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OFIR VP lays out Trump's path to victory in Oregon

OFIR Vice President Richard LaMountain has clearly laid out a reasonable path to an Oregon win for Donald Trump's bid for the Presidency.

Oregon has a blue reputation, but, in this particular case, it may be tenuous at best.  

Read LaMountain's VDare article and then consider helping the first presidential candidate, in decades, that has openly and meaningfully addressed the problems surrounding illegal immigration.
 

UAMs and Family Unit Border Surge Continues Undeterred

New statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal that the surge of unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) and family units crossing the southwest border is continuing undeterred. (See CBP Apprehension Statistics) The statistics, released last week, show that 5,669 UAMs — many coming from Central America — were apprehended crossing the southwest border in May. (MRC, June 17, 2016)

Additionally, some 6,788 family units were apprehended during the same time period. (Id.) Overall, the total number of all illegal alien apprehensions at the southwest border so far in FY 2016 is up roughly 19 percent from FY 2015 numbers during the same time period. (Id.) CBP reported catching 2,231 more illegal aliens in May than they did in April, which until last month was the record-holder for monthly apprehensions so far in FY2016. (Id.)

In a press release announcing the new statistics, CBP touted that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson recently visited Central America to reiterate that America's borders are not open to illegal migration. (See CBP Apprehension Statistics) However, the actions of the Obama administration say otherwise, as they have repeatedly refused to actually address the underlying causes of the illegal migration from Central America, notably the fact that UAMs and family units who cross the border know they will get to stay in the U.S. once they arrive.

Specifically, once Central American UAMs and family units are apprehended at the border, they receive papers setting court dates and are then released into the U.S. (FAIR Legislative Update, Dec. 1, 2015) These documents are known as "notices to appear," but illegal aliens refer to them as "permisos," or free passes, because they give permission to stay in the country while they await their appearance in already backlogged immigration courts. (Id.)

Testifying before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing late last year, Chris Cabrera of the National Border Patrol Council stated that "[these documents] are now known as the ‘notice to disappear' — 80 percent, 90 percent of those folks will not show up for that hearing." (See Cabrera Testimony, Oct. 21, 2015; FAIR Legislative Update, Oct. 27, 2015) The decisive solution to the crisis at the border, according to Cabrera, is for illegal border crossers to be "detained, adjudicated, and repatriated." (Cabrera Testimony, Oct. 21, 2015)

Deadlocked Supreme Court blocks Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court blocked President Obama's effort to protect more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation Thursday, deadlocking 4-4 over a plan that had divided the nation as well as the justices.

The tie vote leaves intact lower federal court rulings that stopped the program in its tracks more than a year ago...

It was a sudden, crushing defeat for millions of parents who came to the country illegally and have lived in the shadows, often for decades. The administration had hoped that at least one of the more conservative justices -- possibly Chief Justice John Roberts -- would rule that the plan posed no financial threat to the states and therefore could not be challenged in court.

...the one-sentence opinion simply announced that the court was "equally divided" and unable to muster a majority for either side.

That's all opponents needed to block the "deferred action" program, which would have offered qualifying parents of children who were born in the United States or are legal residents the right to remain in the country...

The immigration battle was waged on two fronts before the court: The administration fought with the states as well as with the House of Representatives, which previously blocked the president's effort to confer legal status to some of the nation's more than 11 million illegal immigrants...

Obama announced the "Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents," or DAPA program, in November 2014. It would extend protections to more than 4 million parents who meet the criteria, just as a 2012 program did for immigrants brought to the United States as children. More than 700,000 have qualified for that earlier program.

Once qualified, parents also could apply for work authorization, pay taxes and receive some government benefits, such as Social Security. Those with criminal backgrounds or who have arrived since 2010 would not qualify.

Texas challenged Obama's authority to implement the policy by executive action, rather than going through Congress. Federal district court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, upheld the challenge in February 2015 and blocked the program from being implemented nationwide. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld that ruling last November in a 2-1 decision.

The Supreme Court agreed in January to hear the case, expanding its scope to include whether Obama's action violated the Constitution's "Take Care Clause" by failing to faithfully execute the nation's immigration laws.

In written briefs and oral arguments, the Justice Department contended that the policy only would make official what was happening anyway — undocumented immigrants who do not have criminal records and are not priorities for deportation are generally left alone. The government only has enough funds to deport about 400,000 a year, they said.

Lawyers for Texas and the House of Representatives countered that while the president can decide not to deport individual immigrants, only Congress can defer action on a class-wide basis.

The state's injury claim focused on what it said would have been the need to spend money issuing driver's licenses to hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Federal officials said that was Texas' choice, and not a ground for a lawsuit.

Supreme Court blocks Obama immigration plan

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. 

The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

The 4-4 tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.

Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states' lawsuit. 

The decision lands in the middle of a heated election season...

Democrats have, in turn, called his rhetoric racially divisive..

The case dealt with two separate Obama programs. One would allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents to live and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation. The other would expand an existing program to protect from deportation a larger population of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. 

Obama decided to move forward after Republicans won control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections...

