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DHS Warns questionably legal DACA Heading for Termination | July 14, 2017

DHS’ Kelly Warns Lawmakers DACA Might Not Be Around For Much Longer

|| Daily Caller

“A potential lawsuit from Republican state attorneys general might force the Trump administration to enact a campaign trail promise.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican attorneys general in nine other states sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that said that they will sue the federal government if it does not begin to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The DACA program, which was started by former President Obama, protects around 790,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday that he can’t assure them that the administration would prevail over this legal challenge.

DHS spokesman David Lapan told The Washington Post, “This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive.”

President Trump said on the campaign trail that he would “immediately terminate” the DACA program that was started through an executive order. He has reneged on this promise and an estimated 98,000 illegal immigrants have received protection from deportation and work permits during the first few months of Trump’s tenure in office.

However, with this lawsuit looming Trump’s promise seems poised to be implemented.

“Jeff Sessions is going to say, ‘Deport them,’” Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the Post. “If you’re going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended.”

….Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

 

CIA Defends the Muslim Brotherhood as Western Intel Agencies Warn of Dangers, Links to Terror

|| PJ Media

“As the CIA continues to defend their investment in the Muslim Brotherhood to bring “moderate Islamist democracy” to the Middle East, much of the Middle East and our European allies are moving against the group.

I noted here at PJ Media last month that many of America’s Arab allies (Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia), as well as Israel, had moved well ahead of the U.S. in addressing the group’s toxic influence:

In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the central issues in the current Qatar crisis, where these Arab nations are taking active measures against Qatar for its support of the the Brotherhood:

Just last week the foreign minister of Bahrain, whose legislature includes representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, said that the group is a terrorist organizations and its sympathizers must be prosecuted:

Back in February, I reported that the CIA and the National Intelligence Council (NIC) provided the funds to support Nixon Center researchers Robert Leiken and Steven Brooke to create the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” narrative during the Bush administration. That became the basis for their Foreign Affairs article of that same title:

Yet across Europe, intelligence agencies are warning about the group’s operations in their respective countries — and some are taking action.

Here’s a rundown of the actions being taken by our European allies and our Arab allies against the Muslim Brotherhood….”

…..Continue reading more @ PJ Media

 

 

Kamala Harris Vows to Block Trump Border Wall: ‘Waste of Money’

|| Breitbart

“On Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she will try to block funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall because it is a “waste of money.”

The House Appropriations Committee allocated $1.6 billion to fund the wall this week, and House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Breitbart News this week that the next spending bill must fund Trump’s border wall if Congress wants to avoid a government shutdown.

“There is nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall for two reasons,” Meadows said. “One is it is a commitment that the president made to the American people and one that he intends on keeping, but the second part of that is for our national security we must secure our borders. And the American people will accept no less.”

It is worth noting that in 2015, an illegal immigrant murdered Kate Steinle in Harris’ sanctuary city of San Francisco while Harris, the former San Francisco district attorney, was California’s attorney general. The illegal immigrant murderer told authorities that he specifally came to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city. Harris, after reportedly initially tweeting about soccer, reacted to Steinle’s tragic death by pushing for comprehensive amnesty legislation.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

Boston Judge Frees Illegal Alien Uber Driver on Rape Charge | May 05, 2017

Illegal Immigrant Uber Driver Skips Town after Rape Accusation

|| Breitbart

“A Democrat Massachusetts judge in a “Welcoming City” for illegal aliens set a low bond on a previously deported Dominican Uber driver accused of raping a Boston College student. She did so, knowing immigration officials were about to put a detainer on the suspected rapist. Predictably, he has not been seen since that day in court.

Prosecutors in the case asked the judge for a $100,000 bond and told her that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were working on getting a detainer on the alleged rapist. Instead, Newton District Court Judge Mary Beth Heffernan “insisted on $2,500 bail,” the Boston Herald reported in a scathing article.

The recipient of the small bail, Luis Baez (aka Pedro Valetin), is charged with raping the female college student three times. Reports indicate Baez (or Valetin) worked as an Uber driver using a fictitious name.

