Category Archives: Migration

How Can Illegal Aliens Join the U.S. Military Legally? | June 29, 2017

WashPo: Illegal-Alien Recruits In Military Bring Unsolvable Security Threats

|| Breitbart

“More than 1,000 illegal aliens accepted into the U.S. military pose impossible-to-fix security concerns, according to a report in theWashington Post.

The Post’s report cites a Pentagon memo which says that 4,100 of 10,000 illegal alien recruits are facing “enhanced screening,” and that “30 percent [of those] subject to ‘enhanced screening’ have ‘unmitigable derogatory information’ that could bar them from service.”

The Post’s article is focused on the interests of illegal aliens, and ledes with the claim that “The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows.”

However, the Post quickly admits the security concerns, saying:

Officials have assigned threat level tiers to the nearly 10,000 Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program recruits, both in the service and waiting to serve, based on characteristics like proximity to classified information or how thoroughly they have been vetted.

The Defense Department launched the program in 2009. Since the program’s start, more than 10,400 troops, most of them with service in the Army, have filled medical billets and language specialties — like Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Pashto — languages identified by the Pentagon as vital to the success of military operations, but in short supply among U.S.-born troops…

The overtasked vetting process and heightened security risk led officials to recommend canceling enlistment contracts for all 1,800 awaiting [still] orders for basic training, and halting the program altogether, according to the memo…

The Pentagon is also considering ending the careers of 2,400 part-time troops in the program who have yet to attend basic training.

The MAVNI program began in 2008 but was frozen in December 2016. Many of the people accepted into the program have not yet been accepted for basic training.

Immigrant recruits sometimes get extra scrutiny in the case of divided loyalties or various ties that may compromise their loyalty, but officials are leery of investigating Muslim soldiers. For example, Nidal Hassan was accepted into the U.S. military and was promoted to Major, despite having two Muslim parents. Subsequently, Hassan became more publicly devout and he murdered 14 Americans at Fort Hood in 2009 amid abundant evidence of his growing hostility to the U.S. military.

Other Islamic threats in the U.S. military include:

A Muslim convert, Hassan Abu-Jihaad, was convicted in 2008 of leaking secrets while serving in the U.S. Navy in 2001.

In 2003, Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar killed two soldiers and injured 14 others in a gun-and-grenade attack in Kuwait as soldiers were pushing the Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

In 2012, Army Private Naser Jason Abdo was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing attacks against American soldiers in Texas. He adopted Islam at age 17, when living with his Jordanian-born father.

In 2013, Navy veteran Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif was convicted of preparing an attack on a Seattle military recruiting center.

In 2014, Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds was detained while trying to join the Islamic State.

In March 2015, U.S. Air Force veteran Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, was convicted of providing material support to ISIS.

Media reports say foreign militaries are seeing the same Islamic and diversity problems. The German media reported that 20 Muslim radicals had joined the German military and French officials reported that up to 10 Muslims in the French military had defected to jihad groups.

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

USCIS Immigration Services does not track illegal voting in USA | June 08, 2017

Immigration Officials Fail to Track Illegal Voting Rates, Say Reports

|| Breitbart

“The federal agency which “oversees lawful immigration to the United States,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not track and retain the answers by legal noncitizen residents whether they have illegally voted or registered to vote.

Furthermore, if they vote illegally or are even convicted of illegally voting, this does not necessarily disqualify them from becoming a citizen.

Using all caps and bold font to emphasize the importance of the word “ever,” USCIS form N-400 (Part 12) asks persons applying for naturalization:

Have you EVER claimed to be a U.S. citizen (in writing or any other way)?
  1. Have you EVER registered to vote in any Federal, state, or local election in the United States?
  2. Have you EVER voted in any Federal, state, or local election in the United States?

When noncitizens fill out these forms, they do so under penalty of perjury.

Freedom of Information Act requests by both the Washington Times and the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) revealed there is no database to gather and track this information.

The Washington Times reported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would have to review every application manually to get this information. One million of these applications were filed in 2016. It also reported that the Pence Commission intends to compare noncitizen permanent resident files with public voter rosters. President Trump signed an executive order in May creating the commission on election fraud. It is led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, as reported by Breitbart News and Breitbart News Daily.

