Friday, June 14, 2019



DHS Secretary: ‘ICE Interdicted Enough Fentanyl Last Year to

 K ill Every American Twice Over’

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The illicit drug has been attributed to the alarming increase in opioid overdose deaths throughout the United States.


“Mexican Border States Net 320 Pounds of Meth in Two Days” BREITBART


“Eight-Time Deportee Accused of Trafficking $850,000 in Meth, Cocaine.”

                                                                                  MICHAEL CUTLER


“The greatest criminal threat to the daily lives of American citizens are the Mexican drug cartels.”

“Mexican drug cartels are the “other” terrorist threat to America. Militant Islamists have the goal of destroying the United States. Mexican drug cartels are now accomplishing that mission – from within, every day, in virtually every community across this country.” JUDICIALWATCH


An Addiction Crisis Disguised as a Housing Crisis

Opioids are fueling homelessness on the West Coast.
June 14, 2019
The Social Order

By latest count, some 109,089 men and women are sleeping on the streets of major cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. The homelessness crisis in these cities has generated headlines and speculation about “root causes.” Progressive political activists allege that tech companies have inflated housing costs and forced middle-class people onto the streets. Declaring that “no two people living on Skid Row . . . ended up there for the same reasons,” Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, for his part, blames a housing shortage, stagnant wages, cuts to mental health services, domestic and sexual abuse, shortcomings in criminal justice, and a lack of resources for veterans. These factors may all have played a role, but the most pervasive cause of West Coast homelessness is clear: heroin, fentanyl, and synthetic opioids.
Homelessness is an addiction crisis disguised as a housing crisis. In Seattle, prosecutors and law enforcement recently estimated that the majority of the region’s homeless population is hooked on opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. If this figure holds constant throughout the West Coast, then at least11,000 homeless opioid addicts live in Washington, 7,000 live in Oregon, and 65,000 live in California (concentrated mostly in San Francisco and Los Angeles). For the unsheltered population inhabiting tents, cars, and RVs, the opioid-addiction percentages are even higher—the City of Seattle’s homeless-outreach team estimates that 80 percent of the unsheltered population has a substance-abuse disorder. Officers must clean up used needles in almost all the homeless encampments.
For drug cartels and low-level street dealers, the 
business of supplying homeless addicts with 
heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is 
extremely lucrative. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the average heavy-opioid user consumes $1,834 in drugs per month. Holding rates constant, we can project that the total business of supplying heroin and other opioids to the West Coast’s homeless population is more than $1.8 billion per year. In effect, Mexican cartels, Chinese fentanyl suppliers, and local criminal networks profit off the misery of the homeless and offload the consequences onto local governments struggling to get people off the streets.
West Coast cities are seeing a crime spike associated with homeless opioid addicts. In Seattle, police busted two sophisticated criminal rings engaged in “predatory drug dealing” in homeless encampments (they were found in possession of $20,000 in cash, heroin, firearms, knives, machetes, and a sword). Police believe that “apartments were serving as a base of operations that supplied drugs to the streets, and facilitated the collection and resale of stolen property.” In other words, drug dealers were exploiting homeless addicts and using the city’s maze of illegal encampments as distribution centers. In my own Fremont neighborhood, where property crime has surged 57 percent over the past two years, local business owners have formed a group to monitor a network of RVs that circulate around the area to deal heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamines. Dealers have become brazen—one recently hung up a spray-painted sign on the side of his RV with the message: “Buy Drugs Here!”
What are local governments doing to address this problem? To a large extent, they have adopted a strategy of deflection, obfuscation, and denial. In her  #SeattleForAll public relations campaign, Mayor Jenny Durkan insists that only one in three homeless people struggle with substance abuse, understating the figures of her own police department as well as the city attorney, who has claimed that the real numbers, just for opioid addiction, rise to 80 percent of the unsheltered.
The consequences of such denial have proved disastrous: no city on the West Coast has a solution for homeless opioid addicts. Los Angeles, which spent $619 million on homelessness last year, has adopted a strategy of palliative care—keeping addicts alive through distribution of the overdose drug naloxone—but fails to provide access to on-demand detox, rehabilitation, and recovery programs that might help people overcome their addictions. The city has been cursed, in this sense, with temperate weather, compounded by permissive policies toward public camping and drug consumption that have attracted20,687 homeless individuals from outside Los Angeles County.
No matter how much local governments pour into affordable-housing projects, homeless opioid addicts—nearly all unemployed—will never be able to afford the rent in expensive West Coast cities. The first step in solving these intractable issues is to address the real problem: addiction is the common denominator for most of the homeless and must be confronted honestly if we have any hope of solving it.

