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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Obamacare Navigator Director Is an Illegal

by Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch (Shared on Right Side News): In the ultimate insult to Americans, an illegal immigrant who proudly defies U.S. law—and encourages others to do the same—is benefitting from our tax dollars as a subcontractor recruiting customers for Obamacare.

The recruiters are known as “navigators” because their task is to help people “navigate” the complicated health insurance exchanges set up under the controversial law. A few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported the huge potential for corruption in the Obama administration’s navigator program, which has doled out $67 million to dozens of leftist community organizations throughout the nation.

Here are some examples of the types of groups that have received navigator grants from the government; an Arizona nonprofit called “Campesinos Sin Fronteras” that provides services to farm workers and low-income Hispanics; a south Florida legal group that will provide navigators in “racially, ethnically, linguistically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse” communities; three Planned Parenthood branches—in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire—got a combined $655,000 to serve as navigators.

In the Big Apple a group called Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York got navigator funds from Uncle Sam, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a nonprofit that researches legal and illegal immigration in the U.S. The health education organizer for the Restaurant Opportunities Center is an illegal immigrant activist named Maria Marroquin, CIS reveals in a report published this week. That means she will be in charge of the publicly-funded Obamacare recruitment efforts for the New York organization, which is known to be a labor union front group.

Marroquin, an illegal alien from Peru, has been arrested for participating in disruptive demonstrations protesting the deportation of fellow undocumented immigrants and calling for amnesty. She is a hero in the open borders movement who publicly came out in a widely distributed video as “undocumented and unafraid.” The 25-year-old also helped create a nonprofit that fights to enact amnesty measures and build “immigrant power” in communities throughout the U.S.

“Marroquin practices the political tactics of left-wing extremists, flouting her illegal immigration status before cowed law enforcers and politicians,” CIS writes in its report, further pointing out that Obama’s amnesty has invigorated her to break the law even more. It’s beyond comprehension that this admitted lawbreaker is essentially working for the government now. “It would be hard to make up something this outrageous,” according to CIS. Few would disagree.

Besides the outrage of hiring an illegal immigrant to promote a U.S. government program, it’s equally disturbing to know that navigators will have access to the sensitive personal information of healthcare enrollees. This includes Social Security numbers, which can be used for identity theft, a rampant crime among illegal alien populations seeking to establish residency and land jobs in the U.S.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Texas Spending Millions To Jail Illegal Immigrants

by Brandi Grissom, The Texas Tribune: Texas county jails spent more than $156.6 million housing more than 131,000 illegal immigrants with federal detainers between October 2011 and September 2013, according to state jail commission data.

“Those are staggering numbers,” said state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who authored the 2011 bill that required jails to begin tracking data about the cost of jailing illegal immigrants. . . .

“The federal government has got to get a grip on controlling our borders,” Williams said in an emailed statement. Of the 245 jails statewide, Harris County reported by far the largest number of illegal immigrants and the highest cost. The jail, one of the largest in the nation, housed more than 30,000 illegal immigrants at a cost of more than $49.6 million. . . .

“Immigration is a federal issue, and if the federal government fails to take care of that piece of business, then it’s financially on the hook for it.” he said.

Dallas County spent more than $22 million housing more than 12,000 illegal immigrants, and Travis County spent more than $15 million on 11,000 illegal immigrants, according to the reports. Among the 20 counties that reported the highest costs, 17 reported spending $1 million or more.

Tarrant County spent $5,875,508, housing 7,578 undocumented prisoners, according to the reports. . . . [Read More]

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Too Much Illegal Immigration

Illegal Aliens on National Mall
by Alan Caruba, Warning Signs: Like many members of my generation, I would not be an American if my Italian and Russian grandparents had not got on the boat and came here. We are fond of calling America “a nation of immigrants”, but what happens when there are too many immigrants, many of whom are here illegally? And that is the problem that has defied a solution since the last big amnesty in 1986.