The Senate had passed a broad immigration bill with Democratic and Republican support in 2013, but the measure went nowhere in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

The states quickly went to court to block the Obama initiatives.

Their lawsuit was heard initially by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Hanen previously had criticized the administration for lax immigration enforcement. Hanen sided with the states, blocking the programs from taking effect. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled for the states, and the Justice Department rushed an appeal to the high court so that it could be heard this term.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A letter from The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers to the American People

The appointment of Mark Morgan as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol is the same as President Obama sitting in that chair.

By now Americans that are paying attention realize that our way of life is under attack by this administration and our institutions have been systematically corrupted by their influence.  This message to the American people is to assist those that do care and are paying attention to connect the dots about how this administration is proceeding with their anti-American agenda to further corrupt border security.   These similarly embedded corruptive agents that remain throughout government after this administration expires will continue their agenda if permitted to do so.

We watched in disgust as the ACLU, SPLC and the Department of Justice joined hands to attack the U.S. Border Patrol for unnecessary violence which was a bogus claim.  We understood at the time those were the first major shots fired by this administration to fundamentally transform and cut the effectiveness of the U.S. Border Patrol to zero when it began. 

Unfortunately, few in Washington D.C. care about National Security and Public Safety and gleefully go along with the administrations attack program that coincides with the Central American surge and the vast un-vetted numbers coming in under the guise of Refugee Resettlement.  Silence is as effective an assent as a yea vote to these plans.

Such official D.C. chicanery gives credence to those doubting any actions by this government consider what is best for the American people.

This  "appointment" is quite obviously another glaring example at first glance. 

Zack Taylor, Chairman and Border Security Expert

NAFBPO.org

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From: COMMISSIONER KERLIKOWSKE
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 7:57 AM
Subject: Commissioner's Message: Commissioner Kerlikowske Announces Border Patrol Chief (Kerlikowske reports to Jeh Johnson who reports to President Obama.)

This morning I will be announcing that I have selected Mark Morgan as chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.  You will see from Mark's long career in law enforcement and the leadership positions he has held that he will fulfill at the highest level the obligations and responsibilities of leading the outstanding law enforcement organization that is the Border Patrol.  There was a national search for a chief and a professional and objective process used to select Mr. Morgan.  The pool of candidates who applied yielded an array of extremely experienced, dedicated, and professional law enforcement executives in federal law enforcement and within the Border Patrol who sought this critical position. 

I also want to address very directly the selection of someone who is not a part of the Border Patrol, (which is obviously part of the objective criteria?)   The position of a law enforcement chief at the local, state, or federal level is one that demands an exhausting commitment of time; time that must be spent analyzing its future in light of rapid changes and time charting a course from a variety of perspectives.  (NAFBPO comment, based on political objectives not related to enforcing existing law which constitutes a fundamental transformation.)  That is why almost all federal law enforcement agencies have at various times chosen someone from outside their ranks to make that assessment and chart that course.  (The border patrol did not make this choice, the Obama Administration made the choice which is the same as President Obama filling the position in person.)  The U.S. Capitol Police (Vince Foster), U.S. Park Police, Coast Guard CID, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, ATF (fast & furious), and DEA among others have done the same in addition to large local and state law enforcement organizations across the country.  None of those decisions to have a leader from outside the organization (officially) reflected negatively on the current leadership of those agencies.  In the case of the Border Patrol, the current leadership across the top, from Headquarters to the field, consists of the finest group of men and women that I have worked with in my more than 40 years in law enforcement.

I welcome Mark as an important member of President Obama's leadership team at CBP and DHS and firmly believe that his experience listed below and long and successful career in law enforcement will be of great value to the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol.  (We doubt very seriously that Mark Morgan will benefit the National Security and Public Safety of America or the American people.) 

R. Gil Kerlikowske  Commissioner

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Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan joins U.S. Customs and Border Protection with a 30-year career in the military and law enforcement related to anti-terrorism and border security operations.  (Specifically, what were each and all of his contributions in fact, not in vague undefined terms?)

Mr. Morgan has a 20-year career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he is an Assistant Director. During his time at the FBI, which began as a special agent in 1996 assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, Mr. Morgan served in multiple leadership positions. 

In 2008, Mr. Morgan served as the Deputy On-Scene in Baghdad, Iraq where he was responsible for all FBI personnel and operations within the Iraq Theater of Operations within the Counterterrorism Division. (Specifically, what did he do?  Did he assist in drafting the rules of engagement for U.S. Military there?  Perhaps screening information deemed not appropriate for the American public? )  

In 2010, he was named the Section Chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center, with responsibility for leading the FBI’s global command and strategic intelligence center.  (During the phase of the rise of ISIS what specifically were all of his recommendations, published and unpublished?)

The following year,  2011, Mr. Morgan was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division, where he was responsible for leading all threat-based and intelligence driven counterterrorism, criminal, cyber, and counterintelligence operations extending from the western tip of Texas to the City of Midland.  (Was he involved in ensuring final development of the Transnational Crime Corridor from Juarez, CHIH, Mexico, into the United States by Wilderness Designations created by an Obama Executive Order in the Potrillo Mountains over the will of the people in the Southwest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7PiDPbV0z0&index=5&list=PLZgh-ICwJq-sI5BipuSRUTFqmCMPqUgGY

From 3 minutes 58 seconds to 14 minutes 8 seconds.

