Thursday, June 22, 2017

Immigration

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Getting inspiration.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a report on Monday, indicating that nearly 740,000 of the foreigners who legally entered the US, overstayed their visas and continued to live in the country even at the end of 2016.

The number of people who overstayed their visas, a total of 739,478, amount to a meagre 1.47 percent of the 50 million who visited the US through airports and seaports, and were supposed to leave last year, according to the DHS report. The report does not include those who arrived in the US through a vehicular or ground point of entry.

According to the latest numbers, foreigners choosing to overstay their visas in the US, make up almost half of the country’s illegal population, which is estimated to be somewhere near 11 million people.

Senator Marco Rubi (R-Fla.), during his presidential campaign, raised the issue of visa overstays. He told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” back in 2015: “We have a porous border, meaning not just the border with Mexico, but 40 percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas.”

The DHS began collecting data on visa overstays in 2015, making yesterday’s release the department’s second report on the issue. The federal agency said in its latest report that it maintains a database of departure and arrival information for all visitors to the US, and sends an updated list of individuals who overstay their visas to the Customs and Border Protection agency, daily. The CBP is tasked with enforcing the US’ immigration laws.

“Identifying overstays is important for national security, public safety, immigration enforcement, and processing applications for immigration benefits,” the new report said. “[D]HS will continue to annually and publicly release this overstay data, and looks forward to providing updates to congressional members and their staff on its ongoing progress.”

Almost 416,500 of the estimated 45 million foreigners in the US whose visas expired in 2015, overstayed in the country illegally. However, because the DHS changed the visa categories it previously used to calculate the number of expired visa holders still in the country, the total number of overstays cannot be compared with the previous year.

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Ay caramba Trump!

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in an interview on Sunday, elaborated on his agency’s plans to step up arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants.

He said that previously, it would have been highly unlikely for the Obama administration to deport anyone for lower-level offenses. Most deportations, under the previous administration have been due to high-profile crimes such as murder and rape.

During the interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Kelly suggested that the threshold for deportation will be much lower this time around.

“Can you give me an example of somebody that wasn’t deported before that you’re deporting now?” Todd asked.

Kelly responded, “Well, someone, as an example, with multiple DUIs — even a single DUI, depending on other aspects, would get you into the system.”

Before that question, the host asked Secretary Kelly if the definition of a “criminal” has changed under President Trump.

“It is fair to say the definition of ‘criminal’ has not changed,” Kelly replied. “But where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed.”

His comments come just a few days after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the southwestern border and announced to the Border Patrol agents that the nation is now stepping into a “a new era” of immigration and customs enforcement.

“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era,” Sessions said. “This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch-and-release practices of the past are over.”

Sessions also instructed federal attorneys, on Tuesday, to prosecute anyone who harbors illegal immigrants. He urged prosecutors to prioritize those who are involved in protecting or transporting three or more people living in the country illegally, and also those who protect violent offenders.

However, during the interview, the DHS chief made it quite clear that the shift in immigration law is not to create a harsh climate for immigrants but instead about upholding the law.

“You’ve got to remember, there’s a legal justice system in place,” Kelly said. “The law deports people. Secretary Kelly doesn’t. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] doesn’t. It’s the United States criminal justice system — or the justice system — that deports people.”

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Heeellllooo??? Is this the march against Trump?

Chanting strong pro-illegal immigrant, pro-amnesty, and open border slogans at a so-called “mega march,” protestors marched through downtown Dallas on Sunday. However, the “mega march” failed to attract the expected numbers.

Called an interfaith “family, unity, and empowerment” march, the 2017 Dallas Mega March pushed for “real immigration reform, an end to aggressive deportation efforts that have separated families, targeted DACA students, and left our communities in fear” and “an end to executive orders that discriminated against our Muslim brothers and sisters based on their faith.”

While the organizers had boasted of an expected turnout of 100,000 supporters, after almost half a million had showed up at a similar protest 11 years ago, they trimmed their estimate down to 20,000 participants later. However, after all was said and done, the Dallas Police Department, which had a heavy contingent ready in case of any mishap, accounted for only around 3,200 supporters.

The Dallas Police Department tweeted:

“The #MegaMarch2017 is winding down. The crowd estimate was about 3,200 and there were no reported incidents or arrests.”