NANCY PELOSI'S OPEN BORDERS - Five Trinitarios gang members are found GUILTY of hacking to death 15-year-old

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) estimates that on average about 2,000 Americans or legal immigrants are killed every year by illegal aliens, citing ICE data. JOHN BINDER


Malfeasant politicians must find no “sanctuary.”

Michael Cutler

The phrase, Failure is Not An Option served as the title of the book written by Gene Kranz, Flight Director for NASA who helped create the U.S. manned space program and was instrumental in successfully returning the crew of Apollo 13 to the earth after their spacecraft suffered a catastrophic explosion half-way to the moon.
In most professions, especially where lives are on the line, failure to do the job is not an option.  This is particularly true where law enforcement and the military are concerned.  
Politicians, not unlike members of the military and law enforcement officers, take oaths of office where they swear (affirm) that they will enforce our laws and defend the Constitution.  While law enforcement officers and members of the armed forces may face dire consequences for violating their oaths of office, politicians generally do not.
Their oaths of office do not provide an “escape clause” whereby they may opt to ignore any of the laws that are not to their liking.
Unlike the entries on the menu of a restaurant where the patrons order the food that they find palatable or where they may substitute one item on the menu for another, their oaths of office demand that those who take that oath agree to enforce all laws and honor and defend all of the provisions of our Constitution.
Dereliction of duty is a serious offense for members of the armed forces and for law enforcement officers and one that carries significant consequences.
We will not delve in the specifics of this ongoing case, but it is important to note that the deputy sheriff in this case has been charged with multiple crimes, some of which are felonies, all emanating from his alleged failures to act to protect the children who were killed in that school.
Contrast how that deputy is being prosecuted for alleged failures to act with the politicians who, with impunity, demand that law enforcement officers not act to cooperate with immigration law enforcement personnel - even when those actions result in the death of innocent victims.
The outrageous assertions that “Sanctuary” policies protect immigrants from immigration law enforcement are blatant lies.  Law abiding aliens, immigrants and non-immigrants alike, need no protection from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents..
Aliens who violate our immigration laws, however, pose a threat to national security and public safety.  The 9/11 Commission was crystal clear that the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and other such attacks conducted by aliens in the United States were only possible because of multiple failures of the immigration system.
In fact, I would argue that violations of our borders and immigration laws must be seen as violations of our Constitution.
Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
Invasion is defined, in part, as an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity or an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
My recent article, Sanctuary Policies Kill, included a link to a May 21, 2019 ICE press release, ICE seeks custody of teen murder suspects for a second timeLocal jurisdiction failed to honor previous detainers which began with this excerpt:
BALTIMORE – Following the recent arrest of two unlawfully present teens suspected in the violent murder of a young girl in Maryland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore are again seeking to take custody of the illegal aliens through the ICE detainer process following the Prince George’s County Detention Center’s (PGCDC) failure to cooperate.
Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar, both Salvadoran nationals, were previously arrested on May 11, 2018 when they were arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) for attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted robbery, and other related charges. ICE officers lodged a detainer with PGCDC, however both were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.
On May 16, 2019, PGCPD arrested the same individuals and charged them with first-degree murder.
That girl who was killed was stabbed and bludgeoned to death was just 14 years old, roughly the same age as some of the children who were shot to death at the Parkland school massacre.
She is no less dead than are the victims of the school shooting in Florida and her life is no less valuable.
Had the officials of Prince George’s County honored the ICE detainer, that young girl would still be alive today.
Tragically and infuriatingly, this is not an isolated case.  This refusal by “Sanctuary” jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE occurs across the United States with sickening regularity and all too frequently with innocent people being killed.
Malfeasance has been defined as the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law.
It would certainly appear that the promulgation of “Sanctuary” policies constitutes malfeasance.
Furthermore, when the political leaders of a jurisdiction order law enforcement officers who are under their command to ignore immigration laws, they are inducing/coercing malfeasance by those sworn law enforcement officers.
Our nation’s borders and our nation’s immigration laws make no distinction about race, religion or ethnicity.  They were enacted to prevent the entry and continued presence of aliens who pose a threat to public safety, national security and the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
A review of one of the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S. Code § 1182 that enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded from entering the United States dispels any doubts about the nature of our immigration laws.
Additionally, multiple failures of the House and Senate to fund a border wall, provide funding for enhancing the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of, and provide legal remedies to failure of the immigration laws particularly where political asylum and the Flores Decision are concerned, further exacerbates the immigration crisis.
Adding fuel to the blazing fire that is the obvious crisis along the border, the Democrat-controlled Congress just passed a new version of the DREAM Act, as reported by CBS News on June 5, 2019, House passes latest DREAM Act, hoping to place millions of immigrants on path to citizenship.
Rather than deter illegal immigration, these legislative actions incentivize illegal immigration.
A section of the INA, 8 U.S. Code § 1324, establishes crimes that relate to the smuggling of aliens into the United States as well as the harboring, shielding such aliens from detection.  
That section of law also deems it to be a crime to encourage or induce aliens to enter the United States illegally or remain in the United States illegally or otherwise aids or abets these crimes or crimes relating to conspiracies to commit these crimes.
This law seemingly only applies to “mere” citizens but not to our political elites.
Either through litigation and/or elections, those politicians who obstruct immigration law enforcement and thus fail to adhere to their oaths of office and Constitutional responsibilities, must be made accountable.