In 2013, as the Deputy Assistant Director, Inspection Division, Mr. Morgan directed day to day operations to ensure compliance and facilitate the improvement of performance by providing independent, evaluative oversight of all FBI investigative and administrative operations. (Specifically, did this include removing all training references to radical islamic jihad, Muslim Brotherhood and similar material from training texts and existing investigators guides ?)

In, 2014, Mr. Morgan served in a detail assignment with CBP as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Internal Affairs where he planned, organized, and coordinated the complete re-design of CBP’s Use of Force Incident Response protocols. He directed operations related to the screening of potential employees for suitability, implemented internal security measures, and launched CBP’s criminal and serious administrative misconduct investigative unit. In this position, he was responsible for obtaining CBP’s new authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against CBP employees.  (Specifically, did this include commendation medals for Agents engaged in deadly force situations wherein they did not use deadly force?  Objectively speaking, what exactly did he cause to be implemented ?)

In 2015, he was appointed as Assistant Director of the FBI’s Training Division, in Quantico, Virginia, with responsibility for overseeing the delivery of training, professional development and defensive systems to the FBI workforce, and domestic national security, law enforcement, and international partners throughout the world.  (Specifically, did part of this training serve as a policy blindfold to investigators for incidents like Fort Hood, San Jose and Orlando?)

Mr. Morgan was an active-duty member and reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Before joining the FBI, he served as a deputy sheriff in Platte County, Missouri and as an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  (Major Hassan was on active duty with the U.S. Army.  Mateen was a security guard for Wackenhut before he became front page in Orlando.  Whatever else are Morgan's qualifications we can be assured his main qualification is carrying out the Obama administrations policies as being levied against law enforcement agencies nationwide and further avoids protecting National Security and Public Safety through strict enforcement of existing Immigration Law

Gov. Brown should tell feds: no more Syrian refugees to Oregon

Will some of the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is hustling through a truncated vetting process make their way to Oregon?

In early April, the Associated Press’ Khetam Malkawi reported, “the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up ‘surge operation’ for refugees left Jordan” for Kansas City, Mo. “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months,” Malkawi wrote, “the surge operation will reduce the time to three months.” Its purpose? To help President Barack Obama meet his goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Between the start of the fiscal year last October and April 1, the State Department reports, 17 Syrian refugees had been resettled in Oregon. Obama’s surge could increase that number suddenly and dramatically — to the detriment, as we’ll see, of many Oregonians. First, however, let’s look at what 10,000 Syrian refugees could mean for the nation as a whole.

In regard to their country of origin, FBI counter-terrorist official Michael Steinbach told Congress last year, “We don’t have systems in place on the ground to collect information to vet ... The dataset, the police, the intel services that normally you would (consult) to seek information” about refugees don’t exist. Consequently, even under the more comprehensive pre-surge vetting, terrorists from Syria could and did slip through the cracks. One prominent example: Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, a Syrian admitted to the United States as a refugee in 2012, returned to his home country and fought for the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam in late 2013 and early 2014. Afterward, eluding State Department screening yet again, he returned to the United States. Under Obama’s dramatically-shortened vetting process, even more Al-Jayabs likely will be able to enter our country.

Granted, not all Syrian refugees would be terrorists. But to the communities in which they settle and to Americans as a whole, they would constitute a significant fiscal burden. “More than 90 percent of recent Mideast refugees draw food stamps and about 70 percent receive free health care and cash welfare,” noted Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Indeed, the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector estimates that the 10,000 Syrian refugees the administration aims to resettle here, over the course of their lifetimes, likely would cost U.S. taxpayers $6.5 billion.

And now, to Oregon.

Late last year, Gov. Kate Brown said our state “will ... open the doors of opportunity” to Syrian refugees. If she makes good on that, however, she may shut those same doors on some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, some 200,000 Oregon residents are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated recently, more than 16 percent of Oregonians live in poverty. The city of Portland, OPB reported late last year, has a shortage of some 24,000 housing units “affordable to the lowest-income renters” (those available for $750 a month or less); the Washington County housing market, said the county’s Housing Services Department, has recently suffered “a shortage of affordable housing for extremely low-income and low-income households.” And Oregon’s $7.4 billion K-12 school fund for the 2015-17 biennium, a state legislative committee determined last year, was almost $1.8 billion short of the amount needed “to reach the state’s educational goals.” Clearly, some of Oregon’s youngest and poorest would be harmed by an influx of refugees who would compete against them for already-insufficient jobs, shelter and education dollars.

What then, should Brown do?

Federal law 8 U.S.C. 1522 states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with resettling refugees, “shall consult” with state governments “concerning ... the intended distribution of refugees among the states and localities before their placement.” Among the criteria for such placement: “the availability of (an area’s) employment opportunities, affordable housing, and public and private resources (including educational, health care, and mental health services.)” The law further directs HHS, “to the maximum extent possible,” to “take into account recommendations of the state(s).”

