO estimates failed to account for a number of major cost factors with the DREAM Act, including increased unemployment of U.S. citizens, public education costs, chain migration, litigation and fraud. Nor did the CBO account for what history has proven: passing amnesty will incentivize even more illegality and lawlessness at the border. In addition, the CBO assumed a large portion of those who receive amnesty will obtain jobs, but there is no surplus of job opportunities. According to a June 2011 Report by the Center for Immigration Studies, the employment situation for U.S.-born workers and citizens who are young and less-educated – those most likely to compete with illegal aliens – is already bleak, with unemployment rates for those who have not completed high school at 34.6 percent.[1] Furthermore, previous scores failed to account for those who cannot get jobs because of this competition and will claim unemployment benefits.

In addition, DHS/USCIS will have to process DREAM Act applications (applications that would require complex, multi-step adjudication) though S.952 accounts for no fees to handle processing. This increased burden would require either additional Congressional appropriations, or for USCIS, a primarily fee-funded agency, to raise fees on other types of immigration benefit applications. This would unfairly spread the costs of administering the DREAM Act legalization program among applicants and petitioners who have abided by U.S. laws and would force taxpayers to pay for amnesty.

Though the DREAM Act does not mention fees, the CBO previously assumed all illegal aliens will pay a $700 fee to submit an application. USCIS, however, recently implemented a formal process whereby fees can be waived for hardship. It is likely that most of those petitioning for status under this bill will fall within a hardship exception and not pay any fees at all. Taxpayers would also be on the hook for federal benefits the DREAM Act seeks to offer illegal aliens, including student loans and grants, and states would be on the hook for in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

3. The DREAM Act Provides a Safe Harbor for Any Alien, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An Application
Although DREAM Act proponents claim it will benefit only those who meet certain age, presence, and educational requirements, amazingly S.952 protects ANY alien who simply submits an application for status no matter how frivolous. The bill forbids the Secretary of Homeland Security from removing “any alien who has a pending application for conditional nonimmigrant status”—regardless of age or criminal record—providing a safe harbor for millions. Though the bill requires a modest “prima facie” showing of eligibility, this is the lowest standard of legal proof and could likely be satisfied by the alien’s signature. This loophole will open the floodgates for applications that could stay pending for many years or be litigated as a delay tactic to prevent an illegal alien’s removal from the United States. Such delays will increase the number of those released on bail and will increase the number of absconders. The provision will further erode any chances of ending the rampant illegality and fraud in the existing system.

4. Certain Inadmissible Aliens and ALL Deportable Aliens, Including Those From High-Risk Regions, Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act
Certain categories of criminal aliens who are inadmissible to the United States will be eligible for DREAM Act amnesty, including alien gang members. The DREAM Act allows the following illegal aliens to be eligible for amnesty: alien absconders (aliens who failed to attend their removal proceedings), aliens who have engaged in document fraud, aliens who have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, and aliens who have been unlawfully present in the United States, even after being previously removed.

The exemption for fraud is particularly troubling because it creates a potential loophole for unknown terrorists who have defrauded immigration authorities—as was the case with the 9/11 hijackers. At the same time, limited federal resources that are better utilized tracking down such fraud will have to be directed towards reviewing potentially fraudulent claims on millions of DREAM applications. Making matters worse, the DREAM Act allows all aliens subject to deportation, including criminals and terrorists, to be eligible for amnesty.

5. Certain Criminal Aliens—Including Drunk Drivers—Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act
Certain categories of criminal aliens can qualify for status under the DREAM Act. The bill includes a 1 felony/3-misdemeanor rule, similar to the 1986 amnesty rule. As a result, criminal aliens who have less than 3 misdemeanor convictions will remain eligible for legal, permanent status through the DREAM Act. Some misdemeanors can be extremely serious, such as driving under the influence, certain drug offenses, gang activity, some charges of sexual abuse of a minor, assault and battery, and even prostitution. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Citizens Still Expect That Immigrants Assimilate to America

Down in the middle paragraphs of a recent Rasmussen survey is an important point about what traditional Americans expect from new immigrants in this time of trendy (but increasingly discredited) multiculturalism: nearly three-fourths of voters queried thought that old-fashioned assimilation to this nation’s laws, language and culture is still a requirement.

