Posted on March 20th, 2012 No comments
Claim: Implementation of Dream Act guidelines will grant amnesty to illegal aliens residing in the United States if they agree to enlist in the U.S. military or enter college.
Obama Dictates: AMNESTY NOW!With the Stroke of a Pen Barack Obama Has Granted Amnesty to Virtually All Illegal Aliens
Dear Fellow Patriots,
This is the most important, and troubling, email I have ever been forced to write.What I am about to tell you is unthinkable. It is also 100% true. (Check news reports online to see for yourself!)
Last Friday, with no fanfare, no press coverage, and with every effort made to hide his actions from the American people…
Barack Obama enacted the nightmarish DREAM Act!
Opposed by a majority of the American people and TWICE defeated in Congress, the DREAM Act grants amnesty to Illegal Aliens criminally residing in the United States if they agree to enlist in the U.S. military or enter college.
TIME IS UP! Obama Just Enacted AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS! FIGHT BACK HERE! FIGHT BACK NOW!
The Obama administration memo from the John Morton, Director of I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) directs I.C.E. agents now to use “prosecutorial discretion” with regard to enforcing immigration laws.
Writes Director Morton of the new Obama Administration policy not to enforce immigration laws: “When ICE favorably exercises prosecutorial discretion, it essentially decides not to assert the full scope of the enforcement authority available to the agency.”You read that right: according to the Obama administration; “favorable” enforcement is NOT enforcing the law!
According to one of the first press reports to break this important story, the new Obama policy is cut and dry: “federal immigration officials do not have to deport illegal aliens if they are enrolled in any type of education program, if their family members have volunteered for U.S. military service, or even if they are pregnant or nursing.”
TIME IS UP! Obama Just Enacted AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS! FIGHT BACK HERE! FIGHT BACK NOW!
Does Barack Obama expect us to stand idly by and watch him grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens — AGAINST the rule of law, AGAINST recent votes of Congress, and AGAINST the express wishes of the American people?
This is the most important message I’ve ever sent! We must unite today! We must speak with one voice!
Barack Obama cannot be allowed to think that his actions will be allowed to go unchallenged. Whether through public pressure, through Congress, or through legal action in America’s courts we will not let this unprecedented,un-American act stand!
Origins: The “DREAM” in the DREAM Act of 2011 stands for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.” The proposed bill does not, as implied above, simply and automatically grant amnesty to all illegal aliens “residing in the United States if they agree to enlist in the U.S. military or enter college” — it allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the deportation of aliens and admit them to the U.S. for permanent residence on a conditional basis provided that they:
- Have been continuously present in the U.S. for five years.
- Were 15 years of age or younger when they initially entered the United States and are currently35 yearsof age or younger.
- Have been persons of good moral character since initially entering the United States.
- Have not ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
- Have not been convicted of any offense under Federal or State law punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of more than1 year;or 3 or more offenses under Federal or State law, for which the alien was convicted on different dates for each of the3 offensesand imprisoned for an aggregate of90 daysor more.
- Have been admitted to an institution of higher education in the United States or have earned a high school diploma or obtained a general education development certificate in the United States.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may later remove the conditional basis of the permanent residency status so granted to any alien provided that:
- The alien has been a person of good moral character during the entire period of conditional permanent resident status.
- The alien has not abandoned residence in the United States.
- The alien has acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States (or has completed at least2 years,in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States) or has served in the Uniformed Services for at least2 years(and, if discharged, received an honorable discharge).
The DREAM Act also has not, as claimed above, been enacted by the Obama Administration. It was introduced to the Senate by Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois in May 2011 and was referred to a judiciary subcommittee on 28 June 2011. A similar bill was introduced to the House by Rep. Howard Berman of California and has likewise been referred to a judiciary subcommittee. Neither bill has
even been voted upon, much less passed and enacted.
Although the DREAM Act has not been passed by Congress, in August 2011 the Obama administration announced it would begin using prosecutorial discretion in deportation cases along guidelines similar to those outlined in that proposed legislation:The Obama administration announced that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.
The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces.
White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.
Under the new policy, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, can provide relief, on a case-by-case basis, to young people who are in the country illegally but pose no threat to national security or to the public safety.