Citing this law, Brown should contact HHS and explain how an influx of Syrian refugees would harm some of her state’s most vulnerable residents. Coming from a Democrat friendly to the president’s overall agenda, her argument could sway the department’s chief refugee-resettlement officials.

Though the governor’s compassion toward refugees is laudable, it is to her fellow Oregonians — those she was elected to serve — that she owes her foremost responsibility. Immediately, she should contact HHS and say: For the sake of our own struggling people, send no more Syrian refugees to Oregon.

Cynthia Kendoll of Salem and Richard F. LaMountain of Cedar Mill are president and vice president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform

Rioters Prove Mexicans “Not Criminals” By Committing Criminal Acts; Prove Their Loyalty To The U.S. By Brandishing The Mexican Flag–Brilliant Strategy!

The violent mayhem being loosed against Trump at various rallies resembles that of a Third World country. It should also remind us that the framers of the U.S. Constitution were against “mobocracy”.

A significant proportion of these rioters are Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, though it is clear they self-identify as the former not the latter.

They are angry at Trump for calling Mexicans criminals. So to prove Trump is wrong they commit criminal acts.

Yeah, that’s brilliant.

Do they claim to be Americans? If so, why brandish the Mexican flag and yell “¡Viva México!”?

Once again, it’s brilliant.

It’s brilliant for the Trump Campaign because it shows in bold relief what is at stake here.

Why is there such a frenzied opposition to a candidate who wants to enforce the law?

It’s not just about one candidate. It really doesn’t matter what anybody thinks about Trump the man. Trump is a target because of what he stands for and for his courage.

I suggest readers browse the photographs of the violent protests outside a Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just look at these photographs. (Click here). These are not “demonstrators” they are violent people. Do we want our country turned over to people who act like this?

Just read the title of the article:

‘Thugs’ chant ‘Viva Mexico’ while burning Stars and Stripes flag as Trump’s may 24th rally in Albuquerque rally erupts in violence: Billionaire hits out at ‘criminals’ who clashed with riot police in the streets  by David Martosko, Daily Mail, May 25, 2016.

That’s just the title.

Once again, thanks to Britain’s Daily Mail for showing us Yanks what’s going on in our own country.

facismAmong other photographs, note the big unfurled Mexican flag in photograph number one , the “Facist [sic] not welcome on native land” in photograph 14 and the poor horse and its rider getting knocked down in photograph 15.

Where is the outrage? Where is the condemnation from Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, or for that matter from Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush?

Trump responded on his twitter that:

The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!

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Trump needs to continue to emphasize that. Demonstrators who brandish the Mexican flag and shout “¡Viva México!” to condemn an American candidate are behaving as de facto agents of a foreign nation.

It’s not we who are impugning their loyalty to a foreign power. It’s they themselves who do so, by their own behavior.

OFIR President attends American Principles Liberty Summit in Fresno, CA

Cynthia Kendoll, OFIR President was invited to attend the American Principles Liberty Summit Conference in Fresno, CA Saturday, May 21, 2016.  the conference was fast paced with over 40 speakers and as many vendors booths to visit.

Interesting, knowledgeable speakers covered topics ranging from 2nd and 5th amendment rights, radical Islam and terrorism, legal and illegal immigration, the upcoming general elections and much, much more.


 

The Miscarriage of Justice Department

The constitutional challenge to President Obama’s executive action on immigration keeps getting more remarkable. A federal judge has now exposed how the Justice Department systematically deceived lower courts about the Administration’s conduct, and he has imposed unprecedented legal measures to attempt to sterilize this ethics rot.

On Thursday District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas found that Obama Administration lawyers committed misconduct that he called “intentional, serious and material.” In 2015 he issued an injunction—now in front of the Supreme Court—blocking Mr. Obama’s 2014 order that rewrote immigration law to award legal status and federal and state benefits to nearly five million aliens.

When 26 states sued to block the order in December 2014, Justice repeatedly assured Judge Hanen that the Department of Homeland Security would not start processing applications until February 2015 at the earliest. Two weeks after the injunction came down, in March, Justice was forced to admit that DHS had already granted or renewed more than 100,000 permits.

Justice has also conceded in legal filings that all its lawyers knew all along that the DHS program was underway, despite what they said in briefs and hearings. One DOJ lawyer told Judge Hanen that “I really would not expect anything between now and the date of the hearing.” As the judge notes, “How the government can categorize the granting of over 100,000 applications as not being ‘anything’ is beyond comprehension.”

Justice’s only explanation is that its lawyers either “lost focus on the fact” or “the fact receded in memory or awareness”—the fact here being realities that the DOJ was required to disclose to the court. The states weren’t able to make certain arguments or seek certain legal remedies because the program supposedly hadn’t been implemented, leaving them in a weaker legal position.

More to the point, an attorney’s first and most basic judicial obligation is to tell the truth. Judge Hanen concludes that the misrepresentations “were made in bad faith” and “it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct.” Many a lawyer has been disbarred for less.

