Saturday, July 30, 2011

BRA Has Its Costs

Black Run America had another defeat today. Ostensibly $2 million, but it gets worse for BRA. An attorney gets $3 million for fighting BRA. (h/t How Appealing)

New Haven has agreed to pay $2 million plus enhanced pension benefits to the white firefighters who provoked a re-examination of affirmative action in 2009 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their reverse discrimination lawsuit against the city.

The 20 firefighters, one of whom is Hispanic, sued in 2004 after the city refused to honor the results of a civil service examination in which only white candidates scored high enough for promotion to captain and lieutenant. By scrapping the test, the city denied promotion to more than half of the 20 men.

In its 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court criticized New Haven for using "raw, racial statistics" to invalidate a promotional examination, but stopped short of ordering broad changes to race-and-hiring laws sought by the firefighters and their supporters around the country.

New Haven reinstated the examination results and promoted 14 of the 20 firefighters within months of the decision. On Thursday, the city said that it had resolved the only issues remaining in the case — the size of damage awards to the firefighters and the cost of their lawsuit.

The firefighters, depending on factors such as rank and seniority, will receive cash judgements from the city ranging from about $27,000 to $135,000.

In addition, all but two of the firefighters will have their retirement packages calculated in a way that could add from $100,000 to $300,000 to their pensions, said a lawyer familiar with details of the agreement.

And truer words were never spoken, laying down the gauntlet to BRA:

Frank Ricci, the lead plaintiff in the case, said that the firefighters were "elated." He noted that their case also has had an impact in other cities that were "put on notice that when it comes to public safety, merit must win out."

Of course, merit should "win out" in every profession, not just public safety positions.

"In a public safety job where you can go to work and not come home, merit has to be the overriding factor," Ricci said.

But more importantly the white firefighters' attorney gets a $3 million payday:

Karen Lee Torre, the Branford lawyer who represented the firefighters, will receive $3 million for costs and fees, according to the settlement papers filed in court.

"Nothing is going to be more important than the Supreme Court opinion," Torre said. "But the terms of the offers of judgment were attractive to us and we accepted them. The city finally had to admit what it did."

This is a signal to all attorneys in a profession beset by recession, layoffs, and low pay. Fighting affirmative action pays, it pays big.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, the named defendant in the suit, sounded happy to put the case behind him.

"In addition to recognizing that this resolution allows the city to move forward, I want to acknowledge the work of the New Haven firefighters who never allowed this debate to affect their performance on the fire grounds, or, with one another," DeStefano said. "Their service to the people of New Haven and to their units has been and remains exemplary."

Victor Bolden, New Haven's lawyer, said the city's civil service procedures now comply with the law.

"The city has a new legal standard to follow, and the intention of the city of New Haven is to follow it," Bolden said.

The firefighters sued in 2004, a year after New Haven scrapped the promotion exam.

The city gave the test to 118 candidates, 27 of whom were black. None of the black candidates scored high enough to qualify for the 15 positions that were immediately available. All 20 of the plaintiffs qualified. After a series of raucous meetings, the city civil service board decided to scrap the test results and promote no one.

The firefighters' suit turned on an apparent contradiction in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law prohibits race-based decisions in hiring and promotion. But it also requires employers to scrap tests that produce "disparate" results among test takers of different races — unless the employer can prove that the test is job-related, necessary and that no less discriminatory alternatives exist.

The Supreme Court ruled that the firefighters who were denied promotion were victims of illegal racial discrimination. But, the 5-4 decision, which Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, left intact the portion of the law that New Haven used to invalidate the examination after no black applicants scored high enough to qualify for promotion.

Analysts were concerned that the decision would raise the standard that employers must meet in the future to reject test results in similar circumstances, without providing specific guidance about how to do it.

Ricci, the lead plaintiff, resigned from a second job and paid $1,000 for study aids to prepare for the test. His performance qualified him for promotion before the city discarded the results.

Also on notice are insurance companies, who in this case paid out $750,000 in legal bills for Providence. That will force insurance companies to reconsider their support for BRA and affirmative action.

NEW HAVEN – The 20 firefighters who took their discrimination suit to the U.S. Supreme Court — and won — were awarded $2 million in damages from a settlement reached this week.

The city of New Haven will pay the firefighters $2 million, and pay an additional $3 million for the men’s attorney fees. The settlement also awards the firefighters three years of pension credits.“We look forward to moving forward with the city of New Haven and putting this all behind us and getting back to the work of doing what we do protecting the citizens of this great city,” said fire Lt. Frank Ricci, lead plaintiff in the case. Ricci will get $125,519 from the settlement.He said the firefighters agreed to settle Wednesday.

The 20 firefighters — 19 white and one Hispanic — sued Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and other city officials in 2004 after the city threw out results of two promotional exams because few blacks earned high scores. At the time, the city argued it could face lawsuits from black firefighters under the federal Civil Rights Act.

The city’s decision to throw out the tests was upheld by the U.S. District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. But in 2009, a closely divided Supreme Court ruled against the city in favor of the firefighters. The decision made national headlines and touched off renewed debate about affirmative action.

The city ultimately certified results of the original exam and promoted 14 of the 20 plaintiffs. Now, the cash-strapped city is left with a hefty bill from the settlement and its own legal fees.A statement put out by the city Wednesday says the settlement allows the city to “avoid the cost and uncertainty of further litigation that had been scheduled to commence in Federal District Court later this summer.” The settlement award will be paid for from the city’s budgeted public liability accounts, $4 million that was set aside in the fund balance for this case and insurance proceeds. The city’s own legal fees cost about $750,000 and were paid for out of the insurance fund.

Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden said the city also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro-bono legal assistance on the case. Richard Roberts of the Cheshire firm Nuzzo and Roberts was the trial counsel for the city on the case.

City Hall released a statement from DeStefano, who is out of town: “In addition to recognizing that this resolution allows the city to move forward, I want to acknowledge the work of the New Haven firefighters who never allowed this debate to affect their performance on the fire grounds, or, with one another. Their service to the people of New Haven and to their units has been and remains, exemplary.”

Karen Torre, the lawyer for the firefighters, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ricci said firefighters have been through a great ordeal and are glad to put the matter behind them.“The reason for this lawsuit was to ensure that the leaders of the fire service were based on merit. And the public, when they call 911, they don’t care if somebody is white, black or Hispanic. Their only concern is that the person is competent, respectful and timely,” he said.

The city made individual settlement offers for the 20 firefighters. Bolden said the city offered an amount it believed would be fair and acceptable to the plaintiffs. The $2 million award includes about $700,000 in back pay and interest for 14 of 20 firefighters who were ultimately promoted. For the four firefighters who passed the exam but were not promoted, the city offered $50,000. And for the two firefighters who did not pass the exam, but were included in the lawsuit, the city offered $25,000.

All 20 men accepted the awards, which also compensated them for “intentional infliction of emotional distress,” according to settlement documents. The payments will be made over two years, with 40 percent paid this year and 60 percent next year. The three-year pension credit was offered to 18 of the men and would be applied to their years of service for pension calculation purposes. Bolden said the city will end up paying an additional $60,000 to $80,000 to its $22 million annual pension contribution for police and fire.

