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Quite a spin on reality

I read the following article with interest - wondering how CAUSA might try to put a big smiley face on yet another defeat of their misguided efforts with the election of Donald Trump.. 

Please read selected portions of the article posted below and my remarks noted with **.  Read the full article.

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Causa
OREGON’S IMMIGRANT RIGHTS OREGONIZATION

Message to Community about election results

November 10, 2016

After Tuesday’s elections, the nation's direction changed....

Causa’s mission is to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families...

Since 1995, Causa has stood with our immigrant families for their safety, protection, and recognition in this country and we will continue to do so.

     **CAUSA advocates for the ?rights? of illegal aliens living and working in Oregon.

Over the last year, we’ve seen a culture of xenophobia growing in America and in our own state.

We saw it earlier this year when local efforts attempted to qualify three anti-immigrant ballot measures. Causa and a coalition of 57 organizations stopped those efforts in their tracks....

     **CAUSA and 57 organizations had absolutely no role in stopping  the qualification of 3 initiatives for the ballot.  Unless they are implying that the Attorney General's office is in cahoots with CAUSA, I would like to know exactly how they claim to have stopped our efforts?

....Immigrants are a part of this country, and are here to stay. Immigrants are courageous, smart, resourceful, and resilient people who come to this country ready to work hard and make it even stronger.....

     **Once again the term immigrant and illegal alien are not interchangeable.  Legal immigrants are welcome!

The call for this work is louder than ever. We will continue the momentum we built in Oregon...

     **By momentum, are you referring to the defeat of driver cards for illegal aliens? 

     **All five Congressional districts, 35 of 36 counties and nearly a million citizens voted NO to driver cards without proof of legal presence -

     a resounding  66% NO vote!

We call on our elected leaders, allies, and community members to join us. In the coming weeks, we’ll plan and provide more information about our next steps, please stay tuned.

We’ve also been deeply moved and grateful for the Causa supporters who have reached out over the last 24 hours to donate or ask how they can support. If you want to join us in building power by volunteering or making a donation, we welcome your support.

Thank you for standing up for the rights of immigrant families in the face of fear and hate.

     **Legal immigrant families are warmly welcomed in our state and have nothing to fear.. 

     **I would speculate that the word "illegal"  is intentionally left out of your fundraising requests?

La lucha sigue,

The Causa Team:
Andrea, Lorena, Delia, Yanely, Cristina C., Carmen, and Cristina M

Opinion: How employers could stop illegal immigration in seconds

Published by:  MarketWatch Nov. 4, 2016

Written by:  Mark Krikorian - Center for Immigration Studies

Government’s free E-Verify takes just seconds to determine if a worker is here illegally, so why isn’t it mandatory?

Whatever you think of Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border, there’s another wall we can complete right now: E-Verify.

That’s the name of the free online system that enables employers to check whether the people they hire are telling the truth about who they are. By entering the name, Social Security number, and date of birth of the new hire — something employers already have to collect — they get an answer in seconds about whether the person is an illegal immigrant or not.

This matters because jobs are the main reason foreigners sneak into the United States (or overstay visitor visas). And the large majority of the estimated 11 million illegals work on the books. So the harder it is for an illegal immigrant to get a job, especially an on-the-books job, the less appealing it will be to sneak in or overstay.

Read the complete article.

 

OFIR members and citizens speak out in Letters to the Editor

We are just days away from what might be considered the most pivotal election in American history.  In the time leading up to the election, OFIR members and concerned citizens from all over the country have done all they can to educate the undecided voter.  Now - we wait.

While OFIR is non-partisan and single issue, OFIR supports good ideas put forth by candidates on the best ways to stop illegal immigration and slow legal immigration to a more sustainable level.

Read what OFIR members and people from all over the country are writing about the most pressing issue - immigration - in our vast collection of letters to the editor.

 


 

Presidential candidate lays out detailed plan for voters

During an appearance in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump vows to act on these actions in the first 100 days in office.

“On November Eighth, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities, and honesty to our government,” Trump says. “This is my pledge to you and if we follow these steps we will once more have a government of, by and for the people and importantly we will make America great again. Believe me.”

