Comment Last Three
July 06, 2010
Obama and the DOJ have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to enforcing our borders and protecting legal American citizens. They are are the side of illegal aliens---not law abiding US citizens.
The federal government took a momentous step into the immigration debate Tuesday when it filed a lawsuit seeking to throw out Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, calling it a law that blatantly violates the Constitution. The Arizona law enforced federal law and Obama is paying back all of the illegals and Hispanics that voted for him--what an idoit for a President. Where is DHS in securing the border?
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix sets the stage for a high-stakes legal clash over states rights at a time when politicians across the country have indicated they want to follow Arizona's lead on the toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.
The legal action represents a thorough denunciation by the government of Arizona's action, declaring that the law will "cause the detention and harassment of authorized visitors, immigrants and citizens who do not have or carry identification documents" while altogether ignoring "humanitarian concerns" and harming diplomatic relations.
Supporters of the law say the suit was an unnecessary action by the federal government after years of neglecting problems at the border. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer called the lawsuit "a terribly bad decision."
Arizona passed the law after years of frustration over problems associated with illegal immigration, including drug trafficking, kidnappings and murders. The state is the biggest gateway into the U.S. for illegal immigrants, and is home to an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants.
The law requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if there's a reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally. The law also makes it a state crime for legal immigrants to not carry their immigration documents and bans day laborers and people who seek their services from blocking traffic on streets.
Other states have said they want to take similar action — a scenario the government cited as a reason for bringing the lawsuit.
"The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country," the suit says.
The heart of the legal arguments focus on the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, a theory that says federal laws override state laws. The lawsuit says there are comprehensive federal laws on the books that cover illegal immigration — and that those statutes take precedent.
"In our constitutional system, the federal government has pre-eminent authority to regulate immigration matters," the lawsuit says. "This authority derives from the United States Constitution and numerous acts of Congress. The nation's immigration laws reflect a careful and considered balance of national law enforcement, foreign relations, and humanitarian interests."
The government is seeking an injunction to delay the July 29 implementation of the law until the case is resolved. It ultimately wants the law struck down.
State Sen. Russell Pearce, the principal sponsor of the bill co-sponsored by dozens of fellow Republican legislators, denounced the lawsuit as "absolute insult to the rule of law" as well as to Arizona and its residents.
"It's outrageous and it's clear they don't want (immigration) laws enforced. What they want is to continue their non-enforcement policy," Pearce said. "They ignore the damage to America, the cost to our citizens, the deaths" tied to border-related violence.
The lawsuit is sure to have legal and political ramifications beyond Arizona as the courts weigh in on balancing power between the states and the federal government and politicians invoke the immigration issue in this crucial election year.
Reflecting the political delicacy of the issue, three Democratic members of Congress in Arizona asked the Obama administration not to bring the suit in a year when they face tough re-election battles. On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain is locked into a tough primary fight as his right-leaning GOP challenger takes him to task for his earlier promotion of comprehensive immigration reform, which he has since abandoned in favor of a message to "Complete the danged fence."
The case focuses heavily on the legal argument called pre-emption — an issue that has been around since the Founding Fathers declared that the laws of the United States "shall be the supreme Law of the land."
The Obama administration's reliance on the pre-emption argument in the Arizona case marks the latest chapter in its use of this legal tool.
Within months of taking office, the Obama White House directed department heads to undertake pre-emption of state law only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the states.
The 2009 directive was aimed at reversing Bush administration policy which had aggressively employed preemption in an effort to undermine a wide range of state health, safety and environmental laws.
"The case strikes me as incredibly important because of its implications for the immigration debate," said University of Michigan constitutional law professor Julian Davis Mortenson. "The courts are going to take a close look at whether the Arizona law conflicts with congressional objectives at the federal level."
Kris Kobach, the University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor who helped draft the Arizona law, said he's not surprised by the Justice Department's challenge but called it "unnecessary."
He noted that the law already is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups opposed to the new statute.
"The issue was already teed up in the courts. There's no reason for the Justice Department to get involved. The Justice Department doesn't add anything by bringing their own lawsuit," Kobach said in an interview.
Obama is playing Chicago style politics and is attacking the voters and US citizens who did not vote for him. Just like the Black Panther case, he is siding with the criminals. Mr. Obama---be a real President and enforce the laws for US citizens.
March 28, 2010
Below is an article by George Will concerning the birth rights of babies born to illegals. The US Congress must stop this crazy idea that babies of illegals are US citizens. This illegal right brings millions of illegals to the US and this must stop. Our elected politicians are not doing their job of protecting American citizens and protecting our Constitution.
An argument to be made about immigrant babies and citizenship
By George F. Will
Sunday, March 28, 2010; A15 Washington Post
A simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration.
To end the practice of "birthright citizenship," all that is required is to correct the misinterpretation of that amendment's first sentence: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside." From these words has flowed the practice of conferring citizenship on children born here to illegal immigrants.
A parent from a poor country, writes professor Lino Graglia of the University of Texas law school, "can hardly do more for a child than make him or her an American citizen, entitled to all the advantages of the American welfare state." Therefore, "It is difficult to imagine a more irrational and self-defeating legal system than one which makes unauthorized entry into this country a criminal offense and simultaneously provides perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry."
Writing in the Texas Review of Law and Politics, Graglia says this irrationality is rooted in a misunderstanding of the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." What was this intended or understood to mean by those who wrote it in 1866 and ratified it in 1868? The authors and ratifiers could not have intended birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants because in 1868 there were and never had been any illegal immigrants because no law ever had restricted immigration.