The lawsuit was the result of the city’s decision in 2004 not to certify promotional exam results for captain and lieutenant positions. According to the city, only about two of the 50 minority candidates who took the test in 2003 would have qualified for a promotion. No blacks were included in that list. At the time, the Civil Service Board expressed concern the black candidates would have sued the city under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The costs of BRA are now real. Bankrupt cities and their insurance carriers are now on notice that affirmative action is not cost free. And all the machinations and pro-bono work of a cadre of communist lawyers did not help them defeat one single attorney. That was millions wasted by the Reds that hopefully will be discouraging them from wasting defending the next anti-affirmative action case that comes forward.

Friday, July 29, 2011

More Kabuki Immigration Enforcement

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has raided another fraudulent university that had been authorized to enroll alien students. ICE has notified the University of Northern Virginia, which enrolls predominately on ethnicity, Indian nationals, that their authority to enroll alien students is being withdrawn.

Dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided offices at the University of Northern Virginia's Annandale campus Thursday.

The University of Northern Virginia is an unaccredited, for-profit private university that calls itself the most popular American university for students from India. Thousands of students are registered at three locations in northern Virginia.

Agents have removed boxes of documents from a building on Little River Turnpike where the university leases two suites.

The university temporarily can't accept any foreign students, reads a notice posted on the door of the offices. UNVA students must leave the country immediately if they are unable “to continue to attend classes and maintain their active status in a manner required by federal government regulations,” the notice reads.

“Today, officials from ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) served University of Northern Virginia officials with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOIW) UNVA’s authorization to admit foreign students,” read a statement released by ICE spokeswoman Cori W. Bassett.

The school was told it can no longer participate in that program, but no specific reason was disclosed.

No charges have been filed nor people arrested but the school is being investigated to see whether it conforms to federal regulations for the administration of student visas. Those regulations were tightened after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The school is not closed, and students can attend class.

Foreign-born students at the campus Thursday said they have attended classes in the building and earned degrees from the school. One said the school helps students get their student visas.

If the investigation discovers the school improperly handled student visas, the school could face severe penalties.

Like Tri-Valley Univerity in northern California, UNV is a diploma mill designed to provide entry to the United States to aliens who otherwise would not qualify for student status. Basically they enroll only alien students and provide no education of any description, but do provide ostensible legal status and, eventually, a work authorization document.

However, working with the Indian government, and seeminly under instruction from the Indian Embassy in Washington, ICE has decided to give an amnesty to the students attending the fraudulent school.

New Delhi, July 29: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday assured hundreds of Indian students at the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) that there will not be a mass termination of their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) records.

The US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had raided UNVA's Annandale administrative offices on Thursday.The ICE officials had removed several boxes of documents from the offices. A notice on the door of UNVA's offices tells students that they must leave the US if they cannot "continue to attend classes and maintain their active status in a manner required by federal government regulations".

In response to a question, MEA official spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said: "We understand that the US Immigration authorities (ICE) served a notice of intent yesterday, on the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) to withdraw its authorization.

However the University would not be shut down immediately, but would be given a one month notice for explanation." "ICE has kept the Embassy of India in Washington DC briefed, as a very large percentage of the 2400 UNVA students are Indian nationals. It is further understood that there will not be a mass termination of UNVA students SEVIS records," he added.

He further said that the US authorities are taking steps to provide necessary information to help the students transfer to other educational institutions in the US or go back to their home countries. "We have impressed upon the US authorities the need to ensure that the students are not victimized in any manner, since they all have valid documents. We have been told that the focus of investigations is not on the students, but on UNVA itself," Prakash said.

The official spokesperson also said that the Ministry and the Indian Embassy in Washington are closely following the developments, and are in the process of obtaining all details in the matter.

The SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a web-accessible database used by the US Department of Homeland Security to collect, track and monitor information regarding exchange visitors, international students and scholars who enter the US on F, M or J visas.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within US Immigration and Customs Enforcement manage it.

In a similar fashion, ICE amnestied the fraudulent students at Tri-Valley University. However, unlike what the Indian Embassy claimed, the students are not legally present if they are attending a post-secondary institute that is not providing the educational program and the students are not attending classes.

On its website ICE all but admits that NVA is a fraud and that most "students" are not attending classes at all:

1. Continue to attend classes and maintain their active status in a manner required by regulations.

As an international student, you have certain responsibilities that you must maintain in order to keep your nonimmigrant student status.

SEVP's rules for studying in the United States include:

1. Attend and pass your classes.
2. Maintain a full course load (don't study part-time unless you have permission from your designated school official).
3. Online or distance learning classes are limited to the equivalent of one class, not to exceed three credits, if requirements of the class do not include oversight of physical presence.
4. Don't work without authorization.
5. Curricular Practical Training is only available if the employment is an integral part of an established curriculum and if the position directly relates to your major area of study and only when there is a letter of agreement from the employer.
6. Notify your DSO if you change your major, program, or degree level.
7. Notify your DSO if you plan to transfer to a new school or take a leave of absence.
8. Notify your DSO within 10 days of moving to a new address.
9. Let your DSO know (before your Form I-20 expires) if you need a program extension.
10. Have you Form I-20 signed by your DSO before travelling outside the United States.
Option 2: Seek transfer to another SEVP-approved institution.

Clearly NVA was using "distance learning" among other strategies, to allow students not to attend classes as one aspect of their fraud. It is much more profitable to not hold classes and maintain a physical plant. Essentially the alien students were paying a fee to an alien smuggler to enter and remain in the U.S. And even after the fraud was found, ICE continues to allow the aliens to remain in violation of the law. And since the whole university is a fraud, then the alien students cannot transfer to another institution, as they are not lawfully present. Aliens present illegally cannot change status to a non-immigrant status.

What we have here is just another aspect of the Obama Administrative Amnesty. Similar to ICE's failure to arrest the illegal aliens working at Chipoltle's. Those illegals remain, as do the illegals attending NVA.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Department Of State Sponsoring Visa Fraud

The Department of State (DOS) continues its campaign to undermine and unconstitutionally violate the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). Hillary Clinton authorized the DOS to be the sponsor for non-immigrant visas in the J-1 category for the non-resident aliens who are having sex with a DOS employee.

The J-1 visa is not for people having sex with a DOS employee, but for cultural and education exchange. At no point was its purpose to aid government employees to engage in sex outside of marriage.

The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges, under the provisions of U.S. law. Exchange Programs provide an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the U.S. and our way of life, thereby developing lasting and meaningful relationships.

The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant exchange visitor is to be accepted in an established exchange visitor program that is Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified. Visit the Exchange Visitor Program, administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), to learn more about program requirements, regulations and much more. At the conclusion of their program, Exchange Visitor program participants are expected to return to their home countries to utilize the experience and skills they have acquired while in the U.S. Questions regarding an exchange program(s) should be directed to the program sponsor.

Nor was it designed to avoid obtaining an immigrant visa as the pretend spouse of an American citizen. Remember it was created by a Congress of white, heterosexual, males who never contemplation its use as a substitute for homosexual marriage.

