In Oakland, one of the persons arrested Monday during a sweep of the filthy crime-ridden Occupy zone downtown was an illegal Mexican who was then turned over to federal officials. That was the good news.
For the bad news, Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle, was quickly freed on his own recognizance until his deportation hearing. Right. Who thinks he will show up?
Federal immigration agents took custody Thursday of a 36-year-old activist and Mexico native who was arrested during Monday’s police sweep of the Occupy Oakland protest encampment, then released him pending a hearing in front of a judge.
Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle had been booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of two misdemeanors, refusing to disperse and loitering, after kneeling and meditating at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall rather than heeding police orders to leave early Monday.
Alameda County prosecutors did not charge Stierle, and immigration agents enforced a detainer Thursday that they had placed on his case, said sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the jail.
Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Stierle was subsequently released “on his own recognizance pending a hearing before an immigration judge. It will be up to the immigration courts to determine whether he has a legal basis to remain in the United States.”
In a statement his attorney released while he was still in custody, Stierle complained that Oakland leaders were spending money clearing out Occupy encampments while closing five public schools.
“This is the same thing happening across the country,” Stierle said. “We do not have an economic crisis, we have a crisis of priorities. We believe we are the 99 percent facilitating the healing of the 100 percent.”
Friends said Stierle, who has no criminal record, came to the United States six years ago on a student visa to seek a master’s degree in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, but dropped out over concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.
Stierle works for Free Farm Stand, an urban garden in San Francisco that gives away its produce, and for Karma Kitchen, a weekly brunch in Berkeley where patrons are given free food while being asked to donate toward future meals.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ship 10 percent of the returning military equipment from Iraq to the border of Mexico for border security.
“The American people have invested billions of dollars in equipment used to secure Iraq; now it’s time to use that equipment to secure the United States,” said Poe. “State and local officials are doing the job of the federal government—defending the international border with Mexico.”
In comments earlier today, Poe said the equipment is needed because U.S. border sheriffs say they are “outmanned, outgunned and out-financed by the drug cartels.”
Poe said equipment that could be shipped to the southern border includes humvees, night vision equipment and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He said 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already left Iraq, and 900,000 remain in that country.
Poe added that the Send Equipment for National Defense (SEND) Act, H.R. 3422, would give the Defense Department the discretion to keep its equipment if DOD certifies that there is an urgent need to do so.
President Barak Hussein Obama’s illegal alien uncle Onyango from Kenya, dressed up like a respectable citizen (pictured at right), appeared briefly in court on Thursday, stemming from a drunk-driving arrest August 24.
“He wasn’t committing any motor vehicle violations at the time. That’s our position,” defense attorney P. Scott Bratton said.
Right, he has merely nabbed in the act of dangerous drunk driving with a blood alcohol lever of .14 percent, nearly twice legal limit, by police. Apparently when the perp is related to the President, counsel can say the accused is a unicorn from Mars and the judge will not argue.
Perhaps Uncle Obongo will become the new diverse face of the Obama administrative amnesty. After all, the uncle didn’t kill anyone on his drunk-driving escapade, unlike so many others. And he is gainfully employed (against the law) back at his old liquor store gig.
The actual court time was very brief, just a minute or so, and the next courtroom pretense of legal process was scheduled for January 12.
News keeps whooshing by so rapidly that sometimes we may wonder whatever happened to a figure who had his 15 minutes of fame, then sank from view. Obama’s uncle was one such, revealed after a drunk-driving bust last August, after living unlawfully in this country for decades, then gone from the front pages.
The President may hope his pair of lawbreaking alien relatives from Kenya (Onyango plus the well dressed welfare queen Aunt Zeituni who lives off taxpayer benefits) disappear from public attention. They are a reminder of how lawless his administration has been overall, particularly regarding border and immigration enforcement.
Or perhaps Obama likes sticking his thumb in the eye of traditional Americans, whom he has characterized as clinging to guns and religion as well as being “xenophobic” (aka favoring borders and immigration enforcement). He’s the President, and he can have as many illegal alien relatives as he wants, and there’s nothing patriotic Americans can do about it, given the squishiness of many judges.
Anyway, the online celebrity tabloid TMZ has a photo of the Obama uncle, who appears comfortably working at a liquor store despite his illegal status.
