Comment Last Three
August 13, 2010
Border agents and DHS government employees are revolting against Obama's back door amnesty program against the illegals coming across our borders. They want to enforce the law and do their jobs, but Obama and his political appointees are trying to block the border agents and the dedicated employees of CBP.
Again, Obama and his administration are not protecting the tax paying American citizens, but playing politics and catering to the left-wing of the Democrat party and open borders crowd. No confidence in Obama---really.
The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unanimously passed a "vote of no confidence" for the agency's leadership, saying ICE has "abandoned" its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.
The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, voted 259-0 for a resolution saying there was "growing dissatisfaction and concern" over the leadership of Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads ICE, and Phyllis Coven, assistant director for the agency's office of detention policy and planning.
The resolution said ICE leadership had "abandoned the agency's core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration laws and providing for public safety," instead directing its attention "to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most U.S. citizens similarly incarcerated.
"It is the desire of our union … to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk," the union said.
In a strongly worded statement, the union and its affiliated local councils said the integrity of the agency "as well as the public safety" would be "better provided for in the absence of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven."
The statement also noted that:
• The majority of ICE's enforcement and removal officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing U.S. immigration laws outside of the jail setting.
• Hundreds of ICE officers nationwide perform no law enforcement duties whatsoever because of resource mismanagement within the agency.
• ICE detention reforms have transformed into a detention system aimed at providing resort-like living conditions to criminal aliens based on recommendations not from ICE officers and field managers, but from "special-interest groups."
• The lack of technical expertise and field experience has resulted in a priority of providing bingo nights, dance lessons and hanging plants to criminals, instead of addressing safe and responsible detention reforms for noncriminal individuals and families.
Our southern border is more dangerous that the borders in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where is the US Department of State when it comes to Mexico and their policy of send millions of illegals across our border? Where is the Department of Justice and Homeland Security on fighting the drug cartels and human trafficking organizations? Our political leaders are absent when it comes to fully enforcing our borders and protecting our rights.
It is all about potential voters and union members.
July 17, 2010
Obama and his Anti-American Holder Justice Department are not enforcing the immigration laws, but are targeting US citizens in Arizona. With Democrat controlled states or cities where "illegal immigrant" sanctuary is the policy, the Justice Department says that they are safe and will not be a target of the federal government.
Again, Obama is again playing politics and not enforcing the law. He is catering to the illegals who he hopes will vote for him and the Democrat Party through fraud (...but they do not care about our Constitution). A week after suing Arizona and arguing that the state's immigration law creates a patchwork of rules, the Obama administration said it will not go after so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement, on the grounds that they are not as bad as a state that "actively interferes."
"There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law," Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., told The Washington Times. "That's what Arizona did in this case."
But the author of the 1996 federal law that requires states and localities to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration laws thinks the administration is misreading the statute and that sanctuary cities are in violation of federal law. Drawing a distinction between those localities and Arizona, he said, is "flimsy justification" for suing the state.
"For the Justice Department to suggest that they won't take action against those who passively violate the law, who fail to comply with the law is absurd," said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and chief author of the 1996 immigration law. "Will they ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Will they ignore banking laws that require disclosure of transactions over $10,000? Of course not."
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws will not face lawsuits like Arizona, which has passed a law on illegal immigrants. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws will not face lawsuits like Arizona, which has passed a law on illegal immigrants.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and other critics said that sanctuary cities--localities that refuse to check on someone's legal status or won't alert immigration authorities when they encounter illegal immigrants-- are just as guilty of creating a patchwork of laws, and violate the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
Once again,The White House is just plain wrong on the law since the Arizona law mirrors federal law and Obama is just trying to gain more support with Hispanics.
Sanctuary policies encourage more criminal, human trafficking, and drug violence in our cities and nation. We must put our military on the border to control our borders and start targeting illegals so they do not get jobs or any government support from the tax payers.
May 07, 2010
Congrats to the Navy Seal in his military trial who has been acquitted of abuse to a terrorist who killed Americans. The Obama administration acted "stupid" in this case. Obama is so intent on making peace with our enemy that he cannot provide American rights to our military.
The Navy Seal team was ordered to capture or kill the terrorist who killed several American contractors. The terrorist said that the military member punched him and this was "mean". They should have killed this guy. With the Obama administration targeting our military and not the Muslim terrorists, our military will still do their job and may not take prisoners.
Support our military, not terrorists.
March 13, 2010
The Obama administration is giving a know terrorist who killed American citizens more rights than our brave members of the Navy Seals. That's right---the Obama liberal justice system is going after five Navy Seals who captured a known and targeted terrorist. What is wrong with this radical attack on our troops who have been given the mission of killing terrorists? These five brave men captured this terrorist and hit him so they are now the bad guys? They should have killed him.
The terrorist who was captured by the American Seal team killed Americans through an ambush in Fallujah , Iraq. Their bodies were dragged around in the streets of the city, then burned and hung from the upper trusses of a bridge. The murderers gathered to celebrate and have their photos taken with the trophy.
