Homeland Security

Some New York Clerks Refuse To Issue Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Aliens Under New Law

Some county clerks in upstate New York say they will refuse to comply with the state’s new law granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

Clerks in Erie, Rensselaer, Niagara and Allegany counties say they won’t adhere when the law, signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, takes effect in six months.

“In the memo of the bill, they talk about the reason why they’re passing this bill is to make sure that people who are here illegally can get to and from work,” Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns said, according to the New York Post. “It is illegal to hire people in the state of New York or anywhere that are here illegally. There’s an inconsistency there.”

 

 

In a letter to County Aattorney Michael Siragusa, Kearns asked for state representation in a lawsuit over the legislation in federal court, WIVB in Buffalo reported.

“After a review of the act, I am convinced that it is inconsistent with federal law,” Kearns wrote in the letter. “More importantly, however, complying with the act puts me and other county clerks in the untenable position of having to decide whether to uphold federal law or the newly enacted state law. I anticipate being sued in either event.”

Kerns said motor vehicle agencies in the area will instead send applicants who state employees believe are in the country illegally to the bureau in Syracuse.

"Speaking with WIVB, Kearns also reportedly suggested the bill may be a violation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which would make it illegal to knowingly hire illegal immigrants,” Fox News reported.

"When asked if he is prepared to lose his position if he doesn’t comply with the law Kearns told the television station, “He [Governor Cuomo] has the power. However through my research, working through my legal team, we have to be charged. There has to be some charges, and I get to answer those charges. It’s almost one of those things we’re preparing for. I hope it doesn’t happen.”

Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. His support for the bill appeared in doubt Monday after he voiced concerns that U.S. immigration officials could use state license information to target immigrants for deportation.

The governor asked for a legal review by the office of Attorney General Letitia James, who said she supports the bill but wouldn’t speculate on the federal response.

Supporters of the bill include the state Business Council and immigrant advocates who think licenses would help immigrants get jobs.

Republican lawmakers argue that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be rewarded for violating the rules.

Cuomo signed the Green Light Bill into law Monday night, making New York the 13th state to allow foreigners in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

Kearns told 7 Eyewitness News “I’m not going to break the law. I can’t, in good conscious, do this.”

“It’s more than just driving. It’s a privilege. It’s a gateway document, it’s a breeder document, and I’m not going to be a part of that,” Kearns said.

illegal to knowingly hire illegal immigrants,” Fox News reported.

Immigration Agency Says It Plans Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families

WASHINGTON - The acting directtor of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said on Wednesday that he would follow through with plans to send agents into communities to round up and deport undocumented families, in the Trump administration’s latest attempt to deter large-scale migration of Central Americans to the southwest border.

The acting director, Mark Morgan, who has signaled for weeks that there would be a heightened focus on deporting families, told reporters that agents would target more than 2,000 immigrant family members who already have deportation orders.

“Do not come,” Mr. Morgan said in describing the message he wants to send to people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who think they will be able to remain in the United States once they get across the border. “Do not risk it. Do not pay the cartels an exorbitant amount of money because once you receive due process and get a final order, you will be removed.”

Mr. Morgan’s comments came after President Trump tweeted on Monday that the immigration agency would deport millions of people next week....

The agency has, however, taken steps in recent days to prepare for mass arrests...

“I don’t want to send ICE agents to their workplace,” Mr. Morgan said. “I don’t want to send ICE agents to their home. I don’t want to send ICE agents to try and track them down and apprehend them in their communities and town. But we’ve applied due process. We’ve tried to work with them.”

The targeted operation is expected to occur over the course of multiple days and is expected in the coming weeks...agents would be rounding up undocumented immigrant families if they failed to report to an immigration agency field office for deportation.

Immigration officials have said the increase in migration has crowded facilities and pushed resources beyond capacity, prompting the release of migrants into the general population.

More than 144,200 migrants were taken into custody at the border last month, the highest monthly total in 13 years. Many of them seek asylum but only a minority of them ultimately win their cases in immigration courts. The families are usually released...

Among the 2,000 undocumented immigrants being targeted now are those whose court cases were expedited, having typically missed a court date and been ordered deported from the country in absentia. They were sent letters in February demanding they report to an immigrations and customs office to leave the country, Mr. Morgan said.

