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President Trump Keeps Campaign Promise on DACA | Sep 05, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Rollback Of DACA Program

|| Daily Caller

“President Donald Trump followed through on a campaign promise Tuesday to end an amnesty program for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, albeit in a way that allows beneficiaries to continue using the program for a period and gives Congress a chance to pass a legislative fix.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was started by President Barack Obama in 2012 to protect illegal immigrants that arrived as minors. It protects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants, many of whom are in their 30s. President Trump vowed to end the program immediately on the campaign trial, but wavered before his hand was forced by a litigation threat from several Republican state attorneys general.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement in a Tuesday press briefing and said that he had determined that the program was unconstitutional.

Congress could potentially pass an amnesty for DACA recipients along with the RAISE Act, which substantially lowers legal immigration and is supported by the White House.

The slow rescinding of DACA will also mean that DACA beneficiaries will be able to keep their status on a rolling basis. This will allow some illegal immigrants to be protected from deportation and keep their work permits all the way into 2019.”

….Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

| Great comment from Townhall:

“For every dreamer that is working there is one citizen out of work. For every dreamer that is in college there is one citizen that is not. For every dollar spent on a dreamer there is one dollar that is diverted away from helping a homeless citizen.” / CJ

 

 

200 DACA supporters march to Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ office in Irvine, demanding her help

|| OC Register

“IRVINE – Drummers led the Tuesday morning march of 200 supporters of DACA, as they walked from San Marco Park to the office of U.S. Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

“We demand that (Congresswoman)  Mimi Walters co-sponsors legislation to help our DACA community,” Rex Wang said to the cheering crowd.

Wang is an organizer with the Korean Resource Center, one of the multiple organizations that put on the rally.

The crowd marched chanting and holding up signs with such slogans as “Save the American Dream, Save DACA,” and “Diversity is our Strength.”

Marchers were students, faith leaders and others who say any decision to end DACA would be detrimental.

It took 30 minutes for the demonstrators to march the 1.6 miles get from San Marco Park to Walters’ office on Michelson Drive. They chanted and held up signs all along the way garnering honks of support from passing motorists.

Irvine police officers on motorcycles followed along to ensure demonstrators, who were peaceful, got to their destination safely and also didn’t affect traffic. They arrived with drums beating.

No one from the representative’s office came down to address the demonstrators, but through her spokesman Walters said Tuesday morning:

“The Constitution mandates that Congress, not the president, write the laws. DACA, while well-intentioned, was an unconstitutional abuse of executive power. Our nation and our government cannot function unless we uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

“It is now up to Congress to develop a permanent legislative solution to provide certainty to the young people who were brought to America as children without the proper documents through no fault of their own.  America is the only home most of these young people have ever known and it is unjust to punish them for the actions of their parents. Congress should work to ensure their residency so that they can continue to contribute to our community and strengthen our nation.”

Outside the congresswoman’s office, a handful of speakers asked her and other Congress memebers to co-sponsor legislation that will help those affected by DACA’s repeal.

Min Jung Park’s parents moved to the United States from South Korea when she was 7. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Orange County when she started attending UCI.

“My parents are heroes. They sacrificed so much to bring me here,” the 21-year-old senior psychology major said. “We should stop criminalizing them and others for wanting a better life.”

UCI criminology major Paulina Jiménez offered a similar story.

“I came here when I was 3 years old,” she said. “Mexico is a foreign country to me.”

….Continue reading more @ OC Register

 

 

 

Here Are Four Ways In Which DACA Is Illegal

|| Daily Caller

DACA expressly violated federal statutes which require the initiation of removal proceedings.

As critics warned at the time, our first experiment with mass amnesty, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, led to a giant increase in our illegal alien population far higher than before it took place. In response, President Clinton created the Commission on Immigration Reform, led by civil rights-icon Barbara Jordan, to study the issue and make recommended policy changes. The Jordan Commission’s findings formed the basis of what became true comprehensive immigration reform: The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. That legislation sought to foreclose attempts by the executive to apply amnesty by fiat, which the executive had done in years previous to small groups through administrative tools such as the parole power and extended voluntary departure.

In response to the Jordan Commission’s report, Congress made it clear that those here without our authorization would be placed in removal proceedings. They amended into Title 8 of the US Code section 1225(b)(2)(A), which reads “if the examining immigration officer determines that an alien seeking admission is not clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted, the alien shall be detained for a [removal] proceeding under section 1229a of this title.”

When DACA was challenged by members of an ICE public sector union in 2012, the Obama DOJ attempted to argue that “shall” in the above section actually meant “may.” Showing a respect for the English language, the judge in that case ruled that “shall” really did mean “shall” and would have struck down DACA but for jurisdictional problems.