A Navy Seal team was formed to go after this terrorist and now are facing criminal charges because, somewhere along the timeline of his capture, the terrorist murderer suffered a school-yard fat lip, his captors are now being charged with nothing short of war crimes and facing discharge and imprisonment.
So, instead of celebration of justice served and heroes honored, these men are facing trial and prison because they hit a terrorist.
The mother of slain Blackwater guard Jerry Zovko drove from Ohio to give each of the accused SEALs a blessed rosary and lend them her support. "These young SEALs are in this situation because they caught the mastermind behind the death of my son (and others), and not only my son and his co-workers but also the marines who went into Fallujah after their death," said Donna Zovko. "I am very proud of these young SEALs and thankful to them. They did not do anything wrong."
I perceive more symptoms of a sickness, a corruption of the nation's heart and soul. I am tempted to label it 'liberalism' or 'progressivism', but those too are just symptoms of the infection. But this is nothing new, I recognized these symptoms four decades ago in the shameful treatment of our warriors returning from Vietnam, in the acceptance of Marines bombed in Beirut, in the ho-hum yawn of media coverage of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), in the return to mental numbness after 9/11, prosecution of the Marines of Haditha, assault of recruiters across the country, anti-war protesters at the gates of Walter Reed Army Hospital...
Our nation must stand up and support our Navy Seals and demand that the Obama liberal justice system be stopped. Our military must be supported in time of war or bring them home. Better yet, we need to throw out this anti-American administration and put a real President in the White House who supports the values of our military and society.
November 25, 2009
We in Maryland have a state supported organization that helps illegals and thinks that they are above the law. When will citizens of Maryland stop supporting payments to CASA of Maryland? Our police do their job to protect us and they get sued by a left-wing organization that has the support of the Governor. If Maryland stopped providing support to illegal aliens, we taxpayers would save $500 M a year.
Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, among others, is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by a Hispanic immigrant. Roxana Orellana Santos' $1 million suit alleges that her civil rights were violated when two of Jenkins' deputies approached and subsequently arrested her in Frederick last October.
Santos claims she was simply eating lunch outdoors when she was profiled by the deputies because of her appearance. Kerry O'Brien is the director of services for CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organization, and one of several groups that has taken up Santos' cause. O'Brien's position is that Santos was neither committing a crime when she was arrested, nor charged with one after being detained.
Perhaps not, but is that the real issue here? The two deputies on the scene said Santos tried to hide when she saw them -- behavior that properly aroused their suspicion. A routine search on a national database turned up a federal immigration warrant, and, after discovering that, the deputies arrested Santos. Many in Frederick County no doubt find it ironic that a person in deportation proceedings is suing the law enforcement agency that identified her as a candidate for deportation. Frankly, we do too.
Those same folks may also see this lawsuit as an attempt to target Frederick County's participation in the federal 287(g) program, in which the sheriff's office, under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines and supervision, identifies lawbreaking illegal immigrants and refers them to ICE for potential deportation.
O'Brien claims 287(g) is designed to identify serious/violent crimes, but to date about 90 percent of those processed under the program were accused of misdemeanor offenses. Jenkins has interpreted the program to include offenses such as traffic violations. In the end, this lawsuit is a manifestation of the federal government trying to have it both ways.
On the one hand it has the 287(g) program to identify illegal immigrants, but on the other hand it said the program should focus only on criminal/dangerous illegal immigrants. What do you do when a person driving drunk or revoked turns out to be an illegal immigrant?
Jenkins' approach has been to refer to ICE anyone who, through normal police activity, is identified as an illegal immigrant. That would include scofflaw drivers -- and Santos as well if, as the deputies said, she attempted to elude them.
We are incredulous that Santos could be successful in this. Think of it. A woman is approached by police because of suspicious behavior, and while questioning her they discover federal immigration authorities have issued a warrant for her. They take her into custody and refer her to immigration officials. And they did what wrong? Now, while in deportation proceedings, Santos is suing the sheriff and others for a cool million.
The outcome of Santos' suit could have national implications; it could even be, as Jenkins says, a "powder keg." One thing is certain - folks in Frederick County won't be the only ones following the progress of Santos' lawsuit through the courts.
October 17, 2009
The below is an article from the Washington Times on an ICE program to enforce illegal immigration trhough the 287 (g) program. Every local and state police agency should be "forced" to adopt all federal programs that enforce US immigration laws or not receive any federal funds. To protect American citizens and taxpayers, Congress must design legislation that will enforce our laws or deny federal funding if local or state police agencies decide that they will not enforce our immigration laws. This will put pressure on local politicians who want open borders.
Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton today announced standardized Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) with 67 state and local law enforcement agencies to participate in 287(g) partnerships-improving public safety by prioritizing criminal aliens who are a threat to local communities, ensuring consistent and uniform policies and providing a force multiplier for ICE's immigration enforcement efforts across the country.
