Homeland Security

Immigration Officers Endorse Trump

The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council made its first political endorsement in a national campaign Monday, backing Donald Trump on the morning of the first presidential debate.

The National ICE Council, the union representing 5,000 federal immigration officers and law enforcement support staff, decided to endorse the GOP nominee after carefully considering the impact a Hillary Clinton presidency would have on their officers. Saying that Clinton has embraced the “unconstitutional executive orders” of President Barack Obama, Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, said in a statement that these orders “have forced our officers to violate their oaths to uphold the law and placed every person living in America at risk — including increased risk of terrorism.”

“Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has promised the most radical immigration agenda proposal in U.S. history,” Crane added. “Her radical plan would result in the loss of thousands of innocent American lives, mass victimization and death for many attempting to immigrate to the United States, the total gutting of interior enforcement, the handcuffing of ICE officers, and an uncontrollable flood of illegal immigrants across U.S. borders.”

“The non-enforcement agenda of this administration, favored by Secretary Clinton, results in the daily loss of life and victimization of many, to include not only American citizens but also those attempting to immigrate to our country.”

Crane noted ICE officers provide the “last line of defense” for American communities against the threats posed by illegal immigration. Lamenting the fact that the officers are “underfunded and undermanned” as they try to uphold and enforce U.S. laws, Crane painted a bleak picture of the current situation faced by ICE officers.

“Our officers come into daily contact with many of the most dangerous people in the world — cartel members, gang members, weapons traffickers, murder suspects, drug dealers, suspects of violent assault — yet ICE officers are unable to arrest or are forced to release many of the most dangerous back into U.S. communities due to unscrupulous political agendas and corrupt leaders,” Crane said.

After noting that only 5 percent of the council's membership supported Clinton's presidential bid, Crane lambasted the Democratic presidential nominee for catering to the special interest groups and "open-borders radicals" all in the name of "cheap labor, greed and votes."

"Let us be clear: The non-enforcement agenda of this administration, favored by Secretary Clinton, results in the daily loss of life and victimization of many, to include not only American citizens but also those attempting to immigrate to our country," Crane said. "These victims will never have their photos shown on TV, but their families' suffering is no less real."

Crane praised Trump for his willingness to meet with him and discuss his policies and goals for improving and aiding immigration enforcement.

"America has been lied to about every aspect of immigration in the United States," Crane concluded. "We can fix our broken immigration system, and we can do it in a way that honors America's legacy as a land of immigrants, but Donald Trump is the only candidate who is willing to put politics aside so that we can achieve that goal."

Suspicious activity at the DHS shows need for change

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

DHS Report: More than 800 people wrongly given US citizenship

By Ryan Browne, CNN

September 19, 2016

Citizenship candidates take the Oath of Allegiance to the US during a naturalization ceremony on World Refugee Day in recognition of those who have come to the US with refugee or asylum seeker status, at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 20, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Citizenship candidates take the Oath of Allegiance to the US during a naturalization ceremony on World Refugee Day in recognition of those who have come to the US with refugee or asylum seeker status, at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 20, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Washington (CNN)At least 858 people that had been ordered deported or removed under another name were improperly granted US citizenship due to a failure to maintain adequate fingerprint records, according to a new report....

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report said there are still "about 148,000 older fingerprint records that have not been digitized of aliens with final deportation orders or who are criminals or fugitives."
 
Failure to digitize these records risks "making naturalization decisions without complete information and, as a result, naturalizing additional individuals who may be ineligible for citizenship or who may be trying to obtain US citizenship fraudulently," the report added.
 
"US Citizenship and Immigration Services granted US citizenship to at least 858 individuals from special interest countries who had been ordered deported or removed under another name," according to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report.
 
The report describes special interest countries as "generally defined as countries that are of concern to the national security of the United States."
At least one of the people identified as having improperly been granted citizenship is now working in law enforcement...
 
The report noted that the department has concurred with its recommendations and has begun implementing corrective actions.
Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Neema Hakim told CNN that "DHS is and has been taking steps to address this issue" including working to digitize the 1990s-era fingerprint records...
 
"Where the DHS review process finds that naturalization was obtained fraudulently, DHS will appropriately refer the case to the Department of Justice for civil or criminal proceedings, including for denaturalization," Hakim said.
 
