More than a decade ago, when I began a website focused on illegal alien crime victims, ImmigrationsHumanCost.org, it didn’t take long to understand that the government was not interested in revealing the extent of lawbreaking foreigners’ offenses against Americans. The most basic statistics just weren’t available.
Ann Coulter has pointed out the same lack of information in recent columns and in her latest book Adios America. She observed (p. 99), “You will spend more time trying to obtain basic crime statistics about immigrants in American than trying to sign up for Obamacare. The facts aren’t there.”
The truth about illegal alien crime is not politically acceptable, so the government hides it.
Anyway, how hard can it be to obtain and collate information from incarcerated persons? They are a census-taker’s dream.
Mr. Speaker, America’s policymakers face an information gap that undermines our ability to make the immigration policy decisions needed to protect American lives from the threat posed by illegal aliens.
What information gap? Crime statistics that reflect criminal conduct by illegal aliens. The horrifying murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in San Francisco has once again put crime by illegal aliens in the national spotlight.
But this issue should always be in the spotlight, because it daily affects American citizens across the country, despite pro-amnesty forces’ best efforts to suppress politically inconvenient truth about illegal alien crime in America.
The fact is, America’s crime data for illegal aliens is inadequate. While we have access to federal sentencing data for illegal aliens, illegal alien crime data for cities, counties and states is just not there. For example, while illegal aliens are roughly 3.5% of America’s population, U.S. Sentencing Commission data reflects that, out of 74,911 federal sentencing cases, illegal aliens committed 17% of drug trafficking, 20% of kidnapping/hostage taking, 12% of money laundering, 12% of murders, and a whopping 74% of drug possession felonies! If this federal data is any indicator, illegal aliens are far more likely to commit violent and dangerous crimes than the average American or lawful immigrant! Continue reading this article
In terms of politicians protecting foreign lawbreakers, the death of Denny McCann in Chicago is one of the most disturbing around. Denny was run down and dragged to death by drunk-driving illegal alien Saul Chavez. But instead of keeping the perp in jail for trial, Cook County released him on bail even though he was an obvious flight risk. So of course Chavez disappeared, leaving the McCann family with a big legal mess along with the emotional pain.
Below, Denny McCann
In his statement, Denny’s brother explained the very suspicious release of the criminal in secret on a Sunday after the family had been assured by authorities that Chavez wouldn’t be allowed to post bond because of an immigration detainer. It’s hard not to think a fix was in, somewhere in Chicago politics.
Laura Wilkerson spoke on behalf of her 18-year-old son Josh who was savagely beaten to death by Hermilo Moralez. She read from the autopsy report to reveal the brutality of the beating which the medical examiner described as torture: Joshua was “tied up with braided rope, 13 loops around his neck with a slipknot; it goes behind his back through his back belt loop; it goes to his hands in his feet behind his body. He has multiple fractures in his face and nasal cavity. His throat and his voice box are crushed.”
Wilkerson challenged the Senators to stop putting foreign criminals first, and start protecting Americans: “I don’t want the sympathy. I want you to do something.”
Below, Joshua Wilkerson (left) was killed by fellow student and illegal alien Hermilo Moralez who bragged about his martial arts “killing skills” at trial.
Michael Ronnebeck, the uncle of Grant, spoke about the murder of his nephew as he worked checkout in an Arizona convenience store. The illegal alien shooter is reportedly a member of the Mexican mafia. Michael pleaded for laws to be enacted that would protect Americans.
Below, Grant Ronnebeck, who was 21 when shot dead by an illegal alien Mexican.
Finally, Senator Sessions, who had been given the gavel by Senator Grassley, cross-examined the second panel of witnesses, two useless administration muppets. Sessions ended up by declaring the obvious truth about illegal alien crime: “This administration has consistently and steadfastly place the goal of amnesty above the goal of public safety.”
Not that many years ago, when a nation was invaded, its government organized resistance through its military forces. These days, the governments of Europe are facilitating the invasion by rescuing the thousands Africans headed north for plunder and depositing them in the desired end point of their journey.
Europeans located on the edges, like Italians and Greeks, are not happy with being inundated by diverse hordes looking for a handout.
As happens when governments don’t do the job they were hired to do, the DIY urge may occur among the citizens (sometimes called vigilantism). Instances of citizens protecting their country from invasion via illegal immigration will hopefully expand, because that’s the only hope for Europe’s survival.
