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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 blow the whistle on a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.

In March of this year [2006] the Pastor, who we shall refer to as Pastor Revere, was invited to attend a meeting of his local FEMA chapter which circulated around preparedness for a potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.

The FEMA directors told the Pastors that attended that it was their job to help implement FEMA and Homeland Security directives in anticipation of any of these eventualities. The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to "obey the government" when martial law is declared.

Full text of the article:
Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

Charleton Heston's now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, "over my cold, dead hands."

While Heston, then serving as the NRA President, made those remarks in response to calls for more gun control laws at the time, those words live on. Heston's declaration captured a truly American value: An over-arching desire to protect our freedoms.

But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.

If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie "The Siege", easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the 'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.

Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff's Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team's mission, "the primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'"

Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."

Civil rights advocates believe the amount of public cooperation during such a time of unrest may ultimately depend on how long they expect a suspension of rights might last.

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 that because of a privacy provision in the IRS code, immigration officials will actually have no way of knowing which employers have received "no-match" letters, which have complied and which have not...

...Left untouched, however, was section 6103 of the IRS code - a privacy provision the government has long interpreted to mean that Social Security officials are forbidden from sharing tax information with other agencies...

..."I think this is viewed as more of a self-enforcing thing," said John Gay, top lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, which represents about 1.4 million estimated employees in California. "This is another tool in their kit. It's easier to establish a violation with these rules."

Tom Nassif, president of the California Grower's Association, said any "no-match" letters a company receives will come out during a civil trial if that business is ever cited for immigration violations...

...[Steven Camarota, research director for the Center of Immigration Studies] said he suspects the Bush administration hopes the business community, whose division over the recent Senate immigration compromise bill helped lead to its failure, will be galvanized into action by the threat of economic upheaval.

"They don't really want to upset the apple cart, they just want to tip it back and forth and act like they're doing something," Camarota said of the administration's rules.

...Nassif agreed but called it a risky gamble with the country's economy...

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:

Among the ideas under consideration are seeking approval of a resolution under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used tool that allows Congress to review and overrule regulations, or raising the question of whether the rules violate the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which require agencies to consider the impact of their regulatory actions on small businesses.

Anything to "help" "immigrants".

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 conducting surveillance and other security functions...

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

The fourth edition of WFMOJALI ("Working for Mexico, or just acts like it?") features New Haven, Connecticut mayor John DeStefano, who's affiliated with the former leader of an organization that's collaborating with the Mexican government. ICE recently conducted raids in that city, and now DeStefano says he'll 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 arrested in front of their children. Agents refused to identify themselves and told those in the houses to shut up, according to the statements... "I just can't see how you can't view them as frightening in terms of respecting the rights of people, whether they're documented or undocumented," DeStefano said. DeStefano... also said the operation raised concerns of racial profiling. Most of those arrested were Hispanic...

After other raids, both Deval Patrick and Tom Vilsack said they hadn't received proper notification; both claims were since debunked. No doubt that will be the same in this case:

Bruce Chadbourne, field office director for ICE, said officers had permission to enter the homes from those present and acted professionally. He said the agency did notify New Haven police weeks before the operation about executing warrants and denied engaging in racial profiling.

Others involved: Sens. Christopher Dodd and Joe Lieberman and state Rep. Rosa DeLauro want "clarification". And:

"You can't use an arrest warrant to go into a home to arrest whoever happens to be there," [Michael Wishnie, a Yale law professor who is representing most of those arrested] said. "They lacked consent and the lacked a search warrant. These home invasions were unlawful."

Previously:
"Smiley" Jeff Flake, WFMOJALI Luis Gutierrez promote their amnesty
WFMOJALI: Gil Cedillo wants driver's licenses for illegal aliens, again and againWFMOJALI: Kyrsten Sinema (Minutemen as "domestic terrorists")

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

From this:
The former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who helped organize the 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

From our Orwell Alert/'When "Temporary" Means "Permanent"' file comes this:
Central Americans who are legally in the U-S because their countries were slammed by natural disasters are getting 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 condemning enforcement of federal law and excusing illegal activity. And, needless to say, at least one Catholic Church is involved.

From Esther J. Cepeda of the Chicago Sun-Times comes "'Soldiers bombarded our neighborhood'" (link):
Heavily armed officers from several federal agencies locked down a strip mall in a fraudulent-document bust Tuesday, scaring residents and triggering an angry rally at one of Little Village's busiest intersections that lasted into the evening.