As a result, Judge Hanen ordered that any Washington-based Justice lawyer who “appears or seeks to appear” in any state or federal court in the 26 states must first attend a remedial ethics seminar on “candor to the court.” He also ordered Attorney General Loretta Lynch to prepare a “comprehensive plan” to prevent such falsification. Such extraordinary judicial oversight is usually reserved for companies with a pattern of corruption or racially biased police departments. Justice is sure to appeal, and whether Judge Hanen has the jurisdiction to impose his plan is uncharted legal territory.

Yet the misconduct he has unmasked should trouble Americans of all political persuasions. Prosecutors often abuse their powers in run-of-the-mill cases. But this is a constitutional challenge with major consequences for the separation of powers, and the deceit must have required the participation and coordination of dozens of political appointees and career lawyers. That suggests a serious institutional failure, not mere rogue actors.

Main Justice may have figured that the state challenge would be tossed for lack of standing, and thus its dissembling wouldn’t matter. This would mean that President Obama’s refusal to recognize the legal limits of his executive power has spread a culture of lawlessness among his lawyers too.

AG Lynch could salvage the credibility of the Justice Department by explaining how this breakdown happened. Whether you worry about how Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would wield government powers, everyone has an interest in an honest accounting of the facts that were denied to Judge Hanen.

More letters from America's heartland

VENTURA  COUNT
STAR
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Stealing jobs
May 10, 2016

Why are every one of these stories a "feel sorry for the undocumented illegals” story? These people were working in recognized professions in their own countries. They are educated and employed but could not follow the U.S. rules for immigration? Talk about stealing American jobs, this is it.

How about a story sympathizing with a Hispanic or other minority legal alien or citizen struggling to compete with the illegal aliens?

Benedict Lucchese, Camarillo

http://www.vcstar.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/Stealing-jobs-378912221.html

VENTURA  COUNTY
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Federal conflict

May 10, 2016

Our illustrious state of California has handed out professional licenses to illegal aliens to practice barbering, cosmetology, physicians, nursing and several other professions. This act is in direct conflict with federal law.

Meanwhile, the federal government stands by and does nothing. Is it any wonder people support Donald Trump?

Mary Vomund, Ventura

http://www.vcstar.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/Federal-conflict-378910261.html

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The News Journal    PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

May 10, 2016

Greed

The reporting about H-1B employees is yet another example of the corporate greed in our country.

The use of labor brokers and the way the employees are treated brings back lessons of the coal industry operators in the early 1900's. The problem of hiring and abusing cheaper labor from out of the state or is nothing new. Non Union construction companies have been doing it for years. They bring in out of state workers for much lower wages than in state union workers. In many cases they ship in undocumented immigrants and pay them next to nothing.

The H-1B employees take jobs away from our recent college graduates or higher paid employees in their 50's. The out of state workers and illegal aliens take jobs from Delaware Veterans and construction workers.

House Bill 283 sponsored by Senator Bethany Hall-Long will at least start to put skilled Delaware workers and our veterans to work on state funded construction jobs.

Maybe next she can sponsor a bill to stop the H-1B hires from taking all of the new tech jobs from Delaware's residents.

Joe Williams
Wilmington

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/10/letters-editor-greed/84199446/

Livingston Daily Press & Argus
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Reader wants more details on child molester’s status

May 10, 2016

(Editor’s note: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency declined to verify the immigration status of Erik Lopez-Ferreyra to the Livingston Daily. However, anyone who is not a U.S. citizen – which includes resident alien, on a visa or here in this country illegally – can face deportation if convicted of a felony).

Thank you for printing my comment regarding the conviction of child molester Erik Lopez-Ferreyra. I noted that the last sentence of the article mentioned that Lopez-Ferreyra would likely be deported after his sentence was served. I questioned that the article did not address why. I had read all the previous articles in the Livingston Daily regarding this case, and could find no mention of why this might happen. It seems there is something in Mr. Lopez-Ferreyra’s immigration status (expired visa, in this country illegally, etc.) we have not been told about. I believe this is relevant information when it concerns a felon.

The Livingston Daily has published several articles on Mr. Lopez-Ferreyra, so I think I can rule out this being an oversight. Is it the paper’s policy to omit the information of a suspect’s illegal immigration status or reporter Ms. Roose-Church’s own activism? Perhaps the editor of this paper would better serve the readers by doing his job rather than playing ‘Where’s Waldo’.

John Bruzewski
Brighton

http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/10/lopez-ferreyra-immigration-status/84200792/

WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL

Trump is redefining the Republican Party

May 9, 2016

For years Republican voters have been sold on the idea that "overwhelming military superiority" keeps America the "greatest country" in the world.

Donald Trump comes along and tells Republicans we are not a great country anymore because we allow illegal immigrants to take our jobs, and because companies move manufacturing overseas. Our government leaders fail to win trade agreements and wars in the Middle East, Trump says, and they fail to keep jobs in America.

Trump is attacking the old guard Republicans for a failure to keep companies and jobs in America, and he says he has the answer.

That line of attack may very well carry Trump to the presidency unless Hillary Clinton has a stronger answer. But it is Trump's key argument about American jobs that has the Republican Party in rapid retreat if not confusion.

Why else would the old guard not show up at the convention?