While Mr. Morgan said the agency would still target violent criminals for removal, “priorities do not mean other categories are exempt.”

“And again,” he added, “I think family units are a good example of that.”

Homeland Security Department officials have changed their minds multiple times in recent days over when to start the operations...

“It’s people, and people are complicated,” said Ronald D. Vitiello, the former acting director of the immigration and customs agency who had his nomination pulled by Mr. Trump after he warned of the bad impressions the raids would leave. “Some of them might be sick and need to be treated for illness. Some might be separated in a way that the child might be at school and the parents at home.”

More than 207,000 migrants have been released since December of last year, Mr. Morgan said. Many of them, he said, have taken advantage of laws that prevent the extended confinement of children, which enabled families to be quickly released after being apprehended.

“It’s clear if you grab a child that’s your passport in the United States,” Mr. Morgan said.

But the mass arrests come with logistical challenges.

There is limited space in the family detention facilities where migrants would be held while the government tries to secure their travel documents, which are required to deport them. But keeping families there could result in violations of the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, that established standards for the detention of children and limits it to 20 days.

While immigration authorities could theoretically deport all those who have evaded removal orders, they will not be able to remove them all immediately. They are likely to contend with motions to reopen cases of those migrants who missed their hearing along with requests for a stay of removal.

Among the reasons immigrants could cite to justify reopening their case would be their failure to receive proper notice of the removal hearing...

The result, immigration lawyers predicted, is likely to be a flood of challenges clogging the already overburdened court system.

“Lawyers are going to come running,” said Kelli Stump, an immigration lawyer in Oklahoma City who specializes in removal defense.

A version of this article appears in print on June 19, 2019, on Page A16 of the New York edition with the headline: About 2,000 Family Members Are Focus of Deportation Plan.

 

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report for the Americas March 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on March 1, 2019 that 803 of the 901 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system self-declared their countries of origin as being located in the Americas — North, Central and South America and the West Indies — 89.12 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The United States of America (USA) and USA territories are excluded from this report.):

- North America (Mexico an Canada) had 725 criminal aliens — 90.29 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

- Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize and Panama) had 53 criminal aliens — 6.60 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

- South America (Ecuador, Peru and Argentina) had seven criminal aliens — 0.87 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

- The West Indies (Cuba, Jamaica and Turks) had 18 criminal aliens — 2.24 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas.

Criminal aliens from 15 countries located in the Americas were incarcerated in the DOC prison system.

Mexican nationals were 720 of 803 criminal aliens from the Americas incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 89.66 percent of the alien inmates from the Americas in the state’s prisons.

Some background information, all 803 criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system from the Americas were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have ICE detainers placed on them.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 803 criminal alien inmates from the Americas by number and percentage incarcerated on March 1st in the state’s prisons.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Total Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin from the Americas

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin from the Americas

Mexico

720

89.66%

Guatemala

22

2.74%

Cuba

16

1.99%

El Salvador

13

1.62%

Honduras

12

1.49%

Canada

5

0.62%

Ecuador

3

0.37%

Peru

3

0.37%

Costa Rica

2

0.25%

Nicaragua

2

0.25%

Argentina

1

0.12%

Belize

1

0.12%

Jamaica

1

0.12%

Panama

1

0.12%

Turks

1

0.12%

Total

803

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 March 19.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 803 criminal aliens from the Americas.

Significant numbers, there were 410 of the 803 criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated in DOC prisons for three types of sex crimes — sex abuse, rape and sodomy — 51.06 percent of the alien inmates from the Americas in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated on March 1st by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime from the Americas

DOC Percent of  Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime from the Americas

Sex Abuse

173

21.54%

Rape

150

18.68%

Homicide

115

14.32%

Sodomy

87

10.83%

Assault

74

9.22%

Drugs

69

8.59%

Robbery

32

3.99%

Kidnapping

22

2.74%

Burglary

15

1.87%

Theft

11

1.37%

Driving Offense

4

0.50%

Vehicle Theft

2

0.25%

Arson

1

0.12%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

48

5.98%

Total

803

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 March 19.