If those who wrote and ratified the 14th Amendment had imagined laws restricting immigration -- and had anticipated huge waves of illegal immigration -- is it reasonable to presume they would have wanted to provide the reward of citizenship to the children of the violators of those laws? Surely not.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 begins with language from which the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause is derived: "All persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States." (Emphasis added.) The explicit exclusion of Indians from birthright citizenship was not repeated in the 14th Amendment because it was considered unnecessary. Although Indians were at least partially subject to U.S. jurisdiction, they owed allegiance to their tribes, not the United States. This reasoning -- divided allegiance -- applies equally to exclude the children of resident aliens, legal as well as illegal, from birthright citizenship. Indeed, today's regulations issued by the departments of Homeland Security and Justice stipulate:
"A person born in the United States to a foreign diplomatic officer accredited to the United States, as a matter of international law, is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. That person is not a United States citizen under the 14th Amendment."
Sen. Lyman Trumbull of Illinois was, Graglia writes, one of two "principal authors of the citizenship clauses in 1866 act and the 14th Amendment." He said that "subject to the jurisdiction of the United States" meant subject to its "complete" jurisdiction, meaning "not owing allegiance to anybody else." Hence children whose Indian parents had tribal allegiances were excluded from birthright citizenship.
Appropriately, in 1884 the Supreme Court held that children born to Indian parents were not born "subject to" U.S. jurisdiction because, among other reasons, the person so born could not change his status by his "own will without the action or assent of the United States." And "no one can become a citizen of a nation without its consent." Graglia says this decision "seemed to establish" that U.S. citizenship is "a consensual relation, requiring the consent of the United States." So: "This would clearly settle the question of birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens. There cannot be a more total or forceful denial of consent to a person's citizenship than to make the source of that person's presence in the nation illegal."
Congress has heard testimony estimating that more than two-thirds of all births in Los Angeles public hospitals, and more than half of all births in that city, and nearly 10 percent of all births in the nation in recent years, have been to mothers who are here illegally. Graglia seems to establish that there is no constitutional impediment to Congress ending the granting of birthright citizenship to those whose presence here is "not only without the government's consent but in violation of its law."
March 27, 2010
Due to the lack of security on our southern border, we are experiencing increased drug and gang violence across our country. This is totally due to the administration not securing our borders. When will the elected leaders of our nation start securing our borders with our military? It will take military force on both sides of the border to stop the drugs and violence.
Mexican drug cartels formed new alliances in 2009 with violent American street and prison gangs that helped tighten their stranglehold on the lucrative U.S. narcotics market, but competition among Mexican smugglers remains fierce and threatens more bloodshed in the United States, according to a Justice Department report.
The 2010 Drug Threat Assessment, released Thursday, also says Mexican drug cartels control most of the illicit cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine trade into the U.S., along with much of the marijuana distribution. The cartels' tentacles reach every state, including some unexpected rural areas of the U.S.
"The growing strength and organization of criminal gangs, including their growing alliances with large Mexican [drug trafficking organiza[JUMP]tions], has changed the nature of midlevel and retail drug distribution in many local drug markets, even in suburban and rural areas," says the National Drug Intelligence Center report.
"As a result, disrupting illicit drug availability and distribution will become increasingly difficult for state and local law enforcement agencies." According to the report, the Mexican connection benefits U.S. street gangs, as they are able to buy drugs directly from the cartels, which enables the gangs to flood the streets with less expensive drugs by cutting out midlevel wholesale dealers.
As an example, according to the report, members of the Chicago-based Latin Kings gang in Midland, Texas, now purchase cocaine directly from Mexican traffickers for $16,000 to $18,000 a kilogram. Those drugs then can be shipped directly to Chicago, where it would have cost the gang nearly $30,000 more to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from a midlevel wholesaler.
"With this savings," the report says, "the gang undersells other local dealers who do not have the capacity to buy large wholesale quantities directly from Mexican [drug trafficking organizations] in Mexico or along the Southwest border." The street gangs also prove useful to the cartels. The report says drug traffickers use gang members in Mexico and, to a lesser extent, in the U.S., especially in Texas and California, to protect smuggling routes, collect debts and kill rival traffickers.
"Gang members who are U.S. citizens are a particularly valuable asset to Mexican [drug trafficking organizations] because they can normally cross the U.S.-Mexico border with less law enforcement scrutiny and therefore are less likely to have illicit drug loads interdicted," the report says.
Despite the worries of U.S. law enforcement, a vast majority of the violence still occurs on the Mexican side of the border. In 2009, according to unofficial estimates, as many as 8,000 people in Mexico, including 800 police and military officers, were killed as the cartels fought over smuggling corridors and responded to increased attention from authorities.
Mr. President---Stop supporting the illegals and the criminals---start enforcing the law and securing our nation. Your number one job is to protect American citizens.
December 16, 2009
Liberal Democrats are trying once again to give illegal aliens our American rights, just like the captured terrorists in our prison in Cuba. What is wrong with these liberal elected officials? Don't they understand our history, our rights under the Constitution, and our laws? We must fight these elected officials and stand up for our rights so they do not GIVE our rights to people who are not supposed to be in our country and cost us billions of dollars.
House Democrats Massive Amnesty Bill
Certain to Encounter Fierce Public Opposition, Predicts FAIR
December 15, 2009
(Washington, D.C) The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) described the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) as wholesale sell-out of the interests of the American people. The bill being introduced today by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and over 90 Democrats is certain to meet fierce public opposition.
CIR ASAP would grant amnesty to virtually every illegal alien in the United States and vastly increase future flows of low-skilled, low-wage immigrants. The legislation focuses exclusively on satisfying the demands of illegal aliens, ethnic interest groups and cheap labor employers, while offering nothing that serves the interests of law-abiding Americans.
