“Immigration: A center-left think tank has hailed new findings showing that illegal immigrants contribute $11.6 billion in state and local taxes nationwide. But that report really shows how little they pay compared to the rest of us.
If there’s any doubt America is importing poverty, take a look at a new study this week from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which touts the $11.6 billion illegals pay in taxes to state and local coffers. This isn’t federal or payroll taxes, just cash paid through sales taxes, property taxes and city and state fees.
“Data show undocumented immigrants greatly contribute to our nation’s economy, not just in labor but also with tax dollars,” ITEP state tax policy director Meg Wiehe said in a statement. “With immigration policy playing a key role in state and national debates, accurate information about the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants is needed now more than ever.”
We couldn’t agree more. So let’s take a look at some actual accurate information:
With an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., that $11.6 billion comes to about $1,050 per person, which The Latin Post hails as “lots of taxes.” In fact, it’s less than the average paid by citizens in even the lowest-tax states, such as Tennessee, where the average per capita state and local tax burden is $2,805, not to mention high tax areas, like Washington, D.C., where the figure is $7,540, according to data from the Tax Foundation. Media reports point out that illegals pay about 8% of their incomes in state and local taxes, compared with 5.4% for “the 1%,” but ignore that average taxpayers, based on the Tax Foundation data, pay an average of 9.48%.
Well, sure, you might say, but once illegals get amnesty, they will contribute similar amounts as the rest of us, right? Actually, no.
Illegals have far less education than average Americans and correspondingly lower base incomes. Based on another study reported this week from two other center-left think tanks, if the U.S. handed out work permits, through a program such as Deferred Action For Parents Of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), it would add only 10% to illegals’ incomes — meaning, an additional $3,000 per capita, which would then see a small slice taken as state and local taxes, for a grand total of just $805 million to the government. It still wouldn’t approach the average Tennessee local tax rates, cited above.
Illegal immigrants in fact absorb far more in benefits than they contribute. The Heritage Foundation in 2013 found that illegals contribute an average of $10,000 in total taxes (federal and payroll as well as local taxes) but use almost $24,000 in welfare and services, creating a net $14,000 per capita gain per illegal worker.
With benefits like that — and a president determined to shower even more on them — it’s little wonder the world’s impoverished feel the red carpet is out for them to come here illegally.
Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, said Heritage understates actual welfare use by illegals by its use of the federal government’s Current Population Survey. “In a more recent study where I looked at welfare use only (not taxes or other expense) using the much more accurate Survey of Income and Program Participation, I found that 62% of households headed by illegal immigrants used at least one major welfare program,” Camarota told IBD via email.
“Bottom line, illegal immigrants have a 10th grade education on average,” he said. “In the modern American economy people with that level of education tend to make modest wages and as result pay relatively little in taxes, at the same time they tend to use a lot in public services, regardless of legal status. In the case of illegals, they often receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children. If you had to put it in a bumper sticker it would be: ‘there is a high cost to cheap labor.'”
GOP To Eliminate DOJ ‘Slush Fund’ Used By Obama Administration To Pay Left-Wing Activist Groups
“Before Eric Holder proved what we already knew, that government and law enforcement routinely engage in any number of illegal activities that would get most people reading this locked up for whole epochs of time, it was hoped that the Justice Department was at least somewhat honest (it isn’t). It was also hoped that maybe there were just a few bad apples, but it seems that the whole tree is rotten, all the way to it’s roots that prove to be Obama.
It has come to light that the Obama administration has supplied BILLIONS in capital to activist organizations – many of whom are violent – through what The Gateway Pundit calls “a Department of Justice slush fund scheme” according to who is sourced as “congressional investigators.” The very illegal and highly immoral action(s) is being looked into by Republicans. Rep. John Ratcliffe, of Texas, said, ““It’s clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made. The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred.”
Facts unearthed by the House Judiciary Committee shows that money went to a very large number of often disruptive non-profit organizations (of which George Soros knows a great deal about) that are said to be involved in grassroots activism. It should be noted that much of the violence that president Donald Trump talked about and referenced while on the campaign trail, mockingly saying, “Hello, Bernie,” or “Hello, Mrs. Clinton,” as the protestors were escorted out, was nothing short of accurate. While this may seem like a rather small matter, this was billions of dollars spent on beating people, hurting people, and cheating people, in many instances. To those in emergency rooms getting stitches because Obama funded radicals, it was/is a VERY big deal.
