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Michael Chertoff

Buffoonish former director of the Department of Homeland Security. Supposedly was in charge of enforcing our immigration laws, but in the Bush administration that translated into looking like he was enforcing our immigration laws at the same time as not really enforcing them in order to ensure a ready supply of cheap labor for crooked businesses. Under George W Bush's orders he frequently promoted comprehensive immigration reform, misleading in the process (also here). In 2007, he almost admitted that one of the ways they would try to get CIR would be to stage show raids designed to inflame the left. Many on the left oppose him, without realizing that he was in effect helping them.

Last modified Jun 11, 2011
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Obama meets with "stakeholders" for amnesty propaganda push ("immigration reform") - 04/19/11

... Castro, mayor of San Antonio * Michael Chertoff, Former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security * John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable * Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President * Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of the Commerce Department * Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department * Mel Martinez, Former United States Senator, now with...

Michael Chertoff touted full body scanners, w/o noting one of his clients makes them - 01/05/10

... former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports. What he has made little mention of is that the Chertoff Group, his security consulting agency, includes a client that manufactures the machines. The relationship drew attention after Chertoff disclosed it on a CNN...

Michael Chertoff grilled on CSPAN by sheer geniuses - 09/22/09

... Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff made an appearance and was apparently asked a series of questions about a potential 911 conspiracy; the video is here. I haven't watched it, but I don't think I have to because if he'd said anything damaging it would be news. Instead, the "Truthers" probably simply made allegations, asked open-ended questions that only those in their group...

Shock: Michael Chertoff used cleaning company that employed illegal aliens - 12/10/08

... Maryland cleaning service used by Michael Chertoff of the Department of Homeland Security has been fined almost $23,000 for failing to check the IDs of its workers, some of whom were illegal aliens. The Secret Service checked the IDs of the workers who visited Chez Chertoff, but those didn't involve immigration checks. Which is pretty stupid, but unless I missed it there's no indication that any...

Heartless Obama throws poor, illegal alien aunt under bus; will return illegal donations; lies about not knowing? - 11/01/08

... Conyers has sent a letter to Michael Chertoff, saying in part: "I was startled to read in today’s Associated Press that a 'federal law enforcement official' has leaked information about an immigration case involving a relative of Senator Obama." However, is what the official did illegal, or are they just worried about reprisal in case BHO wins? If the former, the comments here concerning the JTP...

Villaraigosa, Dellums, Nickels don't want ICE immigration raids of "responsible employers" - 06/20/08

... Antonio Villaraigosa complains to Michael Chertoff about ICE raids AVWatch: Antonio Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez at MacArthur Park candlelight vigil? Resolution No. 52 U.S.IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS WORKSITE ENFORCEMENT 1. WHEREAS, the United States is a nation of immigrants, the overwhelming majority of whom are making an important and positive contribution to both our economy and our culture; and...

Geraldo Rivera warns of immigration raids' devastating effects on nation's "orchids" - 05/27/08

Geraldo Rivera continues the struggle to help "his" people, littering the pages of the HuffPost with "Secretary Chertoff, Call Off These Raids" (link).

Texas Border Coalition sues to stop border fence; lead attorney is Mexico-linked Peter Schey - 05/18/08

... by the Hunt family, and that Michael Chertoff failed to more or less cross his t's by establishing guidelines beforehand. And, Schey is quoted as saying the following ironic bit: "They hoodwinked property owners [into waiving their property rights]... This whole thing has been built on a foundation of lawlessness."

El Paso BP chief Victor Manjarrez promotes immigration "reform", busboys-style (Alicia Caldwell) - 04/30/08

Alicia Caldwell of the Associated Press offers "El Paso border chief urges immigration reform" (link). The person in question is Victor M. Manjarrez Jr., chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector.

David Price, Ciro Rodriguez question Michael Chertoff on fence waiver; "contingency miles"; hilarious posturing - 04/10/08

... of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff spoke to Congress about the waivers he's using to apparently build part of the border fence. "This is a major exercise of the waiver authority which goes beyond, I think, what many of us anticipated," House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Price, D-N.C., said to Chertoff Thursday. Price said Congress also instructed...

AVWatch: Antonio Villaraigosa complains to Michael Chertoff about ICE raids - 04/10/08

... to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking him to back off on recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the city. This is simply an attempt to a) grandstand to his base (Hispanics, whether citizens, legal immigrants, or illegal aliens as well as their employers), b) maintain said power base, and c) support said employers in their attempts to profit from illegal...

Michael Chertoff misleads, promotes immigration "reform" at Yale (New Haven) - 04/08/08

... of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff visited New Haven, Connecticut yesterday to deliver a keynote speech at Yale Law School. That city offers its own ID card for illegal aliens, the city employee who pushed that plan (Kica Matos) use to head a group that was working with the Mexican government to pass out Matricula Consular cards, and their mayor (John DeStefano) may have a financial...