"At a time when some 25 million Americans are either unemployed or relegated to part-time work, the last thing the Democratic majority ought to be focused on is a massive amnesty and immigration expansion bill," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Legalizing millions of low-skill, low-wage workers who would depend heavily on government services is simply bad immigration policy at any point in time. When the federal government is running a $1.4 trillion deficit, and numerous state and local governments are facing fiscal crises, it represents the epitome of irresponsibility."
In addition to granting amnesty to millions of immigration lawbreakers for the bargain basement price of $500, CIR ASAP would:
·Weaken immigration enforcement at the borders and in the interior of the country.
·Vastly expand the ability of illegal aliens to fight their removal from the U.S. (in many cases with U.S. taxpayers footing the bill).
·Preempt state laws that assist in immigration enforcement.
·Dramatically increase both employment-based and family-based immigration.
·Eliminate federal/local enforcement cooperation agreements.
"CIR ASAP offers nothing to law-abiding Americans, except more competition for scare jobs, higher taxes, and more government deficits," Stein said. "While American families are feeling the pain of this deep and protracted recession, Rep. Gutierrez, with the backing of the Democratic leadership and the White House, seems to be focused on political payoffs for a narrow group of amnesty obsessed constituencies.
"If congressional leaders were surprised by the intensity of public opposition to amnesty legislation in 2007, when unemployment hovered around 4.6 percent, they had better brace themselves for an even stronger reaction in 2010. CIR ASAP amounts to a fire sale on American citizenship and American jobs and the public will make its voice heard loudly again in 2010," predicted Stein.
December 09, 2009
Montgomery County and Maryland are a "safe-zone" for illegal aliens due to liberal Democrat elected officials' policy. Illegals cost the state of Maryland $1.4 Billion in taxpayer funds annually. This does not count the human suffering from ID theft, crime, and murder of Montgomery County citizens by illegal aliens.
Even the police union is suing the county and Ike Leggett over its "hands-off" policy dealing with illegals. Leggett and the Police Chief have sent a clear message to all illegals---come to Montgomery County and we will NOT arrest you unless you commit murder (and if we arrest you, we will not report you to ICE).
County, police union in showdown over illegal-immigration policy
By: Alan Suderman
Examiner Staff Writer
December 7, 2009
Montgomery County and the Fraternal Order of Police union could be headed to court over the county police department's policy for handling illegal immigrants, according to the union's lawyer.
FOP attorney Paul Stein said the county's policy was "unconstitutional" and dangerous to the county's police officers and residents.
In a letter to County Attorney Leon Rodriguez, Stein asked for justification of the policy, which limits officers' ability to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Union officials have complained that the county's immigration policies are politically motivated and hamper efforts to gather information on suspected criminals.
In February, the county changed its policy so ICE would be contacted when police arrested anyone, including illegal immigrants, in a violent or handgun-related crime. The policy came in response to a string of high-profile violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the county.
In September, the police department sent out a memo to officers emphasizing that federal immigration authorities should not be contacted after arresting someone based on solely gang affiliation or immigration status.
The September memo also indicated that officers needed to first get approval from the department before assisting ICE agents.
That memo came after an illegal immigrant, who said he was a former gang member, accused police of assaulting him and turning him over to ICE after he complained about the department.
Rodriguez told The Examiner he believed the county's policy was legal, but has not responded directly to the union. County Executive Ike Leggett and police department officials have said the policy helps foster a sense of trust between the police officers and the county's illegal immigrant population.
Stein said the union wanted to avoid a legal showdown, but if there were issues that couldn't be resolved, then "a court might have to resolve it."
He said his officers felt handcuffed in doing their jobs, which include regularly communicating with other government agencies.
The policy "on its face and in application limits our police officers from communicating with ICE until some horrible or horrendous crime occurs, such as first-degree murder, multiple murders, abduction of a 16-year-old for immoral purposes, first-degree sex assault," Stein said.
Stein also pointed out that federal law prohibited the county from "restricting communication" from its officers to ICE "regarding immigration status of any individual."
October 25, 2009
For years I have witnessed and said that the illegal trafficking of humans and drugs has caused great damage to our southwest environment. I have personally seen thousnds of tons of trash that includes empty water bottles, clothes, boxes, backpacks, and human waste along our southern border from Texas to California. The humanitarian groups, ACLU, and other left wing environmental groups that target businesses who want to log or drill for oil do not say anything about the illegals destroying our southwest environment and national forests.
Michael M. Hawkes, manager of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, reaches across his desk and pulls out a homemade blue-and-red bumper sticker that reads, "Littering is always a crime." An estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants traversed Buenos Aires, AZ 118,000 acres in 2007, leaving tons of trash, rusting abandoned cars, biologically hazardous waste and vehicle tracks that reduced parts of the landscape to a dusty wasteland.
That hurts just about every aspect of the refuge's mission, which was established in 1985 to try to preserve the endangered masked bobwhite quail, one of seven endangered species on the refuge. In the last two years, though, border security has been built up, with more manpower and a fence across the entire refuge boundary with Mexico. The result, according to Mr. Hawkes: The number of illegal crossers dropped to 20,600 in fiscal year 2009, or just 7 percent of what it was in 2007. Abandoned cars dropped from 100 in 2007 to zero in the most recent 12-month period. The land near the fence is already recovering.
Along with the illegals doing damage to our environment, it turns out that on the U.S.-Mexico border, the humanitarian groups that drop gallon jugs of water on public lands to help illegal immigrants crossing the rugged borderlands also are responsible for this damage. Mr. Hawkes says dealing with those groups now takes up most of his time, and it only builds on top of the pile of other pressures — an army of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers, some of them armed, facing off against the U.S. Border Patrol — that have transformed his wildlife sanctuary into ground zero for the nation's immigration wars.
