Thursday, February 2, 2012

DRUG CARTELS' MONEY LAUNDERING - NARCOmex IN MELTDOWN

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PAYS OUT $600 MILLION PER YEAR TO ILLEGALS ON WELFARE. THE UNDERGROUND MEX TAX-FREE ECONOMY IS CALCULATED TO BE OVER $2 BILLION PER YEAR IN THIS COUNTY ALONE!



Money laundering, tax evasion suck billions from Mexican economyJanuary 30, 2012 | 1:52pm

REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican economy is "hemorrhaging" billions of dollars annually because of money laundering, tax evasion and other forms of corruption, a new study has found.

Mexico lost $872 billion between 1970 and 2010, the Washington-based advocacy organization Global Financial Integrity said in an 80-page report released Monday. That averages a whopping 5.2% of gross domestic product, the group said.

“This is an enormously damaging reality for emerging markets and developing countries ... an enormously damaging drainage of resources," the group's director, Raymond W. Baker, said at a news conference.

It is money that could have been used to invest in education, to build roads or to fight the drug cartels, he noted, in a country with one of the largest gaps between rich and poor. "The negative ramifications are huge for everyday Mexicans,” he said.

One of the most common ways for money to flow illegally out of Mexico is trade manipulation or incorrect pricing, Baker said, when companies or individuals falsify invoices and undervalue or overvalue exports or imports. The Times recently reported that "trade-based" money laundering was fast becoming a favored method of powerful drug cartels.

"Trade-based laundering takes advantages of blind spots in international commerce," The Times said. "And the huge, and growing, volume of legitimate trade between Mexico and the U.S. — now nearly $400 billion a year — makes it extraordinarily hard to detect."

In its report, Global Financial Integrity said illicit cash outflows from Mexico soared after the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, went into effect -- from an annual average in the 1980s of $10 billion to $50 billion after 2000.

"NAFTA freed up trade," Baker said. "But it also freed up the opportunity to abuse trade."

Money laundering, tax evasion suck billions from Mexican economy - latimes.com

SECURE COMMUNITIES ACT DEPORTS 119,912 ILLEGALS - THAT LEAVES ABOUT 38 MILION LEFT!

119,912 Deported by Secure Communities as of 1/27/2012
119,912 Deported by Secure Communities as of 1/27/2012

( 114,678 Deported by Secure Communities as of 12/20/2011 )

AL - 136
AK -
AZ - 14,358
AR - 220
CA - 46,660
CO - 464
CT - 107
DE - 84
DC -
FL - 6,093
GA - 3,368
HI - 38
ID - 253
IL - 1,030
IN - 135
IA - 103
KS - 174
KY - 110
LA - 414
ME -
MD - 298
MA - 220
MI - 494
MN -
MS - 168
MO - 185
MT - 13
NE - 220
NV - 834
NH -
NJ -
NM - 520
NY - 306
NC - 3,150
ND -
OH - 550
OK - 763
OR - 782
PA - 485
RI - 28
SC - 1,081
SD - 40
TN - 1,124
TX - 30,696
UT - 1,196

VT -
VA - 2,575
WA - 167
WV - 4
WI - 199
WY - 77

TOTAL - 119,912
1/27/2011

U.S.

NARCOmex: $26 MLLION WORTH OF MARIJUANA IN TEXAS - GATEWAY FOR THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS

Border Patrol Nabs $26 Million Worth Of Marijuana
Border Patrol Nabs $26 Million Worth Of Marijuana

Border Patrol-Jackpot Haul
POSTED: 9:54 pm CST January 30, 2012

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- It was a jackpot weekend for U.S. Border Patrol agents in South Texas.

A Border Patrol statement says agents seized nearly 33,000 pounds -- or 16 1/2 tons -- of marijuana over the weekend in South Texas.

The biggest bust came Sunday, when agents and Starr County sheriff's deputies seized more than 3 1/2 tons of pot Sunday at a ranch house north of Garciasville, about 90 miles up the Rio Grande from Brownsville.

The patrol values the 640-plus bales of marijuana at more than $5.7 million.

Another seizure came Friday, when undercover agents seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million from several people loading bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck near Escobares, 100 miles up the Rio Grande from Brownsville.

Border Patrol Nabs $26 Million Worth Of Marijuana - Local News Story - KTBS Shreveport



Police Suspect in 75 Drug Cartel Killings Captured
Police Suspect in 75 Drug Cartel Killings

MONTERREY, Mexico January 30, 2012 (AP)

Authorities say they have captured an alleged member of the Zetas drug gang who confessed to killing at least 75 people in northern Mexico.

Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza says Enrique Elizondo Flores told investigators 36 of his victims were bus passengers traveling through the town of Cerralvo, near the border with Texas.

De la Garza said Monday that Elizondo was detained Jan. 20 but that authorities needed to verify details of his confession before announcing his arrest.

De la Garza says the 35-year-old suspect told investigators he was in charge of stopping the arrival of the rival Gulf drug cartel members to the towns of Cerralvo and General Trevino.

Police Suspect in 75 Drug Cartel Killings - ABC News

NARCOmex - RIGOBERTO YANEZ-GUERRO SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN SAN DIEGO - A LA RAZA INFESTED AMERICAN BORDER CITY

Ex-drug cartel member sentenced to 16 years in federal prison in San Diego
Ex-drug cartel member sentenced to 16 years in federal prison in San Diego

By Associated Press, Monday, January 30, 7:34 PM

SAN DIEGO — A former high-ranking member of the Arellano Felix drug cartel has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in San Diego for coordinating the shipments of tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and eventually to the U.S.

U-T San Diego ( Drug cartel trafficker gets 16 years in prison | UTSanDiego.com ) reports that Rigoberto Yanez-Guerrero was sentenced Monday. He had been in prison in Mexico awaiting trial since 2001. He was extradited to the U.S. to face federal charges in 2010 for narcotics trafficking, money laundering and organized crime-related offenses and pleaded guilty in July.

Federal prosecutors say Yanez was the chief operator of the cartel in Mexico City between 1995 and 2001. During that time, he allegedly orchestrated the shipments of 5 to 10 tons of cocaine that made its way to the U.S.

Ex-drug cartel member sentenced to 16 years in federal prison in San Diego - The Washington

ILLEGALS SAY THEY WONT' VOTE FOR ROMNEY UNLESS HE PROMISES GREATER LA RAZA SUPREMACY THAN OBAMA HAS DELIVERED

Latinos won't forget Romney's 'anti-immigrant' talk
By Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor

We don't. We never forget a slight. And, in that respect, Romney has given us plenty to remember.
Miami, Florida (CNN) -- Responding angrily to a campaign ad from Newt Gingrich accusing him of being anti-immigrant, Mitt Romney insisted during last week's Republican debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville that he has no problem with immigrants.

Perhaps not. But the dishonest and cynical way in which the former governor of Massachusetts has dealt with the immigration issue on the campaign trail shows that he has a problem being consistent.

In Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Romney attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for immigration proposals that Romney said amounted to "amnesty" for illegal immigrants.

But last week, in Florida, where Hispanics account for 22.5 percent of the population, we caught a glimpse of a kinder and gentler Romney. He told the Hispanic Leadership Network, a center-right group, that he would create a "temporary worker permit" for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

However, Romney said, when the permit expires, workers wouldn't be forced to leave the United States. Instead, they would decide their next move themselves depending on their job prospects. His hope is that, at this point, many illegal immigrants would simply "self-deport."

Good luck with that. Like former Wyoming Sen. Al Simpson used to say: "There is nothing more permanent than a temporary worker." People fall in love. They get married. They have children. And it becomes harder to remove them, even if we wanted to. Besides, it's not clear that Romney wants to remove anyone. The idea of voluntary deportation is absurd.

I bet none of this is going over very well with the voters in the first three primary states who cast their lots for Romney, thinking he was going to be tough on illegal immigration only to find out that he doesn't even have the stomach to forcibly deport undocumented immigrants.

Maybe Romney should ask President Barack Obama for pointers. The Obama administration has deported more than 1.2 million illegal immigrants and offers no apologies.

Meanwhile, in a telenovela unique to the Florida primary, a group of Latinos who supports Romney called on Gingrich to yank a commercial labeling the frontrunner "anti-immigrant." A similar request came from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who while not endorsing Romney, defended him against the charge that he was anti-immigrant.

Who does Rubio think he is? His own history with the immigration issue is spotty at best.

In 2011, Rubio joined Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas in his efforts to require businesses to participate in a government-run "e-verify" program which is supposed to tell them if a Social Security number is authentic.

Rubio also supports the Arizona immigration law -- and presumably others like it around the country -- which forces local and state law officials to enforce federal immigration statutes. In addition, he opposes the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military because he considers it "part of some broader effort to grant blanket amnesty."

Last week, in a good speech to the Hispanic Leadership Network, Rubio acknowledged that many Republicans -- including himself -- have been slow to condemn anti-immigrant rhetoric from other Republicans.

Still, I don't care what Rubio says. Romney has, in this campaign, advanced a tone that is "anti-immigrant."

