Las Vegas, NM – A drunk illegal alien with 4 prior DUIs has been charged with vehicular homicide after he veered into the vehicle of a couple from Colorado Springs who were driving to San Diego for their baby shower.
On June 10, Zach and Aileen Smith were traveling south on I-25 when an intoxicated, 43-year-old, illegal named Ramon Hernandez slammed into their vehicle. As a result of the collision, Aileen—who was 7 months pregnant—suffered severe injuries that required her to get an emergency C-section at a nearby medical center in Santa Fe.
Unfortunately for the Smiths, their first child would not make it. Just minutes after being delivered, their son died of massive head injuries and a bleeding brain.
“There was nothing they could do,” Aileen said. ”I woke up from surgery and was reaching out asking for my son, and the nurse leaned over and told me that he had passed.”
The Smiths named their son Demetri, after Aileen’s grandfather. They were able to hold him and take a few pictures with him before the hospital staff took him away.
According to the New Mexico authorites, Hernandez was convicted of DUI twice in 2000, once in 2003 and once again in 2004. He was also driving on a revoked license at the time of the crash due to multiple unpaid traffic tickets.
In other words, the government had every opportunity to remove this foreign criminal from the community, but they declined. And because they have decided they will only enforce laws they agree with, citizens like Zach and Aileen Smith are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and somehow try to turn them back into a pursuit of happiness.
God help them.
Hernandez is currently being held in the San Miguel County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.
Washington, DC – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruled last week that the US Forest Service violated the civil rights of an illegal alien by summoning the Border Patrol to act as an interpreter during a routine stop in 2011.
Joe Leonard Jr., Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the USDA, said that using the Border Patrol as interpreters “escalates” these encounters and is “humiliating” for the those involved. As a result, Leonard ruled that the Forest Service will no longer be permitted to routinely request assistance from Border Patrol for interpretation. He also ruled that the Forest Service must now keep a close eye on their staff and document any suspected racial profiling nationwide.
More red tape anyone?
The ruling is a result of an incident that happened last year in the Olympic National Forest in the state of Washington. After encountering a Hispanic couple that seemed to be harvesting plants on federal land, a Forest Service ranger called in the Border Patrol to act as his interpreter when he realized they did not speak English. However, when the Border Patrol arrived, the illegals ran. But while the woman was quickly run down and apprehended, the officers could not get to the man before he jumped into a river in an attempt to escape. Unfortunately for the illegal, this poor decision lead to his drowning.
This caused immigrant rights groups to cry foul, which lead to an investigation and the subsequent ruling.
“Given the increased risk of being questioned about immigration status during an interaction with BP, the policy of using BP for interpretation assistance is problematic in all situations because it places a burden on LEP [limited English proficient] individuals that non-LEP individuals do not experience,” Leonard ruled.
In other words, because illegals must worry about being caught, which ordinary people do not need to worry about, law enforcement must not attempt to communicate with them in a way that may get them caught.
A confusing bit of logic to say the least.
Baltimore, MD – An illegal alien was sentenced to 4 years in prison last week after an arrest for DUI last September lead authorities to discover he was a convicted sex offender who had already been deported twice.
33-year-old Dagoberto Tiznado agreed to a plea deal with the US Attorney’s office that will shave 16 years off the maximum sentence he could have received. It is a deal similar to the one he struck in 2002, the last time he was found in the country after being deported and also eligible to receive 20 years.
Tizando was first arrested in Maryland in 1997 for fondling a 12-year-old girl in the laundry room of his apartment complex and then taking her back to his room where he attempted to have sex with her. He was sentenced to 1 year, served less than half his sentence and was promptly deported to his native country El Slavador.
Tizando was then found living in… Maryland in 2002 and subsequently sentenced to 4 years in prison for illegal reentry. He served less than 3 years and was again deported to El Salvador.
Finally, last September, Tizando was pulled over in… Maryland and found drunk behind the wheel of his vehicle with no registration or insurance. Now, like last time, a plea deal got him the exact same sentence, which means Tizando is on track for a 2015 deportation.
If history repeats itself, you can plan on seeing more of Tizando in the latter half of this decade. Just hope it is not on the road you are traveling or in your building’s laundry room.
Washington, DC – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the state of Florida to halt all efforts to remove illegal voters from the voting rolls until it can review the procedures the state is using to assemble its list. This way, the administration can make sure the state is not discriminating against minorities.
This comes on the heels of Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech Wednesday to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Faith Leaders Summit on Voting Rights, in which Holder told black church leaders from around the country that discrimination in America is still commonplace. As a result, he said he will continue to vigorously defend the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act requires federal approval of changes to voting laws in a number of southern states who have a history of discrimination, which the Obama administration has used at every opportunity to block recent voter ID laws passed in states where the law applies. Just recently, the administration blocked voter ID laws in both Texas and South Carolina, citing minorities are less likely to have photo ID than whites. Thus, they said the states could not prove the laws were indiscriminate.
This is likely the same logic the administration will use in Florida’s case with the same result. Considering a list of non-citizens illegally registered to vote will naturally contain few white people, you can bet the administration will use its racial makeup as evidence that the state is discriminating against minorities. That drumbeat is already hitting hard and steady from the left as liberal media outlets—who instinctively pick up and sprint with any narrative that will help shoulder the mantle of victimization in this country—have begun their efforts to convince the public that they are victims of yet another GOP assualt on civil rights.
However, there are a few glaring facts that beg a few questions regarding the administration’s motives—hence the drumbeat. It tends to be loud and distracting.
Florida election officials first noticed the possibility of severe voter fraud taking place in their state after their DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information in early 2011. Under the direction of their Governor Rick Scott, election officials sampled that data and ran some preliminary checks that suggested they had a huge problem with non-citizens registering to vote. As a result of these initial queries, they increased the sample size and ran additional checks, which ultimately allowed officials to narrow their estimate of illegally registered voters to 180,000. That is when the state reached out to the federal government to help sort out the mess.
However, according to the office of Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, the Obama administration has ignored their requests for access to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases that would allow them to quickly determine the citizenship status of those on the list and put the issue to rest. As a result, the state was forced to create its own plan to ensure only citizens were able to vote in important upcoming elections.
The plan they developed is pretty straight forward:
- First, those who have initially been identified by the state as potential non-citizen voters will be contacted by mail and given 30 days to respond.
- If they do not respond within the given time frame, their names will be publicized in the paper so they or people they know may be alerted to the issue.
- They will then have 30 more days to respond, at which point they will be removed from the voter rolls if they fail to do so.
After assembling an initial list of 2,600 registered voters whom the state could not confirm were citizens, they put their plan in motion and delivered the names to their respective counties so local election officials could carry out the plan.
Since the 2,600 letters were mailed out two weeks ago, 3 citizens have come forward to say they received the letter in error, which has caused the liberals in the media to proclaim the GOP is purging legal voters in Florida in an effort to disenfranchise minorities and fix the election!
But what was the purpose of the letters? It was to alert citizens that they were on a list they should not be on so they could take action to stay on the voter rolls. And why did the letters even need to be sent? Because the Obama administration would not grant the state’s election officials access to federal databases that would ensure citizens were not mixed up in this mess in the first place. And now the administration is questioning the process that produced the names on the list, despite the state coming to them initially to prevent this very problem from the outset?
The facts are that the Obama administration knew that Florida was concerned about their ability to keep citizens off the list. That is why the state came to them and asked them for help. But they were ignored by an administration who now is curiously questioning their motives.
At the black leadership summit on Wednesday, Holder said, “I would argue that of all the freedoms we have today, none is more important or more sacred than the right to vote.” So then why is it that the Obama administration ignored Florida’s request to ensure that this “sacred” right was not deprived citizens?
After months of no comment, the DHS finally has an explanation as to why it will not allow Florida to use their databases to ensure citizens are not kept from a “sacred” freedom. Apparently there are a “number of legal and operational challenges” to granting the state access. Challenges that are apparently too daunting to overcome in the name of voting rights, but conveniently allow the administration to charge Republicans with violating them.
Florida has until June 6 to inform the administration of whether they will comply with the order to stop the purging process. Otherwise, the administration will take legal action.
Sarasota Springs, NY – An illegal alien brutally attacked a 67-year-old woman earlier this week and gave her a severe beating while attempting to drag her to an isolated area to commit rape.
18-year-old Antonio Lopez-Bautista surprised the woman while she waited in her car for her husband early Tuesday morning. Pulling her from the vehicle, he punched her repeatedly in the face, kicked her while she was on the ground and continued to deliver the punishment as he dragged her down the sidewalk toward the dark.
Fortunately, someone heard her screams and immediately called 911. When officers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, they caught a glimpse of Lopez-Bautista fleeing in the darkness and tracked him to nearby bushes, where they found him cowering.
The woman, who suffered from a broken nose, bruises and cuts to the face, neck and arms, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Lopez-Bautista was charged with felony kidnapping, attempted rape, and assault. He is currently being held in a Saratoga County Jail with a cash bail set at $50,000.
Washington, DC – After a recent investigation uncovered illegal aliens are receiving huge tax refunds via the Child Tax Credit by claiming numerous children living abroad, Republicans in Congress moved to reform the law and prevent illegal aliens from claiming the Child Tax Credit all together. However, yesterday their attempts to stop the fraud and save taxpayers over $4.2 billion annually were blocked by the liberal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Reid, who sets the daily agenda for the Senate, objected to Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) motion to bring the bill to the floor so that it could be debated and voted upon, saying the bill “literally takes a sledgehammer to a problem that deserves some very fine tuning and a scalpel.”
Then, despite overwhelming evidence and confirmation by the Obama administration that the fraud is real, Reid continues to talk as if a problem may not exist.
“The tax code is very clear that the child tax credit is not available for children living outside the United States. It is very clear. If, in fact, someone is doing that, then those filers and tax preparers are committing a fraud on the people of this country. If they are doing that and there is a loophole that is existing, we need to close that loophole.
Chairman Baucus has already had his staff work with the IRS to determine if its procedures are strong enough to stop such fraud. We believe they are, but if they are not then it is up to Congress to plug any loopholes that may exist. However, the Vitter-Sessions legislation eliminates the child tax credit for filers who are fully complying with the law.”
So, despite overwhelming evidence that shows the IRS’s procedures are not working to stop fraud, Reid says the Democrats believe they are working. But, he says, if the Senate had to act, they could not move forward with this bill because it would eliminate the tax credit for illegals that are fully complying with the law. (Huh?)
The bill, co-authored by Sen. Vitter and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), would simply ban anyone without a social security number from receiving the child tax credit. It is also the solution recommended by the Treasury’s Inspector General.
If you read the entire exchange between the three Senators on the Senate floor (Beginning on page 12 in the middle of the middle column), it is easy to see why this country is headed toward financial collapse.
Natchez, MS – A 24-year-old prison guard named Catlin Carithers was beaten to death by illegal aliens inside a Mississippi prison Sunday, after the prison—which houses over 2,500 illegal aliens, most of whom have been previously deported—exploded in violence leaving Carithers dead and 16 others injured.
Carithers, who had been trained in recent years as part of the prison’s special response team, was called into work Sunday afternoon shortly after the riot broke out at 2:40 pm. He was on the roof of the prison with another officer dropping tear gas canisters on rioting inmates below when a group of 10 – 15 inmates stormed the roof and attacked.
It is unclear how long it took for help to reach Carithers after he sustained the beating, but one thing is certain: It did not come soon enough. Carithers died en route to the hospital of blunt force trauma to the head.
The rioting inside the prison continued into the early morning hours Monday before officials say they were able to corral the inmates and secure them in their respective housing units at 2:45 am.
While the Adam’s County Sheriff has said a gang fight sparked the riot, this report has not been confirmed and there is currently an investigation underway at the privately run prison facility to determine the exact cause.
Carither’s death has left his family and fiance devastated. As a young man active in the church, he set a good example for the youngsters he helped and even influenced some old-timers set in their ways.
“He is the one responsible for his father turning his life over to the Lord,” his mother said.
“He is not gone, he will always be here,” his father said. “God has everything to do with everything, and Catlin helped me to see that,” he added, as tears filled his eyes.
Polk County, FL – An illegal immigrant with as many as six aliases, whom authorities are tentatively identifying as Jarol Antonio Santiago, has been arrested for the April 28th murder of his 33-year-old girlfriend Diana Mercado.
Mercado reportedly left for work early that morning and never came home. Worried, her family began looking for her and found her locked car containing her belongings in a parking lot near her workplace. They then contacted police who confirmed with her employer Dunkin Donuts, that Mercado never made it to work that morning.
The day after Mercado’s disappearance, police interviewed Santiago who reportedly gave them a false name and then split town. The next day, police found Mercado’s body in the woods behind her home wrapped in a tarp and covered with wood debris.
Police finally caught up with Santiago this past Wednesday in Orlando and brought him in for interrogation. That is when Santiago produced an incredible story.
According to police reports, Santiago claims the two began arguing over his wanting to drive to work with her that morning. Mercado apparently did not want him to come, but he insisted, so the two set out on the road. That is when Santiago claims Mercado produced a knife that she began stabbing herself with as she drove. According to Santiago, she then got out of the moving vehicle, fell down, and was then run over by the car.
Panicked, Santiago said he then collected the body, drove back to her home where he hid it in the woods, drove out to the parking lot where the car was found—throwing the knife out along the way, then rode a bicycle back to his house.
Autopsy reports indicate Mercado died of multiple stab wounds and also had several broken ribs, a broken pelvis and a fractured left collarbone.
Santiago has been charged with premeditated, first-degree murder and is being held in a Polk County jail without bail.
Washington, DC – Three illegal aliens joined with four liberal House Democrats as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court to put an end to the cloture rule in the U.S. Senate. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim the rule is unconstitutional and allows legislators to filibuster (block) legitimate legislation that has the support of the majority from becoming law.
Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Hank Johnson (D-GA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Michael Michaud (D-ME) are the four Congressman named in the suit filed by the lobbyist group Common Cause, who will argue that the Constitution made specific allowances for the use of super-majority votes, which the filibuster renders meaningless.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs claim the Constitution spells out specific instances where super-majorities are required: Impeaching the president, expelling members of Congress, overriding a Presidential veto of a bill, ratifying treaties and amending the Constitution. Thus, they claim any instance where a super-majority is required beyond this scope is reaching beyond Constitutional limits.
This is why the illegal aliens joining in the lawsuit say the vote to kill the DREAM Act in 2010 was illegal. At the end of the year, the Democrat controlled Senate voted on three seperate occasions in favor of ending debate on the DREAM Act, but because cloture requires 60 votes to end debate, a final vote requiring only a simple majority for passage never took place. Thus, it was effectively filibustered by Republicans.
It is worth mentioning that the last time the Democrats moved for cloture on the DREAM Act, they were attempting to ram it through a lame duck session after they were resoundingly rejected by the American people in the 2010 midterms. That smackdown came after Republicans filibustered the DREAM Act two times prior to the election, which means liberals were attempting to ram the bill through against the wishes of the people. This is an inconvenient truth that tends to water down their claims to the moral high ground.
Unfortunately for the illegals and liberals, their argument will likely lose in court as the Constitution clearly states in Section 5 that “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings”. And while it only takes a simple majority to change Senate rules, the rule change itself would be up for debate, meaning 60 votes would be required to end debate and move to a full vote.
Long story short: The lawsuit is DOA.
Brunswick County, NC – A 23-year-old illegal alien named Luis Arturo Sanchez pleaded guilty to raping a 6-year-old girl last Friday and has subsequently been sentenced to 12 – 15 years in prison for his crimes.
Sanchez confessed to having intercourse with the small child once back in 2010 and also to attempting to have intercourse with her on at least two other occasions.
Sanchez is headed to prison where he will be required to participate in sex offender treatment. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says he will be deported after he serves out his sentence.
Tallahassee, FL – According to state records, Florida election officials have determined that there are as many as 180,000 non-residents who are registered to vote in their state, making it likely that massive voter fraud is taking place.
The problem reportedly came to the attention of state election officials in early 2011 when the state’s DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information. Upon sampling the data and running some preliminary checks, officials were soon able to narrow their estimate of illegally registered voters to 180,000. That is when the state reached out to the federal government to help sort out the mess.
However, according to the office of Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, the Obama administration has been ignoring their requests for access to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases that will allow them to quickly determine the citizenship status of those on the list and put the issue to rest. As a result, the situation has now descended into a political fight with liberals charging Republican’s with attempted voter suppression.
Frederica Wilson, a U.S. Congresswoman from Miami famous for her loud mouth and brightly colored cowboy hats, has said that any federal effort to assist Florida in verifying the citizenship status of the voters in question would set a dangerous precedent.
“The Florida Republicans’ desire to use Department of Homeland Security information – which is for the purpose of thwarting terrorists and not to engage in yet another round of voter suppression – would set a dangerous precedent,” she said, “by not only taking away citizens’ constitutional right to vote but by giving state governments free rein to invade innocent Americans’ privacy.”
