Monday, October 31, 2011

More On The Obama Regime Amnesty For Criminal Aliens

The Obama Regime likes to claim that criminal aliens are the target of it's deportation policy. However, the Regime is not pursuing criminal aliens with much vigor:

The Houston Chronicle Monday October 31, 2011 by Susan Carroll

The state has been unable to enforce a new law designed to increase the deportations of illegal immigrants from the Texas prison system amid concerns that federal immigration officials are unprepared to handle the anticipated influx of convicted criminals, state officials said.

Under the new law, which was scheduled to take effect Sept. 1, state prisoners who are granted parole and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials must either be deported or leave the country voluntarily - or risk being returned to state custody to serve out the remainder of their sentences...

ICE officials indicated this week that they need to hire a "few" more agents to process the expected increase in deportable prisoners coming out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, but they have not indicated how many, Madden said.

He added that the state does not yet have a timeline for implementing the law. "Before we implement it, we need to make sure ICE will be able to handle the load we would possibly be sending them," Madden said.

'Treading water'

ICE spokesman Gregory Palmore said the agency will work with the state and provide additional manpower and bed space if needed.

He said ICE has already absorbed a sharp uptick in the number of prisoners released from TDCJ custody - up about 28 percent since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, compared with the same time period last year.

But ICE union officials in Texas warned that their operation in Huntsville, which processes state prisoners for deportation, is "treading water."

"If the state of Texas doubles or triples their releases on a given day, there is no way we will be able to keep up," said Tre Rebstock, president of the local ICE union.

Clearly, any enforcement claim is just boob bait for bubbas, an election ploy where the real policy is more illegal aliens in the U.S.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Evidence Of The Immigration Court Amnesty

Lawless radical political appointees in several States are continuing an unlawful amnesty for illegal aliens. This time it is not the Regime, but faceless bureaucrats in the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), previously identified by this blog as part of the problem, not part of the solution.

ABC 7 October 26, 2011

Federal courts [sic. Hearing Officers of the EOIR are not Federal judges, e.g. Article III judges, but employees of the Executive Branch, specifically the Department of Justice.] in California have been more likely to allow immigrants to remain in the United States in recent years, despite a widespread perception that federal officials are cracking down and sending more people back to their native countries.

During the first two years of the Obama administration, the number of immigrants ordered deported by the courts has declined nearly 10 percentage points, to nearly half off all cases handled in the California-based immigration courts, according to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan group that tracks detailed government data.

The shift has been most pronounced in San Diego, where 64 percent of cases resulted in deportation in 2009. This year, that number is down to 46 percent. Immigration courts in Los Angeles, Imperial and San Francisco counties, as well as in Lancaster, also have seen decreases in the percentage of cases that resulted in deportation since 2008.

Immigration attorneys said they have noticed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been far more aggressive in its arrests, but the federal courts appear to be giving immigrants more time to sort out their cases and, therefore, avoid deportation for longer periods...

Despite the recent trend, the decrease in the number of deportations appears to have stalled for some federal courts in California in the first 10 months of 2011, according to the clearinghouse.

For example, Los Angeles immigration judges deported about 58 percent of their cases in 2008, dropping to about 38 percent in 2010. But the number of deportations for the first 10 months of 2011 was about 47 percent in Los Angeles-based immigration courts, the report showed. Imperial County also saw a small increase in the number of deportations for the first 10 months of 2011.

This silent and under the radar administrative amnesty is part and parcel of the Obama Regime plan, as the Regime is not appealing the illegal findings of the Hearing Officers to the Board of Immigration Appeals, who would be compelled to halt the overreach of the politically ambitious Hearing Officers, who are frankly jealous of the power and authority of Article III judges. And have unrestrained political ambitions to create their own special judiciary, and consequently making policy in place of Congress.

The New York Times February 8, 2010

By Julia Preston February 8, 2010

Responding to pleas from immigration judges and lawyers who say the nation’s immigration courts are faltering under a crushing caseload, the American Bar Association called Monday for Congress to scrap the current system and create a new, independent court for immigration cases.

In a vote at its semiannual meeting in Orlando, Fla., the lawyers’ organization endorsed a recommendation for a separate immigration court system that would be similar to federal courts that decide tax cases...

Immigration cases have become more complex, especially asylum cases, where immigrants are asking to remain in the United States because they claim to fear life-threatening violence if they return home. With the pace of their work accelerating, immigration judges often feel asylum hearings are “like holding death penalty cases in traffic court,” said Dana L. Marks, an immigration judge in San Francisco and the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

“There have been increasing concerns about the propriety of housing a neutral court in the law enforcement arm of the government,” Judge Marks said.

In the proposal adopted Monday, the bar association argued that immigration courts should be removed from the Department of Justice and set up as independent courts, still within the executive branch, under terms in Article I of the Constitution. The highest judges would be appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. The courts’ decisions would still be appealed to the federal appeals courts.

Judges and lawyers said the independent courts would have greater credibility and more power to seek funds from Congress, leading to more resources for judges, shorter terms of detention for immigrants and fewer appeals to federal circuit courts, which are highly costly.

They want to become the Warren Courts of immigration and Marks embodies that ambition, with a notorious reputation for credulity in asylum cases and utter lawlessness in other immigration cases.

What is needed is the full implementation of and expansion of Expedited Removal to all aliens other than legal permanent residents and asylum seekers. All other aliens should be subject to administrative removal. That would save many millions of dollars in court costs and deter illegal immigration.

Criminals Enjoying The Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty

The Regime is refusing to use Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and thereby adding criminals and other dangerous illegal aliens to the roster of beneficiaries of the Administrative Amnesty.

The Daily Caller October 27, 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House committee that she is “not aware” of any actions the Obama administration has taken against countries that will not accept back illegal immigrants in “deportation status,” some of whom have committed crimes. After a “six-month detention period,” the illegal immigrants are released within the United States.