It was Romney who -- bringing back a tactic he used in 2008 against Arizona Sen. John McCain -- painted Rick Perry as soft on illegal immigration. Romney attacked Perry for signing a bill in the Lone Star State that allowed undocumented students to attend state colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition rates. The narrative that Romney pushed was simple: "Illegal immigrants are takers. They take advantage of in-state tuition rates. They take spots in university campuses that should go to U.S. citizens. They take, take, and take some more." Never did Romney mention all that illegal immigrants contribute to society -- by paying taxes, increasing productivity, creating competition, and doing jobs that Americans won't do.

Later, with Perry vanquished into the single digits, Romney used the same line of attack against Gingrich, accusing him of advocating a kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants after Gingrich said that he wanted to provide undocumented workers with a "red card" that allowed them to work legally in the country. Romney accused Gingrich of letting illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers.

Now as he competes this week for Hispanic votes in Florida -- and, on Feb 4, in Nevada, where Latinos account for 26.5 percent of the population -- Romney must be hoping that Latinos have bad memories.

We don't. We never forget a slight. And, in that respect, Romney has given us plenty to remember.

Source: Latinos won't forget Romney's 'anti-immigrant' talk - CNN.com

NAPOLITANO PUSHES OBAMA'S DEPT of HOMELAND SECURITY = PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP - Our Open & Undefended Borders

Napolitano touts border crackdown, urges support for Dream Act


We are also enforcing our immigration laws in smart, effective ways designed to protect communities while, to the greatest extent possible under current law, fostering legitimate employment and foreign investment.
By Dustin Volz
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Calling the nation’s immigration laws “sorely outdated and in need of revision,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pressed Monday for passage of the DREAM Act, saying it is the most-urgently needed change to immigration policy.

In response to another question after her second annual State of America’s Homeland Security address, Napolitano also acknowledged that “serious mistakes were made” in Operation Fast and Furious, the government’s botched gun-trafficking investigation.

But much of her speech was dedicated to the successes of her department and the challenges that remain, including threats of cyber-terrorism, the difficulties of responding to natural disasters and the need to balance fair trade with safe trade.
Napolitano touted the department’s use of a “risk-based, information-driven approach to security” in combating security threats.

She boasted about President Barack Obama’s commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, pointing to a 53 percent decline in illegal immigrant attempts over the past three years as measured by Border Patrol apprehensions. She also cited an increase in seizures of illegal drugs and weapons along the border.

“We are also enforcing our immigration laws in smart, effective ways designed to protect communities while, to the greatest extent possible under current law, fostering legitimate employment and foreign investment,” Napolitano said.
But Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, called Napolitano’s assessment of the U.S.-Mexico border overly optimistic.

“In talking with ranchers and other residents near the border, and given the continued violence in the Tucson sector specifically, the approach to secure the border the Obama administration is pursuing is clearly insufficient,” Flake said in a prepared statement.

Napolitano, who was governor of Arizona before being appointed by President Obama to head the department, conceded much work was still needed along the border. But she said lawmakers need to adopt policy changes to solve the nation’s complex immigration problems.

“The bottom line is that our nation’s current immigration laws are sorely outdated and in need of revision,” she said. “President Obama views such a revision as both a matter of fairness and as an economic necessity.”
In a question-and-answer period immediately following her address, Napolitano pointed to passage of the DREAM Act when asked what one aspect of immigration reform was most necessary.

“If you have to take just one element out of the whole universe of immigration that needs to be fixed, should be fixed, and came very close to being fixed by the Congress … it would be that,” Napolitano said.

Napolitano conceded problems with Operation Fast and Furious, an investigation by Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which agents let illegal gun-buyers go in hopes of tracing guns to larger gun-trafficking rings. The operation, begun in late 2009, lost track of about 2,000 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify to a House committee Thursday about the operation.

“I think it was acknowledged that mistakes, serious mistakes were made there,” Napolitano said. “The key question is making sure those kinds of mistakes, from my standpoint, are never again repeated.”

That statement underwhelmed a spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a prominent critic of the Obama administration’s border policies.

“To say that mistakes were made during Fast and Furious is the understatement of the year, but it’s nice that Secretary Napolitano has acknowledged as much,” said Matthew Benson, the spokesman.

Benson agreed that security along the Arizona border has increased during the past few years, but attributed that more to a weakened U.S. economy than effective border-security policy.

“Anyone can point to their own statistics, but I think if Secretary Napolitano spoke with some of the ranchers who lived along the border or law enforcement who deal with this on a weekly or daily basis, she would see it is not secure,” he said.

Source: Napolitano touts border crackdown, urges support for Dream Act – Cronkite News

ALABAMA FIGHTS LA RAZA SUPREMACY! AFTER KICKING OUT ILLEGALS AMERICANS GET JOBS AGAIN!

THERE ARE ONLY EIGHT (8) STATES WITH A POPULATION GREATER THAN LOS ANGELES COUNTY WHERE HALF OR MORE OF ALL JOBS GO TO ILLEGALS USING STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS!

LA RAZ DEM GOV JERRY BROWN HAS AN "OBAMA SOLUTION"... HE SIGNED A LAW MAKING IT ILLEGAL FOR EMPLOYERS TO USE E-VERIFY!

OBAMA HAS FOUGHT E-VERIFY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY EVEN WITH THE STAGGERING UNEMPLOYMENT AMERICANS FACE!

VIVA LA RAZA SUPRMACY? LOOK WHAT IT HAS DONE TO THE MELTDOWN STATE OF MEXIFORNIA!



After Kicking Out Illegal Aliens Alabama Is Putting American Citizens Back To Work
Posted by Kevin Coach Collins on January 30, 2012





Alabama and Arizona are being sued by Barack Hussein Obama to farther his insidious plan to erase our borders and allow millions of potential new Democrat voters to flow in and snuff out our liberties.

Both states have taken strong measures to get their illegal alien problem under control and both are experiencing improvements in their unemployment rates, but the results in Alabama have been stunning.
Since putting its tough anti-illegal alien bill (H. B. 56) into effect last September Alabama has seen an overnight increase in the number of her citizens working and a drop in the percentage Alabamians collecting unemployment benefits.

The numbers tell the story and they are embarrassing for Obama. In the first month after H.B. 56 became law Alabama’s unemployment rate fell from 9.8 to 9.3 percent. Last month the number dropped to 8.1% which is .4% below the national average. Some quick math shows this is a 1.7% drop.

The real life Main Street result of what Alabama’s Republicans have done is visible across their state. Because of H.B. 56 an enraged Barack Obama is suing Alabama. The more than 41,000 Alabama families who now have a bread winner going off to work every day means nothing to Obama because they are not voting for Democrats anyway.


In just three months Alabama has moved up from being the 42nd worst unemployment state to the 28th on the national list.

The numbers from Alabama will continue to improve as more illegal aliens come to understand that the “Heart of Dixie” is not a place to sneak into. Those with minimal skills, now filling jobs Americans want, will continue to leave and sneak into neighboring states.

Both Georgia and Mississippi have unemployment rates substantially above the putative national average of 8.5%, and this promises to be a continuing pattern. As one state stands firmer against these illegal invaders its neighboring states will find them flooding their workplaces schools hospital and jails. Which part of this is hard to understand?


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POLL: AMERICANS (LEGALS) SAY NO TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - OBAMA SAYS GIVE THEM CITIZENSHIP AND THEY'RE NOT ILLEGAL!

Poll: Majority Against Illegal Immigration
weston-ct.patch.com
By Chandra Johnson Greene
12:33 pm

A new poll commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform reveals that most Connecticut residents believe overall immigration to the U.S. should be reduced.

Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of Connecticut residents that participated in a recent nationwide poll believe illegal immigration is hurting the Nutmeg State, according to a statement released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).


The poll, which was commissioned by FAIR and conducted by Pulse Opinion Research last month, also reveals that 67 percent of Connecticut voters oppose in-state tuition aid for illegal aliens looking to attend public universities. There is a bill currently being considered by the state that would allow children of undocumented immigrant aliens to qualify for in-state tuition.


State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican who represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton in the 26th Senate District, told Patch last year that passing the bill would take away spots from citizens and legal aliens.

The poll also revealed that:
  • 68 percent believe the state should be involved in immigration enforcement
  • 39 percent believe illegal immigrants take jobs from American citizens, while 35 percent believe they fill jobs American workers will not do.
  • 51 percent support reducing overall immigration to the U.S.
"It is clear that elected officials in Connecticut and most of the state's congressional delegation in Washington are out of step with the views of the people who put them in office," Dan Stein, president of FAIR, said in the statement.


According to FAIR, there are 120,000 illegal aliens currently living in Connecticut with 85,680 of them in the workforce.

Poll: Majority Against Illegal Immigration - Weston-Redding-Easton, CT Patch

LA RAZA JOGE HERNANDEZ-OREPEZA, 34 MOLESTS THREE CHILDREN AT BIG BEAR LAKE

EVERDAY THERE ARE 12 AMERICANS MURDERED BY LA RAZA, AND 8 CHILDREN MOLESTED.

YOU REALLY WANT AMNESTY, DREAM ACTS, PATHWAY TO EASIER LOOTING CITIZENSHIP, OR CONTINUED OBAMA NON-ENFORCEMENT???

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Illegal immigrant arrested in Big Bear Lake Molestation
Illegal immigrant arrested in Big Bear Lake molestation

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt,

Created: 01/31/2012
11:36:37 AM PST

Sheriff's deputies have arrested an illegal immigrant on suspicion of molesting at least three children, including a 7-year-old Big Bear Lake girl.