Breitbart Texas spoke with ICE Public Affairs Officer Shawn Neudauer about the judge setting the low bail.

“You mean the one who released him on purpose, knowing we were coming for him?” Neudauer expressed. He confirmed that ICE officials were working hard to confirm Baez’s identity prior to his release. Baez refused to cooperate with police during his fingerprinting process making positive identification more time-consuming, Neudauer said.

ICE confirmed that Enforcement Removal Officers deported Baez in 2010 following two Class A felony convictions. A court convicted Baez in 2004 on an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge, and in 2003 for a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Despite his violent criminal history and previous deportation, the judge ignored the prosecutor’s request for a $100,000 and set bail at $2,500. Baez’s girlfriend attended court with the suspect and “paid his bail on the spot,” Neudauer said.

Thirty minutes later, ICE confirmed the identity of the previously deported alien and issued an immigration detainer.

Baez is alleged to have picked up a woman in Boston while driving under the fake name of Pedro Valentin in September, Middlesex District Attorney prosecutors told Boston25 News. Instead of dropping her at her requested destination, he drove her to another location where he allegedly sexually assaulted the young woman. He then dropped her off at Boston College and she reported the incident to campus police. Boston College would not confirm or deny if the woman is a student at the college.

ICE officers obtained a federal felony criminal warrant on Baez on a charge of illegal re-entry after removal. Neudauer said Customs and Border Protection officers will be watching for Baez if he attempts to flee the country via a port of entry.”

….Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

Tape reveals judge quick with low bail

|| BostonHerald

(Boston, MA 01/30/13)Mary Beth Heffernan has her judicial hearing today in front of the GovernorÕs Council in the Statehouse onWednesday, January 30, 2013. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

“A state judge freed a previously deported Uber driver accused of rape on light bail even after a prosecutor insisted that federal immigration agents were drafting a detainer and asked for high bond to hold him, according to a court recording obtained by the Herald.

The stunning tape of Tuesday’s hearing reveals Newton District Court Judge Mary Beth Heffernan cutting the arguments short before a defense attorney could even counter the prosecution’s $100,000 bail and GPS-monitoring demand, interjecting, “Twenty-five hundred dollars cash.”

Luis Baez — now being sought by immigration authorities who tell the Herald he’s dropped out of sight — is accused of raping an inebriated Boston College student who had hailed his Uber car Sept. 29. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they made attempts to find Baez, but have been unsuccessful.

Police tracked Baez through the Uber app data. They determined with the help of Boston gang cops, who recognized his picture, that he had been using a false name — Pedro Valentin — on his Uber account.”

….Continue reading more @ BostonHerald

 

Iowa Gov. Signs Voter ID Law

  || DailyCaller

“Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstaad signed a voter identification law Friday morning that requires voters to show ID at polls beginning in 2019 and reduces the state’s early voting period to 29 days.“We welcome Iowa to the growing collection of states enacting necessary reforms to prevent against voter fraud and boost confidence in our elections,” Public Interest Legal Foundation President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said in an email statement on the law. “This law is a step toward modernizing elections with policies and infrastructure designed to protect voters from error and fraud alike.”

The new law also provides submission guidelines for third party voter registration organizers and details the use of electronic poll books to be used for confirming felon status.

Additionally, the law sets requirements for post-election audits and refers illegal votes to appropriate local law enforcement.”

….Continue reading @ DailyCaller

Fed-Up Advertisers Stop Paying More for Declining TV Audiences

|| Bloomberg

“In the coming weeks, TV networks will host glitzy events in New York to convince advertisers to spend more money on the latest dramas and reality shows. Many ad buyers, however, say they’re tired of paying ever-higher prices to reach ever-fewer viewers.

Thanks to competition from so many new forms of entertainment — Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat — audiences for traditional TV networks, from ESPN to MTV, are declining. In the current TV season, the four major broadcasters have lost 8 percent of their audience. Because of the slumping ratings, advertisers who want to reach a certain amount of eyeballs can’t get what they need from television anymore.

