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Alejandro Mayorkas nominated for USCIS director - 04/24/09

Cuban-born trial lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas has been nominated to head the USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services). Unlike other Barack Obama nominees, he doesn't appear to have a paper trail of extremist statements and actions, although there might be something out there.

From his bio at OMelveny and Myers (omm.com/alejandromayorkas):

Alejandro Mayorkas is a litigation partner with extensive jury trial experience, having been before a jury in more than 30 cases in both federal and state courts. He handles complex civil and criminal matters, internal corporate investigations, and serves as national coordinating counsel for companies involved in related cases around the country... Mr. Mayorkas served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California... President Clinton nominated Mr. Mayorkas in 1998... Prior to his appointment, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for nine years... As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Mayorkas created the Civil Rights Section to prosecute hate crimes and other acts of intolerance and discrimination more effectively... his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Mayorkas served as Vice-Chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights and as a member of the Subcommittee on Ethics in Government... He serves on O'Melveny's Policy Committee and is the Chair of the Warren Christopher Scholarship Committee... Mr. Mayorkas also is the Chair of the Board of Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Extremist Chicanos probably aren't going to feel much affinity for him; the degree to which that will be reciprocated remains to be seen.

Rosa Brooks to Pentagon; CFR, Soros; her Darwinistic, anti-American immigration policy; journalism bailout - 04/09/09

Former Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks is going through the revolving door again, this time to be an advisor at the Defense Department, specifically to Michele Flournoy the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. There's a lot about her not to like; here's just some of it:

1. She was affiliated with George Soros' Open Society Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.

2. During the Clinton years, she advised Harold Koh in his previous position at the State Department.

3. In her farewell (for now) column, she advocates for a "government bailout of journalism" (link). In addition to various subsidies, she wants to "[use] tax dollars and [grant] licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary". Anyone who's older than five knows just how narrowly she'd define "robust". For instance, Lou Dobbs probably wouldn't make the cut, not to mention many others.

4. In June 2007, she offered "How immigrants improve the curve" (link). Discussing all the things wrong with it would take too long, but the first thing wrong is her contention that Americans are fat and lazy and that the only solution is giving us (them from her perspective) the competition of bringing in immigrants, whether legal or not.

The second thing wrong with that column is much more troubling and hopefully she'll be called on it one of these days:

And when it comes to illegal immigrants, just getting here takes astounding courage. Illegal immigrants endure astonishing privation and risk - just for the chance to improve their lot by doing the backbreaking work so few native-born Americans have the inclination to do.

It's rare to find anyone promoting the benefits of illegally journeying to the U.S., which frequently involves crossing a dry and either very hot or very cold desert. What Brooks' statement equates to is a Darwinistic immigration policy, where our southern border serves as a way to filter out those not fit enough to come to the U.S.: they die along the way. According to Rosa Brooks, they wouldn't have made good Americans anyway.

Please go to one of her public appearances or similar and point that out to her on video, then upload her response to video sharing sites.

John Trasvina of MALDEF named to Obama administration (HUD assistant secretary) - 03/29/09

John Trasvina - president of the strongly pro-illegal immigration group MALDEF - has been nominated to the Obama administration. His title is "Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)". This follows the de-appointment of his co-worker Thomas Saenz to another post.

There's more on the FHEO office here: hud.gov/offices/fheo/aboutfheo/aboutfheo.cfm Among other things, they:

...manage the Fair Housing Assistance Program, administer the award and management of Fair Housing Initiatives Program grants, and propose fair housing legislation... ... conduct oversight of the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to ensure consistency with the Fair Housing Act... ... work with private industry, fair-housing and community advocates on the promotion of voluntary fair housing compliance...

What that boils down to is multiple ways that Trasvina might be able to help fund groups that support illegal immigration (see the National Council of La Raza's "Raza Development Fund"). And, he might be in a position to help encourage illegal aliens and low-wage workers buy homes. He might also be in a position to fight against local ordinances such as the ones in Farmers Branch or Escondido that tried to prevent landlords from renting to illegal aliens (see this and this). And, he might be able to stock the lower levels of HUD with others who think like he does in order to carry on the tradition.