As Texas Governor Rick Perry said in his book 'Fed Up', “We have already been burned once by false promises of border security in exchange for tying security to other aspects of the immigration debate. President Reagan, in 1986, signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which legalized close to 3 million undocumented immigrants.”

“The law was supposed to be a comprehensive solution with provisions intended to clamp down on border security. These provisions were never enforced, and the subsequent explosion in illegal crossings has resulted in some eleven million illegal aliens living in the United States today.”

Amnesty was an issue in the 2012 elections and it will be an issue in 2014 so long the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”, S.744 awaits a vote. It is a very bad law for a number of reasons. First among them is the fact that there are the millions of aliens who are here illegally, but who cost natural-born and naturalized Americans billions.

At a time of high unemployment, American taxpayers shell out hundreds of billions as the result of illegal immigration in the form of:
  • Welfare costs
  • Food assistance programs
  • Medicaid
  • Primary and secondary school education for children who are here illegally
  • Incarceration (30% of all federal inmates are illegal aliens)
And these same illegal aliens send billions home in remittances to their countries of origin.

I thought about this as I watched the news coverage of a gathering on the National Mall of advocates of S.744, rallying for its passage.

At the time, the Mall was closed to American citizens, including veterans, because of the government shutdown. That did not stop the “Camino Americano March for Dignity and Respect” from gaining permission to rally. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed up to lend support along with Democrat and Republican Congressional Representatives of Latino heritage.

The Democrats know that, if they issue a form of instant citizenship to illegal aliens, most of whom are Latino, they will have a loyal voting bloc that will give them control of Congress and the White House for decades to come. They don’t really care what impact the expansion of already over-extended entitlement and welfare programs will have on the economy.

Steven A. Camarota, Director of Research of the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization, recently addressed the impact of S.744 in an analysis titled “How Many New Voters Would S.744 Create?”

Here are some of his findings:
  • Based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of S.744, we project that the bill will add 4.6 million new potential voters above the number added by the current level of legal immigration by 2024. The bill would add 9.5 million potential voters by 2028 and 17.3 million by 2036.
  • Of the new potential voters S.744 would create by 2036, slightly more than one-third would be a result of the bill’s amnesty provisions based on CBO projections, the rest are due to the bill’s large increases in future legal immigration.
  • Even without the effects of S.744, the current level of immigration will add 5.1 million new potential voting-age citizens to the country by 2024, 8.4 million by 2028, and 14.9 million by 2036.
  • Combined, the current level of immigration plus the additions from S.744 would create nearly 10 million potential voting-age citizens by 2024, and more than 32 million by 2036.
  • The 32 million potential voters current immigration plus S.744 will create is slightly larger than the number of Americans over age 65 who voted in 2012. It is more than twice the number of veterans who voted in 2012, and nearly three times the number of Hispanics who voted last year.
  • For legal permanent immigrants to be potential voters they must be at least 18 years old and have lived in the country for at least five years, allowing them to naturalize. For most amnesty beneficiaries under S.744, it will take at least a decade for them to naturalize.
  • These projections are only for potential immigrant voters, not their U.S.-born children. The projections take into account deaths, return-migration, and residency requirements to naturalize. We do not estimate the share that will actually naturalize and vote once eligible to do so.
Camarota’s analysis adds up to 17 million potential voters within 25 years.

The United States of America is broke and both parties that have held the White House have contributed to the debt, although it is a fact that President Obama has literally doubled it since taking office in 2009. Entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, will have to be reformed if they are to continue. In their present form they are financially unsustainable.

Now add in an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and their children, just because they decided to jump to the front of the line instead of seeking citizenship as so many others have. Either we have borders or we don’t.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Government Shutdown | Illegals & Border Security

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Ends In Arrests In Front Of U.S. Capitol

Illegals Protesting for Immigration Reform
by Hansi Lo Wang, NPR: As of early Wednesday morning, all of the demonstrators arrested at Tuesday's rally have been processed and released. A U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson also provided the final tally of protesters arrested, and the article below has been updated to reflect that number.