Criminal aliens from the Americas incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime in 29 of 36 Oregon counties — 80.56 percent of the counties in the state.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated on March 1st that weresent to prison from the state’s 36 counties.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Total Number of  Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County from the Americas

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County from the Americas

Marion

200

24.91%

Washington

171

21.30%

Multnomah

133

16.56%

Clackamas

69

8.59%

Lane

36

4.48%

Jackson

32

3.99%

Umatilla

26

3.24%

Yamhill

21

2.62%

Linn

16

1.99%

Polk

13

1.62%

Benton

12

1.49%

Deschutes

10

1.25%

Klamath

10

1.25%

Malheur

9

1.12%

Jefferson

8

1.00%

Lincoln

5

0.62%

Tillamook

5

0.62%

Josephine

4

0.50%

Wasco

4

0.50%

Clatsop

3

0.37%

Coos

3

0.37%

Douglas

3

0.37%

Hood River

3

0.37%

Morrow

2

0.25%

Baker

1

0.12%

Crook

1

0.12%

Gilliam

1

0.12%

Lake

1

0.12%

Union

1

0.12%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

803

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 March 19.

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and percentages by countries of origin, by crime types or by the state’s counties, criminal aliens from the Americas pose high economic cost on Oregon tax payers.

An individual inmate incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($108.26) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 803 criminal alien prison population from the Americas is approximately ($86,932.78) per day, ($608,529.46) per week, and ($31,730,464.70) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 803 criminal aliens from the Americas includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated March 1, 2019.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts, March 2019:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Border Patrol union chief tells how to break log-jam of asylum seekers

Brandon Judd, president of National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the agents and support staff of the U.S. Border Patrol, presents a great idea for changes that would simplify and restore control of the border.  He recommends that DHS cross-designate and train Border Patrol agents at the senior patrol agent level as asylum officers with limited authority to conduct “credible fear” interviews.

As he explains: “Asylum and deportation proceedings are civil administration actions, not criminal. Therefore, DHS has the right to establish fear thresholds. Unlike in a criminal proceeding, where the government must prove its case, the burden of proof falls on the illegal border-crosser to provide proof establishing a credible fear.

“If the ‘credible fear’ process begins upon arrest by Border Patrol agents, instead of at a later interview before an asylum officer, the process will be much more efficient. If an asylum-trained senior patrol agent determines that the alien has not established a credible fear, an order of expedited removal can be issued, and the illegal border-crosser can be removed immediately. The illegal border-crosser does have appeal rights, but by regulation an immigration judge must hear the case within 10 days of the person asking for reconsideration. Again, because this is not a criminal proceeding, the burden of proof remains on the illegal border-crosser, not the U.S. government.

“If no credible fear is established, the process would take no more than 10 days instead of the 2 to 5 years it now takes to deport an illegal border-crosser who claims asylum. This simple adjustment would end catch-and-release. …”

Read the full article here.  It was published as an analysis/opinion in The Washington Times, Sunday, March 31, 2019.  

Another good discussion goes into more detail: “Top border agent: We don’t need Congress to stop mass migration,” by Daniel Horowitz in The Conservative Review, April 3, 2019.  See it here.

According to an April 4 blog from NumbersUSA, the DHS has recently begun some use of the approach described by Brandon Judd.

You can contact The White House and urge Pres. Trump to have DHS deputize sufficient numbers of its senior Border Patrol officers to act as asylum adjudicators, and stop use of the ineffective catch-and-release procedures.  Email:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Illegal Aliens Go for a Windfall

WASHINGTON  Two families of illegal aliens from Central America are suing Trump administration officials in a Massachusetts federal district court over their treatment after they crossed the border illegally. The families claim that the month-long separation of the parents from their children when the parents were in jail for a criminal offense violated their constitutional rights. They seek monetary damages from the defendants, who are being sued as individuals, not in their official capacities. The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) this week filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Trump officials.

The government’s brief on its motion to dismiss does an excellent job of showing that the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the defendants (none of whom has substantial personal contacts with Massachusetts), and that a damages action of this kind is unwarranted here. IRLI adds to these persuasive arguments a further point: plaintiffs had never even entered the country in a legal sense when their separations occurred, and thus they had no rights under our Constitution to be deprived of.