Showing not only how Trump was a target, but also how the issues regarding corporations that he shared with Bernie Sanders was shared with good reason, Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton said to Fox, “Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations. It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.” Funding groups that actively work to undermine the very fabric of capitalism is not the role of the Department of Justice or of anyone therein.The other aspect, as reported by Fox News, “When big banks are sued by the government for discrimination or mortgage abuse, they can settle the cases by donating to third-party non-victims. The settlements do not specify how these third-party groups could use the windfall.” This means that there is an incentive to sue to get the money and incentive for cases to be churned out rapidly with what is all but predetermined outcomes. While the discrimination likely did not exist in the first place, it was cheaper to settle (the shakedown), and that money goes to causes and groups that often beat people for holding a pro-American viewpoint. It says that $3 billion has been found by investigators.”
Bank of America gets 2-for-1 deal in Justice Dept. settlement
– Washington Examiner | 2016
“Bank of America has been able to reduce a multi-billion dollar mortgage fraud penalty imposed by the Justice Department by giving millions of dollars to liberal groups approved by the Obama administration.
The bank has wiped about $194 million off its record $16.6 billion 2014 mortgage settlement by donating to nonprofits and legal groups. Thanks to little-known provisions in the settlement, the bank only had to make $84 million in donations to do that.
The bank wasn’t exploiting any loophole. It’s a key part of the deal the Justice Department offered to get it to settle in the first place. For every dollar the bank has given the nonprofits — none of which were victims of fraud themselves — it has claimed at least two dollars off the settlement. The deal ensured the Obama administration that a certain part of the settlement funds would go to friendly liberal groups, bypassing the normal congressional appropriations.
Among the groups receiving the money were Hispanic civil rights group the National Council of La Raza ($1.5 million), the National Urban League ($1.1 million) and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ($750,000).
Republicans have sharply criticized that part of the settlement as well as near-identical language in multi-billion settlements with Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, arguing that the administration has created a “slush fund” for liberal groups. The settlement skirts federal law, which says that any revenue obtained by the government must go to the Treasury and cannot be redirected to third parties. The deals circumvented that by requiring the banks to make “voluntary” donations before they officially entered into the settlement.
“This is nothing short of a shakedown and another example of how the Obama administration is rigging the system to benefit their political allies. Instead of directing settlements directly to victims or returning the money to the U.S. Treasury, President Obama set up a slush fund for community organizers and other liberal activists. This is outrageous,” said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., chairman of the Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.”
OBAMA DOJ QUIETLY FUNNELED BILLIONS TO LA RAZA, OTHERS
The House Judiciary Committee is investigating claims that the Obama administration quietly gave billions of dollars to leftist organizations and politicians that promoted their liberal policies. It is believed that the administration’s goal was to win political elections at entry-level positions of government as well as promote progressive ideology, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The RMBS connection:
The plan involves Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group (RMBS). The group is a collaboration between the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and many others. After the mortgage-backed securities scandal that led to the Great Recession of 2008, the government created a safety net called the RMBS in 2012. The groups’ mission is supposed to be focused on finding:
“evidence of fraud, or misconduct by market participants such as loan originators, sponsors, underwriters, trustees, and others in the mortgage industry. However, over the past four years, the RMBS, with the help of the Obama Department of Justice, reached “multi-billion-dollar settlements with essentially every major bank in America,”
How did the department of Justice funneling mechanism work? Banks charged with discrimination or mortgage abuse by the government can settle cases by donating to third-party non-victims, as Fox News reports. Settlements, however, don’t have to specify how the third-party groups must use their money. This is a perfect way to move government funds to just about any person or group you want to benefit. So far investigators have found $3 billion dollars paid to “non-victim entities.”