Two hundred demonstrators were arrested at a rally for immigration reform on the National Mall Tuesday. Capitol Police detained the protesters, including Georgia Rep. John Lewis and other members of Congress, after they sat down in the street in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

Rally organizers say they wanted to remind Congress to keep immigration reform on the legislative agenda, which has been bogged down by the ongoing government shutdown and federal spending debate. Tuesday's event followed similar demonstrations over the weekend around the country in support of immigration reform.

In the nation's capital, the chanting of "¡Sí, se puede! ¡Sí, se puede!" ("Yes, we can! Yes, we can!" in Spanish) echoed across the Mall as a mix of labor union members, community organizers and young families with strollers made their way toward the Capitol from the rally's earlier site in front of the Smithsonian Institution building. . . . [Read more]

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Illegal Aliens Allowed to Practice Law In California . . .

. . . Wonder what Oath of Office The Illegals Will Take?

California has required that the following Attorney Oath: "I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney and counselor at law to the best of my knowledge and ability."

Background on Illegal immigrants allowed to practice law in California.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

68% Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Rasmussen Reports: California last week became the latest – and biggest – state to authorize driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. But most voters still strongly oppose letting illegal immigrants drive legally in their state.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigrants should not be eligible for driver’s licenses in their state.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% favor allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses in their home state. Read More.)

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Adding More Immigration & Work Permits Threatens To Impoverish Legal Immigrants Already Here

Roy Beck
Roy Beck, NumbersUSA: The "National Day of Immigrant Dignity and Respect" could just as easily be called the "Anti-Labor Day" or the "Immigrant Perpetual Poverty Day."

All American workers suffer under current uncontrolled immigration policies and would suffer much more if the sponsors of the rallies get their "comprehensive immigration reform" that would give lifetime work permits to at least 11 million illegal aliens and around 20 million new legal immigrants over the next ten years.

But the workers who would suffer the most, would be the legal immigrants who arrived here the last 10-20 years.

That's because the more than 30 million new lifetime work permits under the Senate-passed S. 744 would go to people who disproportionately settle in the same neighborhoods as those previous immigrants and who have similar education and job skills and who look for work in the same occupations.

Recent immigrants and the second generation of earlier immigrants are having a really hard time with high unemployment and low incomes. Most of them are working occupations where employers have a never-ending supply of new immigrants and illegal aliens who are ready to do just about anything to out-compete those already here.

This is not unusual in our history.

People tend to remember stories of immigrants who arrive with nothing and who work their way into the middle class or even riches.

But researching for my books on immigration, I found those stories were the rare exceptions during periods of mass immigration. They became commonplace only after Congress greatly reduced immigration numbers to around traditional averages.

History shows that a sincere Day of Dignity and Respect for Immigrants would be pushing for the adoption of the recommendations of Barbara Jordan's bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform that would cut legal immigration at least in half and would once and for all remove the ability of foreign citizens to illegally take U.S. jobs. That would allow the labor market to begin tightening, something that throughout our history has raised the incomes of all workers, but especially the tens of millions of recent immigrants.

But everything about the rallies was aimed at creating open borders with gigantic future flows of foreign workers that will further depress U.S. wages and force more Americans to become dependent upon the government.

Nothing about the rallies shows any respect for the dignity of the average American worker.

I have told the news media that NumbersUSA is mobilizing our activists across the country to contact their members of Congress and to demand an immigration policy that respects and dignifies all legal American workers -- whether foreign-born or U.S.-born -- instead of rewarding lawbreakers with lifetime work permits to compete against Americans.

Amnesty with work permits is simply not the answer when 20 million unemployed Americans still can't find a full-time job, and when the wages of tens of millions of others are depressed due to Congress quadrupling the level of immigrant workers over the last few decades.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Border Patrol Rep Claims Agents Being Ordered to Stand Down

by Brandon Darby, Exclusive: The National Border Patrol Council has come forward to reveal to the American public once again management practices that could be risking the lives of Americans -- and the lives of illegal immigrants.

Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News and claimed that Border Patrol management has begun the practice of ordering Border Patrol Agents to stand down and cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens. He also warned it could lead to illegal aliens entering the country from nations associated with terrorism.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management,” said Moran. "I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders."

"They are not being relieved in place, they are simply being told that someone else is being dispatched, but none of us have seen that occur," he explained. "We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals.” He discussed the importance of agents being relieved in place when tracking an individual or group.

"Border Patrol senior leadership says the stand downs are a means of addressing budgetary shortfalls and making sure agents aren’t working longer shifts," Moran said. "The Border Patrol has a larger budget than ever, but the agents on the ground have not seen the benefits of an increased budget. The increased budget has not trickled down to the men and women with their boots on the ground."

"They are placing the budgetary concerns before the security of our border," Moran stated. "We have situations where top-level bureaucrats in the U.S. Border Patrol and in the Customs and Border Protection Agency are receiving massive bonuses -- some up to $64,000 --- for finding ways to reduce the pay Border Patrol Agents receive."

"Groups that are outside of human trafficking, human smuggling, and drug smuggling are going to exploit these stand down orders as well, not only cartels but illegal aliens from nations that are tied to terrorism,” he warned.

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Illegal Aliens Take Amnesty Demands to the Streets

Chris Chmielenski
by Chris Chmielenski, NumbersUSA: Over the next few days, illegal-alien activists and their supporters will hold more than 100 rallies across the nation before marching on the National Mall in Washington D.C. next Tuesday demanding legalization and work permits. The organizers of the staged and highly-coordinated events are calling it the "March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect."

It's lamentable that the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens are demanding work permits while 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can't find one. In a recent poll, Americans admitted that they do have compassion for illegal aliens, but they have even more compassion for our country's unemployed. And when given the choice between helping America's unemployed or helping illegal aliens, the overwhelming majority choose America's unemployed. Roy has more details in his new blog.

Roy's blog also discusses the new blanket amnesty bill that was introduced by House Democrats earlier this week. The bill, that was coincidentally introduced just a few days before pro-amnesty marchers take to the streets, takes the Schumer-Rubio-Obama amnesty bill, S.744, removes the Corker-Hoeven bord er amendment, and adds Rep. Michael McCaul's "border security" bill that has already been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee.

During the press conference announcing introduction of the bill, Rep. Pelosi revealed the Democrats' strategy:

"We waited for the Gang of 8 to be accepted. We graciously deferred to the Speaker as to the timing, the method, whether it's one bill, two bills, one at a time, singlely, jointly, severally, whatever it is, comprehensive. We're prepared to do whatever it takes to go to conference with a good bill that stops the deportations and is a path to citizenship."

-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
We've suspected all along that any immigration-related bill that is passed by the House would be used to conference with the Schumer-Rubio-Obama amnesty bill, and now we know for sure.

Meanwhile, multiple news outlets are reporting that House GOP Leaders are preparing to bri ng several bills to the House floor for votes. Those same reports also say that top GOP Leaders continue to work on the details for legalizing and granting work permits to most illegal aliens. Because of this, we must ensure that NO immigration-related bill passes through the House until S.744 is officially dead, which can only happen at the end of the 113th Congress or official rejection by the House.

Also this week, we learned that the government shutdown is having an impact on enforcement. The vice president for the union that represents our country's border patrol agents said that he's hearing reports from the field that agents are being told to "stand down" for budgetary reasons. He says this puts our nation at risk by allowing illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and potential terrorists to cross the border illegally and undetected.

Additionally, Citizenship and Immigration Services has sent a notice to all businesses that use the E-Verify workplace verification system, notifying them that the system will be unusable during the shutdown. They've instructed employers not to take any adverse action against employees who are awaiting a decision on recent tentative non-confirmations, and they've waived the rule requiring new hires to be run through the system within three days.

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