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.
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.”
If there is one single issue that showcases Obama’s fundamental hatred of America and our nation it’s his immigration policies. Let’s get one thing straight, ever illegal alien is a criminal. Radical liberals like Obama love to pick and choose what laws they want to obey and then whine, cry and call everything else unjust and racist. This is fine and dandy for too bit hustlers and community organizers but not the president of the United States. Every person who chooses to violate our sovereign border is breaking federal laws and as president it’s Barrack Hussein Obama’s job to enforce those laws. Our nation can no longer take this onslaught of human debris stealing jobs, driving down wages and draining our local,state and federal governments dry. The middle-class taxpayer is bearing the entire burden of Obama’s hatred of America. Our school’s suffer, our health care suffers, our public safety forces suffer, every aspect of our lives is diminished due to Obama’s hatred of middle-america. The vast majority of these criminals pay ZERO in TAXES while consuming massive public services and worst of all they have little desire to integrate into civilized society. The time is coming when middle america is going to take drastic and harsh measures to save our way of life. The elites our crushing the country to maintain there riches, people with nothing to lose will be forced to respond.
Thomas Jefferson said it best “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
Let’s hope the ballot box prevails but neither party seems to have any interest in real reform or constitutional law. Our governance is being sold to the highest bidder or the biggest whiners. Less then fifty percent of the populace is paying 100 percent of the bills with little to none representation.
Napolitano: ‘A Small Number’ of Illegal Aliens Not Linked to Other Crimes Were Deported Last Year
By Penny Starr
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified at a House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Feb. 15, 2012. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
(CNSNews.com) – A “small number” of illegal aliens who had “committed no other crime” apart from being in the United States unlawfully were deported in fiscal year 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday
“One of the things we must do in DHS [Department of Homeland Security] is prioritize the mission,” she said during a House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security subcommittee hearing.
“And those that have committed no other crime, and we look at other factors – length of time in the United States, family relations, ties in the United States, service in the military and the like. Those would be low priority matters.”
Napolitano was responding to questions put by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ala.), the House Appropriations Committee chairman, who wanted to know how many of the estimated 14-20 million illegal aliens believed to be in the country were being deported by the DHS.
She replied that roughly 400,00 individuals were removed from the U.S. in FY2011, 90 percent of whom fell under priorities set out in March 2011 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), focusing on criminals and other dangerous illegal aliens.
“But were there any deported that were just simply here illegally?” Rogers asked.
“There were a small number that would have been picked up, and yes,” Napolitano replied.
She explained that 90 percent of those deported “were in one of our categories” while the remaining 10 percent were deported “for a variety of reasons.”
In the case of “those that have committed no other crime” the department would take into consideration factors such as length of stay in the country, military service and family ties in the U.S.
When Aderholt asked whether that amounted to “amnesty,” Napolitano disagreed, saying the term was “way too overused with respect to immigration.” She defended the DHS by citing the 10 percent who are removed for reasons other than criminal status.
According to DHS and ICE figures, 396,906 illegal aliens were deported in fiscal year 2011. Of all those removed, 9.5 percent are listed as “other removable aliens.”
On March 2, 2011, ICE Director John Morton issued a memo outlining priorities for the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens.
The three priorities listed in the memo were: Aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety; recent illegal entrants; and aliens who are fugitives or otherwise obstruct immigration controls.
Transcript of exchange between Rogers and Napolitano:
Rogers: I want to ask you about our illegal immigration deportation policy. I know that you are deporting criminal aliens and I congratulate you on that. That’s what we all want. My question, though, deals with those non-criminal illegal aliens — people who have not committed a crime in this country, or at least convicted it. Are we deporting any of those people?
Rogers: How many?
Napolitano: Well, FY ’11 – the last year we have numbers for – we removed from the country roughly 400,000 individuals. Of those, 55 percent had criminal convictions. That’s a much higher number than a couple years ago when it was in the low 30s. But the remainder fit within other priorities – they were fugitives, some existing warrants, they were recent border crossers, they were repeat violators – they meet other of or priority guidelines in ICE.
Rogers: But were there any deported that were just simply here illegally?
Napolitano: There were a small number that would have been picked up, and yes.