In immigration law, “entry” is a term of art, generally defined as presence in this country and freedom from official restraint. For example, a traveler at an American airport waiting to go through customs has not “entered” the United States. And a basic principle of constitutional law is that it is the American people" not aliens who have never entered the country in a legal sense, and have no substantial connection to it "who have rights under our Constituution.

Here, the alien families sought out border patrol agents as soon as they crossed the border, intending to claim asylum. When the parents were taken into custody for the crime of unlawful entry, pursuant to the administration’s zero tolerance policy, their children, who could not accompany them into jail, were placed with caregivers for about a month, after which the families were reunited. Thus, according to the leading legal definition of “entry,” the families had never effected entry into the U.S. - and thus had not come under the protection of ouur Constitution.

“This audacious lawsuit richly deserves to be dismissed,” commented Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “These parents could have avoided detention and separation from their children altogether by voluntarily leaving the country. But that didn’t suit their purposes. Then, after the separation they caused was over, they turned around and sued government officials over it, hoping for a windfall for themselves and their attorneys.”

The case is K.O. v. Sessions, No. 4:18-cv-40149 (D. Mass.).

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For additional information, contact: Brian Lonergan � 202-232-5590 � blonergan@irli.org

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Sodomy Report December 2018

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on December 1, 2018 that 99 of 905 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for the crime of sodomy — 10.94 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for sodomy in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by the crime of sodomy).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number of criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on December 1st in the state’s prisons for the crime of sodomy.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

December 1, 2018

905

99

10.94%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

The 99 criminal aliens in the DOC prison system incarcerated for sodomy were 9.42 percent of all inmates, domestic and foreign, in the state’s prisons for the crime of sodomy.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE immigration detainer numbers from December 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates incarcerated for sodomy, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates incarcerated for sodomy and the percentage of criminal aliens incarcerated for the crime of sodomy.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number of Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Number of Domestic Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a Percentage of All Inmates incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

December 1, 2018

1,051

952

99

9.42%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18 and Inmate Population Profile 01 December 18.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime of sodomy in 16 of 36 Oregon counties — 44.44 percent of the counties in the state.

Five Oregon counties, Marion (32 aliens in prison for sodomy), Washington (21 aliens in prison for sodomy), Multnomah (16 aliens in prison for sodomy), Clackamas (5 aliens in prison for sodomy) and Lane (5 aliens in prison for sodomy) had 79 of 99 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for the crime of sodomy — 79.80 percent of the alien inmates incarcerated in the state’s prisons for sodomy.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates incarcerated on December 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties for the crime of sodomy.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

Marion

32

32.32%

Washington

21

21.21%

Multnomah

16

16.16%

Clackamas

5

5.05%

Lane

5

5.05%

Jackson

4

4.04%

Yamhill

4

4.04%

Deschutes

3

3.03%

Umatilla

2

2.02%

Linn

1

1.01%

Benton

1

1.01%

Coos

1

1.01%

Crook

1

1.01%

Douglas

1

1.01%

Polk

1

1.01%

Tillamook

1

1.01%

Baker

0

0.00%

Clatsop

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Gilliam

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Hood River

0

0.00%

Jefferson

0

0.00%

Josephine

0

0.00%

Klamath

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Lincoln

0

0.00%

Malheur

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

OOS (Not a County)

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wasco

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

99

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

Criminal aliens from 14 identified countries incarcerated in DOC prisons have criminally sodomized Oregon residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 78 of 99 criminal aliens convicted of sodomy incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 78.79 percent of the alien inmates incarcerated in the state’s prisons for sodomy.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 99 criminal alien inmates by number and percentage incarcerated on December 1st in the state’s prisons for the crime of sodomy.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

 

Mexico

78

78.79%

 

El Salvador

5

5.05%

 

Guatemala

2

2.02%

 

Ecuador

2

2.02%

 

Philippines

2

2.02%

 

England

1

1.01%

 

Federated States of Micronesia

1

1.01%

 

Laos

1

1.01%

 

Nicaragua

1

1.01%

 

Palau

1

1.01%

 

Russia

1

1.01%

 

Thailand

1

1.01%

 

Ukraine

1

1.01%

 

Vietnam

1

1.01%

 

Other / Unknown Countries

1

1.01%

 

Total

99

100.00%

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

CBP officers seize largest amount of fentanyl in history

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized nearly $4.6 million in fentanyl and methamphetamine totaling close to 650 pounds on Saturday from a Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales. The seizure is the largest seizure of fentanyl in CBP history. The methamphetamine seizure represents the third largest at an Arizona port. 
 