To make up for the shrinking audiences and keep ad sales high, TV networks have kept raising their rates, believing ad buyers will just have to spend more to reach the people they need. TV ratings have dropped 33 percent in the last four years while TV ad prices are up 20 percent during that period, according to Magna, the ad-buying agency owned by Interpublic Group of Cos.

But now, marketers are losing patience with the networks, and ad sales in the $70 billion U.S. TV market are slumping.

“Advertisers’ businesses aren’t growing 10 percent, so when you charge 10 percent increases you’re going to scare people away from TV,” said Dave Campanelli, director of national broadcast at Horizon Media, an ad buyer.

Some ad buyers have been shifting more of their TV budgets to the internet, seeking to encourage the growth of digital competitors like Hulu and YouTube. Last year, Magna announced it would move $250 million of its clients’ TV budgets to YouTube.

Though major media companies Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox Inc. won’t report quarterly results until next week, cable networks look likely to post their first decline in advertising since 2010, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.”

….Continue reading more @ Bloomberg

 

University Will Pay ‘100 Percent’ Of Illegal Students’ Financial Needs

|| DailyCaller

“Emory University is keen to pay “100 percent of demonstrated financial need for undocumented students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students,” according to an online description of coming fall program.

As The College Fix reports, the private Atlanta university has given the take care of illegals program the unwieldy name of “Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocumented Students, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Students” and the information is all available on their website.

There’s money galore for illegals. “All Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking undergraduate students, who have graduated from a U.S. high school, and who are determined by Emory to have financial need, will be awarded Emory financial aid funds to assist them in meeting their demonstrated need,” the website promo declares.

Emory neglects to provide an exact definition of what exactly constitutes “financial need.”

Emory receives high marks as an academic institution and charges $50,000 in tuition fees for American citizens and $70,000 for foreign nationals, who won’t be sharing in the financial needs bonanza with the illegal students.

International students, who don’t intend to stay in the U.S. illegally, are instructed by the university that “you are required to certify that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while attending Emory University.”

….Continue reading more @ DailyCaller

Is Using a Fake Social Security Number to Get a Job a Crime? | Apr 22, 2017

Tucker Carlson Destroys Cocky ‘Dreamer’ After She Brags About Using a Fake Social Security Number

|| TheGatewayPundit

“Julissa Arce is a ‘Dreamer’ who was born in Mexico and grew up in the U.S. after her parents brought her here illegally.

She appeared as a guest on Tucker Carlson’s show tonight bragging about using a fake Social Security number to get a job at Goldman Sachs. Julissa Arce said that Dreamers who use fake Social Security numbers are ‘what young people who are incredibly driven are forced to do’. Arce is now a legal citizen.

So driven people are now forced to break the law? That makes you driven? No, that makes you a CRIMINAL.

Here is one of the clips where Tucker Carlson forces her to say just how many immigrants the U.S. should take.

Tucker Carlson: “How many immigrants should we bring in a year? That’s a real question.”

Julissa Arce: “That cap of 85,000 visas should at least be doubled to meet the demands of our country…”

We need to bring in more immigrants when Americans are suffering from years of chronic unemployment? No! We need to put Americans back to work and get tough on illegal aliens! Illegal aliens are criminal invaders and must be deported.”

….Continue reading more @ TGP

 

From the TGP Comments section:

Cocky ‘Dreamer’ Brags About Using Fake Social Security Number

Examples of often violated laws by illegal aliens but under-enforced :

•False Personation of a U.S. Citizen (18 U.S.C. § 911). Illegal aliens often present themselves as U.S. citizens, an act punishable by up to five years in jail, a felony. This law is often cited in immigration prosecutions and may involve, for example, an alien claiming U.S. citizenship to his employer.

•Fraud and False Statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001). It is common for illegal aliens to make false statements to the government or on official documents. An illegal alien violates this law when claiming to be a U.S. citizen on an I-9 Employment Eligibility form and faces a fine and up to five years imprisonment.

•Social Security Fraud (42 U.S.C. § 408). This statute has been invoked where an illegal alien provided a false Social Security number for the purpose of acquiring a job, where an illegal alien used a fraudulent Social Security number for the purpose of acquiring a driver’s license, and when an illegal alien used a Social Security card belonging to a citizen in order to obtain Section 8 housing, for example.