ICE Arrests 140 Illegal Aliens, 42 with Criminal Records, in Midwest Raid

Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has arrested 140 illegal aliens, nearly a third of which have criminal records, in a five-day raid across multiple Midwest states.

ICE agents last conducted a raid across Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin that resulted in the arrest of 140 illegal aliens, five of whom were women and the other 135 of whom were men.
Almost a third of the illegal aliens arrested in the raid, 42 in total, had prior criminal records and convictions but continued to live illegally in the U.S. after serving time. Those criminal records include convictions for crimes such as domestic violence, drunk driving, drug trafficking, identity theft, and causing hit-and-run accidents.
In a release, ICE agents detailed cases of criminal illegal aliens who were arrested:
June 3: ICE officers arrested a 38-year-old Honduran illegal alien in Indianapolis. He has several felony convictions, including two driving under the influence criminal convictions and a hit-and-run conviction. He was ordered remove by an immigration judge in 2017; he remains in ICE custody pending his return to Honduras. [Emphasis added]
June 3: ICE officers arrested a 55-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Elmwood, Illinois. He has several criminal convictions, including a domestic battery conviction and two driving under the influence convictions. He has a 2018 final removal order and will remain in ICE custody pending his removal to Mexico. [Emphasis added]
June 3: ICE officers arrested a 57-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Chicago. He has a several firearms criminal convictions, one of which is a felony. In 2018, he was ordered removed by an immigration judge. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States. [Emphasis added]
June 3: ICE officers arrested a 48-year-old Guatemalan illegal alien in Louisville, Kentucky after his criminal intimidation arrest in Wichita, Kansas. He remains in ICE custody pending the resolution of his immigration case. [Emphasis added]
June 3: ICE officers arrested a 42-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Milwaukee. He has a domestic abuse criminal conviction, and a final order of removal. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal from the U.S. [Emphasis added]
June 4: ICE arrested a 30-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Indianapolis. He has a federal drug criminal conviction. He remains in ICE custody pending disposition of his immigration proceedings. [Emphasis added]
June 5: ICE arrested a 31-year-old Guatemalan illegal alien in Indianapolis. He has a felony criminal conviction for driving under the influence. He also has a final order of removal and remains in ICE custody pending his removal to Guatemala. [Emphasis added]
June 5: ICE arrested a 24-year-old Mexican illegal alien from in Louisville, Kentucky. During the arrest, officers found several rifles and handguns. He remains in federal custody pending the outcome of his firearms charges. [Emphasis added]
June 6: ICE arrested a 33-year-old Guatemalan illegal alien in Kansas City, Missouri. He was convicted for assault, and he has a final order of removal. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal. [Emphasis added]
June 6: ICE arrested a 28-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Wood River, Illinois.  He has been previously removed two times from the United States. He remains in ICE custody pending disposition of his federal case which has been presented for prosecution on re-entry charges. [Emphasis added]
June 6: ICE officers arrested a 27-year-old Mexican illegal alien in Olathe, Kansas. He has a previous conviction for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being removed. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal. [Emphasis added]
The illegal aliens arrested in the raid are from a variety of countries, including Benin, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jordan, Micronesia, Moldova, Nicaragua, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. The bulk of the illegal aliens arrested, though, came from Guatemala and Mexico.
In the last year alone, ICE agents arrested more than 6,600 convicted murderers and convicted sex offenders who were in the United States illegally.
Of that total, 4,975 of the illegal aliens arrested were convicted sex offenders. The other 1,641 illegal aliens had been convicted of homicide. Another 1,913 illegal aliens that were arrested by ICE had pending sex offense charges against them, while 387 illegal aliens had pending murder charges against them.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) estimates that on average about 2,000 Americans or legal immigrants are killed every year by illegal aliens, citing ICE data.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

DHS Frees 8.5K Illegal Aliens in Eight Days; 204.5K Released in Half a Year

Asylum seekers queue for a turn for an asylum appointment with US authorities in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on May 31, 2019.