CBP Officers discovered more than 400 packages of drugs concealed within a special floor compartment of a trailer that was laden with cucumbers, driven by a 26-year-old truck driver. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers seized nearly 254 pounds of fentanyl with a value of approximately $3.5 million and almost 395 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1.1 million. 
 
Nogales Area Port Director Michael Humphries praised his staff at the Mariposa Commercial Facility for this record breaking drug seizure and arrest.
 
 “I want to express my gratitude to the CBP officers involved in this case and Nogales personnel who selflessly perform their duties with dedication, vigilance, and professional even during a funding hiatus,” said PD Humphries. “Opioids pose a real danger to every community in America and are having fatal consequences across our nation. This past weekend our CBP officers were able to stop an enormous amount of these deadly narcotics from hitting our streets.”
 
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who charged him with two counts of 21 USC 841, possession with intent to distribute and is currently in federal custody.
 
“This case clearly shows that HSI’s and CBP’s collaborative efforts continue to have an impact, as those attempting to smuggle illicit drugs are stopped at the border,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown. “These efforts exhibit the combined resources of law enforcement agencies’ resolve to combating these deadly drugs from entering our communities.”
 

Trump moves to limit asylum; new rules challenged in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately challenged in court.

Trump invoked the same powers he used last year to impose a travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court...

“We need people in our country, but they have to come in legally,” Trump said Friday as he departed for Paris.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other legal groups swiftly sued in federal court in Northern California to block the regulations, arguing the measures were illegal.

“The president is simply trying to run roughshod over Congress’s decision to provide asylum to those in danger regardless of the manner of one’s entry,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.

The litigation also seeks to put the new rules on hold while the case progresses.

The regulations go into effect Saturday...

Trump’s announcement was the latest push to enforce a hard-line stance on immigration through regulatory changes and presidential orders, bypassing Congress, which has not passed any immigration law reform. But those efforts have been largely thwarted by legal challenges and, in the case of family separations this year, stymied by a global outcry that prompted Trump to retreat.

Officials said the asylum law changes are meant to funnel migrants through official border crossings for speedy rulings instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border...

But the busy ports of entry already have long lines and waits, forcing immigration officials to tell some migrants to turn around and come back to make their claims...

“The arrival of large numbers ... will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands ... into the interior of the United States,” Trump said in the proclamation, calling it a crisis.

Administration officials said those denied asylum under the proclamation may be eligible for similar forms of protection if they fear returning to their countries, though they would be subject to a tougher threshold. Those forms of protection include “withholding of removal” — which is similar to asylum, but doesn’t allow for green cards or bringing families — or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Homeland Security officials said they were adding staffing at the border crossings ...

The U.S. is also working with Mexico in an effort to send some migrants back across the border. Right now, laws allow only Mexican nationals to be swiftly returned and increasingly those claiming asylum are from Central America.

Trump pushed immigration issues hard in the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, railing against the caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the border.

He has made little mention of the issue since the election, but has sent troops to the border in response. As of Thursday, there were more than 5,600 U.S. troops deployed to the border mission, with about 550 actually working on the border in Texas.

Trump also suggested he’d revoke the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil and erect massive “tent cities” to detain migrants. Those issues were not addressed by the regulations. But Trump insisted the citizenship issue would be pushed through.

“We’re signing it. We’re doing it,” he said.

The administration has long said immigration officials are drowning in asylum cases partly because people falsely claim asylum and then live in the U.S. with work permits. In 2017, the U.S. fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims, nearly double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world.

Migrants who cross illegally are generally arrested and often seek asylum or some other form of protection ... Generally, only about 20 percent of applicants are approved.

It’s unclear how many people en route to the U.S. will even make it to the border. Roughly 5,000 migrants — more than 1,700 under the age of 18 — sheltered in a Mexico City sports complex decided to depart Friday for the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border.