“Isn’t it true that if they are in a deportation status and their home country will not accept them, that you release them back into the communities based on a ruling?” asked Republican Rep. Sandy Adams of Florida on Wednesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

“Yeah, there’s a Supreme Court case called Zadvydas [vs. Davis], which is a due-process case, which, if the home country cannot accept or will not accept, gives us about a six-month detention period,” said Napolitano.

“And in fact,” Rep. Adams continued, “some of these people have come back into the communities and committed heinous crimes, truly heinous … Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires the government to sanction countries that refuse to repatriate by suspending issuance of immigrant or non-immigrant visas, or both, to nationals of the country until it takes aliens back.”

“DHS is supposed to order or give the country that refuses to take back its aliens — the Secretary of State ‘shall order’ — that the visas to its citizens be suspended,” Adams concluded. ”How many have you recommended under Section 243(d)?”

Napolitano answered, “We have not — what we have done is work with — there are countries that systemically refuse to accept their aliens back.

The INA states unequivocally that the Attorney General, and now, because of the Homeland Security Act, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Reno Napolitano, must inform the Secretary of State that a country or countries are refusing to accept back their deportees and consequently must stop issuing immigrant or non-immigrant visas to citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents.

(d) Discontinuing Granting Visas to Nationals of Country Denying or Delaying Accepting Alien.-On being notified by the Attorney General that the government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays accepting an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country after the Attorney General asks whether the government will accept the alien under this section, the Secretary of State shall order consular officers in that foreign country to discontinue granting immigrant visas or nonimmigrant visas, or both, to citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country until the Attorney General notifies the Secretary that the country has accepted the alien.

Of course, the purpose of the failure of Janet Reno Napolitano to faithfully execute this particular law of the United States is that this section of law interferes with the Regime's Administrative Amnesty. She wants as many illegal aliens in the United States as possible, including criminals, in this case a double constituent of the typical Democrat politician, criminal and illegal alien.

Another reason that impeachment is the solution.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Drug Cartels Have No Fear Of CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is not doing very well. A top Mexican drug cartel leader was recently busted by the Port Isabel Police Department, a small town, population 5,000, agency on the Texas gulf coast near the party town of South Padre Island.

Rafael Vela, who is also the nephew of a former cartel leader, apparently entered the United States by the simple expedient of using someone else's passport.

Accused Gulf Cartel Member Arrested in Port Isabel

October 26, 2011

CHANNEL 5 NEWS (KRGV, 2010) BROWNSVILLE - An up-and-coming member of Mexico's Gulf Cartel is in federal custody in the Valley. Rafael Cardenas Vela will head to federal court later today. Cardenas is the nephew of cartel kingpin Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, who is now locked up in a supermax prison in Colorado.

Port Isabel police arrested Rafael Cardenas Vela last Thursday after they got a tip. Officers say Cardenas Vela was taken into custody as he was being driven to South Padre Island by two bodyguards. Officers also arrested the bodyguards.

An affidavit shows Cardenas Vela admitted to entering the country illegally by using another man's passport. He also allegedly confessed to smuggling tons of marijuana and cocaine into the U.S. Cardenas is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and misuse of a visa.

Today he's expected to go before a federal judge in Brownsville for a detention and preliminary hearing. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned Cardenas has hired a lawyer from McAllen to represent him.

And just how as this done? Well, quite easily. You see CBP uses US VISIT, the biometric system for aliens who apply for visas, apply to enter the United States and who are arrested by DHS. Except that CBP, because of pressure from the Mexican government, illegal alien advocates, border merchants, Texas politicians, and drug cartels, does not use US VISIT at land Ports-of-Entry, e.g. land border entries. If US VISIT had been in use at the port where Vela entered, he would not have been arrested by an overworked small town police department, but by CBP itself. But CBP is not interested in doing its job of stopping drug dealers and terrorists, it is more interested in fostering cross-border commerce and enabling the Regime's Administrative Amnesty

And as further proof, CBP has withdrawn U.S. Border Patrol Agents from commercial transporation centers, e.g. bus stations and airports.

By Stephanie Zepelin October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of former Border Patrol agents say routine checks at commercial transportation hubs are changing. This means the daily presence of Border Patrol agents at bus stations, train stations and airports is over...

We are refining the way we operate by managing risk,” says Bill Brooks, southwest border field branch chief for Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.

Brooks says agents will be at commercial transportation hubs if there is intelligence that indicates they need to be there.

Kent Lundgren, a former Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Miami and Puerto Rico and chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, says based on information from current agents and his experience in the agency, this is a change of policy.

“It is a change in policy with respect to transportation checks, yes,” says Lundgren.

Lundgren says this change takes away an important tool for Border Patrol officers. When we told him officials in Washington, D.C. say it's not a change in policy, Lundgren says, “Well, let's just say they're being less than candid because it is.”

By "We are refining the way we operate" the Obama Regime means that the change in enforcement tactics is designed to make it easier for illegal aliens and drug smugglers to use commercial transporation hubs, and to remain for the ongoing Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty.

The move away for interior enforcement by the Border Patrol and failure to use US VISIT at the border is just more evidence of the ongoing amnesty and the contempt the Regime has for the laws of the United States.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steve Dubrinsky Doubles Down

The illegal alien supporter Steve Dubrinsky is doubling down on his support for his "legal" workers. In quotes because he was walking back his belief in the validity of his worker's documents. But he is back in the news claiming that supporters of illegal immigration from throughout the country are making special trips to his deli.

But since late last week, Dubrinsky has witnessed an outpouring of support from a different set of strangers. After reading of Dubrinsky's plight, opponents of the new law have rallied around his deli, leading to one the busiest stretches at the restaurant that Dubrinsky can recall. He tells HuffPost that new diners have been driving from up to forty miles outside the city just to try his reuben and thank him for standing up for Latino workers.

"I've shaken more hands in the last two days than in the previous two years. It's been amazing," Dubrinsky said. "The restaurant has been pretty darn busy."