Napolitano: I would, well in FY ’11, 90 percent of all those deported were in one of our categories. They were criminal aliens, recent border crossers, repeat violators, fugitives from warrants, and that remainder – 10 percent had a variety of reasons why they were deported. Some of them were deported because they were picked up in conjunction with others who were being arrested. There’s a variety of reasons, as you know.
Rogers: You say recent border crossers.
Napolitano: Excuse me please?
Rogers: What do you mean recent border crossers?
Napolitano: Those that we picked up near the border. We are actually making – we are not just turning them around and busing them back across the border. We’re actually putting them into the system. They get a record. They are actually removed from the country. That’s helpful in a number of ways, one of which is it gives us greater flexibility of how to deal with them if we find them as a repeat violator.
Rogers: There are an estimated 13, 14 million – or whatever – illegal aliens in the country. The great bulk of whom have not committed a crime. What is the policy of the administration on, ah, dealing with those illegal aliens who have not committed a crime and are not recent border crossers?
Napolitano: Or in other category priorities. Well, as you said in your opening statement, you know, one of the things we must do in DHS is prioritize the mission. And those that have committed no other crime – and we look at other factors; length of time in the United States, family relations – ties in the United States – service in the military, and the like. Those would be low priority matters.
Rogers: Well, some people say, you’ve given those people amnesty; that they no longer need worry about being here illegally. What do you say to that?
Napolitano: Well, I think the amnesty is, quite frankly, way too overused with respect to immigration. This is an area that profoundly needs to be reexamined by the Congress for a whole host of reasons. But the fact of the matter is, the numbers, as I laid out to you in FY ’11, 90 percent of those removed, did fall within mission priorities as we have stated them. Ten percent did not, but they were still removed from the country.
When millions of Americans are desperate to find work this year its sickening to see how the Obama administration is working to keep American unemployed this holiday season. While Barack Hussein Obama is flying around the country spouting off about how his number one priority is jobs he sure is doing his best to keep Americans jobless. It seems after almost three years in office there is no one in the Obama administration who has even a small clue on how economies work. The 11-20 million illegal alien criminals are literally stealing food out of the mouths of American unemployed workers. The millions of illegal aliens are driving wages down by dilluting the job market, employers have no need to compete for workers with 11-20 million extra people to choose from. They can pay extremely low wages to illegals with the benifit of not having to pay payroll taxes why would they hire an American. In past economic downturns American could get by taking service jobs, those jobs no longer pay enough to get by. The massive numbers of job seekers is great for businesses, not so great for those trying to feed there kids. Obama runs his mouth alot about jobs but his actions are the opposite, his policies consistently are targeted at keeping people dependant on government instead of free from it.
(CNSNews.com) – Chris Crane, president of the union that represents the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, has provided the House Judiciary Committee and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) with what Crane says are internal ICE emails that back up testimony he gave in July and October that ICE headquarters had verbally ordered officers in the field not to arrest illegal aliens who did not have prior criminal convictions–even if they were fugitives evading deportation orders or were individuals who had illegally re-entered the United States after being deported and were thus committing a felony.
“Increasingly, ICE headquarters leadership refuses to put directives to supervisors, agents and officers in the field regarding law enforcement operations in writing,” Crane told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration in written testimony submitted on July 26.
“Orders and directives are given orally to prevent the activities of ICE’s leadership from becoming public,” Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118, testified. “Agents and officers in the field are frequently under orders not to arrest persons suspected of being in the United States illegally.
“At times those no-arrest orders include ICE fugitives, who have been ordered deported by an immigration judge, as well as individuals who have reentered the U.S. following deportation which is a federal felony,” Crane testified. “Agents and officers report that they are ordered not to run criminal or immigration background checks or even speak to individuals whom they reasonably suspect are in the U.S. illegally.”
“These directives prevent officers and agents from enforcing U.S. immigration laws and prevent the apprehension of fugitives, felons and other individuals who may present a threat to public safety,” said Crane. “Situations in which officers and agents are ordered not to run criminal background checks or speak to individuals create an especially high risk to public safety as agents may unknowingly walk away from individuals who pose a public threat.”
When Crane returned to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration on Oct. 12, he repeated his testimony that ICE agents had been ordered not to arrest some illegal aliens.
“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 told the subcommittee.
“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,” said Crane, who also serves as an active-duty ICE officer.