However, neither the original law, nor DOMA will stop Hillary Clinton and Barak Hussein Obama from doing whatever they will.

Not much changed in the visa context for same-sex partners until June 2009, when Secretary Clinton announced that the State Department would extend a wide range of benefits – including the issuance of diplomatic passports – to the same-sex partners of American diplomats.

As previously reported in the Consular Corner, this move was followed a month later by a regulatory change permitting the issuance of derivative A, G, and NATO visas to domestic partners of principal applicants in these categories. When this provision was implemented in the FAM in December 2009, the term “domestic partner” was defined as applying to same-sex couples only.

In February 2011, the State Department announced a new program under which DOS will act as the J-1 sponsor of the foreign same-sex partners of Foreign Service Officers who are returning to the United States for a domestic assignment. This arrangement allows the foreign-national partners to live and work in America for up to five years.

There it is, another impeachable act by the wife of the impeached President.

More ICE Fail

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took one year and three months to find and arrest an illegal alien who was threatening the President.

An Uzbek man, who was living illegally in the U.S., was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly making multiple threats to assassinate President Obama, then gaining possession of explosive material and a machine gun.

Ulugbek Kodoriov is accused of making four threats against Obama from July 9 to 13, the indictment says. Kodoriov, who lived in Jefferson County, Ala., eventually gained possession of a Sendra Corporation Model M15-A1 rifle, which was illegal because of his immigration status, according to the indictment. He also allegedly obtained an explosive intended for use as a grenade.

He was residing at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Birmingham, according to a search warrant obtained by Authorities sought any information in his room regarding Obama, as well as sniper rifles, documents relating to assassinations and Jihadist manuals.

On July 9, Kodoriov contacted an FBI source and asked about ways to kill the president by a long-range shot, according to the warrant. Kodoriov allegedly inquired about sniper rifles and said he didn’t care if he lost his life in an assassination attempt.

Kodoriov, 21, is a strict Muslim from Uzbekistan who previously supported Islamic extremists, an FBI source said, according to the warrant.

The Justice Department, in announcing the indictment, said it vindicates the government's "proactive and preventive" approaches to such threats.

“We are constantly engaged with partners throughout the law enforcement community in order to keep the overall security picture in focus and to stay ahead of any emerging threats," said Roy Sexton, Secret Service special agent in charge.

A person who knew Kodoriov at the Oak Mountain Lodge said he was “completely shocked” about the allegations.

“I’m happy that he’s caught,” Sukru Icimsoy, the lodge's manager, said. “When law enforcement comes for a person here, I’d rather them stay with law enforcement than with me.”

Kodoriov came to the United States in June 2009 and remained in the country on a student visa, according to the statement. His student visa was revoked April 1, 2010, for failure to enroll in school, according to the arrest affidavit.

If convicted, he faces maximum sentences of five years in prison on each count of threatening the president and 10 years in prison on each of the weapons counts.

Actually he was here illegally more than the one year and three months, as it takes about six months for ICE to be notified after a foreign student looses their status.

Of course, ICE HSI was unconcerned until the Muslim immigrant terrorist threatened Obama. He was just one of 757,000 illegal alien overstays and the other 11-20 million illegal aliens that ICE HSI ignores.

Perhaps it was because he was just a peaceful illegal alien that ICE HSI does not want to arrest?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DHS Missing 757,000 Illegal Aliens

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vows not to bother arresting any of them who are "peaceful" or otherwise not gangbangers.

The Homeland Security Department needs to track down more than 700,000 foreign visitors who have overstayed their visas, a DHS official testified.

Collaboration with the intelligence community and other agencies will be critical to identifying security threats among those foreign visitors, Rand Beers, undersecretary of DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate and coordinator for counterterrorism, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

According to Beers’ testimony, posted on DHS’ website, DHS is prioritizing its investigations of visitors who have overstayed their official welcome through the Advanced Targeting System, which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency manages. Beers said the system reveals background information about the visitors, which DHS uses in conjunction with data from intelligence community resources to figure out which visitors the department needs to track down first.

Beers’ testimony follows up an April report by the Government Accountability Office that states that as many 1.6 million foreign visitors have overstayed their visa. Beers said DHS found 843,000 of those visitors and confirmed that they have left the United States or have received a change in their visa status.

Beers also testified that DHS is working to integrate tracking systems that help the department and intelligence community identify national security threats, which is one of the urgent needs that the terrorist attacks of 2001 exposed.

How DHS is supposed to find these 757,000 odd illegal aliens and differentiate them from the other illegal aliens benefiting from the Obama Admininstrative Amnesty is anyones' guess. But more than likely only those who might have some connection to terrorism will be arrested. Even fewer will be deported. Most will remain like Miguel Talento.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that it has decided to suspend for a year the imminent deportation of a young Argentine student.

The decision comes one day after the Argentine consul in Miami, Miguel Talento, personally appealed to ICE to stop the deportation in an interview with El Nuevo Herald.

ICE complied with the consul’s request, but only for 12 months, though it left open the possibility of further extending the stay of deportation in the future.

“ICE has reviewed the case and will be extending the previously issued stay of removal for an additional year,” ICE said in a statement. “ICE will review the case and circumstances again prior to the expiration of this stay to determine the benefits of an additional stay of removal.”

Because ICE does not work for Americans, it works for diplomats from failed states like Argentina.

ICE Surrrenders

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Clark Settles just surrendered the authority of ICE HSI, violated his Oath of Office, publically stated his employees will not enforce the laws of the United States, surrendered his supervisory authority over his employees to some municipal flatfoot, and publically insulted the cadre of Deportation Officers and Immigration Enforcement Agents that put their lives on the line arresting illegal aliens.

After a closed meeting Tuesday with San Jose police and federal agents, immigrant rights advocates still oppose a new strategy for ridding the city of violent gang members who also are illegal immigrants.

"We feel as strongly in our opposition as we did before we walked in the door," said Raj Jayadev, director of Silicon Valley DeBug, a community organization for young adults. "It could still lead to the deportation of innocent people."

Jayadev and nine other advocates had a two-hour "question and answer" session with police Chief Chris Moore and federal officials about the deployment of two immigration agents with the city's Police Department. The agents, whose identities are being kept secret, started working with police at the beginning of the month.

A two and an half hour Q & A with advocates of criminal activity, to wit, illegal immigration. What next? Will ICE meet with representatives of Mexican cartels?

Clark Settles, head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit in the Bay Area, insisted the agents will focus on arresting and deporting undocumented, violent gang members and are not interested in routine, "administrative deportations" of any peaceful illegal immigrants they discover along the way.

"We're criminal investigators, and we go after felons," said Settles, who was transferred from Washington, D.C., two weeks ago. He said the two agents wished to keep their identities private because they live in the area and want to protect their families from attacks.