President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released about 8,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States over the past eight days, federal data confirms.

From June 4 to June 11, DHS released 8,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into various American communities across the country. The federal data indicates that over the past eight days, more than 1,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were released every day into the interior of the U.S.
The catch and release process often entails federal immigration officials busing border crossers into nearby border cities — as well as flying them into the interior of the country — and dropping them off with the hope they show up for their immigration and asylum hearings. The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens are never deported from the country once they are released into the U.S.
Today, there are anywhere between 11 and 22 million illegal aliens living across the country — the majority of which are concentrated in states like California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.
Since December 21, 2018, DHS has released a total of 204,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the country, with all of them going to four American communities: San Diego, California; Phoenix, Arizona; El Paso, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas.
San Antonio, for example, has been forced to absorb nearly 80,000 border crossers and illegal aliens in less than six months. El Paso, similarly, has had to take in 72,500 border crossers and illegal aliens, while 37,000 have been dropped off in Phoenix and another 19,000 dropped off in San Diego.
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan admitted weeks ago to Congress that “100 percent” of adult border crossers arriving at the southern border with children are being released into the U.S. and eventually given work permits to take American jobs.
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has exclusively detailed at Breitbart News three executive actions the Trump administration and DHS officials could take to immediately end catch and release — including creating additional detention space where immigration court hearings can be heard quickly. Kobach has also warned that wage hikes for America’s blue-collar and working class will not continue while illegal immigration levels continue soaring at current rates.
Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants with the overwhelming majority, nearly 70 percent, coming through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign nationals to the country. The mass inflow of legal immigrants is in addition to the hundreds of illegal aliens who are added to the U.S. population annually.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

“Trump Administration Betrays Low-Skilled American Workers.”
The latest ad from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) asks Trump to reject the mass illegal and legal immigration policies supported by Wall Street, corporate executives, and most specifically, the GOP mega-donor Koch brothers.
Efforts by the big business lobby, Chamber of Commerce, Koch brothers, and George W. Bush Center include increasing employment-based legal immigration that would likely crush the historic wage gains that Trump has delivered for America’s blue collar and working class citizens.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Silicon Valley investors are uniting with the Koch network’s consumer and industrial investors to demand a huge DACA amnesty

A handful of Republican and Democrat lawmakers are continuing to tout a plan that gives amnesty to nearly a million illegal aliens in exchange for some amount of funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

More Than Half a Million Illegal Aliens Expected to be Freed into U.S. This Year

FILE - In this April 20, 2019, file photo, Central American migrants, part of a caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, move on the road in Escuintla, Chiapas state, Mexico. The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, as …
Moises Castillo/AP Photo, File

Nearly 740,000 border crossers and illegal aliens are expected to be released into the interior of the United States this calendar year, new analysis projects.

Princeton Policy Advisors analyst Steve Kopits expects about 309,000 foreign minors and 226,000 adult border crossers to be released into the interior of the U.S. by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials by the end of the year. Additionally, about 202,000 adult illegal aliens are expected to enter the U.S. interior, undetected, according to Kopits’ forecast.
This projection indicates that far more than half a million foreign minors, adult border crossers, those claiming asylum, and illegal aliens are set to be released into the interior of the country — about 356,000 of which are a direct result of the February spending package approved by Republicans and Democrats and signed by President Trump.