Crane testified in October that House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had allowed the union to “bring officers forward as witnesses” and “to turn over several internal ICE documents” backing up his previous testimony.
“I would like to thank Chairman Smith and his staff for working with the union regarding this matter after the July 25 hearing,” Crane testified. “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.”
Crane also provided these documents–a set of email communications–to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions’ staff provided CNSNews.com with copies of these emails and CNSNews.com then verified directly with Crane that the emails Sessions’ office had given CNSNews.com were the same documents Crane had provided to both Sessions and to the House Judiciary Committee. Crane confirmed that they were.
The House Judiciary Committee would not directly comment on the documents Crane had handed over. “The House Judiciary Committee will not comment on confidential documents provided to the committee for oversight purposes,” a House Judiciary staff member told CNSNews.com.
However, Judiciary Chairman Smith provided a written statement to CNSNews.com when asked to comment on the contents of the emails CNSNews.com had received from Sessions, saying they were evidence of a pattern in which the Obama administration is not enforcing the immigration law.
The emails that Crane gave to Sen. Sessions were not pristine. The names of mid-level and lower-level ICE officials have been redacted from them and some of the text has been underlined or printed in red ink. Also one email has a notation added to it to explain, among other things, that the term “Fugs” is a nickname for ICE’s fugitive operations officers.
Sen. Sessions’ office said the emails Crane gave Sen. Sessions already included these redactions and highlighting. Crane told CNSNews.com that he was in fact responsible for redacting and highlighting parts of the emails before he handed them over to Congress.
Also, the emails include a string of messages sent on May 13 in which two of the messages are marked with a time that is out of chronological sequence with others in the chain. When CNSNews.com asked Crane about the time markings on these emails, he said that that is the way they were when he received them from the ICE field officers who were his sources for the documents.
Additionally, while the names of mid- and lower-level ICE officials have been redacted from the emails, the names of two top ICE officials have not been. These are Thomas Homan and John “Kip” Crowther. Homan is ICE’s deputy executive associate director for Enforcement and Removal Operations. Crowther is ICE’s deputy assistant director for the Fugitive Operations Division.
Despite the alterations Crane made in the emails before handing them over to Congress, Sen. Sessions’ office says it has no reason to believe they are inauthentic or fabricated.
As is, the emails appear to provide an inside glimpse of nationwide ICE operations conducted in May 2011 that were part of ICE’s “Cross Check” program, which was designed to prioritize the arrest and deportation of illegal aliens who have already been convicted of crimes—as opposed to those who are fugitives from deportation orders or are only wanted for crimes and have not yet been arrested and put on trial.
Sent back and forth between mid-level and lower-level ICE officials, they describe verbal orders that top ICE officials at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. allegedly issued to the agents in the field.
The first email was sent on May 4. (OP Crosscheck Email 1.pdf) According to an explanation of this email that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions, it is from a local ICE manager to his field officers. The subject is what Enforcement and Removal Operations Director Homan and Fugitive Operations Director Crowther told the local manager in a “teleconference” about the upcoming “Cross Check” operation.
One section of the email cites what the manager says he heard from Homan.
“Per Deputy Associate Director Homan: This is not a fugitive operation,” the local ICE manager says in the email. “This is an operation targeting criminal aliens. If the aliens you encounter are not criminal, they will not be arrested. He specifically addressed this by referencing a non-criminal fugitive. He stated point blank … ‘Am I telling you to walk away from a non-criminal fugitive or a non-criminal reinstate? YES!’” (OP Crosscheck Email 1.pdf)
A “non-criminal reinstate” refers to an alien who has been deported and has illegally reentered the country.
In the same email, the local manager explains what he says he heard on the teleconference from Crowther, the director of Fugitive Operations.
“Per DAD [deputy assistant director] Kip Crowther: He tightened it up even further …” said the manager’s email. “ONLY TARGETS WILL BE ARRESTED. There will be no collateral arrests of any kind with this op. He stated ‘I know this is a little different then your normal operating procedure, but you have you’re marching orders…’ This was contradicted by Homan later in the call….”
“He [Homan] added that no enforcement activities, including surveillance will take place in sensitive locations….,” wrote the manager.