Here is the list of the “Contract with the American Voter” policies detailed by Trump:

  1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
  2. Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
  3. Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
  4. Institute a five year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service
  5. Create a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
  6. Institute a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
  7. Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.
  8. Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  9. Direct Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
  10. Direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
  11. Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
  12. Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
  13. Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
  14. Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
  15. Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  16. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
  17. Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
  18. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
  19. Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act.An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
  20. Work with Congress on a End The Offshoring ActEstablishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  21. Work with Congress on a American Energy & Infrastructure ActLeverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  22. Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity ActRedirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
  23. Work with Congress on a Repeal and Replace Obamacare ActFully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
  24. Work with Congress on a Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act.Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
  25. Work with Congress on an End Illegal Immigration ActFully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  26. Work with Congress on a Restoring Community Safety Act.Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  27. Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act.Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
  28. Work with Congress on a Clean up Corruption in Washington Act.Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

Courtesy of  Breitbart

Exploring our Northern border - the similarites and differences

I have traveled with Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) on three of the last five border tours they have organized to study the US / Mexico border. 

So, I can honestly say I was really looking forward, with great anticipation, to the latest trip, my fourth, to the US / Canadian border in September

CIS does an outstanding job putting together the best, most in-depth tours of our border.  Their dedication to providing a wide array of  "real life" representatives that live and work in the area that can tell us their own stories about the border and the issues they face on a daily basis make the trip invaluable.

Strategic stops are planned, allowing us to explore key locations along the route traveling east from Ottawa, traversing the US / Canada border exploring the New York, Vermont and Quebec border regions. 

The weather was near perfect and I'm fairly certain CIS most likely planned for that, as well.

CIS border tour groups are small, with just 9 guests and 3 CIS staff members traveling in two SUV's.  CIS takes great care to make certain that all our wordly needs are met - often going to extraordinary measures to accommodate us.

Visit the OFIR photo gallery to see a few of my photos - there will be more posted.

Upon our return, CIS Assistant Director, John Wahala provided an outstanding, detailed write up of our experience - complete with some of his photos!

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Diligence on a Changing Canadian Border

By John Wahala, October 13, 2016

The Center for Immigration Studies recently completed its sixth border tour. Heading north for the first time, we began our trip in Ottawa. From there we traveled east, crisscrossing nearly a thousand miles over the waterways and rolling hills of upstate New York and Vermont and into the lush forests of Quebec. The geography and relative calm of the region is a stark contrast to the rugged terrain and volatility of the U.S. Southwest. But behind the bucolic charm a host of factors are at work to make securing this part of the border just as challenging as the more trafficked parts.

Cooperation along the northern border is good. Every official we spoke with, currently serving or retired on either side of the border, praised the binational relationship that exists. The United States and Canada work together to apprehend people and illicit goods moving in both directions. Unlike enforcement efforts in the Southwest, where communication with Mexican counterparts is often strained or nonexistent, the relationship with Canada appears to be one of mutuality and respect.

Policies and procedures, however, have tightened since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The casual nature of the relationship no longer exists. A retired border agent told us he used to routinely cross into Canada, where it was less populated and he could cover ground more quickly, before reentering the United States in pursuit of fugitives. No approval at a port of entry was necessary. Local residents tell their own stories about crossing back and forth for various reasons, unmolested. That does not happen any more.

During our excursion we crossed several times and each time we were questioned rigorously. Canadian border officials are thorough and have more information to work with than their predecessors. The United States and Canada now share the criminal histories of their respective citizens using various databases, such as those run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Canadian Police Information Centre. The data is available to officers at every port of entry, who use it in making the decision whether or not to deny entry. That decision is based, in part, on how a past crime would be treated under Canadian law, which differs from the American legal system. Thousands of Americans have been refused admittance as a result of this information sharing, sometimes for infractions that happened decades ago.

The diligence we saw at the ports of entry was also evident along unpopulated stretches of the border, where only small stone markers separate the two countries. A few times when our group stopped to look around, agents came quickly to check on what we were doing. When they did not come, we were told by our guides that we were being monitored by sensors.

In one spot, a member of the Border Patrol told us they regularly interdict aliens attempting to cross into Canada. Typically these individuals are from various parts of Asia who are trying to reunite with family members. Two officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who spoke with us on the Quebec side, said they had just intercepted a dozen Middle Easterners heading north from Vermont earlier that morning. They said they detain illegal aliens from all over the world, but that most are probably from Africa. Many are drawn to Canada because of its generous asylum policies.