Jorge Hernandez-Oropeza, 34, was arrested Thursday by Crimes Against Children detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies began their investigation Jan. 6 when they received a report of a girl who was molested by Hernandez numerous times in 2010 and 2011 in the 4000 block of Forest Drive in Big Bear Lake. The incidents occurred while Hernandez's mother was baby sitting the child, sheriff's officials said.

Investigators learned there were two other victims who had been molested by Hernandez in 2001.

Hernandez was booked in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Officials say he is
also in custody on an immigration hold.
Detectives suspect there are more victims. Anyone with information may call sheriff's Sgt. Roberto Lomeli, 909-387-3615.

Daily Bulletin

I.C.E. arrest 20 sex offenders in GA., N.C. and S.C., prepares to deport them
Immigration authorities arrest sex offenders in GA, NC and SC, prepares to deport them

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: January 27, 2012 - 3:19 pm
Last Updated: January 27, 2012 - 3:20 pm

ATLANTA — Immigration authorities say they've arrested 20 foreign nationals convicted of sex offenses in Georgia and the Carolinas this week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that the arrests came Monday through Wednesday as part of Operation Sex Offender Alien Removal, or SOAR, which targets foreign nationals who are targets for deportation because of convictions for sexual offenses.

Six arrests were made in the metro Atlanta area, while the remaining 14 arrests were made in South Carolina and North Carolina.

ICE says the enforcement initiative was part of ongoing operations in the region to find foreign nationals who have committed crimes and pose a threat to public safety.

In fiscal year 2011, ICE deported a total of 5,849 sex offenders.

Immigration authorities arrest sex offenders in GA, NC and SC, prepares to deport them | The Republic

IDENTITY THEFT - RAID SHUTS DOWN ILLEGAL ID & DRUG MILL BY LA RAZA IN UTAH - A SANCTUARY STATE

Raid shuts down illegal ID and drug mill operation
Raid shuts down illegal ID and drug mill operation


Updated: 1/30 11:32 pm
Reported by: Cristina Rendon




MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A raid at a Midvale apartment Friday shut down a fraudulent identification card mill and drug operation, according to the Utah Attorney General's SECURE Strike Force.

Six undocumented men from Mexico were arrested after a lengthy investigation. Authorities said the men were selling methamphetamine and false Social Security cards, driver licenses and alien registration cards ("green cards"). A cache of fraudulent documents and methamphetamine packaged for sale were discovered.

A resident of the apartment complex who wished to remain anonymous said many people are fearful to talk about the illegal activity because it is so prevalent in their community.

Francisco Javier Manenche-Bracamontes, 25, is charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of fraudulent identification and obstruction of justice.

Juan Zacapala-Bacho, 22, is charged with possession of forged writing

Joel Pineda-Prudente, 27, is charged with possession of forged writing.

Flavio Sorroza-Vasquez, 31, is charged with false information to police (prior deportation).

Jose Larios-Lopez, 44, is charged with aggravated felon/prior deportation and aggravated re-entry.

Cesar Cirino Manenche-Torres, 34, is charged with prior deportation and re-entry.

According to the attorney general's office, residents of the apartment complex applauded the law enforcement officers after they removed the alleged drug traffickers.
This is the 29th fraudulent document production mill shut down by the SECURE Strike Force since it was started just more than 2 years ago. The Strike Force targets major crimes by undocumented aliens.


ABC4.com

AMNESTY - JUDICIAL WATCH CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST OBAMA'S STEALTH AMNESTY

Judicial Watch Can Push for Immigration Info
courthousenews.com
By ADAM KLASFELD
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Last Update: 2:20 PM PT

(CN) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cannot toss a lawsuit pushing for the release of documents about immigration-enforcement priorities in Houston, a federal judge ruled.

Although deportations have risen under the Obama administration, Judicial Watch accused the White House of secretly implementing a "stealth amnesty" program toward undocumented immigrants.

The conservative watchdog group cites as evidence a June 3, 2010, memo by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton urging field officers, special agents and chief counsel to use "prosecutorial discretion" in deportation cases, particularly with victims of domestic violence and military veterans.

The four-page memo stated, in part, that customs could only afford to deport 4 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

"In light of the large number of administrative violations the agency is charged with addressing and the limited enforcement resources the agency has available, ICE must prioritize the use of its enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal resources to ensure that the removals the agency does conduct promote the agencies highest enforcement priorities, namely national security, public safety and border security," the memo stated.

Gary Goldman, ICE's chief counsel in Houston, passed on the memo to his office, with further instructions, on Aug. 16, 2010. Two weeks later, Judicial Watch sent Homeland Security a Freedom of Information Act request. It filed a lawsuit the following May.

Homeland Security eventually released 237 pages of documents, 191 of which were redacted.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly allowed Judicial Watch to try to expose the undisclosed information on Jan. 27, pointing to three "egregious examples" of Homeland Security's extreme secrecy.

In one document, "apart from the subject line, which reads 'Prosecutorial Discretion,' everything substantive has been redacted," the decision states.

Another document does not disclose the author or recipient.

A third is completely blacked out under a statement that says: "This is how various presenters presented their messages to us."

"In the end, DHS's generalized and non-specific showing fails to satisfy the Court that the attorney-client privilege has been properly invoked in connection with the information withheld from Judicial Watch," the order states.

Homeland Security can redact three spreadsheets under work-product privilege, and the agency can to try to defend the other disclosures in future hearings, Kollar-Kotelly said.

"As before, the court shall afford DHS a further and final opportunity to establish that the deliberative process privilege applies to the information withheld from these documents and that all reasonably segregable information has been released to Judicial Watch," the order states.

Deportation rates have reportedly risen steadily since Obama took office.

"Of the 396,906 deportations from October 2010 through September of this year, more than half were illegal immigrants with felony or misdemeanor convictions, a percentage that has increased steadily since the end of the George W. Bush administration," according to a Los Angeles Times article.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation made the same finding about government secrecy.

"A study released in December of this year by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and OpenTheGovernment.org found the administration was withholding information using nine of the most common exemptions 33% more than George Bush's last full year in office," the foundation said.

Judicial Watch and the agency must file a joint status report by Feb. 8 to schedule further proceedings.

Courthouse News

ARIZONA CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST THE OBAMA-LA RAZA OCCUPATION

Rejected immigration bills are back in Ariz. Senate
kpho.com
By Bonnie Loftus
Updated: Jan 31, 2012 5:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) -

Versions of two illegal immigration bills rejected last year by the Arizona Senate have been reintroduced for possible consideration this year.

One bill would require the state to collect school district data on numbers of students who are illegal immigrants.

The other would require hospitals to notify immigration authorities if patients without insurance cannot provide proof of legal status.

Both bills are sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa.

Versions were among five illegal immigration measures rejected last March by the Senate.

Business groups had urged state lawmakers to take a timeout on the controversial illegal immigration issue after the 2010 enactment of an enforcement law known as SB1070.

This year's version of the school data bill omits a provision to withhold funding of districts that don't cooperate.

Rejected immigration bills are back in Ariz. Senate - CBS 5 - KPHO

NEVADA FIGHTS FOR LA RAZA SUPREMACY & AGAINST ROMNEY

LA RAZA REID'S STATE OF NEVADA IS NOW ONE-THIRD ILLEGAL. LEGALS PAY THE SOARING WELFARE COSTS FOR LA RAZA AND THEN HAND THEIR JOBS OVER TO THESE ILLEGALS!



SEIU Brings Its Anti-Romney Ad to Nevada
wsj.com
By Melanie Trottman
February 1, 2012, 3:40 PM

Mitt Romney has become a moving target for the Service Employees International Union, which Wednesday began airing ads against the GOP front-runner in Nevada.

The new Spanish-language radio ad largely mirrors the one SEIU ran in Florida ahead of the Sunshine State’s Tuesday primary, but it puts new focus on the gap between Mr. Romney’s effective tax rate and that of most Americans, including many Latinos.


“On the one hand, Romney is a multimillionaire who pays an unfairly low tax rate. But on the other hand, he accuses hard working immigrants of being opportunistic, declaring that they’re just here looking for handouts,” says the ad, which is airing in Reno and Las Vegas ahead of Nevada’s nominating caucuses on Saturday.


As Mr. Romney “heads into states with more Latinos, his ‘dos caras’ (Spanish for “two faces”) with our community will become even more evident,” SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said in a statement. Officials at SEIU, whose membership is one-fourth Hispanic, accuse Mr. Romney of reaching out to Latinos while pushing for tough curbs on illegal immigration, among other things.


Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg called the ads “a dishonest smear from President Obama’s liberal allies and a desperate attempt to distract from his abysmal record. It will do nothing to help the millions of Hispanics who have been hit especially hard as a result of the Obama economy. “

SEIU Brings Its Anti-Romney Ad to Nevada - Washington Wire - WSJ

ILLEGALS DRIVING IN LA RAZA OCCUPIED SANCTUARY STATE of NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Committee Rejects Restrictions on Driver’s Licenses Despite Evidence of Ma
New Mexico Committee Rejects Restrictions on Driver’s Licenses Despite Evidence of Massive Fraud

February 1, 2012 By FAIR Gov't Relations Team

On Thursday, a committee in the New Mexico House of Representatives rejected legislation that would help prevent illegal aliens from receiving state driver’s licenses. (Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2012) The bill, H.B. 103, failed on a party-line vote in the House Labor and Human Relations Committee, with 5 Democrats voting against and 4 Republicans voting for the measure. (Alamogordo Daily News, Jan. 26, 2012)

H.B. 103 proposes changing New Mexico’s law in several important ways. First, it would strike existing language that allows a driver’s license applicant to submit an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security Number on the application. (See H.B. 103 § 1) Because the IRS issues ITINs to illegal aliens for the purposes of filing tax returns, this loophole has allowed illegal aliens to easily get driver’s licenses in New Mexico. (See IRS Publication 1915 (Rev. 1-2012) p. 10)

Second, H.B. 103 requires foreign nationals who apply for a driver’s license to submit the unique identifying number of the alien’s passport or visa plus the expiration date of the alien’s authorized period of admission. Under the bill, a driver’s license issued to a foreign national shall expire on the date the alien’s authorized stay expires.

(H.B. 103 § 3) Finally, H.B. 103 makes similar changes to New Mexico’s laws regulating applications for state identification cards. (See H.B. 103 §§4-7)

Remarkably, the New Mexico legislators rejected H.B. 103 despite new and compelling evidence that the State’s process for issuing driver’s licenses is riddled with fraud. Just days before the vote, the Associated Press revealed that its investigation into the New Mexico driver’s license applications showed that dozens of people used the same business and residential addresses to obtain driver’s licenses. (Associated Press, Jan. 25, 2012)

This is particularly significant as applicants without Social Security Numbers must provide the state documents that establish residency. In one instance, the Associated Press wrote, “48 foreign nationals claimed to live at a smoke shop in Albuquerque to get a license. In another case, more than a dozen claimed to live at an automotive repair shop over a one-year period.” (Id.)

Members of the House Labor and Human Relations Committee, however, ignored this evidence during the committee hearing Thursday. Instead, the Democratic members stripped H.B. 103 of its original language and replaced it with language that would still allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses, but only for a two-year duration. (Alamogordo Daily News, Jan. 26, 2012)

They also added language that would increase the penalties for fraudulently trying to obtain a driver’s license. (Id.) House Majority Leader Ken Martinez said these provisions will “really hit the bad guys hard.” (Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2012)

Representative Andy Nunez, author of H.B. 103, said he wasn’t surprised that the House Committee rejected his bill. (Id.) However, he also said that if the bill could reach the House floor, he felt confident that he had the votes needed for it to pass. (Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2012) Whether it will pass the Democratically-controlled Senate is uncertain. (Id.)

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been a strong advocate for ending the state’s practice of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Sept. 6, 2011)

During her State of the State speech last week, she urged legislators to support repealing current law, citing polls in her favor. (Associated Press, Jan. 24 2012) “This issue has been debated thoroughly,” said Martinez. “The desire of New Mexicans is clear. And it’s time to vote to repeal this law.” (Id.)

Since New Mexico changed its law in 2003 to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, more than 90,000 licenses have been issued to foreign nationals. (Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2012)

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Mexican official flies with $1.9 MILLION cash in luggage
Mexican official flies with $1.9M in luggage

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press – 31 minutes ago

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican state official was detained as he got off a government-owned plane with $1.9 million crammed into a briefcase and a backpack, prosecutors announced Monday, touching off allegations of campaign finance violations tied to the upcoming presidential election.

Tomas Ruiz, treasury secretary for Veracruz state, said there was nothing illicit about the money the official was carrying. He said the cash, from state coffers, was destined for a Mexico City advertising firm that agreed to promote festivals to attract tourists to the eastern coastal state, including a well-known carnival in the port city of Veracruz.

Ruiz said the Veracruz government had state official Miguel Morales Robles carry the cash payment on a special flight to Toluca airport outside Mexico City because the advertising work needed to be delivered quickly.

Federal prosecutors said a second state official, Said Zepeda, was briefly detained Friday when he showed up at the airport to demand the release of his colleague and the money.

The two officials were released because there was no evidence they violated any law, but the money remains in prosecutors' custody.

Federal prosecutors said they were trying to confirm the money was from state coffers as part of the investigation. Ruiz said he had sent them documentation.

Veracruz state is governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, whose presumptive presidential candidate is considered the front-runner in the July election.

The Democratic Revolution Party, one of the PRI's two main competitors, charged that the money was meant to fuel a secret advertising budget for PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto.

The PRI has made strenuous efforts to rebrand itself as a law-abiding and transparent party that has left behind the legacy of corruption that marked much of its seven decades of autocratic rule, which ended with the 2000 presidential election.

Mexico has strict limits on the amounts of money that can be spent on political campaigns — the PRI's presidential candidate will be limited to spending 495 million pesos ($38.4 million) for the entire campaign.

Political rivals routinely accuse each other of violating the limits, but electoral regulators rarely bring cases to prosecutors.

"We have before us, without a doubt, a diversion of state resources for the presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, Enrique Pena Nieto," the national leadership committee of the Democratic Revolution party said in a statement.

Ruiz strenuously denied that.

"The payment was in cash because of the rush," he told the news station Radio Formula when asked why he hadn't sent an electronic transfer.

With the start presidential campaign season in Mexico, government and party officials are warning about the potential for organized crime to get involved in campaigns and debating how to prevent that.

Prosecutors wouldn't say if the money from Veracruz could possibly be linked to drug trafficking.

President Felipe Calderon last fall said that Veracruz, a state racked by drug violence, had been left in the hands of the Zetas drug cartel before he sent federal troops to restore order.

The state now is the center of a fierce battle between the Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's two most power drug trafficking organizations. Former Gov. Fidel Herrera was acccused of being aligned with the Zetas, a charge he often denied.

The Associated Press: Mexican official flies with $1.9M in luggage

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CONCORD, N.H.—Illegal immigrants could see their tuition costs rise at the state's public colleges if a bill facing the New Hampshire House passes.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill requiring students to prove they are legal residents of the United States to receive in-state tuition rates. Proponents assume a student would have to sign an affidavit and provide documentation as they do to prove state residency.

Opponents argue any child who grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from its schools should be afforded in-state tuition.

The only current in-state tuition requirement is to have lived in New Hampshire for at least 12 months prior to registering.

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Illegal immigration bills die in legislature - SD

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David Montgomery Journal staff
Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:00 am

Legislators killed two bills targeting illegal immigration in a House committee Wednesday.

The bills' sponsor, Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, said action is necessary because illegal immigration is contributing to depressed wages and crime.

"By having illegal immigrants here, it actually depresses the cost that law-abiding South Dakotans are paid to perform their jobs," Nelson said. "They're coming here to work, and they're taking money out of our communities and sending it out of our country."

One of the bills, House Bill 1139, would have revised identity theft rules to crack down on the use of stolen IDs by illegal immigrants. The House Commerce and Energy Committee killed it by a 9-4 vote.

The other, House Bill 1238, set up penalties for employers who hired illegal immigrants. It was tabled on a 7-5 vote.

Both bills had a number of opponents, including an aide to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, two members of the Catholic Presentation Sisters order and an array of business associations from around the state.

Lawmakers killed HB1139, saying it would simply duplicate work the federal government already does at extra cost to the state.

"By taking these steps, we're going to subject our state to further expense in prosecuting this type of case when it should be done at the hands of the federal government," said Rep. Mark Willadsen, R-Sioux Falls.

HB 1238 was criticized for its alleged extra cost, its negative impact on South Dakota businesses and the potential to be challenged in court.

Brenda Forman, a lobbyist for the South Dakota Dairy Producers, said the extra requirements would confuse businesses already trying to comply with federal laws.

Nelson shot back that businesses were simply trying to profit from cheap migrant labor, which he likened to slavery.

Despite the defeats of Nelson's two bills Wednesday, legislators aren't done dealing with illegal immigration. Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, is sponsoring Senate Bill 155, which also targets employers of illegal immigrants. It has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

Contact David Montgomery at 394-8329 or david.montgomery@rapidcityjournal.com.

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ILLEGAL CAUSES FIRE THAT KILLS 5 - EVERY DAY THERE ARE 12 AMERICANS MURDERED BY ILLEGALS

Illegal Responsible For Fire That Killed FIVE in NYC
The devil made him do it.

An illegal immigrant who allegedly set the Brooklyn fire that killed five neighbors told cops the demons in his head led him to torch the crowded building, sources said yesterday.

"He confessed to the arson," a police source said. "He didn't indicate any rational motive."

Daniel Ignacio, 27, a Guatemalan national, was charged yesterday with murder and arson. He was ordered held without bail at his arraignment last night.

Ignacio told cops that evil spirits led him to set off the blaze early Saturday in his Bensonhurst building, filled with deeply religious tenants.

"The demons made me do it," he said, according to a police source.

Ignacio also said he was drunk at the time and that he does "stupid things" when he drinks.

'FIEND' LIVED ON VICTIMS' CHARITY

He whined to cops that he had fallen into a deep depression in recent weeks -- ashamed about making a paltry $8 an hour as a day laborer and heartbroken he lived so far from his family.

Ignacio, who was deported seven years ago but managed to sneak back into the United States, tried to paint himself in a better light when he was walked from the 62nd Precinct.