It is clear that Settles considers himself of a higher caste of ICE employee. He is classified by the Office of Personnel Management as a ES-1811, an Senior Executive Service Criminal Investigator. Criminal Investigator is the OPM classification for a law enforcement employee who conducts criminal investigations. 1811 employees consider themselves to be "better" that other ICE and Customs and Border Protection employees who do the same work, but have different classifications and pay scedules; such as Border Patrol Agents (BPA), 1896, Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO), 1895, Deportation Officers (DO), 1801, and Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEA), 1801. However, their actual duties are the same, find, apprehend and remove illegl aliens. HSI does have some other duties, such as drug smuggling investigations that they share with the FBI and DEA, and their other main duty, the investigation of the importation of counterfeit goods. Much of that they share with CBP, Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. However, the agents assigned to the San Jose Police Department will not be conducting any major criminal investigations, especially if they are under the supervision of "gang officers." They will just be hooking up gangbangers and perhaps presenting them as criminal defendants for re-entry after deportation or felon with a gun. Simple charges that USBPA and CBPO-Enforcement (CBPO-E) do everyday as well. In border States that job is primarily handled by Border Patrol Agents, so you don't need to be an 1811 to do that. Nor is their any law or policy that prohibits DOs or IEAs from doing that as well. They routinely present cases of re-entry after deportation to United States Attorney's Offices as well, as do BPA and CBPO-Es.

For the most part Settles is just looking down his nose at his counterparts at Enforcement and Removal Operations. It is quite an insult to not only his co-workers at ICE's ERO, but also to BPAs and CBPO-Es.

Ever since Moore announced the embedding of the federal agents, he has been scrambling to win over community leaders and immigration rights advocates.

"I don't think everyone went home happy today," Moore said after Tuesday's meeting. "But I think they left with a better understanding."

Moore and Settles said the federal agents will not do any freelancing and will work under the direction of the police department's anti-gang officers.

"It takes time to build trust," Settles said.

Well, the illegl aliens went away happy, most of them have been given a free pass by Settles. And just who is he building trust with? Other illegal aliens? He is supposed to be arresting those illegal aliens. And what does "freelancing mean?" Doing one's job? That is how Settles describes an agent using their initiative and making arrests. And they will be supervised and directed by non-federal employees. Who are also not of the 1811 classification.

Jayadev said the number of arrests and deportations might eventually impress some people, but the strategy also carries a big risk.

His fear is that undocumented immigrants who become victims of crime or witness them will be reluctant to report the incidents once they learn that "secret" immigration agents are working with city police.

"That is really the core issue as far as we're concerned," he said.

One can contact Settles here and let him know that peaceful or otherwise, illegal aliens have to be arrested and deported and that is his job:

SAC San Francisco
630 Sansome Street, Room 890
San Francisco, CA 94111
Main (510) 267-3800
Fax (510) 267-3870

You can also contact the ICE ERO Field Office Director and let him know how little Settles thinks of his colleagues who are Deportation Officers and Immigration Enforcement Agents.

630 Sansome Street,
Rm 590
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 844-5512

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ICE Involved In Fast And Furious

Well, it is now out and proved that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was involved in walking guns to Mexican drug cartels.

ICE agents here have claimed that ICE was not involved with gun walking, but clearly ICE was. These ICE agents claimed that they were highly skilled criminal investigators and ridiculed Customs and Border Protection Officers and Border Patrol Agents as not quite as good as they were. Well, bitches, you are complicit in gun running to the cartels, complicit in the murders of Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata. How are you sleeping?

Scroll down and read the comments by these heros of gun running to Mexico, Samuri77, Ron, Hermano Pistolero Gringo (self-described as an HSI agent in Texas) and Edgar. HSI agents lied and Mexicans died. And their fellow HSI agent as well. From their comments, they did not think Terry was their equal.

The blood sirs, is on your hands and that of HSI.

To paraphrase the hippies of yesteryear: Hey-hey, ho-ho, how many agents did you kill today?

Arrest Paul Bridges

Mayor of Uvalda Paul Bridges thinks illegal aliens are citizens of the United States and deserving of his own special taxi service and whatever else they desire. Bridges, besides supporting illegal immigration in theory, actively aids, abets and assists illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.

Uvalda, Georgia (CNN) -- Paul Bridges leans toward his desk, picks up the phone and punches in a number with the fast, laser focus of a man on a mission. The mayor of this tiny town in South Georgia is ready for battle -- and looking for a new weapon.

"I need some help getting a website," he says, spelling out the words of the domain name he wants for a site promoting immigration reform.

The man on the other end says he'll try to help. But that isn't enough for Bridges.

"I really don't know what your beliefs are on this issue," he says, "but I'm going to persuade you."

Bridges wants the federal government to come up with a solution that gives the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally.

"You get me an invite to that Tea Party meeting and I'm going ... I'd like to give the contrary viewpoints. Surely one person in the audience is going to be sympathetic."

Georgia immigration law foes protest

April: Georgia passes immigration bill Bridges is an unlikely soldier on the front lines of the nation's immigration debate. The 58-year-old native Southerner describes himself as a conservative Republican. For years, he knew little about immigrants but didn't lack strong opinions about them: "They were just low-class people," he recalls. "They weren't even able to speak English."

Bridges' English is laced with a folksy drawl; he tosses out phrases such as "heck no" and "that just flew all over me." But he can switch into the singsongy Spanish of a Mexican farmworker. And he counts immigrants among his closest friends.

Bridges is one of more than a dozen plaintiffs suing Georgia and its governor, trying to stop the state's new immigration law. They won a reprieve Monday when a federal judge temporarily blocked parts of the law scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Judge blocks key parts of Georgia immigration law

One of those sections would criminalize exactly what the mayor of Uvalda does almost every day: knowingly driving a car with illegal immigrants as passengers. The judge also put on hold parts of the law that allow police to ask about immigration status during investigations of criminal violations.

But the legal fight is far from over. It could drag on for months and reach the chambers of the nation's highest court. It's a struggle that pits Bridges against many members of his own party and could hurt his political future. But that doesn't stop the mayor.

Common thread present in challenges to immigration law

In public speeches and opinion articles, he slams state lawmakers for creating an unfunded mandate that he says will burden police and devastate farmers who depend on immigrant labor in their onion fields and berry groves.

Bridges: Why I'm suing Georgia over immigration law

His words are more than just political talking points.

The potentially crippling economic blow to the region is only one part of his
rallying cry.

Bridges is waging a deeply personal battle.

Enforcement of the Georgia law could put him in prison and tear apart the families of some of his closest friends.

[Ed. Note: I guess his oath of office means nothing. He will only obey the laws he choses. Sort of like John Morton.]

In his City Hall office, just a few feet away from a handbook for Georgia mayors and council members, he keeps a glass paperweight engraved with a Bible verse.

A family of illegal immigrants gave it to him for Christmas.

'I decided I was going to be the mayor for everybody' Bridges is used to facing a tough crowd.

Critics called him an "outsider" two years ago when he decided to run for mayor of Uvalda, a one-stoplight town surrounded by onion fields and pine forests. Never mind that he grew up only 26 miles away. In Uvalda, population 600, everyone knows everyone.

His opponent's family had ties to the town that went back generations -- in fact, you might say Martin Moses was undefeatable in the category of name recognition: His kin founded Uvalda, and his grandfather once was its mayor.

