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Jeh Johnson's empty pledge to keep unaccompanied children from coming here illegally - 05/18/14

... agencies overseeing borders, immigration enforcement and child welfare had been outstripped by a sudden increase in unaccompanied minors in recent weeks... Mr. Johnson said he had spoken on Monday with the ambassadors from Mexico and the three Central American countries to seek their cooperation, and had begun a publicity campaign to dissuade youths from embarking for the United States. “We have...

LA Times admits Obama is not the "Deporter in Chief" ("High deportation figures are misleading") - 04/03/14

The Los Angeles Times is perhaps even more in favor of illegal immigration and amnesty than their big brother. But, a select few lies are even too much for the L.A. Times. One case in point is the claim from the National Council of La Raza and others that Barack Obama is the "Deporter in Chief" and that he's deported more illegal aliens than George W Bush. Now, over to Brian Bennett of the L.A....

DHS admits Obama is deporting fewer illegal aliens than George W. Bush - 03/12/14

So much for the "Deporter in Chief". Pro-illegal immigration activists and incurious members of the establishment media have tried to claim that Barack Obama has deported more illegal aliens than George W Bush. That's despite the fact that back on September 28, 2011 Obama admitted this [1]: "...the statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is with the stronger...

Human Rights Watch: let criminals stay and come back for amnesty (Grace Meng, immigration) - 06/05/13

Just how uninterested in immigration enforcement is the far-left? For a data point, over to "Don't deport all criminal immigrants" by Grace Meng of Human Rights Watch (bolding added) [1]: ...[The Gang Of Eight amnesty] falls short in at least one significant respect: it continues a "one-size-fits-all" policy that would deny a second chance to many non-citizens with criminal convictions. And...

Questions about the "high" cost of immigration enforcement - 01/07/13

... study claiming that the cost of immigration enforcement is too high. Here are some questions for those leaders who are using the study to push their loose immigration/amnesty agendas. They should be able to answer these questions, yet the chance of any of them doing so is small. Since they won't and can't answer these questions convincingly, please re-evaluate whether you should take their...

MPI claims immigration enforcement costs more than FBI, DEA, etc. - 01/07/13

... offers "Moving beyond illegal immigration enforcement policies" ( peekURL.com/zFtrqQp ): Illegal immigration and enforcement have been the dominant concerns driving immigration policy for more than 25 years. Deep public skepticism over the federal government’s will and ability to enforce the nation’s immigration laws has come with them. As a result, "enforcement first," a proposition that argued...

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

From their press release [1]: The House Judiciary Committee has obtained internal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents, which show that the Obama administration is cooking the books to achieve their so-called ‘record’ deportation numbers for illegal immigrants and that removals are actually significantly down – not up – from 2009. Beginning in 2011, the Committee has learned...

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

From this: The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies' immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration...

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

Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that he can't declare a blanket amnesty via executive order to cover all the 10-12+ million illegal aliens in the U.S. However, he's just come close by declaring a mini-amnesty that will cover up to 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...

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

... County implemented an illegal immigration enforcement policy that serves as a model for local jurisdictions. The policy requires the immigration status to be checked on every individual taken into physical custodial arrest, and turn over to DHS those arrested individuals who are found to be in the country illegally. To date, Prince William County has transferred more than 4,000 criminal illegal...

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...

Legal Workforce Act: too many concessions to US Chamber of Commerce? (eVerify, HR 2164) - 06/18/11

... fighting against most forms of immigration enforcement and frequently winning. ---------------- [1] Lamar Smith, Ken Calvert, Elton Gallegly, Jason Chaffetz, Brian Bilbray, Ed Royce, Gary Miller, Sue Myrick

Obama admits problems caused by mass immigration; panders to illegal aliens; takes foreign citizens' side; opposes non-criminal deportations - 03/29/11

Barack Obama spoke at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington DC yesterday at a townhall conducted in Spanish for the Univision network. The host was anchor Jorge Ramos, a U.S. resident who's a Mexican citizen, a Mexican partisan, and a strong supporter of illegal immigration. And, of course, Obama was mostly aligned with him. After admitting the major problems caused by massive immigration...

WSJ and SEIU complain about immigration audits, show no concern for American workers (Miriam Jordan, Harvard Maintenance, Minnesota) - 03/15/11

... here). Needless to say, any form of immigration enforcement doesn't sit well with those who seek to profit or enable others to profit from cheap illegal labor. Thus, Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal offers "Immigration Audit Takes Toll/Janitorial Firm Harvard Maintenance to Lose Over Half of Minnesota Work Force" (link). It features the WSJ highlighting complaints about that audit from...