But Republicans say they are simply requesting help from the federal government to prevent exactly that. Florida does have the means to check citizenship status, just not with the same level of confirmation as the federal government. In other words, their attempt to coordinate with the federal government is nothing more than an effort to ensure those they remove from the voter rolls really do not belong there. However, regardless of the Obama administration’s willingness to help or not, the state does have a process in place they will move forward with to remove illegally registered voters from the rolls.
First, those who have initially been identified by the state as potential non-citizen voters will be contacted by mail and given 30 days to respond. If they do not respond within the given time frame, their names will be publicized in the paper so they or people they know may be alerted to the issue. They will then have 30 more days to respond, at which point they will be removed from the voter rolls if they fail to do so.
The Florida election division has said they will proceed to clean the voter rolls with or without the help of the federal government. Why the Obama administration is declining to ensure the registrations of legal citizens are not unintentionally revoked in the process is still a question left unanswered. The administration has not yet commented on their unwillingness to do so.
Indianapolis, IN – 13 Investigates, a local news team, has uncovered the extent to which illegal aliens are defrauding American taxpayers of over $4 billion annually. By exploiting a loophole created by the Child Tax Credit, illegal aliens are claiming extended family members in foreign countries as dependents and reaping massive tax refunds as a result. What is worse: The federal government knows all about it and is doing nothing to stop it.
While news about the Child Tax Credit loophole costing taxpayers over $4 Billion annually broke last year, the methods illegal aliens used to do so were not reported at that time. Fortunately, a local man who works helping people prepare their tax refunds had the decency to speak up about the huge scam.
In the above video, this man provides stacks of redacted examples showing illegal aliens claiming several family members living in Mexico as dependents in order to increase the value of their tax returns. This man also states that he has reported several cases of illegal aliens submitting completely fraudulent returns to the IRS. In response, he says the IRS has not even bothered to reply.
Looking into the man’s claims, 13 Investigates followed up with the IRS, who said not one of their 100,000 government employees had time to meet with them to discuss the situation. However, they were able to meet with the U.S. Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration, Russell George, who said that he has been warning the IRS about the abuse for years, yet the administration continues to do nothing.
This scandal has citizens outraged as they listen to President Obama cite “limited resources” as an excuse to why he cannot deport every illegal immigrant that comes into federal custody. Since last summer, President Obama has been using this excuse to justify his “prosecutorial discretion” policy, which effectively allows his administration to decide who will be deported and who will not. This despite his administration knowing about this scandal for years, on top of him spending more money—$5 trillion and counting—than any President in U.S. history.
These new details are incredible for many Americans who will be thankful that election time is just around the corner.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration has quietly cleared up the recent controversy surrounding the refusal of sanctuary cities to participate in a mandatory immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities. They did so by making the program voluntary.
Secure Communities is a program designed to remove criminal aliens from our communities by requiring state and local police to share the fingerprints of those placed under arrest with the federal government. These fingerprints are then run through federal databases to determine the person’s immigration status as well as other information, like their possible involvement in other crimes.
But the program attracted controversy in 2010 after Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano indicated that the program was mandatory, despite previously indicating it was not. This caused liberals in sanctuary cities to protest the program citing “innocent” illegal aliens would become victims of the program. They also claimed that the program would affect their own enforcement efforts as illegal aliens would no longer come forward with information about crimes they have witnessed over fear of being scooped up themselves. Thus, many liberal state and local officials denounced the program and publicly declared they would not participate.
In response, the Obama administration assembled a task force to take a look at how the program aligned with their priorities. As a result—with no surprise—the administration has now completely backed off the mandatory requirement and says that local authorities can make the call themselves.
Read the full report.
Hamilton, NJ – Police arrested 27-year-old, illegal alien Sergio Fernando Solorzano-Vasquez on Sunday after his attempt to rob a 94-year-old woman and her 92-year-old sister was met with unexpected resistance the illegal did not anticipate.
Upon returning to their vehicle from a stop by their local CVS/Pharmacy, the two sisters noticed Solorzano-Vasquez was hiding in their back seat. He quickly pulled a knife and began slashing at the two elderly woman. Without thinking, the driver reacted and threw her arm back to block the knife from doing serious damage. This provided her sister the opportunity to jump out of the car and scream for help. Luckily, the commotion attracted the attention of a bystander who began closing in on the vehicle to provide assistance.
Alarmed by the pace in which his plan was disintegrating, Solorzano-Vasquez jumped out of the car and ran, hiding behind the nearest building. Police arrived on the scene quickly thereafter and tracked Solorzano-Vasquez to a nearby home where they made the arrest.
Solorzano-Vasquez has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons possession. He is currently being held in a Mercer County jail on $150,000 cash bail.
Troy, MO – An illegal immigrant from Guatemala has been charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl who said 24-year-old Juan Domingo Francisco-Esteban and two accomplices held her down by the shoulders and forcibly gang raped her on the couch in her home.
Police did not have to look far to find Francisco-Esteban as the illegal happened to have been arrested and jailed for another forgery crime, under another name, on the same day the young girl reported the alleged rape. Apparently, Francisco-Esteban also goes by the names Luis Guzman and Timothy Trevino. It is not yet been disclosed whether these aliases are the stolen identities of other people.
Francisco-Esteban is being held in the Lincoln County Jail without bond. The two other Hispanic men involved in the gang rape have not yet been apprehended by police.
Washington, DC – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it has arrested 792 gang members in a crackdown that spanned 150 cities in both the United States and Honduras. Of the 792 arrested, 359 are said to have been illegal aliens living in the US.
The sweeps are part of a program called Project Nefarious, which was designed to “identify, locate, arrest, prosecute and remove gang members and associates affiliated with human smuggling and trafficking organizations.” Project Nefarious was created in response to a 2011 report that identified and outlined the increasing role of transnational street gangs with “human smuggling and trafficking; narcotics smuggling and distribution; identity theft and benefit fraud; money laundering and bulk cash smuggling; weapons smuggling and arms trafficking; cyber crimes; export violations and other crimes with a nexus to the border.“ But while the arrests signify tough enforcement, they also shed light on the reality of our border security, or the lack thereof.
As the issue of illegal immigration has gathered more steam in national politics, the Obama administration has been touting record deportations and highlighting accomplishments like Project Nefarious to show they are tough on enforcement. But what they are not pointing out is that unsatisfactory border security means these efforts are only allowing us to tread water at best.
This may come as a surprise to most people who consistently hear the Obama administration claim that the “border is more secure than it has ever been,” but if that were the case, then the “record deportations” and “tough enforcement” would mean that we could expect to see the US illegal immigrant population decline. It has not.
Since President Obama took office in 2009, his administration’s own estimates have the US illegal alien population remaining at the same level every year he has been in charge. This despite the record 1.1 million deportations they have trumpeted, which can only mean that just as many illegal aliens have entered the country as have been deported.
Unfortunately for the country, more of the Obama administration’s own data seems to back this up. According to DHS reports, over 34% of annual deportations are repeat deportations, meaning over 1/3 of all the illegals we deport each year are on their second turn, at least. That is up from 30% in 2009 and 25% in 2008, which seems to suggest that the border is becoming less secure.
Some conservatives argue that the “tough enforcement” narrative is nothing more than an enforcement facade designed to distract the public and fuel the administration’s liberal base while Obama attempts to work discreetly behind the scenes via executive fiat to win amnesty and secure votes.
But regardless of the motives or politics at play behind the scenes, most Americans can agree that removing 792 gang members from society is a good thing, even if it is only temporary.
Denver, CO – Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives have rejected the bill passed through the Democrat controlled state Senate earlier this month that would have allowed illegal aliens to pay cheaper tuition rates than other American citizens.
Some illegal alien youngsters and Senate Democrats in attendance were openly weeping after the vote when the reality of the bill’s failure set in.
The bill, which passed through the Senate on a party-line vote earlier this month would have allowed illegal aliens to pay a tuition rate just slightly higher than resident citizens, but still significantly lower than out of state citizens. For example, in the case of an illegal alien attending the University of Colorado, they would pay about $9,500 annually, compared with an $7,700 for Colorado residents and $28,850 for non-Colorado residents.
Republicans defending their decision say the tuition bill does not cure the “hoplessness” liberals attribute to illegal youths as it has no impact on their status, which means they will still be unable to work lawfully with or without a college education. They also stand firm that no illegal alien should receive benefits deprived other US citizens.
Liberal Democrats reply with broad appeals like “we should not forget the history on which this country was founded,” referring to the key role immigration has played in our country’s success. But Republicans say that is precisely what they are keeping in mind; that America was founded on the rule of law and that passing laws that ignore or conflict with other laws does nothing but undermine that very foundation.
Waltham, MA – 29-year-old Blanca Contreras, an illegal alien in custody for committing a fatal hit-and-run, may walk free soon after a federal judge granted her request to be voluntarily deported last week.
Contreras, who has been in ICE custody since a family member posted her $50,000 cash bail back in December, must now wait while the federal government appeals the ruling.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is trying to prevent her deportation until after she serves time for her crime and part of that strategy will be to transfer custody back to the state who would then hold her without bail until she can be tried. Why this was not done from the outset is a bit confusing, but apparently, if the state files the necessary paperwork and takes custody, it can still keep Contreras from escaping punishment.
Last November on the day before Thanksgiving, Contreras was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone in her Pathfinder when she sped through a crosswalk hitting 39-year-old Scott Coxall. Showing more concern for herself than the man she just mowed down, Contreras fled the scene leaving Coxall behind with life threatening injuries. Coxall was only able to hang on to his life for a week before he died in hospital.
Washington, DC – Arguments over Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law (S.B. 1070) were heard today in the Supreme Court of the United States, and the resulting consensus seems to be—like the case against Obamacare—that the Obama administration presented another weak argument in front of the high court.
From the outset, Chief Justice John Roberts squashed the popular argument that the law would unfairly target Latinos and result in racial profiling by pointing out that the administration’s argument had nothing to do with any such claim.
“I’d like to clear up at the outset what it’s not about,” Roberts said. “No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it?”
Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli quickly agreed.
Of course, this is distinctly different from the public narrative that the Obama administration has been pushing in the media. On several occasions the President himself has implied that racial profiling is one of his primary concerns with S.B 1070, yet the administration did not include this argument in any part of their brief.
Kris Kobach, co-author of S.B. 1070 and Kansas’ current Secretary of State, said that this is because the Obama administration knew a racial profiling argument would fail as a result of language in the law that expressly prohibits racial profiling in 4 different places.
Like the “tax” issue in the Obamacare case last month, it seems the Obama administration has a habit of tailoring separate messages for legal and political means, which has created conflicting stories and has subsequently caused them to look bad in court.
Additionally, more problems arose for the administration when asked to explain their argument that enforcing immigration laws was the sole responsibility of the federal government and that Arizona’s law would only interfere.
Justices from both sides of the isle seemed to take issue with this.
“If, in fact, somebody who does not belong in this country is in Arizona, Arizona has no power?” asked Justice Antonin Scalia. “What does sovereignty mean if it does not include the ability to defend your borders?”
Chief Justice Roberts continued to question the administration’s claim by pointing out that the law only applies to those stopped in violation of other laws.
“The person is already stopped for some other reason. He’s stopped for going 60 in a 20. He’s stopped for drunk driving. So that decision to stop the individual has nothing to do with immigration law at all. All that has to do with immigration law is whether or not they can ask the federal government to find out if this person is illegal or not, and then leave it up to you,” Roberts said to Verrilli. “It seems to me that the federal government just doesn’t want to know who is here illegally or not.”
“You can see it’s not selling very well,” liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor chimed in.
Justice Sotamayor also took issue with Verrilli’s assertion that the federal government has limited resources and should have the right to determine the extent of calls it gets about possible illegal immigrants. “These decisions have to be made at the national level,” he said.
“I’m terribly confused by your answer,” she responded before pointing out that the federal government could always decline to pick up illegal immigrants when Arizona officials called.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote, also appeared more sympathetic to Arizona than to the Obama administration. “Can we say that a state must accept within its borders a person that is illegally present under federal law?” Kennedy asked Verelli in a rhetorical tone that implied his answer would be no.
In all, there were 4 provisions blocked by lower courts that were up for review by the Supreme Court today. How the court will rule on each is hard to know, but by the looks of it, the Obama administration may be in for a rough summer.
Heuytown, AL – An illegal alien of Palestinian origin cannot be deported from the US, despite having been arrested over 35 times, because the US does not recognize Palestine as a country. So says the federal government after 45-year-old, convicted felon Sofyan Eldani was arrested again on charges of drug possession.
Eldani has an extensive criminal past that includes charges for drug possession, assault, fraudulent checks, criminal mischief, resisting arrests, reckless endangerment, shoplifting, burglary, drug possession, failure to appear, probation violation, possession of a drug paraphernalia and DUI. Yet despite him proving his career choice, the federal government is telling American citizens that there is nothing they can do.
Eldani—who carries an Egyptian passport—was previously detained by ICE who requested the proper documents from Egypt to facilitate his removal. But, because Egypt failed to issue the paperwork within 180 days, ICE was forced to release Eldani back into the community in accordance with a 2001 decision by the Supreme Court, which ruled illegal aliens could not be detained longer that the aforementioned time frame.
As a result of this decision and the federal government’s inability to come up with a solution to the problem it creates, many criminal illegal aliens with violent histories are being released into our communities to the detriment of citizens. Just last month, a similar case involving the release of a violent illegal alien under the same circumstances resulted in the brutal murder of 5 in San Francisco.
When asked about how he felt about ICE’s explanation of Eldani’s release, Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler said, “I understand what they’re saying, but it’s not a satisfactory answer. It doesn’t seem fair to us that if they refuse to take their problem child back, we are stuck with him… Am I the only one who thinks this is insane?”
Like many, Chief Hagler is puzzled by the incompetence of the federal government in dealing with this issue, particularly considering we give Egypt billions of dollars in aid each year. It is yet another indication that common sense is absent in Washington.
Washington, DC – It seems Marco Rubio, the freshman Senator from FL and the favorite of many for VP on the GOP ticket, is planning to propose the GOP’s version of the DREAM Act prior to the general election in November.
The prospect of such a bill has establishment Republicans giddy over the perceived impact it may have on the Latino demographic, which they are badly losing to Democrats at the moment. But Tea Party conservatives and Independent conservatives are not at all thrilled by the prospect of a bill they say will undermine the rule of law if it is passed before the border is 100% secure.
Since illegal immigration first became a serious national issue, common sense conservatives have been screaming at the top of their lungs that immigration reform must be built upon a solid foundation, which includes secure borders. Without secure borders, they argue any reform that benefits illegal immigrants will simply serve as another incentive for illegal immigration to continue.
This is part of the reason why the liberal version of the DREAM Act has been met with such fierce opposition. It provides illegal alien children who enroll in college for just two years, a pathway to citizenship without graduating or earning a degree. It also allows them to achieve citizenship through military service. But while the latter is palatable for most conservatives, neither makes sense to them with wide-open borders. They argue that with open borders, both elements of the DREAM Act are huge incentives to people who are desperately looking to flee countries that are plagued with corruption, violence and economic disparity.
Of course, President Obama understands this, which may be the reason why he and his administration have gone out of their way to mischaracterize the border as being secure. Conservatives say this is exactly how Obama has been able to make large gains with the Latino demographic. By creating the false perception that the border is secure, they say Obama has effectively left Latinos wondering why Republicans oppose a measure like the DREAM Act, leaving a void liberals have gleefully filled with charges of racism.
This is the dynamic that many conservatives say must be explained to the public. Rather than devise a political strategy based on demographic polling, which is standard operating procedure for Washington—currently despised by nearly 90% of the country—they say Rubio should focus his efforts on articulating the truth. Reform should be based on what is proper for the future of the country, not on a hurried political calculation inspired by election polls.
In this way, by purposing an alternative DREAM Act that ignores border security before the general election, Senator Rubio risks sowing deep division in the conservative ranks. He also risks ruining his image as the great hope of conservatives.
It would not be the first time that Washington claimed a promising young leader.
Cartagena, Colombia – Last Saturday, while on his trip to Colombia for the “Summit of the Americas,” President Obama spoke to Univision in front of a live audience and pledged that he would deliver on immigration reform in his first year if he was reelected to a second term.
Apparently, the promise worked so well the first time around he decided to dust it off and give it another go. Except this time, the President has tempered the promise with a little blame, saying he would pass it right now if it were not for Republicans in Congress who would block it. He then suggested voters hand Congress back to the Democrats: “So what we need is a change either of Congress or we need Republicans to change their mind.”
Of course, in the first two years of Obama’s presidency, the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and could have passed any version of immigration reform they wished. However, Obama chose to abandon the “guarantee” he made in the 2008 campaign that immigration reform would be passed in his first year and instead, focused his energy on ramming through unpopular healthcare legislation that is now in jeopardy of being ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.