But Bridges met the challenge by knocking on every door in town, asking residents to share their concerns and telling them he wanted the top job.

Uvalda, population 600, is a one-stoplight town surrounded by onion fields and the pine forests of South Georgia. These days, he seems to know everyone who lives inside Uvalda's 1.9 square miles. His cell phone rings when their cable goes out, when their water bills go up or when they've locked their keys inside their cars.

It takes about two minutes to drive from one side of Uvalda to the other. A little more if you stop for watermelons and peaches at the farm stands set up on the corner by the town's single, blinking-red stoplight. Mostly, people pass through Uvalda on their way to somewhere else. But Bridges is planning to stay.

And given the chance, he believes he can sway the staunchest supporters of the state's immigration law -- just as he won Uvalda over, one person at a time.

The law, known as House Bill 87, gained steam quickly in the halls of Georgia's Capitol. Its backers argued that illegal immigrants were sucking away state resources, and that the U.S. government wasn't doing enough to enforce existing laws.

"This legislation is a responsible step forward in the absence of federal action. Illegal immigration places an incredible burden on Georgia taxpayers," Gov. Nathan Deal said after signing the bill last month.

Bridges says Deal is "fanning anti-immigrant sentiment without facts."

"The immigrant community is a big part of the economy of Georgia," he says. "These people earn money and pay taxes just like the rest of us."

On a white board in his office at City Hall, Bridges has the kind of lengthy to-do list one would expect of a small-town mayor. He's collecting back taxes and trying to convince people to open businesses in the city's dilapidated downtown.

But he sees his responsibility -- to serve the town's "citizens" -- a little differently than most mayors. For him, that term has nothing to do with passports or residency papers.

"When I became mayor, I decided I was going to be the mayor for everybody, including people who have no voice otherwise."

Immigrants are no longer strangers

Bridges knew immigrants were a growing labor force on South Georgia's farms, but he never heard or saw them.

That changed one afternoon in 1999 when he was looking for lasagna ingredients at a Soperton grocery store.

A brown-skinned couple caught his eye. From the way they leaned toward each other, he knew they were deeply in love. Words tumbled from their mouths -- a series of sounds without meaning for Bridges. He listened anyway, wishing he could understand. [E. Note: Is this guy a perv or what?]

He spotted them walking outside the store, plastic grocery bags in hand. "Do ya'll wanna lift?" he asked. They looked at him quizzically, so he tried again, "Do ya'll wanna ride?"

The couple and another man piled into his car, pointing the way to their destination a few miles away: two rundown trailers in the middle of a cotton field. Bridges dropped them off and went home to make dinner.

But he couldn't get what he'd seen out of his mind. [Ed. Note: Definitely a perv.]
Nearly 30 people lived in the two trailers.

A few hours later, Bridges went back to the cotton field, carrying lasagna and his daughter's Spanish-English dictionary. It was the beginning of a whirlwind journey into a new world that would change his life.

People he had never noticed embraced him. They taught him new words, served him soup and showed him the pictures of their children taped to the trailer's walls.

"It made me realize that I need to take another look at myself. ... It really brought out the 'me' in me," he says now.

He spent New Year's Eve that year with a family in Mexico. When he returned to Georgia, he started teaching English as a Second Language classes to immigrants. He introduced himself to his students as "Pablo Puentes," a literal, Spanish translation of his name.

Some people didn't understand his transformation. When Bridges first introduced an immigrant friend to his family, his brother-in-law turned around and walked away.

Bridges refused to close his social circle.

"I thought, 'Well, he just doesn't know him,' " he says.

Immigrants had been strangers in his eyes, too. Then many of those strangers became friends. And eventually, they became family.

Panic about new law as rumors spread

On a Friday afternoon at the height of onion season, workers stream into a South Georgia convenience store, eager to cash their paychecks from a week's work in the nearby fields. The smell of fresh fruit and the sound of Spanish small talk fill the air.

Bridges greets customers from behind the counter, his words punctuated by the cash register's steady ring.

"Buenas tardes," he says. "Pasenle." Come in.

Occasionally tourists stop to snap a photo of this store in Santa Claus, Georgia, a tiny town near Uvalda founded in the 1940s by a farmer hoping to boost pecan sales. But store owner Chris Wiggins says the influx of immigrants has been a far greater boon for his business.

He operates the kind of gas station convenience store that only sold beer, potato chips and beef jerky a decade ago. Now limes, corn husks and dried chili peppers are part of the inventory. Calling cards behind the counter bear pictures of the Mexican flag.

"I arranged for him to get some tortillas," says Bridges, who volunteers at the store on Friday afternoons. It gives him a chance to practice different Spanish vocabulary, he says, and chat with friends.

"Gracias a usted," he tells a customer after ringing up his purchases. "Nada mas firma tu nombre abajo" -- just sign your name below -- he tells a man waiting to cash a check.

Some people make a point of stopping by when they hear he's working. They are old friends or former English students who know him as "Don Pablo." [Ed. Note: From an elected official of a free people to a feudal lord. I bet he enjoys his new found title of nobility...Isn't that unconstitutional?]

Bridges banters with them in Spanish as they make their way to the front of the line. When one man places a 12-pack of beer on the counter, Bridges tells him that he wants half.

But as rumors spread about the immigration law, conversations at the store have taken on a more serious slant.

"They ask, 'Let us know what the law says,' " Wiggins says. "They don't really understand. ... We hear them panicking."

Georgia's agricultural economy will suffer as farmworkers go elsewhere, critics of the immigration law say.A lack of information about the new measure breeds rumors of immigration raids. Illegal parents with U.S.-born children debate whether to leave Georgia. Some migrant workers who normally pass through Georgia have decided to stay out of the state, preferring to pick crops in Michigan or North Carolina.

Bridges takes a break from behind the register to check out the situation at the onion farm next door.

About 20 workers stand beside a conveyer belt on a warehouse assembly line, packing onions into bags for shipment. Staffing is short. Fewer migrant workers showed up this season as word of the law crossed state lines.

Bridges asks the men who run the operation what they think of the new law, and warns them that the consequences could be dire.

"If we don't stop it in Georgia, all the other states are going to follow suit," he says.

Warehouse manager Ruben Arizmendi suggests creating a work permit system for workers already living in the country.

"Would you consider writing a letter to the editor of The Vidalia Advance?" Bridges asks.

"If someone will type it up for me," Arizmendi says. [Ed. Note: Some citizen, he can't even read or write.]

Bridges says he will.

'I think he ought to keep out of that business'

One e-mail called him an "evil American." One labeled him a communist.

Another -- with the subject line of "the real price of onions" -- criticized him for driving illegal immigrants to doctors' offices, saying U.S. citizens were being forced to pay the medical bills of onion workers. [Ed. Note: Which, is, of course, true. Don Pablo is not paying those unpaid bills at the local hospital or subsidizing the local free clinic.]

As word spread about the lawsuit, messages from people Bridges has never met started appearing in his inbox at City Hall. But critics of the mayor's involvement in the suit can be found on the streets of Uvalda as well.

