Immigration Bill in DC update:
Amnesty Bill worst than 2007 Bill.
844 pages of legislation, backgrounds checks in new bill are lower than current law, no triggers in bill. No requirements of defense in border security. Napolitano has 6 months to come up with a plan without having to do anything. Napolitano gets more power. No defined terms, all up to Sec of DHS.
E-verify is repealed under this bill and employs new system that is untested and untried and doesn’t need to be in place for 5 yrs. Day laborers no t even on new system. Entry /exit system must be bio-metric, this bill strips this measure after 17 yrs.
Biographical exit/entry system, papers basically. Passports etc. Fencing, requires an actual fence at border Mexico and Us border. Rubio says there is new funding to build fence but it has never happened and Administration has said it won’t happen. High tech fence that can be easily penetrated is their answer.
This is really amnesty! Citizenship line may be in back but these folks are pushed to the top of the jobs line. They have to pay a fine,. Legal immigrants don’t’ get any assistance that these amnesty folks will get. They will only pay $500 fine for being here illegal.
Earmarks, allow Congressman who own/like certain industries get new guest workers…people will be exploited for these new workers. Exempts American businesses from paying people the same amount as Americans so they can work for cheaper.
SSN fraud being committed which none of these people have to pay legal time for breaking law. Identity theft not prosecuted. These people are not prosecuted for any laws they have broken. US provides assistance to allow them to break the law.
WSJ wrote article on Obama trying to pass these things as being all political. Then they can use it against House members in 2014 to show they want children killed and don’t like Hispanics. Obama strategy let the bills go to House to be stopped and then he can run against the House in 2014, Truman got elected this way. Our game plan is to beat bill in Senate. Don’t let it get to the House.
Heritage has a report/study coming out on jobs and immigration.
33 million immigrants over 10 yrs. Businesses will pay for the cost of this stuff.
Special interests backing bill: Facebook,Google, Microsoft,unions, BigAG. Lesser skilled people workers who will be paid less.
PETA has purchased a large number of drones to watch elk herd in CO.
Large tea party groups that are national don't want in on this fightmedia is not covering opposition. Contact district offices to tell them NO to Amnesty!
Sessions, GOP allies ask for hearings on secret immigration bill
6:00 PM 03/19/2013
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and five other Republican senators are trying to stop the Senate’s Democratic leaders from rushing a huge business-backed amnesty and guest-worker bill through the Senate before it can be debated by the public.
On March 19, Sessions and the other senators sent a letter asking Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, to schedule hearings on the complex bill.
“We respectfully request that the public be given adequate time, consistent with past practice in handling complex comprehensive immigration legislation, to read and analyze the contents of the any such bill” before it is approved by the majority-Democratic panel, said the letter.
The letter was signed by six GOP committee members: Sessions, plus Sens. Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. It was not signed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, two committee members who are helping to write the controversial measure.
So far, the draft bill is being kept hidden until the Spring recess ends in the first week of April. Major media outlets have given little coverage of the bill’s contents and likely impact on Americans.
In 2006 and 2007, numerous public protests derailed a similar amnesty and guest-worker bill that was backed by executives, progressives and the White House.
Senators unveil immigration reform as Hispanic influence grows
By Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai
(Reuters) - Reflecting the growing influence of Hispanics in American politics, a group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they will move quickly with legislation giving 11 million illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens.
That new political reality, and a change in public opinion on immigration, makes this effort at comprehensive reform more likely to succeed than those of the past, they said, acknowledging that it still won't be easy.
"The Republican Party is losing support of our Hispanic citizens," said John McCain, a Republican from the border state of Arizona and one of the eight senators working on the initiative.
Another member of the bipartisan group, Democrat Charles Schumer, said the public's attitude has changed. "Four years ago they said 'fix the border.' Now they say they much prefer a comprehensive solution including a path to citizenship as well as fixing the border," the New York senator said.