The seeming effectiveness of law enforcement at this section of the border is aided by a lighter flow of illegal traffic. One agent told us that the young officers in the Border Patrol all want to be down south where the action is intense. He reflected on his own time in Calexico, where he was constantly being confronted with drug runners and human smugglers. Last year's apprehension data confirms this sentiment. Only 632 arrests were made in the Buffalo and Swanton sectors, which include the New York and Vermont portions of the border, compared to nearly 150,000 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

But patrolling the northern border is not without its challenges. The Swanton sector has the most drug interdictions on the northern border. It is home to the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation — called Akwesasne in the native language. The reservation is small, with only a few thousand residents, but authorities say it creates a big hole in security. Questions of tribal sovereignty are complicated by the proximity to the international border and the unique geography of the region. Tension between tribal authorities, state and local officials, Border Patrol and other U.S. government agencies, and the Canadian government has long existed.

One flash point is the reservation's tax exemption on tobacco, which turned into a profitable opportunity for smugglers when governments began placing large excise taxes on cigarettes in the 1990's. It has been reported that tens of millions of cigarettes pass through the reservation each year, many headed into Canada. Agents are tasked with stopping this illicit flow on "a sprawling beat that includes countless coves, side roads and dimly lit cottage developments" that extends onto a narrow peninsula called the snye by locals. It is a small land mass that juts into the St. Lawrence River that is officially part of Quebec but is surrounded by water on three sides and the United States on the fourth. This makes law enforcement difficult. A retired agent told us it is rarely patrolled, making it a haven for people smugglers and others running from the law. He declined to take us into the snye, saying the last time he was there was the late 1980's and he was shot at.

In addition to contraband cigarettes, a steady stream of marijuana comes south into the United States through the reservation and harder narcotics, including a recent resurgence of heroin, and firearms are smuggled north into Canada. These endeavors rely on a dangerous criminal enterprise that works in tandem with people-smuggling networks. Aiding this enterprise is the dismal employment situation at Akwesasne, which helps lure many tribal members into this line of work. The situation is not unlike that of the Tohono O'odham Nation reservation on the Arizona border, which we visited during a previous tour. Further complicating the situation at Akwesasne is an internal tribal conflict. Ongoing friction between a traditional faction and a "warrior" sect creates a challenge to governance and how the reservation deals with outside authorities. The warrior sect is said to run the gaming casino and to be involved with illicit smuggling operations.

There are other issues on this seemingly tranquil stretch of the border. Over the past several years, Vermont's dairy industry — like much of the nation's agricultural sector — has transitioned their workforce to migrant laborers. The workers, most of whom are here illegally from Mexico and Central America, significantly cut operating expenses. The farmers echo the familiar refrain that they cannot find locals who are willing to work. That claim is plausible and understandable given their demands. One report said the migrants work 84 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. They are housed in bunkers or camps, tucked away from socialization with the outside world. This makes law enforcement efforts to intervene difficult. It is an unhealthy arrangement of alienation and exploitation that creates the predictable deleterious effects of increased crime and social dysfunction. Recently a Vermont state senator was indicted for a prostitution scheme involving migrant workers. Despite the problems of such an arrangement poses for everyone, the illicit use of migrant labor has the support of politicians at the highest levels of government who are beholden to powerful special interests. Fortunately, some farmers are beginning to recognize the harm and are mechanizing their operations with robots, which are more efficient and more profitable in the long term.

Another immigration scandal that has beset the region is a visa scam that bilked foreign investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars. In exchange for the promise of green cards, these individuals paid for two ski resorts and a biotechnology center that were supposed to create thousands of jobs and revitalize impoverished northern Vermont. The developers took the money, but the projects were never realized. We stopped by the site of one of these projects in Newport, which now sits as a large hole in the ground, and talked to a local about the fallout of the scam. Our colleague David North has written extensively on this and other such visa scams that have occurred in the EB-5 investor program, which have beset various places across the country.

The problems on this part of the northern border are different in scale from those on the southern border, but not in kind. A predictable mix of inconvenience, vulnerability, crime, desperation, and exploitation can be found, like everywhere else there is an international boundary. It helps somewhat that both the United States and Canada are developed countries, largely eliminating the desire for established residents to cross illegally. But such calm is offset by the ease of overseas travel. People from around the world are now able to get to this section of the border and they are enticed to do so by the conflicting messages sent by both governments. This gets us to the most pressing border problem, which is not how to maintain order, but determining whether it is still politically desirable to do so.

