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Department of Homeland Security

Protects the "homeland". Cabinet-level department started by the Bush administration after the September 11 attacks, with the first Secretary being Tom Ridge, who was followed by Michael Chertoff. Agencies included in the DHS are the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, and several lesser-known groups.

This site mainly concentrates on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, to a lesser extent, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The first - lately run by Julie Myers - concentrates on looking like they're enforcing our laws at the same time as not really enforcing our laws in order to maintain a ready supply of cheap labor for crooked businesses.

Last modified Dec 10, 2008
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DHS admits Obama is deporting fewer illegal aliens than George W. Bush - 03/12/14

... as a deportation." Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed how deceptive the statistics are [2]: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department’s deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can’t be compared one-to-one with...

DHS nominee Jeh Johnson supports Senate immigration amnesty bill, prosecutorial discretion - 12/13/13

... be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and it appears he'll be confirmed. He recently sent a letter to Republican senators, obtained by Politico and which is in this PDF file: link. In the letter he supports not just the Senate amnesty bill S. 744 but prosecutorial discretion, i.e., what DHS has used to avoid enforcing our immigration laws in order to reduce the number of...

Senate amnesty: DHS Sec'y could decide to give illegal aliens citizenship (Napolitano) - 02/04/13

From this: Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. ...Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should decide...

Confirmed: DHS held off on arresting illegal alien intern of Sen. Bob Menendez until after election - 12/12/12

... certainly wouldn't be a surprise. See Department of Homeland Security and Obama immigration for plenty of past evidence that the Obama administration might have decided to delay the arrest in order to help someone in the Democratic Party. Menendez is an ethnic nationalist, so he was probably just happy that his intern was the right ethnicity and wasn't going to ask too many questions. In case...

Obama on track to add 200,000+ new legal workers to a weak job market (immigration, amnesty, DREAM Act, Janet Napolitano, DHS, DACA) - 10/26/12

According to Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security [1], over 200,000 illegal aliens have applied to Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" amnesty. That's not as bad as it could be, but it's still very bad news for American workers: in a weak job market, Obama's adding hundreds of thousands of new legal workers. Those who are illegal aliens are clustered in jobs that...

Democratic Party 2012 platform on immigration: why it's wrong - 09/04/12

... And, in some cases where the Department of Homeland Security has conducted "paper raids", they've let the illegal alien workers go and even given some work permits. 10. Regarding the border being "more secure", due to the loose borders policies of both Obama and Bush, foreign criminal organizations operate in hundreds of localities throughout the U.S. A park in Arizona dozens of miles inland is...

GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

... Republican legislation to give the Department of Homeland Security long-term detention authority to keep dangerous but undeportable aliens off our streets, expedite expulsion of criminal aliens, and make gang membership a deportable offense. The current Administration's approach to immigration has undermined the rule of law at every turn. It has lessened work-site enforcement - and even allows...

Obama admin cooked the books: deportations are below 2008 and 2009 - 08/27/12

... administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security started to include numbers from the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its year-end removal numbers. The ATEP is a joint effort between ICE and Customs and Border Protection that transfers illegal immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border to another point along the Southwest border for removal. But it is illegitimate to...

Immigration agents sue over Obama's DREAM Act amnesty (Kris Kobach, ICE) - 08/23/12

From this: Saying they’re fed up with being told they can’t do their jobs, 10 immigration agents on Thursday sued the Obama administration to try to halt the president's new non-deportation policy and an earlier memo instructing them not to go after rank-and-file illegal immigrants. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Texas, adds a legal controversy to the political fight that has been...

Lawsuit: Janet Napolitano favored underqualified female cronies over men (Department of Homeland Security) - 08/10/12

From this: New York's top Department of Homeland Security cop [James T. Hayes] is suing Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in an explosive but heretofore unnoticed federal lawsuit alleging Homeland Security employment discrimination against straight male agents by Napolitano... in favor of her lesbian girlfriend and sexual harassment of male agents by Napolitano’s handpicked...

Up to 1.8 million illegal aliens will be eligible for Obama's DREAM Act policy - 08/07/12

... estimate reflects "the updated (Department of Homeland Security) guidelines that youth lacking a high school or GED degree would be eligible to apply for deferred action as long as they have re-enrolled by the date of their application." See DREAM Act for extensive coverage of that bill and of Obama's new policy. See Obama immigration for extensive coverage of his actions on the wider topic. In...

Janet Napolitano admits terrorists cross U.S.-Mexico border "from time to time" - 08/01/12

... asking Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security if it's true that there's "material evidence of the presence of terrorists along our southern border". Napolitano responds (via this): "With respect, there have been - and the Ababziar matter would be one I would refer to that's currently being adjudicated in the criminal courts - from time to time, and we are constantly working...

ICE rep: DHS is just letting illegal aliens go (Obama's DREAM Act) - 07/26/12

... claiming that the orders from the Department of Homeland Security are to just release those who claim to be covered by Obama's DREAM Act amnesty [1]. In the following, "DREAMer" refers to those who would be covered by that amnesty: Prosecutorial discretion for "DREAMers" is solely based on the individual's claims. Our orders are, if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go. If...

