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Watch for the "Clergy Response Teams" (quell citizens after martial law) - 08/17/07

The following is an actual news report from Shreveport's KSLA (text here and in extended entry) discussing how the DHS is working with local religious leaders as part of "Clergy Response Teams" who would tell the citizens to give up their guns and abide by any martial law restrictions. Speculation on this here; note that back in 2006 Prison Planet posted this: A Pastor has come forward to...

Bush admin scam: Social Security "no match" letters will have little effect ("tough" new DHS policy) - 08/17/07

This has to be read in its entirety to be believed. The Bush administration can't even keep a scam going for a few days. Days after unveiling a major crackdown on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, the Bush administration is now quietly admitting that its most heavily touted weapon in pursuing employers will be virtually useless. ...But Homeland Security officials acknowledged this week...

EWIC, NILC have a scheme to block DHS no-match push - 08/15/07

From this, we receive word that Laura Reiff of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition tried to block funding for the recently announced supposed push by the DHS to enforce the Social Security number no-match regulations. They apparently didn't find anyone willing to help them out, so, together with attorney Monica Guizar from the National Immigration Law Center, they're trying a new tack:...

National Guard border force to be halved; "private contractors" to augment Border Patrol? - 07/26/07

From this: The number of National Guard troops posted near the southern border nationally and in Arizona will drop by half in September, but federal officials have assured Gov. Janet Napolitano that key personnel will remain... While those numbers will drop by half within the next couple of months, Napolitano said the drawdown will involve troops performing administrative duties, not those...

Raul Grijalva wants to secure border ecologically soundly (Defenders of Wildlife) - 06/13/07

... bill provisions: * Provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the ability to decide whether fences, vehicle barriers or virtual fences would be most effective in securing the border. * Gives land management agencies, Native American tribes and local communities a voice in border construction decisions. * Requires compliance with laws meant to protect the air, water, wildlife...

WFMOJALI: New Haven's John DeStefano to file complaint over ICE raid - 06/12/07

... file a complaint with the DHS (Department of Homeland Security): He said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents failed to notify local authorities of the operation and lacked search warrants. "They pushed into homes without warrants," DeStefano said. "This was just very aggressive intervention." The city plans to forward witness statements to federal officials describing how parents were...

ACLU has "concerns" about Senate immigration amnesty bill - 05/26/07

From their press release [1]: The American Civil Liberties Union today [5/25/07] expressed grave concerns about the due process and privacy implications of the Senate immigration bill. The proposed legislation would create a vast federal database to verify the work eligibility of all job applicants in America - including U.S.

Fmr CBP Chief Robert Bonner criticizes Ramos/Compean sentences - 05/09/07

... agency in 2003 as a part of the Department of Homeland Security, says the lengthy prison sentences handed two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting a fleeing drug-smuggling suspect were excessive. Robert S. Bonner, a former federal judge and veteran prosecutor who also headed the U.S.

Orwell Alert: Temporary Protected Status extended 18 more months - 05/02/07

... an 18-month extension. The Department of Homeland Security is allowing the added time for citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status. Salvadorans have had the status since early 2001 after two earthquakes killed 12-hundred people.

Chicago: fake document raid leads to pro-illegal immigration protest - 04/25/07

[IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW] Rally 'round the document forgers! A federal raid against ID fraud yesterday in Chicago shows one of the dangers of failing to enforce the immigration laws: illegal activity becomes defined as a part of ethnic solidarity. In the past, Italian-American groups have complained about things like The Godfather. In this situation, ethno-centric reporters and groups are...

Deval Patrick knew about New Bedford immigration raid in February ("humanitarian crisis") - 03/14/07

After the New Bedford immigration raid, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick ranted against the Feds, claiming that they had caused a "humanitarian crisis" due to the children of illegal aliens involved. In fact, this has become a stock talking point of the usual supporters of illegal immigration, with John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, William Delahunt, and Barney Frank supporting "grieving" illegal...

Sen. Patrick Leahy begins comprehensive immigration "reform" hearings - 02/28/07

... Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. At the hearing, Leahy pressed the Bush Administration officials for firm and clear commitments from them to work with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Trust me: they're on board, not doing their stated jobs just as hard as they can. "Finding help on the farm is becoming...

Michael Chertoff promotes illegal immigration in Mexico - 02/16/07

Speaking in Mexico before the American Chamber of Commerce, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff promoted illegal immigration: Comprehensive immigration reform, he said, would allow U.S. law enforcement to "focus more on the people that we don't want in the country under any circumstances, namely the criminals and the dangerous folks." "Every time a Border Patrol officer is transporting a load of...

Wells Fargo knows many of its customers are illegal aliens - 02/14/07

... problematic," said Russ Knocke, a [Department of Homeland Security] spokesman. "It seems to be lending itself to possibilities of perpetrating identity theft or creating more risk for money laundering." ...[Rep. Tom Tancredo] said he sent a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking them to look into the program. "I...

Ramos/Compean: "Government admits lying about jailed border agents" - 02/07/07

... adminstration's side in this matter: A Department of Homeland Security official admitted today the agency misled Congress when it contended it possessed investigative reports proving Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean confessed guilt and declared they "wanted to shoot some Mexicans" prior to the incident that led to their imprisonment. ...Under questioning by [Rep.

Ramos/Compean: prison beating; supervisors knew of incident; written report not allowed - 02/06/07

... or the Lou Dobbs show. And: A Department of Homeland Security internal memo discloses seven Border Patrol agents and two supervisors were at the scene of

Bush '08 budget only covers half of border fence - 02/05/07

... along the other parts. The Department of Homeland Security has argued that only 370 miles of actual border fencing is needed, saying a "virtual fence" would suffice elsewhere. Congress, though, rejected that and insisted on 700 miles of double-tier fencing, even specifying its general locations in the bill... Anyone promotes "comprehensive immigration reform" and says that it includes...

