A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers. These numbers dwarf the the numbers of Americans killed by Al-Qaeda and look at what we have spent on the “war on terror”, why is the Obama administration so hell bent on releasing these real terrorist on the American people. We should bring the troops home deploy them along our border, use the freed up CBP to sweep cities polluted with illegal aliens and stop allowing them access to health care, education and other social welfare programs. Companies who knowingly employ them should be heavily fined and illegals should have there assets seized to repay taxpayer then deported.
Michigan Taxpayers Spend $928,677,050 Per Year on Illegal Aliens
(CNSNews.com) – Michigan is spending nearly $1 billion a year on illegal immigrants, according to state lawmaker Dave Agema, which amounts to about $8,075 for each taxpayer in that state.
Michigan Rep. Agema, who represents the 74th district, Grandville, wrote a letter to the editor of Michigan Live explaining that the added costs of providing health care, education, welfare, jails, and human services for illegal immigrants is nearly $1 billion per year.
Agema cited the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) 2010 study, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers,” which found that an estimated 115,000 illegal aliens cost the state and local governments of Michigan $928,677,050.
The study uses estimates for illegal immigrant populations against government data on expenditures for various programs, state by state. Nationwide, the impact of illegal immigration costs $113 billion, in combined federal and state spending, according to FAIR.
In Michigan, FAIR found that K-12 education takes the largest share for spending on illegal immigrants, with $314.1 million. Other spending (state and local) includes: General ($225.3 million); Welfare ($142.6 million); Justice ($66 million); Limited English Proficiency (LEP) education ($63.2 million); Medicaid ($62.4 million); and SCHIP ($25.2 million).
“I have witnessed through my business experience as a consultant for a tool and die business the effect illegal immigration has on the cost of doing business at a state level,” Agema writes to describe his position on illegal immigration on his website.
“This burden reduces profitability, lowers pay, and decreases benefits for existing employees who are either American citizens or documented workers,” he said.
According to FAIR’s estimates, the cost for each illegal immigrant to the Michigan taxpayer amounts to $8,075.
Barrack Hussein Obama’s declaration of war on the private sector is just his latest of many pathetic comments on those who succeed, despite the federal governments meddling. ” Obama said, “If you got a business, you didn’t build that — somebody else made that happen.” Nobody asked Barrack where all the tax dollars come from to build all those roads and bridges. All those federal programs are payed for with tax dollars collected from the very jobs and products that private sector business men and women create. The economy and government exist thanks to those few who create. Obama’s ideology is what you see now in Europe, and it is a complete failure. The fallacy that the successful don’t pay enough taxes is pure demagoguery. Nearly 50% of the country pay no federal income taxes while the rest are paying for Obama’s entitlement explosion. Currently only 62% of the country is employed while over 148 million Americans receive entitlements.When Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation households receive a government check. The fact is most of the wealthy unlike Obama earned there wealth by working harder, taking more chances and sometime failing more then the average American. We should celebrate success and encourage it, that’s where future job growth will come. If big government spending created so much why are so many people struggling more then ever. Barrack Hussein Obama’s declaration of war on the private sector is just his latest of many pathetic comments on those who succeed, despite the federal governments. ” Obama said, “If you got a business, you didn’t build that — somebody else made that happen.” Nobody asked Barrack where all the tax dollars come from to build all those roads and bridges. All those federal programs are payed for with tax dollars collected from the very jobs and products that private sector business men create. The economy and government exist thanks to those few who create. Obama’s ideology is what you see now in Europe, and it is a complete failure. The fallacy that the successful don’t pay enough taxes is pure demagoguery. Nearly 50% of the country pay no federal income taxes while the rest are paying for Obama’s entitlement explosion. Currently only 62% of the country is employed while over 148 million Americans receive entitlements.When Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation households receive a government check. The fact is most of the wealthy unlike Obama earned there wealth by working harder, taking more chances and sometime failing more then the average American. We should celebrate success and encourage it, that’s where future job growth will come. If big government spending created so much why are so many people struggling more then ever.