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

... 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 fiscal year, according to agency statistics. ICE also ran a Mexican repatriation program five weeks longer than ever before, allowing the agency to...

Senators: ICE doing selective enforcement, not asking for more resources - 10/27/10

... pointing out that her version of immigration enforcement is selective and also noting that the DHS hasn't asked for more resources to do their job. Here's part of the letter (link): Recently, media reports have revealed that pending removal proceedings are being dismissed in record numbers. That sharp increase in dismissals is the result of a directive from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (...

DHS undercuts 287g immigration enforcement in Nashville (wants most screened to be serious offenders) - 10/24/10

From this story about the 287g program in the county containing Nashville, Tennessee: Earlier this year, federal officials decided the Davidson County Sheriff's 287(g) program that screens the immigration status of incarcerated foreign nationals was targeting too many minor criminal offenders and not enough felons. Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall's controversial program is supposed to place a...

DHS claims to have set record for deportations, fines; Secure Communities - 10/11/10

From a Department of Homeland Security press release [1]: In fiscal year 2010, ICE set a record for overall removals of illegal aliens, with more than 392,000 removals nationwide. Half of those removed - more than 195,000 - were convicted criminals. The fiscal year 2010 statistics represent increases of more than 23,000 removals overall and 81,000 criminal removals compared to fiscal year 2008 -...

New DHS policies are de facto amnesty; John Morton thinks ICE has enough money - 09/10/10

The Department of Homeland Security - specifically their Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency headed by John Morton - has instituted new policies that amount to a form of a de facto amnesty. And, all of this has been done without anywhere near the outcry that would occur from an amnesty proposal in Congress. Granted, these policies don't include a "pathway to citizenship" and the other...

Over 500,000 fugitive illegal aliens in U.S. (catch and release) - 09/08/10

Per this: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) says that as of Sunday, Sept. 5, it had caught-and-released 506,232 illegal aliens who are now fugtives. That is more than the population of Sacramento, California, which currently numbers 486,189. "Fugitive illegal alien" generally means someone who was caught as an illegal alien, who promised to appear in court to answer the...

Interior Dep't environmental regulations hampering Border Patrol (Rob Bishop, HR 5016) - 09/08/10

From this: ...migrants and drug smugglers (marijuana, mainly) are attracted to parts of Arizona for a specific reason. On these federal lands, environmental regulations prevent the Border Patrol from doing its job. That's what the mainstream media won't report... [On the video below], (Rep. Rob Bishop) makes this simple point. The U.S. side of the 1,950-mile border with Mexico is about 60 percent...

ICE goes easy on both illegal aliens and their employers ("silent raids", audits) - 09/03/10

Under the Bush administration, the Department of Homeland Security engaged in a small number of showy but not overly effective immigration raids. Under the Obama administration, the DHS switched to (in addition generally not doing its job) what are called "silent raids" where they audit a company's employment records and then request that the employees are fired if they can't prove they're here...

DHS letting deportable illegal aliens go if they could get green card (John Morton) - 08/27/10

From this: In a new and more lenient policy, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has instructed the agency's legal office to stop the deportation proceedings of foreign nationals who may now be eligible for a green card. South Florida immigration attorneys and activists said the move is the first solid evidence of more tolerance by ICE toward some foreign nationals facing removal...

Obama admin not deporting some who are deportable; Houston; test program? - 08/25/10

... deport those who were involved in immigration enforcement actions ("silent raids"). If you want to stop this apparent test program in its tracks, help promote plans like that. If you don't, all the wailing and gnashing of teeth isn't going to be effective: the Obama administration is just going to do whatever they want to do. Challenging them to their face on video with tough questions would...

ICE memo: deport the criminals first. Will they greatly reduce deporting non-criminals? - 08/09/10

From this: New guidance telling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to focus on apprehending terrorists and criminals has many of ICE's rank-and-file agents wondering who then is responsible for tracking down and detaining the millions of other illegal border-crossers and fugitive aliens now in the country. The new guidelines are outlined in a June 29 memo from Assistant Secretary...

ICE refusing to deport illegal alien students (John Morton, DREAM Act) - 08/09/10

Julia Preston of the New York Times offers this: The Obama administration, while deporting a record number of immigrants convicted of crimes, is sparing one group of illegal immigrants from expulsion: students who came to the United States without papers when they were children. In case after case where immigrant students were identified by federal agents as being in the country illegally, the...

John Morton: ICE might not process illegal aliens arrested under Arizona immigration law - 05/20/10

... yesterday and promised to ramp up immigration enforcement. Then, he said this (link): Echoing comments by President Barack Obama and others in the administration, Morton said that Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigration is not "good government." The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork. Morton said his agency...