“Asked by Senator Cory Gardner if Congress approved the US State Department to divert $500 million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund, Deputy Secretary Heather Higgenbottom says: “Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? No. […] We’ve reviewed the authority and the process under which we can do it, and our lawyers and we have determined that we have the ability to do it, and I pledge to you and to other members we’d be happy to provide that legal analysis and the additional details.”
Trump Leak Now Points To Bezos’ Hidden $600M Deal With Obama CIA To Feed Washington Post
“The majority of people do not know Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post and is now the sole owner with no editorial board or ethical review committees to oversee the actions of Bezos as a publisher, much less the courage to stand against the new “boss.”
It begs to question: How is Bezos connected to questionable intelligence leaks in recent months?
What does he have to do with the sudden disruption of web services that kept millions from accessing whistle blowing website, WikiLeaks, during its explosive releases of state department cables?
Cables containing inside information revealing corruption within American politics linked to former secretary of state, and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
The majority of Americans do not know ‘leaked” CIA documents to undermine a new president and administration were leaked through the Washington Post first and after Bezos took the helm of “America’s newspaper.”
Much worse and even more suspicious is the majority of the people have not been informed that Bezos landed a $600 million federal contract and by who? The CIA.
The “deal” is for a computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It also just happens AWS services all 17 agencies within the US intelligence community.”
– Curious that this nexus of information and disinformation between Amazon and the CIA is not on the front page of every political web site. Somehow this ‘arrangement’ between Bezos and the government is kept from public view. SNL doesn’t parody it. The pundits don’t decry it. It’s like it never happened. /CJ
A Brief History of Government Control of the Media |
The CIA, Washington Post, And Russia: What You’re Not Being Told
“According to an unsubstantiated article by the Washington Post, anonymous CIA officials have confirmed that the Russian government hacked the United States election to favor Donald Trump. Though it’s entirely possible the Russian government attempted to influence the election, the Post has been widely criticized — for the second time in a month — for its failure to follow basic journalistic practices. Nevertheless, the narrative is sticking.
But the outlet’s behind-the-scenes relationship with the CIA is nothing new. In 2013, a conflict of interest arose shortly after Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, purchased the newspaper. As the Nation reported at the time:
“[Jeff Bezos] recently secured a $600 million contract from the CIA. That’s at least twice what Bezos paid for the Post this year. Bezos recently disclosed that the company’s Web-services business is building a ‘private cloud’ for the CIA to use for its data needs.”
As this occurred, a petition calling on the Washington Post to disclose its new ties to the CIA when reporting on the agency garnered 30,000 signatures. According to the RootsforAction petition:
“The Post often does reporting on CIA activities. The coverage should include full disclosure that the owner of the Washington Post is also the main owner of Amazon — and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.”
Robert McChesney of the Institute for Public Accuracy pointed out the glaring conflict of interest:
“If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation—say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government—the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.”
In its most recent article on the CIA’s claims of a Russian hack, the Post made no mention of its ties to the CIA. But while this connection calls into serious question the validity of a newspaper that claims to be a purveyor of “great journalism,” the connections are not enough to prove nefarious collaboration.
Unfortunately, however, history reveals actual collusion between the CIA and news outlets, including the Washington Post.
In 1977, Carl Bernstein, a former Post journalist, wrote about the CIA’s efforts to infiltrate the news media, often with the assistance of top management at the papers. In total, Bernstein reported, over 400 journalists were involved.”
Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble
– Guardian UK
Big tech companies pay some of the country’s best salaries. But workers claim the high cost of living in the Bay Area has them feeling financially strained
“I didn’t become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet,” said a Twitter employee in his early 40s who earns a base salary of $160,000. It is, he added, a “pretty bad” income for raising a family in the Bay Area.
The biggest cost is his $3,000 rent – which he said was “ultra cheap” for the area – for a two-bedroom house in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and two kids. He’d like a slightly bigger property, but finds himself competing with groups of twentysomethings happy to share accommodation while paying up to $2,000 for a single room.
“Families are priced out of the market,” he said, adding that family-friendly cafes and restaurants have slowly been replaced by “hip coffee shops”.
Silicon Valley’s latest tech boom, combined with a housing shortage, has caused rents to soar over the last five years. The city’s rents, by one measure, are now the highest in the world.