Violation of this statute can result in a fine and/or imprisonment up to five years. The court can also require violators to provide restitution to the victims.

etc etc….”

 

California Senate Leader: Trump Immigration Crackdown ‘Based on Principles of White Supremacy’

|| Breitbart

“California senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has claimed that the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement crackdown is based on the “principles of white supremacy,” after the federal government threatened to withhold $20 million in criminal justice grants from the state of California.

“It has become abundantly clear that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are basing their law enforcement policies on principles of white supremacy — not American values,” de León said in a statement. “Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level.”

Sen. de León’s comments come after the Department of Justice warned the state of California that it could lose $20 million in criminal justice grants should it fail to enforce policies under the new administration’s immigration crackdown.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly warned localities protecting illegals from deportation, known as “sanctuary cities,” that they risk losing federal funding should they fail to comply with federal immigration law. The administration is also publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by illegal aliens residing in sanctuary cities.

On a visit to the southern border on Friday, Sessions described de León’s claim as “kind of extremist statement that I totally reject,” urging jurisdictions such as California and New York to “reconsider” their position.

Meanwhile, Californian Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba) ridiculed it as a “ridiculous statement.”

“Nobody here is talking about the state becoming an immigration agency or doing ICE’s job for them. It’s about whether you comply with federal law,” Gallagher told The LA Times.

In February this year, de León revealed that “half [his] family are here illegally” under false documents and would be eligible for deportation under government policy. He then went on to push legislation making California a “Sanctuary State,” which prohibits state law enforcement agencies in California from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

California State Senate Leader: ‘Half My Family’ Here Illegally

|| Breitbart  | Feb 2017

“Everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work.” – California Senate leader admits most illegal aliens in California commit identity fraud to survive illegally. 

“California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) said last Tuesday that “half his family” was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s new executive order against “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

De Léon, who introduced the bill, made his remarks at a hearing in Sacramento on SB54, the bill to make California a “Sanctuary State.”

He said:

… I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation.

Testifying before the Senate Public Safety Committee, De Léon defended the widespread practice by illegal aliens of using fraudulent documents to work and obtain taxpayer-paid benefits, dismissing any concerns California citizens may have about being the target of identity theft.

In an interview the following day on KPCC 89.3’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, De Léon expressed outrage that President Trump’s executive order would include those who possess fraudulent documents or committed identity theft to obtain a Social Security number.

“Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at McArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,” De Léon said (at 11:45 in the link above).

“He’s trying to deputize police officers — and with the suspicion of someone being a criminal or having a broken taillight, that they themselves, as a local police officer, could call the ICE agents immediately and have that person deported without even legal due process.”

Host Larry Mantle asked him: “… First of all, I just — I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?”

De Léon replied: “I don’t think so … the vast majority of immigrants — hard working immigrants — have done that.  I can tell you I have family members specifically who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.”

Mantle objected: “But of course the problem is, — and I know people too — who’ve had their Social Security numbers and identities stolen as a result of that….”

De Léon minimized the problem, saying it was not the same as “Russian” hacking.

Breitbart News’ calls to the President Pro Tem’s office were unreturned.”

…..Continue reading more @ Breitbart

This legislative leader is saying that in order to survive in California, you must become a criminal, and therefore we must decriminalize our laws in order to make it easier for criminals to stay. What strange and twisted logic a for ‘lawmaker’ to make, to justify more illegal immigration. /CJ

DACA Advocates Fear ‘dreamers’ are subject to deportation | Feb 27, 2017

Advocates warn ‘dreamers’ to lie low as Trump ramps up deportation plans

– WashingtonPost

“Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups are advising undocumented immigrants not to enroll in a federal deferred-action program created by President Barack Obama over fears that the Trump administration will use their personal information to detain and deport them.

The caution reflects deepening anxiety over sweeping new enforcement guidelines from Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly that aim to ramp up deportations of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Kelly’s directives do not overturn the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has granted renewable, two-year work permits to more than 750,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. But lawyers said that the broad expansion of the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement powers has heightened the risk for immigrants who have registered with the agency.