What do Oprah, Yale U, California teachers and Illinois public employees have in common? Hint: It rhymes with “Bain Capital”
When President Barack Obama and/or his surrogates – including Uncle Crazy Joe Biden – convene in Charlotte, NC, expect to hear much more talk about how that terrible, awful, no-good, greedy, heartless vulture Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was a cold-hearted, conniving, cheating capitalist when he worked in the private sector.
Do not expect, however, to hear Oprah Winfrey, public employees anywhere, professors or administrators at elite universities or teachers’ unions say one negative thing about the Collectivist in Chief Obama or one positive thing about Moneybags Mitt. Those typically left-winging types may not mouth the words, but they’ve already voted with their pocketbooks.
Deroy Murdock, in a column in the New York Post, has done the country a great service by exposing the hypocrisy of the Obamaphiles listed above. You see, gentle reader, left-wing institutions of all types have invested their money with – EGADS! – Bain Capital.
A partial list of those outfits representing public employees – most likely unionized public employees – who either had or have big bucks with the firm Romney founded:
* Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ($2.2 million) * Indiana Public Retirement System ($39.3 million) * Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System ($177.1 million) * The Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System ($19.5 million) * Maryland State Retirement and Pension System ($117.5 million) * Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada ($20.3 million) * State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio ($767.3 million) * Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System ($231.5 million) * Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island ($25 million) * San Diego County Employees Retirement Association ($23.5 million) * Teacher Retirement System of Texas ($122.5 million) * Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ($15 million) (Go Big Orange!)
Murdoch wrote that Yale wasn’t alone among left-leaning schools like Columbia, Cornell, MIT trusted Bain with their money, in addition other institutions of higher learning: * Purdue University ($15.9 million) * University of California ($225.7 million) * University of Michigan ($130 million) * University of Virginia ($20 million) * University of Washington ($33 million)
Oprah cried (along with Clint Eastwood) when Obama won in ’08, but her foundation bet with Bain. So did the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So did the Heinz Endowments, funded with money made by the company that made the fortune of failed presidential candidate and ineffective Sen. John Kerry’s wife, ketchup company Heinz.
“Why on Earth would government-union leaders, university presidents and foundation chiefs let Bain oversee their precious assets? “”The scrutiny generated by a heated election year matters less than the performance the portfolio generates to the fund,’ California State Teachers’ Retirement System spokesman Ricardo Duran said in the Aug. 12 Boston Globe. CalSTRS has pumped some $1.25 billion into Bain.”
Ironic how government-worker pension funds invested at least $1.56 billion with Bain, no? Interesting how so many incubators of liberal thought turned over almost $425 million to cut-throat capitalists instead of a community organizer, no?
But, wait. The boards of these institutions are required to search for the best returns on the money entrusted to them (see Duran’s quote above) if they are to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities by making investments a “prudent person” would make. We’ll find out on November 6 if the American electorate makes the prudent choice about who best understands and can best handle economic issues and generate the best returns for America.
It’s amazing Barrack Hussein Obama can even walk, this clown has to be really sport’ln a pair. The corrupt Chicago political machine taught him well, he can spout BS day after day with a straigt face. His attack on Mitt Romney’s business history and self earned wealth portray a man with absolutely no idea how capitalism functions. Even worse the media just’s parrots his campaign’s talking point’s while completely turning a blind eye to Obama and his fellow Democrats hypocrisy. . The Obama campaign philosophy seems to be say anything no matter how untrue it is, they know there allies in the lamestream media will never call them on it. There has been dozen’s of media reports on Bain Capital but nearly a peep regarding Nancy Pelosi’s “Offshore” income, Pelosi received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from ”Matthews International Capital Management LLC,” a group that emphasizes that it has a “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” A quick trip to the company website reveals a featured post extolling the virtues of outsourcing. “Designed in California, Made in Manila”sounds like an excellent title for a smear ad to be run the by the Barack Obama campaign. Instead, it appears to be Nancy Pelosi’s investment strategy. Pelosi is also a small investor in the embattled “Moduslink Global,” one of the “outsourcing pioneers” that Mitt Romney has been criticized for associating with while at Bain Capital. How about Barrack Hussein Obama accepting $118.121 FROM BAIN EXECUTIVES. One of Obama’s top campaign financiers — Jonathan Lavine — is also managing director at Bain, bundling between $100,000 and $200,000 in contributions for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund, according to estimates released by the Obama campaign. The president has also relied on other leading figures in the private equity sector as hosts for high-dollar fundraisers and as members of his Jobs Council. Why hasn’t the Romney campaign run an ad with a Solyndra employee crying outside the closed gates and the ominous voice overlay describing how the Solyndra executives and Obama campaign supporters walked away with $365.000 in bonuses. All this while taxpayers lost $535.000.000, move along folks nothing to see here folks.