“Per Homan: If we identify a non-targeted criminal alien, we should arrest them,” the manager’s email continued. “However, per him, we should be looking for Alien A, talking to Alien A, and arresting Alien A, not everybody in the house. If we can’t identify the target (poor picture, no picture, etc.) and we are talking to a couple of people to determine their identity, and we find a confirmed criminal alien, they should be arrested. But if you enter a residence, find Alien A and arrest them, why are you wasting your time talking to everybody else in the house?”
A second internal ICE email that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions is what Crane described to Sen. Sessions as a message from local ICE managers to their subordinate managers. This email, sent on May 9, described the reporting procedures that officers in the field were expected to follow during the upcoming Cross Check operations. The email repeats the point made in the earlier email that ICE headquarters did not want ICE officers in the field to arrest–or even interview–any illegal alien not known to have already been convicted of a crime.
“I’m sure it has already filtered down to everyone, but as of right now, they only want targets arrested unless you come across a collateral that is a confirmed convicted criminal alien,” said the email. “They went as far as to say, like [name redacted] wrote in his summation of the last conference call, that if you see your target, you should arrest your target and leave the scene w/o anyone else being interviewed. I’m not sure what else to say about that, but I will not be able to enter any information in the database if it relates to a non-convicted, non-criminal alien.” (OP Crosscheck Email 2(1).pdf)
A third set of documents that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions is a chain of emails that begins on May 10 with a manager giving directions to subordinates on how to enter arrests in a database. On May 13, however, this chain of emails turns into an exchange in which an officer asks whether “reinstatements” (deported illegal aliens who have re-entered the country) are “off limits” for arrest. When told that only reinstatements who have already been convicted of a crime can be arrested, the officer asks to be removed from the operations because he does not want people to commit felonies in his presence. (OP Crosscheck Email 3.pdf)
This email chains includes two messages that seems to be out of chronological sequence–unless, perhaps, they were sent from another time zone than the others in the chain, or if the clock was wrong in the computer from which it was sent.
“What about reinstatements? Are they off limits for this operation?” a subordinate emailed the superior at 6:53 a.m.
“Criminals only, so criminal reinstatements are OK,” the superior emailed back at 6:55 a.m. (OP Crosscheck Email 3.pdf)
“Criminal reentries only!!!” says the next email, which is marked as being sent at 5:56—seemingly 59 minutes earlier than the email that precedes it.
“That’s the great thing about reentries, they are all criminals,” says another email sent by a subordinate at 7:58 a.m.. “I will arrest any reentry I encounter based on the fact that a felony has been committed in my presence. If there is a problem with that they best sit me out of this operation.”
“I want to see the Fugs [Fugitive Operations officers] walk away from a restaurant with no-one, because there is no target working there,” a supervising officer then directed in an email marked as being sent at 7:23 — seemingly 35 minutes before the one that precedes it.
A subordinate then responded–in an email marked as being sent at 8:36 a.m.–by asking to be removed from the operation if he could not arrest a deported illegal alien who had re-entered the U.S. and was, therefore, committing a felony in his presence.
“I am serious about my email,” he said. “If that is going to be a problem then I respectively [sic] request to be removed from this operation. I will not walk away from a reentry, period! If the United States Attorney’s Office declines prosecution and management want to release that individual because it was somehow not an authorized immigration arrest, then that is on management, but I will not turn a blind eye to a felony committed before me. Please address these issues with management and let me know if I am to report for work on Sunday.” (OP Crosscheck Email 3.pdf)
The superior emailed back in a message marked as being sent at 8:43 a.m.: “I will speak to [name redacted] about this issue.”
Five weeks after this alleged internal ICE email exchange, ICE issued a press release that specifically said that “all” of the aliens arrested in the May “Cross Check” operation had prior criminal convictions. Even the fugitives who were arrested, the release said, were fugitives who had already been convicted of a criminal offense.
“In May, ICE officers from all 24 ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field offices throughout the nation located and arrested more than 2,400 aliens with prior criminal convictions in all 50 states,” said the press release. “All of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, aggravated assault, theft, forgery and DUI. In total, 22% of the individuals ICE officers took into custody were immigration fugitives-convicted criminal aliens with outstanding orders of deportation who had failed to leave the country.”
The press release described the May “Cross Check” operation as “part of the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens that threaten public and national security.”
In September, ICE put out another press release about a subsequent Cross Check operation. This press release also said that “all” of those arrested in this operation were aliens with prior convictions.