The prohibitive costs have displaced teachers, city workers, firefighters and other members of the middle class, not to mention low-income residents.
Now techies, many of whom are among the highest 1% of earners, are complaining that they, too, are being priced out.
The Twitter employee said he hit a low point in early 2014 when the company changed its payroll schedule, leaving him with a hole in his budget. “I had to borrow money to make it through the month.”
He was one of several tech workers, earning between $100,000 and $700,000 a year, who vented to the Guardian about their financial situation. Almost all of them spoke only on the condition of anonymity, or agreed only to give their first names, fearing retribution by their employers for speaking publicly about their predicament.
‘The American dream is not working out here’
Complaints from well-compensated tech workers will sound like chutzpah to many of the other 99% who are struggling to get by on a fraction of their income. But there appears to be a growing frustration among tech workers who say that they are struggling to get by.
Facebook engineers last year even raised the issue with founder Mark Zuckerberg, asking whether the company could subsidize their rents to make their living situation more affordable, according to an executive at the company who has since departed.
The cost of housing is a common complaint among Bay Area techies. Engineers can expect, according to one analysis, to pay between 40% and 50% of their salary renting an apartment near work.
One Apple employee was recently living in a Santa Cruz garage, using a compost bucket as a toilet. Another tech worker, enrolled in a coding bootcamp, described how he lived with 12 other engineers in a two-bedroom apartment rented via Airbnb. “It was $1,100 for a fucking bunk bed and five people in the same room. One guy was living in a closet, paying $1,400 for a ‘private room’.”
“We make over $1m between us, but we can’t afford a house,” said a woman in her 50s who works in digital marketing for a major telecoms corporation, while her partner works as an engineer at a digital media company. “This is part of where the American dream is not working out here.
Another tech worker feeling excluded from the real estate market was 41-year-old Michael, who works at a networking firm in Silicon Valley and last year earned $700,000. Sick of his 22-mile commute to work, which can sometimes take up to two and half hours, he explored buying a property nearer work.
“We went to an open house in Los Gatos that would shorten my commute by eight miles. It was 1,700 sq ft and listed at $1.4m. It sold in 24 hours for $1.7m,” he said.
Although he said his salary means he can afford to live a decent life, he finds the cost of living, combined with the terrible commute, unpalatable. He’s had enough, and has accepted a 50% pay cut to relocate to San Diego.
“We will be unequivocally better off than we are now.” He said he won’t miss some of the more mundane day-to-day costs, like spending $8 on a bagel and coffee or $12 on freshly pressed juice.
Michael isn’t the only tech worker considering leaving Silicon Valley in search of a better life. A Canadian IT specialist in his late 40s, earning more than $200,000, has a similar plan. “When I came to the Bay Area the amount of money they were going to pay me seemed absurd,” he said. However, the cost of rent and childcare, which cost “more than I paid for my university education in Canada”, has been hard to swallow.
Sam, 40, lives with his wife and three kids in San Jose, earning around $120,000 a year at a multinational software company. “I get paid a very good wage, but I have three kids, childcare is ridiculously expensive so my wife mostly takes care of them,” he said.
He feels pressure being the sole breadwinner. “I’ve got no safety net,” he said. “I have credit cards, but this is not sustainable. If something bad happened I’d be out of the house in a month.”
UC San Francisco Lays Off IT Workers, Jobs Head To India
“SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The University of California, San Francisco on Tuesday laid off 49 information technology (IT) employees and outsourced their work to a company based in India, ending a year-long process that has brought the public university under fire.
The university announced the plan last July as a way to save $30 million over five years. The University of California system, which includes health care and research-focused UCSF, has been struggling to raise revenue and cut expenses.
Globalization and outsourcing have become hot-button political issues in the United States, as more employers cut costs by farming out work to low-cost workers in far-flung parts of the world. President Donald Trump campaigned on promises to restore lost U.S. jobs and to penalize companies that move factories overseas.
This was the University of California’s first outsourcing, said a spokeswoman who added that the layoffs were necessary due to rising costs of technology. In addition to the 49 staff layoffs, another 48 positions that were vacant or filled by contractors were eliminated.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein last year said the university had a responsibility to keep jobs in the United States and pledged to seek reforms to stop domestic jobs being outsourced.