(Princeton Policy Advisors)
“The bigger [border crossing] numbers … came with the signing of the omnibus spending bill (the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019) in mid-February, which essentially prohibited the deportation of any adult from the Northern Triangle countries traveling with a minor and claiming asylum,” Kopits wrote.
As Breitbart News detailed, the spending bill bans federal immigration officials from deporting any illegal alien who has contact with an unaccompanied minor that has been resettled in the U.S. after crossing the southern border.
Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border has soared to record levels not seen since President Bill Clinton. Last month, alone, more than 132,000 border apprehensions were made, and DHS officials have previously admitted that all adult border crossers arriving with children are being released into the interior of the country. Within weeks, these released border crossers receive work permits to take U.S. jobs.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

Mothers Know What Sanctuary Politicians Choose To Ignore

Last September, Raleigh, N.C., resident Jamar Beach was killed in a crash that was so violent he was decapitated. When Mexican national Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona pleaded guilty last week to felony hit-and-run, his mother, Cameo Robinson, made clear she knew her son did not have to die.
“He had no business here in the first place and he should not have been operating a vehicle,” said Beach’s mother. “He didn’t have a license. So therefore he’s being treated better than the citizen who’s been killed.”
Robinson has clear thoughts on what comes after the alien’s prison term ends.
“Now that he’s committed this horrendous crime, he definitely doesn’t deserve to be in America. Because if he wanted to be in America he would have come legally,” declared Robinson, who plans to press for deportation.
At the sentencing hearing, Cruz-Carmona’s attorney Woody Vann told the judge his client came to the U.S. “to try to make a better life for himself, to try to send money back to his family in Mexico,” but glossed over the fact his client had continued to violate the laws of the country he entered illegally.
Although the creative license used by the attorney failed to impress the court, which sentenced him to the maximum of 20-33 months in prison, the unpleasant reality for Jamar Beach’s family is that he could be released in 14 months.
This week, the Supreme Court affirmed in a 5-4 decision that the government has the authority to detain criminal aliens upon their release as their removal proceedings progress, so no sensible person would question that Cruz-Carmona can (and should) go directly from prison into ICE custody until his deportation.
The problem is that sensible people were not elected sheriff of Wake County, the jurisdiction into which Raleigh falls.
After pledging in his campaign last fall to sever ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), newly-elected Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker followed through on his promise shortly after he took office when he released 16 individuals under ICE detainers.
Baker, like other pro-sanctuary officials, contends his actions are designed to improve trust between law enforcement and the immigrant community.
But what will creating a sanctuary for illegal aliens do to inspire any trust in Americans like Cameo Robinson? She knows her son would be alive today if elected officials like Baker cared about enforcing the immigration laws of the U.S. and not just making themselves feel good.
Sheriff Baker may not be able to prevent Robinson from being at the prison gates when her son’s killer is released, but the question remains whether he will tell ICE when the killer is released?
Kamala Harris Runs for Queen
 Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) campaigns in San Francisco, Calif., June 1, 2019. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)The California senator’s new immigration plan is a statement of her intent to govern through egregiously unconstitutional executive action.
I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, there will be no Medicare for All, no free college, and no “democratic socialism.” Democratic candidates are racing to the legislative left for the sake of programs they’ll never implement and legislation they’ll never pass. The promises they use to fire up the progressive base (and inflame red America) are promises they simply cannot keep.
Kamala Harris is smart enough to understand this fact, so she’s switched tactics. Why run for president when you can run for queen? That’s the upshot of the comprehensive immigration planshe released yesterday. Through executive action alone, it promises to create a roadmap to citizenship for millions of “Dreamers,” illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Now, I happen to support a path to legal residence (and perhaps citizenship) for otherwise law-abiding Dreamers, but only in the context of a legislative deal that dramatically enhances our ability to control our border, including through asylum reform. (Otherwise, amnesty would be an illegal-immigration magnet that only intensifies the immense humanitarian challenge on the border.) But I also respect the constitutional order. I also know that no president — no matter how frustrated — has the ability to amend American law on his or her own. And that’s what Kamala Harris intends to do.
In addition to expanding President Obama’s DACA program — in part by “eliminating the requirement that Dreamers apply before they turn 31 years-old” and extending the definition of a Dreamer to cover all those brought to the country at age 17 or younger, rather than age 15 or younger — Harris would attempt to render Dreamers eligible for green cards. To do that, however, she would have to wave the executive magic wand, unilaterally “paroling” them and declaring that their unlawful immigration status exists through “no fault of their own.” Harris’s plan explains:
Currently, the INA is interpreted as barring many Dreamers from adjusting their immigration status because they’ve failed “to maintain continuously a lawful status since entry.” However, the INA includes an exception for immigrants whose inability to maintain status was, according to the statute, due to “no fault of [their] own.” Harris will issue a rulemaking [sic] clarifying the term “no fault of [their] own” includes being brought to the U.S. as a child.
Moreover, Harris would implement her own version of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, declaring that “parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be eligible to apply for deferred action if they pass a background check and have lived in the U.S. since a specified date.”
The scope of the plan is immense. By Harris’s own calculations, it will “protect over 6 million [illegal] immigrants from deportation.” 
But how is it legal? How can this plan survive when a divided Supreme Court affirmed a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion blocking DAPA? Unlike Obama, who created the DAPA program simply by writing a memorandum, Harris pledges that she’ll implement at least part of her plan through the Administrative Procedure Act. In fact, that’s precisely why progressive legal experts Voxinterviewed believe her plan will prevail where Obama’s failed.
But the APA does not act as a kind of baptismal water, cleansing dramatic, unilateral changes in the law of the stain of illegality. Rulemaking is not intended as a mechanism for amending statutes, and presently, the Supreme Court is perhaps as skeptical of administrative authority as it’s been in recent history.
So, we can predict what will happen if Harris wins the White House and attempts to carry out her plan. The instant she promulgates her rules, a coalition of state attorneys general will file suit in a favorable jurisdiction. A district judge will enjoin the rules, the appeals process will take months (if not years), and then the case will ultimately land in front of a Supreme Court that is unquestionably more originalist than the equally divided court that rejected DAPA in 2016.
Harris’s promises are worse than promises for unattainable legislation. She’s promising to implement unattainable policy through unlawful means. She’s perpetuating one of the most malignant practices in modern politics: the habit of declaring that the president acts as a backstop for alleged congressional failure, a sovereign who steps up to trump a squabbling parliament.
Make no mistake, Harris isn’t just following Obama’s lead; she’s also mimicking Donald Trump. Presidential overreach is a thoroughly bipartisan problem, and now we’re seeing the logical next step — abuse of power as a campaign promise. Thankfully, it’s a promise she likely can’t keep.