"I'm not a monster!" he shouted in Spanish to reporters. "I have compassion!"

Ignacio told cops he used paint thinner to set a roll of toilet paper afire with a cigarette lighter in a baby carriage sitting in a hallway near the stairwell, police said.

After setting the blaze, he went upstairs to sleep off his drunken stupor. Flames quickly erupted near the building's front door, cutting off the building's main exit and blocking firefighters from getting upstairs.

Residents awakened to the roaring blaze, which ate through the staircase and collapsed a floor.

Five people perished, including a frantic mother who, with her husband's help, managed to get their two children out of the burning building.

Cops said that when Ignacio realized what he had done, he helped in the dramatic rescue of one of the kids, a 2-year-old boy.

Ignacio, a second-floor tenant, was inside the building as the fire spread. As smoke and flames swept through the structure, he grabbed the boy, Josias Chan, from his parents and safely handed him off to firefighters at a second-floor window. Ignacio then climbed down an FDNY ladder to safety.

Danielle Eaddy, a lawyer who represented Ignacio at the arraignment, praised his client's efforts in rescuing the child. "There are some holes in this case to say the least," she said outside court.

In the days after the fire, survivors, including the boy's widowed father, Miguel Chan, heaped praise on Ignacio.

But Ignacio quickly went from hero to hellion when surveillance video surfaced showing him leaving the 86th Street building, then returning shortly before the fire started.

Chan "feels very betrayed," said the Rev. Erick Salgado, pastor of the Jovenes Cristianos Church, where many of the tenants worship.

"The devil's always going to tell you to do so many things, but you are responsible to choose what to do and what not to do.

"I thanked [Ignacio] for saving Josias. Now I can't believe he's the one who was charged."

Chan's wife, Luisa Ordoƃ±ez, 33, died in her husband's arms. Their baby girl remains at a Queens children's hospital with a fractured skull.

Four other people, including Juan Barreno, 28, a construction worker from Guatemala, also died in the blaze.

"Anytime someone starts a fire in a stairwell, it's a deadly fire," an investigator told The Post. "It's the worst you can get. A fire [that starts in an apartment] isn't half as bad."

Cops said Ignacio has at least one prior arrest, for burglary, and was deported back to his native Guatemala in 2003. He sneaked back into the United States a short time later, officials said.

Residents said he moved in two months ago after showing up one day looking for a place to live.

Chan has retained a lawyer for a possible suit. The attorney, Ben Rubinowitz, said Chan wants to know if anyone else can be held responsible for his wife's death.

Officials from the Fire and Buildings departments are continuing to investigate if there were any other contributing factors, such as illegal subdivision, that would have made it more difficult for firefighters to navigate.

Additional reporting by Murray Weiss, Erin Calabrese, Perry Chiaramonte, Joe Mollica and Larry Celona

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ILLEGALS & ENGLISH - Push 2 For English!

MOST OF US THAT LIVE IN LA RAZA OCCUPIED STATES LIKE MEXIFORNIA, KNOW THAT ILLEGALS ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH WHEN THEY ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO, AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO AT THEIR PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT.




Texas Bilingual Border Cities Contest Movement To Make English The Official Language
Bilingual Border Cities Contest Movement To Make English The Official Language

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 9:23 am Updated: 02/ 2/2012 9:49 am

"All government business is done in English here. I don't need an official law saying that English is the de facto language. Everyone knows that already," said John Cook, mayor of El Paso, Texas -- a border city in which 73 percent of its 800,000 inhabitants say they speak Spanish at home.
As the House GOP closes in on making English the official language, some on the front lines of the debate, like Mayor Cook, say they don't quite see the point.

Last week, presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney doubled down on their support for a bill that would require all official government functions to be conducted in English, at the same time as they attempted to appeal to Latino voters on TV and radio en Espanol. Both GOP candidates noted in a Florida debate that they'd like to see English become the official language.

"I believe English should be the official language of the United States, as it is. I also believe that in our schools, we should teach kids in English," Romney said.

And now some believe House Republicans are using language legislation as a wedge issue in the presidential race because President Barack Obama voted against such a measure as a senator, despite it having bipartisan support.

While the English-only movement gained popularity in the 1980s, and has come up various times during election years, federal legislation mandating English as the official language has never been passed. Supporters of the movement say making English the official language will advance political unity based on linguistic commonality, while critics say the movement is founded on irrational fears of immigration.

But for border towns with large Spanish-speaking populations, the debate is playing out in real terms.

Last week, a city council candidate in San Luis, Arizona, was barred from running for office when it was decided she couldn't speak English proficiently. Claiming that her language skills are adequate for her border city, which is 98.7 percent Hispanic, Alejandrina Cabrera vowed to appeal the judge's ruling.

Conversely, in an ongoing city commissioner race in El Paso, the incumbent candidate, Willie Gandara Jr., said his challenger was unfit to serve because he didn't know how to speak Spanish well enough. Gandara claimed that speaking Spanish was "of the utmost importance" for politicians in a border city like his own. In 2006, the tiny border town of El Cenizo, Texas, even declared Spanish its official language, sparking heated discussion on the issue nationally.

But Cook, the mayor of El Paso, says he doesn't see the point of declaring a language either way. According to Cook, the vast majority of El Paso residents are bilingual in both English and Spanish, switching between the two languages as needed. But, all government functions are conducted in English.

Cook, who is quadrilingual (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and French), says he would like to see politicians spend more time thinking about how to teach students second languages, and less time legislating on something that already exists in practice.

The mayor believes that support for the bill comes from widespread fear that the U.S. is changing due to immigration.

"You have people who feel the status quo is being threatened," Cook said. "You see the growth of the Hispanic populations all across the U.S., and a lot of people feel uncomfortable with that," he added.

Republican Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), who introduced the English Language Unity Act of 2011, said in a release that establishing English as the official language for government functions will, "encourage assimilation of all legal immigrants in each generation."

"A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," King said. Over 90 percent of nations have an official language, he noted, saying that it's time for the United States decide on English.

According to U.S. English, a group which advocates the passage of King's bill, 31 states have already passed their own legislation which promotes English as their official language in the absence of a federal law. Earlier this week Missouri's State House Committee passed legislation which will require all state drivers' tests be conducted in English.

On their website, U.S. English applauds these efforts and also calls for an end to the federal "bilingual ballot privision [sic]" which ensures that voting ballots be provided in non-English languages. King has also introduced a bill which would overturn bilingual provisions and another which would end the practice of birthright citizenship.

In Brownsville, Texas, a border town which is over 90 percent Latino, critics say making English the official language is both unnecessary and potentially detrimental to business.

Gil Salinas, the vice president of the Brownsville Economic Development Council, says the measure won't reflect well on the United States.

"We're sending the wrong message to the rest of the world," Salinas said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "We have a lot of business with Latin America down here in Brownsville and it'll get difficult to explain to prospective customers that now we only speak English officially."

Many in border towns say the debate is not so black and white as it is often portrayed in the rhetoric of politicians like former Massachusetts Gov. Romney and former House Speaker Gingrich (R-Ga.).

"We're a bicultural, binational, and bilingual city," Salinas said of his hometown, Brownsville. "Sure we'll use English in governmental capacities. But saying it's official language, and saying we can't throw in a little Spanish when we want, that doesn't make sense."

Bilingual Border Cities Contest Movement To Make English The Official Language

VILLARAIGOSA - LOS ANGELES MAYOR PROMISES OBAMA THE ILLEGALS' VOTES! VIVA LA RAZA SUPREMACY?


RABIDLY RACIST VILLARAIGOSA PROMIES OBAMA THE ILLEGALS' VOTES.
IN THE CITY OF MEX INFESTED LOS ANGELES, OF THE TOP 200 MOST WANTED CRIMINALS, 176 ARE MEXICANS. MOST OF THE REMAINING ARE RUSSIANS.
VILLARAIGOSA IS A MEMBER OF THE MEX FASCIST PARTY of M.E.Ch.A. WHICH ADVOCATES THE SURRENDER OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST TO LA RAZA SUPREMACY!

Villaraigosa seeks to build Latino support for Obama

The effort stands to benefit both the presidential candidate and the mayor, a former Hillary Clinton supporter who has had an uneasy relationship with some in the black community.

By Phil Willon
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

July 24, 2008

When a Spanish-language radio ad slammed presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama for just discovering the "importance of the Latino vote," his campaign called on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to knock the attack down.

Villaraigosa issued a public statement praising Obama as a "champion of the Latino community" who was "fighting for our families" and then delivered the same glowing message when he addressed two of the nation's most prestigious Latino civil rights organizations.

The mayor's ascension as an Obama pitchman, while intriguing because of Villaraigosa's support of rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Democratic primary, is a move that promises to work to the political advantage of both men.

Whether reality or mere perception, the specter of a smoldering animosity between blacks and Latinos is an issue that both Obama and Villaraigosa treat with great care as they preside over the multiracial coalitions essential to their political success.

Villaraigosa, one of the nation's most prominent Latino politicians, can help Obama by unleashing his bilingual charms to help win over a Latino electorate that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton in the primaries.

With his historic candidacy and tight embrace from African American voters, Obama helps Villaraigosa cast himself as a coalition builder in the mold of five-term Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, who was the city's first black mayor and was best known for his ability to unify the fractious city.