Kurt Ho, 58, a laid off systems administrator, carried a box of his personal items with an American flag draped over it, and said the university’s decision will hurt service for a medical staff that relies on a smoothly running and secure computer network.
“It’s a downgrading of services and a slap in the face for the customers,” said Ho, who has worked in IT in the Bay Area for 25 years. He said he plans to look for a job but worries that outsourcing of IT services is a growing trend.
Last year UCSF entered into a $50 million contract over five years with India-based HCL Technologies Ltd to do the work.”
California College Student Suspended for Taping Prof’s Anti-Trump ‘Act of Terrorism’ Rant
– PJ Media
“In an Orwellian twist, a student at Orange Coast College (OCC) who filmed his professor’s anti-Trump rant was suspended from his school, required to meet with the dean of students to “request…reentry,” and forced to write an apology and a three-page essay explaining why he recorded the rant, the negative impacts of his recording, and how he will “prevent this from happening in the future.” The student has appealed the decision.
“This is an attack by leftists in academia to protect the expressive rights of their radical instructors at the expense of the expressive rights of conservative students on campus,” declared Bill Becker, founder, president, and general counsel of Freedom X, who is representing the student. Becker announced that his organization will file a notice of appeal on Wednesday, arguing that the student’s “constitutional and legal rights have been violated.”
Caleb O’Neil, the previously anonymous student, was notified of his suspension last Thursday, February 9. On December 9, 2016, O’Neil published a YouTube video of Olga Pere Stable-Cox, his psychology professor.
In that video, Stable-Cox called then President-elect Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” denounced Mike Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country,” and called their electoral victory “an act of terrorism.” She added that “we are way beyond Republicans and Democrats, we are really back to being in a civil war.”
Given the harsh nature of these remarks, and the fact that O’Neil had reportedly worn Trump campaign t-shirts to class, the student was “in fear of retaliation by his instructor after she launched into a half-hour rant in which she labeled Trump a ‘white supremacist’ and told the class she would no longer tolerate any person who voted for Trump,” Freedom X reported.
According to the law firm, “O’Neil videotaped the rant over concerns that his grade might be lowered for the class because of his outward show of support for Trump. He intended to use the video to present the administration as evidence of his concerns.”
The email which notified O’Neil of his suspension charged the student with violating the Student Code of Conduct against tape recording and unauthorized use of electronic devices in the classroom, Campus Reform reported.”
Question: How can taping a course at a public college be construed as illegal? Anything said at a publicly funded college should be open to the public. How can we know what is being taught and does it provide a value to the community? The student was suspended and made to write an apology. If any apology is warranted it should come from the professor and should include an explanation on why the professor’s diatribes need to be kept from the public. /CJ
UCSD Chinese students exercise free speech in pursuit of suppression of free speech
– Daily Caller
Chinese Students Protest As California University Refuses To Toe Communist Party Line
“Chinese students at a California university are protesting over the institution’s refusal to adhere to the Communist Party of China’s bottom line on the Tibetan spiritual leader — the Dalai Lama.
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has invited the exiled Tibetan leader to deliver the keynote address at this year’s commencement ceremony, and Chinese students are outraged, Inside Higher Ed reports. In a rather peculiar turn of events, these Chinese students, who would not be permitted to protest in China due to government regulations, are using the growing trend of campus activism in the U.S. to pressure UCSD to accept the Chinese government’s official position on the Dalai Lama.
Some students are protesting under the online banner #ChineseStudentsMatter.
UCSD chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla described the Dalai Lama as a “man of peace” who “promotes global responsibility and service to humanity,” but China perceives him as a separatist leader determined to divide a united China. For decades, the Dalai Lama called for a free and independent Tibet, but he has since moderated his position, calling for a “high degree of autonomy.” China firmly opposes all of the Dalai Lama’s interactions with foreign governments and institutions.
After discussing the situation with officials at the Chinese consulate, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at UCSD posted a statement online in response to the university’s decision to invite the Dalai Lama to speak at graduation.