Other problems revealed in the Washington Times report included USCIS policy discourages officials from disqualifying a naturalization applicant who was convicted of illegally voting if he or she has only one offense. Moreover, USCIS does not have a system or policy for notifying prosecutors about applicants who admit to illegal voting.

Applicants who deny illegal voting are also not verified by checking public voter rosters.

The Washington Times article reported an immigration services spokeswoman said that the USCIS does not have a policy, “official or otherwise, that discourages officers from denying naturalization applicants if they have voted unlawfully.”

The spokeswoman noted that although USCIS “does not have a mechanism in place to cross-check voter registration” the Pence Commission intends to work to fill-in for this gap.

“There’s no question that the Obama DHS looked past noncitizens participating in the electoral system before obtaining citizenship,” a PILF spokesman shared with Breitbart Texas in a statement. “Discerning the scope of this problem is another ideal area of study for the forthcoming presidential commission on election integrity.”

….Read more @ Breitbart

 

Isis attack on Tehran is its most surprising Ramadan atrocity so far – and the most significant

|| the Independent UK

 

“The suicide bombing and shooting in Tehran is the most surprising and also, in terms of fallout, the most significant of the terrorist attacks which have taken place internationally in the past week. It comes at a time when the Middle East is going through an extraordinary political upheaval, cutting across its traditional sectarian faultlines – and when Donald Trump is conducting a campaign of threats against Iran.

Iran, unlike much of the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, has been relatively free of terrorist attacks. There have been bombings in Ahvaz in the south-west where there is a long-running Sunni Arab secessionist movement, but the last major attacks in cities were seven years ago. Four scientists were assassinated between 2010 and 2012, but these are alleged to have been carried out by Israel in an effort to hinder Iran’s then nascent nuclear programme.

Indeed, the safety offered by Iran is one of its strongest selling points.”

….Read more @ the Independent

Europeans and Brits Told by BBC to ‘Get Used’ to Terror Attacks | May 23, 2017

BBC Anchor: Europe Has to ‘Get Used’ to These Attacks

|| Townhall

“Leaders like President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are rejecting that message. They both offered strong statements in response to ISIS’ barbaric attack, May condemning the terrorists’ “cowardice” and Trump calling them “evil losers,” both pledging to seek justice.

Accepting terrorism as the norm is not acceptable. We must fight back and defend our homeland. The “Mother of All Bombs,” which killed 94 ISIS fighters, is an example of how the Trump administration has refused to sit idly by and let terror reign worldwide.

BBC host Katty Kay, responding to Monday night’s suicide bombing in Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert, told viewers Tuesday that Europeans are going to have to “get used” to terror attacks in their backyards.”

….Continue reading more @ Townhall

 

Islamic Leader Faces Deportation for Visa Fraud

|| Breitbart

“An Imam in New Haven, Connecticut, is facing deportation after being ordered for removal out of the U.S. for allegedly defrauding a foreign national visa program.

“Masjid Al-Islam mosque Imam Hafiz Abdul Hannan, an illegal immigrant from Pakistan, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents where they say they are enforcing a 2016 deportation order, according to the Associated Press.

In 2006, Hannan was arrested by authorities for his involvement in filling out fraudulent applications in order to receive religious worker visas for foreign nationals. The investigation was a nationwide sting at the time.

Now, Hannan who has been at the helm of the Connecticut mosque since 2013, is likely to be deported back to Pakistan, with mosque officials demanding attendees not to speak to the media about the case.

“Community members should not contact media or give any statement regarding the current situation of Imam Hannan being detained by ICE,” the note from mosque officials states. “The majlis will make a statement if deemed necessary with more insight into the situation.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

Zuckerberg’s Open Borders Group: Enforcing Immigration Law ‘Hurts Public Safety’

|| Breitbart

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s open borders organization says President Trump’s push to improve enforcement of immigration laws “hurts public safety.”

In a statement following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a number of bills that would increase enforcement of immigration laws and border security, Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us organization said enforcement measures should be scaled back.