The illegal alien crime wave that started under Obama continues.

An illegal alien from Guatemala who conned the feds out of almost $20,000 in welfare benefits has been sentenced to two months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of theft of U.S. government funds.
Welfare fraud is common in the illegal alien community and in the Obama era the government refused to do much about it.
Cleotilde Puac-Gomez, 46, an illegal resident of Clarion, Iowa, was sentenced to two months in federal prison after pleading guilty Feb. 6, 2019, to one count of theft of U.S. government funds, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced May 31. In addition to doing prison time, she was ordered to pay restitution to the state of Iowa and complete a period of three years of supervised release after she completes her prison term.
Puac-Gomez admitted in a plea agreement that she failed to report her husband’s income when applying for and taking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid benefits between June 2012 and November 2017. At the material time, her husband Melvin Rodriguez-Barrios, 44, also an illegal alien, was employed under an alias and using someone else’s social security number. By failing to accurately report the family’s income, Puac-Gomez received an $19,908.30 overpayment of food stamps and other U.S. welfare benefits distributed by the state of Iowa.
Puac-Gomez’s husband was no stranger to law enforcement. On March 27 he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after he was convicted of three counts of unlawfully using an identification document and four counts of misusing a social security number.
The couple may not even end up getting deported after completing their time in prison.
“This release is only noting the criminal conviction and sentence. Immigration proceedings are separate from, and take place in a different venue than U.S. District Court,” ICE public affairs officer Shawn Neudauer told The Epoch Times.
The Epoch Times also reported that in Tucson, Arizona, in March, Ruben Valenzuela-Cota, 83, a Mexican national illegally living in the U.S., was sentenced for several offenses, including identity theft, lying on a passport application, falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and fraudulently taking in more than $242,000 in Social Security retirement benefits. The man even managed to collect U.S. Social Security payments while living in Mexico.
Another illegal alien from Guatemala, Sebastian Velasquez-Ramos, 47, was sentenced this week to more than two years in federal prison for identity theft and falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.
Velasquez-Ramos was already in prison at the time of sentencing. He was previously convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal multi-vehicle crash after running over a motorcyclist in April 2018 while residing in Omaha, Nebraska.
Social Security number fraud grew to monumental proportions while Barack Hussein Obama was president, according to the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).
An IRLI study last year found that as many as 39 million Americans may have had their Social Security numbers misappropriated by illegal aliens pursuing work in the United States during the Obama administration.
IRLI filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Social Security Administration, requesting records related to its Obama-era decision to stop sending “no-match” letters to employers. Sending the letters helped to prevent fraud through unauthorized use of stolen Social Security number data by illegal aliens and other criminals. A “no-match” letter let employers and employees know that the name or Social Security number reported by the employer did not match a name or Social Security number combination reflected in official records.
According to IRLI:
The FOIA records produced by SSA as a result of IRLI’s lawsuit have shown that, from 2012 to 2016, there were 39 million instances where names and Social Security numbers on W-2 tax forms did not match the corresponding Social Security records. Additionally, over $409 billion was added to the Earnings Suspense File (ESF), which holds uncredited wages that can’t be correctly matched to SSA’s database. From 1937 to 2005, $519 billion was reported to be sitting in the ESF. In tax year 2016, that number rose to over $1.5 trillion.
Because the Obama administration was indifferent to the presence of illegal aliens in the country it opted eight days after it implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty for illegal aliens to end the long-running auditing practice.
The termination of the no-match letter program “resulted in a thriving black market where illegal aliens can obtain the Social Security numbers of U.S. citizens in order to gain employment,” according to IRLI.
“The Social Security numbers of young children are especially sought by illegal aliens, as this theft is likely to go undetected for years. As children reach late teenage years and apply for credit for cars, student loans, and other needs, they may find that their credit has been compromised with mortgages, credit cards and criminal records attached to their identities.”
“This investigation shines a light on the depth of America’s problems as a result of allowing illegal aliens into the country,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “It also debunks the idea that being in the country illegally is a victimless crime. Millions of Americans, in many cases children, are having their identities stolen to enable even more criminal activity. Illegal aliens should not reap Social Security benefits that result from the commission of identity theft.”
The Trump administration announced a year ago that it was resuming the practice of sending notice letters to employers and third-party providers informing them of mismatches.
Whether the new policy will put a dent in crimes committed by illegal aliens remains to be seen.