Villaraigosa's increased support among black voters was a critical factor in his defeat of former Mayor James K. Hahn in 2005, but that support has vacillated. Villaraigosa has been praised for the diversity of his administration, for a drop in violent crime and for working with community leaders to stimulate the economy of South L.A.

But he was criticized by black leaders for the way he handled a racially charged lawsuit filed by a black firefighter who was fed dog food by colleagues. And black leaders were leery of his attempted takeover of Los Angeles' public schools.

Those actions by the mayor rekindled doubts that some black voters had about Villaraigosa, who campaigned to unite the city as well as create jobs, improve schools and provide better city services to neglected black neighborhoods, said Jackie Dupont-Walker, a leader at Ward AME Church in South L.A.

"There was always some question on how he was going to deliver on the promises. Will you show you are who you say you are?" Walker said.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass said that Villaraigosa had devoted his life to fighting for civil rights and that his record as mayor reflected that. The Los Angeles Democrat noted, for instance, that the mayor went after construction companies for failing to hire black workers and, in partnership with church and union leaders, helped establish an apprenticeship program that has trained hundreds of African Americans for the high-wage building trades.

'A set of values'

"He came into office with a set of values, and I believe he has been consistent with that set of values when he's been in office," said Bass, a friend of Villaraigosa for 30 years and the first African American woman to become speaker of the Assembly.

Villaraigosa, who thus far faces no serious challenger in his 2009 reelection bid, is defensive when his support among African Americans is questioned. He says polls conducted by his campaign show that black voters are among his "strongest" supporters.

That popularity comes, he said, because he is devoted to "providing opportunities, regardless of race"; he has tripled the number of positions offered by the city's summer jobs program, with a third going to African Americans; and the number of locations that provide L.A.'s Best after-school programs for at-risk youth has increased threefold.

African Americans account for 37% of the general managers he has hired and 22% of his appointments to the commissions that oversee the Fire Department, the airport agency and other departments.

"I'm very proud of the fact that last year in Watts, we went two months without a homicide for the first time in 50 years and, importantly, broke ground on market-rate housing for the first time in 50 years," Villaraigosa said. "So there's a real focus here on making sure, as I said in the campaign, a great city is a city where we're growing and prospering together, not leaving communities behind."

When Villaraigosa lost his first run for mayor in 2001, Hahn won 80% of the black vote -- aided by the vast African American political base that his father, Kenneth, established as a county supervisor decades ago.

James Hahn lost that advantage, in part, because of his role in ousting then-Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, an African American who is now on the City Council. A large group of prominent black leaders who backed Hahn in 2001 threw their support behind Villaraigosa in 2005. Times exit polls showed that Villaraigosa won 48% of the city's black vote, but the mayor contends that the figure was closer to 59%.

"I would not be willing to say to you that it was such a big 'We love you, Antonio' as much as it said, 'We're [upset] and we're going to fix you, Jimmy Hahn, because of Bernie Parks,' " said Genethia Hudley-Hayes, a city fire commissioner who endorsed Villaraigosa in both 2001 and 2005.

Hudley-Hayes said Villaraigosa had done "some good things and some bad things." She credits him for a drop in violent crime, the addition of LAPD officers and a successful crackdown on soot-spewing big-rigs at the Port of Los Angeles.

But she said many were still disturbed that Villaraigosa vetoed the city's $2.7-million settlement with Tennie Pierce, who sued for discrimination after being fed dog food by fellow firefighters at the Westchester station.

Villaraigosa issued the veto after a public outcry about the size of the settlement arose, fueled by news outlets publishing photos of Pierce also engaged in firehouse pranks. The case was eventually settled for $1.5 million.

'Still some acrimony'

"There is still some acrimony and suspicion about why he did that," Hudley-Hayes said. "Was it racial, wasn't it racial? . . . And there was a portion of the community that was always suspicious of him, but that has to do with African American and Latino politics in this town."

Amid the public outcry, Villaraigosa forced Fire Chief William Bamattre out and replaced him with the city's first African American chief, Douglas L. Barry.

Villaraigosa defended the veto as the "right thing to do," saying the case did not merit a $2.7-million settlement.

At the time, however, his decision added to concerns among some African Americans about his unsuccessful effort to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, further stirring up anxieties about the increasing influence of Latinos over their daily lives.

That was magnified again last year when Villaraigosa backed a slate of school board candidates to increase his voice in the school system. African American board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was up for reelection and, although the mayor denies it, many in the black community believed he worked behind the scenes to support her challenger, who failed to oust her.

"That was the perception," said political consultant Kerman Maddox, a Villaraigosa supporter, "and there were some people in the African American community who were offended."

Villaraigosa has overcome much of that animosity, he said, by building long-standing relationships with community leaders, walking the neighborhoods and visiting "every black church in L.A."

Maddox remembers when the massive May Day immigrant-rights rally in 2006 led to a lot of dinner-table conversations about whether continuing Latino immigration would start pushing blacks out of their jobs and neighborhoods. Villaraigosa sat down with African American leaders to listen to those concerns, he said.

"I give him an A-plus on that because . . . if you have a city that's full of racial tension and about to blow, it doesn't matter what kind of transportation system you have or what type of school system you have. It's not going to matter," Maddox said.

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latimes.com


Where despair meets hope


December 29, 2009

"Shooting, raping, stealing, breaking into people's houses, robbing stores. . . . I just don't like living in a neighborhood like this," says Tyler Moore, 11. "It feels scary." Prichard, Ala., is so impoverished that it shocks even two former gang members who come from L.A.'s toughest streets. Luis Colocio and Agustin Lizama from Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles, traveled to Alabama to mentor the children in Prichard and brought with them a sense of hope. NATION, A12-A13

FAST & FURIOUS - OBAMA'S SABOTAGE OF OUR BORDERS TO BUILD HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE of ILLEGALS


OBAMA’S DEPT. OF LA RAZA JUSTICE SERVES ONLY TO EXPAND OBAMA’S LA RAZA PARTY BASE of ILLEGALS.
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OBAMA QUIETLY PURSUING HIS BIT BY BIT BY BIT AMNESTY BY NON-ENFORCEMENT!

ALIPAC NOTE:  The US Constitution does not allow the President to make policy out of legislation that has been defeated in Congress 8 times.  These new authoritarian orders are not Constitutional and we are asking all of our supporters to be ready for emergency measures in defense of the American Republic in the coming weeks.  This unlawful AMNESTY for ILLEGAL ALIENS will not stand!

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DOJ HAS SUED FOUR AMERICAN STATES ON BEHALF OF OBAMA’S LA RAZA AGENDA.
DOJ HAS SUED TO STOP E-VERIFY, TO ASSURE ILLEGALS AN EASY PATHWAY TO OUR JOBS (OBAMA’S SEC. of LA RAZA LABOR IS LA RAZA SUPREMACIST HILDA SOLIS!).
DOJ HAS SUED TO BLOCK STATES FROM DEMANDING VOTERS HAVE ID TO ASSURE LA RAZA AN EASY PATHWAY TO OUR VOTING BOOTHS.
ALTHOUGH OBAMA’S DOJ IS PROACTIVE IN PUSHING OBAMA’S OPEN BORDERS  LA RAZA SUPREMACY AGENDA, THEY GO LIMP AS AN OBAMA WHEN IT COMES TO PROSECUTING OBAMA’S CRIMINAL BANKSTER DONORS THAT HAVE DESTROYED THE HOUSING MARKET THE LIFE SAVINGS OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. DURING OBAMA’S FIRST 2 YEARS IN OFFICE, HIS BANKSTERS LOOTED MORE PROFIT THAN THEY DID IN BUSH’S 8 YEARS IN OFFICE!! NOT ONE HAS GONE TO PRISON OR EVER WILL!
“I’m not here to punish banks!” OBAMA – FLOOR OF THE SENATE – STATE of the UNION MESSAGE.
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New report released by GOP lawmakers suggests top Justice officials had extensive knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious
By William La Jeunesse
February 02, 2012 | FoxNews.com
In the hours before Attorney General Eric Holder’s scheduled testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican lawmakers Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) released a new report suggesting top Department of Justice officials had extensive knowledge of and involvement in Operation Fast and Furious.
The memo, sent to Republican members of the Oversight Committee, was based upon interviews, documents and emails involving key players of the operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation allowed some 2,000 weapons cross the border into Mexico and into the hands of cartel members.
Two of the weapons linked to the program were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, as well as numerous other crime scenes in Mexico. The memo claims there was coordination between the Justice Department in Washington and the ATF in the early stages of the operation.
Emails released show that Kenneth Melson, former Acting Director of the ATF contacted Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and told him that his organization wanted to take a “different approach” to seizing guns going to Mexico.
Breuer responded that it was a “terrific idea” and the Department assigned a prosecutor from its Criminal Division to work with the ATF in early 2010.
Republicans say attorney Joe Cooley attended key briefings on the program and should have alerted the Justice Department to what was going on. The memo also alleges that there was a lack of management by both the ATF and Justice Department with the use of federal wiretaps.
According to the memo, “Both Justice Department and ATF leaders in Washington, D.C. claimed they were unaware of the gunwalking that occurred during Fast and Furious, yet both could have and should have reviewed the Wiretap Affidavits.”
Congressional investigators also claim that the Criminal Division of Justice Department had knowledge of a previous gun trafficking operation named Wide Receiver and should have drawn a parallel between the two. Officials in that department have claimed that they did raise concerns about Operation Wide Receiver and alerted the ATF.
Thursday’s report goes on to criticize Holder’s current chief of staff Gary Grindler, who served as Acting Deputy Attorney General during part of Operation Fast and Furious. According to Grindler’s testimony, he says he knew little about Fast and Furious and assigned oversight of the ATF to two deputies. Grindler told investigators that he expected his associates to bring any problems to his attention.
The memo also repeated claims that the Justice Department was “managing the congressional investigation in order to protect the political appointees at the Department.”
In his testimony prepared for Thursday's hearing, the attorney general said that prior administrations have recognized that robust internal communications would be chilled, and the executive branch's ability to respond to oversight requests impeded, if internal communications concerning responses to congressional oversight were disclosed to Congress.