In a Congress unaccustomed to Republicans and Democrats working together on anything, the bipartisan sponsorship alone was enough to elevate the proposal on Washington's agenda and generate excitement among advocates around the country.
"We're hopeful because the Republicans are meeting with Democrats," said Georgina Sanchez, an undocumented business owner in Phoenix, who was among a few activists who spent all night at a vigil for humane immigration outside the Arizona Capitol building. "It gives us a lot of hope."
The drive may pick up momentum Tuesday when President Barack Obama, in a visit to Las Vegas, lays out a vision similar to that outlined Monday by the Senators. Obama does not intend to unveil a new immigration plan of his own, an administration official said, beyond restating the "blueprint" for reform he rolled out in 2011, which called for an "earned" path to citizenship, with some additional details.
Whether the hopes will founder once details are added to the outline, remains to be seen. Translating the aspirations expressed by the bipartisan group into an inevitably lengthy and complicated bill will itself be a major challenge.
In an attempt to build support among lawmakers, the Senate proposal would couple immigration reform with enhanced security efforts aimed at preventing illegal immigration and ensuring that those foreigners here temporarily return home when their visas expire.
Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants would be allowed to register with the government, pay a fine, and then be given probationary legal status allowing them to work.
Ultimately, these immigrants would have to "go to the end of the line" and apply for permanent status. But while waiting to qualify for citizenship, they would no longer face the fear of deportation or harassment from law enforcers if they have steered clear of illegal activity after arriving in the United States.
Cuban perks under scrutiny in U.S. immigration reform
By David Adams and Tom Brown
(Reuters) - All Ana Soto had to do to gain entry to the United States at the Texas-Mexico border in 2008 was show her Cuban identity card and birth certificate.
Soto has since brought her husband from Cuba, reunited with her parents in Miami and got an accounting job - building a dream life thanks to one of the most generous U.S. immigration laws: the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.
"I had no future in Cuba. My life, and my entire family's life has changed for the better thanks to the Adjustment Act," said Soto, 24.
Those who follow in Soto's footsteps may not be so fortunate. As the U.S. Congress takes up immigration reform, the special status of Cuban emigres is being called into question by critics who say the CAA is a costly and anachronistic Cold War relic that should be abolished.
The issue has gained urgency after a relaxing of travel restrictions by both Cuba and the United States that has led to a dramatic increase in the number of Cubans traveling between the two countries. Soto herself has returned to Cuba a dozen times, on the last occasion to visit her dying grandmother.
Last month Cuba ended its practice of requiring an exit permit to leave the island, and said all Cubans could obtain a passport, potentially increasing the exodus.
Even traditional defenders of the CAA in the nation's large Cuban American community, concentrated mostly in South Florida, say the law is out-dated and may need adjusting.
"I'm not sure we're going to be able to avoid, as part of any comprehensive approach to immigration, a conversation about the Cuban Adjustment Act," Florida's Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants, told reporters last month.
Rubio, one of eight senators pushing for bipartisan immigration reform, said the CAA was intended to protect refugees fleeing an oppressive regime but an increasing number of Cuban exiles were traveling to and from Cuba on family vacations and business trips, undermining the justification for the act.
"It's becoming increasingly difficult to justify it to my colleagues," said Rubio.
Cuban immigrants are just a sliver of the roughly one million foreign-born nationals who become legal permanent U.S. residents each year and their fate might seem small compared to the 11 million estimated to be in the United States illegally. But as a touchstone of American freedom, they play an outsized role in the nation's politics.
As such, the CAA is unlikely to be thrown out entirely, analysts say, but it could well be tightened to limit eligibility to genuine victims of political persecution in Cuba.
"There is going to be a discussion and there are going to be changes, but how far they will go nobody knows," said Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. "There is no reason now for Cubans to have preference in the immigration line," he added.
The reform could also mark the end of the controversial 'wet foot, dry foot' policy, coined after the 1994 Cuban rafter crisis, that allows entry to undocumented Cubans who reach U.S. soil ('dry foot') either by home-made rafts or smuggler 'go-fast' boats, as well as thousands who show up each year at the Mexico border. Others intercepted at sea ('wet foot') are repatriated.