The social contract of America being a welcoming society is based on newbies getting with the program of learning English, embracing American values and becoming loyal to this country. It’s not much to ask really, although the raza types busy themselves trying to insinuate Spanish into American society, aka bilingualism, along with other assaults on US culture like amnesty and hispanicization.

In ancient times, Augustine said, “When in Rome do as the Romans do,” an aphorism that has survived to the present day. By comparison, liberal social scientist Robert Putnam has said that we Americans should be the ones to change: “What we shouldn’t do is to say that they [immigrants] should be more like us. We should construct a new us.”

Not according to the large majority of American citizens.

66% Say U.S. Society Fair and Decent, Rasmussen Reports, June 28, 2011

Most voters continue to believe U.S. society is generally fair and decent, but they aren’t quite as convinced that President Obama shares their views.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters say, generally speaking, American society is fair and decent.  Twenty-six percent (26%) believe society is unfair and discriminatory.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The latest findings show little change from last month.  Voter beliefs that society is fair and decent have ranged from a low of 54% to a high of 74% since early November 2006.  In those same surveys, perceptions that society is unfair and discriminatory have ranged from 17% to 33%.

When it comes to the president, just 43% think he views U.S. society as generally fair and decent.  Almost as many (38%) feel he sees society as unfair and discriminatory, while 19% are not sure.  Voters have remained relatively divided on this question since Obama assumed office in January 2009. [. . .]

An overwhelming majority (73%) of voters say people who move to the United States from other parts of the world should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.  Only 16% say those people should maintain the culture of their own country.  Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.  These findings show little change for several years now. Continue reading this article

Would Obama Reject Workplace Enforcement?

Below is a clip of Obama responding in Wednesday’s presser to a hispanic reporter’s questions about the ATF gunrunner scandal and whether he would make universal E-verify the law of the land.

Reading closely, it seems he would not sign either the Smith or Grassley version of mandatory E-verify into law unless it was part of a large amnesty package. Plus he continued the myth that E-verify is “riddled with errors” to denigrate a highly accurate program.

Following, the same piece in text from the White House transcript: Press Conference by the President July 29, 2011

Antonieta Cádiz?  There you are.

Q    Thank you very much, Mr. President.  First, if you receive a mandatory E-verify bill only without legalization, are you planning to veto that deal?

And second, on Fast and Furious, members of Congress and the government of Mexico are still waiting for answers.  Are you planning to replace ATF leadership?  And when can we expect the results of the current investigation?

THE PRESIDENT:  On the second question, as you know, my attorney general has made clear that he certainly would not have ordered gun running to be able to pass through into Mexico.  The investigation is still pending.  I’m not going to comment on a current investigation.  I’ve made very clear my views that that would not be an appropriate step by the ATF, and we got to find out how that happened.  As soon as the investigation is completed, I think appropriate actions will be taken.

With respect to E-verify, we need comprehensive immigration reform.  I’ve said it before.  I will say it again.  I will say it next week.  And I’ll say it six months from now.  We’ve got to have a system that makes sure that we uphold our tradition as a nation of laws and that we also uphold our tradition as a nation of immigrants.  And that means tough border security, going after employers that are illegally hiring and exploiting workers, making sure that we also have a pathway for legal status for those who are living in the shadows right now.

We may not be able to get everything that I would like to see in a package, but we have to have a balanced package.  E-verify can be an important enforcement tool if it’s not riddled with errors, if U.S. citizens are protected — because what I don’t want is a situation in which employers are forced to set up a system that they can’t be certain works.  And we don’t want to expose employers to the risk where they end up rejecting a qualified candidate for a job because the list says that that person is an illegal immigrant, and it turns out that the person isn’t an illegal immigrant.  That wouldn’t be fair for the employee and would probably get the employer in trouble as well.