"Soldiers bombarded our neighborhood," said Baltazar Enriquez, 30, a lifelong Little Village resident. "It looked like they were marching into Iraq."
One of the stores in the mall was "Foto Munoz", run by the father of Alderman Ricardo Munoz (22nd). He wasn't arrested but a camera was taken into custody.
The raid was part of a probe of identification fraud, according to the U.S. attorney's office. "It's an ICE-led investigation; we're assisting them," said FBI spokesman Ross Rice, speaking of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Agents were carrying out a search warrant, he said. The target was sellers of phony Social Security and green cards, authorities said. Although there were a few arrests, U.S. attorney's officials and ICE refused to provide a number.

As word of the raid spread, a crowd of about 250 gathered in the intersection at Albany and 26th as activists exhorted the crowd to take the day's events as reason to join a May 1 march. Trying to cool residents' heated tempers, the Rev. Brandon Curran of St. Pius the Fifth Catholic Church in Pilsen led a prayer in the middle of the street.
Rafael Romo of CBS 2 Chicago says:
Anger, frustration and, ultimately, solidarity spilled into the streets of Little Village Tuesday afternoon. Chicago police only showed up after residents flooded 26th Stree and Albany Avenue. Participants held signs that said things like "no one is illegal."

..."Selling illegal papers to immigrants so we can work, basically. That's all we buy them for, is to work," said Little Village resident Luz Nolasco. "But apparently that's against the law and God forbid we help America!"

..."It's a show of force. We believe it was done to intimidate this community. We can't see it any other way," said Ald. George Cardenas (12th). "The number of people involved in this operation is just overwhelming."

..."It was way overkill. They had machine guns, shotguns, bullet-proof vests. It was a huge, huge endeavor," [Ald. Ricardo Munoz] said. "They struck fear into the heart of the Little Village community.
Note that a couple photos for that report were provided by Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

And, John Garcia of ABC 7/WLS says:
The agents on hand Tuesday included FBI and immigrations officers who had search warrants for an alleged fake ID documentation organization. According to sources, a wide range of fraudulent documents were allegedly being made and distributed at the mall. But protesters say there was no reason to frighten the entire community over it.

"We are not here to stop anybody from enforcing the law. But there is common sense into this thing. Why do it in such a public way as to intimidate the people here in this community?" said Alderman George Cardenas, 12th Ward...

..."They just did a mass intimidation. They made us believe out here that they were arresting everybody that was here, but they came in with the intention to stop people from marching on May 1. They haven't done this like this from when I can remember. It's clear to us what their intentions are," said Roberto Lopez, Centro Sin Fronteras...

..."People are calling about their families and want to know what's happening," said Diego Bonesatti, a spokesman for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

He said the organization strongly opposes the timing and manner of the investigation, noting that a week of activities in support of immigration reform is planned nationwide, including citizenship workshops, community meetings and marches planned for May 1.


UPDATE: Now that you've seen what the ethno-centric reporters, aldermen, and groups have to say, take a gander at the shocking PDF from the U.S. Attorney describing the sort of criminals they were after. Would even the NCLR or LULAC stoop to defending people like that?

UPDATE 2: For the less gory MSM version, see this.

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 aliens.

Now, a different picture is emerging. Namely, the Patrick administration had months of foreknowledge of the raids and seemingly every chance in the world to try to prevent the "crisis". From this:
"We had an open and frequent exchange of information to make sure that (the state Department of Social Services) were getting information on child-care issues," said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Marc Raimondi. "We're going above and beyond the role of a law-enforcement agency to address humanitarian concerns."

Mr. Raimondi said ICE met with state officials regarding the raid as early as August 2006, and met with Deval Patrick's administration in late December as well as Harry Spence, director of the DSS.

...He said ICE officials made every effort to determine if those illegal immigrants arrested were the sole caregivers for children. Of the 361 people arrested at the scene March 6, 60 were released within 24 hours, he said. Since then, at the urging of DSS, ICE has released 20 Salvadorean immigrants being held in Massachusetts jails and 10 people of various nationalities being held in Texas...

...Mr. Raimondi said some immigrants arrested at the factory were not telling the truth about their children, making it difficult to assess their situation after the raid...
This has caused even Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara to turn (via this) on Deval Patrick:
...Patrick himself was told in February [about] the raid...