The pictures tell the story … President Obama’s uncle, wheeling and dealing behind a liquor store counter. So there’s no doubt, he’s still dodging the deportation bullet … at least for now.
Onyango Obama was busted for DUI August 24th in Framingham, Massachusetts …after almost smashing into a cop car. Immigration officials learned about the arrest, and then discovered the 67-year-old was in the U.S. illegally. In fact, Onyango was on the receiving end of a 1992 deportation order, but it was never enforced.
While Onyango challenges the deportation order, the pictures show … he’s making a living at the Conti Liquor Store.
He’s due in court tomorrow for a hearing on the DUI charge.
SARASOTA COUNTY – Pamila Yoder’s three children thought this day might never come — when the man accused of driving drunk and killing their 51-year-old mother faced a judge.
They drove to the Sarasota County Courthouse this morning from Jacksonville and Miami to watch first-hand as Daniel Garcia, who pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter, received a 13-year prison sentence.
Garcia, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, had been on the lam for several months after the Nov. 7, 2010 crash in Sarasota that killed Yoder. The family had a hard time healing, knowing the man responsible for Yoder’s death was free.
But Garcia, 26, finally was arrested while hiding out in Gainesville, thanks to the dogged efforts of one of the region’s most aggressive fugitive hunters, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Barrett.
In court this morning, Yoder’s three children went to the podium together for emotional support, clutching tissues and touching each other on the shoulder. They spoke to Garcia directly.
“I just wanted you to know my face,” Yoder’s daughter, Tavy Chen, formerly Tavy Wells, said to Garcia. “I will never forget what you did. I hope you never forget either.”
Pamila Yoder died at the scene of the crash at University Parkway and U.S. 301; Garcia had been airlifted with grave injuries from the crash and taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
The next morning, before he was charged, Bayfront Medical security footage showed him walking out the front door, still in a hospital gown, the I-V still hanging from his arm.
The FHP looked for Garcia, but gave up. Deputy Barrett spent months observing the area’s labor camps, Latin dance clubs and bars, finally getting a break and catching Garcia at a Gainesville apartment complex.
Yoder’s son, Jesse Yoder, said his mother above all valued truth. “I hope that what you are doing here today is because you genuinely want to make some sort of amends,” he said to Garcia. “I know nothing can undo what happened, but I just want you to understand what you’ve done to our family.”
“All-American Muslim” (The Learning Channel page here) takes place in Dearbornistan, where Fordson High School is 95 percent Muslim. The viewer learns that Ramadan is tough on football players there because of the daytime fasting required. Apparently infidel athletes don’t fit in, nor is there concern about the separation of mosque and state.
The most cringe-worthy element was the conversion of a young Christian man to Islam so he could marry a Muslim woman. His mother tried to hide her disappointment, though not very successfully. The bride portrays herself as very American, someone who likes country music, but she wants her children to grow up as Allah’s obedient servants. Compared with the lifestyles of Muslims in Lebanon (the background of most), the Dearborn residents may feel very American, but the posing is not convincing.
All the characters emphasize the ways in which they appear assimilated, but most of the women are veiled. Nobody asks unpleasant questions about politics, such as how much support there is for Hezbollah or any other flavors of hostile Islam. Cutesy sit-com music runs in the background to remove any serious questions from the viewer’s mind, like it’s the modern diversity version of Leave It To Beaver.
Fed up with a decade of police spying on the innocuous details of the daily lives of Muslims, activists in New York are discouraging people from going directly to the police with their concerns about terrorism, a campaign that is certain to further strain relations between the two groups.
Muslim community leaders are openly teaching people how to identify police informants, encouraging them to always talk to a lawyer before speaking with the authorities and reminding people already working with law enforcement that they have the right to change their minds. Some members of the community have planned a demonstration for next week.
Some government officials point to this type of outreach as proof that Muslims aren’t cooperating in the fight against terrorism, justifying the aggressive spy tactics, while many in the Muslim community view it as a way to protect themselves from getting snared in a secret police effort to catch terrorists. [. . .]
One of my mottos in life is “You can learn a lot by making a list,” so I appreciate a good one that lays down the facts in a thorough way. The following article is a helpful accounting of what Obama has done to destroy America using his enormous powers as President.
After all, in Obama’s mind America is nothing special, so why not ruin it for short-term politics to please his rapacious cronies?