“Congress’s repeated obsession with passing laws that would lead to huge increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants without any serious criminal record puts millions more families at risk and hurts public safety for everyone,” FWD.us President Todd Schulte said.

Schulte cited support for an alleged “all-time high of 90%” support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, despite the last few amnesty bills being voted down due to public backlash.

Rather than enforcement measures to deport the estimated 11 to 30 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., Schulte said Congress and the Trump administration should pass amnesty and potentially increase the number of foreign guest workers who enter the U.S. every year on Green Cards, the H-1B visa, the H-2B visa and the H-2A visa, all of which can displace Americans in favor of cheaper, foreign workers.

“Instead, Congress should pass smart immigration reform that would strengthen border security, create a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who can pass a background check, and modernize our broken legal visa system to fit the needs of today’s economy,” Schulte said.

Schulte said amnesty for illegal immigrants would “make our nation safer.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

Stockholm is attacked by Islamic Terrorism | Apr 08, 2017

Attack in Stockholm: “It was only a matter of time before it happens here”

| Le Monde

“A truck drove at pedestrians, Friday afternoon in the center of the capital. Four were killed and fifteen injured, according to the latest report.

The center-town Stockholm is almost desert, this Friday, April 7 evening. The Police has cordoned off the area completely Drottninggatan, where the great Åhlens store is located. Around 22 h 30, the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, income disaster in Gothenburg, where the party congress opens to social -démocrate, Saturday lunch, laid flowers and a candle on the sidewalk, a few meters of the places the attack ram truck, occurred a few hours earlier.

Earlier, at a press conference since Rosenbad, the seat of government, he said: “The purpose of terrorism is to undermine democracy. But these acts will never happen to win in Sweden , we know. Can not we split , you can not lead our lives, you can never win. “ The congress of the Social Democratic party should be maintained, but Stefan Löfven is not certain to participate .

The police spokesman announced that the terrorist trail was considered a “hypothesis  work “ . He confirmed that a man had been arrested in the suburb of Märsta stockholmoise, early evening. Jan Evensson, which directs operations, said his description matched the picture , that the forces had issued earlier in the day, without specifying whether it is the truck driver.

“In Afghanistan , this often happens. But not here “

A few streets Drottninggattan Sami, a young man of 25, arrived in Sweden from Afghanistan, there are five, waiting outside a luggage stand, marketing Hötorget. A few seconds after the truck is embedded in the window of the store Åhlens, people came running, he said: “They were screaming. Minutes later, the police came and told us to leave . They pushed us, they screamed. “

Sami had to give up his bags. Most of his neighbors have not returned, deserting their stalls of flowers and fruit. He expects the car who is to return home. But the police do not let pass any vehicle. The young man, staring into the void, is shocked: “In Afghanistan, this often happens. But not here. Not in Sweden. Not in Stockholm. I am scared. “

Opposite him, Camille and Ingrid, who work at the hotel Haymarket, trying to understand . They were in the kitchen, when a crowd of people rushed into the establishment, a hundred meters from the store. “They were crying, many were shocked. A woman was completely paralyzed. “ The hotel was cordoned off by the police a few minutes later. The people who had sought refuge were unable to stand after 19 hours.

The two young women say they are not surprised. They cite London, Nice , Brussels … “It was only a matter of time before it happens here. Obviously, we never thought it would happen so close. “ In addition, police said the same thing. She came home, when she was called to the scene. “It’s tragic, but we knew it would eventually happen . What is amazing is that there are no more deaths. “

…Continue reading more @ Le Monde translated in Google Translate.

What is the true cost of immigration? | Mar 20, 2017

Sorry, But Illegal Aliens Cost The U.S. Plenty

| Investor’s Business Daily

“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.'”

….Continue reading @ Investor’s Business Daily

 

Coulter: Evidence Shows Immigrants Commit More Crimes

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Federal Judge in Hawaii Backing Imam with Muslim Brotherhood Ties | Mar 17, 2017

Imam With Muslim Brotherhood Ties is Main Plaintiff in Hawaii Case Blocking Trump Travel Ban

| theGatewayPundit

It appears that the Muslim Brotherhood is essentially running our foreign policy

“The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an Imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Imam Ismail Elshikh, 39, leads the largest mosque in Hawaii and claims he is suffering “irreparable harm” from the president’s executive order, which places a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from six countries according to research by WND.