...As late as yesterday afternoon Nancy Fernandez Mills, communications director for the Patrick administration, was insisting that "the governor was not told and did not know the raid was happening until it was going on" and that "DSS did not know about this raid until it was in progress."

Told that, in fact, members of Patrick's Cabinet had briefed him about the operation weeks ago and that Spence had participated in a conference call with ICE the day before the raid -- a fact the commissioner himself acknowledged in yesterday's newspapers -- she reconsidered: "I'd like to retract that statement until I talk to someone who actually knows something about this timeline."

It is going to be a long four years.
Their handling of this is strangely similar to Tom Vilsack possibly misleading about the Swift raid in Iowa. Wouldn't it just be easier on corrupt Democrats like Patrick and Vilsack if they decided to tell the truth and support our laws from the start?

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

From his site (leahy.senate.gov/press/200702/022807.html):

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), held a hearing Wednesday to set the stage for work on comprehensive immigration reform, featuring Department of Commerce 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 increasingly difficult for hundreds of Vermont farms," said Leahy. "Many have turned to migrant workers from Mexico and Central America. Currently, Vermont dairies are depending on an estimated 2,000 foreign workers. We need to bring order and common sense to a broken system. Vermont dairy farmers should not have to choose between saving their family farms and obeying the law."

Obviously the system is broken, but not in the way that Leahy pretends it is. Since he knows many dairy farmers are employing illegal aliens, why isn't he looking into why Chertoff isn't raiding those farms? Isn't that what Leahy and Chertoff are supposed to be doing? Instead, they're collaborating to find a workaround for our laws.

Give Leahy a call and suggest he does his job: 202-224-4242

Pro immigration groups seek formal political power - 02/23/07

Chicago Tribune/Oscar Avila and Antonio Olivo/[[August 14, 2006]]/formerly at chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0608140113aug14,1,5158964.story?coll=chi-newslocalnorthwest-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

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 future housekeepers and landscapers to someplace to be returned, he's not looking for drug dealers or drug loads," Chertoff said.
He's saying that there are two types of illegal immigration: the bad kind, and the acceptable kind. Due to all the constantly-noted negatives, neither kind are acceptable: political corruption, political influence for Mexico inside the U.S., increased crime, increased costs, and on and on. Chertoff doesn't see it that way. And, of course, his job is to prevent both kinds. His job is not to blackmail the U.S. into accepting a massive amnesty.

And, if Bush and now Chertoff had done their jobs, there would be no need for any sort of prioritorization: most of those "future housekeepers and landscapers" wouldn't consider trying to cross the border.

As for the "housekeepers" bit, I can almost hear Tamar Jacoby or one of the other cheap labor promoters say the same thing. In fact, they have: this is a standard talking point I refer to as the "busboys canard". Tamar Jacoby, Bush, the Wall Street Journal, David Brooks, and John Fund have all said something very similar, and Rudy Guiliani joined in just recently.

Chertoff is corrupt and incompetent; if Bush weren't the same, Chertoff would have been replaced long ago.

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

The not-exactly-in-depth L.A. Times article "Banking on illegal immigrants" by E. Scott Reckard, David Streitfeld and Adrian G. Uribarri discusses the backlash to Bank of America's credit card for illegal aliens. It informs us:
"At face value the program seems to be 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 hope the administration will shut down this reckless and illegal program before Bank of America extends a line of credit to a potential terrorist," said Tancredo, a hard-line foe of illegal immigration...
Then, almost at the bottom of the article, we're treated to the news that another bank knows exactly who it's dealing with:
Since then, Wells has opened more than 1 million accounts for Mexicans using the consular card. It also accepts Guatemalan, Argentine and Colombian identity cards. The assumption is that most immigrants using the cards to identify themselves are here illegally, Wells Fargo spokeswoman Trigg said, but the bank doesn't ask.

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

It's not looking too good for that small number of people who've taken the Bush 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

The saga of the two Border Patrol agents who strongly appear to have been railroaded by the Bush administration continues with the news that BP Agent Ramos has been beaten in prison by five Hispanics after they recognized him from either an episode of America's Most Wanted 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

I think we could have seen this coming from 700 miles away:
President Bush's new budget would pay for only about half of the 700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border fence he and Congress four months ago promised to build.