In hindsight, the President may be wishing he would have made the opposite decision as his signature piece of legislation looks doomed and he is now faced with convincing Latinos that he really means to keep his word this time around.
Whether Latinos will fall for the same trick twice is yet to be determined.
O’keefe, who gained notoriety by releasing undercover videos capturing the unethical activities of Planned Parenthood, ACORN and NPR in recent years, has been working to dispel the liberal argument that voter ID laws are unnecessary because a voter fraud problem does not exist. This argument has served as the foundation of a liberal narrative being employed to combat the numerous voter ID laws that have been passing in states all around the country.
The Obama administration claims that the new voter ID laws are simply an attempt by conservatives to disenfranchise poorer voters who do not have ID and tend to vote for Democrats. They claim there is no proof of voter fraud in the US to justify the laws.
Conservatives however, claim that there is wide-scale voter fraud happening and that the reason it is not a heavily documented problem is because the fraudulent voters are slipping through the system disguised as legitimate voters. In other words, because people are not required to show ID, illegal voters can easily cast their votes without raising any red flags.
For example, in many states that do not require voter ID—like Texas—all one must do to prove they can vote is show a home utility bill. That means an illegal alien who can easily register to vote online without ID, only needs to show up to the polls with a utility bill that has their name on it in order to cast a vote in a US election. Moreover, this action would not trigger any red flag because the voter complied with existing law.
This is what conservatives in states across the country are trying to stop as it is a glaring, wide-open backdoor that allows foreigners and other disqualified persons to participate in a sacred privilege reserved only for US citizens in good standing. Yet despite the obvious loophole, the Obama administration is arguing that we should somehow try to prove people are abusing the loophole before we close it; all so people without ID are not forced to get one in order to vote, even though ID is required for almost every important function in daily life. This has conservatives howling that the administration’s only objective in hindering voter ID laws is to protect the loophole in order to advance their political agenda.
Conservatives believe Obama and liberals are attempting to bolster their ranks and shift the ideological majority in the country in order to carry out their progressive vision. They argue that liberals aim to do this by growing peoples’ dependence on handouts in order to grow voter loyalty. Illegal immigrants fit into this category because they become eligible for welfare by simply giving birth to automatic citizens. Thus, because liberals’ primary objective is to gain votes, they are working to legitimize illegal immigrants and are not concerned about preventing these supporters from voting illegally in the meantime.
Just recently, the Obama administration blocked voter ID laws in both South Carolina and Texas under a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires any changes to the voting laws of 13 southern states with a history of discrimination to be approved by the federal government. In both these decisions, Thomas Perez, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, uses the lack of proof that a problem exists to support his claim that the laws are discriminatory, thus justifying their blockage.
It is worth noting that Thomas Perez was the former President of the Board of Directors for Casa de Maryland, the far left pro-illegal immigration organization who has been indirectly funded by the likes of liberal billionaire George Soros and the socialist leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
The Attorney General, Eric Holder, has also used the same argument in a number of interviews as highlighted in O’keefe’s video.
This video verifies the existence of the voting loophole in this country that will allow virtually anyone to vote in our elections. Whether Americans are willing to listen to the Obama administration and ignore its existence because it does not draw attention to itself, is yet to be determined.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration is planning to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after months of negotiations meant to settle a dispute between Sheriff Arpaio and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have fallen through.
Last December, Thomas Perez, head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division issued a report accusing Sheriff Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) of violating the human rights of Latinos. Consequently, Perez demanded that Sheriff Arpaio set up specific policies to prevent the reported abuses in the future, threatening legal action and the revocation of millions of dollars in federal funding if MCSO did not come into compliance.
Since then, Sheriff Arpaio has claimed the DOJ has not provided his office with any evidence about the reported abuses, while he on the other hand has turned over millions of documents. Sheriff Arpaio is asking how he is suppose to remedy problems the DOJ has pinpointed without seeing the specific evidence that will lead him to the source of the alleged problems. It is largely a rhetorical question though as Arpaio believes the evidence does not exist.
The DOJ says that negotiations over the settlement have failed because Arpaio is objecting to an independent monitor being appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement. But while the DOJ is claiming this just recently became an issue for Arpaio, the sheriff is saying he has rejected that demand from the very beginning.
Rather than show Arpaio the evidence so that he can look into it and correct any problems, Arpaio asserts that the federal government simply wants him to take their word for it and accept a federal monitor that will then dictate to Arpaio how to run his operation.
In a statement yesterday, Arpaio said he was an elected official of 4 million people and that he would in no way dishonor his responsibility to the citizens of Maricopa County by abdicating his authority to the federal government.
“To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!”
The DOJ’s announcement of legal action comes not long after Sheriff Arpaio announced the findings of his “Cold Case Posse” investigation into the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate. Headed by a group former lawmen and attorneys, the posse claims that forensic document analysts say they have determined with 100% certainty that both the President’s birth certificate file and his Selective Services Card were forgeries.
These latest developments in the President’s birth certificate controversy have largely been ignored by the media, despite the posse’s claims that they have debunked the optimal character recognition (OCR) software and optimization defense that the President’s supporters put forward when the authenticity of the birth certificate file was originally called into question. However, the topic is now considered taboo, leaving the so-called “birther” movement alive and well as seemingly credible evidence is left ignored.
As a result, Sheriff Arpaio and many Americans now believe the DOJ’s latest crackdown on the sheriff is retaliatory in nature and purely political.
San Francisco, CA – Details about the gruesome killing of 5 people are still sparse after police say 35-year-old, illegal immigrant Binh Thai Luc of Vietnam slaughtered the victims in their San Francisco home a little over a week ago.
Police discovered the murder scene two Fridays ago on March 23, when a member of the victim’s family called 911 after coming home and being greeted by three brutally murdered bodies. When police arrived, they discovered two additional bodies at the scene that was apparently so gruesome, it took a number of days to confirm the identities of all the victims: Yuan Ji “Vincent” Lei, 32; his parents Hua Shun Lei, 65, and Wan Yi Xi, 62; his sister Ying Xue Lei, 37; and his girlfriend Chia Huei Chu, 30.
Police have released very few details, but have identified, arrested and charged Luc in connection to the murders. All they have said is that there is evidence that a blunt instrument was used in the killings. However, included with the charges, Luc also received a special circumstance of lying in wait for one of the victims—Vincent Lei—which would make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
To make matters worse, Luc is an illegal alien that was suppose to be deported in 2006 after serving 8 years in San Quentin for armed robberies committed back in 1996. However, because his home country of Vietnam effectively refused to take him back by not issuing the required paperwork, Luc was released into the community as required by a 2001 Supreme Court decision that stated ICE must deport illegals within 180 days or grant them release.
More unfortunately though, Luc is not the only violent illegal alien to be set free inside our communities. It is actually a common practice that continues today.
Gary Mead, ICE’s executive associate director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, testified before Congress in May that more than 4,000 immigrant felons were released into the community in fiscal year 2011 because their native countries did not cooperate.
ICE statistics show 1,012 immigrants with criminal records had been released by April of last year, in addition to 3,882 released in 2010 and 3,847 in 2009. ICE would not provide details about the nature of their criminal offenses, the timing of their previous convictions, or whether they ever were removed. About 4,040 immigrants without criminal records also were released during that time because their home countries would not cooperate.
Why Congress and the Obama administration are allowing this problem to continue to the detriment of American citizens is a question still left unanswered.
Montgomery, AL – Businesses in Alabama have until Sunday to enroll in E-Verify in order to be in compliance with the law and maintain their business licenses. Starting April 1, every business will be required to run all new employees through E-Verify to determine their eligibility to work legally in the state.
The E-Verify measure was a piece of the controversial anti-illegal immigration legislation passed last year and signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley. Since then, the Obama administration was joined by several liberal organizations and over 15 foreign countries in a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to block the law in its entirety. As a result, the law was heavily scrutinized by the courts and several pieces of the legislation have been blocked pending further review. However, the E-Verify measure was upheld and will now go into effect next week.
It is worth noting that E-Verify cannot be used to verify existing employees, which is a flaw in the program that puts many employers in a terrible position. If they suspect they have an illegal immigrant working for them, they cannot verify their status to ensure their compliance with the law. On the other hand, if they fire the employee without certainty of their status, they open themselves up to a discrimination lawsuit. All while they are vilified by liberals who accuse them of being greedy hypocrites.
But despite the program being far from perfect, citizens and conservative lawmakers are cheering the rollout as a victory for citizens in desperate need of work during tough economic times. They know the program can be improved upon later, but at least now, law abiding citizens in their own country will have the opportunity to work before illegal foreigners do.
Hidalgo County, TX – An illegal alien who has been charged with stealing thousands of gallons of feul has also been charged with murder this week after a botched attempt to steal more fuel last week resulted in an explosion that killed one of his accomplices.
Police say 31-year-old Vidal Ochoa, 34-year-old Raymundo Ortiz Sanchez, and 32-year-old Mario Alberto Dominguez—all criminal illegal aliens with extensive rap sheets—were attempting to steal fuel from a storage container last Friday when Dominguez turned the wrong valve, which lead to an explosion that cost him his life and severely burned his two cohorts.
The group is believed to have been responsible for many fuel thefts reported in the area in recent weeks. Investigators say they would scope out the tanks by day and steal their fuel by night in order to sell the fuel at a discount on the streets.
When the fire department arrived at the scene of the explosion, they extinguished the blaze engulfing the storage tank and the vehicle it was attached to, and found the charred remains of Dominguez next to the vehicle. Ochoa and Sanchez had already fled the scene.
Sanchez fled to Reynosa, Mexico where he is currently in critical condition at a hospital with severe burns to his entire body. Ochoa was captured by police after their investigation lead them to find him at his home with severe burns on his arms, face and neck. They also confiscated four large fuel storage containers as evidence.
Because the law states people charged with a felony are liable for the death of anyone else involved in the felony, both Ochoa and Sanchez will be charged with murder as a result of Dominguez’s death.
Ochoa has been arrested over 13 times and deported multiple times, but has continually returned via the wide-open US/Mexico border. Sanchez too has been arrested over 7 times and deported once, but he too was also able to return. His next return will likely be via extradition though as investigators are looking to have him returned to be held accountable for his crimes. Otherwise, he is likely to recover and return on his own without punishment.
Ochoa is currently being held in a Hidalgo County Jail on a $1,250,000 bond.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration has released its latest official estimate of the illegal alien population of the United States, and it confirms that the illegal alien population has remained the same… yet again, which raises serious credibility issues with the administration’s border enforcement claims.
The new report—just released—states that the “results suggest little to no change in the unauthorized immigrant population from 2010 to 2011.” It also adjusted last year’s official estimate upwards from 10.8 million to 11.6 million as the 2010 Census has provided them more clarity.
Unfortunately for the President, this puts his administration’s two primary claims in conflict with one another. The President himself, and his Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, have been boasting for the past year that they have “deported more illegal immigrants than any administration in history” and that the “border is more secure than it has ever been.” But how can both of these claims be true given the illegal alien population has remained unchanged since the President took office?
If the administration’s claim that it has “deported a record number of illegal aliens” is true, then the illegal alien population remaining the same would mean that just as many illegal aliens have entered the country illegally as have been deported. Yet they are selling the American people on the border being secure?
On the other hand, if the claim that the “border is more secure than it has ever been” is true, then the illegal alien population remaining the same would mean that they have not deported a record amount of illegals. So which is it?
Immigration911′s Joshua Hutchison believes neither. After looking over the administration’s data, he contends it is not hard to see that the President is intentionally misleading the American people for the sake of his political agenda. For an elaboration, read “The Enforcement Facade.”
24-year-old Hermes Mendez, a Mexican national living in the U.S. illegally, is alleged to have used shoe laces, a phone charger and another length of cable to bind the hands and feet of his 20-year-old wife before holding her head under water and sodomizing her against her will. All while their two small children were in the home.
The victim says she was forced into the bathtub under threat of being beaten to death with a hammer. Mendez then forced her head under water several times and told her he was going to kill her when she was brought up for air. During this time, the victim was able to free the gag from her mouth and bite Mendez on the shoulder which temporarily diffused the situation. However, the argument ensued shortly thereafter and the victim was again forced into the bathroom where she was sodomized against her will.
After the attack, the woman waited for her husband to leave the home and then grabbed her two children and fled in the rain. She was later spotted in the downpour on the side of the road and taken to the local police station by a good sumaritan.
Police then arrested Mendez, who has denied any wrong doing and said his wife often ties herself up. He is currently being held in a St. Charles County jail on a $100,000 bail.
Houston, TX – Another fatal DUI was caused by an illegal immigrant over the weekend, as 27-year-old, Mexican national Luis Hector Lopez-Rodriguez plowed into an apartment complex killing a small boy and critically injuring another.
7-year-old Jesus Ordonez and his 4-year-old cousin Christopher Cruz were out in front of their apartment complex playing when drunk Lopez-Rodriguez drove his car off the road and smashed directly into them.
Ordonez was transferred to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead and Cruz was taken to the burn unit of Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston as 40% of his body was severely burned by the hot barbecue Lopez-Rodriguez smashed into before smashing into Cruz. Lopez-Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene.
Lopez-Rodriguez was charged last year in the assault of his wife, who told authorities he hit her in the mouth with his fist. Why he was allowed to remain in the country then is unknown.
Lopez-Rodriguez is being held in a Harris County Jail without bail.
Karnes City, TX – A new detention center for illegal alien detainees opened up last week based on the Obama adminstration’s new guidelines, which call for increased recreation, improved conditions, improved communication and improved care.
The facility provides a salad bar, cable TV, a library with internet access, an indoor gym with basketball courts and soccer fields. There is also an absence of guards in the new facility. Instead, unarmed “resident advisors” patrol the grounds in polo shirts and khakis.
This is the first of three planned detention facilities to open. Two others are slated to open in Florida and Illinois at some point in the future and will offer similar amenities designed to achieve the administrations objectives.
You may recall that earlier this month the administration released its new guidelines for detained illegals, which received criticism from the right for allocating federal resources—in a time of staggering national debt—to provide illegals with access to abortion services and hormone therapy.
But the administration feels it is doing the right thing by improving conditions for detainees as they are considered to have done nothing wrong by entering the country illegally. ”We are not detaining people for punitive reasons,” said Gary Mead, head of enforcement and removal operations for ICE, which handles deportations. “So the conditions can be different.”
Apparently, the administration only deems punishment necessary for those who break laws they support.
Massillon, OH – Juan Bautista, an llegal alien from Guatemala, was arrested last Saturday after he was caught in the act of raping a 2-yr-old toddler by the girl’s father who was subsequently stabbed by Bautista before he fled.
Apparently Bautista visted the girl’s home because he was a friend of her father. But when the father fell asleep on the couch, Bautista narrowed his sights on the young girl.
Awakened by his daughter’s screams, the father quickly ran to her room where he discoverd Bautista in the process of raping her. He quickly freed his daughter from Bautista, who then fled to the kitchen where he grabbed a knife. Bautista then returned and attacked the father while he held the girl in his arms. The father was able to fight off Bautista, but not before receiving stab wounds to the hand, ear and thigh. Bautista then fled to his nearby apartment where he was found by police cowering in his room.
The little girl was taken to a nearby children’s hospital for treatment and the father also received treatment at a nearby medical center.
Bautista was taken into custody and placed in the Stark County Jail where he is still being held on felony charges of rape, felonious assault and gross sexual imposition.
Washington, DC – The Obama Administration has blocked the Texas voter ID measure that was signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry by using authority granted it through the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires a number of southern states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval of any changes to their voting laws.
Assistant Attorney General and head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, said that the state did not prove that there was sufficient evidence to suggest voter fraud was taking place to account for a law he claims would unfairly discriminate against Hispanic voters.
In a letter to the Texas Director of Elections, Kieth Ingram, Perez issued many reasons and cited many statistics as to why the law would discriminate against Hispanic voters, but he did not mention a glaring fact about voting in Texas: The lack of a voter ID requirement in Texas allows illegal immigrants to vote.
In order to register to vote in Texas, all one must do is fill out a registration form and mail it in to the state. On this form, there is a checkbox for those who “have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License/Personal Identification Number or Social Security Number.” Upon checking this box, the person is flagged in the system and required to show a form of ID when they show up at the polls. However, a simple utility bill with the person’s name on it is enough to satisfy the identity requirement under existing law. So, all an illegal immigrant has to do in order to vote in Texas is simply fill out a voter registration form and show up to the polls with a utility bill.
But despite the ease at which an illegal alien can vote in Texas, Perez cites a lack of proof that the problem is happening as a reason to ban the solution, as if anyone could detect such a fraud under the current system.
Critics argue that this is just one more glaring example of the Obama administration working against citizens in order to achieve their political agenda. They point to the background of people working in the administration like Thomas Perez to drive this point home.