Official: It's up to police to hold immigrants
By PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press
Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2012 | 11:21 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's top prosecutor said Tuesday it's up to local police agencies to decide whether to comply with federal government requests to hold illegal immigrants.
The statement by state Attorney General Kamala Harris involves the federal Secure Communities program, which was launched in 2008 to catch the worst criminal offenders.
Governors in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts previously announced their desire to pull out of the program in 2011, and various municipalities and counties around the country have withheld cooperation or expressed opposition.
States such as Colorado and Arizona have supported the program since its inception.
The Obama administration said in June 2011 that it would reform the program to target only the most serious threats to public safety.
Harris said Tuesday the program is still "flawed" because nearly one-third of the people targeted by the requests in California have never been convicted of a crime.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics indicate that 2,388 illegal immigrants with no convictions were detained and deported after arrests in California under the program between March 1 and June 30.
Another 1,955 were deported after misdemeanor convictions during the same period, while 4,094 convicted felons were deported.
The Secure Communities program checks the immigration status of people who are arrested for any crime, and federal immigration officials have insisted local police agencies must honor all requests for detentions.
Harris said her office has received dozens of inquiries from sheriffs and police chiefs confused about whether they must comply and hold detainees for up to 48 hours after they otherwise would have been released.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and others have said they want to stop honoring the immigration detention requests in cases involving low-level crimes.
"In the interest of public safety, it is our recommendation that those chiefs and sheriffs make a decision about whether or not they will detain an illegal immigrant based on their priorities," Harris said.
In a bulletin, she pointed out that the federal government neither reimburses the local police agencies nor protects them from lawsuits for wrongful arrests.
She also asserted that the federal government can't "require state officials to carry out federal programs at their own expense."
Young illegal immigrants will be eligible for California driver's licenses
Posted: 08/16/2012 08:41:13 AM PDT
California will issue driver's licenses to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants once the Obama administration grants them work permits, the state Department of Motor Vehicles says.
The state's decision is the opposite from Arizona's, where Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order outlawing driver's licenses for anyone who benefits from the new federal deportation relief.
One legislator said most Californians oppose licensing illegal immigrants and predicted renewed debate over the issue.
The Obama administration left it up to the states to decide if they will issue driver's licenses to the young people brought to the country illegally as children but now eligible for temporary work permits.
Arizona was the first to say no, and California -- home to more than 400,000 young immigrants expected to qualify -- the first to say yes.
A 1993 California law banning driver's licenses for illegal immigrants remains in place, but the DMV will treat as "temporary legal residents" anyone who qualifies for the federal deportation relief program, meaning the state ban no longer applies to them, DMV spokesman Mike Marando said Wednesday.
"California law is not changing. California is and remains a 'legal presence' state, however those applicants approved by (the Department of Homeland Security) will become temporary legal residents," Marando said.
That did not sit well with Southern California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia.
"I think there's going to be a huge debate right here in California over that very issue," said Donnelly, a vocal opponent of illegal immigration. "The vast majority of Californians are adamantly opposed to giving driver's licenses to illegals."
The federal government will give qualifying applicants an employment permit and Social Security number that can be used to prove their legal residency at the DMV, he said.
Some states already allow illegal immigrants to drive and others have no formal policy, but California is among a majority outlawing licenses to people who cannot prove their legal residency.
A 1993 state law banned the issuance of California driver's licenses to anyone who couldn't prove they were "a citizen or legal resident of the United States under federal law." Signed by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, the driving ban was a precursor to 1994's voter-approved Prop. 187, which sought to exclude illegal immigrants from public schools and other services.http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_21327329/young-illegal-immigrants-will-be-eligible-california-drivers?source=rss
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
This is merely a prosecutorial delay. Which means that those applying will not be able to attain lawful status after applying for this “action”.