Customs and Border Protection chief of staff is dual citizen (Marco Antonio Lopez) - 03/02/09

The new chief of staff of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a dual citizen (Mexico and the U.S.)

Just let that sink in.

Thomas Perez to head Citizenship and Immigration Services? (close with Casa de Maryland) - 02/20/09

According to this, the new pick for Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Thomas E. Perez, currently Labor Secretary of Maryland.

In April 2007, he "joined students in Annapolis to urge approval of a bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants" (link).

And from this:

Perez, a former Clinton Administration official and currently Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, has had a long association with (CASA de Maryland). Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties pay CASA millions of dollars each year in social services contracts and have put up additional funds to help build the organization’s future headquarters in Langley Park.

In fact, from his bio (msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/20dllr/html/msa14663.html):

Board of Directors, Casa of Maryland, 1995-2002 (former president)

UPDATE: Later, he was nominated to head the DOJ Civil Rights Division.

DHS Deputy Secretary was top United Nations official (Jane Holl Lute) - 01/25/09

From this:
A top United Nations official who once served on the White House National Security Council has been picked for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, a move that would place two women at the top of the department for the first time.

President Barack Obama's nomination of Jane Holl Lute, a retired Army major who worked on the NSC under President Bill Clinton, was announced Friday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

...At the U.N., Lute coordinates peace efforts among countries in conflict.

...In addition to her NSC work, Lute has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation. She served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. Lute is married to Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, Obama's deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan.
A quote from James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation follows; he doesn't think she has "the right skill set."

Whitehouse.gov omits Blagojevich link from Michael Strautmanis biography - 01/20/09

The all new whitehouse dot gov has a new Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs, the new president's gatekeepers to hoi polloi. That office's "Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison" is Michael Strautmanis, a long-time Obama associate who also used to work for Rod Blagojevich. Oddly enough, that association is not listed in his biography (link and full text below).

Even the New York Times tells us this (go here and browse people):

A longtime friend of the Obamas who once worked as Michele Obama's paralegal. Obama's chief counsel in the Senate. He worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development and was legislative director to Rod Blagojevich when Blagojevich was a congressman.

And, from this:

At least one top aide to Obama, Michael Strautmanis, previously worked for Blagojevich. Obama has appointed Strautmanis to serve as White House chief of staff to the presidential assistant for intergovernmental relations and public liaison. The Chicago native was legislative director and counsel to Blagojevich when the governor was a member of Congress and then helped Blagojevich win the governorship in 2002. There is no indication that Strautmanis is involved in the [selling the Senate seat] case.

Now, compare that to what's found at whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/bios:

A native of Chicago, Strautmanis first came to know the Obamas when he worked as a paralegal at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin for Mrs. Michelle Obama.

After law school, Strautmanis practiced complex litigation and employment law in Chicago, before joining the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Following this, he served as Counsel for Legislation for the American Association of Justice. Strautmanis served as Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senator Obama in the United States Senate. He continued as Senior Counsel for Obama for America, where he played a leading role in political outreach as a member of the Congressional Relations team.

Strautmanis received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife Damona are the proud parents of three.

Jeanne Lambrew lies about uninsured (deputy director of Obama Office of Health Reform) - 01/13/09

Jeanne Lambrew - University of Texas professor, former Bill Clinton aide, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress - has been named the deputy director of the Office of Health Reform for the upcoming Obama administration (link). Her biography is at [1].

She contributed a chapter [2] to the just-released book "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President", which contains at least one lie:

In 2007, about 47 million Americans lacked health insurance

In actual fact, as Census figures show, millions of those are not Americans but are citizens of other countries, including those who are here illegally. To some, that might appear to be a minor point, but it really isn't. It indicates that Lambrew is not intellectually honest. If she were, she would have pointed out that a good percentage of those covered by her proposals should not be here in the first place, and that one way to reduce the numbers of those who'd have to be covered under her proposals is to reduce illegal immigration.

And, it also indicates that she's willing to lie to those who aren't that familiar with this issue. Discovering all the other things she "forgot" to mention is left as an exercise.