Boycott Desert Schools Credit Union - 01/31/07

Desert Schools Credit Union (desertschools.org) - the largest in Arizona - is explicitly marketing accounts to illegal aliens. If you have an account there, please move it somewhere else and let them know why you're doing that.

The details on their scheme are provided here:
...The state's largest credit union is bracing for similar fallout [to that of insignificant issue of the pesos-for-pizzas company] as it begins marketing savings accounts to undocumented immigrants.

Officials at Desert Schools Credit Union say the potential reward - thousands of new customers - justifies the risk of angering a few customers. Ignoring the state's fastest-growing population could be the equivalent of corporate suicide, one business expert said...

...The credit union offers reassurances that account holders will still have access to the funds, even if they're deported, [Emma Garcia, Desert Schools director of community development] said, a fear that with the passage of legislation like Proposition 200 is becoming more prevalent within the Hispanic community.

"They're afraid that that 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 affairs with Arvizu Advertising and Promotions and a former chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He's also a former Bank One vice president who helped lead the fight against Proposition 200. His involvement with the credit union is unclear, but he's quoted as saying:
"Fundamentally, I don't see anything negative that might be associated with what the credit union is trying to do, if people have a broader context about what the alternatives are for this segment of the population."
As you might expect, JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic doesn't provide any balance to the article by suggesting the major negative involved here: Desert Schools is profiting from behavior which is illegal, and it's horrible public policy to allow companies to profit from illegal activity. When a company finds a profit center, they tend to take actions to keep making a profit. That may put DS in the position of encouraging illegal immigration in order to make even more money, such as by supporting open borders candidates like Kyrsten Sinema.

And, why stop at illegal aliens? Don't drugrunners and people traffickers have even more money? Should Desert Schools go after that market as well?

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

John DeStefano is the mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, a city that CT or the federal government should consider investigating and temporarily taking over if necessary. He has links to the non-profit group "JUNTA for Progressive Action", and that group is collaborating with the Mexican government.

Since we last checked in with this situation, Kica Matos - former executive director of Junta - is now "City Hall's new immigrant policy guru and mayoral staffer". She is or was the wife of Henry Fernandez, DeStefano's campaign manager in his failed bid to be governor of their state. Laura Huizar - formerly the program coordinator for economic development at Junta - now leads the group.

And, DeStefano has now announced that the city's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program - which helps low-income people file tax returns - is open to illegal aliens. And, both Matos (bear in mind, a City Hall staffer) and Junta will be reaching out to those illegal aliens to get them in the program.
The city's popular tax assistance program, formed by this public-private coalition, helped 773 New Haven residents claim $1.8 million in refunds and tax credits last year, and hopes to expand its volunteer base to serve 1,000 this year, according to City Hall.

VITA added another feature: Low-income people can sign up for an IDA (individual development account), where each dollar they save will by matched by two dollars from Empower New Haven.

Why would undocumented immigrants volunteer to file taxes, especially when they don't qualify for social security benefits or the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax break for the working poor?

Many already pay taxes and might hope for a tax refund.

Others are "hoping that in some point in time" the U.S. would pass a law granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants who've been living here for a certain number of years. Tax receipts would not only prove residency but also strengthen their case for citizenship, explained City Hall's new immigrant policy guru and mayoral staffer, Kica Matos.

The program's expansion to include the undocumented follows in the vein of the city's new immigrant protection policy, which allows immigrants to call police without fear of deportation.
We're also treated to the charming thoughts of the mayor:
"If you're a member of the community, you're working in the community, you're enjoying the benefits of the community, and you should pay taxes in the community... We're going to help folks do that, explain how they can do that, and not feel threatened that they're somehow being turned into immigration as a result."
Have you ever done something, knowing what you were doing was not just wrong but a bit sleazy? I'm sure that at least one or two people present might have gotten that uneasy feeling somewhere during the proceedings, perhaps here:
Can they be assured they won't be deported? "There are no assurances," replied Matos. An IRS (Internal Revenue Services) spokeswoman didn't return a request for comment as to whether the IRS 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 said.
UPDATE: The New Haven Independent approved and then later deleted the following comment I left on the article:
If you live in CT, please contact your state reps and governor and urge them to investigate and consider temporarily taking over New Haven:

- Junta is collaborating with the Mexican government (tinyurl.com/2f973c)

- DeStefano has links to Junta, including his former campaign managed being married to their former exec director (Matos) and Matos now working for City Hall

- Matos and Junta will be "reaching out" to illegal aliens to get them into a "city-backed" program

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 against them, and improperly limited access to relatives, lawyers and immigration authorities, according to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.