Here are a few facts about this action:
1. Does not excuse past or future illegal status
2. No path to citizenship while under this ruling
3. Cannot travel outside of US after applying and being accepted.
4. No disclosure to ICE or CBP on legal status of individuals.
5. Can apply for work in US (although how this works with E-Verify I don’t know)
6. $465 application fee
7. Must show documentation such as high school graduation or vocations school attendance
8. Cannot be convicted of felony or serious misdemeanors.
9. Program is for people up to age 31 if they can show proof of being brought here before age 16.
Alert! Report shows released illegal aliens commit serious and violent crimes.
The Obama administration released illegal aliens who then committed more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
About 16 percent of the nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants identified by the Secure Communities program between 2008 and 2011, but which Homeland Security declined to deport, have been charged with other crimes. Secure Communities flagged almost 160,000 aliens, including legal aliens, during the three-year period, and they were later charged in nearly 60,000 more crimes, according to data from DHS subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee.
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law…
Alabama’s tough new illegal immigration law cuts state unemployment
Kimberly Dvorak, San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner
December 19, 2011 - Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.
Alabama recently made national news when it passed a strict new illegal immigration law, in fact, the federal government filed a lawsuit against the southern state.
However, a funny thing happened in Alabama, their unemployment rate fell more than a half of a percent last month. State officials suggest the tough new illegal immigration law led to illegals leaving the state and prompted local businesses to hire American citizens and legal immigrants to alleviate unemployment levels.
Alabama’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in October and dropped by 0.6 percent or 8.7 percent in November.
“The continued drop is proof that people — American Citizens [and] legal migrants, have suffered at the hands of politicians who choose politics over economics,” said Chuck Ellis, a council member in Northern Alabama’s Marshall County told the Daily Caller.
“What’s amazing is that in Marshall County, a county of 95,000 residents, 30,000 workforce eligible there are over 600 people who now have jobs that they didn’t have six months ago.”
Under Attorney General Eric Holder’s supervision, a Department of Justice (DOJ) representative from the civil-regulation department Tom Perez, has been making plenty of trips to Alabama to encourage disenchanted illegals to file discrimination claims.
The Obama Administration continues their crack down of new state illegal immigration laws in order to keep a 2008 campaign promise to Hispanic lobbies. However, a multitude of issues with the president’s centerpiece legislation, health care overhaul, took more political capital than anticipated.
Plus a historic mid-term election saw Democrats lose control in the House, leaving Hispanics out in the cold as Republicans had no desire to reform immigration legislation.
As a result, Hispanic lobbies urged the Obama Administration to sue New Mexico, South Carolina, Georgia and Arizona.
Just last week, DOJ’s Perez released the results of a years-long investigation into Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
THIS WILL OPEN SOME EYES.......JUST IN CALIFORNIA
If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will !
From the L. A. Times
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal aliens working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )
(All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration.
29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue
1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work in California under newly introduced measure
Published: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 - 12:00 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif -- SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping to spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.
The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General's Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
Fuentes called the measure a "moderate, common-sense approach" necessitated by the federal government's inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
"I hope this shows Washington, D.C., that if they fail to act, California will take the lead on this critical issue," Fuentes said in a written statement.
Supporters say the initiative could generate up to $325 million in new tax revenue from undocumented workers that could assist education, public safety and other state programs.
Regardless whether Californians would support such a measure, implementation would depend upon the federal government agreeing not to prosecute participants at the state's request.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican, blasted the proposal as an attempt to sidestep immigration law. He predicted that it wouldn't have a "snowball's chance in hell" of winning voter approval.
"There's a proper process for coming to this country," Donnelly said of undocumented immigrants. "Why don't you respect that?"
The proposed initiative would apply to illegal immigrants who have lived in California for four years, have no felony convictions, are not suspected terrorists, pay a fee to administer the program, and can speak English or are learning it.