Meanwhile Europe has problems of its own, like stubborn unemployment and doesn’t need thousands of unskilled African men who feel entitled to free stuff. This invasion could end badly when employment shrinks even further because of automation, and legions of jobless foreigners become disappointed and angry. Better to end it now, Europe.
(ANSA) – Rome, July 17 – A bus carrying 19 asylum seekers and escorted by police in riot gear pushed past protesting local residents and extremists from the far-right Casapound political group to arrive at the doors of a migrant reception centre in Rome’s Casale San Nicola district Friday. The refugees were spotted inside the bus, curtains drawn as the bus was pelted water bottles and other objects thrown by anti-immigrant protesters, some of them shouting “You have to get out of here”.
Police at one point baton-charged the protesters after coming under a barrage of objects including sun umbrellas and chairs. Protesters also torched rubbish bins and bales of hay, while others tried to block a street.
Rome Prefect Franco Gabrielli was adamant that the protesters would be cleared. “We won’t take any steps back,” he said. Later in the day he said the violent anti-immigrant demonstrations were “indecent and unseemly”. “I hope law enforcement will cite these people so their records will reflect the things they have stained themselves with,” he said.
The prefect added “I sincerely hope the temperature will go down”. Police said later that 14 of their own were injured in the violent clashes and they arrested two protesters, cited one offender, and identified 15 more. Investigators are still going over video material to identify further suspects, police said in a statement. Continue reading this article
In the Seattle area, the Boeing aircraft manufacturing company has long been a big player in the local economy. Now the firm is expanding the use of robots in building airplanes, and though it promises that nobody will lose their jobs any time soon, we can see the long-term trend: more robots, fewer human workers.
At this point, companies really have no choice but to adopt the new automated technologies. When competitors are getting seriously improved efficiency and therefore cost savings from robots, then everyone has to go that way. Boeing is competing with Airbus, and the whole industry is moving to automation.
It’s similar to when one builder in town hires cheapie illegal aliens and can underbid jobs by 30-50 percent, then other contractors are forced into Mexican labor also, or lose everything.
Right: Mark Irby, KUKA Systems senior account manager, looks over a fastener robot. Not long ago, Boeing began to automate drilling of fastener holes in fuselages. Now robots will complete the entire fastening operation.
At an Everett industrial park, in a space smaller than the average Safeway, one of the world’s largest robotics companies and Boeing are inventing the future of aircraft building.
There, orange robotic arms bend and pivot in a mechanized dance.
The machines have been operating for weeks to test an automated system that will drill and install 50,000 fasteners on the fuselage of each new Boeing 777 — and even more on the upcoming 777-9X. Today those fasteners are installed by hand.
The 777X is the newest and largest of a trio of airplanes — along with the 787 and 737 — that will drive most of Boeing’s profits for years to come. As it fights with Airbus for every sale, Boeing is placing a big bet on robots to cut costs.
“It’s the way they’ve got to go,” said Scott Hamilton, president of Leeham LLC, a Seattle-area aerospace consultancy. “As they move into 777X and they automate the line, it’s long overdue.”
When the system is running, twin robot arms mounted on the machine’s self-driven, wheeled platform will slowly creep along the inside of the fuselage. At the same pace, a crawler outside the fuselage will aim a corresponding arm at the plane’s exterior.
The drilling, placement and completion of each fastener from the inside and outside robot arms will be perfectly aligned with each other for an instant, before moving on to be perfectly aligned for the next drilling and fastening moment.
“Think of it like a sewing machine,” said Jason Clark, vice president of 777 operations.
Today, jets are mostly “sewn” together by hand.
It was only two years ago that Boeing took initial steps toward automation, including a system to drill (but not fasten) sections of the fuselage, and another to robotize the painting of wings.
Like Boeing, Airbus also has been far behind the automotive world in terms of robotics, Hamilton said, but now the A320 line in Hamburg, Germany, is “much more filled with robotics.” Continue reading this article
On a Fox News show Sunday morning, Tucker Carlson interviewed retired FBI agent Tim Clemente about the problem of large numbers of student visas being issued to residents of Islam nations. Clearly the subject was prompted by the recent report from the Conservative Review, linked below.