-- T. Greg Bell, Madison

http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/mailbag/trump-is-redefining-the-republican-party----t/article_7467d273-2925-5867-8d63-50b0ef162e35.html

The Sacramento Bee

MAY 9, 2016 1:12 PM

Those here illegally are entitled to this: Exactly nothing

The people who call themselves “undocumented immigrants” in Merced County now expect the same health care benefits as everyone else. I believe they are entitled to the same benefits as legal immigrants, which is none.

When someone comes to our country legally, they must first sign away all rights to any kind of public assistance and if you come here illegally you are entitled to no more than they are. Every legal immigrant must have a sponsor who agrees to be responsible for that person in case they cannot take care of themselves. My niece married a man from Holland recently. After the wedding he returned to Holland and began the process of entering the country legally. This man has a spotless record, a college degree and speaks three languages, but it took nine months and almost $10,000 to return legally. My niece, a school teacher, had to sign papers promising her husband would never be a drain on American taxpayers. So why should illegal aliens who sneak across the border be entitled to benefits?

When you enter our country illegally you are an illegal alien, and American taxpayers should not be responsible for you.

Rita F. Silva, Los Banos

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article76575012.html

Livingston Daily Press & Argus
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President Obama does whatever he wants, just like a king

May 9, 2016

One of the reasons why American politics is so polarized and our American system of government is at risk is because of President Barack Obama’s deliberate abuse of power and disregard of his constitutional duties to faithfully execute our laws.

Take America’s immigration laws. In 2010, pressed by his supporters to stop deporting illegal aliens and unilaterally grant them legal status, Obama said, “I’m president, I’m not a king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” In 2013, he said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” In fact, Obama publicly said more than 20 times that he did not have the legal authority to change immigration laws.

However, by 2014, Obama apparently had convinced himself that he could be a king. As he remarked to the French president, “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”

Sure enough. In November 2014, Obama unilaterally announced sweeping changes to our immigration laws. Afterward, Obama noted, “I just took an action to change the law.” Hail the emperor and new king!

Feeling his kingship oats, Obama has unilaterally changed several mandates included in the Obamacare law (no authority for that). Recently, his administration issued several made-up regulations that his own treasury secretary previously admitted they did not have the authority to do.

Just a hunch on my part — but I’ll bet the Democrats would not be so tolerant of this abuse of power if a Republican president were making up these laws. Wake up, America!

Randy Kniebes
Brighton

http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/09/president-obama-american-politics/84142078/

The Jamestown Sun
 
Is U.S. headed in unwise direction with immigrants?

By Mark Schuttenhelm from Jamestown May 9, 2016

The Islamization of the United States is well underway, and U.S. citizens would be well served to pay attention to what is happening in Europe. That continent is, for all intents and purposes, finished. It’s been done in by a series of self-inflicted wounds driven by an obsession with political correctness.

The horrific stories are available. You see, the media across the pond is as corrupt as the U.S. Over here, crimes committed by illegal aliens are under reported or covered up by lefties in our media. In Europe, it’s the chaos and crimes being committed by Muslim migrants that gets shoved under the carpet. On New Year’s Eve past, over a thousand sexual assaults were committed against European women by Muslim migrants across Europe. The media did its best to cover it up. Two reporters admitted to the cover-up, justifying the whole sordid episode by saying they did not wish to provide ammunition to forces seeking to stop the never-ending Muslim invasion in Europe.

Here’s a sobering recent headline: “Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambom says a significant part of the Muslim population celebrated terrorist attacks.” There’s more. Muslim migrants are doing things so disgusting in public pools in Europe that I cannot even specify their actions in this letter. And there’s plenty more for an inquisitive person to find — none of it good.

The man primarily responsible for the Islamization of Great Britain, a politically correct stormtrooper if there ever was one, has admitted that the idea of welcoming 2 million Muslims into England was a huge mistake. Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the man who popularized the term “Islamophobia,” has conceded he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation and how Islamic followers are creating “nations within nations” in the West. He admits, “I thought Muslims would blend into Britain … I should have known better.”

Are we heading in the same misguided direction? The freewheeling immigration policies of the chief Muslim sympathizer of the free world have brought 750,000 Muslims into the U.S. in the last three years alone. In addition, President Barack Obama’s administration has quietly ramped up its Syrian refugee resettlement program despite repeated warnings from our top intelligence people.

Obama admits that a small percentage of Muslims are terrorists. But how many? One percent of 750,000 is 7,500. Half of 1 percent would still be 3,750. We know it doesn’t take many terrorists to ruin your day, and yet we the sheeple sit idly by as the current president happily plays Russian roulette with our lives.

http://www.jamestownsun.com/letters/4027997-letter-editor-us-headed-unwise-direction-immigrants

TODAYS NEWS-HERALD
HAVASUNEWS.COM
Serving Lake Havasu City and the Lower Colorado River

Extreme measures needed

May 8, 2016

Editor:

How appropriate that your article on the state budget, and how many tax dollars will be spent for school budgets, appeared on Cinco de Mayo.

When universities and all other levels of education offer seats to the children of illegal immigrants, citizens are hard pressed to understand huge sums set aside for classrooms and transportation costs.

We’ve come a long way from one-room school houses, but I dare say the quality of education isn’t as thorough these days.