Perez was formerly the President of the Board of Directors for Casa de Maryland, the far left pro-illegal immigration organization who has been indirectly funded by the likes of liberal billionaire George Soros and the socialist leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
Perez has made many headlines lately having recently accused AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a Connecticut mayor for violating Latino civil rights as well as blocking a voter ID law in the state of South Carolina.
What the state of Texas will do about the decision handed down by Perez today is still unclear, but if they follow the lead of South Carolina, the issue is on its way to court.
For the past year, the Obama administration has been working hard to convince the American people that the President is tough on enforcement, the border is secure, and conservatives are the roadblock keeping America from solving our illegal immigration problems. To a large degree, this campaign has been a success. Obama has touted fewer apprehensions as proof the border is secure and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano never wastes an opportunity to proclaim the Obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other in history. But do these two claims accurately reflect reality? Or is Obama using misdirection to advance his political agenda?
Fortunately, the data the Obama administration references is available. But unfortunately for the country, it raises a number of questions that reveal the administration has created a façade—one they began rolling out to the public last May.
You may remember the President’s immigration speech last year in El Paso; it was the one where he joked about Republicans soon wanting a moat on the border with alligators in it. While the moat joke captured that week’s headlines, it was another proclamation in the speech that has served as a central theme in the administration’s “tough enforcement” narrative: That fewer apprehensions are proof of a secure border.
For the past year we have been listening to this administration cite low apprehension numbers as proof “our border is more secure than it has ever been.” But you need not look any further than the President’s El Paso speech to see that this claim is not driven by data. Remember, not only did he cite fewer apprehensions as proof of a secure border; he also cited increased drug and gun seizures as proof of a secure border.
It sounds great, but there is a glaring fallacy in that statement. Did you catch it? Did anybody?
In his weekly column for the Washington Post published right after the President’s speech, Charles Krauthammer did:
“Obama then boasted that on his watch 31 percent more drugs have been seized, 64 percent more weapons — proof of how he has secured the border. And for more proof: Apprehension of illegal immigrants is down 40 percent. Down? Indeed, says Obama, this means that fewer people are trying to cross the border.
Interesting logic. Seizures of drugs and guns go up — proof of effective border control. Seizures of people go down — yet more proof of effective border control. Up or down, it matters not. Whatever the numbers, Obama vindicates himself.”
If Krauthammer did not clear it up for you, think about it this way: If Obama said the opposite, that the apprehension of illegals was up and the seizures of drugs and guns were down, could he not have made the same claim? Clearly he could have, which is our first clue that data is not driving this message. It is also a clue that begs the question: What message does the data drive?
Every year, the DHS issues a report on the results of the previous year’s efforts to combat illegal immigration. It details the number of apprehensions, deportations and other relevant data. Relevant data that is curiously, never mentioned by the Obama administration.
According to these reports, since Obama took the oath of office, apprehensions have taken a sharp drop, deportations have gone up, reinstatements have gone way up, expedited removals have gone down, returns have gone way down and the illegal alien population has stayed the same.
Right now, you are probably asking yourself what all that means. Particularly, how those last four metrics impact the administration’s claims. You have not heard much about those have you? There is a reason for this: They turn the pretty picture Obama paints for you upside down.
Obama claims that fewer apprehensions under his watch are proof that “the border is more secure than it has ever been.” But how can the border be more secure considering reinstatements have gone up over 9% since he took office?
In the context of immigration enforcement, a “reinstatement” is short for “Reinstatement of Final Removal Orders,” which is the primary method of removal for illegal aliens who have already been deported. In other words, reinstatements are a measure of government waste, because they account for repeat deportations that would not be necessary if the border was secure and deported illegal aliens were unable to re-enter.
Since Obama took office, reinstatements have increased from 25% under George W. Bush, to 34%. That means over 1/3 of all deportations each year are repeat deportations. But if the border is “more secure than it has ever been,” why is this number increasing? A border that is “more secure” should mean less re-entry and thus, less repeat deportations, should it not?
And what about the illegal alien population?
Since Obama took office, the official annual estimate of the illegal alien population of the United States has remained at 10.8 million. But at the same time, this administration is bragging that it has deported more illegal aliens than any other in history. How can this be? In three years, the administration deports over 1.1 million illegal aliens, yet the illegal alien population remains the same? If the administration’s own numbers are correct, that would mean just as many illegal aliens have entered the country as have been deported. All while they sell you on the border being “more secure than it has ever been.”
Moreover, according to the DHS, in the last two years of the Bush administration, the illegal alien population declined by 1 million from 11.8 million to 10.8 million. But despite this decline, and the lack thereof since Bush left office, Obama points to record deportation numbers as proof he is the toughest immigration enforcer in history; as if a lack of correlation between the two means nothing. Ask yourself, how significant are deportation numbers if they do not result in a lowering of the illegal alien population?
Well, never mind. It turns out the deportation numbers do not matter much anyway. By the President’s own admission, they are “deceptive.”
Last September, in a round table discussion with Hispanic reporters who were airing the concerns of the Hispanic community over record deportations, the President downplayed the claim saying:
“The statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is, with the stronger border enforcement, we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back — that’s counted as a deportation.”
It seems record deportations are good until the Hispanic voting bloc takes Obama to task. It also seems the President admits to cooking the deportation numbers with a separate metric, as what he describes is the definition of a “Return.”
Returns are measured separately from deportations as there is no immigration hearing. This saves the government money, but it also helps illegals. Those caught at the border will waive their right to a hearing so they can be sent back quickly in order to attempt reentry without delay. Often times, returns result in the same illegal alien being apprehended at the border 10 to 15 times per day.
By the administration subtracting from the returns column in order to add to the deportation column, record deportation numbers are easily achieved. Unfortunately for the President, his administration’s own data supports his admission that there is a deception taking place. It also reveals a bit more.
Upon Obama taking office in 2009, returns promptly dropped by 29%. His second year in office, they dropped an additional 19%. In fact, in President Bush’s last term, there was an average of 936,000 returns each year. During Obama’s first term, that average dropped to 528,000 returns each year. That is a 44% drop in returns. It is also an indicator that uncovers the vehicle of the administration’s deception: the economic downturn.
The Obama administration would no doubt argue that the drop in returns is a reflection of the economic downturn. And why would they not? It is largely true and serves as the perfect cover for borrowing return numbers in order to boost deportation numbers. After all, how could anyone distinguish the difference between a 44% drop in returns due to the economic downturn and a 44% drop in returns where 30% was the result of the downturn and 14% was the result of returns being counted as deportations? There is no measurement for the number of immigrants who were discouraged from entering the country due to a lack of jobs; Moreover, when you think through how an economic downturn causes a drop in returns, you can spot another misrepresentation by the President.
As everyone knows, the economic downturn has caused unemployment in this country to soar. That has meant fewer jobs for everyone, which translates to less opportunity for those considering entering the country illegally. That means fewer immigrants will take the risks associated with crossing the border, which leads to fewer returns because of… fewer apprehensions! But what does the President say about lower apprehension numbers? That they are the result of increased border security and his administration’s tough enforcement efforts.
To see more evidence of just how ridiculous this assertion is, you need only take another look at his El Paso speech and his comments about the border fence.
If you remember, the President said the border fence was “basically complete” in his El Paso speech. “Everything they’ve asked for, we’ve done” he said en route to asserting Republicans care more about politics than people. “They’ll never be satisfied!”
But at the time he gave this speech, the DHS was reporting 350 miles of pedestrian fencing was complete along a border 1,954 miles long. Of that 350 miles, 316 miles was single layer fencing (which has proved very ineffective) and 35 miles was multi-layer fencing (which has proved very effective). So, when Obama characterized the fencing as “basically complete” when in reality, less than 2% of the border was effectively secured by that fencing, who was playing politics?
It was an outright lie that he tempered with the word “basically” to sooth his conscience. And it was crafted to intentionally mislead you in order to drive home his next mischaracterization: that Republicans would never be satisfied. And why wouldn’t they be? Because they only care about politics? Maybe, it is because they are… racist?
Whether you choose to believe it or not, it is very clear the President is attempting to use misdirection to distract the American people and fuel his base. Like a magician, he shows us claims of “secure borders” and “record deportations” in one hand, while the hand behind his back serves his true purpose: backdoor amnesty and ultimately, “social justice.”
Policies like the “prosecutorial discretion” one he rolled out last summer tip this hand, but when those of us who see what is going on behind his back attempt to alert those paying no attention, his supporters use the blank ammunition he has provided them to draw their attention back to the hand in front. This is the purpose of the enforcement façade.
It is the most cynical form of politics employed to discredit the enemy and sink hooks into those who do not pay attention in order to win reelection and carry on the “social justice” agenda. It is a strategy based on dishonesty, not conceived because the President is evil, but because he is ignorant of the principals that govern individual freedom and feels a little dishonesty is fine if he is serving the greater good.
But he is wrong! The concept of “social justice” is an un-American disgrace and a free man’s worst nightmare. This is why conservatives must tear the façade and him down.
Boston, MA – The mother of Matthew Denice, a young man whose life was taken by an illegal alien last year, testified before the MA state legislature this week in an effort to get the state to enforce the law:
I’d like to tell you about my son Matthew Denice. He was 23 years old, he was full of life, always had a smile on his face, was fun loving, had many friends, hardworking, responsible and dependable. Most of all he was a wonderful son, brother and friend. You will not find anyone that has a single negative thing to say about him. He graduated from college in May and had just started his first professional job. He was so happy and proud.
On August 20, 2011, Matthew was helping a friend work on his car. Responsible as he was, he didn’t ride his motorcycle after dark. He left his friends house at approximately 7:40 pm, with plans to return after dropping his motorcycle off at home and getting cleaned up so they could drive to a friend’s BBQ.
Matthew never made it home that night. Ten minutes after leaving his friend’s house he was killed by an unlicensed, illegal immigrant who was drunk, and driving a truck belonging to his brother that was registered as a commercial vehicle.
The driver, who had his 6-year-old son in the truck with him, ran through a stop sign, colliding with Matthew’s motorcycle. Matthew survived the initial accident but as the driver was fleeing he hit Matthew a second time, causing him to become lodged under the truck. He then drove a quarter-mile, dragging my son to his death while witnesses were banging on his truck to stop. After running over a curb my son became dislodged but as the illegal driver continued to flee he backed over my son’s body yet again.
Massachusetts has become a safe haven and magnet for illegal immigrants, due to our lax laws, free healthcare, employers who are willing to hire unauthorized workers at low wages and pay them cash or hire them without verification of eligibility to work, along with landlords who provide housing.
The real question is why would illegal immigrants not come to the Massachusetts when we are so willing to provide them with jobs and free services that they cannot get in their native country?
My son paid the ultimate price with his life because Massachusetts is a safe haven for illegal immigrants. If the owner of the vehicle were not allowed to register his truck without a social security number or tax ID number he would not have been able to purchase the truck. If vehicle owners were held responsible and faced financial penalties, possible jail time as well as loss of their own license, for allowing unlicensed drivers to use their vehicle I am sure most would reconsider their decisions. If employers were held responsible for hiring only authorized workers or face revocation of state issued licenses and being placed on a probationary status they would hire only authorized workers.
The person that killed my son had a long criminal record. He had been arrested three times since 2007 for driving without a license in Milford, Uxbridge and Attleboro. He had been arrested by the Milford Police in February 2008 for breaking and entering, assault and battery on a police officer, two charges of assault and battery on a public employee, obstructing a firefighter and disorderly conduct.
None of the current penalties were severe enough to discourage my son’s killer from repeatedly breaking the law. In fact he and two of his brothers are currently involved in criminal cases in Milford court and Worcester Superior Court.
While there is no exact figure, it is estimated that between 150,000 to 250,000 illegal immigrants live in Massachusetts. Many of these illegal immigrants are driving on our roads, putting our lives and our families’ lives in danger every day.
Residents of Massachusetts must study for and pass a written exam, pass an eye test and pass a road test to have the privilege of having a valid driver’s license. We must also provide our name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and ultimately a picture which is subject to facial imaging.
In 2005 the RMV Registrar stated there were 169,000 vehicles registered under the “X” number loophole. The “X” number loophole is a loophole in our law that allows unlicensed, illegal immigrants to legally register their vehicle without providing a social security number or tax ID number. The owner of the truck that was used to kill my son used the “X” number loophole to register his truck.
Matthew was an inspiration to many and there is no way to quantify how many lives he could have positively impacted had he not been killed. All our lives have been forever changed. We need to take back our wonderful state of Massachusetts and put the safety, financial security and rights of our legal residents before those that have come here illegally.
UPDATE: The bill was passed through the Senate yesterday by a vote of 34 – 19. It will now move on to the House. (3/6/12)
Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Senate will consider a bill this week that will ban illegal immigrants from attending all state colleges, universities and technical schools.
Georgia already has a law on the books that bans illegal aliens from attending any state school that has rejected academically qualified, legal residents in the previous two years, but the new law takes aim at funding.
Supporters say the measure is necessary to preserve state-funded education for citizens and legal residents, while opponents say it will destroy the dreams of young people who were brought into the country illegally by their parents through no fault of their own.
Sponsored by state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R), the bill (SB 458) would require all the state’s public universities to verify the immigration status of their applicants using a federal database like E-verify, and deny admission to those who cannot prove they are in the country legally.
The bill also aims at tweaking a few provisions in the controversial HB 87 that passed last year, but House Speaker David Ralston (R) and Governor Nathan Deal (R) have said they do not want to tinker with HB 87 yet as parts of the law have only been in effect for a few months. This has created some uncertainty.
The bill passed out of committee last week and is expected to go to the floor for a full Senate vote this week. However, if the vote can be delayed past Wednesday, the legislation may be dead.
Washington, DC – For the first time since Obama took office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released its new operations manual for detention standards. According to the new re-hauled guidelines, illegal aliens in US custody will receive a plethora of new freebies, including abortion services for the pregnant and hormone therapy for those suffering from a gender crisis. More benefits include free dental work, a 15 day supply of medication after release, and much more.
According to ICE, the new standards aim to “improve medical and mental health services, increase access to legal services and religious opportunities, improve communication with detainees with limited English proficiency, improve the process for reporting and responding to complaints, reinforce protections against sexual abuse and assault, and increase recreation and visitation.”
But GOP Congressman and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas is not pleased with the new amenities. In a written statement, Smith charges that “the administration goes beyond common sense to accommodate illegal immigrants and treats them better than citizens in federal custody.” He also pointed out that “Illegal immigration already costs American taxpayers billions each year, and these increased regulations force them to keep an open tab for illegal immigrants.”
Smith, and many conservatives are unhappy with the new guidelines for many reasons, but primarily because of the added expense during a time when the national debt is spiraling out of control.
But ICE officials are saying the new guidelines are designed to increase efficiency because, “one of the main goals of the agency, in addition to prioritizing the health and safety of detainees in our custody and improving conditions of confinement, is to increase fiscal prudence.”
How the new guidelines will help achieve their goal of fiscal prudence is still unclear, but the guidelines are now standard operating procedure nonetheless.
It turns out the illegal was there for an interview with the welding company, looking for work. However, when he showed up, he was high on methamphetamine and without any clothes.
When police arrived and their attempts to talk the man to the ground failed, an officer grabbed the man’s arm in an attempt to cuff him. That is when the man became resistant and a struggle ensued.
A female officer then stepped in with a taser, which quickly became unusable as she became entangled in a struggle that would soon result in the illegal grabbing her by the hair. That is when the camera man rushed in and punched the illegal in the face, sending the two officers and the illegal to the ground. (See video below)
As backup officers arrived, people on the scene worked to free the female officer’s hair from the man’s grip. The man was then taken into custody and transported to a local jail.
The police department has since asked everyone involved to get tested for HIV after their tests determined the illegal was HIV positive.
The illegal remains in jail where he is being held on an immigration detainer.
Miami, FL – On a radio interview with Univison Wednesday, President Obama reassured Latinos that despite not passing immigration reform in his first year as promised, he would pass immigration reform in his second term for sure.
When asked whether he was concerned about having the support of the Latino community in the upcoming election, Obama said “I’ve got another 5 years Coming up. We’re going to get this done.”
Yet even if Obama pulls off a victory in the election, he will surely not enjoy majorities in the House and Senate as he did his first two years, when he could have passed any version of immigration reform he wanted.
But rather than pass immigration reform, he chose not to fulfill his promise and instead pursued his healthcare agenda, which split the country and gave birth to the Tea Party movement. This lead to a thumping of Democrats in the mid-term elections, which gave the House back to a Republican party that wants no part in the President’s plans for the country’s future.
Republicans have no desire to work with a President who shut them out of his first two years when they were not needed, and now blames them for the country’s slow recovery despite his many failings. Because of this, the President’s second promise of immigration reform is likely to go unfulfilled too, if not because he fails to get reelected, then because Republicans in Congress adamantly oppose his solutions.
Police responded to a call over a dispute, and upon arriving found the 21-year-old victim walking away from the scene of the attack nursing a severe stab wound to the back of his arm. Police were able to locate the victim by following the trail of blood he left in his path.