“The Dalai Lama is not merely a religious person. He is also a political exile who has long sought to divide the motherland and destroy national unity,” the students wrote, adding that the organization “resolutely rejects any attempt to slander and belittle Chinese history through provocative acts and offensive political remarks that affect China’s international image.”
Some observers suspect that the Chinese students at UCSD are acting on behalf of the Chinese government.
“They are acting as an arm of the Chinese embassy or consulate,” Robert Barnett, the director of the modern Tibetan studies program at Columbia University suggested to Inside Higher Ed reporters. “Nevertheless, we have to also recognize that the university has taken a strong position here, one that many people will sympathize with, but which is a challenge to the position taken by the Chinese government and shared by some Chinese.”
The CSSA denies that it is connected to the Chinese government.”
ICE: Arrested ‘dreamer’ in Seattle admitted having gang ties
When Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested in Seattle last Friday it quickly became national news because Medina is a “dreamer,” i.e. he is registered under President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had gone to a house in the Seattle suburbs to arrest Medina’s father but wound up arresting Daniel as well. Lawyers for Medina demanded that ICE explain its decision and today the agency did. From the Associated Press:
A Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children admitted to having gang ties and that he had been arrested previously, the U.S. Justice Department said in court documents filed Thursday.
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, “stated ‘no, not no more,’ when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity,” the documents said.
Ramirez, who is Mexican and arrived in the U.S. at age 7, was asked by authorities who arrested him about a tattoo described in the documents as a “gang tattoo” and “responded that he ‘used to hang out with the Surenos in California,’ that he ‘fled California to escape from the gangs,’ and that he ‘still hangs out’ with” gang members in Washington state,” the documents added.
DACA is ostensibly an act of prosecutorial discretion which makes is relatively easy for its protection to be removed if someone is judged to be a threat to public safety.”
Top Mexican Official Is Concerned About Arrest Of Illegal Immigrant Gang Member
– Daily Caller
“Mexico’s top diplomat in the U.S. said Thursday he is “concerned” about the recent arrest of an alleged illegal immigrant gang member by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE arrested Daniel Ramirez-Medina, an alleged illegal immigrant gang member, last week after they encountered him at a home in Washington targeting a previously deported felon. While Medina had received amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA’s rules don’t allow recipients to be gang members.
“We are concerned because these boys were in the U.S. with adequate legal status…Daniel not only applied for DACA once, but he renewed his status in 2016,” Mexico’s undersecretary for foreign affairs in North America Carlos Sada told Radio Formula. He said the arrest of Medina has caused “nervousness and anguish” among the the “large community of boys” who have received deferred action priority due to DACA.
ICE said in a statement Wednesday that since the start of the DACA program in 2012, around 1,500 recipients have had their deferred action terminated “due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation.”
ICE ‘surge’ puts 160 Southern California immigrants behind bars
– LA Daily News
“More than 160 people in the greater Los Angeles area were arrested over five days in a “surge” operation targeting immigrants with felony records and fugitives, federal officials said Friday, pushing back on reports a day earlier of widespread random raids — reports that officials called “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”
“While this week’s operation was an enforcement surge, the focus was no different than the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams on a daily basis,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement Friday.
Officials began the operation on Monday and concluded it at noon Friday, but not after rounding up 150 — of the 160 total — who had criminal histories in a six-county area that included 55 communities, according to ICE.
The operation targeted criminal aliens who re-entered the country illegally or who were fugitives.
Of the 150 who had criminal histories, their records included felony convictions for serious offenses such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assaults, according to ICE.
Those arrested included immigrants from a dozen countries — and 95 percent were men, ICE said.
Officials said their cases will be presented to the U.S. attorney’s office for prosecution.
Among those arrested, according to ICE:
• A Salvadoran national who was allegedly part of the MS-13 gang. He was arrested in Huntington Park and was wanted in his native country for aggravated extortion, ICE said.
• A Brazilian national arrested in L.A. and wanted in Brazil for alleged cocaine trafficking.
• An Australian national from West Hollywood. He was wanted on suspicion of lewd acts with a child.