So I think the goal right now is to let’s continue to see if we can perfect the E-verify system.  Let’s make sure that we have safeguards in place to prevent the kind of scenarios that I talked about.  But let’s also not lose sight of some of the other components to immigration reform.  For example, making sure that DREAM Act kids — kids who have grown up here in the United States, think of themselves as Americans, who are not legal through no fault of their own, and who are ready to invest and give back to our country and go to school and fight in our military and start businesses here — let’s make sure that those kids can stay.

We need to have a more balanced approach than just a verification system.

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t have an answer as to whether the investigation is completed yet, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on the investigation if I don’t — if it’s not yet completed.

Kris Kobach Analyzes Recent Proposed Legislation in Washington

Lou Dobbs interviewed Kris Kobach recently (6/28) for analysis of the reanimation of the too-evil-to-die DREAM Act by the Senate Democrats. The amnesty fanatics have to keep going through the motions for political reasons to keep certain parties happy, he says, even though the DREAMers are going nowhere this year.

Kobach also detailed his concerns with the Smith E-verify bill (HR 2164) that specifically pre-empts state jurisdiction, which would be “a stab in the back to the states right after Arizona wins this big victory in the Supreme Court paves the way for other states like Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, you name it, then all of a sudden there’s this bill proposed by Lamar Smith which gives us e-verify nationally which is a good thing — it mandates all businesses use it — but the price is too high; you push the states off the field, they’re the only ones actually aggressively enforcing the law. And that why the Chamber of Commerce, which is a pro-amnesty organization, that’s why they support the Smith bill, because it’s not going to be enforced and it’s going to force the real enforcers off the field.”

Senator Cornyn Deflates DREAM Disinformation

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, chaired by Dick Durbin, held a hearing to promote the DREAM Act. See written witness statements here. Senator Durbin cooed that perhaps an illegal alien would become President someday, which tells you where he is coming from.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX, career immigration voting grade B) did a good job of quizzing useless DHS honcho Janet Napolitano, who expressed the administration position that comprehensive amnesty is the plan. Like previous versions, the current DREAM cuts an undue amount of slack to people who have broken the law beyond illegal entrance. Previous DREAMs have been fraud friendly, such as having no identification requirement for applicants.

However, Senator Cornyn’s suggestion that every foreign graduate of a US university get a work visa is wrong-headed to say the least. Public policy should encourage the education of American young people, not aliens. Education analysts wonder why US students pursue law and business degrees while avoiding technical fields, but they are behaving rationally within a system that imports thousands of H-1b visa holders annually in science, engineering and IT. Cornyn is also naive for not understanding the espionage threat posed by foreign students, some sent from Red China et al for long-term burrowing.

BTW, the DREAM Act has a snowball’s chance in this Congress, but the open borders gang wants to be stroked periodically by their Democratic pals to show the love in hopes of eventual reward.

That said, I’m not convinced that a future Republican President won’t embrace the DREAM Act as a “reasonable” compromise to pick up some imaginary hispanic support. Well paid political advisors hector candidates on the advisability of diverse outreach (aka hispandering), but such amnesties rewarding lawbreakersare futile attempt to hold off the demographic tsunami that is unfriendly to values of law and borders.

Below, DREAMers dressed as graduates marched around Hollywood last year.

Darrell Issa: Update on Gunrunner Investigation in Mexico

There’s been a lack of interest in the media about what Darrell Issa found out when he visited Mexico on Friday as part of his continuing investigation of the ATF gunrunner scandal. So it was interesting to hear a brief report from him on Tuesday.

Muslim Sues to Make Abercrombie & Fitch Islam Compliant

I remember my first visit to the Abercrombie & Fitch store in downtown San Francisco some years back. The large stuffed leather rhinoceros just inside the doorway made the impression of entering a safari kind of place, where one could purchase proper equipment for a great adventure in the African bush. My shopping was limited to comfy Clark’s desert boots however.

Since then, the Abercrombie image has changed considerably to a more youthful look, shall we say. Advertising shows hunky young men and desirable young women, separately and together, some wearing clothes. The company encourages sales staff to wear outfits that epitomize the lifestyle it wants to sell. They are models; it’s part of the job.