One reader told HuffPost that her friend had visited Max's this weekend to show her solidarity, but it was so busy the woman had to go eat elsewhere. Another reader from Georgia told HuffPost that she and a group of friends were putting together a caravan to travel to Max's from Atlanta just for lunch.

The restaurant's Facebook page has been inundated with fan requests from all over the country, Dubrinksy says. Rather than bashing him and his workers, visitors to the page have been telling the staff at the Jewish deli to stand tall: "Thanks for being a mensch, Max's Deli. Hang in there and I'll be bringing my very hungry teenagers to your deli the next time we're in town."

His score on Google, which had plummeted to 1.5 stars, has climbed back up to 3.6 thanks to positive reviewers.

Of course, that won't last. Leftists have the attention span of children. There will be a new cause du jour. His days are numbered, especially since his workers are most likely illegal.

What Hath Immigration Wrought

Well, voter fraud in Chinatown for certain.

By Dan Schreiber SF Examiner October 24, 2011

Allegations of voter manipulation by an independent committee working on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee are being investigated by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said the investigation was prompted by information sent Friday by the Department of Elections...

Yet Yee campaign worker Andy Li said that when he canvassed two apartment complexes earlier this month, he was told by several residents that they’d already returned ballots to their building managers. Li said the residents reported that Lee supporters came into their homes, showed a video about the mayor, then helped them fill out ballots.

One of the buildings — a 60-unit apartment at 1303 Larkin Street — is managed by the Chinatown Community Development Center. The organization’s primary consultant, Rose Pak, and former executive director, Gordon Chin, were instrumental in the campaign to encourage Lee to run for a full mayoral term.

Gen Fujioka, the center’s public policy manager, said building managers are strictly forbidden from “taking part in any electoral activity” and that he has contacted Yee’s campaign for more information about the claims, which he surmised were “based on some misunderstanding.”

Election fraud. What do you expect from the son of an illegal alien, bringing Chinese style corruption to the U.S.

Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle August 29, 2011

Shortly after Ed Lee became interim mayor in January, the rumor spread around Chinatown. When he announced earlier this month that he was running for a four-year term, the gossip began again. Lee, the whisperers said at banquets and festivals, was not a Lee at all.

While the mayor vows he is really and truly a Lee, the hubbub offers a window into the fascinating world of Chinatown's powerful family associations, its sometimes heartbreaking history, and the significance and transience of its residents' surnames.

This much is true: The mayor's full name is Edwin Mah Lee, and his father, Gok Suey Lee, was born in the Toishan district of Guandong province in southern China.

This much is also true: As a Lee, the mayor is a member of the prominent Lee Family Association, the largest of dozens of family associations in Chinatown.

Formed in the 1800s as social-service organizations for new immigrants, they're based on surnames that tell where in China one was born. There are roughly 10,000 Lees in San Francisco, an expected boost for the mayor at the ballot box...

The Chinatown gossip has it that the mayor is trading on a powerful name that isn't his own - that his father was born a Mah or a Mar, variants of the same name, and immigrated to the United States as a "paper son," buying his way into a Lee family already established here.

This is no surprise, as Ed Lee is a big advocate of illegal immigration.

Live Blogging The Occupy Oakland Smackdown

1. It's Guliani Time!

2. Pussy protestors run with their tails between their legs.

3. Illegal alien drywallers hard at work at various business places in Frank H Ogawa Plaza.

4. Welfare cheats, layabouts and other scum head on home.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Where Did The 19,000 Go?

Well, not back to where they came from. And they did not go back via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's northwest offices. The 19,000 decline in removals, or in the popular parlance, deportations, is evidenced by declines in specific regions. Removals in Fiscal Year 2011 declined 22% in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Truly frightening. And enlightening.

The Associated Press and The Bulletin October 24, 2011

Even so, and despite record-setting deportations nationally, the number of immigrants removed from the Pacific Northwest has dropped to its lowest levels in five years.

New figures from the past fiscal year released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that 7,607 people were deported from Washington, Oregon and Alaska — a slide of 22 percent from 2010. Moreover, fiscal 2011’s figures are a 30 percent drop from 2008 when more than 10,900 people were removed from the area.

And the reason is the same as it is throughout the U.S., but ICE will only admit to the minor factor in the decline in removals: an increase in removals of criminals and a decline in the number of aliens in detention.

Local ICE officials declined to be interviewed for this story, but the office said in a statement that the drop in Northwest deportations is due to fewer transfers to the detention center in Tacoma, and because the office has seen an increase in non-detained immigration cases, in which those facing deportation are not incarcerated.

“Generally, it takes considerably longer for the immigration courts to adjudicate non-detained cases, since, for a variety of reasons, detained aliens’ cases receive scheduling priority. Depending on the extent to which a case is appealed, it can take several years before a non-detained alien is actually removed,” the explanation read.

It is much easier to place someone in removal proceedings if the end result is that they stay, either released by leftist hearing officers at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or the charges are dropped by the Regime as part of its administrative amnesty.

But also of interest is that the missing 19,000 consisted of aliens against which the Regime has no interest in acting:

That goal shows in the Pacific Northwest numbers. Nearly 70 percent of people removed from the three-state jurisdiction in fiscal 2011 were considered convicted criminals by ICE, something the local office said has been consistent with the agency’s stated enforcement strategy.

The strategy of administering an amnesty for illegal aliens not convicted of other crimes. Many criminals are removed, but at the expense of removing many more other aliens.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Something Is Rotten At Max's Deli

But there is a point to be made on the issue of American work force participation. But first, something stinks. Steve Dubrinsky, owner of Max's Deli, in Alabama, is complaining that the new Alabama law directed at illegal aliens is frightening his "legal" Mexican work force. On the surface, this just stinks. No legal alien has anything to fear from the Alabama law. That law affects only illegal aliens, not legal aliens. Others besides Dubrinksy are complaining, and they all either say that their "legal" workers are fleeing the State, or that their work force is impacted.

The Birmingham News October 12, 2011 By Roy L. Williams

Some Birmingham area restaurant owners say they are losing legal Hispanic workers as a result of the new immigration law, or they fear an exodus is possible.