The announcement from ICE followed a night of protests after widespread reports of sweeps across Southern California from San Bernardino to Van Nuys.
Immigration advocates called for the immediate release of the detainees along with more transparency from ICE.
But ICE pushed back on how those reports spread, saying that the “reports of random sweeps are false, dangerous and irresponsible,” adding that they put law enforcement personnel and communities in unneeded danger.”
Five Biggest Legal Stupidities in the Ninth Circuit’s Decision To Stop Trump’s Executive Order
“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ absurd ruling against President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive order contains a bevy of legal problems. It’s not just a bad political ruling, though it is – it’s bad law. Here are five of the biggest problems with the ruling:
1. States Suffer “Concrete and Particularized Injury” If Aliens Can’t Come To University Classes. This is absolutely absurd. It would strike down virtually any immigration law. All immigration laws restrict classes of people from entering, numbers of people from entering. Some of those people would undoubtedly go to university, or teach there. Does this mean that states can now sue to overturn all immigration laws?
2. The Federal Government Doesn’t Suffer “Irreparable Injury” If The Courts Overrule Immigration Policy. The court casually states that while the government has an interest in combatting terrorism, the “Government has done little more than reiterate that fact.” The executive branch didn’t explain sufficiently to the judiciary why the executive order needed to be put into effect, and so the executive branch has to go home emptyhanded. Again, this is ridiculous. Are we supposed to wait to be hit? Would the judiciary apply this same standard to, say, gun control laws?
3. Everybody Has Due Process Rights. This is perhaps the craziest element of the ruling: the statement that everyone from lawful permanent residents to aliens with a visa traveling abroad has due process rights. The court even says that illegal aliens have due process rights. The Constitution isn’t just for citizens anymore – which begs the question as to why anyone would bother applying for citizenship.
4. Courts Can Look To Motive Rather Than Text. The court said that they could look at Donald Trump’s statements during the campaign about a Muslim ban in order to evaluate this executive order. This is dangerous. Attempting to read the minds of those who put together laws is far more arbitrary than reading the text or looking at the application of the law. It’s also amazing that the Ninth Circuit would say this now, but that the Supreme Court would ignore President Obama saying for YEARS that Obamacare was not a tax, then rule that Obamacare was indeed a tax.
5. The Court Refuses To Strike Down Portions. Normally, the court works to avoid striking down entire laws or staying entire executive orders. Instead, the court just threw up its hands and suggested that it had done its best, but it couldn’t bother doing a close read.
All in all, the decision is damningly silly. That doesn’t make the executive order a model of legal brilliance – it’s got plenty of problems I have discussed elsewhere. But the court’s decision here does more damage to the law than the executive order, and it ain’t close.”
Mexican National charged with voting illegally in Illinois – ID Theft
“Federal officials seem to be taking President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration as seriously as he is.
As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was worn into his new post Thursday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Eric Long was arraigning an illegal immigrant in Urbana, Illinois for several counts of voter fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The 33-year-old Mexican national, Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, allegedly used a fake identity for years to vote in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections, and to open bank accounts, take out car loans, and open restaurants.
The scheme seemed to be working well until a trip to Mexico last month, when Valencia-Sandoval was detained as he attempted to cross back into the U.S. with a Texas birth certificate and Illinois ID card with the name Ramiro Guerrora Vaszuez.
During an interview with agents on Jan. 7, Valencia-Sandoval admitted, according to a federal affidavit, that he was not the true owner of the birth certificate and that in March 2005 he had purchased it from Oscar Guerrero-Vasquez — Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez’s brother — for $50,000.
Valencia-Sandoval, who lives in the 0-to-100 block of Ivanhoe Drive, U, also admitted that he did not have Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez’s permission to use his identity; had used the identity to live in Illinois since March 2005; had obtained driver’s licenses, bank accounts and loans for vehicles; had opened two restaurants that have since been sold; and had obtained a lawful permanent resident card for his wife.
Valencia-Sandoval, who has four children born in the United States, allegedly admitted that he’s an illegal immigrant from Mexico and police traced his fingerprints to two other previous encounters with law enforcement, though court records did not details the reasons for his arrests.