11 years ago, in the 2006 Mega March, hundreds of Latino mega marchers carried Mexican and American flags. However, participants were instructed to “wear white, red, and blue” in a show of solidarity and were also told “only USA flags allowed.”

Protestors were however allowed to hold homemade signs. One sign read: “No ban, no wall.” Another said: “Rise Up!” indicating support for the “Unite, Rise up and Defend” campaign launched by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in February. The Hispanic activist group is a staunch critic of Trump’s anti-immigration policies and supports DREAMer and DACA programs.

LULAC’s National President Roger Rocha, Jr. spoke at the Dallas Mega March: “There are times you have to march to get your point across. This is one of those times.” He said the mega march was quite similar to the women’s march held in Washington DC. “Same thing here but for immigration reform and to start getting families together again,” he said.

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This little guy is there excuse.

Wildlife conservation groups are collaborating with a federal government agency to halt construction of the southern border wall by fudging science to claim that unimpeded trans-border corridors are essential to an “endangered species” with 99% of its population in Mexico. Under the plan, large areas of Arizona and New Mexico would be prohibited from erecting a border wall so that jaguars—which don’t even occupy the area—can roam back and forth between the two countries. More than ¾ million acres in Arizona and New Mexico would be designated as critical habitat for jaguars under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), which specifically states that critical habitat can only be designated for the United States.

Judicial Watch obtained records from Arizona’s Game and Fish Department, local governments and one of the biologists fighting the effort to designate the area a “critical habitat” for jaguars. It’s been a years-long battle that started in 2012 when the Obama administration relaxed ESA requirements to make designation of critical habitat easer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This includes lowering scientific standards and essentially caving in to leftist groups. The result, according to biologist and attorney Dennis Parker, is more restrictions on private property, grazing, mineral exploration and development not to mention national security. Furthermore, no scientifically verifiable record of jaguar breeding exists in the area and only lone, transient male jaguars are occasionally and peripherally occurrent, Parker said. In a document addressed to USFWS, Arizona’s Game and Fish Department states that “habitat essential to the conservation of the jaguar does not exist in either Arizona or New Mexico under any scientifically credible definition of that term.”

One of the world’s leading big cat experts, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, confirms that less than one percent of the jaguar habitat in the world is in the United States and that there’s nothing about the lands in the southwest U.S. that make them critical to the continued survival of the jaguar as a species. The renowned wildlife ecologist heads a nonprofit devoted to the conservation of 38 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Jaguars are among them and two Arizona municipalities—the city of Sierra Vista and Cochise County—that will be heavily impacted by the proposed federal measure are citing Rabinowitz’s work to halt the problematic jaguar recovery plan. Rabinowitz refers to the federal plan as “little more than smoke and mirrors” that uses assumption and speculation as fact to justify “defining critical habitat in the Unites States for a species which simply does not live in the United States and has not resided there as a population for at least half a century.” Furthermore, Rabinowitz says the jaguar south of the border is doing quite well and has genetic connectivity through designated landscape corridors.

If USFWS makes its scientifically flawed jaguar recovery plan an official agency policy it will cost American taxpayers some $607 million in the next five decades, records show. In a recent document to USFWS a coalition of counties and cities in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Pima Natural Conservation District, remind the federal agency about the faulty science behind the proposed jaguar recovery plan. The group refers to it as the “radical departure from sound science, policy, Endangered Species Act interpretation and the clear and present danger to national and citizen security.” In this case, the ESA is being used to further a political agenda, Parker insists, adding that the supposed need for unimpeded trans-border corridors is based on opinion and value-laden beliefs rather than scientific information as the ESA actually requires. “All this junk science will become enshrined as science for the jaguar,” Parker said, adding that if USFWS adapts the jaguar recovery play as a policy it will affect everything from interstate highway travel to border security.

USFWS already determined years ago that no jurisdiction in the United States contains the features essential for the conservation of jaguars that required special management considerations and protection from the agency. “Because there are no areas or features essential to the conservation of the jaguar in the United States that meet the definition of critical habitat, designation of critical habitat for the jaguar is not beneficial,” the agency stated in a 2006 Federal Register notice. Nothing has changed to make that assessment any less factual, biologists interviewed by Judicial Watch affirm. They assure that land essential to the species is located south of the International Border between the United States and Mexico.

