Sunday, January 14, 2018

Color Me Unimpressed

Thomas Homan should know better.  He was a Border Patrol Agent (BPA), he was a Special Agent (SA), he was a Deportation Officer (DO).  Thomas Homan is now the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Homan has done every immigration enforcement job except Immigration Inspector at a Port-of-Entry (POE), though as a Border Patrol Agent he was eligible to work that assignment on overtime at a POE, and then similarly as a SA and DO up until the mid 1990s.  Thomas Homan knows the score.  As a former BPA, SA, and DO, Homan knows that 21 arrests is a joke.  That is what he and other BPAs, SAs, and DOs did on a daily basis back in the good ole' days.  Operation Slurpee is either a major disappointment or, more hopefully, a sputtering start to better things.

U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices.
The action appears to open a new front in Mr. Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers.
"Today's actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable," Thomas D. Homan, ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director, said in a statement. "Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration..."
Though agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally during Wednesday's sweep, the action was aimed squarely at management.
[ICE Agents Descend On Dozens Of 7-Eleven Stores In Immigration Operation, CBS/AP, January 10, 2017]

Thomas Homan should know better, Operation Slurpee was a major disappointment.  A measly 21 arrests should be embarrassing to Homan, who rose through the ranks at the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), though given that most ICE SVU agents have little or no immigration law training and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor is a shill for the Treason Bar, one is not surprised.  There are few legacy INS agents still left in ICE SVU, legally known as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a component of ICE that is hostile to immigration law enforcement, so the lack of knowledge of immigration law could be an issue there.

However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, the enigma Kirstjen Nielsen, has said that more is coming.  To that I say, show me the money.

Following raids last week on 98 7-Eleven stores, DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen said on "Fox News Sunday" that more raids on businesses that have hired illegal immigrants are coming:
"Yes, and the message we're trying to send is if you consistently and willfully ignore the laws congress and the American people have passed, and you will be held accountable. These are not accidental hirings of illegal immigrants. Some of these companies unfortunately have continually and systematically tried to get around the system."
[DHS Secretary: Expect More Immigration Raids On Businesses, by Dave Lawler, Axios, January 14, 2017]

So, I can give Homan some room.  He's got an insubordinate component in ICE SVU, so he has to move slowly.  And I hope the next raids have more arrests.  ICE SVU can do better, and should be held to higher standards.  But next time, show me the money.

But it is not only ICE SVU that is sabotaging immigration enforcement.  Secretary Nielson should look into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Recently they encountered an illegal alien from Israel who left the U.S. to go to Mexico without Advanced Parole, e.g. permission to leave the United States.  For some reason, the Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry did not use Expedited Removal (ER) to immediately deport #IllegalAlien Orr Yakobi.

UCSD student and DACA recipient Orr Yakobi, who was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) last Sunday, was released this afternoon.
“He is out. And it’s amazing,” said Jacob Sapochnick, Yakobi’s attorney. “I went this morning to visit him. And while I was there, they told me he was going to be released.”
Sapochnick was surprised at the outcome, but is overjoyed with the result.
[UCSD Student And DACA Recipient Orr Yakobi Released, by Gabe Schneider, The Triton, January 12, 2017]

It appears that Neilson allowed politics to interfere with the application of American immigration law.

“The night before, I emailed the information back and forth to ICE with some our arguments as to why they feel he should be released,” he said. “I guess it was a combination of everything: the political pressure, the common sense that he shouldn’t be in jail.

On one hand, we have raids and promises of raids, then when one illegal alien shows up at a border inspection post, CBP doesn't use ER to deport him immediately.  DHS is experiencing a conflict within itself over whether it will act to enforce the law, it is at war with itself.  Time for President Trump to fix the problem by showing illegal aliens the door.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kritarchs Moving To Protect And Free Illegal Alien Drug Smugglers

The Kritarchs on the Federal bench are moving to protect illegal alien criminals from either criminal prosecution or deportation.  In a stunning move, two Kritarchs have ordered the Federal government to either release illegal aliens held in immigration detention while their criminal case proceeds in Federal court or drop the criminal cases.  This violates longstanding practice in Federal courts where illegal aliens, who have no incentive to appear in court, are held in immigration custody, even if they make bail in their criminal cases.  Even more amazing is that an illegal alien can make bail, though generally it was understood in Federal criminal courts that bail was irrelevant in the cases of illegal aliens since they would be held in immigration custody.

First, Kritarch Dora Irizarry, not surprisingly, is from crime ridden Puerto Rico, also a drug transhipment focal point.

