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GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

... encouraged, not attacked. The pending Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately. The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built. In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and...

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

... said. UPDATE 2: After the decision, the Department of Justice (probably their Civil Rights Division, led Thomas Perez) re-publicized a hotline for civil rights complaints: 1-855-353-1010. That number has been in place since at least October of last year and has been used to solicit complaints about other states attempting to deal with illegal immigration. The associated email address SB1070@...

Why is Fast and Furious an approved topic for establishment conservatives and libertarians? - 06/24/12

I was more than a bit surprised to see Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine squaring off with Rachel Maddow over Fast and Furious - and taking the American side of that issue (link). Gillespie supports something akin to literally open borders, and Reason is funded in part by the bad-on-immigration Koch family. Given his and Reason's history, I would have been less surprised if he'd sided with the...

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

The Department of Justice's politically-motivated quasi-witchhunt of Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has concluded with a report claiming that Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" and unreasonably targeted Latinos. You can read the report here, and make sure and see my notes below. First, from the New York Times writeup by Marc Lacey (link): After an investigation that lasted...

Mexico, 15 other countries file brief against Alabama immigration law; Mexico/DOJ/ACLU/SPLC/churches all on same side - 08/05/11

... Southern Poverty Law Center, the Department of Justice, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Mexican government are all involved in the same suit and are all on the same side against the will of the great majority of Americans. From this: "They want to make sure their citizens are treated cor­rectly, and they have a sover­eign interest in the way in which...

DOJ sues Alabama over state's new illegal immigration law - 08/02/11

Yesterday the Department of Justice sued Alabama over that state's new anti-illegal immigration law, just as it sued Arizona over the law that Alabama's was modeled after. An article is here, a PDF of the lawsuit is here, and the statement from the DOJ with quotes from Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano is at [1]. The Department of Education is also involved in the suit due to parts of the Alabama...

Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

... include the Obama administration's Department of Justice (see Obama immigration) and the US Chamber of Commerce (see their name and this). Others who filed briefs in the case and who lost today include (see each link for more on that group): * Rep. Howard Berman * National Council of La Raza * Anti Defamation League * American Immigration Lawyers Association * PRLDEF (a former associated group...

Shurtleff says Feds won't sue Utah over guest worker scheme (from Utah Compact to America's Compact?) - 04/08/11

Utah recently passed a "guest workers" bill that would have them in effect using a Mexican state as an employment agency. One problem from the perspective of the supporters of the bill: the bill appears to be illegal under federal law, meaning that at the least Utah would need some sort of waiver in order to proceed with the scheme. Needless to say, that's not an issue (link with video). Bearing...

Who in the DOJ knew about "gun walking"? (ATF letting guns go to Mexico) - 03/28/11

... neither he nor Eric Holder of the Department of Justice knew about it (link). However, from this: In an exclusive interview with CBS News, the lead ATF official in Mexico at the time Darren Gil says somebody in the Justice Department did know about the case. Gil says his supervisor at ATF's Washington D.C. headquarters told him point-blank the operation was approved even higher than ATF Director...

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...

DOJ sues Joe Arpaio over civil rights investigation documents - 09/02/10

The Department of Justice has sued Joe Arpaio - sheriff of Maricopa County - claiming that he's obstructed their investigation into possible racial profiling. This is, needless to say, the Obama administration's latest attack on Arizona in an attempt to prevent states from doing the job the federal government won't do: try to reduce illegal immigration. And, those attacks are preventable if...

ABA files second amicus brief against Arizona immigration law (DOJ + ACLU) - 07/12/10

... supports the suit brought by the Department of Justice.

DOJ may challenge Arizona immigration law: what to do - 06/18/10

... Hillary Clinton stated that the Department of Justice will be challenging the new Arizona immigration law in court. I was a bit skeptical since she's not the DOJ and she might have been basing it on an assumption rather than knowledge. However, CBS News now offers this (link): Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal government will indeed formally challenge the law...

2002 DOJ memo: local police have "inherent power" to arrest illegal aliens (Arizona immigration law challenges) - 05/18/10

From this: In the legal battle over Arizona's new immigration law, an ironic subtext has emerged: whether a Bush-era legal opinion complicates a potential Obama administration lawsuit against Arizona. The document, written in 2002 by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, concluded that state police officers have "inherent power" to arrest undocumented immigrants for violating federal...

Obama administration considers suing Arizona over immigration law; preemption (+Kornblut, Markon wrong) - 04/28/10

Jerry Markon and Anne Kornblut offer "Justice Department considers suing Arizona to block immigration law" (link): Officials in the Obama administration are urging the extraordinary step of suing Arizona over its new immigration law, and the Justice Department is considering such an action to block the legislation from taking effect, government officials said Wednesday. A key legal ground being...

Obama admin will fight Arizona immigration law; DOJ; "misguided" - 04/23/10

... his administration will use the Department of Justice to oppose Arizona's new, tough immigration bill if it becomes law. Among other things: (If the federal government doesn't work towards comprehensive immigration reform) "it will open the door to irresponsibility by others... ...That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness...