Similar caravans have gathered regularly over the years and have generally dwindled by the time they reach the southern border, particularly to Tijuana. Most have passed largely unnoticed.

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Associated Press writers Elliot Spagat in San Diego, Nomaan Merchant in Houston and Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.

 

Know somebody who wants a job?

Alert date: 
2018-07-24
Alert body: 

The Department of Homeland Security is hiring.  “The Department of Homeland Security’s compelling mission” they say, “draws candidates seeking to join a team that makes a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.”

And the pay isn’t bad either! 

Take a look at current job openings here.  This link features jobs in the DHS and related salaries, but on the same website one can view other job openings and pay scales in the federal government also.

A description and general information about the particular jobs at DHS is on their main website at https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/hiring-event

Both ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection), are components of the Department of Homeland Security, and they’re looking for good people.  They have a bigger budget than formerly, also new leadership that sincerely believes in immigration law enforcement, so cruise around on the websites linked here and see whether you’re interested for yourself or for someone you know.

https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?a=HSBB

https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/hiring-event

https://www.ice.gov/careers

https://www.cbp.gov/careers

 

Four Reasons Why Separating Border Children Is the Only Humane Choice

This so-called “migrant child separation crisis” is as phony and manufactured as the Russian collusion hoax, a ginned up controversy fabricated by the media to blot out President Trump’s success with North Korea, a booming economy, and to distract from the nuclear fallout that came via the Inspector General report on our disgraced FBI, including this week’s devastating congressional hearings.

This narrative is not only phony, it is also dumb, indecent, and inhumane.

First off, the policy of separating illegal border crossers from minor children has been going on forever. The media are just mad because Trump is enforcing the law, is refusing to “catch and release” illegals into our country, where most disappear never to be seen or heard from again (I explain why here).

You see, that is something the media refuse to tell you, that is something the media dare not allow the American public to grasp — that the only way to “keep the family together” is to release them into our country....

There is simply no other way to “keep families together” other than to release them.

Because of loopholes in the law that make it impossible to hold children for more than 20 days, a finite amount of resources from congress (there are no facilities to hold legitimate illegal families together), and the fact that many of these children are being used by sex traffickers and drug dealers as a free pass into America (meaning, we need to separate families to ensure the child is not being exploited), those are the only options Trump has…

He can either separate families or he can release them into America. That impossible choice is the most important piece of news the media are covering up.

Before I begin, let me first make a crucial distinction between legitimate asylum seekers and lawbreakers — another important point the media are intentionally muddying up.

Those families seeking asylum through legitimate means are not being separated by the Trump administration, and they should not be separated. People who follow the rules should be treated like people who follow the rules. And those seeking asylum for legitimate reasons should be granted asylum. God bless these families, and welcome to America. Same with legal immigrants. I am married to one. So thank God for legal immigration because she’s awesome.

But here are four reasons why separating children at the border is the ONLY humane choice…

 

  1. Abusive Parents

If any American citizen force-marched their minor child through miles and miles of dangerous desert with the intent of committing a crime, the government would (and should) take our child away....

 

  1. We Must Separate Children From Sex Traffickers and Criminals

Because of the loopholes in the law, because of stupid and inhumane policies like “catch and release,” the American media and left have turned innocent children into a golden ticket into America for monstrous criminals.

This encouragement has resulted in untold numbers of criminals using children (who are not their own) to disguise themselves as part of a family unit....

 

  1. ‘Keeping Families Together’ Encourages Sex Trafficking

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  1. America Citizens Cannot Be Forgotten

Again — and I cannot stress this enough — Trump has only two choices: he can either separate families, or he can “keep families together” by letting them loose into America.

There is no third option....

In the three points above, I detailed why separating these families is the only humane option for the migrant children....

All because the Democrats and their media allies want more voters (how this works is laid out here)....

The media have intentionally turned the moral world upside down, have gaslighted too many into believing the monstrous policy of “keeping families together,” which only means one thing — setting illegal aliens loose into America, is a virtue as opposed to what it really is: an act of naked evil that encourages child abuse, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and punishes the already-struggling working class.

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