"I knew somebody was going to raise a fuss about it. I just didn't think it would be this local," says Leland Adams, who owns a hardware store a few blocks from Bridges' home on Main Street.

Immigrants are good customers, he says, but they need to follow the law.

"I think he ought to keep out of that business, leave the law alone. I think everybody ought to be here legally and show their ID when they need to show it."

Bridges doesn't shy away from defending his views. One man asked what he would do if someone broke into his home, raping and killing a family member.

"I would like to know if you would want this person prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you answer this question yes, why would you not want other people breaking our laws prosecuted?" he wrote. "Mr. Bridges, you can and must apply the laws of the land equally."

Bridges fired back:

"Are you comfortable with a law that tells you who can or cannot visit you in your own home? One that tells you who can and cannot ride in your car? One that makes an otherwise law-abiding citizen a criminal?"

Bridges has been trying to choose his words carefully ever since a woman from the Southern Poverty Law Center asked him to join the class-action lawsuit against Georgia's immigration law.

He is a divorced [Ed. Note: No surprises. He obviously cares more about illegal aliens than his own children.] father of three, and the warnings of his friends and family weigh on him. Many tried to convince him not to get involved in the case, fearing it would draw too much attention. He worries that expressing what he believes may harm those he loves.

And he knows his participation in the lawsuit could affect him politically if he chooses to run for mayor again in 2013.

But for Bridges, backing down is not an option.

Despite the immigration law, he will continue shuttling immigrants to soccer games and shopping malls. He will still let his friend's undocumented family members stay in his home during berry-picking season. And he will keep fighting the law, even though none of the people he's fighting for can vote for him on election day.

"I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing," he says, "because I can't run scared of something that is so basically and blatantly wrong."

Helping friends is worth the risk

Bridges climbs into the driver's seat of his friend's van and revs up the engine for a Friday night shopping trip.

A 5-year-old sitting in the back seat calls him "Grandpa." She is the daughter of one of his closest friends -- a Mexican immigrant he first met outside the trailers in the cotton field in 1999.

Like Bridges, the 5-year-old was born in the "Sweet Onion City" of Vidalia, Georgia. But her parents, brother and sister came to the United States illegally.

Bridges tries to drive them wherever they need to go. A broken taillight or a wrong turn could tear their family apart. If authorities stop them and find out they're in the United States illegally, they could be jailed or deported.

Under House Bill 87, Bridges could go to prison or face steep fines for driving them. But he says it's worth the risk.

They are his family, too.

Together, they stop at several stores, ending the night at Wal-Mart, where the family plans to find a gift for a wedding the next day.

Bridges runs into someone he knows in almost every aisle. And he mentions the immigration law every chance he gets.

One man he meets -- a citizen who just married an undocumented immigrant -- says he learned about the law a few days before when he picked up a Spanish-language newspaper at a local restaurant. Now he can't stop thinking about how a simple trip to buy groceries could ruin the life he and his wife are building together.

"I can't sleep. I don't know what I'm going to do. She gets deported, and I go to jail, for what? For going to Wal-Mart and getting some milk?"

Bridges tells him he should call his local lawmakers -- before it's too late.

The man shrugs and says, "What is a 22-year-old Hispanic man gonna do?"

He says he's been stopped more times than he can remember by a police officer in a nearby town who repeats the same refrain: "You have that dark-haired, dark-skinned complexion. I assume you don't have a license." [Ed. Note: Clearly this story is concocted for the CNN reporter Catherine E. Shoichet who swallows it hook, line and sinker, or is in on the lie. More likely the latter.]

Bridges implores him to speak out.

"You might be that last drop," he says. "You might be the one that does it. I can't stress to you enough how important it is."

The man shrugs again. "What do I tell them?" he asks. "Help?"

Bridges shakes his head. He believes minds can be changed, just as his was.

"Just tell them, 'I want you to hear me out. I'm a real person. Listen to me.' "

Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges calls the tough immigration law "unconscionable" and "un-Christian." [Ed. Note: Render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar's. I guess the "Christian" Don Pablo forgot that part of his Bible.]

Fight now in court's hands

Bridges sits on a wood bench in the front row of a courtroom in Atlanta, clutching a notebook. The atmosphere is tense, quiet. He is nauseous and alone.

Friends are waiting in a van in a nearby parking deck. The family has lived in Georgia for more than a decade, but now they are afraid to walk outside. [Ed. Note: Clearly another lie concocted by Shoichet.]

Bridges is fighting for them, and for countless other friends and former students. His decision to be "the mayor for everybody" led him here.

The family is willing to sit for hours in the heat so he can drive them to a shopping mall after the hearing. Uncertain how the law will affect them, they have canceled plans for the 14-year-old's coming-of-age quinceaƱera party in case they have to leave the country. They hope to get their deposit back on a dress.

"All rise. Court is now in session," the bailiff says. [Another lie. There are no baliffs in Federal Courts. That was the court clerk. Stupid CNN reporters can't even get basics correct.]

Omar Jadwat, an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union, mentions Bridges in his opening argument, describing him as "Mayor Bridges, who on occasion helps undocumented friends come from Florida to Georgia."

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. grills the attorney representing the state.

He asks what would happen if police pulled over an 18-year-old citizen for speeding while he was on the way to the grocery store with his illegal immigrant mother.

As the judge speaks, Bridges nods so intensely that his whole body rocks back and forth. He is encouraged by the questioning. [Ed. Note: Clearly this man has serious psycological problems. Such emotional committment to non-issues borders on the definition of obsessive/compulsive disorder.] The judge seems to see what he does: a law that makes criminals out of good citizens and tears families apart.

But he grimaces at the attorney's answer.

"It would be no different than if his mother had pockets full of cocaine, and he was knowingly transporting her to go sell it," says Devon Orland, senior assistant attorney general for the state.

The judge does not make a decision on this day -- but promises to rule before July 1, when the law is scheduled to take effect.

Outside, on the courthouse steps, Bridges is among a handful of plaintiffs who speak to reporters. After a morning spent on the sidelines, for a few minutes, he is leading the charge.

"This law has placed a target on the backs of these workers and their families," he says. "It's un-American, it's unconscionable and it's also un-Christian." [Ed. Note: Shoichet, you already reported that statement. Why are you repeating yourself, except for propoganda purposes. The child-like repetition of lies is symptomatic of Communist propoganda.]

His voice rises. "It does not carry the values of my Republican Party." [Ed. Note: So go join the Democrat Party or the Communist Party USA. They both support amnesty. But they don't care about Christianity, do they. And like Bill Clinton, it might affect your political viability.]

A few onlookers clap. Reporters swarm around him, peppering him with questions. But they lose interest as another plaintiff starts talking.

Bridges walks away from the courthouse alone.

He is a small man swimming in a sea of unfamiliar skyscrapers. The vast, flat fields of South Georgia are hundreds of miles away. His face is flushed. His eyes wet. He wipes his hand across his forehead.

"It's just more emotional than I can explain," he says.

As he rounds the corner into a parking deck, the 5-year-old who calls him Grandpa bounds toward him and throws her arms around his legs. He kisses her on the head.