Detention officers failed to establish a system to report abuse and violated health and safety rules by neglecting to monitor prisoners on hunger strikes or suicide watches and by serving undercooked food, the report said...
However:
Civil liberties and immigrant advocacy groups are stepping up scrutiny of conditions. Jorge Bustamante, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights of immigrants, has asked to visit U.S. detention centers next month.

Critics of the agency called the report disappointing, contending that it watered down recommendations and ignored the most serious allegations of abuse collected since June 2004, which they said included physical beatings, medical neglect, food shortages and mixing of illegal immigrants in administrative custody with criminals.
I think we know what the U.N. is going to say. Our homegrown far-lefties mentioned as complaining are: "Judy Rabinovitz, a lawyer with the ACLU immigrants rights project"; "Eric Lerner, a spokesman for the New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee"; and "Bryan Lonegan, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society in New York City".

If all the ACLU and the others did was complain about and try to end such possible abuses, that would be one thing and they might get more widespread support. Unfortunately, as their actions (and the ACLU's indirect link to the Mexican government) consistently show, their agenda is much more broad and seems to be an attempt to weaken our enforcement of immigration laws across the board.

Independent Task Force on Immigration - 01/15/07

A group convened by the Migration Policy Institute in partnership with Manhattan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars which published "Immigration and America's Future:A New Chapter" ( link) in [[September, 2006]]. Supports a "new, secure Social Security card" (possibly a national ID card) and "path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants" (a massive amnesty for illegal aliens).

As of creation time, this is the list of those involved:

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 through ICE or similar.

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

Via this Dan Stein says:
Representatives of the Essential Workers [Immigration] Coalition (see their member roster: [[Essential Workers [Immigration] Coalition]]) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have asserted that they have successfully sabotaged implementation of a proposed DHS regulation which would require employers who receive 'no-match' letters from the Social Security Administration to correct the discrepancy, or be considered to have "constructive knowledge" of unlawful hiring of illegal aliens at their business.

On a January 11, 2006 teleconference for immigration lawyers sponsored by the American Bar Association, Laura Reiff, a former INS attorney representing low-wage employers who hire large numbers of illegal aliens, said that the Chief Counsel of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)* Alfonso Robles, 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 links.

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

One of the clearest arguments against "comprehensive immigration reform" (aka a massive amnesty) is that the new laws would be enforced in the same manner as the current laws: only when necessary and unwillingly so. This amnesty will fail in the same ways as the 1986 amnesty, and the same forces that oppose enforcement now will continue to oppose enforcement, and they'll have even more power as a result of the amnesty.

And, they're tipping their hand even before beginning to push for the amnesty. From "Democrats to 'revisit' law creating border fence":
Democrats will look again at the legislation mandating 698 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and might seek to scrap the plan altogether when they take control of Congress next year.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, told reporters this week that he expected to "revisit" the issue when he becomes chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in the 110th 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."

President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff have voiced similar concerns about building the fence...
Thompson's immigration-related votes get an F-, and some of his votes are listed here.

However, from a May 4 article:
"Most blacks don't think migrant workers hurt their chances to get work, with the exception of a few industries -- most notably construction -- and they want to show solidarity with the immigrants," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat.

But, he said, people are put off by the rhetoric used to support a guest-worker program for illegal aliens already in the U.S.

"The most insulting thing you hear is that [immigrants] are doing jobs that we won't do ... as if the idea is that if we won't do a back-breaking job for $5.15 an hour without protections -- health care, workers' compensation -- [it] means we are shiftless and lazy. That is simply an insult," Mr. Thompson said...

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

Via this comes this Wired story about a computer virus that shut down the US-VISIT computer system used by the Customs and 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

How do you know the Bush administration isn't even trying to hide how corrupt and incompetent they are? Perhaps this is a bit of clue. Back in January David L. Norquist - brother of Grover Norquist - was selected to be the 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 Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City.

"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

From a press release:
The National Restaurant Association this week sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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