Citizens are fed up with paying for other countries’ uneducated, who then march on our streets and tell U.S. how bad we are.

We now have a “reality show” heading to D.C. for that very reason. Takes extreme measures to get them to listen to citizens who don’t riot in the streets... yet.

Pat Reiot
Lake Havasu City

http://www.havasunews.com/opinion/pat-reiot-extreme-measures-needed/article_0c06e3ec-15ac-11e6-a4da-8b1204e4b020.html

SJ Statesman Journal
                                     PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

We can’t afford Obama’s policies on drugs, immigration

Statesman Journal  May 8, 2016

The survival of our country depends on us being involved and selecting good people who are willing to do the right thing for our country.

While we see ISIS as a serious problem that needs our attention, we are failing to address the serious problem we have with the drug cartels and their use of the illegal aliens who help them to smuggle in the illegal drugs that are destroying millions of our citizens and raising havoc with our economy. We all know of someone whose life has been shattered or destroyed by illegal drugs.

We need to pay attention to the causes of our national debt of $20 trillion. For instance, an illegal alien family with several children will cost taxpayers a lot with their schooling, medical and numerous other benefits.

With all the benefits and support the illegal aliens have acquired, they appear to have more influence with our politicians and especially with Obama than the U.S. citizens do.

For those of you who voted to re-elect Obama in the last election, please consider not ever voting again. We can’t afford this kind of thinking.

Jim Elvin
Salem

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/08/we-cant-afford-obamas-policies/84126894/

     SJR
The State Journal-Register

College plan for illegal immigrants a poor idea
Posted May. 8, 2016

Once again I'm confounded, but not surprised, by the lackadaisical stupidity of state legislators. Their recent proposal to grant illegal immigrants basically free college education and squander even more money that they don't have, denying Illinois taxpaying families' children that ability also is reprehensible and disrespectful of their constituents and their supposed duties to this state.

We face financial strains sending our own kids to college. Look at the out of control student loan situation. Why would any sane person want more of their tax dollars to go to higher education for an illegal immigrant, while struggling for their own child to obtain it?

The state already spends every tax dollar they get like it was $10. They don't need to think up ways to go deeper in debt. Their only concern for the present, and many years to come, is to meet the unpaid obligations they have accumulated thus far and pay the bills.

But you know they won't. They give illegal immigrants safe haven cities, welfare, housing, Medicaid and now want free college for them too. What's next, free cars and homes? No way to slow or stop illegal immigrants sneaking into our country and sucking our system dry, and our neighbors out of this state.

Paul Forgas
Petersburg

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20160508/OPINION/160509638

Naples Daily News
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May 8, 2016
Ed Ruff, Pelican Bay

Cartel

The Daily News recently published an Associated Press article: Fla. heroin, fentanyl deaths skyrocket.

All articles written by the AP, Washington Post and Bloomberg News on this subject overlook several salient facts.

The article does say: "Fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin, is a prescription drug, but street varieties from China (via Mexico) and Mexico are flooding communities."

What they don't ever say is that many of those who came here illegally from South and Central America and Mexico carried a back pack of these drugs across the Mexican drug cartel's drug and human trafficking routes as payment for safe passage across our Southern Border. If they don't agree to smuggle drugs, they are summarily executed.

Backgrounder #2568 on Immigration from June 2011: "In August 2010, 72 would-be illegal immigrants from Mexico were lined up and executed, their bodies discovered on a remote ranch a mere 90 miles from the U.S. border. The drug gang responsible for the kidnapping and murders, Los Zetas, captured its victims as they traveled through Tamaulipas, presumably on their way to cross the border illegally into the United States. When the 72 people refused to work for the gang, they were executed."

This warning is standard operating procedure for the cartels. American journalists take heed. These same cartels have killed many Mexican journalists for reporting their brutal criminal activity. Have you ever read that in this or any other paper? Maybe that's why our press gives them a free pass.

Cartels operate in more than 1,400 American cities, according to the FBI. I posted a 71-page history of illegal immigration on Sept. 11, 2013 at www.bypopularamendment.com if you are interested.

http://www.naplesnews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letter-cartel-321b55f5-d806-41e4-e053-0100007f6821-378344591.html

The Post and Courier
                                                              Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Public education is not a right for illegal immigrants

May 8 2016

I did not have to go past the first paragraph of the May 4 article by Paul Bowers to see a huge problem. This article is obviously written for sensationalization in stating that “some undocumented children may have been denied their right to a free public education while on South Carolina soil.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. No one in this country is entitled to a free public education as a right. Our rights are defined in our Constitution, and nowhere can you find the right to a free public education.

As a society we have determined that an educated citizenry is necessary for an informed electorate. This is a good thing and a noble endeavor. However, a free public education is a privilege and not a right. It is enjoyed by citizens of this country, and there is no obligation to confer this privilege on non-citizens.

We have a huge problem in the U.S. with millions of illegal immigrants, costing government at all levels huge sums in benefits. Just because they are in our country illegally does not make them entitled to the privileges of citizens.