Julián Castro Dismisses Victim of Illegal Alien Identity Theft: ‘Crime Happens’

Julián Castro
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Democrat presidential candidate Julián Castro seemingly dismissed a woman who said her identity was stolen by an illegal immigrant, telling her “crime happens” during a town hall event on Fox News Thursday evening.

The former Obama administration official took a question from a woman in the audience. She explained that her Social Security number had been stolen and used by an illegal immigrant. While he was caught, he was eventually released, “never to be heard from again.”
“Would you be willing to penalize offenders taking advantage of Americans by having them not released if they are known to be illegal?” she asked Castro.
Instead of sympathizing with the woman’s plea and offering an emphatic “absolutely,” Castro opted to minimize the fact the woman’s Social Security number was stolen by someone who was in the country illegally.
“Regardless of circumstance, whether people are rich, or poor, no matter the color of their skin, what their background is, that people commit crime,” Castro said. “Crime happens.”

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Castro apologized for the woman’s “jarring” experience, adding, “Hopefully, that was resolved, OK.”
I have said very clearly that if somebody commits a crime like that, that they should be punished for that. It doesn’t matter who you are. Whether you’re an American citizen, whether you’re not an American citizen, whether you’re undocumented, if somebody commits that kind of crime, then of course, I believe that that person should be punished.
That, of course, did not answer the woman’s question. She asked if Castro would “penalize offenders taking advantage of Americans by having them not released” if they are illegal immigrants, specifically.
Castro continued to dodge the question and pivoted to the Democrat left’s “kids in cages” narrative, even though it had virtually nothing to do with the woman’s initial question.
What I don’t believe is that we should be incarcerating these women and children who are fleeing desperate circumstances in those countries and simply are looking for a better life, and then we’re keeping them in cages like animals, and keeping these men in 100 degree heat, underneath a bridge, they’re fenced in like animals, like a dog pound basically.
I believe that we’re better than that as Americans. And so, of course, we need to enforce those laws, whether it’s identity theft or it’s more serious crimes. I’ve said that very clearly.
He still did not answer the woman’s question, switching gears yet again and dismissing the need for a wall.
And we need to maintain a border that is secure, right? And we can get better in some ways about border security. You all may remember here in Arizona, a few — a couple of months ago, we had the largest bust of fentanyl in our nation’s history — 254 pounds of fentanyl.
But that didn’t come through the border. It came through one of the ports of entry, one of the checkpoints. Why don’t we invest more in ports of entry to catch more drug trafficking and human trafficking that happens there. That’s the kind of border security I think that we need to invest more in.
It is too early to tell if Castro’s “crime happens” gaffe will negatively affect him in the polls. He is currently averaging 0.5 percent.

