Mexican lawyer appointed to California government job may be first illegal immigrant in US history to hold state post
|| Washington Examiner
“California may be the first state in the country to appoint a person illegally in the U.S. to a position in state government following the Senate Rules Committee’s decision to approve Lizbeth Mateo, a Mexican-born woman, for a statewide post.
Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney, was appointed Wednesday to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program and will advise the Student Aid Commission.
California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon’s office confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Thursday Mateo is the first illegal immigrant to be given a state-appointed job and said it was not aware of any other state to have done so.
Multiple officials at immigration organizations also told the Examinerthey were unaware of any other states that had made similar appointments, making the Wednesday vote a historic one.
Mateo came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 14 years old. In California, where illegal immigrants gained the legal right to practice law in 2014, she attended Santa Clara University School of Law and passed the California state bar exam last year.
“While undocumented students have become more visible in our state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions that affect them are being made,” Mateo said in a statement.
In her new role, Mateo will help low-income and under-served communities learn more about how to apply for college.
It’s not clear if Mateo is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would give her legal protections from deportation and work authorization.”
Note: The California State Constitution would appear to make such an appointment unconstitutional:
ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS [SECTION 1 – SEC. 32]
( Article 1 adopted 1879. )
(a) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
What is the basis for her appointment? The fact that she is a foreign national, illegally in the country. How is that not a preference based on national origin?
“The Pew Research Center released an analysis of Justice Department numbers Monday showing a massive increase in the prominence of immigration-related offenses in federal law enforcement.
“Houston, we have a problem.”
Pew cited a report released last month by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to show that immigration offenses accounted for fully half of federal arrests in 2014, up from only 28% a decade earlier. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), now makes more arrests than the FBI, DEA, BATFE, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and all other branches of the Justice Department combined.
According to Pew:
The geographic distribution of federal arrests also shows the growing emphasis on immigration offenses. In 2014, 61% of all federal arrests – or more than 100,000 – occurred in just five federal judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Driven by this massive increase in immigration arrests, a staggering 61% of federal arrests are now of non-U.S. citizens. These arrests, mostly for immigration offenses, but including thousands for other crimes, do not include the hundreds of thousands of non-criminal apprehensions of illegal aliens each year.
Illegal aliens made up an equally shocking 37% of all criminal defendants in federal district courts in 2014.
Most illegal aliens arrested for immigration offenses are referred to administrative hearings before immigration courts. The increase in this type of arrests has placed tremendous strain on that system. The resulting backlog raises concerns of a “virtual amnesty” from the inability to process these cases.
The BJS report shows that, increasingly, immigration offenses, which can include more serious crimes like trafficking aliens into the United States, are winding up in regular U.S. district courts. While, in 1994, fewer than 2,500 immigration cases wound up in district court, 21,789 did in 2014, representing over a quarter of those general courts’ criminal caseload. Of those defendants, almost 80% were sentenced to time in federal prison with a median sentence of 15 months.
The influx of illegal alien offenders and especially of immigration arrestees remains a pressure point on the federal prison system that, due to a drop in other types of offenders and changes in federal sentencing policy, has otherwise seen a drop in overcrowding. The problem is particularly acute for prisons run by private companies, which are disproportionately set aside for immigration offenders.
ICE is forced to make use of dozens of private facilities to house detainees awaiting deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced he would be reversing the Obama administration’s plans to phase out private prisons for criminal convicts and pre-trial detainees.
Pew notes that, by their estimates, federal arrests make up only a little more than one percent of the total arrests in the United States each year, local and state law enforcement being responsible for the vast majority of arrests.
Feds cut $167 million in domestic programs to house, feed illegals for just 1 month
– Washington Examiner
“The Department of Health and Human Services is raiding several of its accounts, including money for Medicare, the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program and those for cancer and flu research to cover a shortfall in housing illegal youths pouring over the border at a rate of 255 a day.
HHS is trying to come up with $167 million to fund the Office of Refugee Resettlement that is accepting the youths, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Policy Director Jessica Vaughan said that insiders have told her that the funding crisis has forced the department to squeeze programs for money.
She just revealed on the CIS website:
“An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. For now, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where ORR resides, is diverting $167 million from other programs to cover the cost of services for these new illegal arrivals through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.”
The money, she said, pays for “shelters, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for the new illegal arrivals, who typically were brought to the border by smugglers paid by their parents, who often are living in the United States illegally.”
Universities Face Pressure to become Illegal Immigrant Sanctuaries
– the Hill
“Faculty members and students at universities across the country are asking school leaders to declare their campuses as sanctuaries for undocumented individuals who could face immigration action under President-elect Donald Trump’s promised policies.
The move comes after several big-city mayors have promised their cities will be safe havens for law-abiding undocumented immigrants.
Trump pledged early in his campaign to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that did not collaborate with his administration’s immigration authorities.