Western elites are experiencing a crisis of confidence that is challenging long-held notions of national sovereignty. The political class has largely abandoned the conviction that immigration should be restricted. The view that there ought to be open borders now predominates among leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties, much to the chagrin of the American people. The same dynamic is present in Canada. There was a sense of resignation from the two RCMP officers we spoke to in Quebec when they explained that most of the illegal crossers they detain get asylum. It was the same resignation that was voiced by two Border Patrol agents who told us that morale is terrible, turnover is high, and their superiors will not even furnish them with adequate equipment. And it was the same resignation we heard from a retired agent who succinctly put it: "We enforce the law, but there are no consequences." The Obama administration has resettled hundreds of thousands of illegal crossers into the United States — in direct violation of the law and the mission of the Border Patrol — in just the past couple years.

Former Canadian Ambassador James Bissett, a high ranking immigration official for more than three decades who served as an aide to prime ministers, met us for dinner one night in Ottawa. After sharing a detailed history of immigration to his country, he discussed the transformation that is now underway. Since 1985, Canada's population has increased by 40 percent — the largest increase of any developed country. Certain areas have experienced near total demographic replacement. The current Liberal Party government of Justin Trudeau, along with nearly all of the political opposition, has embraced this transformation, pledging to admit record numbers of immigrants, including tens of thousands from the Middle East. Next month they will waive visa restrictions for Mexico, creating a host of challenges for themselves and the United States. There is concern, even among some sympathetic members of the elite, that such policies are endangering the security of the region.

Mass immigration is no longer a distinctly American phenomenon. It has become the de facto position of Canada and many other western governments. The leaders who are pushing it see the free movement of people as a human right, one that is part of an emerging globalist perspective on governance. That perspective is directly at odds with the worldview of most of their citizens, creating a bitter conflict that goes right to the heart of what it means to have the consent of the governed. The rise of nationalism in Europe, the British decision to leave the European Union, and the populist surge of Donald Trump are all recent manifestations of the peoples' simmering discontent. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials on both sides of the Canadian border quietly do their jobs, leaving the more philosophical questions to their political leaders, and the voters.


Learn more about CIS - visit the Center for Immigration Studies website.

 

Do you know what your favorite candidate really thinks about immigration?

OFIR has now posted reports on immigration positions of candidates

Please take a look at the important information OFIR has gathered and share it with others as widely as you can before the election.
 
OFIR has posted on its website detailed information on the immigration positions of many candidates in the November general election. 
 
Below is a list of the statewide offices for which information on immigration positions is available and has been posted.  There is also a report on the Presidential election candidates.
 
To see the entire list, you can visit http://www.oregonir.org/immigration-topics/2016-general-election.  Alternatively, you can visit the OFIR home page at: http://www.oregonir.org/, click on Immigration Topics in the right-column menu, then Elections, then 2016 General Election.
 

The Anti-Immigration Activist Who Set The Stage For Donald Trump


 

Standing up to La Raza Racists in Los Angeles

Arthur  Schaper
 
As published Oct. 8, 2016  on Townhall.com

Los Angeles County was once a red area.

Ronald Reagan won LA in 1980—but it was a squeaker.  1984 was better. Of course, Reagan wiped the floor with Mondale across the country.

The last time a Republican Governor won LA? Pete Wilson, 1994, running on a platform of stopping illegal immigration.

The 2003 recall didn’t do much for GOP chances in Los Angeles. The majority voted “No!” to the recall, but wanted Schwarzenegger to be the next Governor.

Now, Los Angeles County has turned into a cesspool of illegal immigration, the lynchpin for Democratic dominance (besides the Bay Area). Poverty is the norm, with studded concentrations of extreme wealth dotting the rotten landscape.

Fifty years ago, Americans were flocking to the Golden State. Now, working families and small businesses can’t wait to leave. The state has turned into a sanctuary for criminals, and not just the ones who get elected in unopposed contests in election cycle after cycle. Felons can now vote … in prison!

The forces taking over Los Angeles are particularly violent and cruel.

The illegal alien amnesty panderers want open borders.  They want immediate citizenship.  They want the taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, because “we owe them.”

What drives this rabid—racist—crowd of activists?