Under the program, applicants are required to present proof of their identity, such as a passport or birth certificate, and show documentation of where they go to school or work.

“The main risk is bringing attention to yourself,” said Gregory Chen, advocacy director for the 14,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association, which is advising people not to enroll. “Our reading of the DHS memos, and we’ve looked carefully at the language that creates an exception for and retains DACA, is that they really are cold comfort to anyone concerned about the viability of their immigration status.”

The uncertainty threatens to place Obama’s signature immigration program in an indefinite state of limbo and lower participation levels even if President Trump does not formally end it. Trump had derided DACA as an “unconstitutional executive amnesty” in a speech in August, but he has equivocated since taking office.

At a news conference this month, Trump called the program “one of the most difficult subjects I have” and pledged to “show great heart” toward those enrolled in DACA, commonly known as “dreamers.

DHS officials said concerns that DACA recipients would be targeted for deportation were unfounded, and they emphasized that the agency continues to process applications as it had under the Obama administration.

“We don’t want there to be fear or panic,” said Gillian Christensen, an agency spokeswoman. “We’ve made it pretty clear that DACA recipients are not affected” by the DHS directives.

But advocates said they have little faith in those promises, pointing out that Kelly’s memos state that DHS “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.” On the day the memos were released, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that “everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time.”

…..Continue reading more @ WashingtonPost

 

Poll: Half of College Students Believe Their Student Loans Will Be Forgiven

– Breitbart

“Half of college students believe their student loans will be forgiven after graduation, according to a recent poll.

LendEDU, “a private firm that connects students and their families with student loans and loan refinancing,” conducted a survey that found 49.8 percent of students believe the government would forgive their student loans after graduation, the New York Post reported.

Despite what these students believe, there are actually a limited number of instances where the government can forgive student loans.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, federal student loan borrowers can have their loans forgiven “if they enter public service jobs for a specified period of time, agree to teach in an underserved area, die or become permanently disabled, or if the school they attended shuts down while they are enrolled or within 120 days after they leave.”

“The biggest exemption is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and very few students go into public service,” said Nate Matherson, a co-founder of LendEDU. He also said the actual number of those who qualify for student loan forgiveness is less than 10 percent.

“Many students polled said they would rely on financial aid to make up the difference in reduced debt load,” reports the Post.

Ninety percent of students knew of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), but most of those did not know the proper filing deadline.

“The fact that many students do not understand this means that they may be significantly underestimating the cost of financing a college education,” Matherson said.”

….Continue reading @ Breitbart

Academic Freedom on the Ropes in U.S. Colleges | Feb 16, 2017

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.”

….Continue reading @ PJ Media

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.”

…..Continue reading @ Daily Caller

 

ICE: Arrested ‘dreamer’ in Seattle admitted having gang ties

– HotAir

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.”

…..Continue reading @ HotAir

 

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.”

….Continue reading @ Daily Caller

“The Media’s the Opposition Party” to the President – Bannon | Jan 26 2017

Trump Strategist Steve Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’

– New York Times

“Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief White House strategist, laced into the American press during an interview on Wednesday evening, arguing that news organizations had been “humiliated” by an election outcome few anticipated, and repeatedly describing the media as “the opposition party” of the current administration.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Mr. Bannon said during a telephone call.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

The scathing assessment — delivered by one of Mr. Trump’s most trusted and influential advisers, in the first days of his presidency — comes at a moment of high tension between the news media and the administration, with skirmishes over the size of Mr. Trump’s inaugural crowd and the president’s false claims that millions of illegal votes by undocumented immigrants swayed the popular vote against him.

During a call to discuss Sean M. Spicer, the president’s press secretary, Mr. Bannon ratcheted up the criticism, offering a broad indictment of the news media as biased against Mr. Trump and out of touch with the American public. That’s an argument familiar to readers of Breitbart and followers of Trump-friendly personalities like Sean Hannity.

“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” Mr. Bannon said of the election, calling it “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”

“The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign,” Mr. Bannon said. “Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign.”

“That’s why you have no power,” Mr. Bannon added. “You were humiliated.”