Below, Abercrombie jeans.

Now a Muslim woman hired to work in the stockroom is suing the company because superiors told her to ditch the hijab (the headscarf which shows an Islamo-female’s submission to Allah and her husband or father).

Anyway, why would a properly docile Muslima want to work in a store where selling sex is part of the business plan? Did she mean finagle herself into a lawsuit situation to make some easy money? Or did she hope hasten the devolution of American via hijabification? (One thinks of the Muslim woman who sued for not being hired by a trendy London haircut salon where pink hair and assorted tattoos were the look: “How I nearly lost my business after refusing to hire a Muslim hair stylist who wouldn’t show her hair”).

When I see a hijabbed human working in a business, my reaction is to leave. A woman in the Islam-identification uniform is voicing a rejection of women’s struggle for equality in America, which insults everyone from Susan B. Anthony to Michele Bachman. If the Muslima wants the full sharia non-equality lifestyle, then she should live somewhere among the like-minded ummah, e.g. Saudi Arabia. The United States has a different idea.

Muslim immigration has been a disastrous policy for all Americans, but women citizens who love freedom have the most to lose.

Muslim woman sues Abercrombie & Fitch over hijab, AP, June 27, 2011

A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job.

Hani Khan said a manager at the company’s Hollister Co. store at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo hired her while she was wearing her hijab. The manager said it was OK to wear it as long as it was in company colors, Khan said.

Four months later, the 20-year-old says a district manager and human resources manager asked if she could remove the hijab while working, and she was suspended and then fired for refusing to do so.

It’s the latest employment discrimination charge against the company’s so-called “look policy,” which critics say means images of mostly white, young, athletic-looking people. The New Albany, Ohio-based company has said it does not tolerate discrimination. Continue reading this article

Senator Pearce: the States Are Partners in Immigration Law Enforcement

Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is a leader in the movement for the states to do more of the immigration enforcement, since the federal government has shown little enthusiasm for the heavy lifting. He reports that Arizona is improving after instituting its state laws (modeled on federal statutes): jobs are up and crime is down. The prison population is declining for the first time..

Furthermore, he notes, “States have inherent authority to enforce the laws; they’ve never been pre-empted. They can enforce federal law. We arrest bank robbers every day on federal law. Nobody protests that.”

ICE Backdoor Amnesty Endangers Public Safety

There’s been fascinating information coming out about the Obama administration’s backdoor amnesty, that it has been going on quietly for some time.

DHS Stealth Amnesty Cover Up Exposed, Judicial Watch, June 27, 2011

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security lied to Congress and the media to cover up a secret amnesty program that dismissed the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

The scandalous story of how the government agency charged with keeping America safe systematically cancels pending deportations was first reported by Texas’s largest newspaper last year. The remarkable program stunned the legal profession and baffled immigration attorneys who say the government bounced their clients’ deportation even when expulsion was virtually guaranteed. [. . .]

If illegal aliens are picked up by police and not deported or prosecuted, then they are released back onto American streets. One recent report from Pennsylvania shows the kind of undesirable characters that are routinely let go. A carful of illegals was speeding dangerously and the driver was unlicensed and the car unregistered. The men had a collection of fake IDs. America’s roads are made far more hazardous by the presence of such persons. Illegal alien drivers kill many Americans every year and it is wrong for traffic violations to be considered minor.

It makes a joke of our legal system when there is no punishment for repeated lawbreaking.

ICE orders release of 4 illegal immigrants, Hazleton Standard Speaker, June 24, 2011

Four illegal immigrants caught in Beaver Meadows since Wednesday were ordered to be released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the borough police chief said.

On Thursday afternoon, police stopped a blue Honda Accord that was traveling 57 mph in a 35 mph zone on Route 93, Beaver Meadows Police Chief Michael Morresi said.