Feds estimate over 1 million will apply for Obama's amnesty, will cost millions - 07/24/12

From this [1]: The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost the government more than $585 million [important: see below] and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. ...U.S....

Supreme Court guts Arizona immigration law SB1070; who won, what to do - 06/25/12

... that Arizona could contact the Department of Homeland Security about an illegal alien, and then watch as the federal government did nothing. In the case of a traffic stop, it appears that the illegal alien could just drive away. In the case of someone in jail and set to be released, Arizona would have to release that person if the feds didn't come to pick them up. This has happened in many past...

Obama passes DREAM Act by executive fiat; who's to blame; what to do - 06/15/12

... military. The full announcement from Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano is here. Marco Rubio - author of a "conservative" version of the DREAM Act - comments here. His concern is that it's only a "short term answer to a long term problem" and that Obama went around Congress, not to the fact that Obama just passed amnesty. Who's to blame? As I've said for a couple of years...

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio help deprive Third World of an honor student (also: Frederica Wilson, David Rivera, Ros Lehtinen, Napolitano, Reid) - 03/08/12

On the surface, the story of an illegal alien Florida honor student who was going to be deported but who now has a two year reprieve (link) sounds like a heartwarming tale; good luck finding anyone in the media not presenting it as such. However, after the excerpt I'll discuss three very major downsides that you'll never hear about from the establishment media. Then, I'll mention what you can do...

Obama admin shutting down 287g immigration enforcement program - 02/17/12

... budget for the upcoming year, Department of Homeland Security officials say they will not sign new contracts for 287(g) officers working in the field and will terminate the "least productive" of those agreements — saving an estimated $17 million. All the contracts between ICE and local police agencies run for three years, so that portion of the program could be finished by November when the last...

Temporary Protected Status extended 18 more months (El Salvador) - 01/10/12

As you can see by the next link, nothing says "Permanent" quite like Temporary Protected Status. That government program allows foreign citizens to stay in the U.S. on a "temporary" basis due to disasters or strife in their homelands. It's important to note that those covered by it are here legally: they aren't illegal aliens. The issue is that TPS keeps getting extended year after year. Another...

Obama voting push: relaxes Green Card wait time for illegal alien family members (Luis Gutierrez) - 01/06/12

From this: Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children. Illegal immigrants who are married to or are children of American citizens are generally allowed under the law to become legal residents with a...

DHS gives in to Luis Gutierrez demand to halt a deportation; Gutierrez keeps promoting bad policy - 01/04/12

... deportation proceedings, and the Department of Homeland Security gave in. He recounts it at the Huffington Post, at the same time as promoting a very bad immigration policy (link). His tale concerns woman in Alabama who'd been stopped by local police for a moving violation (not turning her headlights on, which needless to say could be quite dangerous). Her son and husband are U.S. citizens, but...

DOJ investigation claims Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" (immigration, Arizona, Maricopa County) - 12/15/11

... others' letters. UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security has also apparently suspended Arpaio's ability to take part in immigration enforcement. Per tweets by Lacey: * ICE to #Arpaio: immigration authorities will no longer respond to sheriff's deputies' traffic stops, civil infractions or minor offenses. * "These steps will ensure that ICE detainees are not subject to the violations detailed...

Is Elizabeth Warren fake? (opposes Secure Communities immigration enforcement) - 09/20/11

... program. It's described by the Department of Homeland Security at ice.gov/secure_communities: For decades, local jurisdictions have shared the fingerprints of individuals who are booked into jails with the FBI to see if they have a criminal record. Under Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints to ICE to check against its immigration databases. If these checks reveal that...

Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't - 08/25/11

On August 18, Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security announced an administrative amnesty that could cover 300,000 or more illegal aliens. The PDF here (write-up here) has a peek inside how that sausage was promoted, if not made. (Make sure and see each link if you aren't familiar with these groups; this site has more extensive archives on illegal immigration supporters than almost every...

Obama declares administrative mini-amnesty: will review all 300,000 facing deportation hearings (UPDATE: open the floodgates?) - 08/18/11

... 300,000 illegal aliens (link). The Department of Homeland Security will conduct an individual review of all 300,000 deportation hearings with the goal of allowing some of them to stay here. And, instead of deporting illegal aliens in order to free up jobs for Americans, some of those who'll be allowed to stay will be given work permits. Per DHS secretary Janet Napolitano: "From a law enforcement...

Big Business wants more skilled immigration; Alejandro Mayorkas does their bidding as fast as he can (USCIS, U.S. Chamber, NFAP, AILA, Jacoby, USCCB) - 08/18/11

... evidence, pointed to a recent Aug. 2 Department of Homeland Security and USCIS announcement to increase transparency and efficiency around visas for skilled workers. Mayorkas said that he thought some of the group's recommendations were "well taken" but explained that he would have to further examine them to determine whether they might amount to regulatory and statutory changes -- ones that...