Guide to sleazy Democratic Party-backed banks
by Michelle Malkin
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and his hatchet people are still yammering about GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney’s overseas investments. It’s time for the Romney campaign to educate voters about all the shady financial institutions embraced by Democrats right here on American soil.
The fat-cat narrative attacks on Republicans won’t go away by making nice with the White House — or by relying on Beltway journalists to drop their double standards and vet the president’s own bad bank entanglements. Indeed, The New York Times admitted this week that their staff and other political journalists from every major media outlet submit their work to the White House for unprecedented review, editing and “veto power.”
Fortunately, the truth manipulators and message massagers haven’t gotten to this column yet. So, let’s talk sleazy Democratic Party-backed banks, shall we?
Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Forget Switzerland. The mother and father of all financial industry outrages are rooted in Washington, D.C. And Obama Democrats are among the biggest winners of lavish, out-of-control compensation packages from fraud-plagued Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Obama confidante James Johnson raked in $21 million. Former Obama chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “earned” at least $320,000 for a brief 14-month gig at Freddie Mac. And Clinton Fannie Mae head and Obama economic confidante Franklin Raines bagged some $90 million in pay and stock options earned during the government-sponsored institution’s Enron-style accounting scandal on the public dime.
Self-appointed banking policewoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has, uncharacteristically, kept her mouth shut about these wealthy barons.
Superior Bank. One of the Obamas’ oldest Chicago friends and wealthiest billionaire bundlers, former Obama national finance chairwoman Penny Pritzker, headed up this subprime lender. Even after it went under in 2001 and left 1,400 customers destitute, Pritzker was pushing to expand its toxic subprime loan business. Pritzker and her family escaped accountability by forking over $460 million over 15 years. Obama happily accepted the nearly $800 million in campaign and inaugural funding Pritzker drummed up for him. To protect her family’s multibillion dollar fortune, Pritzker’s enterprises park their money in the very same kind of offshore trusts her candidate is attacking Romney over.
Broadway Bank. In 2010, President and Mrs. Obama personally raised money for their Chicago friend and fundraiser Alexi Giannoulias, who ran unsuccessfully for Obama’s old Illinois Senate seat. As I reported then, Giannoulias’ Greek immigrant family founded Chicago-based Broadway Bank, a now-defunct financial institution that loaned tens of millions of dollars to convicted mafia felons and faced bankruptcy after decades of engaging in risky, high-flying behavior. It’s the place where Obama parked his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign funds. And it’s the same place where a mutual friend of Obama and Giannoulias — convicted Obama fundraiser and slumlord Tony Rezko — used to bounce nearly $500,000 in bad checks written to Las Vegas casinos.
Chicago’s former inspector general blasted Giannoulias and his family for tapping $70 million worth of dividends in 2007 and 2008 as the real estate crash loomed. Broadway Bank was sitting on an estimated $250 million in bad loans. The cost to taxpayers after the bank was shut down two years ago: an estimated $390 million.
ShoreBank. The “progressive” Chicago-based community development bank, a “green” financial institution whose mission was to “create economic equity and a healthy environment,” folded in August 2010. Obama personally had endorsed the politically connected bank and appeared in a video promoting its Kenyan microlending project. But it was a doomed social justice experiment. After regulators shut it down, Obama crony companies including Bank of America and Goldman Sachs took over the mess courtesy of taxpayer subsidies.