An accused money launderer who made $100,000 bond but remains in jail is the latest person caught in a new skirmish between the feds and the courts.

Three times in the past six months, New York federal judges have told authorities they can’t have someone in ICE custody when that same person has already made bail.
That was Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry’s message on Salomon Benzadon Boutin, whose ICE custody actually made his criminal case go away.
Irizarry said the feds could release Boutin, 36, from immigration custody so he could fight the criminal case while out on his bond. Or, she said, they could keep Boutin in his New Jersey jail and watch her dismiss the indictment.
[Brooklyn Federal Judge Tosses Criminal Case After ICE Refuses To Release Man Who Made Bail, by Andrew Keshner, NYDN, January 7, 2018]

Kritarch Dora Irizarry

Next is Kritarch Valerie Caproni, who issued a similar order in the case of an illegal alien arrested on an illegal entry criminal charge.

In a separate July case, Manhattan Federal Judge Valerie Caproni wrote the legal code wasn't some "take-out food menu whereby the Government can mix-and-match" bail and immigration laws.
Manhattan federal prosecutors opted to let Thiodore Galitsa stay on bail, and then secured an illegal reentry conviction at trial.

Kritarch Valerie Caproni

The obvious connection is the grievance angle on both Kritarchs.  One a race monger from Puerto Rico, the other a lesbian, with both upset at the white heterosexual nature of America.  Both have failed to follow long precedent where illegal aliens are held in detention until their deportation hearings that follow the results of the criminal case.  While the reporter claims that the local policy at one time allowed bail for illegal aliens, that was a mere local grant of discretion by the Department of Homeland Security, and not either required by law, nor was it a nationwide policy. 

Time for Congress to impeach both these Kritarchs who seek to have the United States overrun by drug dealing illegal aliens.

Arrest Alien Smuggler, Police Chief William McManus

Up on VDare:

Prosecute San Antonio’s Alien-Smuggling Police Chief William McManus And Co-Conspirators at Catholic Charities!   
Recently a dozen illegal aliens were smuggled across the Rio Grande, driven in a tractor trailer northward, then deposited in San Antonio, TX.  This is not unusual—alien smuggling happens every day in Texas, because with few border fences or walls, the state is wide open to the cartels that run alien and drug smuggling.
San Antonio is one of those centers where aliens are regularly dropped off, as it is north of all the Border Patrol checkpoints.  The unusual part of this story: besides the cartel, the San Antonio Police Department (William McManus, Chief) and the local Catholic Charities were two of the organizations involved.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Time To Go Big

My latest up on VDare:
Thomas Homan (right) Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is promising stepped up worksite enforcement actions, something we never really saw in 2017. But some of his underlings want to limit actions to “critical infrastructure,” such as airports, defense contractors and food distribution, instead of work site raids. This is misguided. It’s time for immigration enforcement to go big or go home, and for Homan to make sure his underlings get the job done.

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Liking The Cut Of His Jib Now

Well, yet again, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has confounded your correspondent.  His disappointments were increasingly disturbing and I have not been shy about documenting those failures.  However, perhaps he is off to a slow start, perhaps like David Wottle in the 800 meter event in the 1972 Munich Olympics, and will blow past the saboteurs in the Department of Justice seeking to hold him and his policies back. 

The marijuana issue is one sign, but a better one is his recent order to reconsider administrative closure of immigration cases, one of the first signs of what became known as the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty.  In administrative closure, either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or an immigration judge at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) decides to close a case against an illegal alien despite the fact that the alien in question is deportable.  The Obama Regime DHS had a policy of wholesale dropping of cases and gave immigration judges the authority to drop cases on their own account.

Jeff Sessions just sent out a memorandum concerning administrative closure and it looks like that is coming to an end.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges closing cases without decisions, potentially reshaping immigration courts and putting hundreds of thousands of people in greater legal limbo.
Sessions posed detailed questions challenging the use of “administrative closures,” an increasingly common outcome that allows people to stay in the country without legal status. The attorney general invited feedback from advocates and others, after which time he may issue new instructions for immigration judges nationwide.
[Sessions Orders Review Of Judges’ Handling Of Immigration Cases, PBS, January 5, 2018]

The Cult Marx left is enraged about this as administrative closure was another ongoing amnesty for illegal aliens.