"This failure represents a significant risk to America's national security as these naturalized individuals have access to serve in positions of public trust and the ability to obtain security clearances," Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in an open letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
 
Failure to properly screen applicants for US citizenship, particularly from "special interest countries," is likely to further fuel controversy over the screening of immigrants, a contentious topic during the 2016 election cycle.
 
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for immigration bans targeted at countries with connections to terrorism. He had previously called for a temporary prohibition of Muslim immigrants.
 
The apprehension of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspected perpetrator of the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, is similarly likely to draw attention to the screening process as Rahami immigrated to the US from Afghanistan and subsequently was granted US citizenship.

 

Illegal aliens who murder the residents of Oregon

The shooting deaths of three Oregon residents, a woman and two men on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Oregon’s Marion County draws attention to the number of criminal aliens now incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system for crime of homicide.

Late last month, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, age 29, a resident of Woodburn, Oregon, made his first appearance in a Marion County Circuit Court where he was charged with three counts of aggravated murder in a shooting deaths of Katie Gildersleeve, age 30, a resident of Lincoln County, Ruben Rigoberto-Reyes, age 60, and Edmundo Amaro-Bajonero, age 26, and one count of attempted murder in the wounding of Refugio Modesto-DeLaCruz, age 27; all the men were residents of Marion County.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Virginia Kice alleged triple murderer Mexican national Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez has been deported six times between the years of 2003 and 2013.

Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez has been incarcerated at the Marion County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem, Oregon since the time of his arrest on June 27th.

The number of criminal alien inmates with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requested immigration detainers incarcerated in the DOC prison system for the crime of homicide is displayed in the tables below.

The DOC on June 1, 2016 had 954 criminal aliens incarcerated in for various crimes, 136 aliens (14.25 percent) were incarcerated for the crime of homicide.

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers incarcerated for Homicide

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers incarcerated for Homicide

Multnomah

37

27.21%

Washington

22

16.18%

Marion

21

15.44%

Umatilla

10

7.35%

Clackamas

8

5.88%

Jackson

6

4.41%

Lane

6

4.41%

Yamhill

4

2.94%

Klamath

3

2.21%

Linn

3

2.21%

Benton

2

1.47%

Josephine

2

1.47%

Lincoln

2

1.47%

Polk

2

1.47%

Clatsop

1

0.74%

Coos

1

0.74%

Douglas

1

0.74%

Gilliam

1

0.74%

Jefferson

1

0.74%

Malheur

1

0.74%

OOS (Not a county)

1

0.74%

Tillamook

1

0.74%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Deschutes

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Hood River

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wasco

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

136

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 16.

A total of 21 Oregon counties had at least one criminal alien incarcerated in the DOC prison system for the crime of homicide.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 136 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on June 1st  in the state’s prisons for the crime of homicide.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers incarcerated for Homicide

DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers incarcerated for Homicide

Mexico

108

79.41%

Canada

3

2.21%

Cuba

3

2.21%

Vietnam

3

2.21%

Cambodia

2

1.47%

Guatemala

2

1.47%

Laos

2

1.47%

Marshall Islands

2

1.47%

South Korea

2

1.47%

China

1

0.74%

Costa Rica

1

0.74%

El Salvador

1

0.74%

Japan

1

0.74%

Nicaragua

1

0.74%

Nigeria

1

0.74%

Peru

1

0.74%

Philippines

1

0.74%

Turkey

1

0.74%

Total

136

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 16.

A total of 18 countries had at least one criminal alien incarcerated in the DOC prison system for the crime of homicide.

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Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States....

... the administration will expand in-country refugee processing for families coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala...

The efforts are designed in part to combat the crush of tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally ...

...more than 51,100 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children have been caught illegally crossing the Mexican border...

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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.

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

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.

'Refugee' ruse: An illegals pipeline

Since the surge of “children” — primarily male teens — from Central America in 2014, the Obama administration has tried various ways to open the floodgates to this segment of illegal aliens. The latest attempt, billed as “family reunification,”...

Except most of them are not refugees, according to a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis.

To better manage the “crisis,” a new refugee-resettlement program set up in Central America coordinates with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees....

Trouble is, most of these children who leave their homes in Central America “do not do so for fear of persecution” and, by the U.N.’s definition, are not refugees, writes Nayla Rush for CIS. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to provide them with the care they need away from danger but in their own country or close to it?”...

Once established in the U.S., these “refugees” can obtain legal status and sponsor their illegal relatives living the U.S.

This is nothing more than a means to an end, focused not on what’s best for the children but on illegals’ amnesty.

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