DHS makes Secure Communities nationwide, no opt-out (so far). Lofgren, ACLU, NAKASEC, FIRM, CHIRLA, ICIRR, MIRA, Frank Sharry, NIF outraged. - 08/08/11

... some good news for a change: The Department of Homeland Security notified 39 governors Friday that the fingerprint-sharing program did not need their approval to operate in their states, and said it had voided agreements they had signed to authorize their states' participation, according to a copy of the letter. "This change will have no effect on the operation of Secure Communities in your...

DHS sued for information on criminal illegal aliens turned over to them (Prince William County) - 08/04/11

... long-anticipated lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The suit demands the release of records pertaining to the criminal illegal aliens detained and transferred by the County to DHS pursuant to its detainer requests since 2008. In July 2007, Prince William County implemented an illegal immigration enforcement policy that serves as a model for local jurisdictions. The policy...

DHS now using loopholes to allow more skilled immigration, no legislation required (Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS) - 08/03/11

The Department of Homeland Security's USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced yesterday that they're going to be allowing more skilled immigration, even as millions of Americans - including tech workers - are unemployed. Rather than putting it to a vote by trying to pass a bill, they're going to be using loopholes in the current laws. From this: Alejandro Mayorkas, director of...

DHS officials misled about backdoor amnesty for illegal aliens (Houston, John Morton) - 06/27/11

From this: Homeland Security officials misled the public and Congress last year in an effort to downplay a wave of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities amid accusations that they had created a "back-door amnesty," newly released records show. The records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, include a series of internal memos from Immigration and Customs...

DHS revises Secure Communities to enable illegal immigration (John Morton, ACLU, CHIRLA, NDLON, NIF, AILA, NYT, Ammiano) - 06/20/11

... immigration supporters against the Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement program "Secure Communities" has at least partly succeeded as ICE chief John Morton announced changes to that program. Those changes will reinforce the message that the Obama administration has been sending for years: illegal aliens who don't commit major crimes get to stay (see Obama immigration, Janet...

DHS IG to investigate Secure Communities in [August 2010] (Zoe Lofren) - 05/20/11

[IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW] Per this, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (Charles Edwards) will be investigating the Secure Communities program in 2012. Edwards says the investigation seeks "to determine the extent to which ICE uses the program to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the United States." Rep. Zoe Lofgren - an immigration lawyer and supporter of...

Lax DHS policies resulted in illegal alien drunk driver killing a nun - 03/04/11

... lax policies on the part of the Department of Homeland Security, an illegal alien who had been convicted of drunk driving and had a series of other run-ins with police was not deported immediately. Instead, he was put into DHS' "Alternatives to Detention" program and in August 2010 he drove drunk and killed a nun and seriously injured two other nuns. Read about it here, including the following...

Border Patrol used beanbags against armed bandits (Brian Terry) - 03/03/11

... before Congress today (link): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a congressional panel Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his fellow agents were not under orders to refrain from using lethal force in a December gunbattle near the Mexican border that resulted in Mr. Terry´s death. Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Miss Napolitano said...

GAO: DHS has "operational control" of just 44% of the border; only 15% is "controlled" - 02/17/11

... Accountability Office) report, the Department of Homeland Security only has "operational control" of 44% of the U.S.-Mexico border, and only 15% of the border is "controlled" (the highest level that GAO measured). A write-up is here and the PDF is at this link. On the plus side, the percentage under operational control has been rising over the past five years (see the chart in the PDF). And, in...

DHS cover up of WMD smuggled into U.S.? San Diego port CBP official interview - 02/14/11

... the U.S. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security denies that such an incident ever happened. Obviously, there are a lot of possibilities here. The DHS could be lying (which wouldn't be surprising). The DHS official could be following orders to try to scare people (see Were terror alerts faked to elect Bush?) If you're on the fringe, maybe the DHS could be planning a false flag...

DHS uses Giffords shooting to push loose borders political agenda (Jared Lee Loughner, American Renaissance) - 01/09/11

... DHS. See the updates below.] The Department of Homeland Security and various media sources are using the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner as an opportunity to try to smear opponents of illegal immigration, focusing on the higher-level white racial separatist group American Renaissance (DHS memo at [1], report at [2]). Not only do they get that group's ideas wrong, but they...

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, several others shot; Palin, Tea Party candidate - 01/08/11

... be even worse. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is using this as an opportunity to try to smear opponents of illegal immigration, stupidly focusing on the higher-level white racial separatist group American Renaissance (Maggie Haberman, Politico, link). A Department of Homeland Security memo quoted by Fox News says the agency is looking into whether Loughner is “possibly linked” to...

ICE cooked the books on record number of deportations - 12/21/10

Earlier this month, the George Soros-funded Center for Investigative Reporting offered this: For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations. But in reaching 392,862 deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement included more than 19,000 immigrants who had exited the previous...

U.S. bows to United Nations Human Rights Council, ACLU helps (Arizona, SB1070) - 11/05/10

In Geneva today the United Nations Human Rights Council met to assess the U.S.'s record on human rights, or at least human rights as they see them. And, as previously discussed, the report from the U.S. government mentions Arizona's recent SB1070 immigration law. While I downplayed the significance of this in the earlier post, perhaps I should raise the alert level given that one of the groups...