If the name Dutan-Guaman rings a bell, it is because this attacker’s brother Nicolaus Dutan-Guaman made headlines last August when he got behind the wheel of a pickup truck drunk and fatally killed Matthew Denice, a citizen on his motorcycle who was struck by Dutan-Guaman and dragged a quarter-mile to his death as Dutan-Guaman attempted to flee.
While Nicolaus awaits trial on an indictment of second-degree murder, David has been charged with multiple felonies and now sits in a Milford jail where ICE has issued an immigration detainer that will keep him there.
This is another high profile incident that has caused many, including Senator Scott Brown, to call on MA Governor Deval Patrick to drop his opposition to the federal Secure Communties program whose purpose is to identify illegal criminals for removal after their first offense by running their fingerprints through a federal database to determine their immigration status. The idea being their removal, in accordance with the law, will prevent them from committing future crimes at the expense of citizens and their families.
Governor Patrick has joined other liberals in his opposition to the plan by claiming it hurts law enforcement efforts by discouraging illegals to report crime and also encourages racial profiling—although it seems unclear how sharing fingerprints with the federal government would increase racial profiling.
With the Governor having already refused to reverse his policy after a number of other repeat, illegal alien crimes were committed against American families, he is not expected to abandon his political ideology this time around either.
Florence, AZ – In a Saturday press conference, Pinal County Sheriff and anti-illegal immigration crusader Paul Babeu admitted to being a homosexual after serious accusations from another man—a Mexican immigrant—surfaced in local papers shorty before the weekend.
Babeu admitted to having a relationship with a man named Jose after Jose told a local newspaper that Babeu had threatened to have him deported if he told anyone of their relationship. Babeu has denied the charge but admits that he had a personal and professional relationship with Jose who had been acting as his campaign’s volunteer web developer and social media director.
According to Babeu, last September things began to unravel after he ended his personal relationship with Jose, who seized control of Babeu’s website and social media accounts after Babeu brought on paid staff to take over Jose’s duties in that area. Babeu claimed Jose then began making uncomplimentary posts on Babeu’s social media pages in Babeu’s name. That is when Babeu had his attorney issue a cease and desist letter demanding Jose relinquish control of Babeu’s web presence, which Jose did immediately.
But according to Jose, it was much more complicated and sordid than that. To hear Jose’s side of the story, read the article in The Phoenix New Times that is complete with embarrassing photos Babeu uploaded to a gay website, raunchy text messages, and more nasty details.
While Babeu is attempting to achieve a public relations miracle and salvage his career, everyone seems to be in agreeance that Babeu’s political future is in the toilet. If you read the article in the The Phoenix New Times, you will understand why.
Hartford, CT – The federal government has settled a lawsuit brought against them by eleven illegal aliens who said ICE agents violated their Constitutional rights in 2007 when their homes were raided in the city of New Haven. As part of the settlement, the government will halt deportation proceedings against all eleven men and pay them $350,000.
The immigration sweeps in question happened a day after New Haven—a notorious sanctuary city—passed an ordinance allowing everyone in the city to get an identification card regardless of their immigration status. Critics have claimed the sweeps were retaliation from the feds who did not like the policy, but the government has denied that claim.
The plaintiffs complained that in June of 2007, ICE agents entered their homes with weapons drawn, roused them from their beds and scared their family members—all because of their race.
By settling the case, the government has abandoned a fight against a 2009 decision, where a federal judge ruled ICE agents did violate the Constitutional rights of the illegals in question, citing no consent, probable cause or warrant gave agents license to enter the plaintiff’s homes.
An ICE spokesman said that the settlement was not an admission of guilt but rather a decision to save money by avoiding continued litigation.
The city’s liberal mayor, John DeStefano has called the settlement a victory, but noted there are still many important immigration issues to be resolved. He is currently fighting to grant illegal immigrants in his city voting rights.
Denver, CO – Last Friday, Democrats who control the state’s Senate passed a measure that would give illegal immigrants a break on college tuition. The bill will allow illegal immigrants to pay a lower tuition rate than out-of-state citizens, but not as low as those paying in-state tuition.
This is the sixth bill in CO aimed at approving college tuition breaks for illegal immigrants and it may very well meet the same fate as the previous five, as the bill now heads to a Republican lead House.
Republicans hold a one vote majority in the House, so passage is possible if they can convince a conservative to jump sides. But if the House environment resembles anything like the Senate’s, the bill will be defeated on a party-line vote.
Republicans have not been moved by the Democrat’s argument that the bill will raise revenues for the state. With only 500 illegals estimated to benefit from the measure if it passes, Republicans are likening it to President Obama’s assertion that our national debt problem revolves around the rich not paying their fair share—despite the fact his proposed tax increase would only bring in and extra $70 billion a year while the annual deficit runs $1.3 trillion. They say, like Obama, Senate Democrats are trying to summon up any argument that will help distract from the true nature of their agenda.
Both House and Senate Republicans are saying it is wrong to provide benefits to people who are here in violation of the law, particularly more so considering those benefits will be denied other American citizens. Yet the liberal sponsors of the bill believe there are some Republicans in the House who will agree with them.
We shall find out in the coming weeks if their prediction is true.
Conroe, TX – Over the weekend, a 55-year-old man named Felipe Lozano was driving down the road when 28-year-old Vicente Padilla—an unlicensed illegal alien who was driving in the opposite direction—made a sudden left-hand turn and crashed head-on into Lozano, who died before he could be taken to the hospital.
Padilla was driving a Ford F-150 pickup with his pregnant fiancee in the passenger seat when the accident occurred. The unfortunate Lazano was driving a much smaller Ford Escort which absorbed most of the damage.
The force of the impact crumpled Lozano’s vehicle leaving him trapped with severe injuries. When help arrived, rescue workers worked hard to free the man while a helicopter was summoned to airlift Lozano to a nearby hospital. But by the time the helicopter arrived, Lozano was dead.
Padilla and his fiancee suffered minor injuries although the fiancee was transported to the hospital where she went into labor.
Authorities arrested Padilla after he received medical treatment. He is now being held in a Montgomery County jail.
Washington, DC – As lawmakers scratch around looking for ways to pay for the proposed extension of the payroll tax cut set to expire at month’s end, Republicans in Congress who have seen no serious proposal from Democrats on how to pay for it, are moving to stop illegal aliens from receiving child tax credits in an effort to help pay for the extension.
In 2010, the Treasury Department estimated that 2.3 million illegal aliens were paid over $4.2 billion via the child tax credit. Many members of Congress, including some Democrats, believe this is wrong. That is why they are looking to stop the practice once and for all.
The proposal has met some resistance from those you would expect. Far-left liberals like Senator Harry Reid and those at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) are crying about the deprivation of children who are citizens born to illegals.
NCLR thinks it’s “outrageous and it’s crazy” that we are asking people who are raising a family and making close to minimum wage to pay for the payroll tax cut. But are they really paying for anything?
The bottom 48% of income earners in America pay 0% of the nation’s tax bill according to the IRS. This is because everything they pay in during the course of the year from their paychecks all gets returned at refund time due to their low income bracket and credits like the child tax credit. And it is safe to say the 2.3 million illegal aliens who paid some taxes last year all fit into this category, as illegal alien wages tend to be lowest of all wages.
So, of the 8 million illegal aliens in the workforce, 70% don’t even try to pay taxes and the 30% that do, get it all back in the end anyway. And often times they get more.
Whether the plan will find it’s way into the final version of the payroll tax extension remains to be seen. But if it does, liberals can be assured that the only thing illegal aliens will be deprived of is a tax refund they didn’t earn.
Washington, DC – ICE announced yesterday that they have created a new Public Advocate position to “serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, non-governmental organizations and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise.”
According to ICE, in his new role as Public Advocate, Lorenzen-Strait will report to the Enforcement and Removal Operation’s (EPO) chief and be responsible for:
• Assisting individuals and community stakeholders in addressing and resolving complaints and concerns in accordance with agency policies and operations, particularly concerns related to ICE enforcement actions involving U.S. citizens;
• Informing stakeholders on ERO policies, programs and initiatives, and enhance understanding of ERO’s mission and core values;
• Engaging stakeholders and building partnerships to facilitate communication, foster collaboration and solicit input on immigration enforcement initiatives and operations; and
• Advising ICE leadership on stakeholder findings, concerns, recommendations and priorities as they relate to improving immigration enforcement efforts and activities.
Critics say the position is nothing more than the creation of another czar, but that this czar’s job is to turn illegal sob stories into amnesty.
ICE says the new position is “another milestone is ICE’s ongoing work to enact significant policy changes and improvements to focus the agency’s immigration enforcement resources on sensible priorities that promote public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.”
Prince William County, VA - The illegal alien who killed a nun and seriously injured two others back in 2010 when he drunkenly veered across the center line an hit their vehicle head-on, was sentenced last Friday to 20 years in prison.
Carlos A. Martinelly Montano—who was allowed to read a statement to the court before he received his sentence—said “I am truly sorry. I feel terrible. I have agonizing pain in my heart.” He continued to say, “Ever since the accident, I have been deeply moved for the life and the damage I inflicted upon the sisters.”
His statement, with the addition of statements made by his family about Montano’s remorse, persuaded the judge to lower the sentence to 20 years despite being prepared to hand down one much more severe.
Montano was eligible to receive up to 70 years in prison for his crimes, but after hearing the statements of the defendant and his family, Judge Jon Farris said, ”I have listened to your family and quite frankly, I have lowered down what I originally was going to give you based on that information. But unfortunately, your punishment still needs to be severe because of what you did.”
The two surviving nuns who had testified in the trial said they were focused on forgiveness and not on the punishment at this point. They have said Mantano has reached out to them and that they were very happy to have received Christmas cards from him the past two years, which contained heartfelt messages expressing his regret and sorrow about the incident.
ICE officials have said deportation proceedings will begin after Mantano has served his 20 year sentence.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, inside Senate Judiciary Comittee debate, (D) Sen. Patrick Leahy of VT and (D) Sen. Diane Fienstien of CA objected to a provision in an amendment made by (R) Sen. Charles Grassley of IA that would make illegals who committed three DUIs aggravated felons. The provision the Democrats disputed was one that would apply the amendment retroactively.
In other words, Senator Grassley essentially purposed that illegals who currently have two DUIs would receive an aggravated felony with their next DUI, while Senators Leahy and Fienstien argued in the name of “fairness”, that illegals who already have two DUIs should not be charged with an aggravated felony until they received their fifth DUI.
While illegals are essentially eligible for deportation when they commit any crime, because the law is written vaguely, it is open to interpretation, which means it effectively allows judges to determine if an illegal will be deported. And with political ideology creeping deeper into the judiciary, the decisions of liberal judges are leaning more and more towards leniency for illegals.
Of course, this has very serious implications for American families as outlined by Senator Grassley in his introduction of the amendment, hence his inclusion of the clause which would have made the amendment retroactive. Grassley, like many Americans, would like to remove illegals from the country as fast as possible, especially those who are proving to be a risk to public safety.
So what is the big deal with the aggravated felony label you ask?
Under the Obama administration’s new “prosecutorial discretion” policy, which they claim was conceived as a solution to better manage the federal government’s resources, Obama places a premium on deporting “serious” criminals first. That means aggravated felons are a top priority for removal.
Why Senate Democrats though, would want to protect illegals with multiple DUIs from deportation, when stories of illegal drunk drivers killing Americans pop up on a weekly basis, is an open question left unanswered.
But it is questions like these—that aren’t answered or whose answers defy logic—that are driving conservatives to draw their own sinister conclusions, many of which revolve around President Obama’s policies. Particularly his latest, which grants federal agencies under his direction the use of “presecutorial discretion .”
Conservatives have blasted that plan as a cheap trick designed to provide backdoor amnesty. They argue our unsecured borders will continually allow the entry and reentry of criminals into the country, creating a revolving door of criminals that will continually feed the “inadequate resources” excuse. Meanwhile the administration will use it’s “prosecutorial discretion” to dismiss as many other cases as it can and grant work permits, allowing illegals to gain legitimacy, birth citizens and root themselves in a system of “wealth redistribution” they say Obama is engineering to develop loyalty.
Democrats fire back saying these critics are too cynical, but when those who have spent $5 trillion in three years—while not passing a budget during that entire time—bemoan limited resources, it’s not too convincing; it’s just two more dots that don’t connect.
Topeka, KS – A coalition of Kansas business groups has drafted legislation that they will attempt to push through the state legislature to allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States to work.
The proposal calls for the state to manage a pool of illegal workers whereby, upon state certification of a labor shortage in any given industry, the state would select workers from the pool and advocate that they be given amnesty by the federal government.
To qualify for the program, the proposal states that illegal workers must have lived in the U.S. for over five years, cannot have committed any felonies, cannot have committed more than one misdemeanor, and must agree to work toward becoming proficient in English.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has blasted the plan as a joke and nothing more than another attempt to provide rewards to illegal immigrants who have broken the law.
While the bill is set to be introduced to both houses of the state legislature this week, it is not expected to become law. Republican Governor Sam Brownback does not support the bill and Kobach—co-author of both the Arizona and Alabama immigration laws and well respected throughout the state and country—has said, “Their bill is a legal impossibility and a political fantasy.”
Others seem to confirm Kobach’s assessment of its chances by questioning whether the federal government could even consider such an arrangement under existing law.
However, despite its unlikelihood of becoming law, it seems the immigration solution for Kansas may have to fall more toward the middle of the political spectrum. Kobach and other conservatives have been fighting to pass Arizona and Alabama style immigration laws in Kansas for the past year without success, despite Republicans holding a super majority in both houses.
Olympia, WA – Farmers and immigration advocacy groups have teamed up to push a bill that will block local governments as well as the state from using E-Verify and requiring businesses to use E-Verify.
E-Verify—which allows employers to screen new employees to ensure they are legal—is currently being used by 11 cities and counties in Washington. But some do not want to see its use spread.
Farmers represented by the Washington Growers League have teamed up with an immigration advocacy group called OneAmerica to help put pressure on state lawmakers to turn the bill into law. They believe that the state shouldn’t enforce existing law until comprehensive immigration reform can pass at the federal level.
But critics point out that the law should always be enforced, and that any argument that says we should not enforce laws until the people who don’t like them get a chance to change them, is absurd and un-American.
They also point out that OneAmerica—a liberal group who constantly vilifies “unscroupulous employers” who prey on illegals so cheap labor can feed their greed—is working to stop E-Verify despite it being a system that is aimed at solving that very problem.
Supporters of E-Verify say it not only prevents illegal workers from being exploited, it protects legal workers against the deflated wages caused by illegal immigration and results in higher wages in the labor market.
The bill was passed out of committee last week and will go to the floor of the house for a full vote this week. It is expected to pass as no major opposition seems to be cropping up in the face of supporters who have lined up a coalition of farmer, immigrant, labor and religious groups.
Business organizations are reported as being neutral on the issue. Something you’d normally think might be a cause for concern for organizations like OneAmerica.
Plant City, FL – Police arrested 23-year-old Timoteo Gabriel DeJesus Monday night and charged him in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 16-year-old boy and seriously injured his 15-year-old friend.
Police say they received a tip about the vehicle DeJesus was driving when he ran the boys over and tracked it to Dejesus’ workplace where they found him hiding under a pile of discarded pallets.
DeJesus has had many previous arrests including DUI, resisting a law enforcement officer and providing a false identity to a law enforcement officer. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for domestic battery and was driving with no license.
Brandon Sullivan—the 16-year-old who was killed—was walking to the convenience store with his friend Erick Gonzalez after watching the AFC Championship game when DeJesus’ car veered off the road and ran the boys over. Gonzalez suffered a broken leg and was taken to the hospital.
As you can imagine, the Sullivan family is devastated and left wondering, like so many others, why DeJesus was allowed to remain in the country.
The investigation of the incident is still underway and anyone with additional details is encouraged to contact the authorities.
DeJesus is being held in a Hillsborogh County jail on an immigration detainer.
Miami, FL – Yesterday in an interview at Miami Dade College, Newt Gingrich sat down with Univision’s Jorge Ramos and criticized fellow GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney over his “self deportation” immigration policy.
When asked about Romney’s idea of self deportation, Newt weighed in saying, “I think you have to live in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic, you know, $20 million a year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality.”
Gingrich—who supports amnesty for those in the country illegally over 25 years—continued, saying “Now, for Romney to believe that somebody’s grandmother is going to be so cut off that she is going to self-deport, I mean this verges — this is an Obama-level fantasy.”
And when asked if he felt Romney was anti-immigrant, Gingrich added “Well, he certainly shows no concern for the humanity of people who are already here. I mean I just think the idea we’re going to deport grandmothers and grandfathers is a sufficient level of inhumanity.”