Since federal law makes it illegal to hire an undocumented immigrant, the program calls for the state to seek exceptions from the federal government that would provide a "safe harbor" for participants or people who hire them.
As job opportunities improve for the undocumented immigrants, so will California's tax coffers, proponents say.
Proponents touted the measure as continuing California's tradition of enacting trail-blazing policy in areas ranging from environmental protection to medicinal marijuana.
John Cruz, a proponent of the measure and former appointments secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said it makes sense to allow undocumented, longtime California residents to "fully contribute to society by becoming taxpayers as well."
Donnelly countered that the federal government is not likely to carve out exceptions for a select group of illegal immigrants.
"It essentially asks the federal government not to enforce the law," Donnelly said.
The names of the initiative's financial backers were not released Friday. It was not known how much money, if any, the group had collected for a signature-gathering drive.
Sunday, 04 September 2011 10:17
Illegal Aliens Receive $4.2 Billion in Additional Child Tax Credits
What happened to the balanced approach toward revenue?
Posted by Daniel Horowitz (Profile)
Friday, September 2nd at 1:49PM EDT
10 CommentsThroughout the entire debt ceiling imbroglio, Democrats incessantly regurgitated the talking point about the need for “a balanced approach.” They were so uniform and synchronized that they sounded like the sheep in Animal Farm. Ironically, their idea of a balanced approach was singularly focused upon Oil Company and corporate tax deductions, which are negligible compared to the crushing debt. The targeted oil tax deductions would have brought in $2 billion in annual revenue, while the cancellation of the corporate jet depreciation deduction would have saved only $3 billion over 10 years!
Well, it turns out that illegal aliens, most of which pay zero in net taxes, enjoyed $4.2 billion from the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) last year. That’s more than the annual revenue from the selected oil tax deductions and corporate jet deductions combined!
Yesterday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Collection released a shocking report detailing how illegal aliens are able to utilize a filing loophole to obtain billions in ACTC funds. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and ACTC (unlike the base child tax credit) are totally refundable and can award the recipient with a negative tax balance. Appropriations for the EITC in FY 2010 were $54.7 billion and $28.3 billion for the ACTC. While EITC appropriations are protected from illegals (those who don’t engage in identity theft) because they are only awarded to those who provide a valid Social Security number, the same cannot be said for the ACTC.
Here is the punchline of the Inspector’s report:
Many individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States, and thus not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) for employment, earn income in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides such individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to facilitate their filing of tax returns. Although the law prohibits aliens residing without authorization in the United States from receiving most Federal public benefits, an increasing number of these individuals are filing tax returns claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), a refundable tax credit intended for working families. The payment of Federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives. […]
Because concerns were raised by Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the IRS regarding noncompliance with EITC requirements, a law was passed in Calendar Year 1996 to deny the EITC to individuals who file a tax return without an SSN that is valid for employment. As such, filers using an ITIN are not eligible for the EITC. The change in the law was made prior to the establishment of the ACTC. However, the same law prohibits aliens residing without authorization in the United States from receiving most Federal public benefits, with the exception of certain emergency services and programs.
Nonetheless, IRS management’s view is that the law does not provide sufficient legal authority for the IRS to disallow the ACTC to ITIN filers. In addition, the Internal Revenue Code does not require an SSN to claim the ACTC and does not provide the IRS math error authority to deny the credit without an examination. As such, the IRS continues to pay the ACTC to ITIN filers.
According to the latest employment data, we’ve lost 2.57 million jobs since Obama took office, even though there are 5.1 million additional people of working age in the country. Illegals are not only competing for scarce jobs; they are enjoying billions in handouts ensconced in the tax system, due to willful negligence on the part of the IRS. For most Americans, they are the most belligerent agency in the government, yet they are suddenly indolent in going after illegals. Obama wants them to clamp down on tax deductions for corporations that pay billions in taxes, while blithely allowing them to ignore billions in refundable handouts to those who shouldn’t be here in the first place.
Talk about a balanced approach.