“All of the 2,901 individuals taken into custody had prior criminal convictions including at least 1,282 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions,” said the Sept. 28 press release.
CNSNews.com presented the ICE press office, deputy executive associate director Homan and deputy assistant director Crowther with copies of the emails that Crane had provided to Sen. Sessions’ office.
ICE did not address their authenticity, but denied that ICE officers were told to ignore non-targeted aliens during Cross Check operations or were prohibited from interviewing and running criminal background checks on them.
“Contrary to the specific allegations that officers involved in Operation Crosscheck were instructed not to question the immigration status or criminal history of non-targets encountered throughout the course of the operation, ICE’s Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) received 1,686 calls about non-targets encountered during May 2011 Cross Check,” ICE said in a statement. “Based on those calls and subsequent record checks, ICE officers did arrest 450 non-targets who met the criteria of the operation and advanced the goal of improving public safety.”
Presumably, these 450 non-targets “met the criteria of the operation” because they had prior criminal convictions.
“Furthermore,” ICE did say in its statement, “ICE regularly conducts operations that target a variety of segments of the illegal alien population, in support of our enforcement priorities. For instance, ICE has Fugitive Operations teams that routinely conduct operations focused on immigration fugitives. Across the board, these kind of targeted operations are what helped the agency achieve record-breaking results in FY 2011 in our enforcement priority categories, which include convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, illegal re-entrants and recent border crossers.”
ICE Spokesperson Gillian Christensen reiterated that Operation Cross Check was designed to target illegal aliens who had already been convicted of crimes.
“Like any other law enforcement agency, ICE conducts targeted operations, which focus on apprehending a group of specific, predetermined targets,” Christensen told CNSNews.com. “Consequently, during operations, officers’ attention should be focused on the targeted individuals because they posed the greatest threat to public safety. During the May 2011 Operation Crosscheck, ICE arrested 2,442 convicted criminal aliens, with prior convictions for crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, aggravated assault, theft, forgery and DUI. At the time, it was the largest and most successful operation of its kind in the agency’s history. Of the 2,442 individuals arrested, 534 were fugitives and 331 were illegal re-entrants.”
Although every single one of the aliens apprehended in the May Operation Crosscheck had a prior criminal conviction, not all of the aliens removed from the country by ICE in fiscal 2011 were aliens who had already been convicted of crimes.
“In FY 2011, the ICE removed 396,906 individuals–the largest number in the agency’s history,” Christensen told CNSNews.com. “Nearly 55 percent, or 216,698, of the people removed in FY 2011 were convicted criminal aliens–an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals from FY 2008, and the largest number of criminal aliens removed in agency history.”
That means about 45 percent of the aliens removed in fiscal 2011 were not convicted criminals.
“Overall, 90 percent of ICE’s FY 2011’s removals were in line with the agency’s stated enforcement priorities,” Christensen further told CNSNews.com.
CNSNews.com asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Nov. 2 at an event in Washington D.C.: “Internal ICE emails and a June ICE press release show that under Operation Cross Check in May officers were ordered to only arrest fugitives with prior convictions rather than all aliens with outstanding warrants. Can you comment on that?”
“I’ll get back to you on that one,” DHS Press Secretary Matt Chandler, who accompanied Napolitano, responded quickly.
“We’ll get back to you. That’s not accurate,” said Napolitano.
CNSNews.com followed up on Napolitano’s statement with Chandler. ICE Spokeswoman Christensen responded to the inquiry by reiterating verbatim her initial statement citied above, which said all aliens arrested under the May 2011 Operation Cross Check had prior criminal convictions.
On its face, that does not contradict Crane’s testimony that officers were ordered to only arrest aliens with prior criminal convictions.
In a statement responding to a CNSNews.com inquiry about the emails Crane provided to Sen. Sessions, House Judiciary Chairman Smith said: “Unfortunately, these allegations are just part of the Obama administration’s broader pattern to ignore the law until they can change it to allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens.
“Under this administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70 percent, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.,” said Smith. “And the Department of Homeland Security recently established a working group with the specific purpose of reviewing or revisiting orders of removal for illegal immigrants. This could open the door to allow millions of illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.”
ICE, Smith said, “has the responsibility to enforce all immigration laws.”