CARLSON: The ongoing threat seems even more imminent. Consider there are more than a hundred thousand muslim immigrants who come to America every year legally to study in colleges and many more who come through other avenues. So do we need to make changes to our national security and to immigration policy to keep us safe?
Joining us now retired FBI Special Agent, counterterrorism a tactical operations expert Tim Clemente. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Do law enforcement agencies see the massive increase in Islamic immigration to the US as a problem?
CLEMENTE: Well it’s a problem in that there are clearly individuals like Abdulazeez come from this pool. There’s no doubt that he was the perfect profile — his age, his education as far as being in the engineering sciences — that’s kind of typical, beginning as far back as the 9/11 hijackers and it’s something we’ve seen continuously, so clearly this is a pool of individuals that need to be looked at, need to be scrutinized when their applications for visas, either student or otherwise, are being considered, and the FBI has a daunting task as it is with individuals that are already here and we consider that hundreds of thousands more are coming this next year and beyond — it is, as Director Comey said, impossible to try and keep up with that influx.
The individuals alone that we already know may be involved with terrorist groups or may be leaning in that direction that need to be watched or put on watch lists is already something that overwhelms the manpower that the bureau has.
CARLSON: So is there any coordination between law enforcement and policymakers, so you know Congress lets in a certain number of immigrants from Muslim countries every year. Colleges lobby for more student visas because they want the money. The government of Saudi Arabia for example pays for all these Saudis to study in the United States. Does anybody ask, say, the Department of Homeland Security, what do you think it is?
CLEMENTE: I don’t believe there’s much coordination at all. The fact is that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans than those we extend to foreign visitors allow certain level of, let’s say, leniency on the part of the State Department and handing out those these applications, and you don’t need a national security clearance to come into the United States to study here from abroad, and so there’s no consideration of the national security threat, unless that individual is connected to someone directly or is themselves on some kind of watch list, there really isn’t a process in the middle there to see who they are and who they might be.
CARLSON: It’s interesting just to restate: there’s a lot of money at stake here, and colleges are making of a lot of money from this this influx of students, so last year just to put this on the screen, there are a hundred and twenty seven thousand visas issued to students from majority Muslim countries. That is a huge increase.
Is that primarily the threat? I’m looking at the screen here, 53,000 from Saudi Arabia, Iran 10,000, Kuwait 7,000, Nigeria which is about half Muslim seven almost 8,000, Indonesia 7900. Is this something that that law enforcement officials are concerned about?
CLEMENTE: [. . .] It’s a concern that is very hard to deal with when the restrictions on law enforcement are that you can’t just wantonly pick out people and try and I dig into their lives because you think they might be a potential suspect, there has to be more. The way our laws are written today there has to be a reasonable suspicion in order to move forward with an investigation and that has to be developed in a way that the United States Attorney General guidelines allow for the FBI or other intelligence agencies to continue scrutinizing these individuals, with a very high bar set.
CARLSON: We’re pretty much helpless, it sounds like.
Incidentally, Carlson is a rare media personality who confronts the vital immigration component in national security. On Friday’s Special Report news show, he asked rhetorically, “Is there a connection between a massive increase in Islamic immigration to the U.S. and a massive increase of acts in Islamic terror on our soil?”
Student visas are the perfect scam for any youngish-looking person to enter the United States for whatever reason: simply enroll in some sort of educational institution from genuine accredited universities to low-rent visa mills, then never show up for classes and disappear into stupid-open America. The current estimate is that 6,000 foreigners considered concerning have taken advantage of this “system” among 58,000 visa overstayers this year overall.
Foreign students are compliant walking wallets in the mind of the educational industrial complex, currently adding $24 billion in easy money to the economy. As a result, education administrators insist on open borders for cash-carrying foreign students.
● Faisal Shahzad arrived in America as a student, got an MBA and lived a quiet life in a nice suburb, earned by working as a financial analyst. Yet in 2010, he loaded up a van with explosives and tried to blow up Times Square in New York City, and was sentenced to life in the slammer for trying to reach his jihad goal. He even recorded a “Death to America” jihad video. Assimilation is often just skin deep among Allah’s helpers.
How many more potential Islamic terrorists like Mohammad Youssef Adbulazeer are living freely in this country? And to what extent is our political class going to continue their suicidal policies?