Steve Dubrinsky, owner of a Jewish deli in Inverness, said he has pleaded with his nine-member kitchen staff, all of them legal immigrants from Mexico, not to bolt. So far, all have stayed, but Dubrinsky said is fearful that they will leave in the wake of what has been called the nation's toughest immigration law.

"They are scared and I can't blame them," he said. "It is affecting a lot of restaurants. It's a mess."

Well, yeah, if your work force is made up of illegal aliens, then it will be impacted.

Since the judges ruling, businesses in the construction and farming business have reported a big drop off in their Hispanic work force, and complained of job shortages due to a lack of Alabamians applying for openings. Opponents of the new law have said they will call on state lawmakers to help them find workers.

Rusty Creel, co-owner of Michael's Steakhouse and Seafood restaurants in the Aloft Hotel in Homewood and outside the Riverchase Galleria, said he has lost two of his best employees, both kitchen workers with proper documentation, since a judge upheld the immigration law two weeks ago.

Todd Becker, a co-owner of Frio en La Paz in Vestavia Hills and La Paz in Crestline, said both of his restaurants have lost a few workers who were legal and pay taxes, but had family members without proper documentation. He said the new rules are not affecting only restaurants that serve Latin cuisine.

"This law has caused us some major problems," Becker said "We're no different from the contractors and hotels that have leaned on Hispanic workers. I don't think the lawmakers who crafted this bill thought through the impact it would have on us as employers."

Clearly they are relying on an illegal alien work force. And then we get closer to the truth. First Dubrinsky claims that all his workers are legal and have proper documentation:

Dubrinsky, who has operated Max's Deli just off U.S. 280 in Cahaba Mall Shopping Center on Colonnade Parkway for four years, said all of his Hispanic employees have valid work documents.

Then we get the inevitable modified, limited, walk back:

"As far as I know, they are all legal," he said. "I'm not a private investigator. I could make assumptions and resort to racial profiling, but that would be unfair to them. "

Ah, this, in the business, is called a qualifier, it is the beginning of an admission of guilt. Dubrinsky is playing the game. He accepted whatever documents he was presented by his obviously illegal alien employees. They know the documents were fraudulent, he knows they were fraudulent, we know they are fraudulent. And Dubrinsky can't make a straight forward claim that his employees are legal, so he modifies it. "So far as I know..." "I'm not a private investigator." Hmm, he knows that something is wrong, and that if a "private investigator," a strange choice of words itself, he should have said "I'm not an immigration agent", looks at them, there ill be problems. He knows that if someone investigates their status, the truth will be out. The employees are illegal.

But then we get to the truth, something that those on immigration enforcement side generally refuse to address, the huge numbers of Americans who are out of the work force due to welfare.

Dubrinsky said he has posted ads courting workers with zero results. One woman he interviewed turned down the job despite above average salary, saying it would cause her to lose her food stamps and federal health care coverage.

Then there is the lack of investment in his infrastructure, and another defacto admission that his employees are illegal:

"In her mind, she would be better off on government programs than working," Dubrinsky said. "There aren't Alabamians lining up to get these jobs. The kitchen area can be 125 degrees in the hot summer and not just anybody can handle that."

A 125 degree kitchen. Clearly those are job conditions designed for illegal aliens who have no recourse, either to welfare, or employment with better working conditions. How about some air conditioning in your kitchen. A fan or two perhaps?

But in the end, you can't have a welfare state either with or without illegal immigration. With it the native population leaves the work force and without illegal workers, nothing in a welfare state gets done. If you can still live high on the hog without working, then you aren't going to join the work force. And only illegal aliens are left to work. Alabama should add provisions to their State code requiring those on welfare or unemployment benefits to accept any offer of employment. And employers should make an effort to make work bearable. No 125 degree kitchens for a start. But the modern welfare class needs the discipline of work or starve.

And a note for Dubrinsky, some employers are having no problems:

Not all restaurants have been affected by the new law. David Maluff, co-owner of the Birmingham-based Full Moon Bar-B-Que chain, said none of his restaurants' Hispanic workers have left.

"It hasn't hurt us at all," Maluff said "We run E-Verify and have not had any problems."

If Maluff's "legal" workers aren't leaving, then it is abundantly clear that Dubrinsky's "legal" workers aren't quite legal.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Desperate Racist Trolls Schoolyards

Not for children to molest, but for work. Despite hundreds of attorney's in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ CRD), the racist and Mexican revanchist Thomas Perez, can't find enough work. Apparently there aren't enough Muslim terrorists, Mexican contrabandistas, or Bernie Madoff wannabees to go around at DOJ, so schoolyard taunts are now priority numero uno.

MSNBC October 22, 2011

It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama.

The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration.
"They told them, 'You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,'" said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn't want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally.

Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some classrooms and debated around dinner tables.

And low and behold, the DOJ CRD swings into action, opens up one eager eye focused on the hapless redneck seventh graders:

Justice Department officials are monitoring for bullying incidents linked to the law.

"We're hearing a number of reports about increases in bullying that we're studying," the head of the agency's civil rights division, Thomas Perez, said during a stop in Birmingham.

The Justice Department has established a bilingual telephone hotline and special email account for residents to report any violence or threats based on racial or ethnic background that could be linked to the law. Officials would not provide a breakdown on the types of complaints being received.

And as Main Justice goes, so does the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama which also has no real crime to deal with:

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, the lead federal prosecutor for north Alabama, said many Hispanic parents may be afraid to report bullying for fear of coming in contact with government officials. Under the law, authorities are supposed to detain suspected illegal immigrants found living in the state and hold them for federal immigration authorities.

Don't worry, nothing better to do in northern Alabama. No crime here, move along, nothing to see. Especially since principals and the State of Alabama have no reports of criminally prosecutable "bullying," teasing, or other schoolyard hijinks.