Countrywide/Bank of America. Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report on corruption-plagued Countrywide Financial Corp., which was bailed out by taxpayer-bailed-out Bank of America. The House investigation confirmed the notorious favor-trading scheme, which involved sweetheart home loan deals for members of Congress and their staff, top government officials and executives of doomed mortgage giant Fannie Mae.
“These relationships helped (Countrywide CEO and Democratic subprime loan king Angelo) Mozilo increase his own company’s profits while dumping the risk of bad loans on taxpayers,” according to the new report. Mozilo copped a $67.5 million plea to avert a high-stakes public trial in the heat of the 2010 midterm election season. Since then, Obama’s Justice Department has taken no action to prosecute Countrywide officials on federal bribery charges.
Among the influence-peddling operation’s most prominent beneficiaries: the aforementioned Obama top adviser Jim Johnson, who accepted more than $7 million in below-market-rate Countrywide loans, and former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, whose ill-fated 2010 re-election bid was personally endorsed by Obama. Obama stood by Dodd even as sordid details of his two discounted Countrywide loans and record Countrywide PAC donations mounted.
Bank of Democratic America, which raked in $45 billion in Obama-supported TARP bailout funds and billions more in secret emergency federal loans, footed the $50 million restitution payment bill for Mozilo and another Countrywide official. In 2008, BofA’s political action committee gave its biggest contributions to Obama, totaling $421,000. And as I noted in January, Bank of America supplied the Democrats with a $15 million revolving line of credit, along with an additional $17 million loan during the 2010 midterms.
Embarrassed by the party’s ties to shady Bank of America, progressives are now trying to rebrand the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., where Obama will give his nomination acceptance address. They’re referring to it as “Panthers Stadium” instead.
Obama’s copious crooked friends and funders are going to need a lot more whitewash than that to cover up their ill-gotten gains.
Addendum: And, of course, there’s OneUnited, the minority-owned bank in Los Angeles and Boston at the center of the long-delayed ethics trial of Democrat crony of color Maxine Waters.
OneUnited received $12 million in TARP money under smelly circumstances. The banks’ executives donated $12,500 to her congressional campaigns. Her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into One United. The WSJ reported on their handsome profits:
“Congressional financial-disclosure forms show Ms. Waters acquired OneUnited stock worth between $250,000 and $500,000 in March 2004, as did Mr. Williams. Mr. Williams joined the board of OneUnited that year. Each sold shares in September 2004 — including Ms. Waters’s entire stake — but Mr. Williams continued to hold varying amount of the company’s stock. In the lawmaker’s most recent financial-disclosure form, dated May 2008 and covering the prior year, Ms. Waters reported that her husband held between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of the bank’s stock. Mr. Williams also received interest payments from a separate holding at the bank, also worth between $250,000 and $500,000. The 2008 form doesn’t specify what that is. Mr. Williams stepped down from the bank’s board last spring. It couldn’t be learned whether he still owns stock in the bank. Mr. Williams didn’t return calls seeking comment.”
Waters (along with Rep. Frank) participated directly in pressuring the feds for OneUnited’s piece of the bailout pie. She personally contacted the Treasury Department last December requesting $50 million for the company– and failed to disclose her ties to the bank to them. The government ended up coughing up $12 million in TARP funding for OneUnited — despite another government agency rapping the bank in October 2008 for “operating without effective underwriting standards and practices,” “operating without an effective loan documentation program” and “engaging in speculative investment practices.”
The favored bank of Maxine Waters was also penalized for alleged excessive executive compensation. The FDIC ordered the bank to “sell all bank-owned automobiles,” require reimbursement for executives’ car purchases (according to the Boston Business Journal, OneUnited CEO Kevin Cohee was cruising around in a 2008 Porsche SUV), and cease payments on a $6 million Santa Monica beachfront home purchased by Cohee, his wife who served as bank president, and others.
In August 2010, the House Ethics Committee filed three charges against Waters for using her influence to gain special favors for OneUnited, which sought a stealth government bailout after squandering nearly $52 million of its bank capital on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stock. After the federal bailout of those troubled financial behemoths, OneUnited’s securities in the government-sponsored enterprises plunged to a value estimated at less than $5 million. OneUnited initially demanded $41 million from the feds in exchange for unloading the junk stock. Thebank was already in dire straits before the feds put Fannie/Freddie into receivership for its unsound lending practices and lavish executive benefits.