Extreme environmental damage happens every day along the U.S.-Mexico border on personal ranches, refuges, Indian reservations, national forests and the rest of the federal lands that make up 40 percent of the boundary between the two countries.
The clear losers in the clash are the land, and the plants and animals that live on the edge in this beautiful but precarious environment — innocent bystanders caught up in an escalating, seemingly endless war between the immigrants, smugglers and the drug cartels and the authorities charged with catching them.
It is time for the Obama administration to stop this damage to our southwest desert and target the ones that damage our lands, plants, and animals. The border fence works and more must be accomplished to stop human trafficking across our borders.
August 03, 2009
Below is an article from a local newspaper. The citizens of Maryland have been waiting for a long time for the elected officials to enforce the law and stop funding the illegals coming into Maryland. We will see if it is real!!!!
Maryland to be part of effort to identify ‘criminal aliens'
Inmates will be checked against federal databases
In one of President Barack Obama's first forays into immigration reform, Maryland's five largest jurisdictions are expected to implement a federal program next year that cross-checks the fingerprints of everyone processed in their jails against federal databases to better identify illegal immigrants.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Secure Communities" program was introduced in 50 jurisdictions last year and is projected to be in all of the nation's local jails by 2013. Montgomery, Prince George's, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore city will be the state's first jurisdictions to take part.
Under the program, local law enforcement agents run every inmate's fingerprints through an FBI database and a database of all legal immigrants. Inmates determined to be illegal immigrants are flagged to be deported after they serve their sentence.
ICE says Secure Communities will prioritize for deportation violent criminals serving sentences longer than a year.
The Secure Communities program, however, has its share of detractors. Some defense attorneys and immigrant advocates say that early deportations are common, sometimes even before a suspect's trial. And, critics charge that previous enforcement efforts were supposed to prioritize dangerous criminals but sometimes failed to do so.
"Everybody is in a state of confusion," said Kerry O'Brien, director of the legal team for Casa of Maryland. "ICE is sending very mixed signals. Sometimes it's only the worst criminals, other times it's a fingerprint box and a piece of software."
In their fiscal 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bills, the House earlier this summer approved $200 million for Secure Communities and the Senate, $196 million. Conference committee review is expected in the fall.
Once approved, the five Maryland jurisdictions will implement Secure Communities sometime in 2010, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham. The rest of Maryland should be enrolled by 2013.
In Montgomery County, news of Secure Communities comes less than six months after County Executive Isiah Leggett began requiring county police to send ICE the names of everyone arrested and charged with crimes of violence and gun violations.
Questions over the logistics of implementing Secure Communities and whether local jurisdictions can opt out have yet to be answered.
County Attorney Leon Rodriguez will hash over those issues with ICE officials Sept. 3, but so far, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) does not see cause for concern, said his spokesman, Patrick K. Lacefield.
"This is going to be happening in the entire country; this is the shape of things to come," Lacefield said. "We have always said that immigration is the feds' responsibility. Well, here they're saying they're going to do this piece."
"It's just a question of roll-out and a question of detail," Lacefield added.
A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was unable to find any city staffers who were aware that the city was slated for the program.
A spokesman for Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson was unfamiliar with Secure Communities and was not able to contact county staff who were.
Criminal deportations soaring
Under ICE's Criminal Alien Program, federal agents already pore over inmate logs sent by local jails. The agency estimates that the United States has between 300,000 and 450,000 immigrants serving time in local, state and federal prisons.
The number of immigration warrants issued through the Criminal Alien Program skyrocketed from fewer than 32,000 in 2006 to more than 220,000 last year.
ICE has doubled the number of criminals it has picked up for deportation from Montgomery County jails each of the past two years. In 2007, ICE removed 172 such inmates from county jails, according to county officials. In 2008, the number mushroomed to 274, and through July 28, agents have picked up 320 for deportation this year.
ICE officials would not comment on what is driving the increase in Montgomery County, but did point out that funding for the deportations from the nation's jails grew from $138 million in fiscal 2007 to $189 million in fiscal 2009.
Possibly a ‘powerful tool'
Marc Rosenblum, senior policy analyst for the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute, says Secure Communities should prove a "powerful tool" in identifying dangerous criminals for deportation.
He said that unlike ICE's controversial 287g program, which enables officers to make immigration-based arrests, Secure Communities doesn't rely on nuanced training and the discretion of local law enforcement officials.
But the program is so new that advocates have yet to gauge how prioritizing the worst criminals plays out at a community level.
"That is a little bit opaque; we don't know how that's going to work," Rosenblum said.
Immigrant advocates worry Secure Communities could encourage local officers to make arrests along ethnic or racial lines and that it will damage immigrants' trust of local police.
Montgomery County's shift in immigration policy dealt a blow to that relationship, and Secure Communities will only deepen the mistrust, said O'Brien, of Casa of Maryland, which has joined a national campaign against the program.
"It's very disappointing," O'Brien said. "If it comes through as pre-conviction checking and deportation for minor crimes and accusation of minor crimes, it's completely devastating.
"Every single person who goes into a jail gets screened, so the word on the street is going to be that if you have a beer in the park and get caught, you're going to be deported. All cooperation will dry up."
July 25, 2009
Again, we have an American citizen and federal border agent killed by an illegal alien. Our southern border is as dangerous as the Iraq-Iran border. We must have Mexican and US troops on the border along with the double fence authorized by the US Congress.
FBI Special Agent Keith Slotter said Friday investigators are checking hospitals and other medical facilities in hopes of tracking down the suspect or suspects who killed agent Robert Wilmer Rosas late Thursday after he responded to a Border Patrol call near Campo, a remote area of San Diego County.