Via WND:

Imam Ismail Elshikh, 39, leads the largest mosque in Hawaii and claims he is suffering “irreparable harm” from the president’s executive order, which places a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from six countries.

One of those six countries is Syria. Elshikh’s mother in law is Syrian and would not be able to visit her family in Hawaii for 90 days if Trump’s ban were allowed to go into effect.

Hawaii’s Obama-appointed federal judge, Derrick Watson, made sure the ban did not go into effect, striking it down Wednesday while buying Hawaii’s claim that it amounts to a “Muslim ban.” The state’s attorney general, along with co-plaintiff Elshikh, claims the ban would irreparably harm the state’s tourism industry and its Muslim families.

 

….Continue reading more @ theGatewayPundit

 

Super. Our digital vetting system gave citizenship or green cards to thousands who were ordered deported

| HotAir

“That plan for “extreme vetting” may turn out to be extremely problematic, but don’t blame it on Donald Trump. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service began working on a program in 2006 designed to bring the vetting of immigrants into the digital era.

Unfortunately, as this new report from NextGov shows, it ran into problems almost immediately and even after implementation began it wound up being fraught with glitches and running “extremely” over budget.

Shutdowns, delays and budget overruns in the information technology system the government’s immigration service uses could allow terrorists or criminals to mistakenly receive citizenship or green cards, lawmakers fretted Thursday.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ tech troubles date back to 2006 when the agency began a massive program to create an Electronic Immigration System, or ELIS.

That project, spearheaded by IBM, had stumbled miserably by 2012 when USCIS cut the project up into shorter time frames with smaller deliverables. Since then, the project has continued to suffer bugs and delays, the agency and its auditors testified before a House Homeland Security Committee panel.

Forget about inefficiency and cost overruns. This next bit is the part that really caught everyone’s attention. We’ve been handing out green cards and citizenship papers to people who were supposed to have been loaded on a bus headed for the border. And we’re not just talking about a few here. (Emphasis added)

Because of system bugs, shifts between manual and digital processing and other issues, USCIS erroneously issued about 20,000 green cards and granted citizenship to more than 800 people who had previously been ordered deported during the past six months, an auditor found.

This project is years behind schedule, and while we’re used seeing Uncle Sam frittering away large amounts of the taxpayer’s money, being $1 billion in the hole is nothing to sneeze at. But that’s really not the alarming part here. It’s one thing to be concerned over whether or not tough immigration policies are depriving qualified applicants of good intent a chance to become citizens. It’s quite another to find out that the system is failing in the opposite direction and that nearly a thousand people who had previously been scheduled for deportation were mistakenly granted citizenship with another 20,000 getting green cards. And that was just in a six month period. How many have we done this for in total since 2012?”

…..Continue reading more @ HotAir

‘Holy Wars Will Soon Begin in Europe’ | Mar 17, 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu: ‘Holy Wars Will Soon Begin in Europe’

|  theGatewayPundit

“In one of the first reactions from Ankara to the Dutch election result, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, warned that Europe was heading towards the abyss and that ‘holy wars’ would soon begin on the continent – this coming despite the fact that nationalist Geert Wilders, a vocal critic of Islam, was pushed into second place by the center right Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.

 

Çavuşoğlu, who has been addressing Turkish crowds across Europe ahead of a constitutional referendum in Turkey next month, was refused permission to land in Holland for a campaign rally on Saturday, sparking a heated diplomatic row and street protests which dominated the final days of the Dutch election campaign.

The dramatic war of words, which saw Ankara accuse the Dutch government of ‘fascism’ and of being a ‘Nazi remnant’, has grown in recent days to include other Western European nations which have restricted Turkish political rallies on their soil, most notably Austria and Germany, but also Denmark and Switzerland.