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THE RISE OF MEXICAN FASCISM IN OUR BORDERS  AND FINANCED BY OUR TAX DOLLARS

FROM HEATHER MACDONALD:
LA RAZA LIES
 Lie #1: Legals that think our nation’s laws and sovereignty should be obeyed are racist. There’s nothing more racist than a Mexican! When poor from Central America cross the border into Mexico they are apprehended and put in prison. When an employer in Mexico hires an illegal, he is fined and jailed.

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Lie #2: Illegal aliens take jobs Americans won't do.
Truth: Americans are willing to do most jobs at a fair wage, but they won't do those jobs at "slave wages" or minimum wage. Thus, American workers are constantly replaced by illegal aliens willing to work for half or a third of what American workers once received. These jobs that once afforded a middle class life style now only offer illegal alien workers poverty level wages, resulting in the shrinkage of the "American Middle Class" and the enormous growth of an ever‑increasing "underclass" dependent on government entitlements.

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Lie #3: Illegal aliens contribute more to the economy and tax base than they take.
Truth: A large portion of illegal aliens work for cash "under the table" paying no taxes. The great majority of illegals make $6‑$8 per hour, ($12,480 ‑ $16,640 per year). At such income levels, not only is there no tax due, but they also qualify for the "earned income tax credit". In California, public education alone costs over $7,500 per pupil. Multiply that times 2‑4 children, add the costs of free school breakfast and lunch, free medical care, food stamps, housing subsidies, and other entitlement "give‑aways". Harvard Professor George Borjas estimates illegal immigration costs the U.S. 70 billion dollars per year and Californians $1,300 per household annually in additional taxes. The Center for Immigration Studies estimate that the average Mexican illegal alien will use $55,200 more in public services during his lifetime than he pays in taxes.

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Lie #4: Without illegal alien farm labor, a head of lettuce would cost $3.00.
Truth: It already costs $3.00. You just make a $1.00 down payment at the grocery store. The government finances the other two dollars until tax time, when the additional $2.00 balance is extracted from your wallet in the form of higher taxes. The Agriculture industry gets cheap labor and higher profits, while shifting all the social costs of illegal immigrant labor to the American tax payer.

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Lie #5: Most illegal aliens come here only to seek work and are law‑abiding "citizens".


Truth: In Los Angeles, as of January, 2004, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two‑thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens. A confidential California Department of Justice study reported in 1995 that 60 percent of the 20,000‑strong 18th Street Gang in southern California is illegal; police officers say the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in California prisons, on complex drug‑distribution schemes, extortion, and drive‑by assassinations, and commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A. County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from Central America and Mexico.
(Source: The Illegal‑Alien Crime Wave, by Heather MacDonald, City Journal, Winter 2004)

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 FIFTEEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LA RAZA “THE RACE”

 by Michelle Malkin
Only in America could critics of a group called "The Race" be labeled racists. Such is the triumph of left-wing identity chauvinists, whose aggressive activists and supine abettors have succeeded in redefining all opposition as "hate."

Both Barack Obama and John McCain will speak this week in San Diego at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the Latino organization whose name is Spanish for, yes, "The Race." Can you imagine Obama and McCain paying homage to a group of white people who called themselves that? No matter. The presidential candidates and the media have legitimized "The Race" as a mainstream ethnic lobbying group and marginalized its critics as intolerant bigots. The unvarnished truth is that the group is a radical ethnic nationalist outfit that abuses your tax dollars and milks PC politics to undermine our sovereignty.

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Here are 15 things you should know about "The Race":

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15. "The Race" supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens.

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14."The Race" demands in-state tuition discounts for illegal alien students that are not available to law-abiding U.S. citizens and law-abiding legal immigrants.

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13. "The Race" vehemently opposes cooperative immigration enforcement efforts between local, state and federal authorities.

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12. "The Race" opposes a secure fence on the southern border.

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11. "The Race" joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in a failed lawsuit attempt to prevent the feds from entering immigration information into a key national crime database -- and to prevent local police officers from accessing the data.

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10. "The Race" opposed the state of Oklahoma's tough immigration-enforcement-first laws, which cut off welfare to illegal aliens, put teeth in employer sanctions and strengthened local-federal cooperation and information sharing.

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9. "The Race" joined other open-borders, anti-assimilationists and sued to prevent Proposition 227, California's bilingual education reform ballot initiative, from becoming law.

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8. "The Race" bitterly protested common-sense voter ID provisions as an "absolute disgrace."

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7. "The Race" has consistently opposed post-9/11 national security measures at every turn.

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6. Former "Race" president Raul Yzaguirre, Hillary Clinton's Hispanic outreach adviser, said this: "U.S. English is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks." He was referring to U.S. English, the nation's oldest, largest citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. "The Race" also pioneered Orwellian open-borders Newspeak and advised the Mexican government on how to lobby for illegal alien amnesty while avoiding the terms "illegal" and "amnesty."

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5. "The Race" gives mainstream cover to a poisonous subset of ideological satellites, led by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA). The late GOP Rep. Charlie Norwood rightly characterized the organization as "a radical racist group … one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West."

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4. "The Race" is currently leading a smear campaign against staunch immigration enforcement leaders and has called for TV and cable news networks to keep immigration enforcement proponents off the airwaves -- in addition to pushing for Fairness Doctrine policies to shut up their foes. The New York Times reported that current "Race" president Janet Murguia believes "hate speech" should "not be tolerated, even if such censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights."

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3. "The Race" sponsors militant ethnic nationalist charter schools subsidized by your public tax dollars (at least $8 million in federal education grants). The schools include Aztlan Academy in Tucson, Ariz., the Mexicayotl Academy in Nogales, Ariz., Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School in St. Paul, Minn., and La Academia Semillas del Pueblo in Los Angeles, whose principal inveighed: "We don't want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don't need a White water fountain … ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction."

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2. "The Race" has perfected the art of the PC shakedown at taxpayer expense, pushing relentlessly to lower home loan standards for Hispanic borrowers, reaping millions in federal "mortgage counseling" grants, seeking special multimillion-dollar earmarks and partnering with banks that do business with illegal aliens.

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1. "The Race" thrives on ethnic supremacy -- and the elite sheeple's unwillingness to call it what it is. As historian Victor Davis Hanson observes: "[The] organization's very nomenclature 'The National Council of La Raza' is hate speech to the core. Despite all the contortions of the group, Raza (as its Latin cognate suggests) reflects the meaning of 'race' in Spanish, not 'the people' -- and that's precisely why we don't hear of something like 'The National Council of the People,' which would not confer the buzz notion of ethnic, racial and tribal chauvinism."

The fringe is the center. The center is the fringe. Viva La Raza.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is not only one of the wealthiest and most politically powerful militant organizations in the country, it is also notoriously racist and subversive. The group's name, "La Raza," means "The Race," by which they are referring to ethnic Mexicans, or more broadly to "hispanics" or "latinos." And it is quite clear from their decades of vitriolic rhetoric — both spoken and written — that the La Raza activists are trying to engender not only race consciousness amongst hispanic U.S. citizens and Mexican migrants, but also racial militancy and animosity toward "Gringo America."

The NCLR grew out of the La Raza Unida (The Race United) Party and the Southwest Council of La Raza in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The key leaders were Marxist-Leninist followers of Fidel Castro and Che Guevarra.

The radical student group MEChA (Moviemento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), with which NCLR has been closely allied for several decades, is even more explicitly and militantly, having adopted the slogan, "Por La Raza Todo, Fuera de La Raza Nada," which translated means: "For the Race, Everything; Outside the Race, Nothing."

MEChA's founding documents and literature are replete with appeals to "La Raza de Bronce" (The Bronze Race) and condemnation of the "brutal gringo." MEChA, as its name suggests, is also a leading promoter of the radical "reconquista" (reconquest) movement, a plan of to take over the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas — a region they refer to as "Aztlan" — which they claim was stolen from the "Aztecan" peoples. NCLR provides major financial support to MEChA and many of NCLR's leaders were MEChA leaders in their college days.

NCLR: Agents for the Government of Mexico?

Especially troubling is NCLR's leading role in the Fundacion Solidaridad Mexicano Americana (Foundation for Mexican-American Solidarity, FSMA), an organization founded and funded by the government of Mexico and directed by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Education. Both of these ministries have been engaged in efforts aimed at demanding full political rights for illegal aliens in the U.S. and indoctrinating America's Hispanic population in radical, racist La Raza ideology.