"It's over, my princess. I've done it," he says. [Ed. Note: Hmmm, others children replace your own. You are psycologically distant from your wife and children so you replace them with others and claim they are family. Now you are psycologically distant from your country, party and people and have to adopt a new people, nation and party.]

She looks up at him with a satisfied grin. But her older sister, who was born in Mexico and has spent most of her life in America, looks anxious. [Ed. Note: What is wrong with Mexico? It is full of Mexicans. You must be a racist to object to living in Mexico.]

This is the 14-year-old whose quinceaƱera party has been canceled. She is terrified that the law will force her family to return to a country she barely remembers.

"What happened?" she asks.

The judge didn't decide, Bridges explains, but he did ask a lot of questions.

"So you have confidence?"

Bridges doesn't answer.

The many faces of immigration in America

On Monday afternoon, Bridges couldn't stop grinning. The judge's ruling was a glimmer of hope that the judicial system he believes in can deliver justice.

But he has already begun preparing for the next round of battle. The state is appealing the ruling, and eventually, both sides will return to the courtroom to present their arguments in the case.

At a future hearing, Bridges hopes to have a chance to testify.

When he got the news Monday, he called the Mexican immigrant who has become one of his closest friends -- the man his brother-in-law once spurned but who is now a welcome guest at Bridges' family reunions.

The worst parts of the law have been stopped, for now, he told him.

Then, he called his priest, who said the judge's decision was an answer to his prayers.
A few minutes later, Bridges' cell phone rang. His friend's 14-year-old daughter wanted to know more about the ruling.

"What does this mean?" she asked.

To anyone who will listen, the mayor of Uvalda will say this: The girl with the anxious question is one of the many faces of immigration in America, someone whom supporters of laws such as HB 87 do not notice, but need to see.

She is a straight-A student whose parents are working hard to give her a better life.

She knows America as her country.

And like any teenager, she does not want to leave friends, teachers and a school she loves behind.

On Monday, she asked the mayor for the exact wording she should use to describe the judge's ruling.

She wanted to post the news on Facebook.

Bridges thinks that he is protected from arrest and prosecution by the temporary order from a Federal judge acting outside his authority and Supreme Court precident. Bad news for Bridges is that the United States Code also prohibits his activing aiding illegal aliens. Mayor Bridges, meet Title 8 USC 1324, Harboring Illegal Aliens. You aren't safe.

Report him to ICE:

Kenneth Smith

Special Agent in Charge

1100 Centre Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30344

Main Telephone Number: (404) 346-2300

Main Fax Number: (404) 346-2374

But in any event, the Georgia law will be upheld, as there is plenty of precedent for State enforcement of Federal law. So, soon Mayor Puente will be in jail. It is just a matter of time, whether when the Supreme Court overturns the restraining order on Arizona's law or when President Perry starts enforcing immigration law. Either way the puente is about the fall in the rio.

Monday, July 25, 2011

More Evidence Of The Obama Amnesty

A report on the lack of immigration enforcement in Oklahoma provided more evidence of that the "comprehensive enforcement strategy" used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a farce and designed to aid and abet illegal aliens in remaining in the U.S.

Only two Oklahoma businesses — an Oklahoma City Chinese restaurant and a Minco metal fabricator — have been cited or sanctioned by the federal immigration service since January 2005 on immigration law violations, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Clearly the Obama administration isn't taking immigration enforcement seriously,” said U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa. “Over the past seven years, ICE has only conducted a handful of worksite investigations and cited two businesses. That's a pretty clear indication they have no intention of enforcing the law or cracking down on illegal hiring.”

Since 2005, Oklahoma deportations skyrocketed by 324 percent and voluntary deportations jumped by 53 percent, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that analyzes federal data.

Nationally, prosecutions of immigrants by the U.S. Justice Department from immigration service referrals have increased by 115 percent since 2006, with “re-entry of a deported alien” as the leading charge, according to the clearinghouse. Criminal immigration prosecutions hit an all-time high nationally in 2009.

Fines or referrals

Worksite enforcement of immigration laws is the responsibility of ICE, a division of the U.S. Homeland Security Department. The agency can assess fines on employers violating the law or make referrals to the justice department for criminal prosecution.

Nationally, 240 employers were fined by ICE last year after administrative audits, up from previous years.

The Tulsa World filed a Freedom of Information request May 13 with ICE asking for all Oklahoma employers and businesses cited or otherwise sanctioned by the agency in the past seven years on federal immigration law violations. The agency responded in a July 11 letter, listing only two business names and the dates and amounts of fines.

Oklahoma City attorney Doug Stump, vice president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, doubts the accuracy of the agency's FOIA response.

“I don't think that response is accurate because I've seen other activity,” Stump said. “If that number was true, it would be extraordinarily low.”

Since 2009, ICE has been ramping up its worksite enforcement on employers, shifting from the high-profile raids of businesses and roundup of immigrant workers for arrest.

“ICE's comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy reflects a renewed departmentwide focus targeting criminal aliens and employers who cultivate illegal workplaces by breaking the country's laws and knowingly hiring illegal workers,” stated ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok in an email.

“ICE's interior enforcement efforts often involve long and careful investigative work into allegations of crimes such as worker exploitation, visa and document fraud, or trafficking. ICE uses all available criminal and civil tools at its disposal, including civil fines and debarment to help deter employers who knowingly hire illegal labor.”

However, criminal prosecutions of employers have remained nearly nonexistent, with no known cases filed last year in the state against employers on hiring illegal immigrants. In the Northern District of Oklahoma, no such charges have been filed since 2009, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McLoughlin.

Court clerk officials in the U.S. Western and Eastern Districts could not recall any immigration-related cases filed against employers in the past year.

At least two cases have been prosecuted in the state since 2005 — a Sulphur saddle maker in the U.S. Eastern District for a 2006 raid and a heat and air director of operations in the U.S. Western District in a 2008 guilty plea.

Document check

One day last year at the A & J Fabricators in Minco, two immigration agents showed up and asked to look at an array of documents for its employees, said owner Anala Mitchell.

The Grady County metal fabricator has been operating for more than 30 years and hired people after getting background information including a federal I-9 form, which is used by employers to verify an applicant's identity and legal status.

“The agents were super nice, polite, very helpful, explained what we needed to do at each step and never treated me like I was doing something bad,” Mitchell said. “The fact I had all the documentation helped.”

After taking copies of employment records, agents came back a few weeks later showing that eight of the 20 employees did not have legal documents. She was told to fire them immediately.

“I had no choice and told them (workers) I was sorry to do this,” Mitchell said. “Some had been working here awhile. It's a small town, they are good guys and never caused any trouble.”

The immigrants were not arrested. Within a week, nearly all had gone to work for other companies in the same field.

“Some are still living here and working for other companies,” Mitchell said. “My question is, if these guys are not legal, where is all the tax money I've been paying on them going? Nobody at Social Security or anyone contacted me about the workers not having good numbers. The whole thing is kind of ridiculous.”

After some months of negotiation, the immigration service fined the business $1,672 on Jan. 3 for having clerical errors on some federal forms, such as putting information in the wrong column.