Two of the groups colluding with the feds to enact the jaguar recovery plan are the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity denounces “large-scale construction of walls and other infrastructure that disrupt lives and divide the landscape” along the southern border. Defenders of Wildlife is currently pushing to introduce up to 250 jaguars to Arizona in response to the construction of a border wall. The group is the force behind the government’s jaguar recovery plan and asserts it’s critical to “maintain movement corridors” between the U.S. and Mexico. To make its case, Defenders of Wildlife claims that two male jaguars, dubbed Macho B and El Jefe, have recently wandered into the mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico. “Natural reappearances like these lend new urgency for actions to re-establish a reproducing population of jaguars that includes contiguous habitat in both the United States and Mexico,” the group says.

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Maybe they think we already built the wall.

The head of the Department of Homeland Security reported that recorded illegal Mexican border crossings plummeted by almost 72 percent since December, to mark the lowest monthly figure in over 17 years, this March. The number of people caught crossing the border illegally fell to 12,000, last month.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that the sharp decline in arrests is “no accident” and gave credit to Trump’s approach towards illegal immigration. He reported the figures in written testimony to a Senate committee ahead of an appearance on Wednesday.

The Washington Times also reported that former Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar, on Tuesday, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that arrests declined 67 percent in March.

“This administration has said we’re going to address illegal immigration,” he told senators. “ICE has started working in the interior, unlike other times. So that message resonates.”

Several commentators credited President Donald Trump’s tough stance on immigration throughout the 2016 presidential campaign as the primary reason for the decline.

“Pat & Stu,” a radio show, discussed on Wednesday, that the decline in illegal border crossings could be temporary while Mexicans wait to see how US policies on immigration change under the new administration, before risking illegal entry. However, like many others, the hosts were quite pleased with the progress on curtailing the influx of illegal immigrants.

“The tough talk, I think, is a good short term thing here. And look, that’s better than what we’ve had; there’s no doubt about that. That goes back to not only the previous president but the one before that, and almost everybody else, really. I mean even if you go back to Reagan, this was his big problem issue for a lot of conservatives. So we’ll see what happens. We’ll see if the rhetoric matches up to the actions, which we have not seen yet,” Stu said.

While the Trump administration has not yet changed anything with regards to border patrolling, President Trump’s tough stance on immigration, including his plans to build a wall, and increased efforts to arrest illegal immigrants already living in the country are believed to have acted as deterrents.

However, it’s unclear if the decline in the number of illegal crossings will continue. The number of people caught trying to illegal cross the border into the US typically increases as the weather begins to warm, but arrests during the generally slower winter months were quite high than in previous years, so it is possible that many migrants rushed to the border before Trump took charge of the White House.

Someone forgot the "Don't" in this sign.

After a contentious debate, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 54, on Monday. The bill, being called “sanctuary state” bill, will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from investigating, detaining, reporting or arresting individuals for immigration enforcement.

While Republicans warned that the bill would lead to criminals being let go – cautioning that the move would displease President Trump – Democrats say that Californians had to take a stand to protect “hardworking” immigrants that have become an integral part of the nation’s cultural and economic pillars.

The Senate voted 27 to 12 along party lines to pass the bill, which will, before moving to the governor’s desk, be considered by the state Assembly. State Senator Kevin de Leon, the bill’s author, said that California “cannot be intimidated” by pressure from President Trump to deny sanctuary states federal funds and grants. “This is about making our communities safer, not less safe … We don’t grovel and put our hand out so we can get a little money and buy a police car,” he said. “Our role and responsibility is to protect all individuals.”

As part of the ongoing crackdown by the Trump administration, the Department of Justice will no longer give any grants to on disobliging local governments of sanctuary jurisdictions.

“We don’t have to collaborate and use our local tax dollars to enforce federal immigration laws,” Leon said in an interview. “If they want to go after the bad guys, the violent felons and drug dealers, we are more than happy to continue to work with them. But if they want to split families up and deport the nanny, that’s not what America’s about and that’s not what California is about.”

Republicans, however, argued on Monday, that the bill means the state is overstepping its limits as the implementation of immigration policy is the domain of the federal government. The Republicans also went on to say that the move to make California a sanctuary state would make it a “magnet” for dangerous criminals.