Several months ago, we estimated that roughly 1.62 million individuals from predominantly Muslim countries have emigrated here since 9/11. We counted all of the green cards issued to foreign nationals of 43 countries with either near-100% Muslim population or an overwhelming majority of Muslims. While some of these individuals are likely non-Muslims, we noted that it is a pretty fair estimate of the number of Muslim immigrants and coincides with the Pew estimate of 100,000 million Muslim immigrants per year.
A quick search and tally of the data at the IIE for the same 43 predominantly Muslim countries reveals that 127,332 student visas were granted to students from these same countries. Our government does this every year and the trend is only growing. That means that 14% of the annual student visas are from Muslim countries, an even higher share than immigrant visas relative to the total immigrant population.
Here in California, the illegal aliens are snapping up their mini-amnesty driver’s licenses like hotcakes. Apparently the government suits had feared that the skittish Mexicans et al would be too fearful to come pick up their highly desired DLs, but not to worry: they mobbed the DMVs.
And why wouldn’t they line up? It’s not like anyone gets deported during Obama’s latter days. And the foreign lawbreakers don’t even pay for the added costs of providing the goodies — an estimated $141 million in processing costs over three years which the California taxpayers subsidize.
The Democrats who run the place let taxpayers know who rates special treatment in this state — and it certainly isn’t the law-abiding people who pay the bills.
“There are now 400,000 more signals to people all over the world that working illegally in California is encouraged by the government itself,” Roy Beck of NumbersUSA observed about the roaring license distribution.
More than half of the driver’s licenses California has issued in 2015 have gone to residents living in the country illegally, reflecting the success of a new law extending licenses to people regardless of residency status.
A new California law offering licenses to undocumented immigrants has proved enormously popular. Nearly half a million people applied for those licenses between the start of 2015 and early April, exceeding the pace of California Department of Motor Vehicles’ expectations for 1.4 million applications over three years.
The number of applications from undocumented immigrants ballooned to 687,000 as of June, and immigrants in California illegally have outpaced other recipients. Of the 759,000 total licenses the DMV has issued, 397,000 – or 52 percent – have gone to the undocumented. More than 1.1 million undocumented immigrants have taken the written test, and another 436,000 have taken the driving test.
“I think it was a surprise how many people actually came in in the first six months,” said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.
While the surge initially meant customers faced longer wait times and had difficulty making appointments, Gonzalez said those logistical issues have eased as the initial rush subsided and the DMV made more appointments available to people who are renewing licenses and registering vehicles, rather than filing initial license applications. Continue reading this article
And now, following the preventable carnage in Chattanooga, Senator Paul recommends restricting immigration from Islamic nations. He didn’t call for a complete end to Islam immigration (the correct national security position), but it’s a start.
More elected officials should shake off the PC open borders and think how many deaths could be prevented if they would stop admitting the historic enemies of western civilization as immigrants.
HOUSTON, Texas — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here that he wants to restrict immigration from predominantly Muslim countries after the Chattanooga, Tennessee, terrorist attack.
Paul said in an interview backstage at a rally his presidential campaign is holding inside the Hyatt Regency here in downtown Houston:
I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism. There was a program in place that Bush had put in place—it stood for entry-exit program from about 25 different countries with a lot of Islamic radicals, frankly. I think there does need to be heightened scrutiny. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh their rights are being violated.’ It’s a privilege to come to America and we need to thoroughly screen those who are coming.
JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer appeared on Fox Friday morning to sort out the evidence regarding the killer’s motive:
STEVE DUCEY: Robert, was this guy on a jihad?
ROBERT SPENCER: Oh I don’t think there’s any doubt about that whatsoever. Look, the Islamic State made a call to people in the west to attack military personnel; that’s exactly what he did. They make a call to devout Muslims on the basis up Islamic principles and on the basis of grievances, where they say look, the infidels have done this so to us; they’ve done that to us. We have to strike back.
And this guy is a man who put a grievance in his high school yearbook* — that’s the place where he’s supposed to sum up who he is and what he’s all about and he puts a complaint and it’s exactly the kind the complaint that the Islamic state uses to try to exhort devout Muslims, as all his friends say Abdulazeez was, to commit jihad attacks.
DUCEY: Okay, in his yearbook he put this up, “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do.”