Yet the Alabama Department of Education hasn't received any reports of bullying linked to the law, said spokeswoman Malissa Valdes, and it isn't tracking the issue to determine whether there could be a problem. Any parents who call the state with complaints would be referred to their child's principal, she said...

Charles Warren is school superintendent DeKalb County, where about 18 percent of the 8,900 students enrolled in public schools are Hispanic. He doesn't see much tension between Hispanic students and others — Crossville High School has had a Hispanic homecoming queen the last two years, he said.
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"The kids get along great, it's the adults who are the problem," Warren said. "There are a lot of similarities to what went on back in the '50s and '60s with the civil rights movement. A lot of people are out of work now and they want to blame someone. I think the Hispanic people are catching a lot of that."

There we have it, no problem, no Federal crime, no nothing, except protecting illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Janet Reno Napolitano Confirms ICE Deportation Fraud

Janet Reno Napolitano confirmed that the "record" number of removals, or colloqually, deportations of aliens was fraudulent. She admitted that 19,000 of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 removals were actually from FY 2010.

CNS News October 19, 2011

( -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that under the administration’s policy of exercising “prosecutorial discretion” in the enforcement of the immigration laws, her department is currently authorizing some illegal aliens to work in the United States.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, asked Napolitano: “According to the information from your department, some individuals who are given relief will obtain work authorizations. So people with no right to be in the country will be allowed to work here. Is that correct?”

Napolitano said: “Well, senator, since around 1986 there has been a process where those who are technically unlawfully in the country may apply for work authorization. This goes to CIS [Citizenship and Immigration Services]. It's not an ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] or CBP [Customs and Border Protection] function. And those cases are reviewed by CIS in a case-by-case basis. So there’s no change in that process. Like I said, that goes back to the mid-80s that is contemplated now.”

Sen. Grassley then asked, “But yes, some of them could have an opportunity to work here even though they are here illegally?”

“Well, that happens now, senator,” said Napolitano.

The three agencies she mentioned are all components of DHS.

Although Napolitano did not specify what 1986 policy she was referring to in her response to Sen. Grassley, President Ronald Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act into law in November of that year. The act applied to illegal aliens who requested a change of status within 18 months of the law's passage and who had come into the United States prior to Jan. 1, 1982, and had resided in America since that time.

Employment authorization for aliens unlawfully present is not authorized by legislation, but an authority claimed by the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and continued under DHS. It is important to know that there is no legislative authority for this practice.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Labor, the national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent and the number of unemployed persons has reached at least 14 million.

In a June 17 memo, ICE Director John Morton ordered federal immigration officials to use "prosecutorial discretion" in deciding which illegal aliens to remove from the country.

The purpose of the “prosecutorial discretion” policy is to remove the worst offenders while releasing others, particularly victims of domestic violence and other crimes; witnesses to crimes; or people who are charged with minor traffic violations.

“Exercising favorable discretion, such as release from detention and deferral or a stay of removal generally will be appropriate,” Morton said, unless the unauthorized alien poses national security concerns, has a “serious criminal history,” poses a threat to public safety, is a human rights violator or is involved in “significant” immigration fraud.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Napolitano mentioned that as a result of the “prosecutorial discretion” policy, the Obama administration will review “roughly 300,000” cases that are on the “master docket of what’s pending in immigration courts.”

“The goal” of that process is “to administratively close some of the low priority cases so that we can facilitate handling the higher priority cases,” said Napolitano. That indicates that some illegal immigrants will be allowed to stay in the country because their cases will be closed.

Although she did not rule out the possibility, Napolitano said that “absent unusual circumstances,” individuals with a final order of removal will not be eligible for relief once their case is reviewed.

The review process is intended “for cases that are pending that are clogging up the docket and preventing us from getting to the higher priority cases,” said Napolitano.

In defending the “prosecutorial discretion” policy, she told the Senate committee, “We can just remove anybody without any priorities and that would be one way to do it. Or the other way and the better way … is to say we want to focus on expediting the removal of those who are criminals; of those who are fugitives; of those who are repeat violators; of those who are recent entrants meaning within five years into the United States,” all of whom she referred to as “high priority” cases.

“At some point in the process there needs to be decisions made about who is to be removed,” she said. “It cost in the neighborhood of $23,000 to $30,000 to actually remove somebody. That’s our cost, [it] doesn’t include Justice Department cost. The Congress gives us the ability to finance removals of 400,000 people a year.”

Which is an argument to fully implement Expedited Removal and expand it by legislation.

Napolitano pointed out that an “interagency group” is currently working on how to go about reviewing the estimated 300,000 cases. A “pilot” approach to reviewing the cases will start in “two to three weeks,” she said.

“The pilot is not going to be one of these 6-to-12 months typical pilots,” she added. “It will be very short, and it’s designed to find logistical issues that happen when you’re trying to do (a) massive review of lots of cases all at the same time.”

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that it removed a record 396,906 individuals in fiscal year 2011, which ended on Sept. 30. That number is about 3,000 below the 400,000 immigrants that congressionally allocated resources allows DHS to remove.

The nearly 397,000 illegal aliens removed in fiscal 2011 includes 216,698 (55 percent) individuals who were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

And the real news:

In the course of today’s hearing, Sen. Grassley and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) accused Napolitano of inflating the numbers.

Napolitano subsequently acknowledged that the fiscal 2011 removal numbers include immigrants deported in fiscal 2010. The reason for that, according to the secretary, is that DHS waits until the individual is verified to have left the country before counting them as a removal.

Secretary Napolitano did not specify how many of the FY 2011 removals were from FY 2010.

However, Sen. Sessions said, “I’m told that ICE carried over from last year 19,000 removals and they’re counting them this year, and it’s sort of a gimmick to making the removals look higher than they are.

There we have it. ICE is performing less work for more appropriated money. There was no record number of removals. As predicted, there is in fact a continuing decline in deportations. Which confirms what Chris Crane, President of National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, has stated; that the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty has expanded to include aliens previously deported, the end of collateral arrests, and absconders from deportation orders.