A grand jury indicted Valencia-Sandoval on a slew of federal charges this week.
“The indictment charges Valencia-Sandoval with making a false statement of U.S. citizenship in April 2012, on a passport application, in that he allegedly used another’s identity and stated he was a U.S. citizen when he was not. In addition, he is charged with aggravated identity theft related to the April 2012 passport application,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Also on Thursday in a separate indictment, Salvador Garcia-Luna, a 27-year-old in Champaign, Illinois, was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated identity theft, lying on a passport application and possessing a firearm as an illegal alien, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.
Garcia-Luna and Valencia-Sandoval both face up to 10 years in prison for making a false statement on a passport application and a minimum of two years on top of any other sentence for aggravated identity theft.”
Garcia de Rayos: Behind the identity theft charge that sent Valley woman back to Mexico
“The battle over whether a woman living in the Valley for more than 20 years should have been sent back to Mexico all began with the crime she committed in 2008.
Nearly a decade ago, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was convicted of criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony.
While identity theft experts say this does not seem to be a malicious act, this was also not a victimless crime.
“Locally, it’s something that we’ve seen less of, but it is probably one of the more common forms of identity theft,” said Eduard Goodman, with Cyber Scout.
During one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s workplace raids, Garcia de Rayos was caught using someone else’s Social Security number to gain employment at Golfland Sunsplash — a common practice among those in the country illegally, according to Goodman.
“Sometimes they’ll buy it from someone who sells them,” he said.
The number she was using appears to be registered to a man in Tucson.
She also had been using the Resident Alien Card number belonging to a second person, a 55-year-old man.
Garcia de Rayos pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation and community service.
“You can’t live in today’s society, you can’t do anything today without a Social Security number, and oftentimes these people just want to establish a life including pay regular bills, have cable, utilities, all of that requires an SSN,” Goodman said.
Goodman said he’s seen similar cases where the stolen Social Security numbers usually belong to children. They usually don’t discover their identity has been stolen until they reach adulthood and try applying for a student loan or a credit card.
“It impacts their taxes, it impacts their credit,” he said.
The effects can linger for years.
Identity theft experts say the issue as a whole has a much greater effect.
“We all absorb that collectively to some degree,” Goodman said. “We absorb it in higher interest rates, in more credit card fees, even in our own tax dollars not necessarily being distributed properly.”
Hundreds of immigrants convicted and not deported committed more crimes — 121 murders between 2010-2014
– Miami Herald
The Senate Judiciary Committee letter revealed that 121 immigrant convicts were charged with homicide following their release from ICE custody between 2010 and 2014.
“At least 121 killings within a four-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee document recently reviewed by el Nuevo Herald.
Every year, federal immigration authorities release foreign nationals convicted of crimes — including murder — both because the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited indefinite detention or because their countries refuse to take them back even after immigration judges have ordered deportation.
While the release of convicted immigrant criminals has been routine since the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling 15 years ago, the practice is now in the national spotlight because President Donald Trump has made it imperative to deport immigrant convicts as quickly as possible lest they commit more crimes.
A committee letter sent to the Department of Justice and the Departments of State and Homeland Security nearly two years ago said that at least 121 homicides “could have been avoided” between 2010 and 2014 had Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under the prior Obama administration, deported immigrant convicts instead of releasing them.
Most of these immigrant convicts are nationals of 23 countries described by ICE as “recalcitrant” because they routinely refuse to take back deportables. The bulk of these immigrant convicts in 2014 — 1,183 — were from Cuba, according to the letter. The other “recalcitrant” countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Zimbabwe, according to ICE.
Generally, foreign nationals who are convicted of crimes are put into deportation proceedings after they complete their sentences.
A committee spokeswoman did not provide additional information on the letter when contacted by el Nuevo Herald last week.
But in response to the letter, Sarah Saldaña, then-director of ICE, stated that 33 of the 121 immigrant convicts accused of “homicide-related offenses” had been released on bond at the discretion of immigration courts. Another 24 were released because ICE was unable to obtain approval to deport them to their countries within the 180-day deadline set by the Supreme Court in 2001.”