Boycott Desert Schools Credit Union - 01/31/07

... institution will partner with the Department of Homeland Security and report to them who's in an undocumented situation or not," Garcia said. "We're not going to be required to notify an agency if we find out they're undocumented. We're not required by law to do that." It's so good that they're concerned about our laws. Another quote source in the article is Ruben Ramos, director of public...

New Haven's John DeStefano helps feds profit from illegal activity - 01/30/07

... shares the ITIN list with the Department of Homeland Security, which handles immigration issues. Matos said her research showed the IRS and homeland security office have been "reluctant" to get into each other's business concerning ITIN participants. In the ITIN's eight years of existence, only two instances have come up where ITIN filers ended up in trouble with immigration officials, Matos...

DHS OIG: immigrants were mistreated at detention facilities - 01/17/07

The DHS's (Department of Homeland Security) inspector general has released a report claiming that immigrants - apparently both legal and illegal - were mistreated at various ICE facilities around the country: ...U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and contractors denied timely medical treatment to some of the immigrants, failed to disclose and justify disciplinary actions...

Deval Patrick rescinds Mitt Romney's DHS partnership agreement - 01/12/07

Massachusetts' new governor, Deval Patrick, has shown himself to be a true Democrat by rescinding an agreement arranged by Mitt Romney with the feds that allowed state troopers to arrest illegal aliens. His alternate plan is to allow officials at two state prisons to determine the immigration status of prisoners and then somehow recommend them for deportation. They would probably need to do that...

EWIC, U.S. C of C blocked DHS "no-match" regulation? - 01/11/07

... told her at a meeting at U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters in late December that his office was giving low-wage employers "a little Christmas present" by not sending the proposed regulation to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. Failure to send a regulation to OMB effectively kills the proposed reform bureaucratically, out of the public eye... More at both...

Tom Ridge recommends the Swiss Army Knife? - 12/05/06

Will the horrors of the Bush administration never end?

Amnesty proponents can't be trusted (Democrats waver on border fence) - 11/11/06

... Congress. Mr. Thompson said the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new border enforcement program, known as the Secure Border Initiative or SBI Net -- which includes monitors, cameras and other integrated surveillance systems -- is a viable alternative to fencing. "We might do away with it, or look at [integrating it into] SBI Net," he said. "A virtual fence rather than a real one...

"The virus that ate DHS" - 11/08/06

... Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There was apparently some form of cover-up involved, and it took Wired a year's worth of FOIA requests and court orders to get the full documentation of the incident.

Ramos/Compean: smear? CBP head won't criticize prosecution - 10/29/06

The latest on the case of Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean - who appear to have been railroaded by our government - includes the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Ralph Basham, refusing to "criticize [their] prosecution" (link). Regarding the letter that twelve House members sent asking for an investigation, Tony Snow says: "Let's wait and see what the hearing produces...

"[USCIS] Whistle-blower let go" - 10/03/06

From this: An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S.

David Norquist (brother of Grover) is CFO of DHS - 09/23/06

... Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, and he was approved in May. From the 1/17/06 WH press release (tinyurl.com/k779c): Mr. Norquist currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Budget and Appropriations Affairs).

Boeing to build "virtual" fence; Tohono O'odham Indians might oppose real fence - 09/20/06

Boeing has apparently been selected as the contractor for a small, initial part of the proposed "virtual" fence on the southern border. This is not to be confused with the plan currently being voted on in Congress. Boeing will get $80 million for the first phase of the "Secure Border Initiative", but might get as much as (and probably more than) $2 billion over six years.

WSJ, Los Angeles Times promote "guest" worker programs - 09/18/06

What a coincidence. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal offered "As U.S. Debates Guest Workers, They Are Here Now".

Roberto Maldonado: Cook County should be an illegal alien sanctuary - 09/09/06

Via this we learn that Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado wants to make the county a sanctuary for illegal aliens ("County measure would shield illegal immigrants").

Mike Pence "compromise" amnesty pimped by Chertoff, White House - 08/24/06

As predicted, earlier today DHS chief Michael Chertoff joined with Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to pimp the latter's massive illegal alien amnesty and "guest" worker scheme. You know, the scheme that would allow unlimited immigrants and the one that's supported by the WaPo.

"Terrorist screening missed 75% of time" - 08/24/06

From Sara Carter: An estimated 75 percent of applicants for immigrant benefits - green cards, work visas, and a host of other documents - at a major federal processing center were not screened through the U.S. terrorism watch list over the past four years, the Daily Bulletin has learned. The error - on nearly 3 million applications dating to 2002 - was confirmed by U.S. Citizenship and...

"Illegals From Terror-Sponsoring Nations at Large in US" - 08/21/06

This is a couple weeks old, but from this: Almost half of the illegal aliens arriving in the U.S. from terrorist-sponsoring or "special interest" nations in the past few years have been released into the American population following their apprehension.

Immigrant Mobilization Project, Nilda Flores-Gonzalez - 08/18/06

In the July 18 post Esther J. Cepeda: "May [illegal immigration] marchers mostly U.S. citizens" I discussed the findings of a "study" done by a group calling itself the "Immigrant Mobilization Project" which was supposedly affiliated with the University of Illinois-Chicago.

National Restaurant Association wants DHS to finesse 'no-match' letters - 08/17/06

... and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).