Also three days before he apparently murdered these marines in Tennessee yesterday he updated his blog post and he wrote this, Robert, “Brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled by your desires. This life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by.”
Now I look at that, I don’t know exactly what that means. You look at this, you study this: what does it mean to you?
SPENCER: It sounds to me exactly like the appeals that the Islamic state has issued to Muslims to attack military personnel, police and civilians in the West. It’s exactly the same kind of language, the exactly the same kind of loyalties to the religion that they try to play upon and say this is a pietistick; it’s designed to lead to action into exactly the kind of action that Muhammad Abdulazeez took.
DUCEY: Robert you know the administration and law enforcement now seeing this guy, if he was a terrorist, he was never on their radar but isn’t that how ISIS is operating these days? You know, they find somebody who’s got a clean record and then they radicalize them through Twitter and Facebook and everything else.
SPENCER: Yeah, absolutely. Look, they have a whole manual called How to Survive in the West, and it says the try to blend in as much as possible. Don’t appear to be overtly Muslim, don’t carry around the koran, don’t have a long beard, don’t wear kaftan. Wear western dress. Don’t give anybody any indication that you might be somebody who would do something like this.
And we see it again and again after these attacks, that all the friends say, well this is the last guy I woulda thought would have done something like this. That’s exactly what ISIS wants.
DUCEY: And that is exactly what this guy’s neighbors told us live on this program an hour ago.
*Below is the whiney high school yearbook statement Abdulazeez made. Nothing like fulfilling his own complaint.
Who knew that even a tiny instance of immigration enforcement could occur in Obama’s America? Apparently Judge Andrew Hanen’s holding the feds accountable for the administration’s lawless mini-amnesty has been having an effect. The judge acted to halt the imperial amnesty in February, but the DHS continued to hand out work permits (The Real Amnesty) anyway.
WASHINGTON—If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.
Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, after the February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. (Continues)
In fact, more was done than bureaucrats merely issuing a memo: agents will go door to door (!) to retrieve the unlawful amnesty documents. That’s the plan, at least. Let the raza shrieking begin!
Goosed into action by an angry federal judge, federal immigration authorities will go door-to-door demanding illegal immigrants return the three-year amnesty approvals the Obama administration issued to them in defiance of a court order.
Those who don’t return their three-year permits will have them terminated at the end of this month, the National Immigrant Justice Center, one of the advocacy groups briefed on authorities’ plan, said in a statement preparing immigrants for what could be a traumatic encounter.
The move comes as Homeland Security officials, fed up with slow-walking by illegal immigrants, are finally playing hardball after months of less forceful measures.
They’re scrambling to meet an end-of-month deadline set by Judge Andrew S. Hanen for recapturing thousands of three-year amnesties the department issued even after the court had entered an injunction halting the new amnesty program.
Unless all of the permits are recovered, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson could personally have to appear in court to explain the foul-up, Judge Hanen said in an order earlier this month.
But the home visits also come at a tricky time, when immigration is a heated issue, and any contact by authorities can be scary for immigrants. Advocacy groups, who were given a heads-up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are preparing to field calls from frightened immigrants.
“The USCIS home visits unfortunately will add to the mounting confusion and anxiety communities feel as they await a resolution in the executive action case, but individuals should know it is critical to comply with requests to exchange their work permits, whether they receive a letter or visit at their homes,” Vanessa Esparza-Lopez, supervising attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s legal defense project, said in a statement.
In a new fact sheet, USCIS raised the number of erroneous “Employment Authorization Documents,” or EADs, it approved from about 2,500 to 2,600 — the third time it’s boosted that estimate. Continue reading this article
Despite the appearance of a publicity stunt in this case, the robot hotel is partially here. Check-in has been computerized for years and doesn’t require much human help. The bellhop robot can act as room service to deliver items to guests (pictured). However, the bed-making robot has yet to be invented, so humans are not completely obsolete in hotel biz.
If we think about future labor needs as hinted by the robot hotel, they will be greatly reduced. You certainly won’t need an immigrant from Mexico to tote luggage up to your room in the hotel of tomorrow. The scenario of fewer human workers is playing out across the economy from unskilled jobs like bellhop to professions in finance and medicine.