[1] americanprogress.org/experts/LambrewJeanne.html
[2] See the PDF at americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/changeforamerica/domesticpolicy.html

"Soros Flunky Runs Obama's Pro-U.N. Policy" (Eric Schwartz) - 01/12/09

From this:
In violation of Barack Obama's promise to run an open and transparent transition to the next administration, an associate of convicted document thief Sandy Berger has been secretly meeting with far-left groups under the auspices of the Obama-Biden Transition Project to develop a range of pro-U.N. policies. These include placing "more [U.N.] blue helmets on U.S. troops" and forcing the U.S. to join the U.N.'s International Criminal Court (ICC)...

...While Obama comes across in the media as a "moderate" or "centrist" in foreign policy, his Transition Project is developing an extreme pro-U.N. policy that is supposed to be implemented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. (Susan Rice).

The Berger associate, Eric. P. Schwartz, is the executive director of the U.S. Connect Fund and represents several liberal and leftist foundations, including and most notably the Open Society Institute of financial hedge-fund operator George Soros...
There's a letter Kincaid sent about this in December here. Eric Schwartz's biographies are at connectusfund.org/about/staff/eric-p-schwartz and hias.org/WhoWeAre/board.php?individual=45; they include work at the United Nations and with the Council on Foreign Relations in addition to during the Bill Clinton administration.

He's listed among many other names at change dot gov at these pages among others:

change.gov/learn/obama_biden_transition_agency_review_teams
change.gov/learn/policy_working_groups

Obama "Energy Czar" Carol Browner's membership in Socialist panel scrubbed from website, Wikipedia - 01/10/09

Up until the past few days, the website of Socialist International - the main, worldwide socialist organization - listed Carol Browner - Barack Obama's choice to be Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change aka "Energy Czar" - as a member of their Commission for a Sustainable World Society (CSWS) group. Now, however, her membership in that group has been scrubbed from their website. Don't worry, though: I saved off a copy and screengrab here.

The scrubbing continued at Wikipedia, where the news that she was a member of that panel was deleted by someone using an IP address belonging to The New Republic; see this.

Here's her biography as listed by the SI:
Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton. Leading the EPA from 1993 to 2001, she was the longest-serving Administrator in the agency’s history. Browner currently serves on the board of several non-profit organisations, including as chair of the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest environmental organisations, and as a member of the Board of the Directors of the Center for American Progress, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the League of Conservation Voters.
More here, and from this:
Browner's CSWS is similarly open about the economic costs it is willing to impose, across national borders to achieve its environmental utopia. On Sept. 5-6, 2008, the commission noted that the costs of its proposals would "rang[e] in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next two decades," and it called for a "redesign of the international rules on intellectual property." That is international bureaucratese for compelling an inventor to surrender property rights in order to "share" technologies with less-developed countries.

At the Congress of the Socialist International held last June 30-July2, the CSWS officially resolved that "market solutions alone are insufficient and will not provide the financial support and resources necessary to achieve the required combination of deep emission reduction, adaptation to already changing climate conditions, energy security and equitable and environmentally sound economic development." Again, that's bureaucratese. It means that international taxes should be imposed to provide the "resources necessary" to impose what the CSWS repeatedly refers to as a 'regime" against "global warming."

By appointing Browner to a White House post, Obama has at the least implicitly endorsed an utterly radical socialist agenda for his administration's environmental policy. The incoming chief executive thus strengthens critics who contend environmental policies aren't really about protecting endangered species or preserving virgin lands, but rather expanding government power and limiting individual freedom.

Louis Caldera: Obama's White House Military Office director (CFR, fmr CA Assemblyman; immigration?) - 12/02/08

Another Clinton retread has joined the Barack Obama administration. This time it's Louis E. Caldera, who's been named director of the White House Military Office. Per this, that "oversees all White House military operations, including Air Force One, Camp David and presidential trips overseas".

Tino Cuellar/Stanford, Alexander Aleinikoff/Georgetown lead Obama's immigration transition team - 11/23/08

Tyche Hendricks of the San Francisco Chronicle offers "Stanford professor leads Obama immigration team" (link), with the news that Tino Cuellar - law professor at Stanford University - has been named as one of the two co-leaders of Barack Obama's transition team dealing with immigration.