Only through Rep. Waters’ direct intervention was OneUnited Bank able to secure an emergency meeting with Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Treasury, according to the ethics probe. The Treasury Department said so itself. At the confab, Waters’ pals purported to represent the 130-member “National Bankers Association.” But records obtained by congressional investigators show that OneUnited Bank’s legal counsel, vice president and president (the latter two are married to each other) spearheaded the meeting, directed its agenda, and drafted the talking points/briefing material for Rep. Waters at her request — so that she could “speak intelligently” about their demands.
In her defense, Rep. Waters pooh-poohs the OneUnited Bank rescue as a pittance compared to the rest of the monstrous TARP bailout. She’d have a teensy more credibility on the fiscal responsibility front if she had opposed TARP from the start, instead of playing an instrumental role in throwing the Congressional Black Caucus’s full support behind it.
Clooney and friends Kony 2012 video is a giant scam and a text book example of a liberal propaganda campaign. For starters almost all the players behind this are con artists and propagandist, they would make Josef Goebbels proud. For starters this Kony guy is not even in Uganda since 2006 when this film was originaly produced under the title “Invisible Children”. Another lie this scam keeps repeating is his Lords Resistance Army has 30,000+ children soldiers terrorizing Uganda . That number is actually a guess on how many children where kidnapped over 30 years, just one of many “facts” they stretch. The worst part of this entire con is the $30 dollar “Action Kits” the video try’s to shakedown it viewers for. My god who would not want to give just $30 dollars to “Help The CHILDREN”. Unfortunately like the majority of these liberal cause of the week shakedowns, the only folks who benefit are the con artists who run these long cons. According to the site Charity Navigator only a tiny percentage of the money somewhere between 16 to 30% reaches the ground. Besides this scams terrible record of transparency they refused to cooperate with the Better Business Bureau.
Compensation of Leaders | % of Compensation relative to amount of money made by IC | Title
$88,241 | 0.99% | Ben Keesey – CEO
$89,669 | 1.00% | Jason Russell – Co-Founder/Filmmaker
$84,377 | 0.94% | Laren Poole – Co-Founder/Filmmaker
Total Contributions: $10,334,060
Program Service Revenue: $3,423,351
Total Primary Revenue: $13,757,411
Other Revenue $7,769
TOTAL REVENUE: $13,765,180
Program Expenses: $7,163,384
Administrative Expenses: $1,444,570
Fundraising Expenses: $286,678
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES: $8,894,632
Payments to Affiliates $0 Excess (Or deficit) for the year: $4,870,548
Net Assets $6,584,811
They also fail to mention that some money is going to the Ugandan military who’s record of atrocity and abuse is ongoing. The current regime of Marxist Yoweri Museven who has been in power for over 25 years is rampant with corruption and human rights abuses. This area of the world has no good guys, it comes down to who is are puppet, we have no business being there. This propaganda campaign is actively lobbying for Obama to send U.S. Military forces to hunt Kony down. Just like are media inspired war in Somalia the media will start running stories of the horrible actions going on and the blowhards like Sen. McCain and whatever idiots from Obama’s side will commence with there dog and pony shows advocating we drone someone or send in the SEALS. In fact it has already started, to placate his liberal base and keep there money flowing OBAMA has ordered over 100 “advisors” from the Special Operations Command to Central Africa to assist in hunting this crazy old man down. This on top of the already larger contingent of U.S. military already deployed for Obama’s new AFRICOM mission. How many goddam wars is Obama going to start, we have no dog in this fight. We have Mexican cartels murdering Americans in are own streets and Barrack Hussein Obama refuses to act against those terrorist just who does Obama think he works for?
By the way Jason Russel the co-founder and filmmaker of this propaganda was recently arrestted for running around his neighborhood completely naked ranting “Your The Devil” while jumping on a passing car and masturbating. These are the sort of idiots that Barrack Hussein Obama is influenced by.