For three decades, Chicano studies college courses in the Los Angeles area have indoctrinated Hispanic youth to believe that the United States of America stole territory from Mexico. Dave Hernandez, a full-on conservative Republican Angeleno, intimated to me how undergraduate ethnic “curricula” drive the harsh demand from a younger generation of Hispanics to take back California and bring it under Mexican auspices.

They need to revisit their history, much of which has been sadly “Brown-washed,” cloaked in ethnic hatred, rather than illuminated with truth. History lesson: during the Mexican-American war of 1846-1848, the majority of Mexican nationals wanted to become … Americans! They were hoping for the legal and cultural stability which the United States was developing. All of this, once again, comes back to culture. The American Revolution was an affirmation of right under Common Law. The French, Mexican, and Soviet Revolutions proceeded from a radical and fundamentally flawed view of human nature, i.e. that man is basically good, that power in the hands of the right people will make all things right.

Today’s progenitors of this political terrorism swarm the streets of Los Angeles County.

They are La Raza, or specifically known as “National Council of La Raza.” Also located in major urban (read, Democratic) areas like Chicago and New York City, they push an agenda for immigration “reform.”

They currently receive 15% of their funding from … the government. In effect, we are paying for foreign nationals and their abusive enablers to detract and demean this country. Check out this video by Grindall61, and you will see how brazen and contemptible these racist activists have become.

They fly the Mexican flag on American soil.

They rally to protect criminal illegal aliens, incarcerated in American jails, while American citizens are subject to their crimes and antics on our streets. They exalt illegal aliens and Muslim refugees above American citizens.

They take over city council meetings with raucous chants. They have stormed the streets in urban areas, especially Los Angeles, as they claim that unfettered illegal immigration is a human right, rather than an inhuman misdeed. Sadly, elected officials whom La Raza has bought and controlled are expanding their influence in Southern California, but not without a fight from the lawful American citizens, born and raised, who are helping to rebuild this country.

La Raza’s political allies include the corrupt, rogue city council of Huntington Park, which appointed two illegal aliens—yes, illegals—instead of two out of the many thousands of legal residents who live in the city. Did I forget to mention that they dismissed all the previous commissioners, all legal and law-abiding citizens in the city?

Their agenda is spreading like a corrosive cancer. Cudahy, Bell, Maywood—all sanctuary cities—invite the lawlessness which accompanies illegal immigration. Los Angeles, the Queen of ethnocentric crime and corruption, has turned into a warzone on the rule of law. US Senator Chuck Grassley is one of few statesmen demanding an investigation into why an illegal alien named Johnny Sanchez was able to set fire to an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles … which claimed five American lives.

I have written before about the wild, destructive antics of La Raza against veterans, against conservatives. Their desperate antics are on full display here. Now, I have exposed their hateful agenda to my own city council, and they in turn have gotten fearful. Instead of running away or staying quiet, we California conservatives are standing up to these racist bullies. We have called out their antics, including their enablers. Check out this video for my full comments to the Torrance City Council.

One La Raza activist has (petulantly) threatened to shut down an upcoming local meeting in my city, where Latinos Por Trump will gather to signal their support for a candidate who will enforce the law, secure the border, and protect the citizenry. Learn more about these brave patriots who identify with their country, and not their skin color or their parents’ country of origin.

Even before I got on the Trump Train, I welcomed the Donald’s anti-PC rhetoric, and his stern capacity to tell the truth. The media lambastes Trump and Pence because they paint a dire picture of our country’s current state.

Domestic terrorists like these La Raza activists attack private property and reject the national integrity of the greatest nation on earth. These attacks should alarm us, awaken us to our need to step up, stand for what is right, and fight when necessary.

It’s about time that We the People took the threats to our sovereignty and national security seriously. Let’s push back against every enemy, foreign or domestic, who thinks anything less of the United States of America.

Let’s claim our true raza: American. Let’s Make America Great Again.

To read the original article - and read comments related to the story click here.

 

Tribute to Dr. John Tanton

John H. Tanton, M.D. - retired ophthalmologist and eye surgeon is recognized as the founder of the modern immigration immigration reform movement.  A video tribute to John H. Tanton, M.D. is now available.  Tanton is also publisher and former editor of The Social Contract.

As a strong conservationist and leading advocate for the environment, Dr. John Tanton founded the Petoskey, Michigan regional Audubon Society. He has been active in a number of environmental organizations, both locally and nationally. Dr. Tanton recognized that continued human population growth is a significant contributor to environmental problems and he therefore became involved with the Sierra Club Population Committee and became President and board member of Zero Population Growth.