CNS News October 20, 2011

( - Chris Crane, president of a union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, testified in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration last week that ICE agents have been told by ICE headquarters not to arrest illegal aliens who do not have a prior criminal conviction even if they are fugitives who have been ordered deported by an immigration judge or are individuals who have illegally re-entered the United States after being deported and thus have perpetrated a felony.
Aliens who could not be arrested included but were not limited to ICE fugitives that had been ordered deported by a federal immigration judge as well as aliens who had illegally re-entered the United States after deportation, a federal felony,” Crane, who is also an active-duty ICE agent, told the committee on Oct. 12.

ICE officers and agents also alleged that they were not permitted to arrest or even speak to confirmed or suspected illegal aliens encountered in the field during operations and were prohibited from running standard criminal record checks for wants and warrants,” Crane testified.

Crane had previously testified about the matter in the subcommittee in late July.
When I last testified before the subcommittee on July 25, 2011, I reported among other things that ICE enforcement removal officers and agents in the field alleged that unwritten directives from ICE headquarters had been issued nationwide ordering officers not to arrest aliens unless it was confirmed that the alien had received a prior conviction for a criminal offense,” Crane told the committee last week.
Since his July testimony, he said, his union has been working with the Judiciary Committee on the issue.
“I would like to thank Chairman [Lamar] Smith and his staff for working with the union regarding this matter after the July 25 hearing,” said Crane. “Chairman Smith provided us with the opportunity to bring officers forward as witnesses. We were also able to turn over several internal ICE documents which appear to not only verify that these activities did in fact take place, but also named several senior level ICE managers allegedly involved in issuing the directives nationwide.
“Second,” Crane testified, “I would like to address the impact and effectiveness of these type of orders. I have never heard of any law enforcement agency in the nation that prohibits its officers from even speaking to or interviewing individuals who are inside a house in which the officers are attempting to affect an arrest.
“From a law enforcement standpoint what could be the possible benefit?” said Crane. “The only purpose for an order such as this is to prevent officers from making arrests which ICE leadership has allegedly stated is its goal. However, these directives not only prevent the arrest of non criminal aliens but also prevent the identification and arrest of very dangerous criminals, potentially individuals involved in terrorist activities.”
Crane told the committee that he believed the ICE policy was putting both the public and ICE agents at risk.
“It not only prevents officers from talking to and arresting persons who may be wanted for crimes but also individuals who are being victimized and in need of assistance,” said Crane. “Certainly, anyone can see that these practices are contrary to effective law enforcement practice and place the public at risk. Many officers will tell you that the majority of their best arrests, the arrests that most benefit public safety, come from unintended encounters with criminal aliens in the course of looking for a different target in the field.
“Of course, these practices also place our officers at risk,” said Crane. “Nothing that I could ever say here today can capture the dynamics as they unfold when a door opens and our officers enter a house that they've never been in before. It's dangerous. Officers don't know who is in the house or what they are capable of doing. Problems often arise that require officers to remain in a house for extended periods. Officers on the scene must have the ability to provide for their own safety. They should never be prohibited from talking to people at the scene, conducting interviews as needed, running appropriate background checks, or even making additional arrests.”
During an Oct. 19 hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the information Crane had brought forward. Napolitano denied that agents were being told not to arrest fugitives and deportees who had re-entered the country.
“What I'm hearing is that while claiming to arrest more criminal aliens, internal ICE documents show that DHS leadership has ordered field officers not to arrest fugitives and re-entries and leadership efforts to conceal this from the public has led to confusion in the field,” Sessions told Napolitano.
"Well if they say that, they're not reading it correctly because that's exactly not the case,” Napolitano said. “They can be arrested, but at some point in the process there need to be decisions made about who is to be removed." recently reported that during fiscal years 2009 and 2010 ICE caught and released at least 28 Iranian who as of this January were considered fugitives in the U.S.--and that ICE would not say whether they were still fugitives as of the beginning of this week. Iran has been designated by the U.S. State Department as one of four state-sponsors of terrorism. The other three are Syria, Sudan, and Cuba.
Chris Crane is president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees. The National ICE Council, according to written testimony Crane presented to the committee, represents about 7,200 ICE employees, who mostly work in ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. Crane said he had been an ICE officer since 2003. Before that, according to Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Elton Gallegly, Crane had served 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
During his time as an ICE agent, Crane told the subcommittee in his written testimony, he has worked in the Criminal Alien Program, which goes after aliens who have been charged with crimes by local or federal law enforcement, and also as part of a Fugitive Operations Team “whose primary function was to apprehend foreign nationals who had not departed the United States after receiving and Order of Deportation from a federal immigration judge.”

Impeachment anyone?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

First, The Good News

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped 15 Russian nationals from entering the United States using fraudulently obtained B-1 Business Non-Immigrant Visas. The B-1 Non-Immigrant Visa was designed to allow aliens to enter the United States to conduct business but not be employed or act as employees. However, a closer reading of the story, and certain developments in the B-1 saga, tells us that this is a temporary situation and that Russian engineers and others will continue coming to the United States in violation of the law, with the full and continued consent of the United States Government.

Seattle Times October 19, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport denied entry Friday to 15 Russian engineers from Boeing's Moscow Design Center and sent them back to Russia.

The incident caused the company to suspend U.S. travel for other engineers from Russia "until Boeing can determine the appropriate way to proceed," said spokesman Marc Birtel.

According to the white-collar union at Boeing, the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), the engineers were not Boeing employees but lower-paid contractors.

The union's communications director, Bill Dugovich, described the denial of entry as "fantastic news."

He said SPEEA has asked the State Department for several years about the validity of Boeing's use of temporary-visitor visas, alleging that Russian contractors violate the terms by working for Boeing while in the U.S.

Here is the rub, Boeing, like Infosys, and Chipotle's, has a business plan that includes using illegal alien labor. Unlike Chipotle's though, these are not stoop labor from south of the border without any type of visa, but illegals with visas, visas obtained from the Department of State, and it appears that because of the political influence, Boeing was able to obtain those visas despite being informed by a labor union that Boeing was violating the law, depriving Americans of lawful employment and driving down wages for engineers.