Deportation of undocumented immigrants was one of Trump’s major campaign promises. After taking charge of the Oval Office in January, Trump has issued orders for immigration laws to be enforced with more aggression. Before taking office, Trump had also promised to create a special “deportation force” tasked to carry out such work.

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Sorry H1B's, Americans now go to the front of the line.

Companies have been given a stern warning to not discriminate against Americans by “misusing” the H-1B work visa, the most sought after visa by Indian IT professionals and firms.

On Monday, The Justice and Homeland Security departments issued warnings to numerous companies applying for the foreign guest-worker program, telling company executives to fill those jobs with Americans first. The Trump administration has promised more investigations and prosecutions against companies that abuse the system.

“The Justice Department will not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against US workers,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Civil Rights Division said.

The warning comes as the government begins to accept employers’ H-1B visa petitions for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017. On Friday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which comes under the Homeland Security Department, released rules that could limit the number of computer programmers who get H-1B visas. The USCIS also announced multiple measures to “deter and detect” the “fraud and abuse” of the H-1B visa program.

The announcement suggests that the US government will be especially strict in the approval of H-1B visas this year, as the USCIS opened the application process on Monday, starting a scramble for 85,000 highly coveted slots.

A report in the New York Times said the visa program faces uncertainty as it has been criticized for being what some people call a scheme to displace American workers with cheap foreign ones. The report goes on to call this year’s rush to file the visa applications as an all-out scramble, since the future of the program is still unclear.

The recent moves seem to some, as a design to please Trump’s supporters, who have been urging him to fulfill his campaign promise of eviscerating the H-1B program, criticizing it for giving American workers unfair competition. They were waiting for major reforms before the application process started this week, but said Mr. Trump failed to deliver on his promise.

“Personally, I am still waiting for the president to just tell us his plan and tell us he cares about this issue. The silence and inaction, together, make it hard for me to believe the president is still on the side of the American worker as it relates to H-1B visas, outsourcing and offshoring,” said Sara Blackwell, a Florida lawyer who has represented employees who lost jobs to H-1B visa holders.

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Will Sanctuary Cities face a Trumpocalypse?

With the president threatening to withhold federal grants and funds to cities that refuse cooperation, big city mayors and immigration activists are trying their level best to push back at the administration’s attempts to make good of one of President Trump’s major campaign promises.

Cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities start feeling the Trump administration’s wrath. What is being seen as a move to put public pressure on sanctuary cities, the Department of Homeland Security released its first report on Monday, listing jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities.

The report lists counties and cities that refused requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain individuals even though they could have been released under normal circumstances.

Sanctuary cities are used to describe communities that refuse to work with ICE officials after detaining illegal immigrants. According to federal law, they are required to inform the feds whenever they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she is not guilty of any crime.

While the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) questioned the truthfulness of ICE detainers and the DHS report on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday had already sent out a warning, saying, “Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.”

Sessions’ statement, at a White House press briefing, sent a strong message to the nation that the Trump administration is indeed serious about its actions against illegal immigrants. The president’s team hopes to make its case against sanctuary cities with stats and anecdotes, clearly showing that it is the local government policies that are putting the lives of Americans at risk.

The White House has shown no sign of backing off the tough campaign promise Trump made. Weeks before Sessions’ warning that the Department of Justice would cut off federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate, the Department of Homeland Security started publishing a list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

Supporters of the new policies hailed Sessions’ declaration.

“It’s very refreshing that under the Trump administration policies the public is now able to find out exactly what kind of individuals are being protected from immigration enforcement and released by the sanctuaries,” said Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Studies. “The public now can hold their local officials accountable for the sanctuary policy.”

Several big cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as dozens and possibly hundreds of smaller counties, cities and towns, also have refused to notify ICE, which can then come and take custody of the illegal immigrant, possibly for deportation.

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Creep

The teenage illegal immigrants charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Maryland public high school last week entered the United States under an Obama program that’s accommodated tens of thousands of Central American youths who crossed the Mexican border. The administration coined them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and portrayed them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. Most are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and the influx has overwhelmed border agents, government health agencies and military bases that serve as shelters not to mention public schools nationwide.