The Democratic party might as well rename there party the Mexocrat Party, they no longer stand up for American citizens. Time after time the Democrats have refused to support even the most minor of immigration reform bllls. The Democrats killed the border security fence, killed voter verification, killed workplace verification, now they seem to be in support of killing Americans to garner the Mexican vote. The 20 million plus illegals are an obscene drain on the American taxpayer, they are literally stealing from the American people. Illegal aliens are involved in the deaths of thousands of Americans every single year, we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting Al-Qaeda overseas while at the same time thousands of illegals stream across are open unguarded border every single day. Many of these illegals end up killing, raping, robbing and terrorizing American citizens every day. The rest steal jobs, drive down wages why paying zero in taxes. Cities already struggling to serve there taxpayers are being bankrupted forking out services to illegal aliens who pay nothing. The Democrats have no problem dumping the responsibility for these folks on local governments while refusing to take responsibility for the negative effects. Illegal Aliens are a drain on our schools, hospitals and public safety forces, worse yet the Obama administration has fought every single attempt by state and local governments to fix these problems. It getting to the point where jobless Americans will have to deal with this issue are own way.
Democrat Lawmakers: Americans Killed by Drunk-Driving Illegal Aliens Doesn’t Justify Law to Check Legal Status
By Penny Starr
Rep.Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) sponsored the Scott Gardner Act after a college student was run over in her state by an illegal alien who was driving drunk. Myrick testified at a House hearing on the bill on March 8, 2012. (CNSNews.com)
(CNSNews.com) – Despite testimony from a man whose brother was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk and had five previous DWI arrests, Democrats spoke out against legislation that would allow arresting officers to check the legal status of aliens and transfer confirmed illegal immigrants into federal custody.
Wednesday’s hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement focused on the Scott Gardner Act, sponsored by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), who testified on the first panel.
The bill is named after a University of North Carolina student, Scott Gardner, who was run over by Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto, an illegal alien who was driving drunk and who had been returned to Mexico 17 times before he killed the young college student, according to a 2005 article about the incident in the Charlotte Observer.
“By directing state officers to treat people differently based upon their perceived alienage, the bill would essentially become a national version of the Arizona and Alabama immigration laws, inviting widespread racial profiling and discrimination in violation of the Constitution,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member, said at Wednesday’s hearing.
In support of her argument, Lofgren cited a Supreme Court ruling against a provision of the Brady Act, which required state officers to perform a federal background check on prospective gun buyers.
Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas), testified on March 8, 2012, that he opposes the Scott Gardner Act because it would be a burden on state and local law enforcement personnel and was ‘probably unconstitutional.’ (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
In the Gardner legislation (HR 3808), the inquiry about legal status takes place after the individual has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and the arresting officer has “reasonable grounds” to believe the that individual is an alien. If the individual is determined to be in the country illegally, they would be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas), who also testified on the first panel at the hearing, argued that drunk driving was already covered when state and local law enforcement agencies are taking part in the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program, which allows them to check an arrested individual’s legal status using a federal database.
“H.R. 3808 can’t help with deportations for drunk driving because ICE already considers DUI a high priority offense,” Gonzalez said in his opening remarks.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, testified on March 8, 2012 at a House hearing about the need for a law to identify and deport illegal aliens who are arrested for driving under the influence. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
In a related case, however, Brian McCann’s deceased brother, Dennis McCann, lived in Cook County, a jurisdiction where officials have said they will not cooperate with federal authorities on immigration matters. In fact, Saul Chavez, the man who killed Dennis McCann in a drunk-driving incident, had five prior drunk-driving arrests was either jailed briefly or released, including when he was released on bail before he could be tried in court for Dennis McCann’s death.
Chavez’s whereabouts are still unknown, according to authorities.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, testified at the hearing that the Scott Gardner legislation was essential to fill a “very serious gap in immigration law enforcement that enables a particularly dangerous set of individuals to remain in our communities in defiance of our laws.”
In a blog on Jan. 2012, Vaughan wrote about the “ill-conceived ordinance” that required the sheriff of Cook County (which includes Chicago) to ignore ICE’s request to hold criminal aliens to allow the federal agency to start the deportation process.