The decision would, through administrative action, help many intended beneficiaries of legislation that has been stalled in Congress for a decade. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, has argued that “these young people should not be punished for their parents’ mistakes.”
Mr. Durbin said he believed the new policy would stop the deportation of most people who would qualify for relief under his bill, known as the Dream Act (formally the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act).
Unlike the provisions of the DREAM Act, however, the new policy on prosecutorial discretion does not authorize federal immigration authorities to confer permanent resident or any other positive immigration status on illegal aliens; it merely instructs immigration officers and prosecutors to take human considerations into account in determining whether to pursue a particular immigrant’s removal from the U.S. The new policy does not grant “amnesty” in the sense that it does not change the immigration status of illegal aliens nor authorize them to lawfully work in the United States, obtain government identification, or sponsor relatives to come to the United States.Illegal Immigrant News act grants, administration policy, amnesty for illegal aliens, barack obama, check news, college time, education program, family members, fanfare, federal immigration, fellow patriots, full scope, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration laws, immigration officials, john morton, last friday, military service, nursing time, prosecutorial discretion
Posted on January 19th, 2012 No comments
Grassfire Nation Update
According to a just released Fox News report, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “Toughest Sheriff” is living up to his billing by digging in his heals and fighting back against the U.S. Department of Justice …
Sheriff Joe, the report indicates, has “filed an appeal to a federal ruling that his office profiles Latinos and bases immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints.”
You may also recall from our earlier updates, that Arpaio has repeatedly asked the DOJ for clarification into the charges against he and his staff — clarification that the DOJ has yet to provide.
Arpaio has also been very outspoken in accusing the DOJ of a politically motivated assault against his department because the Obama administration is courting the Latino vote. Arpaio alleges his commitment to law enforcement is getting in their way of getting votes.
Even worse, the DOJ has stripped Arpaio’s officers of their Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) credentials — further eroding law enforcement capabilities and putting millions of American citizens at risk!
Although no surprise, the fact that the Obama administration and the DOJ would put Americans at risk for the purpose of appealing to Latino voters is utterly offensive.
This isn’t an Arizona problem.
This is an America problem!
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Posted on January 16th, 2012 No comments
By P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country — perhaps indefinitely — so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to national security.
Federal deportation hearings for non-criminal defendants released from custody were suspended Dec. 5 for the review and resume this week. Similar reviews are planned across the country to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target deportations of illegal immigrants with criminal records or those who have been deported previously.
While the immigration courtrooms in Denver have fallen silent, prosecutors had time to examine case files, check residency history — such as whether someone was brought to the country as a child — as well as criminal history.
In Denver, 25 ICE prosecutors and three managers spent their work days during most of December and early this month poring over as many files in their case load as possible, ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said.
“They come in on weekends,” Gonzalez said. “They’re looking at every case.”
Officials have not released information on how many cases will be placed on low priority based on the review. When they’re finished, cases of those here illegally but deemed not a threat to public safety or national security will be placed on administrative hold and the numbers will be released.
Citing tight budgets, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced this summer that nearly 300,000 deportation cases would be reviewed to determine which could be closed through “prosecutorial discretion.” Republicans have decried the policy as a back-door way of granting amnesty to people who are living in the U.S. illegally.
“We simply cannot adjudicate all these cases that are pending,” said spokeswoman Gonzalez. Some cases in Denver date to 1996, she said.
“It’s a holiday for anybody in the country illegally,” said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes the initiative. “They’re doing this with the intention of dismissing as many of them as they possibly can.”
Several attempts at immigration reform have failed in recent years, including the so-called DREAM Act, which would have allowed some young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to earn legal status if they went to college or joined the military.
In June, ICE director John Morton announced that prosecutors and immigration agents would consider a defendant’s length of time in the country, ties to the community, lack of criminal history and opportunity to qualify for some form of legal status in deciding whether to press for deportation.
Denver has about 7,800 deportation cases pending, while Baltimore has about 5,000. Hearings and deportations involving criminal immigrants continued in both Baltimore and Denver. The suspended hearings dealt only with non-criminal defendants.