Advocates for open borders and illegal alien amnesty must be pleased. President Obama has accomplished almost everything on their Wish List, short of a massive amnesty bill. But the president’s checklist achieves almost the same thing, of course without Congressional approval. Public demand for secure borders and interior enforcement has been ignored while Congress’s constitutional authority to regulate immigration has been simply bypassed.
To date, the scope of President Obama’s immigration to-do list is shocking and nearly complete:
Enact backdoor amnesty – Accomplish administratively what is not possible legislatively.
- Issue new ICE memos radically changing deportation policies.
- Create clandestine interagency working group to review 300,000 pending removal cases. Use new deportation polices to justify dismissing most.
- Grant work authorization to illegal aliens allowed to stay.
- Focus enforcement only on violent criminal aliens. Release most others and suggest that immigration violations, in and of themselves, are of little consequence.
Intimidate every state that dares to enforce existing federal immigration laws – Sue Alabama, Arizona and South Carolina. Threaten other states even thinking about enacting immigration bills.
- Claim federal preemption precludes states from participating in enforcement while simultaneously preventing federal authorities from enforcing the law. Create chaos and constitutional crisis when no one is allowed to do it!
Allow state and local law enforcement to thwart federal authorities – Ignore Illinois, Massachusetts and New York efforts to stop participating in the Secure Communities program.
- Do not intervene in sanctuary cities that impede federal immigration enforcement.
Continue to push blanket amnesty in Congress – Encourage Senate Democrats to pass the DREAM Act. Blame Republicans each time it fails.
- Include DREAM Act beneficiaries in the aforementioned new administrative amnesty policies – just in case the American public and Congress reject the bill, yet again.
Falsely claim that the border is secure – Declare the border is secure, despite only 32 miles of the 700 mile double fence being completed.
- Scale back transportation checks at hubs along the northern and southern borders. Ignore national security implications of doing so
Allow illegal and legal immigrants to displace American workers – Do not include E-Verify in any jobs or economic plans.
- Ignore 9 percent unemployment and continue blindly conceding to big business and tech industry demands for higher levels of legal immigration.
- End pro-active worksite enforcement operations except for auditing I-9s.
- Lift ban on cross-border trucking agreement with Mexico.
Yes, the special interests are quite pleased. Although this is not to be confused with being satisfied which they never will be until the United States abolishes all barriers to entry, all criteria for admission, and abrogates national sovereignty.
Congress must reassert its authority and responsibility to regulate immigration laws before the complete and permanent dismantling of all immigration enforcement becomes the final checked item on Obama’s to-do list.
In Britain, some people object to seeing the flag of the nation being flown nearby. A diverse fellow in the video below asks how Brits would feel if he flew a Caribbean flag by his home — completely ignoring the fact that he is residing in Britain, not the island where his loyalties obviously lie.
Well, fortunately we don’t have that sort of post-national political correctness in America.
Oh, wait. The American flag has is now considered objectionable in California, and young citizens are not allowed to wear flag-emblazoned clothing to Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill on certain days, i.e. Cinco de Mayo. (See background at Crazy Mexifornia, May 5, 2010.)
A Morgan Hill high school principal reasonably feared violence on campus when he saw a group of students wearing American flags on their shirts on Cinco de Mayo, and he did not violate their freedom of speech by telling them to turn the shirts inside out or go home, a federal judge has ruled.
Citing past clashes between Mexican American and Anglo students over their clothing on the Mexican holiday, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Francisco said school officials “reasonably forecast that (the shirts) could cause a substantial disruption” and were entitled to take steps to prevent it.
While the Supreme Court has ruled that public school students have the right to engage in nondisruptive free speech, that ruling “does not require that school officials wait until disruption occurs before they act,” Ware said in his ruling Tuesday dismissing the students’ lawsuit.
Mark Posard, a lawyer for the Morgan Hill Unified School District, said Friday that Ware’s decision “affirmed that school safety is paramount.”
Bill Becker, a lawyer for the youths and their parents, said they would appeal “this bizarre ruling.”
“The court found that the rights of students promoting their Mexican heritage trumped the rights of students expressing their patriotism,” Becker said. If school officials feared disruption, he said, they should have canceled the Cinco de Mayo observance. Continue reading this article
According to the upside-down, evil-is-good New York Times, its beloved Obama administration is a tiny bit “uneven” in its deportation policy, meaning that the paper thinks too many foreign lawbreakers are being given free trips home.