“Allegations made that ICE officials have directed agents and officers in the field not to arrest illegal immigrants undermine the agency’s credibility and mission,” Smith said.
“Twenty-three million Americans who are unemployed or can’t find full-time work wonder why this administration continues to put illegal immigrants first,” said Smith. “Citizens and legal immigrants should not be forced to compete with illegal workers for jobs. The Obama administration should put the interests of American workers ahead of illegal immigrants.”
With one stroke of his pen Barrack Hussein Obama has declared war on America. With his popularity dropping to record lows evening among his supporters Obama has started to look for votes anywhere he can find them. His order to halt deportations and work place raids is in effect amnesty for 11-20 million illegal alien criminals. The left and big business are forming up to do what they do, screw Americans at any cost. The progressive left have coined a new buzzword “Undocumented Aliens” but these people are criminals, every illegal alien violates multiple criminal statues when they sneak across our sovereign border. The violent drug cartels who basically control Mexico profit handsomely from smuggling these criminals. Obama is basically helping to support violent narco-terrororist by refusing to stop there human smuggling operations. I guess giving the cartels automatic weapons wasn’t enough. By refusing to secure our borders and encouraging this mass horde of people streaming into our cities Barrack Hussein Obama has declared war on America. His failure to enforce the laws of our nation are a being done purely to gain favor with Hispanics, Big Labor & Corporate donors looking for slave labor. With Obama’s economic policies bankrupting the treasury the last thing taxpayers need is 11-20 million plus new welfare recipients. With Obama’s economic disaster creating zero jobs the last thing out of work Americans need is these illegal alien criminals stealing jobs and depressing wages. During past recessions out of work Americans could get by picking up manual labor jobs, not anymore. The 11-20 million Illegals dilute the job pool and drive down wages. Jobs that once payed $12-14 dollars and hour now pay $6-7 dollars, the open border crowd is always pushing the fallacy that these poor folks just take jobs that Americans won’t. The reason Americans don’t want these jobs now is because they can’t feed there kids for what these jobs now pay thanks to the diluted job pool. Where are the already bankrupt states supposed to find the money to pay for these illegals? The economic costs are in the tens of billions to every state increased demands on hospitals, public safety, schools are all born by the local taxpayer. Liberals love to get the federal government to mandate there policies but they always fail to address the billions there lunacy costs.
Harry Reid must be off his meds again, he’ back with this “Dream Act” delusions. This may be one of the dumbest bills ever proposed by the Democrats and that’s saying a lot. Why Obama, Reid and Pelosi want to reward criminal behaviour is the big question. I guess the Democrats are so hell bent on getting re-elected that there is no limit to the damage they are willing to reap on our country. This legislation is just another pathetic attempt to corner a voting block, hell the Democrats don’t even care if illegal alien criminals are allowed to vote, hell they fully support it. The public hands down is against this insanity but old cowboy poet Harry just keeps on trying. When most taxpayers are just scrapping by these days the thought of giving FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION to these illegals and anchor baby spawns is crazy. This kind of legislation just encourages more violations of our sovereign borders and rule of law. Instead of opening the flood gates the federal government should be sweeping our cities and deporting the millions of job stealing criminals who our here illegally. There are plenty of folks out there who are willing to legally emigrate and actually want to become flag waving American citizens.. With lunatics all over hell bent on killing Americans is it too much to ask who’s coming through the door?
Harry Reid: ‘We Need The People Of America To Rise Up’ in Favor of Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
By Eric Scheiner
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling on Americans to ‘rise up’ and express how important the DREAM Act is to them.
Reid made the comments at a conference on Wednesday in support of the measure that would allow qualifying illegal aliens obtain legal residence status.
“As was said yesterday in El Paso by the president, we need the people of America to rise up and indicate to each of us how important this legislation is,” Reid said.
“I believe that the people in America need to understand that these young men and women who want to be educated, who want to be able to serve the military. It’s good for everybody.”
Senator Reid along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) say the Senate will bring the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to the floor for a vote. The measure previously failed to pass during the lame duck session of the last Congress when both chambers were under Democratic control.
The bill would allow qualifying illegal aliens to obtain legal residence status.
President Barack Obama addressed the previous failure of the DREAM Act and called for it’s future passage during his speech on immigration in El Paso, Texas yesterday.