Vaughan said that over the “last few months” more than 100 criminal illegal aliens had been released back into the community in Cook County, including Chavez, who was released from jail in November after his brother posted 10 percent of his $250,000 bail. Chavez has not been seen since then.
Myrick testified at the hearing that since 2006, 11,494 illegal aliens have been arrested in Mecklenburg County, which is in her district. Among those arrests, 2,789, or 24 percent, were from driving drunk.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, said on March 8, 2012, that she opposed legislation that would allow state and local law enforcement officers to check the legal status of individuals who are arrested for drunk driving. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
“It’s a big problem and it’s only getting bigger,” Myrick said. The bill was re-introduced by Myrick in January and it remains in committee.
“How many people must die before illegal immigrant drunk drivers are detained and removed?” Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), chairman of the subcommittee said at the hearing. “Why is it that they are not a priority for our administration?
“Congress has no choice but to act since the administration apparently is not going to,” Gallegly said. “Rep. Myrick’s bill solves the problem and ensures that illegal immigrants who drink and drive are detained and processed by ICE.”
In yet another shot to the American people Barrack Hussein Obama dismantles yet another program safeguarding the citizens. This is just another petty little political gimmick to get votes from Mexicans. This program was a cheap effective force multiplier to screen the millions of illegal alien criminal that state and local law enforcement have to spend taxpayer dollars arresting every year. If anything the program should be broadened to force law enforcement to verify the status of anyone suspected of being here illegally. The Obama administration seems more concerned with getting votes then it is safeguarding the American people. The Obama administration is quickly dismantling every single aspect of our already pathetically weak border security apparatus. The Obama administration has defunded the fence, decreased border patrol agents and dismantled every single interdiction program on the books including work place raids. They have even gone as far as ordering ICE release every illegal without major criminal records. I guess in Obama world only the federal laws they favor are enforced, last time I checked violating the soveriegn borders of our country was a federal crime.
Immigration enforcement program to be shut down
The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies’ immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.
The program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama – only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010.
Now, in their proposed budget for the upcoming year, Department of Homeland Security officials say they will not sign new contracts for 287(g) officers working in the field and will terminate the “least productive” of those agreements – saving an estimated $17 million. All the contracts between ICE and local police agencies run for three years, so that portion of the program could be finished by November when the last contract for field officers expires.
In its budget request, DHS said officials instead will focus on expanding Secure Communities, a program that checks the fingerprints of all people booked into local jails against federal immigration databases. The follow-up work in those cases is done by ICE agents, not local police.
“The Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and cost-effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority aliens,” the department explained in its budget request.
The program had been criticized by Homeland Security inspector general reports, which found that local officers were not being properly trained and there was not enough oversight to ensure that local agencies weren’t using the program to engage in racial profiling.
A study last year by the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, found that immigrants developed “fear and mistrust of authorities” when they realized that local police could act as immigration agents.
The main complaint Friday from groups that oppose 287(g) was that the program isn’t being terminated immediately, and that its replacement – Secure Communities – is not much better.
“The 287(g) program has been repeatedly called into question by advocates as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, and should be terminated rather than sustained with taxpayer money,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “The Secure Communities program is surrounded by grave concerns about the impact to public safety, community policing and civil rights abuses.”
Defenders of the program, such as Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Studies, say Homeland Security is “putting politics ahead of public safety” by cutting back the 287(g) program. She said Secure Communities is helpful but that local officers working in the field are better able to identify illegal immigrants who may not have their fingerprints in federal databases, making it harder to identify them. She said some agencies such as the Colorado Department of Public Safety have used their 287(g) officers to suppress drug and human smuggling, gang activity and identity theft and said many sheriffs and police chiefs prefer the program to Secure Communities. “The problem for ICE is that while they may feel that they get political brownie points for this kind of gesture, in reality what the anti-enforcement groups want is for them to end 287(g) and Secure Communities, not curtail them,” said Vaughan, director of policy studies for the center. “So it’s futile – they end up making everyone on both sides angry.”