Interestingly, national ICE Council President Chris Cane stated on the Lou Dobbs show November 7 that the Obama Administration has ordered immigration officers at ICE to not make arrests, period. That certainly sounds like an amnesty.
Back to the New York Times, which lives in a reversed moral universe where illegal aliens are seen as victims of the cruel government, not job thieves. . .
To the extremist liberal mind, illegal immigration is sort of a try-out, like for a football team: if an alien lives in the US for several years without an axe murder or cannibalism, then he is cool to stay. Immigration laws are likewise seen as suggestions, rather than binding.
A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out.
Since June, when the policy was unveiled, frustrated lawyers and advocates have seen a steady march of deportations of immigrants with no criminal record and with extensive roots in the United States, who seemed to fit the administration’s profile of those who should be allowed to remain.
But at the same time, in other cases, immigrants on the brink of expulsion saw their deportations halted at the last minute, sometimes after public protests. In some instances, immigration prosecutors acted, with no prodding from advocates, to abandon deportations of immigrants with strong ties to this country whose only violation was their illegal status.
For President Obama, the political stakes in the new policy are high. White House officials have concluded that there is no chance before next year’s presidential election to pass the immigration overhaul that Mr. Obama supports, which would include paths to legal status for illegal immigrants. But immigration authorities have sustained a fast pace of deportations, removing nearly 400,000 foreigners in each of the last three years. With Latino communities taking the brunt of those deportations, Latino voters are increasingly disappointed with Mr. Obama. White House officials hope the new policy will ease some of the pressure on Latinos, by steering enforcement toward gang members and convicts and away from students, soldiers and families of American citizens.
In a June 17 memorandum, John Morton, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, laid out more than two dozen factors that its agents and lawyers should weigh when deciding whether to exercise prosecutorial discretion to dismiss a deportation. The memo called for “particular care and consideration” for veterans and active-duty troops, elderly immigrants and minors, and those brought here illegally as children. In August, the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, announced additional measures to put Mr. Morton’s guidelines into effect, including a review of all deportation cases — about 300,000 —currently in the immigration courts, with the aim of closing cases that do not meet the administration’s priorities. Continue reading this article
There is no worse case exhibiting the dangers of political correctness than the carnage executed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood pre-meditated jihadist attack which killed 13 (pictured below) and wounded dozens more.
Hasan’s commanding officers knew before the attack that he behaved unprofessionally, to say the least. He had lectured about the superiority of Islam to students when he was supposed to be speaking on medical issues, but officers feared being thought bigoted against Islam, so they let him get away with outrageous and subversive behavior.
“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said.
“Diversity is a strength!” Thirteen people were slaughtered on a major Army base, and the Army’s top general believed that preserving diversity was more important than the safety of the troops! How can any soldier trust the leadership of an institution run by such PC buffoons?
Eighty-three victims and family members in the worst-ever mass shooting at a U.S. military installation are seeking $750 million in compensation from the Army, alleging that willful negligence enabled psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan to carry out a terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas.
The administrative claims filed last week said the government had clear warnings that Hasan, who is scheduled to go on trial in March, posed a grave danger to the lives of soldiers and civilians.
The government bowed to political correctness and not only ignored the threat Hasan presented but actually promoted him to the rank of major five months before the massacre, according to the administrative claims against the Defense Department, the Justice Department and the FBI. Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen soldiers and civilians were injured in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting spree.
Fifty-four relatives of eight of the murdered soldiers have filed claims. One civilian police officer and nine of the injured soldiers have filed claims along with 19 family members of those 10.
“It was unconscionable that Hasan was allowed to continue in the military and ultimately be in the position to perpetrate the only terror attack committed on U.S. soil since 9/11,” attorney Neal Sher, who represents the claimants, told The Associated Press. Continue reading this article
In 2011, the scorecard shows we civilians have not done very well in protecting the nation that so many thousands died to defend. The borders remain largely open, allowing hostile persons to enter at will, from unfriendly Muslims to Mexican organized crime. Our elected representatives can’t begin to stop spending money we don’t have, even after the Tea Party electoral success in 2010. One example: spending grew by $145 billion in fiscal 2011 compared to a year earlier, according to the CBO. America’s future looks dicey at best, given the financial irresponsibility of Washington on the most basic task it performs, that of taxing and spending.