The agent was killed by drug smugglers who are illegal immigrants trying to cross the border. "I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our own," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Secretary has weakened the enforcement of the CBP since she took over the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Napolitano said she had directed the department to use its full resources to aid in the murder investigation.
The agent spotted a suspicious group of people Thursday night in the Campo area near the Mexican border and called for additional agents to help track them, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Daryl Reed said. When the suspicious group split up, the agent followed some of the suspects on his own, Mr. Reed said.
Other agents lost radio contact with him shortly after 9 p.m. then heard gunshots. They found Mr. Rosas, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said he was shot in the head.
The president of the union representing 17,000 Border Patrol agents declined to discuss the details of the shooting but said his organization has long been concerned about staffing levels and situations in which agents work alone in the field. He said such situations are not uncommon, even in the roughly 60 miles of border covered by the San Diego sector. "It's fairly common for our agents throughout San Diego County and the rest of the country to work without a partner," said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council. "They each have separate vehicles, and it's a matter of concern with us."
The Border Patrol said the agent was 30 and was a three-year veteran who is survived by his wife, a 2-year-old son and an 11-month-old daughter. Our support goes out to his family.
We can use high-tech geospatial solutions to assist the border agents and help prevent deaths due to illegal aliens.
June 23, 2009
Montgomery County's elected officials have an "Open Door" policy to all illegal immigrants and they wonder why we have a gang issue!!! Below is an article in the Washington Times covering the gang issues. Citizens in Montgomery County must see the facts and understand that our criminal issues are directly related to the acceptance of illegal immigrants by our politicans. Maybe with the election in 2010, citizens will make a change and vote these politicians out of office who do not enforce the law.
On the evening of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, a watchful full moon illuminates the Silver Spring Metro station, where "Ghost," 24, of Langley Park, interacts with passersby and lets them know that he has "nicks goin' quick."
While he openly hustles $5 bags of marijuana, or "nicks," he downplays Montgomery County's gang activity.
Montgomery County has only "Faker Bloods. Fake Crips. Just unorganized wannabes. The only thing serious is MS-13. Nothing else - wannabes. Trying too hard," says Ghost, who asked that his full name not be used.
With more than a half dozen visible tattoos, he says that whenever the police see him, they will automatically operate under the assumption that he is gang-affiliated.
"Some gang members don't have typical identification markers. You won't know they're a gang member until they bust your head in and throw up that sign," Ghost says.
He insists that he is not in a gang and doesn't "gang-bang." Instead, he "mobs" - or hustles - with a large but loose group of what he termed as "islanders."
As certain areas of Montgomery County have undergone the transformation from rural to predominantly urbanized suburbs of the District, problems historically associated with inner-city life have moved beyond their traditional boundaries.
On June 1, Montgomery County's elected officials announced the appointment of Victor DelPino as the new chief of the county's gang-prosecution unit in the State's Attorney's Office.
Mr. DelPino, 33, a Silver Spring native, began working with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office five years ago and was a member of the first gang-prosecution unit in Maryland when that agency announced the creation of a gang task force in 2007.
The unit is in place to attack the issue of gang activity "proactively," and has been instrumental in "training prosecutors to handle [gang] cases appropriately," Mr. DelPino said. His immediate staff consists of five prosecutors and three investigators.
Becoming the first Hispanic to lead a trial unit in county history, Mr. DelPino wants to make it clear that gang activity is not isolated to one particular ethnic group or national origin.
The diversity of Montgomery County is reflected in the diversity that county police see in gang membership, Mr. DelPino said.
In Montgomery County, gangs can have a "multicultural membership" that is rarely seen in other parts of the country, Mr. DelPino said.
He acknowledged that county law enforcement has seen the growth of local Bloods, who use the same name and brand as the gang started in Los Angeles, but there has not been any evidence to support a linkage between localized sets and the larger national organization.
Mr. DelPino acknowledged the sensitivity of branding a certain individual or group of individuals as being gang-affiliated. The county has an intense validation process to verify active gang members, and acknowledges that his office "takes it very serious."
"Before we mention 'gang' in open court, we make sure the validation process is correct," he said.
Mr. DelPino's office is actively reaching out to members of the community and speaking at schools and public hearings. The objective of his office is to "develop a unified front within the county, because everyone is on the same team, with the same goal. We want kids to not join gangs, to have alternatives, and ultimately be successful."
According to county police, 5 percent of all county crime is gang-related. The county has about 40 active gangs and 1,150 gang members of all backgrounds, according to the state's attorney's Web site.
Montgomery County initially began tracking gang activity in 1992 with a "gang intelligence" database.
Last November's shooting death of a 14-year-old high school freshman on a Ride-On-Bus in Silver Spring and the stabbing death of a 15-year-old in Gaithersburg's Malcolm King Park in January reminded county officials that, despite the additional prosecutorial and prevention resources they have developed, the county does have a gang problem that poses a threat to public safety for all county residents, according to several county officials.
A March report by Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger states, "Our gang investigators were very busy in 2008. Although overall gang-related crime was down for 2008, burglaries and robberies were up significantly."
The report states that "the Central Business Districts of Silver Spring and Wheaton have a disproportionate amount of robberies and aggravated assaults."
According to the state's attorney's office, the county has an "'all crimes' approach" to gang activity, from trespassing offenses to homicide. If committed by a known gang member, the crime is tracked by Mr. DelPino's office. Since the creation of the gang-prosecution task force in 2007, Montgomery County has prosecuted nearly 1,000 gang-related offenses, although a single individual can account for multiple offenses.