In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, Trump said he would focus on securing the border and deporting “probably two million, it could be even three million” undocumented immigrants with criminal records before making a determination on what to do with the undocumented population at large.
But Hispanics, the youngest demographic in the country, are concerned Trump’s administration will stick to its campaign promises with severe consequences for young immigrants.
Immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began under President Obama are widely considered especially at-risk for deportation, since they submitted their personal information — with an admission of their undocumented status — to the federal government.
There are at least 720,000 recipients of DACA status, a June 2016 federal government report said.
“I gave this information under good will and faith to the federal government,” Juan Escalante, digital campaign manager for America’s Voice, told The Hill.
Escalante added that DACA recipients paid fees, submitted their information and were subject to a background check.
“If this database were to be used as some massive deportation list, I would beg to question whether this would be the smartest course of action for the administration or Congress,” he said.”
College Students Now Demanding ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ To Protect Illegals From Trump
– Daily Caller
“Following Donald Trump’s shocking victory last week, student meltdowns have taken place at colleges across the country. From scheduled “cry-ins” to post-election safe spaces with bubbles, Legos and Play-Doh, you would think you’d seen it all, but there’s more. Some students are demanding their colleges become “sanctuary campuses” to protect illegal immigrants from the immigration crackdown that President-elect Trump has promised.
At Yale University, students created a petition urging the university administration “to take immediate steps to make Yale University a sanctuary campus for students, staff, and their family members who face deportation under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s proposed policies.”
“Given that many students and their family members now live in fear of Donald Trump’s deportation threats, we call upon the University to immediately develop a protocol for making itself a sanctuary campus. Yale has promised to be a home for all of us. A home is supposed to be safe. We owe it to the most vulnerable members of our community to do our utmost,” states the petition. “If we do nothing, then our stated commitments to diversity, justice, and inclusion will reveal themselves to be empty promises and hypocritical lies. At this moment, we cannot afford silence.”
Faculty and students at Brown University also drafted a letter to their administration asking that the campus be converted into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.”
1.4 million Obama amnesty applicants on deportation hit list
– Washington Examiner
“Some 1.4 million illegals who followed President Obama’s request to sign up for two controversial amnesty programs could be among the first to face deportation under the new administration.
The reason: In exchange for getting into the two programs, they handed over their identities, home addresses, and admitted to being in the United States illegally, making them the easiest to find and legally deport.
“I was surprised anyone would be stupid enough to sign up for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Yet apparently hundreds of thousands of people did so anyway,” said John Miano of the Center for Immigration Studies.
He said in a blog post that the programs are dead under a Trump administration and those who signed up “created a list of prime candidates for deportation with names, addresses, and an admission of illegal alien status.”
Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants
– LA Times
“As president, Donald Trump can move swiftly to gut President Obama’s signature immigration policies by ramping up deportations and ending a program that has given temporary work permits to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
Nearly a third of the 742,000 so-called Dreamers — those given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — live in California and are potentially at risk of losing legal status.
Using the same executive authority that Obama claimed to create DACA and other initiatives, Trump also can quickly fulfill his promises to severely restrict the number of refugees admitted each year and to effectively bar visitors from countries with large Muslim populations.
Trump said Thursday, after meeting with Obama at the White House and Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, that immigration and border security would be among his top priorities when he takes office in January.”
“There is vast potential to increase the level of deportations without adding personnel,” said Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a member of Trump’s immigration policy transition team.
By giving more authority to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Trump easily could boost deportations by more than 75% in his first year in office, Kobach said.
Under Trump, Kobach said, agents likely will return to raiding workplaces and checking workers’ status. That practice roiled immigrant communities in the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency and was stopped when Obama came to office.”
New York and Los Angeles will remain sanctuary cities, mayors say
“The mayors of New York and Los Angeles are not planning to back down to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade. Both say their cities will continue to require judge’s orders to hold undocumented immigrants in jail, rather than doing so just because Immigration and Customs Enforcement asks:
“We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community,” de Blasio said, referring to an estimate of the number of unauthorized immigrants living in New York. “We are not going to tear families apart.”
De Blasio said Trump’s threat to withhold funds from sanctuary cities was “dangerous,” but it was too soon to tell whether the president-elect intended to follow through on all his proposals.
In Los Angeles:
“We comply with federal immigration agencies, but insist that detainer requests be handled constitutionally,” Connie Llanos, the [mayor’s] spokeswoman, said in an email.
“It is Mayor Garcetti’s sincere hope that no president would violate those principles, the very foundation of our nation, by taking punitive action on cities that are simply protecting the well being of residents.”
A lot of people are going to need to stand up to a lot of bullying if this country is going to remain a functioning constitutional democracy.”