This week two of the UACs protected by Obama’s outlaw amnesty measures were charged with the rape of a ninth-grader at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, a Maryland jurisdiction that offers illegal aliens sanctuary. The illegal immigrants, 17-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, were both charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense. Both illegal aliens were in the ninth grade like their victim, according local news reports. Montano came to the U.S. from El Salvador and Sanchez, who reportedly had been ordered deported, from Guatemala. Both are being held without bail. Several local media outlets printed a letter sent to parents by the school district describing the rape as a “serious incident” that “is being addressed.”

Back in the summer of 2014, when the first batch of UACs began arriving, Judicial Watch reported that many were not harmless children fleeing violence as the media was largely reporting. Border Patrol sources on the ground divulged that a lot of the Central Americans were in their late teens and had ties to violent gang members and other criminal elements. Federal authorities handling the crisis offered a vastly different depiction than the government’s official version in the media. From the start, the barrage of illegal alien minors created an out-of-control disaster with jam-packed holding centers, rampant diseases and sexually active teenagers at a Nogales facility that housed the first arrivals, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch.

A few weeks after the barrage of UACs slammed border officials, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that the nation’s most violent street gangs—including Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)—were actively recruiting new members at shelters housing illegal immigrant minors. In many cases they used Red Cross phones to communicate. The 18th Street gang also went on a recruiting frenzy at the various facilities housing the UACs, sources confirmed. The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs. The 18th Street gang is considered the largest organized gang in Los Angeles County with about 15,000 members that operate a number of criminal enterprises throughout the region.

Violent street gangs continue to be energized with new recruits provided by the steady flow of illegal immigrant minors protected under the egregious UAC initiative, according to various law enforcement sources. After a major gang bust in Massachusetts last year, federal prosecutors disclosed that MS-13 actively recruits members in high schools situated in communities with “significant immigrant populations from Central America.” The recruits are known as “paros” and they are typically 14 or 15 years old, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Texas Department of Public Safety has also issued a disturbing report declaring that the MS-13 is a top tier gang thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that crossed into the state. The number of MS-13 members encountered by U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley sector has increased each year, accelerating in 2014 and coinciding with increased illegal immigration from Central America during the same period, the agency disclosed. This clearly refers to the UAC crisis that saw over 60,000 illegal immigrants—many with criminal histories—storm into the U.S. in a matter of months.

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Get on with it.

Over the last few weeks, stories have streamed across the wires of one illegal immigrant after another being arrested and deported.

The corporate media, which is attempting to create an uproar among sympathetic liberals, are actually doing the opposite.

For once, the corporate media is doing its job and showing the positive work that the Federal Government is finally doing . . . after years of refusing to enforce the law.

For the last eight or so years, President Obama maintained wide-open and welcoming borders and a very generous Welfare State.

How did that work out for us?

Aside from the mountains of money lost to maintaining the health, education and general prosperity for non-citizens who did not legally contribute to our national treasure, we allowed an insurgency to exist within our own land.

We saw this in California when Donald Trump staged a rally there and his supporters were met with violence.

We see it in the students who march on American streets while angrily waving Mexicans flags.

We see it in the tears of 15 year old Nisa Mickens’ mother. Nisa, a high school student, was brutally beaten to death by members of MS-13 gang members from El Salvador and confirmed illegal immigrants.

Obama and the social justice warriors who have cropped up under his presidency, can whine, cry, march, rally, and bitch and moan all they want.

By ignoring immigration laws, we have fostered lawlessness.

While each immigrant who illegally crosses our borders will look into a camera and say “I’m not a criminal,” their very act of crossing our border was a crime.

Let me say this clearly, “They are all criminals.”

So when 22 year-old illegal immigrant Daniela Vargas, a so-called “Dreamer”, holds a press conference to demand change from our president, and is subsequently arrested and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement . . . I cheer.

The Trump administration had the courtesy of flying Vargas back to her true home of Argentina when she was entitled, at best, to get an escorted bus ride across the border to Mexico.

The lesbian activist for illegal immigrants can hoof it back to Argentina for all I care.

While deportations for men and women like Vargas are cheered, there are exceptions.

The ten illegal immigrants who killed teenage girls Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas under their gay MS-13 banner . . . well, they’re not going home . . . ever.

If justice is to be truly served for these punks, they should be bound and locked in a room with the families of the slain teenage girls.

It is impossible to sympathize with the plight of illegal immigrants when they are literally killing our children.

Deport them all, and then we can provide a route to entry for those who would benefit our nation and society.

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