When illegal aliens are fired, Americans rush in to take the jobs (Pro's Ranch Market, Arizona) - 05/01/10

From this April 22 story from Phoenix, Arizona: Job hunters turned out in the hundreds to fill recently-vacant positions at Pro's Ranch Market stores, where a federal audit led to the firing of some 300 workers. Roxanne Nieves, one of the many that came out in search of a job, said she came to apply after she heard about the layoffs. "We heard they are firing a lot of illegal people, so we're...

Luis Gutierrez *complains* about Arizona human trafficking sweep - 04/17/10

... has little or no interest in immigration enforcement. The far-left is strongly behind comprehensive immigration reform, something that would supposedly contain increased enforcement. Yet, they support that part of "reform" in completely bad faith: if "reform" passes they'd oppose any enforcement it mandates just as they do now, leading to an eventual repeat of the current situation. After...

ICE walks back from memo setting deportation quotas; "inconsistent with the administration's point of view" - 03/31/10

A few days ago, Spencer Hsu and Andrew Becker of the Washington Post offered "ICE officials set quotas to deport more illegal immigrants" (link):

30 Members of Congress form the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus: free up jobs through immigration enforcement - 03/19/10

... immigration... The best way to encourage immigration enforcement is to make it difficult for politicians to be on the other side, whether actively or passively. If most politicians realized that not supporting real enforcement would have an impact on their political careers the problem could be solved over time. And, the best way to get their attention is to ask politicians tough questions about...

Pilgrim's Pride slapped on wrist; won't be prosecuted for hiring illegal aliens - 12/30/09

From a Department of Homeland Security press release (link): Immigration and Customs Enforcement have reached a non-prosecution agreement to resolve an investigation with respect to the hiring and employment of unauthorized aliens at Pilgrim's Pride's plants in the Eastern District of Texas... Under the terms of the agreement, Pilgrim's Pride agrees to pay $4.5 million [NOTE: over three years]...

DHS claims will audit 1000 employers for immigration compliance - 11/19/09

From this: About 1,000 employers nationwide will be audited for possible immigration violations in an escalation of the Obama administration's effort to increase pressure on business owners not to hire illegal immigrants. The businesses will get a notice that the government intends to audit their compliance with immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security said. The sweep follows a...

DHS worksite enforcement against illegal aliens plummeted under Obama, Napolitano - 11/19/09

Per this: Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009... Fiscal 2008 ran from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. Fiscal 2009 began Oct. 1, 2008, and ran through Sept. 30 of this year. The exact figures are: * Criminal arrests: down 60% * Criminal indictments: down 58...

Toothless Obama admin immigration enforcement: 100s janitors fired, not deported (+how many SEIU members are illegal aliens?) - 11/09/09

In Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security sent no match letters or a variant to around 1200 janitors employed by the major corporation ABM informing those employees that there was a mismatch between their Social Security numbers and other information. They were required to provide documentation by October, and when all or almost all didn't, ABM fired them;...

Yale Law students, Wishnie sue ICE over 2007 immigration raid (after Elm City card passed) - 10/28/09

... and his co-horts want to block immigration enforcement; Wishnie doesn't support our immigration laws. The solution to this problem - the way to block those like Wishnie from trying to block our immigration laws - is to discredit them on video and show just how flawed their ideas are. That should have been done with Harold Koh and if had been done he might not be an administration official. And,...

Obama admininstration prosecuting illegal aliens at greater rate than Bush admin (up 110% from 2004) - 09/21/09

Daphne Eviatar of the George Soros-funded Washington Independent tizzily offers "Immigration Prosecutions Up 110 Percent From 2004" (washingtonindependent.com/60323/immigration-prosecutions-up-110-percent-from-2004); expect other far-left groups to go ballistic over the fact that the Obama administration is prosecuting illegal aliens in greater numbers than the Bush administration did until about...

American Apparel to lay off quarter of workforce, presumed illegal aliens - 09/04/09

Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal informs us that American Apparel will be laying off about a quarter of their workforce due to a "crackdown" by the Department of Homeland Security (link). In a letter to employees in English and Spanish, Chief Executive Dov Charney said he was "deeply saddened" that the company has to shed workers who have been at the company for several years. Mr. Charney...

Supreme Court: using made-up Social Security number isn't identity theft (immigration enforcement) - 05/05/09

From this: The US Supreme Court has ruled that a law often used by prosecutors to penalize illegal immigrants who use false identification documents to gain employment overstepped its mark. The highest US court ruled Monday in favor of Mexican Flores Figueroa, stating that the government must be required to "show that the defendant knew that the means of identification at issue belonged to...