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Lou Dobbs Tonight
 Monday, June 16, 2008

 Tonight, we’ll have all the latest on the devastating floods in the Midwest and all the day’s news from the campaign trail. The massive corporate mouthpiece the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is holding a “North American Forum” to lay out its “shared vision” for the United States, Canada and Mexico – which is to say a borderless, pro-business super-state in which U.S. sovereignty will be dissolved. Undercover investigators have found incredibly lax security and enforcement at U.S. border crossings, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. This report comes on the heels of a separate report by U.C. San Diego that shows tougher border security efforts aren’t deterring illegal entries to the United States.

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OUR BORDER SECURITY IS SABOTAGED BY OBAMA TO KEEP WAGES OF LEGALS DEPRESSED BY ENDLESS HORDES OF ILLEGAL COMING TO LOOT US!


HERE’S OBAMA’S JOBS PROGRAM (FOR CHEAP LABOR ILLEGALS)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a former California congresswoman with close ties to the influential La Raza movement, announced the “We Can Help” project with great fanfare a few days ago.”

FROM JUDICIAL WATCH. org – get on their emails!

Labor Dept. Helps Illegal Alien Workers

Last Updated: Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:04am

The Department of Labor has launched a special program to assist and protect illegal immigrant workers in the U.S., referred to as “vulnerable” and “underpaid” by the presidential cabinet member who heads the agency.

Hundreds of new field investigators have been deployed to reach out to Latino laborers in areas with large numbers of illegal alien employees. Their message, in Spanish, is “we can help” bring workplace protections to the nation’s most vulnerable and underpaid workers, including those who have no legal right to live in the Untied States.

 (THE OBAMA PLAN TO PUT ILLEGALS INTO OUR JOBS AND VOTING  BOOTHS!)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a former California congresswoman with close ties to the influential La Raza movement, announced the “We Can Help” project with great fanfare a few days ago. A total of 1,000 investigators from her agency will focus on enforcing labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire lots of illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.

(WHO WORKS FOR THE RIGHTFUL JOBS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS? WHO ENFORCES THE LAWS THAT PROHIBIT THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGALS, EVEN IF THEY HAVE A STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER? NOT THE LA RAZA DEMS, OR HISPANDERING BARACK OBAMA!)

Solis told Latino workers that “your president, your secretary of labor and this department will not allow anyone to be denied his or her rightful pay, especially when so many in our nation are working long, hard and often dangerous hours.” She assured illegal immigrants that “if you work in this country, you are protected by our laws.”

The same day Solis publicly announced the Obama Administration’s new project, a Labor Department investigator visited a day laborer center in northern California to promote it. The federal employee actually chatted warmly with the illegal immigrants about how to find jobs without being exploited, according to a local newspaper report. “We’re the feds but the good ones,” he told the day laborers in Spanish. “We’re here to help workers.”

The agency has also launched a Spanish television advertising campaign to spread the word and created a web site. Workers in industries from construction to food service are urged to contact the Labor Department of wage and hour violations. An investigator may be deployed to the work site or the employer may be taken to court.

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Michelle Malkin
The U.S. Department of Illegal Alien Labor


President Obama's Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that this longtime open–borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical definition of "American." At a Latino voter registration project conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous applause, "We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not."
That's right. The woman in charge of enforcing our employment laws doesn't give a hoot about our immigration laws –– or about the fundamental distinction between those who followed the rules in pursuit of the American dream and those who didn't.
While in Congress, she opposed strengthening the border fence, supported expansion of illegal alien benefits (including driver's licenses and in–state tuition discounts), embraced sanctuary cities that refused to cooperate with federal homeland security officials to enforce immigration laws, and aggressively championed a mass amnesty. Solis was steeped in the pro–illegal alien worker organizing movement in Southern California and was buoyed by amnesty–supporting Big Labor groups led by the Service Employees International Union. She has now caused a Capitol Hill firestorm over her new taxpayer–funded advertising and outreach campaign to illegal aliens regarding fair wages:
"I'm here to tell you that your president, your secretary of labor and this department will not allow anyone to be denied his or her rightful pay –– especially when so many in our nation are working long, hard and often dangerous hours," Solis says in the video pitch. "We can help, and we will help. If you work in this country, you are protected by our laws. And you can count on the U.S. Department of Labor to see to it that those protections work for you."
To be sure, no one should be scammed out of "fair wages." Employers that hire and exploit illegal immigrant workers deserve full sanctions and punishment. But it's the timing, tone–deafness and underlying blanket amnesty agenda of Solis' illegal alien outreach that has so many American workers and their representatives on Capitol Hill rightly upset.

With double–digit unemployment and a growing nationwide revolt over Washington's border security failures, why has Solis chosen now to hire 250 new government field investigators to bolster her illegal alien workers' rights campaign? (Hint: Leftists unhappy with Obama's lack of progress on "comprehensive immigration reform" need appeasing. This is a quick bone to distract them.)
Unfortunately, the federal government is not alone in lavishing attention and resources on workers who shouldn't be here in the first place. As of 2008, California, Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas and Utah all expressly included illegal aliens in their state workers' compensation plans –– and more than a dozen other states implicitly cover them.
Solis' public service announcement comes on the heels of little–noticed but far more troubling comments encouraging illegal alien workers in the Gulf Coast. Earlier this month, in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, according to Spanish language publication El Diario La Prensa, Solis signaled that her department was going out of its way to shield illegal immigrant laborers involved in cleanup efforts. "My purpose is to assist the workers with respect to safety and protection," she said. "We're protecting all workers regardless of migration status because that's the federal law." She told reporters that her department was in talks with local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who had visited coastal worksites to try to verify that workers were legal.
No word yet on whether she gave ICE her "we are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not" lecture. But it's a safe bet.

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FAIRUS.org

The Administration's Phantom Immigration Enforcement Policy

According to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the department.

By Ira Mehlman
Published on 12/07/2009
Townhall.com

The setting was not quite the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a “Mission Accomplished” banner as the backdrop, but it was the next best thing. Speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Nov. 13, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared victory over illegal immigration and announced that the Obama administration is ready to move forward with a mass amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens already living in the United States.

Arguing the Obama administration’s case for amnesty, Napolitano laid out what she described as the “three-legged stool” for immigration reform. As the administration views it, immigration reform must include “a commitment to serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here.”

Acknowledging that a lack of confidence in the government’s ability and commitment to effectively enforce the immigration laws it passes proved to be the Waterloo of previous efforts to gain amnesty for illegal aliens, Napolitano was quick to reassure the American public that those concerns could be put to rest.

“For starters, the security of the Southwest border has been transformed from where it was in 2007,” stated the secretary. Not only is the border locked up tight, she continued, but the situation is well in-hand in the interior of the country as well. “We’ve also shown that the government is serious and strategic in its approach to enforcement by making changes in how we enforce the law in the interior of the country and at worksites…Furthermore, we’ve transformed worksite enforcement to truly address the demand side of illegal immigration.”

If Rep. Joe Wilson had been in attendance to hear Secretary Napolitano’s CAP speech he might well have had a few choice comments to offer. But since he wasn’t, we will have to rely on the Department of Homeland Security’s own data to assess the veracity of Napolitano’s claims.

According to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the department. DHS claims to have “effective control” over just 894 miles of border. That’s 894 out of 8,607 miles they are charged with protecting. As for the other 7,713 miles? DHS’s stated border security goal for FY 2010 is the same 894 miles.

The administration’s strategic approach to interior and worksite enforcement is just as chimerical as its strategy at the border, unless one considers shuffling paper to be a strategy. DHS data, released November 18, show that administrative arrests of immigration law violators fell by 68 percent between 2008 and 2009. The department also carried out 60 percent fewer arrests for criminal violations of immigration laws, 58 percent fewer criminal indictments, and won 63 percent fewer convictions.

While the official unemployment rate has climbed from 7.6 percent when President Obama took office in January to 10 percent today, the administration’s worksite enforcement strategy has amounted to a bureaucratic game of musical chairs. The administration has all but ended worksite enforcement actions and replaced them with paperwork audits. When the audits determine that illegal aliens are on the payroll, employers are given the opportunity to fire them with little or no adverse consequence to the company, while no action is taken to remove the illegal workers from the country. The illegal workers simply acquire a new set of fraudulent documents and move on to the next employer seeking workers willing to accept substandard wages.

In Janet Napolitano’s alternative reality a mere 10 percent of our borders under “effective control” and sharp declines in arrests and prosecutions of immigration lawbreakers may be construed as confidence builders, but it is hard to imagine that the American public is going to see it that way. If anything, the administration’s record has left the public less confident that promises of future immigration enforcement would be worth the government paper they’re printed on.

As Americans scrutinize the administration’s plans to overhaul immigration policy, they are likely to find little in the “three-legged stool” being offered that they like or trust. The first leg – enforcement – the administration has all but sawed off. The second – increased admissions of extended family members and workers – makes little sense with some 25 million Americans either unemployed or relegated to part-time work. And the third – amnesty for millions of illegal aliens – is anathema to their sense of justice and fair play.

As Americans well know, declaring “Mission Accomplished” and actually accomplishing a mission are two completely different things. When it comes to enforcing immigration laws, the only message the public is receiving from this administration is “Mission Aborted.”