Administrative closures have been a lifeline to immigrants who apply for citizenship, permanent residency or other visas, shielding them from deportation while their petitions are vetted. But critics say judges too often let people stay in the country longer than they should in a sort of legal purgatory.
About 350,000 cases are administratively closed, and the Justice Department said 180,000 cases were closed in four years of the Obama administration, more than in the previous 22 years. In 2012, the department’s Board of Immigration Appeals ruled that neither Homeland Security Department attorneys seeking to deport someone nor the immigrant trying to stay could stop a judge from closing a case, paving the way for the increase.

This gave extraordinary power to immigration judges and it went to their head.  And it significantly added to the number of illegal aliens in the United States.  Nor did it do anything for the backlog of immigration cases at the EOIR, which continues to expand.

Even better is that Sessions wants to go back through the Bush and Obama years to claw back those previously closed cases.

Sessions intervened Friday in the case of one immigrant, Reynaldo Castro-Tum, to launch a review that may affect every judge. He asked what authority judges have to issue administrative closures and under what criteria, whether he should revoke that authority and whether there is another mechanism to address legitimate concerns. He also questioned whether judges should revisit the 350,000 cases currently closed if he decides the practice is unwarranted.

Even more significantly Sessions is deeply concerned about the failure of the judges of the EOIR to quickly make decisions in obviously meritless cases.

In a memo to the roughly 350 immigration judges and staff last month, Sessions said he disagreed with “a steady stream of criticism that we are overwhelmed and that the backlog is intractable” and put them on notice that change was coming. He said judges should quickly resolve “meritless cases or motions” and warned them against unwarranted delays.

It appears that the immigration court amnesty is ending and immigration judges like Dana Leigh Marks are going to have to work longer and harder, and their actions will be under scrutiny.  Thankfully it appears that Jeff Sessions is, after a disastrous start, is starting to hit his stride.  One hopes it continues.  Perhaps he can start firing recalcitrant immigration judges as well.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Weaponizing The Census Against Wetbacks

This correspondent has been fiercely critical of Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.  He has failed on many issues; Russiagate, supervising the Department of Justice immigration bureaucracy, no prosecution of State officials aiding illegal aliens, and done nothing on the Second Amendment.  But on some issues he has been forceful; crazy trannies, Christian rights, Muslim ban, and MS-13.  In the good news department, recent demands by the Department of Justice could be a game-changer in dealing with the rotten boroughs problem that over represents Congressional districts with large illegal alien populations.

The Department of Justice has requested the Census Bureau include a citizenship question on the 2020 census form that experts claim could sabotage the results.
The DOJ letter dated December 12 said that including a question on citizenship on the census would benefit the department and allow it to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, ProPublica first reported.
[Trump Justice Department Request For Citizenship Question Could Sabotage 2020 Census, Experts Say, By Maria Perez, Newsweek, December 30, 2017]

This could be a game changer.  Fear is the mind killer, and demanding that illegal aliens answer as to whether they are citizens will put the fear of immigration enforcement in them, and they will decline to not answer the Census, consequently dropping their numbers in the numerous rotten boroughs in California and other States where illegals boost representation for overwhelmingly Democrat Congressional districts.

However, just one question is insufficient.  The Census should include several questions about alienage and require specific information in response to those questions, including alien registration number, immigration status, name, date of birth, and address.  This will also allow the Census to weed out not only illegal aliens, but aliens temporarily resident, such as aliens on L and H non-immigrant employment visas.

The radical left sees the danger in this proposal, and will fight it tooth and nail.  Jeff Sessions needs to be prepared to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court.

The radical left-wing illegal alien lobby, ProPublica, knows this is a dagger at the heart of illegal alien power in the United States.  Note how the Main Stream Media takes Cult Marx talking points and regurgitates it as news reporting.  Let the reporter at Newsweek Maria Perez know you have her number at her Twitter feed.

“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said one. The administration’s stated reason for the controversial move: protecting civil rights.
“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said Arturo Vargas, a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Census and the executive director of NALEO Educational Fund, a Latino advocacy group. “When you start adding last-minute questions that are not tested — how will the public understand the question? How much will it suppress response rates?”
The 2010 census included a handful of questions covering age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, household relationship and owner/renter status — but not citizenship.
“People are not going to come out to be counted because they’re going to be fearful the information would be used for negative purposes,” said Steve Jost, a former top bureau official during the 2010 census. “This line about enforcing voting rights is a new and scary twist.” He noted that since the first census in 1790, the goal has been to count everyone in the country, not just citizens.
There have been rumblings since the beginning of the year that the Trump administration wanted to add a citizenship question to the census. Adding to the concerns about the 2020 count, Politico reported last month that the administration may appoint to a top job at the bureau a Republican redistricting expert who wrote a book called “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.” The Census Bureau’s population count determines how the 435 U.S. House seats are distributed.
[Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts,  by Justin Elliott, Pro Publica,  December 29, 2017]

The left knows the end game here.  This could end their ability to gain a House majority for decades to come.  No time for Jeff Sessions to back down.