Before expanding the program, officials will examine the effect of the review on caseloads. They are also seeking to balance hearing high priority cases with those in which a person might have a strong case but has waited years for a hearing because of the backlog, said former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner Dorris Meissner.
Those who offered prosecutorial discretion don’t have to accept, and can insist on having their case heard by a judge.
“Everybody thinks that people just want to have their case dismissed,” said Meissner. “If they accept prosecutorial discretion, it’s true they don’t go before a judge and they don’t get deported, but their case is in limbo.”
For some, word that their cases have been postponed brings relief — but not closure. They’re still in the country illegally.
Jesus Gerardo Noriega, 21, of Aurora, Colo., said he learned in December his case was being closed.
“I’m happy that I don’t have to show up in court every six months so they don’t deport me,” Noriega said. But, he added: “I’m in limbo. I can’t do anything.”
Noriega’s family brought him to the United States from Mexico when he was 9. His parents and three brothers live here legally, and he graduated from high school — but only applied for a work visa last year. He faced deportation after being arrested in April 2010 for driving with no license plate light.
Deportation cases have risen sharply since 2007, when Homeland Security began using fingerprints collected from those held in local jails to identify and deport criminals and repeat immigration violators. Those cases increased from about 174,000 in 2007 to about 298,000 in 2011, according to figures compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group affiliated with Syracuse University.
Immigrant advocates have blasted the fingerprint program, called Secure Communities, for subjecting people to deportation after minor traffic infractions or misdemeanors. Some state laws require police to notify ICE of suspected illegal immigrants.
But advocates say they welcome the federal review as a way to deal with a sluggish immigration court system where cases can linger for years.
“The courts are a mess,” said Susan Barciela, Miami-based policy director for Americans for Immigration Justice. “The volume keeps getting bigger and people’s rights are being violated.”
During the pilot program, Denver and Baltimore immigration judges were assigned to hear detainee cases elsewhere.
“The immigration courts are empty,” said Denver immigration attorney Hans Meyer of the scene in December and early this month. “It’s a pretty busy place, so it’s kind of strange.”Illegal Immigrant News associated press, back door, backlog, barbara gonzalez, case files, case load, courtrooms, criminal backgrounds, criminal defendants, criminal history, deportation cases, deportation hearings, deportations, detainees, illegal immigrants, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, janet napolitano, prosecutorial discretion, tight budgets, u s immigration and customs enforcement
Posted on November 3rd, 2009 No comments
AP – Tuesday, November 03, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Immigration agents assigned to track down people who have ignored deportation orders have increasingly arrested immigrants with criminal records during the past year, new data show.
Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show a shift from the prior three years, when more than 70 percent of immigrants arrested by fugitive operations teams had no criminal histories.
About 45 percent of the 35,000 immigrants arrested by the teams during the 2009 fiscal year had criminal convictions. The figure is up from 23 percent during the prior year.
ICE has long claimed it focused on arresting immigrants with criminal convictions who ignored orders from immigration judges to leave the country.
But most people arrested had no criminal histories, which prompted outcries from immigrant rights groups.
ICE director John Morton said earlier this year the agency would focus on finding immigrants with criminal records or who have ignored deportation orders. However, he said other illegal immigrants would be arrested if they were present during the operations,
“The goal is to prevent crime rather than simply to respond to it,” ICE spokesman Brandon Alvarez-Montgomery said.
One reason for the change is that agents are working more closely with local law enforcement to develop leads, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.
Immigrants rights advocates were skeptical of the numbers and wondered whether the data marked a real change in a program they have long criticized as a source of fear in immigrant neighborhoods.
It’s unclear whether the Obama administration has shifted the program’s focus or whether agents in some regions have just been more successful at finding criminals, said Carl Bergquist, policy advocate for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
“I think the jury is still out,” added Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Earlier this year, Morton also announced the fugitive teams had stopped using arrest quotas.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, said agents should have discretion about who they arrest, given what he considers the daunting task of finding more than 500,000 immigrants who have evaded deportation orders.
“They’ve got to start somewhere, and they look for people obviously that have national security issues as well as serious criminals,” said Krikorian, whose organization favors stricter limits on immigration.