But were Romney’s remarks really aimed at grandmothers and grandfathers who don’t work, or is it more likely that he was speaking about the millions of other illegal immigrants who have broken the law and are currently occupying jobs that 13 million unemployed American citizens could use?—a question that escaped Ramos.
Gingrich then implied that his expertise in the matter was superior to Romney’s through his involvement in the passage of the last amnesty in 1986. ”I mean I personally — I was first involved in this in the 1980s, when I worked with Ronald Reagan, and we passed Simpson-Mazzoli for the purpose of controlling the border, establishing an effective guest worker program, and we had amnesty at that point. So I would just say this is not an issue I took up last Tuesday, okay?”
So according to Gingrich, he has an abundance of experience, but what is his plan for the millions of illegal immigrants in the country that are not grandmothers and grandfathers?
He hasn’t said anything other than he favors giving amnesty to those here longer than 25 years. Yet it has been 25 years since the last amnesty, so what is Gingrich talking about? Those he feels should be given amnesty now should have already received it back then.
Well, actually it has been 25 years and just under 3 months since the last amnesty was passed, so is he only concerned about those who came directly after amnesty was passed? It’s all a bit confusing.
What is clear though is that the 1986 amnesty that Reagan passed with Gingrich’s help, was a policy failure. And it seems the former speaker’s feelings about the “humanity” of holding people accountable for breaking the law, have not changed.
Conservatives have often criticized Obama for tearing down their plans when he himself has none. Whether they will recognize and chastise Gingrich for seemingly doing the same thing to Romney is still unclear, but we may soon find out.
The Florida Primary is five days away and immigration has resurfaced as a key issue with the Latino vote still up in the air.
Edcouch, TX – A 23-year-old illegal immigrant named Sergio Garcia—who was previously deported—murdered his girlfriend last Sunday morning after an argument lead the man to run her over with his vehicle.
Police say the two were at a party when 17-year-old Jillilah Rivas asked Garcia to be taken home. But Garcia was in no mood to end the night and the two began arguing. The argument ended with Garcia beating the young girl, who then left on her own and began walking home.
On the walk, Rivas called her mother who recalled her saying, “We have had an argument, an assault, he has assaulted me, I am really not sure where I am at, this is where I think I am at, please come pick me up.”
Then the phone fell silent.
Witnesses driving on the road say that is likely when Garcia sped past them and intentionally veered off the road, plowing over Rivas in his vehicle and ending the young girls life.
Garcia then collected his girlfriend’s body and drove home where police officials discovered her dead.
Garcia has an extensive criminal record and was previously deported. How and when he re-entered the country is unknown. He is currently be held in a Hidalgo County jail on a $500,000 bond.
Washington, DC – U.S. immigration officials involved in a pilot program are currently testing the Obama administration’s new deportation guidelines on 300,000 pending deportations of illegal immigrants. Right now, officials are reporting that the tests are showing a 14% recommendation rate for allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and receive work permits.
So far, 11,682 cases have been reviewed in Baltimore and Denver and 1,667 people have been approved for amnesty pending final background checks. Approval ratings for the two cities were 9.7% and 16% respectively.
Department of Homeland Security officials are calling the numbers preliminary as there are still 288,000 cases to go. But, if the approval rate holds steady at 14 percent, roughly 42,000 illegal immigrants would bypass the courts and be granted amnesty.
This policy got its start last summer after Obama decided to side-step Congress and issue a series of guidelines that would allow immigration officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” when determining deportation cases. In other words, Obama granted federal agencies under his direction the authority to ignore existing federal law and use their personal judgement instead. His justification for doing this was that the resources of the federal government were strained and that he, as the executive, has the power to manage those resources as he sees fit.
The unilateral move has opponents screaming that the Administration is intentionally bypassing Congress after they voted down the DREAM Act last year.
The administration claims the policy allows dangerous criminals, or individuals posing a threat to national security, to be deported first rather than break-up families or deport upstanding individuals brought here as children through no fault of their own.
DHS plans to brief Congress when the pilot program is completed in these two cities but no official timeline for the test has been given.
Chicago, IL – Last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was on defense after the media spot light revealed an illegal alien in jail for a fatal DUI was able to post bail and flee justice, despite a federal immigration detainer placed on him by ICE that should have kept him in jail. This week however, Preckwinkle decided to play some offense.
After receiving a scathing letter from ICE Director John Morton last week that blamed her board’s policy for putting public safety at risk, Preckwinkle initially lashed out through the media and indirectly accused Morton of “pandering to fear-mongering and race-baiting.” But, over the weekend, Preckwinkle took the time to officially respond by returning the favor and penning a letter to Morton herself.
In the letter, she denies that the sanctuary policy violates federal law by pointing out that “the federal government can’t compel a local agency to use its resources to enforce federal immigration laws,” and that the policy was put in place because the county could not afford to foot the bill to house prisoners on ICE’s time.
Preckwinkle also pointed out that the county offered ICE the opportunity to contract with the jail and pay the $143 a day it costs to house an inmate beyond the scheduled release date, which it apparently declined.
She also questioned how Morton could possibly criticize her when Saul Chavez—the illegal in question—sat in the Cook County jail for four mouths without being detained by ICE. Additionally, she drew attention to the fact that this was not the only opportunity ICE had to take him into custody. Chavez had previously been convicted of DUI in 2009, yet was not detained then either.
Whether ICE was notified in 2009 about Chavez’ first DUI is unclear, but the squabbling between Morton and Preckwinkle over who is to blame provides fuel for conservatives who claim liberals—under the leadership of Obama—are fumbling immigration policy, which is undermining the rule of law and having a direct, negative impact on the lives of American citizens.
Morton himself was deemed incompetent by his subordinates, when ICE union leaders from around the country issued a unanimous vote of “no confidence” in his leadership last summer. Unbelievably, Morton was kept in the position despite the stunning rebuke—another decision conservatives cite as proof of Obama’s own incompetence.
Morton has yet to respond to the claims made in Ms. Preckwinkle’s letter, but considering this year’s election is largely believed to be a referendum on Obama’s competence—or lack thereof—it may be safe to assume the President may encourage Morton to sweep it under the rug, in hopes of avoiding any more attention being placed on the latter.
Ottawa, ON – The conservative government leading Canada is beginning to close the immigration flood gates and is actively seeking to deport hundreds of thousands of immigration violators, meaning the squeeze on illegals is likely to send them south into the United States.
Prime Minister Stephan Harper has been working to solve Canada’s immigration problems for the past few years as he recognizes weaknesses in the system have caused an influx of immigrants who are taking more than they return to the economy. Harper is trying to remedy the situation by targeting immigrants who have skills the Canadian economy demands, restricting entry to those that don’t and removing those living illegally in the country altogether. As a result, one loose screw Harper has set his sights on tightening is the process whereby immigrants apply for asylum.
For many years, Canada has welcomed almost anyone who claimed they were fleeing their home countries to escape persecution. But with the global economic downturn, Canada’s hefty social welfare programs and Europe providing a preview of things to come, the conservatives have decided to give the asylum program more scrutiny and get on with the business of removing those who have been denied.
One of the problems this creates for the US is that those being hunted have a natural tendency to flee. And when you are in Canada, there is only one place to go: South.
The US has already seen a dramatic case of this over the Christmas holiday, when a German man named Harry Burkhardt traveled to the US after losing a 3-year asylum case in Canada. Burkhardt terrorized the city of Los Angeles for four days by setting fire to a number of buildings and cars, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.
Granted, all those who have been denied asylum in Canada are not likely as deranged as Burkhardt, but they number over 120,000 and are used to handling the government tit. So too are the countless other illegal immigrants who may feel squeezed by Canada’s efforts and seek friendlier sanctuary cities to the south.
When the US can expect to see more of these immigrants enter is unclear. Some could already be coming, but it is likely there will be a surge in the run up to June. That is when the Canadian government’s ”balanced refugee reform” program kicks in and 42,000 pending asylum cases are streamlined.
One must assume that if the government plans to spend a half billion dollars to streamline asylum cases, they are looking to make determinations to accommodate action. But then again, it is a government run by politicians.
Chicago, IL – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is deflecting responsibility for an illegal alien who escaped justice as a result of a county ordinance that required police to ignore a federal immigration detainer, allowing an illegal alien charged with a fatal DUI to post bail and skip town.
On June 8, 2011, illegal alien Sual Chavez—who had been previously convicted of a DUI and was not deported—was drunk and again at the wheel of his car driving down a Chicago avenue when he struck 66-year-old William McCann. Upon hitting McCann, Chavez refused to stop and dragged McCann some distance underneath his small Dodge Neon before the car broke free of McCann’s lifeless body and fled the scene. Chavez was then chased down by witnesses and subsequently arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
County officials booked Chavez—whose bail was set at $250,000—and threw him in jail where he remained until this past Novemeber when he was finally able to scrape together the 10% value required to post bail. Upon posting bail, Chavez promptly disappeared and was never seen in court again.
Understandably, the McCann family is outraged that Chavez was not only granted bail, but that he was able to post bail despite a federal immigration detainer issued by ICE.
According to federal law, local police are required to submit the fingerprints of everyone arrested to the federal government so they can determine a person’s immigration status. If the person is determined to be in the country illegally, ICE issues an immigration detainer that requests the prisoner be held until they can decide what to do with them.
In this case, that procedure was followed, but because of a Cook County ordinance that requires police to ignore ICE immigration detainers, Chavez was not held as he should have been, allowing him to post bail and ultimately escape justice for murdering William McCann.
Yet Preckwinkle, who is responsible for the ordinance, is attempting to blame the bail bonds system despite the fact that Chavez would still be in jail under the current bail bonds system if the ordinance was not in place. That is because if the immigration detainer was enforced instead of ignored, Chavez would have never been able to post bail.
Preckwinkle though, seems to be attempting to muddy that logic by attacking the bail bonds system. Unfortunately for her, it doesn’t seem to be working.
In a stern letter to Preckwinkle, ICE Director John Morton said, “This ordinance undermines public safety in Cook County and hinders ICE’s ability to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.”
Morton also threatened to withhold federal funds from Cook County as he noted, “Without access to the Cook County jails, ICE’s ability to accurately verify the immigration status of criminal aliens detained by Cook County becomes more difficult. Moreover, it is fundamentally inconsistent for Cook County to request federal reimbursement for the cost of detaining aliens who commit or are charged with crimes while at the same time thwarting ICE’s efforts to remove those very same aliens from the United States.”
Preckwinkle fired back through the media saying those who would use the Chavez fiasco to resume the policy of holding illegal immigrants in jail were “pandering to fear-mongering and race-baiting.”
But while Preckwinkle fights to absolve herself of responsibility, the McCann family stews and their anger festers, knowing the killer of a beloved family member is running free, probably inside the United States under another purchased identity.
A federal Magistrate has issued a warrant for Chavez’ arrest, but considering it’s possible that Saul Chavez was never even his real name and identities are bought and sold in the US for a few hundred dollars, Saul Chavez has likely vanished from the earth. That is of course, until he has a few more drinks and needs to drive home.
Washington, DC – President Obama has promoted his top immigration adviser Cecilia Muñoz to Director of Domestic Policy. The promotion makes Muñoz the presidents top adviser on all things domestic, including: healthcare, education and of course, immigration.
Muñoz was previously working as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and was responsible for acting as the middleman—or in this case middlewoman—between the administration and state and local governments. But she has gained more notoriety for being Obama’s top advisor on all immigration policy matters.
Before entering the public sector, Muñoz was the Senior Vice President for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), an organization considered to be the enemy by anti-illegal immigration conservatives who support the rule of law.
The NCLR has drawn criticism from these groups for opposing state immigration laws meant to crack down on illegal immigration. They, as well as many other pro-illegal immigration groups, have claimed the laws are motivated by racism. But critics complain that they are just injecting race into the debate to stir the pot and distract Americans from the real problems that illegal immigration is creating in America.
The NCLR has also gained negative attention for the perceived meaning of their name. Literally translated, La Raza means “The Race,” which many think is no coincidence considering many NCLR supporters also espouse the “Reconquista” or ”Aztlán” movement. This is a movement whose goal is to have Mexico annex the southwestern United States as it is believed to have been stolen. It has also produced popular phrases like “Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada,” which translates to “For the Race, everything, outside the Race, nothing.”
The NCLR has denied that the literal translation is represented in their name. They say it stands for “the people” rather than “the race.” They also say they do not support the Aztlán movement and support secure borders. But critics dismiss the explanations as a public relations façade and by now, have grown used to the controversial personnel decisions made by the administration.
Muñoz is not the only person working on Obama’s team with ties to controversial groups. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez—who heads the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ and has recently made headlines by accusing AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Human Rights violations—used to head the Board of Directors for Casa De Maryland, a pro-illegal immigration group many consider an extreme left-wing outfit.
Conservatives could go on-and-on over a long list of objections to many administration officials they feel are not fit to lead the government, but all that may soon matter not. The November election is drawing near and with Obama’s poor performance numbers, many feel that nothing short of a miracle will afford the President another four years in office.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration has announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to illegals from El Salvador until the end of 2013—coming in the same week the Foreign Minister of El Salvador met with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss an extension.
TPS is a government program whereby the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate certain foreign nationals exempt from immigration laws due to conditions in their country that temporarily prevent them from returning safely, or conditions that render them unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.
The TPS for illegals from El Salvador was originally issued back in 2001 by President George Bush after two severe earthquakes struck back-to-back killing over 1,250 people and injuring close to 10,000 more. The quake also destroyed over 145,000 homes via 16,000 landslides.
The earthquake was no doubt devastating, but critics are arguing that it has been over a decade since the earthquakes and the TPS is continually being extended. There have been a number of damaging storms in El Salvador since 2001, but that is par for the course for all Central American countries. So they wonder why must we continue to offer these illegals protected status.
The answer it seems, has more to do with the economy of El Salvador and its reliance on remittances of illegals living and working in the US, than it does with any particular disaster. The Central Bank of El Salvador pegs the annual total of remittances near 3.5 billion, which is roughly 1/7th of the countries economy.
Critics argue that these remittances are monies not taxed, while the illegals who send them not only avoid consequences for breaking the law, but also receive taxpayer funded benefits in the process.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state Senator Will Kraus is pushing for a legislative crackdown on illegal immigration with a bill designed to deter illegal immigrants from coming to the state and to gather information on the impact of their presence.
Currently, Missouri law enforcement is required to check the immigration status of individuals who already have been jailed but is not checking those stopped for violating other laws. Kraus is hoping to change that.
Like other legislative crackdowns on illegal immigration, Kraus’s bill gives law enforcement officers the authority to check the status of individuals in “any lawful stop, detention or arrest” if there is “reasonable suspicion.” Illegal immigrants stopped by the police would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
The proposed bill would also require public schools to tally the number of illegal immigrant students taking English as a Second Language classes, and then compel the state’s Board of Education to “identify the effects upon the standard or quality of education provided” to students who are here legally that must share the classroom with those who are not.
Kraus is also pushing a complimentary, second bill directing the state’s attorney general to sue the federal government for the financial impact illegal immigrants are having on Missouri.
Illegal immigrant advocates are already gearing up for a fight to stop the bills, which are not yet scheduled for a hearing.
Vanessa Crawford, executive director of Missouri Immigration and Refugee Advocates, sees the bill as “an attack on immigrant children and their families.” But Kraus has not been deterred.
“The federal government is failing to do the job, and I want to pass that cost along to the federal government,” Kraus said in defense of his proposed legislation.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, in 60 percent of cases reported to federal immigration authorities, officers are told to simply release the person.
Kraus is hoping his bill will bring that number closer to 0 percent.
But Crawford and other skeptics view the bill as “irresponsible” due to the likelihood that the Obama administration will sue the state just as it did Alabama, Arizona and other states over similar legislation. Some also see the bill as unnecessary as Missouri already has fewer illegal immigrants than its neighboring states due in part to the same 2008 legislation that required immigration status checks on incarcerated individuals.
Other components of that bill required people to prove their U.S. citizenship when applying for public benefits and also stipulated that public employers and most government contractors use the federal database to determine the immigration status of their employees.
There are an estimated 60,000 illegal immigrants currently living in Missouri.
Milwaukee, WI – 29-year-old illegal immigrant Jose Luis Discua-Bados, who had been previously deported to Honduras, was arrested and charged with murder last week, after he violently beat and stabbed his wife to death outside her home.
The police report states that last Tuesday at 7:20am, victim Dayana Bados was preparing to leave for work and was attacked by her estranged husband when she ventured outside to warm up her vehicle.
An eye-witness to the attack was the Bado’s Grandmother who lived in the apartment unit directly below her granddaughter.
The Grandmother told police that her granddaughter had come to visit her before she left and that on the way to the car she heard her scream “Luis, NO!”