CBP Commissioner Ralph Basham blackmails Congress on securing border; "virtual fence", real fence this year? - 03/06/08

From this: The United States may be unable to meet its timetable for essentially stopping illegal immigration across its border with Mexico by 2011, a Bush administration official told Congress on Thursday. Ralph Basham, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the government was working to meet the target set in November 2005 of having "operational control" of U.S.

Real border fence not built, virtual fence on hold - 03/05/08

A border fence wouldn't be necessary if we could discredit those politicians and others who support illegal immigration. And, it's currently being used by John McCain and was used by others such as Mike Huckabee as an example of how they were going to crack down on illegal immigration. However, from this: Over a year ago, Congress passed a law to spend over $7 billion to build a fence to secure...

Mexico-linked Peter Schey tries blocking border fence, may sue - 01/14/08

Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is an immigration lawyer with at least a few links to the Mexican government.

Michael Chertoff: Real ID will lead to "reconfiguring our society" - 01/11/08

From this Secretary Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security, announced a set of final revisions to the controversial Real ID Act in a press conference this morning.

Less than 100 supervisors arrested on immigration charges in 2007 (+Spencer Hsu's pro-Dem spin) - 12/26/07

... Bush administration blather (Michael Chertoff: "The days of treating employers who violate these laws by giving them the equivalent of a corporate parking ticket -- those days are gone. It's now felonies, jail time, fines and forfeitures."): Fewer than 100 owners, supervisors or hiring officials were arrested in fiscal 2007, compared with nearly 4,900 arrests that involved illegal workers,...

Secure Fence Act: a hoax and a scam? (Kay Bailey Hutchison, DHS) - 12/10/07

I haven't been following the issues with the border fence*, and this article was written almost a month ago so I don't know if things have changed since then, however: ...In the fall of 2006 when Congress passed and the President signed into law the Secure Fence Act, most Americans thought they understood what they were getting.

Feds strike deal on Eliot Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens (victory or defeat?) - 10/27/07

... Washington]. ...Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was not happy that New York intended to issue IDs to illegal immigrants. But he said there was nothing he could do to stop it. "I don't endorse giving licenses to people who are not here legally, but federal law does allow states to make that choice," Chertoff said. The governor made clear he is going forward with his...

Michael Chertoff/DHS "fisks" NYT/WaPo pro-illegal immigration editorials - 10/07/07

... "Leadership Journal", aka DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff's blog: Two editorials in today's Washington Post and New York Times offer a good illustration of the kind of obstacles our Department faces in dealing with the problem of illegal immigration. The Washington Post writes [link] that our use of Social Security no

DHS revamping agriculture guest worker programs (crops rotting in fields, redefining "temporary") - 10/07/07

... When Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the enforcement push, he also acknowledged the problems that agriculture reported. ...Industry lobbyists have sent the Bush administration a set of detailed suggestions for overhauling the H-2A program through administrative changes, which could take weeks to put in place, and through changes in the regulations, a process that takes...

ThinkProgress misrepresents Chertoff comment about environmental damage on border - 10/01/07

... following comment from DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff (link): "Illegal migrants really degrade the environment. I've seen pictures of human waste, garbage, discarded bottles and other human artifact in pristine areas...

DOJ sues Illinois over statewide sanctuary policy (Blagojevich) - 09/24/07

... last includes an interview with Michael Chertoff about this. Previously: Rod Blagojevich, Luis Gutierrez, and the alleged FALN terrorist Illinois House approves driver's licenses for illegal aliens Will Rod Blagojevich pro-illegal immigration scheme violate law? FBI probes Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich; hiring kickback? Blagojevich-linked group agitating illegal aliens, calls for...

UFCW, Mexico-linked Peter Schey sue DHS over immigration raids (4th Amendment, yeah sure) - 09/14/07

From a UFCW press release (link): The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today, sought court intervention to protect the 4th Amendment rights of all Americans and enjoin the government from illegally arresting and detaining workers including U.S. citizens and legal residents while at their workplace. The lawsuit - filed in the U.S.

Resolute Michael Chertoff vows to do something about sanctuary cities - 09/06/07

... professional wrestling, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff vows to do something about those cities with sanctuary policies. He vowed to enforce the new no-match requirements (Basic Pilot Program): Mr. Chertoff told the House Homeland Security Committee: "I certainly wouldn't tolerate interference" by cities who attempt to block the program. "We're exploring our legal options," Mr. Chertoff said.

Lindsey Graham wants biometric Social Security card - 08/18/07

... Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff...