Recent months have seen mass demonstrations and rallies, with seas of red ‘star and crescent’ flags greeting Turkish ministers campaigning in Europe on behalf of their government’s referendum proposal. The sheer size of some rallies has caused unease, highlighting the scale of Europe’s burgeoning foreign populations and offering a glimpse of the continent’s demographic future.

Of the millions of Turks living in Europe, some five million – many of them dual citizens – are eligible to vote in the referendum, set for April 16th, which seeks to significantly increase the powers of authoritarian Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Speaking at a rally east of Istanbul just hours after his foreign minister’s controversial comments, Erdoğan accused the EU of launching an anti-Islamic ‘crusade’ between the Christian cross and the Muslim crescent, referring to Tuesday’s ruling by the EU Court of Justice which would allow employers to prohibit political and religious symbols in the workplace, including the wearing of the Islamic veil.

‘They have commenced a struggle between the cross and crescent. There is no other explanation than this. I am saying this clearly – Europe is heading toward the days just before World War II,’ Erdoğan stated in combative tone.

Following on from comments by his foreign minister earlier this week, Erdoğan again threatened to end the year-old migrant deal signed between the EU and Turkey, which could see millions of migrants flood into Europe from Turkey via Greece and Bulgaria.

Of some six million migrants seeking to enter Europe from countries surrounding the Mediterranean, an estimated three million are currently waiting in Turkey, according to a leaked German intelligence report published last month, a figure Erdoğan is fond of raising in negotiations with the EU.”

….Continue reading @ theGatewayPundit

 

Law |

Campaign Pledges Haunt Trump in Court

| New York Times

Outside the context of Mr. Trump’s two travel bans, few judicial rulings have addressed how much weight courts may put on statements from political candidates. Even informal remarks from sitting government officials are often ignored by courts, which can be reluctant to conduct what the Supreme Court has called “judicial psychoanalysis.”

“In quick succession on Wednesday night, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban. They said statements Mr. Trump had made as a presidential candidate, including his call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” helped doom the executive order.

The judges said Mr. Trump’s promises to impose a “Muslim ban” were too telling and categorical to be ignored. “Simply because a decision maker made the statements during a campaign does not wipe them” from judicial memory, wrote Judge Theodore D. Chuang of Federal District Court in Maryland.

Outside the context of Mr. Trump’s two travel bans, few judicial rulings have addressed how much weight courts may put on statements from political candidates. Even informal remarks from sitting government officials are often ignored by courts, which can be reluctant to conduct what the Supreme Court has called “judicial psychoanalysis.”

But decisions about religious discrimination allow courts to consider government officials’ real purposes, even if their stated ones are neutral.

The Supreme Court has said judges may not turn a blind eye to the context in which government policies on religion arose. “Reasonable observers have reasonable memories,” Justice David H. Souter wrote in a leading religion case.

Justice Department lawyers had urged the judges to ignore Mr. Trump’s speeches on the campaign trail. “Candidates are not government actors, and statements of what they might attempt to achieve if elected, which are often simplified and imprecise, are not official acts,” the government said in a brief in the Maryland case. “They generally are made without the benefit of advice from an as-yet-unformed administration, and cannot bind elected officials who later conclude that a different course is warranted.”

The courts had to navigate two bodies of precedents, pointing in different directions. In cases concerning immigration and national security, most decisions suggest that courts should not look behind the stated government rationale.

Courts have only rarely used statements from candidates to judge the constitutionality of government actions. In 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, took account of campaign materials from Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court to judge his actions concerning a Ten Commandments monument in his courthouse.

In the context of immigration and efforts to combat terror, the Supreme Court has been reluctant to look behind official actions to root out authentic motives. In 2006, in a case concerning detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Justice John Paul Stevens criticized a dissenting justice for relying on “press statements” from sitting Defense Department officials. “We have not heretofore, in evaluating the legality of executive action, deferred to comments made by such officials to the media,” Justice Stevens wrote. If even statements from government officials are out of bounds, it would follow that statement from political candidates should carry no weight.

In a 1972 immigration case concerning a Marxist scholar denied a visa, the Supreme Court similarly said it would not “look behind” the government’s “facially legitimate and bona fide reason.”

….Continue reading more @ NY Times