The grandmother then ran to the window where she observed Discua-Bados beating her grandaughter with a 2×4. She ran outside to plead with the man to stop beating her grandaughter, but Discua-Bados continued beating Dayana Bados about the head and body with the lumber. Discua-Bados then ran around to the side of the house for a moment and reemerged with a knife. He then began stabbing the victim—who by this time was laying face-down in the parking lot—multiple times in the back of the head and neck. All while her grandmother watched and screamed in horror.
Further medical examination concluded that the victim had 12 stab wounds to the neck and bac, 3 severe lacerations to the head and several areas of blunt trama. It was determined that the cause of death resulted from a stab wound to the neck that cut the carotid artery causing her to bleed to death.
Dayana Bados’ 2-year-old son was upstairs in the home at the time of the attack and is now in the custody of child protective services.
Discua-Bados is now facing life in prison.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration is planning to change current immigration rules to allow the illegal immigrant children and spouses of citizens to remain in the United States while they begin the process of applying for a visa that will grant them permanent legal residency.
Currently, these illegals must return to their home countries and then make a request that the government waive the mandatory 3 – 10 year ban that they earn for being in the country illegally. They can be approved for such a waiver if they can prove that their family would suffer “extreme hardship” without their presence.
According to an administration official, the waiver shift will force the U.S. government to make its decision regarding whether or not they will allow them to remain in the country before the visa process even begins. This will turn a process that normally takes months or years into one that takes just days or weeks.
These waivers are currently being granted in the US but take on average around 6 months to be issued. Last year, 16,000 waivers were issued to illegals in these circumstances. The Obama administration hopes to see this number go up as more illegals will be less fearful that they will have to pay the price for their unlawful status.
Critics see it as just another attempt by this administration to skirt Congress and fulfill a backdoor amnesty agenda they say is one of the administration’s primary goals in a desperate attempt to shore up support for a 2012 reelection bid that is looking grim for the President.
The administration has made a number a executive decisions over the past year regarding immigration that have GOP lawmakers claiming the President seems to think he plays by a different set of rules.
The administration hopes to put the rule change into effect in coming months.
San Francisco, CA – Jury selection began yesterday in the triple murder trial of an illegal immigrant who opened fire killing a family of three in San Francisco in 2008. The case sparked controversy over San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, which harbors illegal immigrants rather than reporting them to federal authorities.
El Salvador national and MS-13 gang member Edwin Ramos, is accused of opening fire on a car containing 48-year-old Tony Bologna and his three sons while they were stopped at an intersection. All but one son was killed in the shooting who escaped the incident unhamred.
Prosecutors charge that Ramos—who has been living illegally in the country since he was a child—thought one of Bologna’s sons was a member of a rival gang. According to a local report, the surviving son testified at Ramos’ preliminary hearing that he saw Ramos flash a gun from the other car and began “mugging” at them before shots were fired.
Ramos’ attorney alleges that Ramos’ passenger and fellow gang member unexpectedly opened fire that day in 2008. Prosecutors think this will be a tough sell considering Ramos’ previous record.
Just months prior to the shooting, Ramos was pulled over during a routine traffic stop during which his passenger attempted to flee and was seen tossing a handgun away. Ramos was also arrested for assaulting a man on a bus in 2003 and attempting to rob a pregnant woman in 2004.
Despite all of these crimes, San Francisco authorities never turned him over to ICE due to a 1989 decision by the Board of Supervisors that declared San Francisco a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants.
Authorities later amended the law in 1992 to allow the city to contact federal immigration officials in the case of an illegal immigrant committing a felony. However, a loophole was left open for anyone under the age of 18, which is how Ramos was able to stay in the country.
Critics say that this is exactly the kind of thing that the government should be held accountable for. They argue that cities who disregard federal law, do so at the expense of citizens who must suffer the consequences—which are often devestating—without having any recourse.
The Bologna family found this out the hard way. The family tried to sue the city of San Francisco for liability in the shooting, but a judge dismissed the suit claiming cities are not liable for protecting individuals against crime.
Edwin Ramos pled not guilty on three counts of murder, gang membership and illegal use of a firearm. He faces life in prison without parole, if convicted.
Police remain unable to locate the passenger Ramos claims was the shooter.
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced yesterday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District seat, which includes much of Phoenix, AZ, and its outlying areas.
Arizona Sheriff Babeu gained notoriety for standing firmly with one of his deputies who was wounded by suspected smugglers and then later accused of staging the incident. Babeu has also called for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation over the ‘Fast & Furious’ gun-running scandal that resulted in deaths on both sides of the border and more than a 2,500 US assault rifles falling into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
One of America’s toughest sheriffs against illegal immigration, Sheriff Paul Babeu plans to focus on illegal immigration, unemployment and the deficit, running on the slogan “It’s time for a new sheriff in Washington.”
Babeu first campaigned for office at age 17, winning a seat on the North Adams City Council at age 18. He lost his re-election race but later won a seat on the Berkshire (Massachusetts) County Board of Supervisors in the 1990s. He lost elections for state senate and mayor of North Adams (twice) before moving to Pinal County, AZ in 2001 where he found constituents that welcomed his conservative principles. He won his first term as the county’s first Republican sheriff in 2008 by a landslide.
Immediately upon taking office, Sheriff Babeu fulfilled campaign promises launching an all-out reorganization of his command, cutting his own budget, replacing the entire leadership, implementing higher employer standards, and improving training. He also cut emergency response times by 40 percent and aggressively sought and was awarded nearly $7 million in grants, a large part of which went to border security operations. He also removed speed cameras from the county, insisting that his job as Sheriff was to “protect the public – not to be the tax collector for the state.”
Sheriff Paul Babeu is also America’s 2011 “Sheriff of the Year” leading a department of 700 full-time employees. He served America for over 20 years in the Army National Guard reaching the rank of Major. As a Guardsman, Babeu served a tour in Iraq and spent 16 months deployed in Arizona as a Commander with Operation Jump State (OJS) reducing illegal entries by 94 percent.
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Washington, DC – A report by the Office of Inspector General that was drafted in September and surfaced in the media yesterday states that the Obama administration is pressuring officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve visas quickly despite evidence of fraud.
The 40-page report surveyed 254 officers with USCIS, with an incredible 25% saying they have been pressured to approve questionable cases “against their will.”
Sources inside the USCIS have stated veteran officers who have resisted these pressures on grounds of integrity have either been demoted or been given a choice between demotion and relocation. This has spread fear throughout the rank-and-file, causing many to fall in line over fear of losing their jobs.
“They attempted to basically get me to come into line and approve a bunch of cases. And I just wouldn’t compromise myself because the approvals they ordered, they weren’t in line with the laws,” said one officer who was demoted. He added, “People are afraid.”
The report seems to confirm these claims by finding that 14% of the officers interviewed said they feel those focused on fraud have received unfair performance evaluations.
Sources say the pressure began after Obama appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as Director in August of 2009.
Mayorkas and the DHS have stated they could not comment on the allegations.
Police responded to a 911 call at 4am last Thursday morning after the caller had indicated that an infant had died. In a tape later released by the aurhorities, the caller requested help saying a “baby was taking a bottle and choked and couldn’t stop, and the baby has now passed away.”
But when the authorities arrived, it became clear that this was no accident. They discovered the infant girl dead, with two black eyes, a bite mark on her cheek and pajamas soaked in blood.
Upon further medical examination, the child was also found to have suffered a bleeding brain, a lacerated liver, anal and vaginal tearing, and cracked ribs in various stages of healing—indicating the child’s entire 4 week life consisted of abuse. The cause of death was determined to be fatal sexual assault.
The mother of the child was at a casino at the time of the attack and is reported to be Galindo’s girlfriend, although he is currently married to another woman. It is also being reported that Galindo could be the father of this child. A DNA test is underway to determine the paternity as the mother was apparently seeing other men as well.
Galindo has claimed he was under the influence of meth amphetamines during the incident. He is now being held in an Bernalillo County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.
The toll free hot line will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The purpose: to answer questions from people held in local jails about whether they may face deporation proceedings.
An ICE news release stated the hotline is a component of a “broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants, and immigration fugitives while continuing to strengthen oversight of the nation’s immigration detention system and facilitate legal immigration.”
The hot line is the newest attempt made by the Obama administration to address concerns of about suspected illegal immigrants held in local jails due to racial profiling or discrimination against Latinos.
Phoenix, AZ – Latino activists gathered Monday to call for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to resign from his post and for his deputies to stop their alleged racial profiling of Hispanics in the state. The activists heralded a court ruling made the previous week that bars Arpaio’s deputies from detaining suspected illegal immigrants with no other reason.
Activists also praised the ruling as a confirmation that officers are not authorized to pull anyone over if they think they are an undocumented immigrant. According to Antonio Bustamente, a civil-rights attorney and director of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, “Mere presence is not a crime.” Yet this statement is false according to federal law.
Daniel Ortega, a Phoenix attorney who is board chair of the National Council of La Raza, added the ruling protects people’s constitutional rights. “It’s the right to be free” he said.
Meanwhile, Lydia Guzman, the executive director of the non-profit immigrant advocacy group Respect Respeto, said that her group plans to continue to document stories of people allegedly mistreated by Arpaio’s office. “Sheriff Arpaio, we are watching you,” Guzman said.
Arpaio’s attorney said last week that he plans to appeal and that his deputies will comply with the ruling while continuing to enforce immigration-related laws.
Reading, PA – Francisco Garcia Huerth, an illegal alien from Mexico who snuck into the country 18 years ago, turned himself into the Berks County Sheriff last Thursday and has confessed to raping his girfriend’s daughter at least 8 times, beginning when she was 6-years-old.
Last June, the now 17-year-old victim told Berks County Children and Youth Services about the abuse, which included a rape at 14-years-old when she was 4 months pregnant. Authorities then began a 2 month investigation that culminated in Huerth’s confession in August and concluded with an arrest warrant being issued one week ago today.
During the investigation, Huerth also confessed to being in the country illegally after initially providing authorities with the false identity he purchased in Connecticut with a matching ID card for $500.
Huerth has been charged with 8 counts of child rape, 8 counts of indecent assault of a child, 1 count of making false reports to law enforcement, and 1 count of identity theft. He is currently being held in a Berks County Jail on an immigration retainer.
It is not clear whether the victim was impregnated by the attacker or whether the victim followed through with the pregnancy. It is also unclear what damage, if any, has been done to the lives of the citizens whose identities Huerth has been living under for 18 years.
Washington, DC – Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not the only one under fire from the Department of Justice for cracking down on illegal immigrants. Yesterday, the DOJ issued another scathing report accusing the East Haven, CT Police Department of discrimination against Latinos for allegedly violating their civil rights.
In a 23-page letter detailing the results of a two-year investigation sent to the East Haven mayor, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote, “We find that EHPD engages in discriminatory policing against Latinos, including but not limited to targeting Latinos for discriminatory traffic enforcement, treating Latino drivers more harshly than non-Latino drivers after a traffic stop, and intentionally and woefully failing to design and implement internal systems of control that would identify, track, and prevent such misconduct.”
Taking the same line from his report condemning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Perez also described the discrimination as “deeply rooted in the Department’s culture,” citing statistical analysis showing how Latinos were “intentionally targeted” for traffic stops since nearly 20% of all traffic stops were Latino drivers. Perez however, does not attempt to address any other possible factors for the high number of traffic stops, but simply comes to the conclusion that it must be discrimination considering Latinos account for only 10.3% of East Haven’s population.
Critics are saying this report—the second of its kind in the past week—is evidence that the Obama administration is on a political witch hunt. To support their position, they point to Perez’s background as proof.
Perez previously rose from volunteer to President of the Board of Directors for Casa de Maryland, the far left pro-illegal immigration organization who has been indirectly funded by the likes of liberal billionaire George Soros and the socialist leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
Conservative hawk Michellel Malkin took Perez to task in a column saying he was “a crusader for an ever-expanding set of illegal alien benefits from in-state tuition discounts for illegal alien students to driver’s licenses.” She also pointed out that Casa de Maryland ”opposes enforcement of deportation orders, has protested post-9/11 coordination of local, state, and national criminal databases, and produced a ‘know your rights’ propaganda pamphlet for illegal aliens depicting federal immigration agents as armed bullies making babies cry.”
When questioned about the pamphlet during his Senate confirmation hearing, Perez downplayed his involvement with Casa de Maryland and said, “the Civil Rights Division must not act in contravention to valid enforcement actions of our federal immigration laws.”—a quote that critics say is the exact opposite of what he is doing now.
The Justice Department said it will meet with community leaders as well as local agencies to address the concerns raised in the East Haven report. Additionally, just like the case in Maricopa County, the DOJ is threatening to withhold federal funding if the town fails to address the civil rights violations.
Phoenix, AZ – As a result of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation that claimed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the civil and constitutional rights of Latinos, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revoked Arpaio’s access to DHS systems and will replace 91 of Arpaio’s officers with 50 DHS agents to screen criminal illegal aliens and remove them from Arapio’s custody.
Arpaio has blasted the DOJ report and the resulting move saying, “They’re going to have people answering telephones and deciding what levels they’re going to deport. This is just to pacify the public that they aren’t going to be released. And they are going to be released.”
The DHS responded to Arpaio’s claims saying, “As was done previously, all individuals booked into the Maricopa County jail will be screened… [and] removed from the United States in line with our priorities.”
But those “priorities” are exactly what Sheriff Arpaio and the majority of the country who want tough enforcement are worried about. The Obama administration has drawn much criticism for being soft on illegal immigration with Arpaio being one of the loudest voices.
Sheriff Arpaio has become famous for cracking down on illegal immigrants and is widely considered the toughest immigration enforcement officer in the US. His detention camps have gained national attention with illegals being forced to wear pink-stripped jumpsuits and live in tents with desert tempuratues well above 100°.
As one of the major faces of the anti-illegal immigration movement and sharpest critics of the Obama administration, Arpaio has long known there has been a target on his back. And while it seems the administration has finally hit this target squarely, it could be Sheriff Joe who gets the last laugh.
The US Supreme Court is set to hand out a decision next summer on AZ’s controversial immigration law that could not only change the landscape of the immigration debate, but administer a devastating blow to the reelection chances of Obama in 2012.
Washington, DC – Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy of VT maneuvered to get the Irish immigration bill passed Friday, but found his efforts unsuccessful as the GOP blocked its passage before heading out of town.
The bill, which would allow 10,000 Irish to enter the country each year, was created by NY Senator Chuck Schumer and has enjoyed staunch support from the Democrats.
But Republicans are objecting to two other provisions in the bill: One that would allow Irish currently here illegally to get a free pass and apply for the program without penalty for their illegal presence; And the other, the E3 provision that would increase the number of green cards given to Mexicans, Chinese, Indians and Filipinos.
Critics point out that the waiver for illegal Irish is the equivalent of amnesty and would set a dangerous precedent that would give liberals the licence to charge Republicans with racism when they blocked future attempts to accommodate illegal Latinos similarly.
They also feel that increasing the level of legal immigration—during a time when 20 million Americans cannot find enough work to support their families—is not prudent considering we currently grant entry to 1 million legal immigrants each year and Congress is currently negotiating another unemployment extension for the nth time in the past four years.
It is being reported that the Irish lobby is pressing Republican Senators hard for their support of the bill, with MA Senator Scott Brown their primary target considering the substantial Irish demographic in Massachusetts.
LA Police Chief Charlie Beck is pushing for the exemption because he says impounding the cars of illegal immigrants who cannot get a licence is “a fairness issue,” and that it is necessary because it is an unfair blow to people “who are a valuable asset to our community and who have very limited resources.”
Beck is working with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to get the measure approved by the police commission, despite opposition from the police union who argue that making such an exemption will make the road less safe.
Beck emphasized to the commission that he will simply change the departments procedure rather than the policy, so that the commission would not have to formally vote on the rule change—something opponents are calling quite convenient.
Of course, all of this flys in the face of California law, which states the car of anyone caught driving without a licence will be impounded for a minimum of 30 days. The rule change would also ignore national studies that have shown unlicensed drivers to be five times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
In what seems to be a process that will conclude with some handshakes, the changes in “procedure” may already be in effect by the time you finish reading this article.
Phoenix, AZ – A Department of Justice investigation that has lasted nearly three years produced a condemnation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today, when the DOJ released its official report claiming the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)—under the leadership of Arpaio—has violated the human rights of Latinos.
The report accuses MSCO of using excessive force, failing to provide adequate police services to Latinos, and committing unlawful “sweeps” of Latinos gathering outside of businesses.
Thomas Perez, the head of the DOJ’s civil rights division wrote that the, “MCSO is broken in a number of critical respects,” and that “the problems are deeply rooted in MCSO’s culture.” He also claimed, “Arpaio’s own actions have helped nurture MCSO’s culture of bias,” and that he had never seen such an egregious case of racial profiling.
As a result of this report, Sheriff Arpaio will be required to set up specific policies that will prevent the reported abuses in the future. He has until January 4 to decide if he will comply. If he chooses not to, the federal government is threatening to pull millions of dollars in federal funding and will sue MCSO in an attempt have a judge require that compliance.