Mitchell now uses E-Verify, an Internet-based program comparing I-9 form information to databases kept by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

Lin's Grand Buffet in Oklahoma City received its final order from the federal government in February 2010 with a fine of $3,696, records show. The Secretary of State lists Jennifer Lin as the incorporating officer of Oklahoma Enterprise. She could not be reached for comment.

Ongoing audits

In the past six months, ICE has reportedly been stepping up worksite enforcement, but officials will not release the number of ongoing audits.

The National Federation of Independent Business notified its members in June that at least 1,000 businesses nationwide had received notices for a review. Last year, nearly 2,200 audits were performed nationally, according to ICE.

The audits check to make sure employers are only hiring people who are authorized to work in the U.S.

No arrests, no criminal prosecutions, no raids, only 240 employers fined nation-wide last year, but plenty of illegal aliens allowed to remain in the U.S. for the ongoing amnesty. Much like the vaunted Chipolte's audits. Fired, but allowed to remain in the U.S. And still no criminal prosecutions from ICE. So much for the "long, careful, criminal investigations.

Friday, July 22, 2011


That is the "record" number of deportations from the Obama Regime, out of an illegal aliens population of 11-20 million. Or, more accurately, the increase from the previous fiscal year. FY 2010 is not much to brag about, despite that FY 2009 numbers were a fraud and inflated.

The Associate Press is all aghast at this number, a mere 3,000 more than last year. Hardly a huge increase as AP claims. Given that the number of ICE agents increased and that ICE ordered an administrative amnesty, the number is minuscule and hides more than it reveals.

Huge increases in deportations of people after they were arrested for breaking traffic or immigration laws or driving drunk helped the Obama administration set a record last year for the number of criminal immigrants forced to leave the country, documents show.

The U.S. deported nearly 393,000 people in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, half of whom were considered criminals. Of those, 27,635 had been arrested for drunken driving, more than double the 10,851 deported after drunken driving arrests in 2008, the last full year of the Bush administration, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data provided to The Associated Press.

An additional 13,028 were deported last year after being arrested on less serious traffic law violations, nearly three times the 4,527 traffic offenders deported two years earlier, according to the data.

The spike in the numbers of people deported for traffic offenses as well as a 78 percent increase in people deported for immigration-related offenses renewed skepticism about the administration's claims that it is focusing on the most dangerous criminals.

President Barack Obama regularly says his administration is enforcing immigration laws more wisely than his predecessor by focusing on arresting the "worst of the worst." He promised in his 2008 presidential campaign to focus immigration enforcement on dangerous criminals. As recently as May 10, Obama said in a speech in El Paso, Texas, that his administration was focused on violent offenders and not families or "folks who are looking to scrape together an income."

Most of the criminal immigrants deported last year had committed drug-related crimes. They totaled 45,003, compared with 36,053 in 2008. Drug-related crime — described as the manufacture, distribution, possession or sale of drugs — has been the No. 1 crime among immigration for years. Drunken driving had the third highest total number of immigrants deported with that crime.

An illegal immigrant from Bolivia, Carlos Montano, is awaiting trial in Virginia on charges of involuntary manslaughter in a drunken driving accident that killed Benedictine nun Denise Mosier and injured two other nuns. The case fueled national debate over deportations of criminal immigrants because Montano had two previous drunken driving arrests, in 2007 and 2008. He was not held by ICE or deported after the arrests. An ICE report concluded that new federal immigration policies would have prevented Montano's release.

But the rise in traffic offenders in the deportation statistics and in some other categories worries immigration advocates, particularly because traffic stops are largely made by police, sheriff's deputies and state highway patrol officers. Local law enforcement has become more involved in immigration enforcement because of new programs that encourage it.

Officers "are using their new authority to remove as many unauthorized people from their jurisdictions as they can, and that frequently means going after traffic violators instead of serious criminals," said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at New York University Law School. The institute is a Washington-based think tank on migration.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano noted that most people in the United States are arrested for misdemeanor offenses. But she told the AP that the percentage of felons deported will change over time.

"The more serious offenders are still in prison," she said in an interview Thursday. "We're not going to see them reflected in the numbers until we can begin to remove them."

The issue is one Obama is trying to carefully navigate in his bid for a second term as he relies on the record deportations numbers to bolster his tough-on-enforcement stance while trying to convince immigrant and Latino voters he deserves more time to get a comprehensive immigration bill through Congress.

Marshall Fitz, immigration policy director at the liberal Center for American Progress think tank, said some of the people being counted as criminals have committed traffic violations that would usually draw a traffic ticket. But when the driver can't produce a valid license, the officer pursues questions about immigration status.

Illegal immigrants caught in traffic stops often are pressured into signing an agreement to leave the United States and to pay a fine or somehow acknowledge responsibility for the traffic offense and thereby end up in the statistics as criminals even though they never went to court, Fitz said.

Kumar Kibble, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy of immigration, said in some cases people picked up on traffic offenses are found to have committed other crimes. But ICE attempts to categorize each deported immigrant in its statistics based on the worst crime in the person's record. ICE says the statistics involve only people who have been convicted of a crime.

Darrel Stephens, executive director of Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of sheriffs and police chiefs, said the data show ICE is deporting criminals. He noted that even though traffic offenses have more than doubled, they are just 7 percent of the total criminal deportations. Meanwhile, dangerous drugs and drunken driving deportations comprised 23 percent and 14 percent of the criminal deportations, respectively.

The drunken driving deportations are particularly important, he said. Fatal drunken driving accidents involving illegal immigrants often cause outrage in communities where they occur.

"That's a crime that people look at in a very serious way right now," Stephens said.

There are an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, 7 million to 8 million of whom are believed to be adults.

Kibble said the numbers show his agency's system of giving priority for deportation to people who pose a public threat is working. Last year, 36,178 criminals were deported as a result of the Secure Communities program, now in place in more than 1,400 jurisdictions, up from 14 in 2008. It's expected to be in more than 3,000 jurisdictions nationally by 2013.

Secure Communities is the Homeland Security Department's system of identifying immigrants for deportation through fingerprints taken by local officers when booking people on criminal charges. The local law enforcement agencies routinely send the prints to the FBI for criminal background checks. The FBI shares the fingerprints with Homeland Security to look for potentially deportable immigrants, who can be in the country illegally or legally.

"The numbers are going in the right direction," Kibble said.

It sounds like Kumar Kibble did not get the memo, the Morton Memo, which is not designed to increase the number of deportations, but decrease them. Just ask Jessica Colotl, Elier Lara, or other beneficiaries of the Obama Administrative Amnesty.

The real story in the statistics though is the huge drop in the monthly FY 2011 statistics. From April to May 2011 there was a significant decline in monthly deportations from 36,754 to 21,509. That is 15,245 illegal aliens not deported over a one month period. A significant decline that reflects the Obama Administrative Amnesty. That is telling for the remaining four months in the Fiscal Year. It looks like the Obama Administrative Amnesty is in full swing. Perhaps that is what Kibble meant by "right direction." Of course if that trend holds, then Obama is on the way to a big problem come October. But only if Rick Perry takes advantage of it.