Mr. DelPino said that although gang activity has been documented in all police districts in the county, certain areas of the county have a greater concentration of gang activity . In these areas, he explained, "We are seeing recruitment at an early age, and county residents have shared their great concern when seeing older kids hanging out at elementary schools."
"It is important we recognize that there are more kids in-county doing well, being of benefit to society than those who are detrimental," Mr. DelPino said.
Ashley Peters, 17, who grew up near First and Kennedy streets in Northwest Washington, is currently a student at Wheaton Senior High School. She is not in a gang, but thinks "the police set a certain image on all teens that all of us are no good and in gangs, which is not true."
Ashley concedes she did not think there was crime in the suburbs "until I moved to Wheaton, where I have witnessed innocent citizens robbed on the bus for iPods and cell phones."
She now says, "Everywhere, never let your guard down."
First-term Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich, who taught for more than 15 years at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, sees the county's dedication of resources toward gang prevention as a smaller element of the broader countywide effort to advance positive youth development.
Montgomery County's approach to gang prevention and youth development has changed, Mr. Elrich said.
"People are finally acknowledging there is a gang issue. We spent a lot of time avoiding the reality," he said. "You can't develop programming if you don't acknowledge the problem."
Currently, Mr. Elrich said, he is working to create a countywide coalition that brings together after-school programming and consolidates services in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of appropriate services on youth development.
He said the county needs more educational alternatives to discourage youths from turning to the streets.
Mr. Elrich and his staff are also working on an effective evaluation process because he said he recognizes that money is not unlimited. His office is focused on positive youth development, as eliminating gangs from the county will "not solve all of our concerns about safety and juvenile crime."
He said he wants to ensure the county does not lose focus on youths "not involved with gangs." All initiatives are aimed at providing opportunities for young adults to improve their quality of life and that of their families and communities, he said.
Although born in the United States, "Ghost" spent his childhood on a Caribbean island, where he says "hustling" - starting with selling marijuana - was a family tradition he quickly learned.
So what does "Ghost" think of the county's increased efforts to prosecute what is perceived as gang-related crime? "Courts just smash your head," he said. "They throw the book at you and call it doing something. That is what they call rehabilitation."
June 22, 2009
Arizona considers tougher immigration laws to combat what weak-minded politicians in Washington, DC do not want to do. Also, it took the ex-governor of Arizona to leave the state so this policy could be promoted. As America's busiest immigrant-smuggling hub, Arizona has earned the distinction as a place that's tough on people who sneak across the border.
Under Arizona's proposed trespassing provision, a first offense would be a top-tier misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Subsequent violations would be a felony that could carry a penalty of up to 2 1/2 years in prison.
The proposal, which has cleared the state Senate and is being considered by the House, would require police to try to determine people's immigration status when they have reasonable suspicions that a person doesn't have legal status.
And, if approved, Arizona would become the only state to criminalize the presence of illegal immigrants through an expansion of its trespassing law. Immigrant rights advocates predict it would lead to racial profiling that would target thousands of Hispanics who are U.S. citizens, but this just totally false.
Some local politicians "don't have the courage to stand up for their citizens," said state Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, the bill's sponsor. The measure cleared the Senate on a 16-12 vote on June 15 and is being considered by the House. The proposed trespassing provision is similar to proposals vetoed in 2006 by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, who said she opposed turning all immigrants who sneaked into the state into criminals.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, whose office helped draft the bill, said even though the federal government has the authority to regulate immigration, states have broad police powers that allow them to contribute to the fight against illegal immigration. "The argument that the states can't do anything to combat illegal immigration is just wrong," Mr. Thomas said.
The federal government should allow states to control the issue since they (federal elected officials) do NOT want to enfore the law, which is in our national interest.
March 16, 2009
More communities need to do what they did in Victoria, Texas--boycott of illegal aliens.
An interesting event happened in Victoria, Texas, population of 55,000 and about 80 miles west of Houston.
Local Hispanic leaders there, in opposition to pending Immigration Legislation, boycotted all Caucasian owned businesses in the Victoria area this past weekend as a demonstration of their economic impact on the community. The boycott was declared a success by the Hispanic community, noting that revenue in Caucasian owned businesses was down by 19%.
Business owners declared the boycott a success as well, pointing out that shoplifting was reduced by 77%, money orders sent out of the country were down by 97%, and the cost of daily clean-up and trash collection was down by 84%. Shoppers reported that they could actually hear English being spoken throughout the community for the first time in recent memory, and customers actually paid for purchases with real money, not government debit cards.
Mayve CASA of Maryland will organize a boycott here in Maryland!!!!
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 22, 2009
Another murder linked to an illegal immigrant in the DC metro area. When will elected officials stop illegals from roaming our streets and harming American citizens. Below is information from the Washington Post.
D.C. police are seeking an arrest warrant against a Salvadoran immigrant in connection with the eight-year-old slaying of federal intern Chandra Levy, one of the most famous unsolved homicide cases in Washington history, according to law enforcement sources. Levy's parents said D.C. police officials told them late Friday that they planned to make an arrest within "the next couple of days."
Sources with knowledge of the case and speaking under the condition of anonymity said police are moving toward arresting Ingmar Guandique, 27. About the time of Levy's disappearance in May 2001, Guandique, a day laborer, attacked two women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park, where Levy's remains were found a year later. Guandique is serving a 10-year sentence at the U.S. Pnitentiary - Victorville in Adelanto, Calif., for the two attacks.
In an interview yesterday, Susan Levy, Chandra's mother, said she was told by D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Lt. Michael Farish, a supervisor of the department's cold-case squad, that investigators had made a breakthrough.