I hope Jeff Sessions continues rebuilding his reputation.  Hopefully he will complete that by firing Rod Rosenstein.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

DACA Illegal Alien Defies ICE, Protects Other Illegal Aliens

In news even shocking for the height of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty, an illegal alien with the so-called Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections, has successfully and without consequence interfered with the arrest of other illegal aliens, and not been arrested for his actions.  The fact that there was no arrest of this illegal alien shows how deep the rot at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has gone and how arrogant illegal aliens have become, especially those in the DACA program.

“I was standing here, and this is where they came down,” Jose said, pointing toward the back entrance of his building. Jose asked to only use his first name, to protect his identity.
On the morning of November 16, Jose came rushing to these apartments after he got a call from an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“He told me that he was here, he was trying to apprehend a suspect,” Jose recalled. “I was like, OK, I'm on my way. I'm the property manager. I'll be there shortly. And he asked me how soon, because we have six agents who are ready to enter the premises...”
“Yeah, they basically had the whole place surrounded,” Jose said, pointing out where agents’ cars were sitting in the parking lot and on the street.
Jose said he shook hands with the lead agent, then asked him for a warrant to enter and search the building. The ICE agent handed Jose some papers.
“And I was just scanning for the word judge,” Jose said. “I was making sure that it came from a court and was actually signed by a judge.”
Immigration agents often use what’s called an administrative warrant, but only a judge’s signature gives them legal permission to search private property.
Jose knew what to look for, and he handed the papers back.
“I'm sorry,” he told the agents. “In order for me to let you enter the premises, I need to see a warrant signed by a judge."
[He Came Face To Face With ICE And Stopped An Arrest, by Liz Jones, KUOW, December 27, 2017]

And worse yet, this arrogant illegal alien decided not only to defy ICE, but to actively interfere with the ongoing ICE operation by calling others to come and run interference on a surveillance operation.

But his first thought was clear: “Call the hotline.”
“As soon as I hopped in my car, I just pulled up the website and called the 1-844 number,” Jose said.
“Hello, you’ve reached the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network ICE reporting hotline,” came the recorded message on the other end.
That call to the hotline started a chain reaction.
“I was actually on my way to work, but then I got the address and went right to the scene,” said Victoria Mena, policy director with Colectiva Legal del Pueblo. The nonprofit provides immigration legal services throughout Washington.
Mena is also a volunteer with the Washington Immigrant and Solidarity Network (WAISN), a coalition of organizations and volunteers that formed just weeks after Donald Trump’s election.
Last spring, the group launched a statewide hotline for people to report ICE activity, as well as a text message alert system to sound the alarm when necessary. Roughly 500 people now subscribe to these alerts.
When Jose called the hotline that morning, the network’s rapid response team sprang into action.
“We ended up having three attorneys there, community members there, and other organizations present,” Mena said. “So this is a clear example of how this network can really work.”
When Mena arrived at Jose’s building, she took photos of the unmarked vehicles. Within minutes, the agents left.
Jose is undocumented. He said it "rocked him to his core" to come face to face with immigration officials.
Currently, Jose has temporary permission to stay and work in the U.S. through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA...
After President Trump’s election, Jose started attending "know your rights" trainings, where he learned what do if ICE ever stopped him. That's also where he heard about the hotline.
It was a game changer for him.
Jose said he probably would not have confronted the ICE agents if not for the hotline.
“Being in my situation with DACA, I probably would have just not have put myself in that situation," Jose said. "But knowing that I had that network behind me, knowing that I had organizations here in the community that I can rely on gave me more confidence.”

And since no arrest of "Jose" has been carried out.  He violated the good moral character requirement of all aliens to enter or remain in the United States.  And DACA is a deferral of arrest and deportation, not a benefit program, so there is no reason that "Jose" cannot and should not be arrested.  His continued presence in the United States is a threat to law enforcement operations.

Contact the Acting Field Office Director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Seattle, Brian Wilcox, here and demand that "Jose" be arrested.

12500 Tukwila International Boulevard
Seattle, WA, 98168
Phone: (206) 835-0650
Area of Responsibility: Alaska, Oregon, Washington