California’s DREAM Act part 2- public assistance expected to clear Senate
Kimberly Dvorak, San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner
August 26, 2011
Part two of California’s DREAM Act that seeks to provide financial aid for illegal aliens hits the Senate floor. The controversial DREAM Act legislation is expected to pass along party lines that heavily favor Democrats.
AB 131 is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and proposes illegal alien students can compete for the $40 million in public financial aid like Cal Grants and other fee waivers.
Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed part one of the (DREAM ACT) college package AB 130 into law. This law granted illegal alien students access to the state’s $88 million in private financial aid.
County moves toward E-Verify system
Use of federal database to check prospective workers’ legal status explored
By Christopher Cadelago
5:53 p.m., June 28, 2011
San Diego County took the first step toward requiring all new employees to be screened through a federal database used to check the legal status of prospective workers.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed county officials to explore the feasibility of using E-Verify during the hiring process. The web-based tool is used by a growing number of cities, counties, states and federal agencies to compare information from an individual’s eligibility form to data kept by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
“County government is one of the biggest employers in the region, and I think we have a responsibility to make sure we are hiring people who are eligible to work,” said Supervisor Bill Horn, who sponsored the proposal along with Dianne Jacob.
“We should set the standards for hiring practices, and I think E-Verify can be a very valuable tool for us.”
Under the proposal, administrators have three months to report to the supervisors whether the program is viable. Beginning exclusively with new hires would allow policymakers to weigh the system’s effectiveness before potentially expanding it to include businesses that contract with the county.
“This action gets, in my viewpoint, the ‘better late than never award,’ ” Jacob said. “In my opinion, our county should have been exploring the use of E-Verify long before today. ... Right now our county is operating under the honor system.”
The current system requires new employees to fill out an I-9 form and be fingerprinted. About 271,500 of the estimated 7 million employers nationwide use the electronic immigration enforcement tool, which began as a pilot program in 1997.
All federal agencies are required to use the free service, and several cities across the state also have adopted it for employees, contractors and businesses.
In March, Escondido became the first city in the county to require all new city employees and city contractors to go through the screening process. Others such as Oceanside indicated plans to follow suit after the U.S. Supreme Court last month upheld an Arizona law that sanctions businesses for hiring illegal workers and endorsed the state’s requirement that companies use the federal screening process.
(CNSNews.com) --When questioned by an illegal alien student today who showed him a deportation letter, President Barack Obama said he did not want to deport illegal alien students like the one who questioned him, he wanted them to succeed. The exchange came during a town hall event sponsored by the Spanish-language television networkat a Washington, D.C., school. An illegal alien student, who appeared via Skype, asked: “My question for the president is, why [is the government] saying that deportations have stopped or the detention of many students like me, why is it that we are still receiving deportation letters like this one?”Obama answered, “We have redesigned our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals, and so our deportation of criminals are up about 70 percent. Our deportation of non-criminals are down, and that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community.“And for a young person like that young woman that we just spoke to who’s going to school, doing all the right things, we want them to succeed," Obama said.Read More . . .
Federal Agents Told to Reduce Border Arrests, Arizona Sheriff SaysPublished April 01, 2011
An Arizona sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol officials have repeatedly told him they have been ordered to reduce -- at times even stop -- arrests of illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the U.S. border.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever told FoxNews.com that a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol told him as recently as this month that the federal agency’s office on Arizona's southern border was under orders to keep apprehension numbers down during specific reporting time periods.
“The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their mission is now to scare people back,” Dever said in an interview with FoxNews.com. “He said, ‘I had to go back to my guys and tell them not to catch anybody, that their job is to chase people away. … They were not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back.”
Obama on Illegal Aliens to Illegal Alien: We Don’t Want to Deport Them; 'We Want Them To Succeed’
March 26, 2011
Some Calif. cities embrace immigration scrutiny
By ELLIOT SPAGAT
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) -- A city that has taken numerous steps to crack down on illegal immigration is now joining a string of Southern California municipalities that are signing up to tap a federal database aimed at tighter scrutiny of employees' immigration status.