Media alert: Elvira Arellano has left the sanctuary (L.A., DC on tour) - 08/17/07

... However, with corrupt officials like Michael Chertoff around, one cute trick they might play would be to arrest her in as public a fashion as possible in order to enrage the left. If we were lucky, we could get Democratic leaders to back her efforts. However, with even the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times opposed to her efforts that might be a bit difficult. While Mayor Richard Daley, Governor Rod...

Michael Chertoff looked other way on Chiquita payments to terrorists - 08/02/07

... with former law firm colleague Michael Chertoff, explained that Chiquita was paying "protection money" to a Colombian paramilitary group on the U.S. government's list of terrorist organizations.

Newt Gingrich: Bush administration is blackmailing U.S. (won't enforce laws unless gets amnesty) - 06/12/07

Welcome Newt Gingrich to the Clue Crew: The Attempt to Blackmail the American People by Threatening to Refuse to Enforce the Law Without a New Bill Is Disgraceful: A number of powerful figures in the Bush Administration and in the Senate have been saying that if we do not agree to pass this destructive bill, they will never enforce the law.

Shailagh Murray/Jonathan Weisman/WaPo insert infomercial into immigration coverage - 06/09/07

Shailagh Murray and Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post offer "Talk of Resurrecting Immigration Bill Begins as Autopsy Goes On". I see that Mickey Kaus has also pointed to this paragraph: Within policy circles, immigration reform is viewed as vital, addressing both the growing demand for workers and the social costs of an illegal underclass. The public also generally supports the idea.

ICE raids New Haven (John DeStefano + Mexico) - 06/06/07

... discussed. First, last month DHS head Michael Chertoff promised to conduct raids which he strongly implied would be highly emotional affairs and would inflame the left. If you start hearing stories about how the raid tore families apart or see crying babies being waved about, blame him. Second, those who support immigration "reform" - which is being sold based on its stricter enforcement - will...

Is immigration reform an elaborate practical joke? (Chertoff USA Today interview) - 05/29/07

... board held with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. After reading it, I know three things: a) there were no doubt tougher, less Soviet interviews in Izvestia, b) neither Chertoff nor Gutierrez are inhabiting the same universe as the rest of us (possible name of their universe: rubegoldbergia), and c) their scheme would be a bigger debacle than Iraq and Katrina...

Janet Napolitano endorses Senate immigration bill; "silent amnesty" - 05/27/07

... she's using the same term as Michael Chertoff; who used it first isn't known: Saying the only current alternative is allowing a status quo of "silent amnesty," Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday [5/23/07] tentatively endorsed a U.S.

Michael Chertoff: Mexicans aren't encouraging illegal "migration"; Senate bill is "straight with the American public" - 05/25/07

... CSPAN WMV file has DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff saying the following: "If we're going to change the dynamic here we've gotta be completely honest with the American people about what's practical and what's impractical, about how long it's going to take, about how much it's going to cost and about what the collateral consequences are going to be and this bill was an effort to really be straight...

LHF: Bush won't do job, shows how the Senate illegal immigration amnesty would fail miserably - 05/24/07

Criticizing Bush's endless stream of blather on immigration is just about the lowest hanging fruit possible, but let's look at his latest stream of semi-consciousness [1]. First, he sounds like Howard Dean ("scapegoating immigrants") when he accuses his opponents of targeting illegal aliens. Then, he enters his peevish/defensive mode with the next four sentences. Then, he offers a non-sequitur...

Chertoff: won't do job; going after bloggers; will stage show raids to inflame left - 05/24/07

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, in a meeting with the editorial board of USA Today, admitted that he's not going to do the job he's supposed to be doing, said that the White House will be creating a "rapid response" team to counter criticism from the MSM and from bloggers, and implied that those immigration raids that he'll be conducting in the future will be designed to inflame the left and...

Senate immigration amnesty bill: the supporters - 05/21/07

... announcing the bill... * DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff meanwhile challenged critics to offer alternative solutions instead of simply saying "this isn't good enough." (link; the obvious answer is, of course, that he should do his job) * [Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says] "I have the impression that perhaps for some people, the only thing that would not be amnesty is mass deportation......

La Raza, MALDEF have "virtual veto power" over immigration bill - 05/16/07

From the article "Latino Groups Play Key Role on Hill/Virtual Veto Power in Immigration Debate" (link): When Sen. Edward M.

Chertoff tells locals to lobby against border fence - 05/09/07

... Washington to speak to DHS chief Michael Chertoff: "When we met with Secretary Chertoff, he assured us there would be no action taken on the fence along the border without conferring with local officials... The Secretary told us that he believes that in some areas there does not need to be a fence, especially in places where there are natural borders like the ones we have here in Val Verde...