Priorities: DOJ goes after college for requiring green card from legal immigrant - 04/17/10

Nina Bernstein of the New York Times offers "John Jay College Accused of Bias Against Noncitizens" (nytimes.com/2010/04/17/nyregion/17johnjay.html): The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Friday against John Jay College of Criminal Justice, alleging that the school engaged in a pattern of job discrimination against noncitizens who were authorized to work. The lawsuit, considered the department...

DOJ unable to go after Joe Arpaio for racial profiling, goes after him for abuse of power instead - 01/08/10

From this: A federal grand jury in Phoenix is looking at abuse of power allegations against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. County Communications Director Cari Gerchick told the Phoenix Business Journal Thursday night that County Manager David Smith and County Budget Director Sandi Smith have met with federal prosecutors and will appear before a federal grand jury in...

Obama administration was briefed on possible terrorist attacks over holidays - 01/02/10

Three days before the failed terrorist attack over Detroit, the Obama administration was briefed about the possibility of terror attacks over the holidays (link). This is of course similar to the infamous "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US" report that George W Bush received shortly before 911: President Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible...

DOJ investigators pose as reporters at Joe Arpaio press conference? (Je Yon Jung) - 10/20/09

... a press conference after. US Department of Justice Officials (approximately 5) showed up at the conference, UNDERCOVER, POSING AS REPORTERS. When contacted by a Sheriff commander, the Federal Civil Rights officials posing as journalists, conducted themselves "unprofessionally" and "refused to provide official identification. Only one official from the "covert team provided any form of ID when...

DOJ blocks Georgia from checking citizenship of voters; GA has evidence of non-citizen voting - 06/02/09

... Georgia: "The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification process shows a shocking disregard for the integrity of our elections. With this decision, DOJ has now barred Georgia from continuing the citizenship verification program that DOJ lawyers helped to craft. DOJ’s decision also nullifies the orders of two...

Sad: U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton resigns; future plans unclear (Ramos & Compean) - 04/10/09

Johnny Sutton - the U.S. Attorney in Texas appointed by his friend George W Bush - will be resigning effective April 19 (link). Sutton led the prosecution of Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean in what might have been an attempt by the Bush administration to send a message to other agents that they shouldn't really enforce our laws but should be more akin to crossing guards for "willing...

DOJ nominee Thomas Perez pushed driver's licenses for illegal aliens when president of CASA - 04/06/09

... civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Among other things, it contains this: Immigration is a minor responsibility for the division's lawyers, but the topic is likely to be a focus in the confirmation of Perez, a Dominican American. For seven years, he was a director of CASA of Maryland, an immigrant rights group, and served as its president in 2002. That year, CASA lobbied the...

Tom Perez now heads DOJ Civil Rights Division (not Thomas Saenz) - 03/16/09

... Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. His full bio as provided by the White House is below [1]. Oddly enough, they fail to note his close ties to Casa de Maryland, a far-left group that strongly supports illegal immigration. Note that at the end of last month, the word on the street was that he was going to head up the USCIS and that Thomas Saenz - formerly of MALDEF - was going to...

DOJ investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio over supposed racial profiling (Lofgren, Conyers, Nadler, Robert Scott, ACORN) - 03/12/09

From this: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens. Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Robert Scott (D-Va.) requested the...

Thomas Saenz of MALDEF is new DOJ civil rights division chief (Villaraigosa) - 02/24/09

... civil rights division at the Department of Justice is Thomas Saenz. For about a dozen years, Saenz worked as an attorney for the far-left, illegal immigration-supporting Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and lately he was of counsel to the far-left, illegal immigration-supporting mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. Needless to say, the ACLU cheered the news: "...

Does Barack Obama support the First Amendment? (answer: well, it depends) - 09/25/08

... Project, including trying to get the Department of Justice to investigate the group (link) * 8/14/08: the Obama campaign's "debunking" of Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi included them "creatively editing" one of Corsi's quotes in order to make him look bad. * 7/13/08: Obama quote: "[immigrants and illegal aliens are] counting on us to stop the hateful rhetoric filling our airwaves – rhetoric that...

John Kerry, civil libertarian. Part 2 - 07/26/04

The liberaltarians at Reason provide a run-down of Kerry's record on civil liberties (reason . com/hod/jb072604.shtml): Then it was Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) who argued alongside the ACLU in favor of the individual's right to encrypt messages and export encryption software. Ashcroft "was kind of the go-to guy for all of us on the Republican side of the Senate," recalls David Sobel, general...

"Mexican ID opens doors for undocumented workers in U.S." - 02/21/03

I created a thread here about the Dallas Morning News article "Mexican ID opens doors for undocumented workers in U.S." (link). The subtitle of the article is 'Critics say 'matricula' is a tool to facilitate illegal immigration', which in a way summarizes the whole article: it's mostly pro-Matricula Consular, with a few anti-MC comments thrown in for a semblance of balance. Of particular note:...