As immigration became the driving force behind unending U.S. population growth, John Tanton founded FAIR - the Federation for American Immigration Reform. John Tanton is pro-immigrant and pro-legal immigration, but at reduced, sustainable numbers. He states:

"The stresses caused by population growth cannot be solved by international migration. They must be confronted by and within each individual nation. Fundamental to the concept of national rights and responsibilities is the duty of each nation to match its population with its political, social, and environmental resources, in both the short and the long term. No nation should exceed what the biologists call its 'carrying capacity.'"

This video is a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Dr. John Tanton. For more information, see:

The John Tanton website
http://johntanton.org/

The Social Contract
http://www.thesocialcontract.com/

Suspicious activity at the DHS shows need for change

 
The report included below, by a 30-year veteran of service as an immigration officer, raises critical questions about the integrity of the present Department of Homeland Security administration.   It appears our country is in dire need of a change in management.
 
On September 26, 2016, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, an organization of ICE employees headed by Chris Crane, endorsed Donald Trump for President, saying in part:   “America has been lied to about every aspect of immigration in the United States. We can fix our broken immigration system, and we can do it in a way that honors America’s legacy as a land of immigrants, but Donald Trump is the only candidate who is willing to put politics aside so that we can achieve that goal. We hereby endorse Donald J. Trump, and urge all Americans, especially the millions of lawful immigrants living within our country, to support Donald J. Trump, and to protect American jobs, wages and lives.”  
 
Trump has also received the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council, a union of 16,500 Border Patrol Agents, which said:  “There is no greater physical or economic threat to Americans today than our open border. And there is no greater political threat than the control of Washington by special interests. In view of these threats, the National Border Patrol Council endorses Donald J. Trump for President – and asks the American people to support Mr. Trump in his mission to finally secure the border of the United States of America, before it is too late.”
 
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers has also endorsed Donald Trump. 
 
Here a veteran immigration officer, now retired, examines the evidence:
 
Considering Those 1,982 Special Interest Aliens Who Fraudulently Naturalized
By Dan Cadman, September 26, 2016
 
On September 8, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) issued an audit report titled "Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records".
 
The report drew immediate attention from the media and innumerable other observers, including members of Congress, because of its primary finding: that the DHS agency responsible for administering immigration benefits, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),
 
[G]ranted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization process, their digital fingerprint records were not available. The digital records were not available because although USCIS procedures require checking applicants' fingerprints against both the Department of Homeland Security's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) digital fingerprint repositories, neither contains all old fingerprint records.
 
In point of fact, the 858 cited above is low. When read in totality, the report actually indicates that, after scrubbing to remove duplicates, 1,029 individuals were identified as having scammed the system — only 858 of those, though, were because of lack of digitized fingerprints. We have no clue how the other 171 got away with their naturalization fraud.
 
What's more, after the initial batch, another 953 were identified. This makes for a grand total of 1,982 aliens who fraudulently obtained naturalization, all of them from "special interest" countries or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. Special interest nations are those whose nationals pose significant risk to the United States due to terrorism.
 
USCIS and DHS officials have blamed incomplete fingerprint records for the lapse. The fingerprint records reside in two key databases: DHS's own IDENT system, which contains the biometric data of both immigration violators and applicants for admission or benefits, and the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, which subsumed and expanded on the FBI's previous IAFIS system. As the OIG explains, both repositories are incomplete, either because some inked fingerprint cards that were taken prior to the modern digital age were never subsequently scanned, digitized, and entered into the systems (almost certainly true for DHS, but denied by the FBI), or because in the past enforcement officials in the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) failed to ink arrested aliens' fingers, complete the cards, and send them to the FBI in pre-IDENT days. If they had done so, then they would have resulted in a kickback during the naturalization process — that kickback being in the form of a "rap sheet" return showing the prior INS arrests, which at least ostensibly would have alerted the USCIS officials to an adverse immigration history.
 