Five Trinitarios gang members are found GUILTY of hacking to death 15-year-old 'Junior' Guzman outside a Bronx bodega in horrific case of mistaken identity

  • Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Manuel Rivera, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, were all convicted of first-degree murder
  • Jury also found them guilty of second-degree murder, gang assault and conspiracy 
  • They were among 14 men arrested for the savage slaying of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz in The Bronx on June 20, 2018 
  • Surveillance video showed the suspects dragging Junior out of a bodega and butchering him with machete and knives 
  • The men tied to the Trinitarios gang mistook the teenager for a member of the rival Sunset Crew  
A New York jury this afternoon convicted five members of the Trinitarios street gang of slaughtering a 15-year-old boy outside a convenience store in The Bronx last year, in a brutal attack that was caught on video. 
Defendants Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 24; Manuel Rivera, 18; Elvin Garcia, 23; Jose Muniz, 22, and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 24, were all convicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, gang assault and conspiracy. 
The five were among more than a dozen suspects who were arrested in the wake of the June 20, 2018, slaying of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz. 
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Five men on Friday were found guilty of hacking to death Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz, 15, outside of a Bronx bodega last year
Five men on Friday were found guilty of hacking to death Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz, 15, outside of a Bronx bodega last year 
Manuel Rivera
Jonaiki Martinez Estrella
Elvin Garcia
Manuel Rivera (left), Jonaiki Martinez Estrella (center) and Elvin Garcia (right) were found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, gang assault and conspiracy
Jose Muniz
Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago
Also convicted were Jose Muniz (left) and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago (right)
Jurors began deliberations on Thursday. While mulling the verdicts, they asked to re-watch graphic surveillance video showing the moment Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of the convenience store to his death.
They also asked to rehear testimony and review all the evidence the prosecution had in the case. 
NBC New York reported that Muniz was overheard exclaiming in Spanish 'Trinitarios to the day I die' as he was led out of the courtroom. 
'I’m not going to have my son back, but those killers, those murderers, they’re not going to be outside killing other kids,' said Guzman-Feliz's mother, Leandra Feliz, after hearing the verdicts, as the New York Daily News reported.  
All five convicted killers face life in prison when they are sentenced on July 16.  
'Today's verdicts will not bring Junior back. Nothing can,' Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said in a statement addressing the outcome of the trial. 'But these verdicts will send a message to those who would commit acts of senseless violence, and help us move forward and bring closure to this awful chapter in our borough's history.' 
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The gang members spotted aspiring NYPD detective Guzman-Feliz walking the streets and mistook him for a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew
The gang members spotted aspiring NYPD detective Guzman-Feliz walking the streets and mistook him for a notorious member of the rival Sunset Crew
Junior was dragged out of the shop by his ankles, and savagely hacked away at him with knives and a machete on the corner of the street
Junior was dragged out of the shop by his ankles, and savagely hacked away at him with knives and a machete on the corner of the street
Emotions in the courtroom ran high during the quintet's six-week trial, which was marked by several outbursts from Guzman-Feliz's devastated mother. 
When the gruesome video capturing her son's final moments was played for the jury last month, Leandra Feliz began howling in agony and had to be escorted out. 
According to Trinitarios gang member and cooperating witness Michael Sosa Reyes, ringleader Diego Suero ordered his followers to go after the rival Sunset Crew that evening last June.
Shortly afterwards, the gang members spotted Guzman-Feliz on the sidewalk and mistook him for a member of the rival clique.
At first the, men pursued him in cars and blocked him from seeking refuge inside a hospital, before chasing him on foot.
The suspects' six-week trial in The Bronx was marked by several outbursts from Guzman-Feliz's devastated mother, Leandra Feliz (pictured center on May 23)
The suspects' six-week trial in The Bronx was marked by several outbursts from Guzman-Feliz's devastated mother, Leandra Feliz (pictured center on May 23)
Reyes recalled for the jury the moment he followed Junior inside the bodega, falsely telling the shopkeeper the boy had ‘done something’ to his grandmother, and needed to be dealt with.
He watched on as other members of the Trinitarios gang dragged the terrified 15-year-old boy who aspired to become an NYPD detective out of the store by his ankles, and savagely hacked away at him with knives and a machete on the corner of the street.
Reyes testified it was Estrella who used a four-and-a-half inch knife to slice Guzman-Feliz's jugular vein, causing him to bleed out in the street. 
The remaining nine suspects will be tried for Guzman-Feliz's murder in September.