But to be fair to Tea Party efforts at reform, immigration is the ground-zero issue showing how little control we citizens have to effect a government increasingly run more by globalist ideology and money than allegiance to US sovereignty. The American people have insisted for years that immigration be legal, controlled and reduced, with no substantial change. The reason is that the enemies of American sovereignty are very powerful.
Still, without reformist efforts, the border would certainly be entirely open by now in some sort of North American Union, and tens of millions of lawbreakers would be on the famous “path to citizenship” so beloved by the post-sovereignty bunch.
Patriotic holidays are therefore an appropriate occasion to rededicate oneself to saving the country, because it needs all the help it can get. And soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have showed the real cost of preserving freedom.
Evidence continues to mount that Obama is eyeballing illegal alien voter fraud as an important part of his 2012 re-election strategy — heck, he’s from Chicago, the home of Vote Early Vote Often, where they have election scams for breakfast.
One item is a directive from the White House limiting deportations to axe murderers only, which may well create a feeling of grateful obligation among protected aliens next November:
The White House’s immigration lawyers have issued yet another bureaucratic order that will curb the election-year deportation of illegal immigrants, and perhaps spur the supply of Hispanic voters.
The new memo will shelter many illegals who have not committed violent crimes, or who are not suspected of being a national security threat, from routine deportation efforts by professionals in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. There are roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, including roughly seven million in the workforce. [. . .]
Another symptom is the campaign to eliminate photo identification for voting. The hardline Democrat NAACP is spearheading the drive.
The NAACP complains that its flock has many without ID (overstated a lot, IMO), but this is the diverse America that liberals have created. People who celebrate diversity should admit that their desire for a more colorful country is not without cost. Proper identification is part and parcel of the new immigration-drenched USA liberals wanted, so they should pipe down, but they won’t because they want squishy elections.
It’s interesting that when the Border Patrol makes a mistake about one immigrant, leftists want the whole system dismantled. But election integrity is a snoozer issue for them, even though our whole representative government is based on it.
The NAACP is joining with minority and labor groups for a series of protests around the country meant to move discussion of voter-identification laws out of policy circles and onto street corners, the organization’s president said Tuesday.
Benjamin Todd Jealous appeared on the steps of New York City Hall with the Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and community and labor leaders to announce plans for nationwide protests on Dec. 10 and across the South in the following weeks, decrying what they described as a nationwide voter-suppression effort.
The rallies are “intended to get this conversation out of the thought-leader class and down to the street corners, so folks understand that their rights are being attacked,” Jealous said, adding that the NAACP had already raised millions of dollars to support its campaign. He said his group has been urging the Department of Justice, which is considering the legality of proposed policies in Texas and South Carolina, to block the laws.
“This is the greatest assault on voting rights, happening right now, that we have seen since the dawn of Jim Crow,” he said.
Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among the states that passed voter-identification measures this year. Civil-rights advocates have argued the laws target low-income and minority voters by requiring specific types of photo ID to cast ballots, by reducing the number of early voting days and by instituting tougher laws on collecting registrations.
They say that blacks, Hispanics, senior citizens, people with disabilities and the poor are less likely to have the required photo IDs. And they argue others could be disenfranchised, such as voters who don’t bring ID with them, students whose school IDs are deemed unacceptable, and women whose drivers’ licenses do not reflect their married names or new addresses.
Supporters of the laws say that they are necessary to eliminate voter fraud, no matter how rare it is. And some argue that without ID checks at the polls, there’s no way to track exactly how many people may be casting illegal votes.
“I’m not sure how much fraud they think is acceptable,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. “The U.S. has a long history of voter fraud, and it could make the difference in a close election.”
Tuesday’s announcement came on a day that voters in Mississippi were deciding whether to require government-issued identification at the polls. Voters in Maine were considering whether to repeal a law that eliminated same-day voter registration. Last week, Democrats in the U.S. House asked secretaries of state in all 50 states to oppose voter-identification laws.
The United Federation of Teachers, the health care workers’ union 1199SEIU, National Council of La Raza and the Asian-American Legal Defense Fund were among the groups represented at Tuesday’s news conference. George Gresham, the president of 1199SEIU, said that his organization would bus 10,000 of its members from around the state and the mid-Atlantic region to participate in the Dec. 10 protests.
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