From my own nearly 30 years experience as an immigration officer, the claim that fingerprints were not taken in all enforcement actions resulting in arrest and ultimate deportation strains credibility to the breaking point. I never knew of such a case within my working experience. If it happened, it would have been not only a lapse, but a shocking rarity. Part of the process of arrest inevitably included booking the alien: taking photos, fingerprinting on a red FBI arrest card showing the charge "dep proc" (deportation proceedings), recording biographical data, and preparing an arrest report and charging document. The arrest reports required supervisory review and the charging documents had to be approved and signed even higher up, by a select few designated senior officers. So for the fingerprinting not to have taken place would have implicated several levels of increasingly senior supervisory and managerial field office officials. More likely is that the prints were deemed "unclassifiable" by FBI technicians at the time; this was something that could happen when prints were too smudged and the whorls, loops and other distinctive marks not as crisp as required to classify them. But most seasoned officers were alert to this possibility, and took care to insist that arrestees clean their hands before being printed to eliminate surface oils, etc., and then rolled and inspected the prints attentively.
 
In describing why there are old fingerprints that were never subsequently scanned and digitized into the IDENT system for future matching (as should have happened in these 1,982 cases), the OIG says,
ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement, another DHS agency] has led an effort to digitize old fingerprint records that were taken on cards and upload them into IDENT. In 2011, ICE searched a DHS database for aliens who were fugitives, convicted criminals, or had final deportation orders dating back to 1990. ICE identified about 315,000 such aliens whose fingerprint records were not in IDENT. Because fingerprints are no longer taken on paper cards, this number will not grow. In 2012, DHS received $5 million from Congress to pull its paper fingerprint cards from aliens' files and digitize and upload them into IDENT, through an ICE-led project called the Historical Fingerprint Enrollment (HFE). Through HFE, ICE began digitizing the old fingerprint cards of the 315,000 aliens with final deportation orders, criminal convictions, or fugitive status and uploading them into IDENT. The process was labor intensive, requiring staff to manually pull the fingerprint cards from aliens' files. ICE reviewed 167,000 aliens' files and uploaded fingerprint records into IDENT before HFE funding was depleted.
 
This explanation too, begets more questions than it answers:
• Simply saying that ICE "did not receive further funding" to complete the digitizing job begs the issue. Our sources tell us that neither ICE nor DHS ever requested additional funding through the appropriations process when the money ran out. Why didn't they, and why didn't the OIG ask or report on that? 
• Given the obvious fact that (as the OIG report makes painfully, abundantly clear) more than one DHS component would have benefited from the digitization effort, when ICE funding ran out why wasn't USCIS ordered by the DHS secretary to dip into that giant slush fund, the Immigration Examinations Fee Account, to make up the shortfall? USCIS is sitting on well over a billion dollars in that account right now. Using the Immigration Examinations Fee Account to digitize fingerprints seems to me a better, more honest, use of the money than funding extra-statutory and constitutionally dubious "executive action" programs like DACA and CAM, "entrepreneur paroles", etc. that have so richly benefited from the fee fund. A few million dollars would have finished digitizing the prints and the money could have been available overnight because Congress doesn't control the account, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson does.
• What is going on right now to rectify the situation? What steps are DHS and the Justice Department jointly taking to revoke these fraudulent naturalizations and criminally prosecute the fraudsters who obtained the benefits by lying about the names and/or their dates of birth, and withheld the critical information relating to their orders of removal? I gather that the answer to this is, sadly, "not much." Some news sources say prosecutors have accepted only two out of 28 referrals.
Why only two acceptances? Why only 28 referrals? The naturalization application form, N-400 and its accompanying instructions seem pretty clear to me. The first three items in the instructions tell the applicant to provide his legal name and all other names used, in order to cover aliases and prevent aliens from playing games with their names to avoid being detected.
There are also questions in Part 9 of the form asking for very detailed information about when the alien was last outside the United States, which obviously would cover prior deportations if the applicants tell the truth — and if they don't and conceal their absence from the country, shouldn't that form the basis for a criminal prosecution? After all, how could you not say you were outside the United States if you were removed?
Then there is question 23 in Section 12: "Have you EVER been arrested by any law enforcement officer (including any immigration official or any official of the U.S. armed forces) for any reason?" (Emphasis in original.) You can't get much clearer than that.
• Finally, we have to ask ourselves this: If this outrage is what happened just for the period reviewed by DHS OIG in the course of its audit, what conclusions can we reach about what's happening right now, with USCIS's ongoing push to naturalize tens of thousands of people in time for the election? It can't possibly be good, can it? Shades of Citizenship USA! There is the possibility that all kinds of security threats and felons are fraudulently becoming citizens, not that they much care at DHS, I suppose, since that's within the acceptable boundaries of risk for the administration's "transformative" agenda.
 