Asked if he was concerned that Mr. Spicer had lost credibility with the news media, Mr. Bannon chortled. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “We think that’s a badge of honor. ‘Questioning his integrity’ — are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”

“You’re the opposition party,” Mr. Bannon said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”

….Continue reading more @ New York Times

NYT Editorial Board Horrified That Trump Wants To Fight ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

– Daily Caller

“The New York Times’ editorial board took a stand Thursday against President Donald Trump’s vow to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth.

The Times’ editors worried that Trump’s approach to fighting radical Islamic terrorism — which they referred to with scare quotes — is “more likely to further inflame anti-American sentiment around the world than to make the United States safer.”

“The emerging details suggest that Mr. Trump’s plans to eradicate violent extremists are not only at odds with Mr. Obama’s; they trample on American values and international law,” they wrote.

The Times editorial found several problems with Trump’s approach, including his use of the term “radical Islam,” which the editors say is “demonizing and alienating the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims,” the fact that he is reportedly considering designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and the fact that he doesn’t plan on closing Guantanamo Bay (which Obama was unable to do despite vowing to close the prison on day one of his administration).

The editors expressed its support for Obama’s approach to fighting terrorism. Unlike Trump, Obama declined to say “radical Islamic terrorism” once during his eight years in office.

Trump has claimed the Obama administration’s politically correct approach to fighting terrorism is at least partially to blame for the slew of domestic terrorist attacks during the Obama years.”

….Read more @ Daily Caller

 

Trump on defunding sanctuary cities: The day is over when criminal illegals can stay in our country and wreak havoc

– HotAir

 

“Great stuff from today’s speech at DHS headquarters — for both sides. For border hawks like me, Trump’s new executive orders on immigration fulfill key campaign promises — the wall, more enforcement agents, and giving the DOJ and DHS power to yank certain grants from sanctuary cities. For the left, it’s something stark to rally their base around. Eric Schneiderman, the ambitious New York Attorney General who’s investigating Trump’s charity, was out quickly this afternoon with a set of guidelines for sanctuary cities on how to resist complying with the feds.

Several mayors of sanctuary cities have already piped up to say that they won’t comply with the feds. What sort of money is on the table here? As an example, the DOJ distributed $165 million in grants to local agencies in 2015 as part of its State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. The Attorney General has discretion in deciding how that money is divvied up; if a city won’t help the feds by identifying illegals in its custody, they don’t get paid. The liberal attack line, I assume, will be that Trump is undermining his own law-and-order approach by leaving some local police forces struggling to make up the shortfall in funds. It’s on that turf that the political battle will be fought. The legal battle, of course, will be fought in court: One question, which has already been addressed by one federal circuit, is whether local police are required to hold illegals for ICE. Sessions may end up pressing that fight.

Enjoy a few minutes from today’s speech, with Trump’s rhetoric unusually forceful even by his typical standards on immigration. Note the reference to families who’ve lost relatives to crimes committed by illegals, which is of a piece with the administration’s plan to call more attention to individual crimes. Trump and his team surely realize how effective it is when they can put a human face like Kate Steinle’s to the phenomenon of violence committed by people who shouldn’t be here. The man knows media and narratives. It’s a smart way to go. One footnote in closing, though: Freezing the DACA program was not part of today’s immigration measures. The whole point of Trump’s message here is that the White House is ready to go all-in on removing criminals — and, by implication, not the otherwise law-abiding kids and college students who were brought here illegally by their parents as children. Paul Ryan went so far as to tell DREAMers in an interview tonight not to worry about their status. Stay tuned.”

….Continue reading more @ HotAir

 

Trump to publicize crimes by illegal immigrants in ‘sanctuary cities’

– New York Post

 

“President Trump plans to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the Big Apple and all other sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The list will inform citizens and others about “public safety threats associated with sanctuary” cities, according to an executive order Trump signed Wednesday.

“The [Homeland Security] Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens,” the order said.

Mayor de Blasio said that New York — one of about 300 sanctuary cities across the US — would not change it’s policy in the face of Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from cities that do not play ball with his order.