ROBERT J. NAGY
Portside Way
Charleston

http://www.postandcourier.com/20160508/160509452/letter-public-education-is-not-a-right-for-illegal-immigrants

       PENN
PA LIVE

This registered Democrat is voting Trump: PennLive letters

 May 08, 2016

I am a registered Democrat, however, I will be voting for Donald Trump for several reasons, starting with the give-away programs touted by the Democrats. Presently, Medicare is cutting back on a number of things and more will be taken away to take care of the thousands of Syrian refugees the Democrats want to bring here.

As for the wall, we need a wall to keep out terrorists, we don't need a wall to keep out the Latinos.  If we stop giving the illegal aliens free education, free healthcare, drivers' licenses etc., they will stop coming here.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are promoting free college tuition and a whole lot more. Who will pay for this?  Maybe Hillary can give us an idea of how to get rich.

Donald Trump is against giving millions to some foreign countries, those that hate us and would rather see us dead. Check the millions we give to Pakistan, the country that harbored Osama Bin Laden. Donald Trump will ask the oil producing countries to chip in for their own defense, something we are paying for in many places.

Donald Trump will renegotiate the trade deals, which were bad to start with.  And finally, Donald Trump will not hesitate to take on ISIS, the Obama J. V. team of terrorists.

RUDY PAVLICK, Swatara Township

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2016/05/donald_trump_17.html

TRIB LIVE

Congressman insulting

Saturday, May 7, 2016

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, spoke at the April 28 Congressional hearing about the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's inability to detain illegal immigrants who have committed felonies. He dared to fault presidential candidate Donald Trump's “rhetoric” for ICE's problems enforcing the laws of this land.

The heinous murders of American citizens discussed at this hearing happened long before Trump even thought about running for president. One of the reasons Trump is running is because Cummings and those of his ilk refuse to address the murders committed by illegal immigrants. This is why we the people are so angry.

Cummings' political pandering was not just an insult to Trump, but a direct slap in the face to the murder victim's surviving family members in attendance. Does Cummings have no shame? I was embarrassed to be watching the hearing on C-Span.

We the people do not pay Cummings to conduct political bashing while he's attending to this country's serious problems. Cummings needs to do his job and keep his snide comments to himself.

Pat Condelli
New Kensington

http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/10403631-74/cummings-trump-hearing

SJ Statesman Journal
                                     PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK

We need Trump’s fence at the southern border now

May 6, 2016

The Statesman Journal’s May 2 front page article about 300 people protesting anti-immigrant measures leaves me a little confused. I think that when you sneak across our southern border, you are an illegal alien.

Causa director Andrea Miller says anti-immigrant ballot measures go against Oregon values. I support the measures that require employers to report illegal immigrants. Learn to speak English.

Willamette University student Isa Pena says she is tired of fighting anti-immigrant sentiment. What part of illegal does she not understand?

We need the fence at the southern border now.

Vote for Trump.

Clay Atchison
Jefferson

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/07/need-trumps-fence-southern-border-now/84062356/

newstimes
Stop enabling illegal immigrants

Friday, May 6, 2016

I am outraged by the Sunday, May 1, article “Undocumented, uninsured” in The News-Times. The article talks about the access to health care is not only a “moral responsibility” but it “affects the health of the entire community.”

Where is the “moral responsibility” of the person that breaks U.S. immigration laws and enters our country illegally? As a citizen of their own countries, do they not have a “moral responsibility” to change the culture and opportunities in their country to strive for the benefits available here in the U.S. ? The short answer is: No!

The U.S. continues to reward illegal immigrants with access to driver’s license, student loans, and health care, and some by chance having access to health insurance and all with the hope to vote in the future (if not already). The illegal immigrant feels enabled to break our laws and enter illegally. What parent would not break our laws to improve the life of their children when such financial/benefits opportunities do not exist in their own country?

Consider the “affect ....on the entire community” already endured to support illegal immigrants through all the social/educational programs available to them. Instead of sending a message to illegal immigrants that rewards are not waiting for you or your family if you break our laws, we pander to their expectations of their “rights” thus making our immigration laws a toothless tiger.

We have immigration laws for a reason. If we are to be a nation of laws we must enforce our laws. If our immigration laws need changing (and they do), then change them legally and ensure we openly welcome all immigrants that come here legally. Unfortunately, many immigrants take for granted it is their “right” to enter the U.S. illegally. They just snicker at our immigration laws.

Dick Hajjar
Danbury

http://www.newstimes.com/opinion/article/Stop-enabling-illegal-immigrants-7397609.php

The Clarion-Ledger

PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK
Adhering to immigration laws must be priority

Steve Worley May 6, 2016

Every country on the planet has geographic borders; almost all of them have laws to protect those borders against undocumented entry by citizens of another country. The United States has such laws; we also have a well-established, workable process for legal immigration. However, there are some people here who. either through a misguided lliberalism, or feathering their own nest, deliberately blur the line between legal and illegal immigration.

I submit there is no higher public safety priority for local and state law enforcement personnel than to help prevent another Boston Marathon/San Bernadino/San Fransisco type of act, committed by illegal entrants.

Steve Worley
Madison

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/2016/05/06/adhering-immigration-laws-must-priority-letter/84021646/

 

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