This comes as no surprise to supporters of Sherriff Joe and the anti-illegal immigration movement as a whole, who largely view the DOJ—under the leadership of Eric Holder—as facilitators of illegal immigration.
In recent years, the DOJ has filed suit against every state that has attempted to do something about stopping the illegal immigration problem. The states argue that the federal government is asleep on the job while their states have to suffer the financial consequences of supporting large populations of illegal immigrants.
However, the matter could soon be put to rest as the U.S. Supreme Court just announced this week that they will hear the DOJ case filed against Arizona’s immigration law S.B. 1070. Arguments are expected to be heard in April with a decision expected by summer’s end.
UPDATE: Sheriff Joe responds to the DOJ report and rips President Obama and his “band of merry men:”
Hidalgo County, TX – Illegal alien David Guerrero Navarro is, for now, being charged with trespassing and poaching, in connection to a Monday afternoon shooting at an Edinburg, TX middle school that left two boys in critical condition.
Navarro was arrested shortly after the shooting incident, when police helicopters spotted him in the woods near the school with an AR-15 assault rifle. Navarro has claimed that he was hunting in the area.
Police initially thought stray bullets from Navarro’s rifle struck the two boys who were in the middle of basketball tryouts in the school’s parking lot. However, police also arrested two other men in the woods, who were target shooting and have said they were in the process of calibrating their sights when the shots that struck the boys rang out. Police have since released these two men after determining they did not have enough evidence to hold them.
Navarro admitted to killing a Javelina on the private land of an owner who said Navarro did not have permission to be hunting on.
Police are saying they do not suspect Navarro was responsible for the shooting of the two boys, but are performing ballistic analysis on his gun as well as the two target shooters’ to determine who was responsible.
Navarro is now being held in a Hidalgo County jail as ICE has issued a hold on his release due to his illegal presence in the country and his unlawful possession of a firearm, which is forbidden under federal law. Navarro is also refusing to tell authorities where he got the AR-15 assault rifle.
The two boys are still in critical condition at the local hospital.
New Haven, CT – John DeStefano Jr., the mayor of New Haven, has announced that he is in favor of allowing illegal immigrants to vote and will ask the state legislature of Connecticut to fulfill his wishes.
DeStephano, who was recently reelected to his 10th term as the city’s mayor last month, says he wishes to grant illegals this privilege ”to build a more engaged participatory community.” Yet critics charge there may be another motive.
With the margin of victory in this past election only 1,441 votes, critics are accusing the mayor of attempting to ward off future close shaves by adding the estimated 10,000 illegal immigrants currently living in New Haven to the voter base.
The Connecticut state legislature is not in session until February of next year, so no formal request has yet been made by the mayor. But, if the state legislature were to approve the request, New Haven would become one of a handful of cities in the US that currently allow illegal immigrants to vote in municipal elections.
Big Bend National Park, TX – Despite the relentless violence and bloodshed along the U.S.-Mexico border, the feds are proposing to open an unmanned port of entry in a rugged, remote area of West Texas where illegal immigrants are known to easily wade across the shallow Rio Grande on a regular basis.
By spring, kiosks could be open in Big Bend National Park allowing anyone crossing into the country to scan their identity documents—if they choose to—and talk to a customs officer in another location, at least 100 miles away.
Proponents of this idea argue that the crossing will allow a tiny, isolated Mexican town long-awaited access to U.S. commerce, improve conservation efforts and be an unlikely target for criminal operations. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which would run the port of entry, says the proposal is a safe way to allow access to the town’s residents and also allow Big Bend National Park visitors to visit the town of Boquillas del Carmen.
If approved, the Border Patrol will have eight agents living in the 800,000-acre national park in addition to the park’s 23 law enforcement officers. CBP spokesman William Brooks believes “it’s actually going to end up making security better” due to “checkpoints on the paved road leading away from the park” among other things. Brooks continued by saying, “you’d have to be a real idiot to pick the only place with security in 300 miles of the border to try to sneak across.”
Critics are blasting the idea as an absurdity and pointing to the comments of Brooks as proof that this administration cannot be taken seriously about border enforcement. They argue that the administration, who for the past year has been claiming the border is more secure than it has ever been, now wants you to believe that setting up an intercom in the middle of an area absent of security for 300 miles, so that immigrants can come and go as they please, is a security upgrade.
A public comment period runs through Dec. 27 on the estimated $2.3 million project, which has the support of the highest levels of government from both countries.
Washington, DC – The Obama administration is planning to reduce the number of federally paid National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border, shifting from “boots on the ground” to stop people from crossing illegally to a broader mission of aerial detection and additional border intelligence analysis.
The change comes in response to questions about the cost of the operation in a time when defense cuts are on the horizon due to the “Super Committee’s” failure to come to an agreement on a plan to reduce the country’s staggering $15 trillion debt.
The administration also points to lower apprehension levels of late; numbers many others question, as numerous reports of Border Patrol agents being told not to apprehend illegals by the administration surfaced earlier in the year.
Currently, only 1,200 National Guard troops are helping secure the border, who will all soon to be replaced by aircraft, helicopters and unmanned drones in what both sides of the political spectrum hail as a move in the right direction toward technology and intelligence-based efforts along the border. The shift to technology will gradually thin out the National Guard troops on border-related active duty in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
National Guardsmen have been working border assignments along the U.S.-Mexico border since June 2010 as part of $160 million Operation Phalanx. They have assisted in barely 6 percent of the apprehensions of illegal immigrants during the opening 11 months of the operation. In contrast, Guardsmen assisted U.S. Border Patrol in 12 percent of apprehensions during $1.2 billion Operation Jump Start that lasted 24 months and ended in mid-2008.
Washinton, DC – The highest court in the land announced today that it will hear the case against Arizona’s controversial immigration law S.B. 1070 despite the Obama administration’s pleas that it not do so.
The administration has been filing lawsuits, one after another, against states who have been passing their own laws in an attempt to solve the problem because they say they can no longer afford to wait around for the federal government to do their job.
The Obama administration has claimed that the states are stepping outside the bounds of the Constitution by creating a patchwork of laws that it feels will result in discrimination against legal immigrants as well as damage relationships with foreign countries.
The court could hear the arguments as early as April, which could mean a ruling could come as early as June; a month that could make or break Obama’s bid for reelection as another ruling on the Obama administration’s healthcare law is also expected around this time.
In an election that figures to be a referendum on Obama’s competence, an adverse decision on the constitutionality of either of these cases, could be the death blow for a president who is suppose to be a trained expert in constitutional law.
Critics were bemoaning the President’s lack of experience—at anything—before he took office and have been saying the country is in such poor shape because the President was unqualified to lead at the outset. For the court to issue a smack down in the one area the President does have expertise, would only lend credibility to these naysayers at a time when the economy is expected to remain in poor shape with the election just months away.
Washington, DC – Attorney General Eric Holder testified again today in front of the House Judiciary Committee about the Fast and Furious scandal that involved agencies under the Department of Justice putting thousands of assault rifles in the hands Mexican drug cartels. These guns have been responsible for the deaths of two Border Patrol officers and many Mexican citizens and continue to show up at murder scenes across northern Mexico.
In his testimony, Holder said that allowing the guns to walk was “inexcusable” and “wholly unacceptable,” and that despite the efforts to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated again, that we face “an unfortunate reality” and “will continue to feel the effects of this flawed operation for years to come.”
Holder has come under heavy fire from critics over the scandal who charge he has been involved in a shameless cover up to save his own ass.
In his original testimony last May, Holder stated that he had just recently heard about the scandal “a few weeks” prior when it became public in the news. Yet shortly thereafter, journalists produced video of an interview with President Obama in early March in which the President addressed the scandal and assured us that Holder knew nothing about it. This left a begging question: How would Obama know Holder knew nothing about it six weeks before Holder said he found out about it?
Holder attempted to clear this up last month when he testified that, “In my testimony I did say a few weeks… I probably could have said a couple of months.” Hardly convincing testimony for critics who accused the AG of dismissing their claims of perjury with a casual excuse.
House Republicans have accused the DOJ of attempting to cover up the incident throughout the entire process by slow-walking requests for documents and then handing over piles of redacted papers, the majority of which were completely blacked out.
Holders testimony today is not likely to change their mind. Republicans will now likely be asking themselves: If the tactics and scandal were so “inexcusable” and so “wholly unacceptable,” why hasn’t anyone involved ever been fired? Why in fact, have all the decision makers in this scandal been reassigned and in some cases promoted? And why are the agents who were whistle-blowers in this operation saying they are being isolated and subjected to retaliation?
All questions still left unanswered by the DOJ.
Maricopa County, AZ – Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s boys rounded up yet another group of illegal immigrants Monday night during a routine traffic stop. This time, the driver of the vehicle was Juan Ramos-Algeria, a man who turns out has already been deported from the United States 14 times.
According to Ramos-Algeria, his last deportation was only last week when he was discovered in Colorado. He also said that this group had paid between $1,000 – $2,000 to gain entry and that they were on their way to Arkansas and Georgia.
Speaking on the arrests, Sheriff Joe said, “I will continue the crackdown on illegal immigration despite the threats and intimidation of my critics and certain politicians. We will enforce all the illegal immigration laws by raiding private businesses, human smuggling and crime suppression operations. This is unconscionable and irresponsible to continue to allow these smugglers to return to the U.S. after being deported.”
Sheriff Joe has drawn sharp criticism from the left for his support and enforcement of SB 1070, which the Obama administration has filed a lawsuit against claiming immigration law must not be a “patchwork” but rather controlled by the feds. Yet critics of President Obama point to cases like this—which have been numerous—as evidence that Obama is not getting the job done and why states must be able to enforce the laws too. They also accuse the President of being disingenuous.
Earlier this year, there were reports that hundreds of Border Patrol agents were speaking out about being ordered to turn illegal immigrants back south—or “TBS” them— rather than apprehend them. Shortly thereafter, Obama began highlighting decreased apprehension numbers as evidence that his enforcement efforts were working and that the problem was not as serious as everybody was making it out to be. A coincidence, critics say, is not much of a coincidence at all.
Also around this time, DHS Secretary Janet Neapolitan began claiming that “the border was more secure than it had ever been,” a statement she is now famously mocked for in many circles.
In recent months, new reports have cited this administration’s record setting deportation numbers as being the highest of all time, but if illegals come and go as they please, many are asking if those numbers mean anything at all.
Surely this administration would love to see the Ramos-Algerias of the world disappear.
Oklahoma City, OK – State Senator Harry Coates submitted Senate Bill 995 last Monday in response to the passage of House Bill 1804, which cracked down on illegal immigrants across the state. The intention of Coates’ bill is to allow illegal immigrants to work legally in the state, a measure Coates believes will provide a boost to sales and tax revenues.
Following the passage of House Bill 1804, illegal immigrants fled the state for friendlier ones like Texas, which Coates calls a “devastating” blow to many of Oklahoma’s industries. He claims Oklahoma’s agriculture, energy and construction have been the hardest hit by the new law.
Under Coates’ SB 995 plan, individuals 18 years or older would be able to purchase a guest worker program for $2000 if they found a sponsor willing to hire them and provide basic health insurance. For an additional $500, illegal immigrants would also be entitled to an “immediate family” permit that would protect the guest worker’s immediate family from deportation.
Opponents of Coates’ bill blasted the plan, calling it just the latest attempt at backdoor amnesty. They argue HB 1804 helped reduce the state’s unemployment rate and increased pay in certain fields previously flooded with illegal immigrant labor.
Miami, FL - Florida Senator Marco Rubio is pushing for the Re-authorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides illegal immigrants in the United States who have been subject to forced prostitution and other Human trafficking crimes, protection against deportation so they can facilitate the prosecution of those perpetrating the crimes against them.
At a press confrence in Miami, Rubio cited that, “Oftentimes, the victims are people who are brought here illegally or are here and their visa expired, and they’re terrified about cooperating with prosecutors against their pimps or the organized crime syndicate because they believe they’re going to be deported.”
When asked about peoples concern that the program is being exploited by those who would lie about being victims to achieve legal status, Rubio replied, “It’s been a factor. Some people have talked about it. The concern is not the victims, the concern is that someone would exploit this and use it as a loophole to somehow game the system. You’re always concerned about somebody gaming the system. This is a law that’s designed to help victims of trafficking and exploitation.”—a response that will hardly quiet critics.
Those critics argue that while the bill was well intended, it is ripe for abuse and is in fact being abused now. The law has been in place since 2000 and established both the T-Visa and U-Visa programs. While the T-Visa is designated for severe human trafficking crimes, like those Senator Rubio speaks of, the U-Visa is a separate program that can apply to almost any crime.
Critics say the U-Visa is an amnesty loophole which effectively allows the act of illegal aliens victimizing illegal aliens to create citizens of the United States. They argue that this is a typical product of a growing, dysfunctional government whereby a bill that has a smattering of good ideas serves as a conduit to sneak through other bad ideas that favor the political ideology of the left, and that supporters of the bill praise the good to draw attention away from the bad.
This feeling has only grown stronger since 2009 when the Obama administration took liberties with the law via regulations.
Originally designed to provide only temporary legal status to victims, the Obama administration quickly approved regulations in 2009 that would allow these visa holders to gain permanent residence. Since then, the government has increased the number of approved U-Visa applicants to 10,000 per year. This number is up from previous years and critics are concerned that it will continue that upward track as this administration, it feels, is doing everything it can to provide backdoor amnesty.
The man is a 49-year-old Mexican National who in 1996 was convicted of the continuous sexual abuse of a child. His name and image have not yet been released.
Authorities say that they discovered the man with two other men attempting to enter the country illegally. Once they were rounded up and taken to a nearby processing center, it was discover that the man in question had served prison time for the aggravated felony that took place in Orange, CA in 1996.
Officials say the man is being held and will be tried for felony reentry. Considering his prior conviction, the man is eligible to receive up to 20 years in prison according to federal law.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio—who became famous for making illegal alien prisoners wear pink jumpsuits in Maricopa County prison camps—will throw his support behind Texas Governor Rick Perry in the race to become the GOP nominee for President.
Arpaio is reported to be on the campaign trail this week in New Hampshire with Perry where the announcement will be made.
Arpaio is considered by many to be the toughest anti-illegal immigration law enforcement officer in the country. He is a big supporter of Arizona’s controversial SB1070 law, which requires police officers to check the status of those they suspect are in the country illegally and is on its way to the US Supreme Court.
The decision to endorse Perry is leaving many conservatives scratching there heads in light of Perry’s support of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and other controversial stances.
In a recent debate, Perry said he felt that anyone who wanted to deprive illegal immigrants of in-state tuition did not have a heart. But polls show a large majority of the country does not support his position, which subsequently sent his campaign into a downward spiral.
He reinforced the “weak” on illegal immigration perception further in a following debate when defending his opposition to a border fence. He said a fence was unnecessary because he knew how to defend the border and had proved it. To this, fellow candidate Mitt Romney pointed out that Texas’ illegal immigration population had the largest increase in the country over the past decade when the other two big illegal immigration magnets California and Florida remained the same—crushing his claim of competency instantly. To this, Perry had no reply and the debate moved on.
So conservatives will be interested to hear why Joe Arpiao has overlooked these perceived weaknesses. They will also surely be interested in asking the sheriff how he feels about Perry’s chances in the general election debate against President Obama should Arpiao’s support help Perry win the nomination.
Perry has had a terrible string of debates the past few months with numerous gaffs, leaving his pole numbers in single digits and many conservatives thinking he is not up to the job.
Supporters of Perry say he is the strongest conservative in the race. They defend his record on immigration by pointing out that the Texas in-state tuition law was a solution for Texas that passed with overwhelming support of the state legislature.
No doubt Perry will be looking for the Joe Arpiao endorsement to correct his immigration mistakes and provide momentum to his campaign with the Iowa Caucasus a little over a month away. With Gingrich surging and Romney holding steady, he will need all the help he can get.
Willimantic, CT - Police arrested 23-year-old Fredy Alexander Chingo Riz on Thanksgiving Day for the violent death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter Athena Angeles. Little Athena was taken from the home in cardiac arrest and died on the way to the nearest hospital.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded the toddler died of blunt abdomen and chest trauma and ruled the death a homicide. Chingo Riz, an illegal immigrant here from Guatemala, admitted to authorities that he had punched the child in the stomach several times, and that he had beaten her at least two other times as well.
A spokesman for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) was in the middle of investigating abuse allegations before the child’s death. The family first came to the attention of DCF after the child received medical attention though the department was not aware of the particular circumstances surrounding the injuries.
No information has been released on whether or not the DCF was aware of Chingo Riz’s immigration status or whether any attempts had been made to contact immigration authorities to find out more about his background.
As of now, Chingo Riz has been charged with manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and assault. He was held on $1.5 million bond. Whether or not the mother will be held responsible for endangering her child by allowing her live-in boyfriend to remain in the home is unknown.