Meanwhile in the real world, the actual workforce is shrinking. As Steve Camarota observed in a May 7 opinion piece in USA Today, Labor shortage? Are you kidding?:
Today, about one out of three Americans ages 16 to 65 is not working; in 2000 it was one out of four. At the start of this year, 68 million working-age Americans (excluding prisoners) were not working — 19 million more than in January 2000. Many of those not working are not even looking for work and have left the labor force entirely. There is clearly no shortage of potential workers in America now or in the foreseeable future.
Certainly the increased regulation of business by the administration accounts for some of the workforce shrinkage, but so does the tech transformation of the smart machine workplace. And the latter cause is not a part of economic discussions in the big capitol city. The willful ignorance is dangerous.
SASEBO, Japan — From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs.
Hideo Sawada, who runs the hotel as part of an amusement park, insists using robots is not a gimmick, but a serious effort to utilize technology and achieve efficiency.
The receptionist robot that speaks in English is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one that speaks Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. “If you want to check in, push one,” the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.
Henn na Hotel, as it is called in Japanese, was shown to reporters Wednesday, complete with robot demonstrations, ahead of its opening to the public Friday.
Another feature of the hotel is the use of facial recognition technology, instead of the standard electronic keys, by registering the digital image of the guest’s face during check-in.
The reason? Robots aren’t good at finding keys, if people happen to lose them.
A giant robotic arm, usually seen in manufacturing, is encased in glass quarters in the corner of the lobby. It lifts one of the boxes stacked into the wall and puts it out through a space in the glass, where a guest can place an item in it, to use as a locker.
The arm will put the box back into the wall, until the guest wants it again. The system is called “robot cloak room.”
Why a simple coin locker won’t do isn’t the point.
One important fact contained in Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s opening statement underlined the increasing lawlessness:
“Because of the failure by this and previous administrations to detain criminal aliens, and the failure to vigorously pursue fugitives, there are almost 180,000 convicted criminal aliens currently in removal proceedings who are living in our neighborhoods and almost 170,000 convicted criminal aliens who have been ordered removed yet are also living free. Under the Obama Administration, the total number of such convicted criminal aliens who are not being detained has jumped 28% since 2012.”
The July 1 murder of Kate Steinle came up during the hearing because San Francisco released a five-time-deported felon from Mexico to city streets who shot the woman as she strolled a popular pier with her father.
Congressman Trey Gowdy’s excellent prosecutorial skills were again on display as he questioned DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:
GOWDY: Have you had a chance to look at the criminal history or Mr. Lopez-Sanchez?
JOHNSON: I believe I have.
GOWDY: It dates back to 1991. The criminal conduct occurred in five separate states. He’s committed local, state, and federal crimes. He was and is by any definition a career criminal. He violated at least three separate statutes when he simply picked up the gun before he shot and killed an innocent woman walking with her father. So to me, Mr. Secretary, he is Exhibit A that we must not have functional control over the border or he wouldn’t have re-entered so many times.
And he is, I am assuming, not able to pass anyone’s background check. I would hope that somebody with his criminal history couldn’t even pass our friend in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform background check.
A couple of minutes later, the two disagreed about who was responsible for keeping criminal aliens in jail or deporting them:
GOWDY: Why don’t you make the detainers mandatory? If cities like San Francisco are not complying with detainers, why don’t you make them mandatory?
JOHNSON: I think that would be a huge setback in our ability to work with state and local law enforcement and I suspect they would agree as well.
GOWDY: I do not agree, and I’ll tell you why I don’t agree, Mr. Secretary. What I find ironic is you are not willing to mandate federal detainers, but you are willing to mandate that state and local law enforcement cannot assist you in enforcing immigration laws. Help me understand that. You can empower a city like San Francisco to ignore federal law but you won’t empower state and local law enforcement to actually enforce immigration laws. Help me reconcile that.
Chairman Goodlatte: Good morning to everyone and I want to extend our welcome to Secretary Johnson for testifying before us today for the second time. When Secretary Johnson testified last year, I stated that he was not responsible for the dangerous and irresponsible decisions made by DHS before he was sworn in. I stated that we could only hope that he would bring back a level of adult responsibility to the enforcement of our immigration laws. Unfortunately, since that hearing and under Secretary Johnson’s leadership, the deterioration of immigration enforcement has accelerated.
DHS under the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps in order to shut down the enforcement of the immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high enough “priorities.” This is done under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.” Unfortunately, new priorities issued by Secretary Johnson last November have turned the flight from enforcement into a headlong rush.