The NYPD said Wednesday the city has a list of roughly 170 criminal offenses that are not covered by the sanctuary policy, and that the department notifies the feds when illegal immigrants are charged with those crimes.

The list includes serious crimes such as felony assault, rape, murder and terrorism as well as gun smuggling and witness tampering.”

….Continue reading @ NY Post

 

Plan to Allow ICE Officers to once again coordinate with local police gains steam with Trump | Nov 25 2016

Kris Kobach Suggests Local Police Should Identify Illegal Immigrants

– Yahoo News

Two people were arrested after posing as police officers on Tuesday morning.
Two people were arrested after posing as police officers on Tuesday morning.

“A plan proposed to President-elect Donald Trump that could help him fulfill his campaign pledge on deporting undocumented immigrants involves deputizing local police officers to implement U.S. immigration laws, USA Today reported.

The plan was found among a list of other proposals for the Department of Homeland Security carried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who met Trump on Sunday when he was photographed with the papers. The two also discussed other campaign pledges such as cracking down on the number of Syrian refugees who enter the U.S. and the implementation of a stricter screening process for people fleeing from countries that have links to terrorists.

The plan dubbed the 287(g) program would allow the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to train local police officers and deputy sheriffs to locate and detain undocumented immigrants residing in their areas. This program was first created by Congress in 1996 and was used by former President George W. Bush. By 2010, local police officers in 24 states were trained by the ICE to respond to crime scenes, make traffic stops and inspect local jails to check suspects’ immigration status.

However, it was phased out by President Barack Obama and officers are now only allowed to check immigration status of only those already in local jails and not of people out on the street. Kobach’s proposal suggested the program cover “at least 70 cities and counties.”

….Continue reading @Yahoo

University officials: Undocumented students studying abroad should return home

– San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara University students hangs signs outside of Shapell Lounge after participating in a walk-out in support of the undocumented community at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Santa Clara University students hangs signs outside of Shapell Lounge after participating in a walk-out in support of the undocumented community at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

“College administrators nationwide are urging undocumented immigrant students studying abroad to come home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

If Trump makes good on his promise to cancel DACA, a controversial program that gives thousands of young, undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation, students abroad could be barred from re-entering the country, the administrators say.

The letter, which an academic adviser at San Jose State shared with about 2,000 students, also advises DACA students who were planning to study internationally next year to think twice, according to university spokeswoman Pat Harris.

Harris said the school isn’t aware of any DACA students studying abroad or planning to do so next year, but the university wants “students to know the reality of federal law.”

The University of California’s Office of the President said advisers at its nine campuses are working with students participating in its Education Abroad Program to make sure they are aware of the implications of leaving the U.S. The program will waive withdrawal fees for DACA students who cancel plans to study abroad, said spokeswoman Claire Doan.”

…Continue reading @ Mercury News

Report: Migrants surge toward US, hoping to beat Trump inauguration

– the Hill

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“Central American migrants are surging toward the U.S., hoping to cross the southern border before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in early next year, according to a report from Reuters.

Trump won the White House with a hardline immigration platform that included increased deportations and the construction of a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and officials told the news service Thursday that many are accelerating their plans to reach the states.

“We’re worried because we’re seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office,” said Maria Andrea Matamoros, Honduras’s deputy foreign minister.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Wednesday that agencies were seeing a spike in the number apprehended, with thousands more than is typical being held in immigration detention facilities.

“I have authorized [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to acquire additional detention space so that those apprehended at the border and not eligible for humanitarian relief can be detained and sent home as soon as possible,” Johnson said.

“Those who attempt to enter our country illegally must know that, consistent with our laws and our values, we must and we will send you back,” he added.

But Reuters reports that Trump’s victory this month sent tremors through both the close-knit migrant communities in the U.S. and the slums of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the home nations of the vast majority of those detained.

“They tell us the new president doesn’t like illegal immigrants, but we have to take the chance,” one migrant woman said. “Nobody wants to die in a horrible way, and we can’t be in Guatemala any longer. My children are growing up in fear.”

Nearly 410,000 people reportedly have been detained at the southern U.S. border this fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over 2015.”

….Continue reading @ the Hill