The case has been bedeviled by furious media attention and costly police mistakes. Levy, who was a 24-year-old intern for the federal Bureau of Prisons, was having an affair with Gary A. Condit, a married congressman from California, when she vanished. Police initially focused on Condit. He was not charged and lost a reelection bid in 2002. He has long maintained that he had nothing to do with Levy's disappearance.
Again, police know of illegal immigrants in our community and do nothing about it. It is time to fire our elected officials and hire new ones who will stop illegal immigration and enforce the rule of law.
February 05, 2009
Senate Stimulus: 300,000 Jobs for Illegals?
1 in 7 New Construction Jobs Could Go to Illegal Immigrants
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2008) — The Senate Stimulus bill currently being considered contains about $104 billion in new government funding for construction projects with the goal of creating jobs for millions of unemployed Americans. Unlike the House version, there is no provision in the bill to bar illegal immigrants from getting these taxpayer-funded jobs. This could result in several hundred thousand illegal immigrants receiving jobs.
The current version of the Senate Stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) contains $104 billion in construction spending, including highways, schools, and public housing.
Government estimates suggest this spending should create about 2 million new construction jobs.
Consistent with other research, the Center Immigration Studies has previously estimated that 15 percent of construction workers are illegal immigrants.
This means that about 300,000 of the construction jobs created by the Senate stimulus could go to illegal aliens (15 percent of 2 million).
Discussion: The $104 billion figure for new construction is based on the current version of the Senate Stimulus bill. Government estimates indicate that each $1 billion spent on construction should create roughly 19,600 construction jobs, each lasting a year.1 Thus $104 billion for construction projects should create construction-related jobs for about 2.04 million workers over several years. The Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that about one out of seven (or 15 percent) of workers employed in construction in the United States are illegal immigrants.2 Thus, if no effort is made to bar illegal immigrants from these jobs, it is extremely likely that about 300,000 will go to illegal immigrants. The House of Representatives version of the stimulus package has a provision requiring contractors to use the E-Verify system, which enables employers to quickly determine if new hires are authorized to work in the United States. At present, the Senate has no such provision.
1 The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates indicate that each $1 billion in construction spending directly creates 19,584 construction related jobs. This number comes from Employment Impacts of Highway Infrastructure Investment, April 2008, FHWA. This figure does not include jobs indirectly created by construction spending.
2 Steven A. Camarota, “Dropping Out: Immigrant Entry and Native Exit From the Labor Market, 2000-2005,” Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, March 2006, p. 19. A 2006 Pew Hispanic Center study, “The Size and Characteristics of the Unauthorized Migrant Population in the U.S.,” estimated that 14 percent of construction workers were illegal immigrants; see page 3 of that report. Both the CIS and Pew studies were based on the March 2005 Current Population Survey (CPS). The March 2007 CPS shows that the illegal share of construction workers may have grown to 18 percent, but we use 15 percent in the above discussion to be conservative.
January 11, 2009
The below article is in the Washington Post today. I have been saying for years that the welcome-mat for illegals is bad news for our community. Illegal immigrants bring their own culture and criminal ways with them while they will join gangs and then commit crime when the jobs are not there. Many of us in the county have been victims of crime from illegal immigrants. Ike Leggett is still supporting CASA and the illegal immigrant community, instead of the tax paying citizens. It is time to throw Ike Leggett out of office and demand that the Police Chief do his job in identifying these individuals.
Attitudes Shift on Illegal Residents
Some Link Crime In Montgomery To Immigration
By Dan Morse and Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, January 11, 2009; A01
For years, mainstream Montgomery County has been generally accepting of illegal immigrants, and county leaders followed suit, pledging not to enforce immigration laws even as police agencies elsewhere in the region began to do so.
But public sentiment appears to be shifting in Montgomery, driven less by ideology than by alarm over rising crime and the recent slayings of a 14-year-old honor student on a county transit bus and a 63-year-old woman in her Bethesda home.
"People who are very, very tolerant want to see some changes," said County Council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large), one of five council members who said in interviews that public opinion has shifted in recent months.
Elrich said crime has "really hit home" even in his neighborhood of Takoma Park, a city that since 1985 has officially refused to identify or report undocumented immigrants. Mariana Cordier, who grew up in the county and is a past president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, said residents are increasingly linking crime to illegal immigration.
"It's been slow to come to Montgomery County," she said of that perception, "but it has arrived."
Police Chief J. Thomas Manger is developing a proposal to have county police officers check the immigration status of suspects arrested for violent crimes and weapons offenses.
"I wouldn't have gone for it a year ago," Bethesda resident Judy Campbell said recently, leaving a natural food co-op in Takoma Park with soy milk and a slice of vegan double-chocolate fudge cake. "Until this series of violent crimes, it wasn't on my radar screen."
Campbell, a 50-year-old nurse, is an avowed liberal. She thinks illegal immigrants deserve publicly funded health care. She once voted for Dennis Kucinich. And for the upcoming inauguration, she plans to participate in Chant4Change, an event that bills itself as a gathering for "conscious revolutionaries."
January 01, 2009
We are making progress in Montgomery County with illegal immigration--it is sad that recent murders have happened for the politicians to act. County Executive Leggett is responsible for the high murder and crime rate due to his "Open-Border" policy for illegal immigrants.
Montgomery Police Seek Tougher Line On Immigrant Status
Detainees' Residency Would Be Checked In Cases Involving Weapons, Violence
By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 1, 2009; Page B01
Montgomery County police are seeking approval to ask suspects arrested for violent crimes and weapons offenses about their immigration status, an about-face in a county whose leaders for years declined to do so even as police agencies elsewhere in the region began aggressive efforts to identify illegal immigrants.
The proposal, developed by Chief J. Thomas Manger and his senior staff, comes after two alleged illegal immigrants were charged in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old honor student on a county transit bus and after another alleged illegal immigrant was charged in a string of home invasions and the slaying of a 63-year-old Bethesda resident in her home.