Although DHS previously deemed fugitive aliens to be a priority for removal, under Secretary Johnson’s guidelines, these aliens are no longer a priority if they were issued a removal order before January 1, 2014. This means that DHS is disregarding removal orders that have already been issued and wasting the millions of taxpayer dollars spent to obtain the orders.
Although DHS claims that gang members are a top priority for removal, gang members are most often convicted under State, not Federal law, and State convictions for gang-related activity are ignored under Secretary Johnson’s priorities.
Secretary Johnson considers as secondary priorities for removal aliens convicted of “significant” misdemeanors – such as domestic violence, sexual abuse or exploitation, burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, drug trafficking, or drunk driving. Yet, even this priority falls away if the aliens simply show “factors” warranting relief.
Despite DHS’s pledge to prioritize the removal of serious criminal aliens, in the last year the number of administrative arrests of criminal aliens has fallen by a third. And the Department continues to release thousands of such aliens onto our streets. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has admitted to releasing 30,558 aliens with criminal convictions in 2014. Last Friday we received data from DHS regarding the recidivist activity of these criminal aliens ICE released in 2014 — 1,423 have already been convicted of new crimes like vehicular homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, DUI, burglary and assault, among many others. Continue reading this article
Anyone familiar with the ongoing problem of illegal alien crime knows that the July 1 murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a Mexican drug dealer was not an anomaly. Such mayhem is common: what’s uncommon is national attention by the media to the preventable crimes caused by immigration non-enforcement.
Former FBI agent Ron Hosko appeared on the morning Fox News show Friday with a few mug shots of illegal aliens who need capturing — in fact, some need recapturing after being released by the stupid-generous government. He noted that there are “three illegal aliens currently on the FBI’s ten most wanted list.”
BRIAN KILMEADE: Let’s go and move on to Saul Chavez where’s he’s wanted for the death — this happens a lot too — a death by aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of the accident, 2011.
RON HOSKO: Right, this was a tragic case. There were witnesses who believed that this 66-year-old victim could have survived had he just been hit by that car, and in fact Chavez is believed to have drug the victim for several hundred feet, was run down and caught by Chicago police, locked up. ICE had actually placed a detainer on this individual. He later got bond; his his family paid the bond; it was $25,000 and he walked free never never to return. My understanding is the family is suing the Cook County Sheriff for just that action.
KILMEADE: Yeah, they should sue the sheriff and they should sue the federal government. One time should be enough. He shouldn’t be here to begin with you do something like that in 2007, then you get out and kill again. Absolutely incredible. [. . .]
So these people, all illegals, but can we call them illegals?
HOSKO: Well, we can. My understanding is each of these people were in the country illegally at the time of these crimes, and then they of course fled the jurisdiction by their flight to . . . whether its Central America is the most common location for our fugitives, or Mexico, making it immeasurably more difficult for the FBI or other law enforcement to capture them. There are hundreds or thousands are these across the country and that’s where police can identify someone for the crime.
Why does an illegal alien accused of killing a man ever get bail? Does “flight risk” no longer mean anything?
I reported on Saul Chavez a couple years ago because it was a very bad case, including a DUI-convicted illegal alien released to drive Chicago streets and a local government completely abrogating its responsibility for public safety.
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But as Chavez sat in the jail, immigration became an emotional issue before the Cook County Board. Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia pushed a new policy aimed at ignoring federal detainer requests and allowing suspected illegal immigrants who’d been jailed in misdemeanor or felony cases to make bond.
It passed by a 10-5 vote in September. The political payoff was obvious: It was a Democratic Party appeal to Latino voters over the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.
Preckwinkle and supporters characterized it as a way to save taxpayers money, and she put out figures insisting that it cost $15 million per year to detain suspected illegal immigrants at federal request, without the county receiving reimbursement from the feds. Garcia said it was all about “ensuring the fair treatment of all people.”
When the proposal was debated, the sheriff’s office warned that even those charged with serious crimes could be allowed to flee.
Commissioner Timothy Schneider was perhaps the loudest voice against the policy, warning that criminals would run off to Mexico, and that Cook County would become a laughingstock.
“This is clearly, without exacerbating the situation, our Willie Horton moment here in Cook County,” said Schneider, R-Streamwood.
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