“As long as they’re not sending the message that other illegal aliens will simply be let go, then I don’t have a problem with it.” he said.Illegal Immigrant Crimes, Illegal Immigrant News coalition for humane immigrant rights, coalition for humane immigrant rights of los angeles, criminal convictions, criminal histories, deportation orders, humane immigrant rights, illegal immigrants, immigrant neighborhoods, immigration agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration judges, john morton, national immigration project, national lawyers guild, operations teams, policy advocate, rights advocates
Posted on March 31st, 2009 1 comment
ICE releases workers arrested in Washington raid
The Associated Press
SEATTLE Many of the 28 workers arrested by immigration agents last month in a northwest Washington raid have been released and given permission to work, in another sign of how the Obama administration is handling illegal immigration differently than its predecessor.
The raid at a Yamato Engine Specialists plant in Bellingham was the first mass arrest of immigrants since President Barack Obama took office and appeared to contradict his policy that federal agents focus more on employers who hire undocumented workers than on the workers themselves. Shortly after the arrests, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a review of the raid.
The Bellingham Herald reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave the immigrants work permits or the option of returning to their native country.
Immigrants were released with documents advising them “that per the assistant United States attorney assigned to this case, all persons involved with the Yamato Engine Specialists … should be afforded the benefit of deferred action and an employment authorization document, valid for the duration of this case.”
ICE spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said the workers were released pending further investigation of the engine company and were given the option of work permits. She declined to comment further.
Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of the Bellingham-based immigration advocacy group Community to Community Development, said most of the workers are remaining in the area with their families, and that two were deported.
The workers were released Thursday, she said.
Guillen said workers are expecting more questioning from ICE agents, and may seek legal help.
Shirin Dhanani Makalai, Yamato’s administrative manager, declined to comment.
Workplace raids involving the arrests of hundreds of illegal immigrants at a time became almost routine in the last years of the Bush administration.
Posted on February 24th, 2009 1 comment
Our view: Racial profiling concerns, record number of federal prosecutions for immigration offenses leave a community feeling under siege
There’s but one plausible explanation for the arrest of 24 Hispanic men by federal immigration agents outside a Fells Point convenience store in 2007 – racial profiling. A recently released videotape and government documents detailing the incident provide a vivid look at how easily law enforcement can run amok when officers are only interested in making their numbers look good.
The officers were agents of the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, and they were supposed to be looking for illegal immigrants who had been ordered to leave the country. Their bosses say they were just doing their job. But when their first sweep didn’t produce enough arrests to satisfy their superiors in the agency’s Baltimore office, they went to a local 7-Eleven where day laborers were known to gather and posed as employers. Hispanic men who approached were immediately arrested, while the agents ignored white and African-American customers. That’s a sloppy way of doing the public’s business.
The officers’ conduct tracks the findings of a report last week by the Pew Hispanic Center showing that in 2007, immigration offenses represented nearly a quarter of all federal convictions – up from just 7 percent in 1991 – and that 80 percent of those sentenced were Hispanics.
A similar study by the Transactional Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that immigration cases drove federal prosecutions to new highs in 2008, with a surge in prosecutions near the end of the year. Overall, the annual number of such prosecutions more than quadrupled during the eight years of the Bush administration.
A store videotape captured the Baltimore incident and an internal ICE report on it was obtained by CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy group that is protesting what it calls racial profiling by the agency. The group points to the taped record as well as to statements by the agents as evidence officials knew they had no probable cause for the arrests and that the men were targeted solely because of their ethnicity.
ICE denies the charges. But that’s not likely to satisfy the nation’s Hispanic community, which has born the brunt of anti-immigrant prejudice. In October, another Pew Center study found that 9 percent of Hispanics reported having been stopped by authorities and asked about their immigration status, regardless of whether they were immigrants or native-born U.S. citizens.
Not surprisingly, fully half of those interviewed said the situation for Hispanics in this country has gotten worse over the last year.
America needs a sensible immigration policy to staunch the flow of illegal workers across its borders. But it can’t do that by simply scooping up people on the basis of their race or ethnicity.
It’s worrisome enough when police feel they have to issue a certain number of parking citations or speeding tickets to please the higher-ups, but when the numbers game leads to arresting people who have committed no crime solely on ethnic, racial or religious grounds, it’s pernicious.