Note: The Supreme Court has consistently found federal law preempts local laws:
Article VI, clause 2.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, and Thing in the . . .Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
TWILIGHT ZONE: Woman in U.S. Illegally Tells MSNBC Trump is Concerning to “Our Country”
“Our Country? Only on MSNBC could this denial of reality go unchallenged. The young woman in the video….acknowledges that she’s in the United States illegally but MSNBC gave her airtime to comment on Trump’s immigration policy and referred to her as a “DREAMer.”
Where to begin? First, Trump wants to merely enforce the laws of the United States. When did that become a radical idea? Second, as an illegal this woman can’t even vote in our election (or at least, isn’t supposed to) so why should anyone care what her thoughts are on the election or American policy?
To his credit, the host does point out that the Obama administration has deported illegals but she glosses over that, essentially giving Obama a pass, naturally.
She eventually refers to the United States as “our country.”
Honduran Immigrant and Son Sue US Government After Being Held in Detention Center for 4 Months
– the Gatewaypundit
“Honduran Suny Rodriquez Alvarado fled Honduras due to the violence. She came to America illegally. Once she crossed the border she was held for four months with her son in a Texas dentention center. Now she is suing the US government for damages.
The so-called “detention centers” have pools, cable tv, meals, a roof over your head, etc.
Murder Charge Added Against DUI Suspect with ICE Immigration Hold
An Honduran woman is suing the Obama administration over alleged mistreatment that she and her child suffered while held in a family detention center in Dilley, Texas.
The woman, Suny Rodriguez Alvarado, filed the lawsuit – on which her then-7-year-old son also is a plaintiff – in federal court in New Jersey. Alvarado, who is 43, was kept in detention for more than four months last year.
The suit is believed to be the first of its kind to seek damages for harm suffered in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention while seeking refugee status.
A release about the lawsuit reads, “Suny Rodriguez Alvarado and her 7-year-old son, Angelo, left their home in Honduras because of persistent threats of police violence, only to be subjected to prolonged detention, coercion and abuse by Department of Homeland Security officials.”
In an interview with Fox News Latino, Rodriguez said that her son remains traumatized from his time in detention.
WILL DRUNK ILLEGAL Who Drove With Dead Body In Windshield Be Deported?
“Yes, the woman who hit a man walking on the sidewalk and then drove with his dead body in her windshield, is an illegal alien. This bar hopping murderer has no regard for our laws and was WASTED beyond belief. How else would she be able to drive with a dead body through the windshield? The question that’s been repeatedly raised is whether she’ll be deported. Can you believe that? There should be NO question about deportation!
A drunk driver allegedly hit and killed a homeless pedestrian, then drove for a mile with his body wedged in her windshield.
Police said Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, drove her car onto the sidewalk and hit the man at random.
Stacy Sanchez, 29, was arrested outside her Oceanside, California, home on Monday morning after she ran away from her wrecked car with the victim still stuck inside.
The defendant ran to her home — located about a block away — and was arrested by police an hour later, the prosecutor said. Sanchez still had shards of glass in her hair when she was taken into custody, McLeod said.”
Deceased ISIS Terrorist Was On Maine’s Welfare Rolls
Adnan Fazeli lived in Freeport, Maine with his wife and children. An Iranian refugee, he worked several jobs between 2009 and 2013, before boarding a plane to Turkey without his family.
He never returned. Documents released earlier this month show he became an ISIS fighter and was killed by Lebanese forces in January 2015. And during his four years, he and his family used federal and state welfare programs that The Boston Herald reports allowed him the time to self-radicalize over the Internet.
Maine Governor Paul LePage reacted strongly to the news. “I’m having [the Maine Department of Health and Human Services] look at our welfare rolls closer,” he said last week. “All the other states should look at the eligibility, too.”
According to LePage, the federal government is at fault for letting Fazeli in the country. “If people need to eat, I’ll feed them. But I want to keep Americans safe,” LePage said. “This is very embarrassing to the state of Maine, and I point the finger at the president and say, ‘How did this happen?’ If the federal government doesn’t do their job we don’t know what we’re getting.”
Ret. Lt. Gen. Flynn: Terror-Linked Nations ‘Cutting Deals’ with Mexican Cartels to Enter U.S.
“Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that countries that are known to support radical Islamic terrorism are “cutting deals” with Mexican cartels for access to human smuggling routes into the United States.
Citing photos from the U.S. Border Patrol component of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency on Friday, Gen. Flynn also told Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle, host of Breitbart News Daily, that there are signs in Arabic posted along human smuggling routes at the section of the border that lies in Texas providing directions for how to sneak into the United States.
Moreover, the former DIA chief said that the Shiite Lebanese narco-terrorist group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, is illegally trafficking humans, drugs, and other contraband into the United States.
His comments echo recent warnings from the U.S. military, suggesting that criminal groups in Latin America may be collaborating with Islamic extremist organizations.”