"All public officials have been receiving questions from citizens who are asking, 'Why are persons who are in the country illegally or unlawfully allowed to remain?' " said Wayne M. Jerman, an assistant police chief.
Jerman said the policy is not ideologically driven. Rather, he said, police officials see immigration violations as another tool to get dangerous criminals off the streets. The proposal will not go into effect without the approval of County Executive Isiah Leggett, who once angrily told a crowd that the county is "not in the business of enforcing immigration issues." Through a spokesman, Leggett declined to comment. It is unclear when he will make a decision.
Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) said she and other immigrant advocates have met with Leggett to convey their opposition to the policy change. She said it could lead to racial profiling and constitutional violations.
December 09, 2008
Ike Leggett should be recalled and thrown out of office due to his open-border policy for illegal aliens. Citizens in Montgomery County are being robbed and murdered every day by illegal aliens. When will the citizens of Montgomery County have enough of his open-arms policy to illegals, CASA de Maryland and Day Labor Centers? When will Montgoemry County citizens demand that our tax money not be spent on illegal aliens?
Chief Manger must be given the authority for his officers to be ICE certified through the DHS 287g program. We must have law enforcement do their job and not have the politicians stand in their way of our safety. We need a full-court press on the illegal criminals and the MS-13 gangs.
Below is an article from the Washington Post questioning the approach to illegal aliens in our community.
Montgomery County considers a new policy for undocumented immigrants.
A 14-YEAR-OLD shot on a county bus. An elderly woman burned alive in her house. A waiter stabbed to death. These are some of the horrific murders allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants in Montgomery County in recent months.
County officials are considering whether to take a more aggressive role in determining whether criminal suspects are in the county illegally. This would be an appropriate response to the outbreak of violence, but any new policy must be carefully balanced.
Because some of the murder suspects already had criminal records, the spike in violence has brought scrutiny to the county's policy for holding undocumented immigrants. As reported by the Gazette newspaper's Sebastian Montes, law enforcement officials check for outstanding immigration warrants but don't actively seek out a suspect's immigration status. Federal agents have up to 72 hours to pick up suspected illegal immigrants; the county may release the suspects after that. Illegal immigrants also aren't prevented from posting bail.
One of the undocumented immigrants suspected of murder had been caught with marijuana in an elementary school six weeks before the slaying took place. Another was previously arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Despite their immigration status, both were freed.
The county reasonably contends that it is up to federal agents to enforce immigration law. A strident policy, county officials argue, could foster distrust in the immigrant community and discourage informants from coming forward, not to mention cross the line into racial profiling.
But in response to the killings, law enforcement officials say they are looking to revise county policy to target perpetrators of violent crimes who may be in the country illegally.
Officers may be given latitude to look into the immigration status of a suspect who was born in another country, for example. The county is expected to announce any policy revisions by the end of the month. Montgomery authorities shouldn't waste tax dollars on a witch hunt for illegal immigrants. Giving police officers more authority while limiting their scope is the right approach.
November 30, 2008
Frederick County Sheriff's Office has had 26 of their officers trained under the DHS 287g program. Congrats to them on this training. The sheriff believes in protecting legal citizens and upholding the law by arresting illegal immigrants who have broken our laws.
Why should CASA of Maryland sue the Frederick County Sheriff over his office receiving 287g training? Why won't CASA release their records on the local companies that use the Day Labor Centers for employees or release the names of all of the illegals they serve?
We fully support the sheriff in his efforts to protect the citizens of Frederick County. Recently, there have been a rash of murders, house and car break-ins, and criminal activities from illegal immigrants in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County and DC. What will it take for local law enforcement agencies to protect its citizens and have these police agencies under take the 287g training? Elections do mean something and the election of so many liberal Democrats has created a "safe haven" for illegals in our area.
Since CASA is so concerned about racial profiling and protecting the public---I am demanding that CASA open their records. The Maryland government, Montgomery County officials, and CASA try to hide behind each other while protecting their turf of shielding illegal immigrants. It is time for the public to demand that our elected officials stop funding CASA and start arresting any illegal immigrant in our communities.
October 28, 2008
Montgomery County is a safe-haven for illegal immigrants and are protected by Ike Leggett and the County Council. They protect CASA of Maryland, an organization that openly welcomes, protects, and promotes illegal immigration. This group also is hired by the Democrats for VOTER REGISTRATION. When will the citizens of Montgomery County demand that elected officials protect them from illegals?
Police say the suspect killed his most recent victim, Mary Frances Havenstein, 63, of Bethesda. Montgomery County Police on Friday charged Jose Garcia-Perlera, 33, of the 5800 block of 32nd Avenue, with one count of first-degree murder in Havenstein' s death. She was the only homicide in a series of five home invasions across the downcounty over the past year that targeted elderly victims, police said. Garcia-Perlera, reportedly an illegal immigrant who told police he was a self-employed electrician, was also charged with four counts of robbery and one count of armed robbery for the five home invasion robberies. He faced similar burglary charges in New York eight years ago, police said.
October 03, 2008
Again, federal and local law enforcement agencies understand that illegal immigration equals gangs and a high crime rate. Since 2005, ICE has arrested more than 8,000 immigrant gangsters from more than 700 different gangs under an initiative known as Operation Community Shield.
States like Maryland and counties like Montgomery County that "welcome" illegal immigrants have seen a big increase in gangs and crime. Local law enforcement agencies that shun involvement with immigration law enforcement are missing an opportunity to protect their communities. Every law-abiding citizen should be in revolt and demanding that these elected politicians be removed from office. This is a "National Crisis" and must be addressed.