"Coordinating with our state and local partners is important to smart and effective enforcement of our immigration laws," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "These new agreements promote public safety by prioritizing the identification and removal of dangerous criminal aliens and ensure consistency and stronger federal oversight of state and local immigration law enforcement efforts across the nation. The rules set forth in these agreements will enhance our efforts to work together effectively with our local partners."
"These new partnerships are an essential tool for law enforcement to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from local communities," said Assistant Secretary Morton. "Standardizing these agreements allows us to better use the resources and capabilities of our law enforcement partners, facilitates accountability and ensures that all participating jurisdictions are following uniform standards throughout the country."
The state and local law enforcement partnerships announced today conform to the standardized 287(g) MOA announced by Secretary Janet Napolitano and Assistant Secretary Morton in July-strengthening ICE's overall immigration enforcement strategy by aligning local operations with ICE's major priorities, specifically the identification and removal of criminal aliens.
The 287(g) program acts as a force multiplier, training officers from local jurisdictions to carry out smart, effective immigration enforcement efforts aligned with ICE priorities. Throughout the country, 1,075 local officers have been trained through 287(g)-bolstering national immigration enforcement efforts and saving hundreds of millions of dollars.
From January 2009 to date, 287(g)-trained local officers are credited with the removal of approximately 24,000 aliens nationwide and have identified 48 percent more criminal aliens than during the same period in 2008.
The new partnerships include the Jail Model, in which local law enforcement agencies designate Jail Enforcement Officers to identify aliens already incarcerated within their detention facilities who are eligible for removal, as well as the Federal Task Force Model, in which agencies designate officers to work with Federal agents in locating, processing and removing criminal aliens from the United States.
55 agreements have been signed by ICE and the partnering agency; 12 agreements have been reached and await approval by the local jurisdiction's supervisory authority; and Six agreements have negotiations underway.
Six jurisdictions did not re-sign the new 287(g) agreement or withdrew during negotiations for a variety of reasons, including implementation of the Secure Communities program, budgetary constraints and limited program utilization.
The new MOA clearly defines the objectives of the 287(g) program, outlines the immigration enforcement authorities granted by the agreement and provides guidelines for ICE's supervision of local agency officer operations-including information reporting and tracking, complaint procedures, and implementation measures.
To address concerns that individuals may be arrested for minor offenses as a guise to initiate removal proceedings, the new agreement requires participating local law enforcement agencies to pursue all criminal charges that originally caused the offender to be taken into custody.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 added Section 287(g) to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes the DHS Secretary to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies to perform immigration officer functions. Pursuant to these agreements, designated officers who receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn ICE officers are permitted to perform immigration law enforcement duties.
February 26, 2009
With the drug war on our southern border, why does the Obama administration want to stop ICE from doing its job? Illegal immigrants are the root cause of our drug and gang crisis as they stream illegally across our borders. Why does Obama and the open-border groups want illegal Mexicans and others in the US? It is all about political power, votes, and unions. We want the government to protect us, our country, and our rights.
Immigrant rights groups blasted President Obama on Wednesday for breaking what they called his "personal commitment" to change Bush-era immigration raids after U.S. authorities raided an engine machine shop in Washington state and detained illegal immigrants. The Obama administration itself seemed taken aback by the raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano vowing to Congress that she would "get to the bottom of this."
"The secretary is not happy and this is not her policy," a Homeland Security official said Wednesday evening, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the secretary's review is ongoing. White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said "these raids are not a long-term solution."
"Secretary Napolitano is conducting a thorough review of ICE, including enforcement," Mr. Shapiro said. "The president believes we must respect due process and our best values as we enforce the law. The real answer to our broken immigration system is to fix it. The president has said that we will start the immigration reform debate this year, and this continues to be the plan."
The raid in Bellingham, Wash., was the first major workplace enforcement action since Mr. Obama took office, but the second time a law enforcement action has angered the White House.
In a statement, ICE said the raid was the result of a gang investigation.
Ms. Napolitano said she expects ICE actions at work sites to focus on employers "who intentionally and knowingly exploit the illegal labor market." "That has impacts on American workers, it has impacts on wage levels, often has undue impacts on the illegal workers themselves, and our ICE efforts should be focused on those sorts of things and we should really have thought through the prosecutions that are going to result and the deportations that will result after any sort of work-force action," she said.
With this kind of attitude and lack of security enforcement, why should Ms. Napolitano be Secretary of Homeland Security?
February 09, 2009
Below is an article in the Washington Times on how the ACLU and Open-Border Mexican groups target American citizens who try to protect their property against illegal immigrants. The US Department of Justice and Homeland Security are not protecting Americans against the invasion of millions of illegals. Why?
16 illegals sue Arizona rancher
Jerry Seper (Contact)
An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.
His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.
Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.
The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.
Attorneys for the immigrants - five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States - have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at "gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women."
In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett's dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."
The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.
In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett's attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.
Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.