Escondido's measure is modest compared to how others have embraced the free E-Verify tool, an online federal database now used voluntarily by employers nationwide. The north San Diego suburb's City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to require all city contractors to use the screening for new hires and earlier this month began doing the same for all new city employees earlier this month.
The city will urge - but not require - private businesses to perform enhanced checks on new hires. Lancaster, north of Los Angeles, became the first city in Southern California to require private businesses to use E-Verify in January 2010 and was followed by others including Murrieta, Temecula and Lake Elsinore in the economically battered Inland Empire.
"We don't really want to be a heavy-handed government," said Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, a Lebanese immigrant and former IBM Corp. employee who has made illegal immigration a signature issue. "It's in their self-interest. We hope businesses will realize the benefit."
GOP Lawmakers Want Explanation of Draft Memo on Amnesty for Thousands
A group of Republican senators has written to top immigration officials in the Obama administration asking them to reveal whether large-scale plans are under way to provide a so-called non-legislative version of amnesty.
The lawmakers cite an 11-page draft document written by staff to the director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service that says they are reviewing several executive orders and other mechanisms that effectively would serve as a substitute for comprehensive immigration reforms.
The objective would be to promote “family unity, foster economic growth … and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization."
Among the suggestions, the document offers proposals for rewriting legal opinions to allow unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking or extreme hardship and others who've overstayed their visas to remain in the U.S.
For instance, the four aides who wrote the document told Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas that general counsel at the CIS has reinterpreted legal opinions of the definition of "admission" for those entering under "temporary protected status" -- in the face of war or environmental disaster -- so that they can change their status to stay in the United States permanently.
"Opening this pathway will help thousands of applicants obtain lawful permanent residence without having to leave the U.S.," reads the memo, which was provided to Fox News by the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
A statement released by the USCIS warned that internal draft memos should not be equated with official action or policy by the department.
"We will not comment on notional, pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system. ... Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our mission," reads the statement.
"Nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation's entire illegal immigrant population," it continues.
My blog about our expereinec in Tempe,Arizona on May 29,2010 for a rally:
Pictures from Tempe, AZ rally: http://picasaweb.google.com/dmwlaw23/PHXRally52910?authkey=Gv1sRgCKbD-ZTTkcOMcQ#
Starting May 5th, we are officially kicking off an on-going ARIZONA BUY-cott to support Arizona bases corporations, local businesses, on-line retailers, and tourism. The following list is just a sampling of the great companies you can support...and there is something for everyone. PLEASE SHARE!!
Be sure to check back at our website regularly...we will add more companies as soon as possible!
PLAN A TRIP TO ARIZONA
SUPPORT ARIZONA COMPANIES:
“LOCAL FIRST” BUSINESS DIRECTORY for ARIZONA
America West Airlines
Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airlines, Go!, Freedom Airlines)
Grand Canyon Airlines
Discount Tire Company
BEAUTY & SKIN CARE
FIREARMS, AMMO & ACCESSORIES
Robar (firearms & accessories)
American Spirit Arms (Manufacturer of precision firearms)
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Patriot Ordinance Factory
Vltor Weapon Systems
AWC Systems Technology
Sun Devil Mfg.
Double Diamond Law Enforcement Supply
Black weapons Armory
Seven Sisters Sweet Shop and Chocolate
McClendon's Select (mail order organic fruit and honey)
Eleanor Joseph Confections (truffles & more!)
Cerreta Fine Chocolates
Candy's Apples (gourmet candied apples)
Navajo Fine Jewelry & Collectibles
M. R. Designs & Gifts (Gift Baskets)
Hollycake (Letterpress Stationery)
HEALTH & FITNESS
HOME & GARDEN
Circle K (Convenience Store)
Allied Waste Industries
GreenNurture.com (green corporate consulting)
Clear Channel Outdoor
TRAVEL & TOURISM
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