So much for the DHS mission statement: "Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear — keeping America safe."
 
It's all rather remarkable and shabby.

Clinton knew thousands of criminal aliens were being released, did nothing

September 14, 2016

Federal records show that from 2008 to 2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens who had been ordered deported were released back onto our streets because their home countries refused to take them back. This unacceptable practice has allowed many of these criminal aliens to commit new and serious crimes after their release, including rape, assault, child molestation, drug dealing, and murder. This serious problem was well known to Hillary Clinton the entire time she was Secretary of State. Yet she failed to stop this practice when she had the duty and responsibility do so as Secretary of State, failing to follow clear legal requirement passed by Congress.

Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act commands that when a foreign nation refuses or “unreasonably” delays the return of one of their nationals, the Secretary of State shall order our consular officials to stop issuing visas to persons from that country. As Secretary, she clearly had both actual and constructive notice about these practices from many nations. Yet, Hillary Clinton failed to fulfill her duty to use this authority and stop this practice, even once. For most nations, using this authority will get compliance in short order. Of course, there are many other diplomatic and financial actions the United States can take to promptly end the refusals and delays.

While the full scope of this problem and all of the crimes may not be known to the public, the available information is disturbing.

The Boston Globe has reported that between 2008 and 2014, almost 13,000 convicted aliens that should have been detained until deported, were released onto our streets, resulting in numerous totally preventable rapes, assaults and murders, among other crimes. For example, a convicted criminal alien who should have been deported to Haiti in 2012 was instead released, and murdered 25-year-old Casey Chadwick just last year. The Boston Globe further reported that, out of the data it analyzed, there were more convicted killers released from 2008 to 2012 than traffic violators.

Hillary Clinton must explain to the American people, and especially to the victims of these criminal aliens who were not deported, why she did not act to prevent these tragic events.

Jeff Sessions represents Alabama in the United States Senate, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

 

A peek behind the curtains at ICE

 
Dan Cadman is a retired INS/ICE official with many years’ experience enforcing immigration laws back in that distant era when there was some actual enforcement of those laws.  He now writes for the Center for Immigration Studies, exposing case after case of malfeasance in our current immigration program. 
 
He applauds candidate Donald Trump’s promise to triple the number of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) deportation officers, and offers a fascinating inside look at how the US ICE of today developed, and how it came to be functioning as it does today.  The story is as byzantine as any movie Hollywood could dream up.
 
Here are some excerpts from his article of Sept. 7, 2016, A Closer Look at Trump’s Promise to Triple the ICE Officer Corps:
 
“Trump was careful to say that he would triple the number of deportation officers in ICE. That was a measured distinction — a recognition that ICE is itself divided into two somewhat incompatible functions. The two divisions within ICE are Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO — the 'deportation officers') and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI — the special agents). HSI probably has a bit more than half of the agent/officer corps within ICE. They are paid at a higher grade level. Once upon a time, HSI maintained the fiction that it did the ‘higher level’ immigration enforcement work while ERO was simply there to ‘pick up the bodies’. That was never really true, because when ICE was created the former U.S. Customs agents, disliking their shotgun wedding with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officers, undertook a hostile takeover of the investigations division and ruthlessly weeded out the immigration types, forcing them into ERO. Still, it recognized the need for at least a certain amount of maintenance work in the immigration arena. Even that facade has crumbled, in no small measure because this administration would much rather that the HSI agents do no immigration enforcement:   …
 
“HSI at the outset had a robust program designed to combat alien smuggling. This was in no small measure because it had inherited a seasoned cadre of anti-smuggling investigators from the INS. They too found a hostile work environment within HSI, a general lack of appetite for their work, and either voluntarily or under pressure migrated into ERO. Now alien smuggling efforts constitute significantly less than 10 percent of HSI's agent productive hours.  …
 
“Trump may not be fully aware of this ‘inside baseball’ look at ICE's structure and dysfunction as it has developed under the Obama administration, but it is clear that someone who is giving him advice on immigration matters is extremely knowledgeable about the current lamentable state of affairs; …
 
“Whoever it is that provided the advice to Mr. Trump, let me offer a word of thanks on behalf of the many Americans who are deeply concerned over the immigration vacuum that has developed, and let us hope that the next administration takes its responsibility to enforce the immigration laws seriously.”
 

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