Boeing's Birtel said the company believes that "the engineers denied entry were traveling with the proper visas."

Sure, the proper visas to drive down wages and save Boeing money.

He said Boeing is working with CBP officials "to determine if additional information may be required for the engineers to be approved for entry in order to prevent a recurrence of this situation in the future."

That is the frightening part. Boeing is now lobbying the government to allow the illegal employment to continue.

This has precedent. Back during the Clinton Administration, Japanese companies were violating the law in a similar manner, sending employees to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program, but they weren't conducting business, but were acting as employees in the United States, either directly for their employers, or in subsidiaries.

Inspectors at the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at Portland International Airport were onto the scheme though, and were refusing entry to these illegal aliens. However, once it started to impact their bottom line, instead of giving it up and following the law, they decided that lobbying for an "exemption" was the easier way. And it succeeded. The INS Port Director was relieved and the inspectors were told in no uncertain terms to lighten up on the Japanese.

Undoubtedly, Boeing will follow the same pattern. And after some contributions to Obama's re-election campaign, the pressure will be off, union or no union objections.

CBP spokeswoman Jenny Burke, citing privacy laws, said the agency cannot disclose details of a specific case. But she confirmed that "15 people were allowed to withdraw their applications to enter the United States as they had not proven that they were admissible."

Further details on what happened were provided by Rich Plunkett, SPEEA's director of strategic development. During questioning of the engineers on Friday, CBP officer John Hullett called Plunkett to consult about their status.

Plunkett said Hullett told him that the Russians arrived with B-1 visas. In response, Plunkett informed him of the union's longtime concern on the issue.

CBP's Burke said B-1 visas are most commonly issued to foreign businesspeople traveling for purposes of representing their products, taking orders, or attending seminars or training. Visas are issued by the State Department, and CBP enforces the immigration laws at U.S. entry points.

With a B-1 visa, visitors may be admitted to the U.S. for a period of six months to a year. However they are not permitted to do paid work for a U.S. company.

Burke said travelers presenting themselves for entry into the U.S. under a B-1 visa "are subject to an inspection and questioning as to their declared and documented intent for seeking admission."

If through such questioning a B-1 visa visitor "is found to be entering for purposes of engaging in employment, he will be deemed inadmissible," she said.

Plunkett said Hullett told him that under questioning at Sea-Tac at least some of the engineers said that they would be doing work for Boeing during their stay.

"We've had a multitude of reports of these engineers sitting side-by-side with our SPEEA-represented engineers doing the same work," Plunkett said.

SPEEA estimates that Boeing has anywhere from 100 to 300 of these engineers here at a time, most of whom are contractors, not direct Boeing employees. They are paid less than engineers here, Dugovich said.

Boeing's Birtel declined to say how many people the company has here already on B-1 visas.

"Boeing works diligently to comply with all rules and regulations concerning travel to and from the U.S. for its employees and for others who are working on Boeing projects," Birtel said.

Probably a lot of them are here, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is particularly quiescent about the issue.

A State Department spokeswoman contacted Wednesday afternoon had no immediate comment.

Of course they had no comment. They were informed of the problem years ago, and not only did nothing about the fraud, but continued to facilitate the fraud. Expect the problem to be solved by a telephone call or two directed to the Sea-Tac CBP Port Director.

You heard it here first.

The Latest Stupid Immigration Idea

And, of course, it is from Comrade Chuck Schumer. This one is to give a visa to any alien who will buy a house in the U.S. Not mentioned is that any alien who could afford to buy a house in the U.S. probably can already get a visitor's visa. Prominently mentioned are Canadians who are apparently snapping up houses here. Also not mentioned is that Canadians don't need visas to enter the U.S. and they can stay six months a year.

Wall Street Journal October 20, 2011

The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.

The provision is part of a larger package of immigration measures, co-authored by Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah), designed to spur more foreign investment in the U.S.

Supporters of the bill, co-authored by Sen. Charles Schumer, say it would help make up for American buyers who are holding back.

Foreigners have accounted for a growing share of home purchases in South Florida, Southern California, Arizona and other hard-hit markets. Chinese and Canadian buyers, among others, are taking advantage not only of big declines in U.S. home prices and reduced competition from Americans but also of favorable foreign exchange rates.

To fuel this demand, the proposed measure would offer visas to any foreigner making a cash investment of at least $500,000 on residential real-estate—a single-family house, condo or townhouse. Applicants can spend the entire amount on one house or spend as little as $250,000 on a residence and invest the rest in other residential real estate, which can be rented out.

The measure would complement existing visa programs that allow foreigners to enter the U.S. if they invest in new businesses that create jobs. Backers believe the initiative would help soak up an excess supply of inventory when many would-be American home buyers are holding back because they're concerned about their jobs or because they would have to take a big loss to sell their current house.

"This is a way to create more demand without costing the federal government a nickel," Sen. Schumer said in an interview.

International buyers accounted for around $82 billion in U.S. residential real-estate sales for the year ending in March, up from $66 billion during the previous year period, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. Foreign buyers accounted for at least 5.5% of all home sales in Miami and 4.3% of Phoenix home sales during the month of July, according to MDA DataQuick.

Foreigners immigrating to the U.S. with the new visa wouldn't be able to work here unless they obtained a regular work visa through the normal process. They'd be allowed to bring a spouse and any children under the age of 18 but they wouldn't be able to stay in the country legally on the new visa once they sold their properties.

The provision would create visas that are separate from current programs so as to not displace anyone waiting for other visas. There would be no cap on the home-buyer visa program.

Over the past year, Canadians accounted for one quarter of foreign home buyers, and buyers from China, Mexico, Great Britain, and India accounted for another quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors. For buyers from some countries, restrictive immigration rules are "a deterrent to purchase here, for sure," says Sally Daley, a real-estate agent in Vero Beach, Fla. She estimates that around one-third of her sales this year have gone to foreigners, an all-time high.