The driver, Robert Isaac Rivera-Campos, 22, of El Salvador, could not produce proof of insurance for the car, which had an expired registration and Maryland plates, Morresi said. One of the three passengers had a valid Maryland driver’s license but the other two were from Honduras and had fake identifications, he said. ICE was notified and discovered the driver and the two men from Honduras – 33-year-old Carlos Cordona and 24-year-old Walter Borgas – were in this country illegally for six years. All four men were most recently living in Baltimore.

Rivera-Campos was cited for speeding and having no license; Cordona and Borgas were cited for having false identifications. ICE refused to pick them up, according to Morresi, because they had no criminal records; however, Morresi discovered one of the men was charged with assault. Since it was a recent incident, the charge did not appear in the system, he said.

About 5:30 p.m. Morresi said three of the men went to the impound lot and asked an attendant if they could retrieve something out of the vehicle. Morresi said the three illegals jumped in the car and drove off toward Hazleton.

On Wednesday, Morresi stopped 24-year-old Cezar Ramirez-Cortes for speeding on Route 93. An investigation revealed that Ramirez-Cortes, who did not have a criminal record, was originally from Mexico and had been stopped for speeding six times in the past four years he has been in the U.S. illegally. Beaver Meadows police cited him for speeding, driving without a license and driving with a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded because he is a habitual offender, Morresi said.

Ramirez-Cortes can re-claim his car but must show proof of ownership and have a valid driver’s license and insurance. ICE was notified but since he had no criminal record Morresi had to drive him to the Carbon County line and release him on foot.

A similar incident occurred in May when a speeding illegal immigrant produced a Mexican registration card as identification, two public benefit Access cards bearing different names and $3,000 in cash. At the time, an ICE official said he was not detained because “the subject was not arrested and charged with a crime by the local department, did not have a criminal record and is not a fugitive from ICE, the subject was not a priority case and a detainer was not placed.”

Mexican Unfriendlies Cheer Their Tribe in Southern Mexifornia

It’s not exactly news that when the American national soccer team plays against Mexico in Lost Angeles, hardly anyone is cheering the home team. Pat Buchanan reported some years ago that the national anthem was booed at a 1998 soccer game played in LA. And a lot more Mexicans live in southern California now than then.

Your humble correspondent has been observing for several years that the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry has become low-intensity warfare. It certainly keeps the police busy: at least 26 fans were arrested around the Rose Bowl after the Mexico team won, 4-2. (Boo!)

Another disturbing indicator of cultural decline: all of the post-game ceremony was conducted in Spanish.

Is America diverse enough yet?

U.S. soccer team booed in their own country as Mexican fans turn LA into an ‘away’ game, Daily Mail, June 26, 2011

If the U.S. soccer team were hoping for the home advantage during Saturday’s Gold Cup final then they were in for a nasty surprise.

Despite being the ‘home’ side in California’s Rose Bowl stadium, the majority of fans – most of them American born of naturalized Mexicans – booed and jeered the U.S. team.

The surprising scenes were followed by angry outbursts from U.S. team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was visibly shaken after the entire post match ceremony was conducted in Spanish.

Speaking after the game, Howard said: ‘[tournament organisers] CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves.

‘I think it was a [expletive] disgrace that the entire post match ceremony was in Spanish. Continue reading this article

One Repatriation Revealed

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle presented a photo essay about Guatemalans being deported home from Mesa, Arizona. The one paragraph of accompanying text did not portray the event positively, particularly regarding the Secure Communities program which it deems “controversial.” The liberal press has apparently decided that open borders are more important than public safety.

Undocumented Guatemalens deported, San Francisco Chronicle, June 26, 2011

A plane leaving from Arizona to Guatemala returns undocumented Guatemalans caught by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, through the controversial federal “Secure Communities,” a data-sharing program which puts local police on the frontlines of national immigration enforcement. ICE recently announced a set of adjustments to the program after many local communities and some states, including New York, insisted on opting out, saying immigrants were being deported for minor offenses such as traffic violations.

However, the photos don’t show angst and suffering among the deportees regarding their free trip to their native country, courtesy of the American taxpayer. In fact, a couple pictures show joy, presumably at being home after residing in a foreign land.