"Without them, we would be stagnant," says Ms. Daley. "They're hiring contractors, buying furniture, and they're also helping the market correct by getting inventory whittled down."

In March, Harry Morrison, a Canadian from Lakefield, Ontario, bought a four-bedroom vacation home in a gated community in Vero Beach. "House prices were going down, and the exchange rate was quite favorable," said Mr. Morrison, who first bought a home there from Ms. Daley four years ago.

While a special visa would allow Canadian buyers like Mr. Morrison to spend more time in the U.S., he said he isn't sure "what other benefit a visa would give me."

The idea has some high-profile supporters, including Warren Buffett, who this summer floated the idea of encouraging more "rich immigrants" to buy homes. "If you wanted to change your immigration policy so that you let 500,000 families in but they have to have a significant net worth and everything, you'd solve things very quickly," Mr. Buffett said in an August interview with PBS's Charlie Rose.

The measure could also help turn around buyer psychology, said mortgage-bond pioneer Lewis Ranieri. He said the program represented "triage" for a housing market that needs more fixes, even modest ones.

But other industry executives greeted the proposal with skepticism. Foreign buyers "don't need an incentive" to buy homes, said Richard Smith, chief executive of Realogy Corp., which owns the Coldwell Banker and Century 21 real-estate brands. "We have a lot of Americans who are willing to buy. We just have to fix the economy."

The measure may have a more targeted effect in exclusive markets like San Marino, Calif., that have become popular with foreigners. Easier immigration rules could be "tremendous" because of the difficulty many Chinese buyers have in obtaining visas, says Maggie Navarro, a local real-estate agent.

Ms. Navarro recently sold a home for $1.67 million, around 8% above the asking price, to a Chinese national who works in the mining industry. She says nearly every listing she's put on the market in San Marino "has had at least one full price cash offer from a buyer from mainland China."

Apparently the visa will not include work authorization, so this new visa is nothing more than a standard B-2 Visitor's Visa. So, the length of stay is limited and there is no work authorization. What is the point of this visa? As before, someone who has $500k in cash is the same type of alien who qualifies for a B-2 visa. And there are not now nor were there ever any restrictions on the B-2 visa that prohibits an alien from purchasing real property. This is a non-solution for a problem that does not exist. Aliens can already purchase and do purchase property. And though aliens are purchasing property, they really can't impact the millions of homes in foreclosure.

This idiocy is just more evidence that United States Senators know nothing about what our immigration laws currently are. They really are ignorant fools.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ICE Fraud Confirmed

Lamar Smith has exposed the fraudulent deportation numbers claimed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and in response ICE has confirmed that voluntary returns of Mexican nationals arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol have been included in the count of deportations by ERO.

October 19, 2011 The Texas Tribune

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week it deported more immigrants during the 2011 fiscal year than it did in any year since the agency's 2003 inception. The total includes more than 216,700 people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors.

ICE, the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), removed about 397,000 people from the U.S. last fiscal year, up from 392,000 the year before, the previous high mark. The figures are in line with the Obama administration’s increased enforcement since 2009, which has resulted in more deportations and prosecutions in three years than President George W. Bush's administration accomplished in two terms.

The enforcement has become a double-edged sword for Obama and his administration, which, despite the increases, continues to draw harsh criticism from Republican lawmakers who allege he is soft on illegal immigration. It has also angered advocacy groups that claim the administration has failed to reform the country’s flawed immigration system.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said after the ICE announcement that the administration was misleading the public and accused Obama of “cooking the books.”

“The Obama administration continues to inflate its deportation numbers. The administration includes voluntary removals in its deportation statistics even though they impose no penalties on the offenders and make it easier for illegal immigrants to return to the U.S.,” said Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “Under this administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70 percent, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.”
A DHS spokesman confirmed to the Tribune that voluntary removals are included in this year’s count. But the official said that has been the process since the Bush administration — and that a voluntary removal is essentially a plea an immigrant enters that admits guilt. The immigrant forgoes a formal immigration court process and is then is deported, which the government says saves the courts time and money.

In June, Smith accused the administration of plotting “backdoor amnesty” and filed legislation to limit the president’s immigration-enforcement authority. Smith’s bill was in response to a memo issued that month by ICE Director John Morton directing prosecutors to use discretion when choosing which immigrants to target for deportation proceedings. He urged ICE staff to consider factors like the immigrant's education, their family situation, their criminal history and whether they pose a risk to the country’s national security. ICE announced in August it will review the 300,000 cases pending before the courts to determine who should be released and allowed to apply for work authorization.

The DHS spokesman said the June memo, combined with a similar 2010 memo that prioritizes the deportation of criminal aliens, contributed to the increase in deportations last fiscal year. The agency has emphasized focusing the agency's resources on removing immigrants who have "broken criminal laws, recently crossed our border, repeatedly violated immigration law or are fugitives from immigration court,” according to DHS's website.

Ninety percent of deportees in the last fiscal year fall under this category. According to ICE, about 55 percent of the immigrants removed were criminal offenders, 20 percent repeat immigration offenders, 12 percent were border removals and 5 percent were immigration fugitives.

But despite ICE’s claim that the figures reflect a shift in strategy, immigrants’ rights groups questioned the numbers.

“I think it’s weird to be boasting about having a record level of deportations at a time when we know the levels of immigration in this country are the lowest that they’ve been,” said Cristina Parker, the media coordinator for the Border Network for Human Rights. “That they have the highest level of deportations seemed incongruous to me.”

The University Leadership Initiative, a student group at the University of Texas that advocates for passage of the DREAM Act, also admonished the administration.

"Every day this administration continues to separate families. Hundreds of thousands of innocent families have been needlessly torn, and thousands of parents taken from children,” said ULI member Ainee Athar. “As if the horrific memory of having a parent taken from them weren't enough, now the administration is bragging about that agony through a press release."

There we have it, no record number of removals. All is a lie.