DACA violated the constitutional obligation of the executive to Take Care That The Laws Are Faithfully Executed.

The DACA Directive ordered that our immigration laws would no longer be executed against a class of 1.7 million illegal aliens, or 15 per cent of what DHS estimates to be the total illegal alien population. Such an exercise of “deferred action” to such a broad group of foreign nationals who chose to unlawfully and irresponsibly violate our sovereign borders is most certainly not consistent with a president’s duty to faithfully enforce the peoples’ democratically-enacted laws.

The Take Care Clause also certainly prohibits the president from rewriting those laws under the guise of executive “discretion” or “limited resources” or because it’s simply “the right thing to do.”

And contrary to what many pro-amnesty advocates have claimed, the Take Care Clause is absolutely judicially enforceable against the President. Cases in which the Supreme Court has decided as much include Kendall v. United States and Angelus Milling Co. v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue.

DACA conferred amnesty and federal benefits under the false pretense of “Prosecutorial Discretion.”

“Prosecutorial discretion,” insofar as it is permitted by federal immigration law, is by definition the exercise of discretion not to remove; it is not the conferral of a benefit such as work-permit.

To the limited extent that any “prosecutorial discretion” is permitted by federal immigration law, such discretion is closely detailed in the immigration statute and its underlying regulations. For instance, based an illegal alien’s “extreme hardship”, ICE can seek the cancellation or withholding of a removal. There’s also Temporary Protected Status, Humanitarian Parole, or asylum, all which are granted based on a number of factors that have been set in statute for years.

The exercise of “prosecutorial discretion” does not permit any DHS employee or officer to grant unlawfully present aliens amnesty and work-permit benefits in the manner attempted by the DACA Directive. No doubt most anti-borders advocates know this by the simple fact that if such executive authority had always existed it would have been used before.

DACA conferred a benefit without promulgating a rule.

The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires that all agency actions be set aside when they’re taken “without observance of procedure required by law.” Like DAPA, DHS failed to put DACA through the procedures required by the APA, namely, that it be presented to the public for notice and comment. So, not only did President Obama decide to bypass the legislative route on DACA, it bypassed the regulatory one as well.

The Justice Department would later argue in the 26-state challenge against DAPA that, with that program at least, formal rulemaking procedure wasn’t necessary because it wasn’t a substantive rule, but a mere procedural one.

But DACA, like DAPA, most absolutely fulfills the APA’s definition of a substantive rule. DACA established a new class of individuals by specific eligibility criteria against whom our immigration laws requiring their removal would not be executed and who are made eligible for work permits. This makes it an agency statement of general applicability and future effect and one that’s most certainly substantive.

Strangely, then-DHS Secretary Napolitano tried to make it look as if she was going through proper procedure. Two months after DACA was announced, she issued a Federal Register Notice as part of a so-called “information collection” exercise in relation to the program. The gesture was likely an attempt to satisfy the APA’ publication requirements should they be sued.

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Congress and the President are the peoples’ servants. We vote them in based on their campaign promises and expect them to see those promises through.

By ending DACA, that’s what President Trump has done and that’s why today he’s shown himself to be a true constitutional leader. Thank you President Trump, today you have made the Constitution great again.”

…Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

You Cannot Do this in the USA without Consequences | Aug 24, 2017

Laguna Beach police make 4th arrest stemming from America First! rally

|| Orange County Register

“LAGUNA BEACH — Just two days after the America First! rally at Main Beach that drew 2,500 and resulted in three arrests, Laguna Beach have arrested a fourth person on suspicion of assault.

According to police, a man was talking peacefully with a group of people at the rally Sunday when he was punched in the face by a man, who then fled.

On Monday, Aug. 22, police received a report of an assault and a video provided by the victim. The video had also been posted on social media sites.

“The video shows a black man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ shirt hit squarely in the face by another man,” said Sgt. Jim Cota.

The victim, identified as R.C. Maxwell of Inglewood, told KTLA that he was attacked because of the color of his skin.

Maxwell told KTLA that he was attacked by someone from the left because he was a “black man who happens to support President Donald Trump.”

“It important we show violence on the left when it happens,” Maxwell said.

Laguna Beach police detectives recognized the man in the video and found him in town on Tuesday night as he was trying to buy a bus pass to Ohio. The man was identified as 20-year-old Richard Losey of Lancaster, Ohio.

“He was arrested on suspicion of battery and making threats,” Cota said.

On Sunday, Laguna Beach police also arrested Samuel Gonzales on suspicion of resisting and delaying arrest; Harlan William Pankau on suspicion of weapons charge for carrying a knife; and Trevail Dominique Johnson was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police said Losey was booked into Orange County Jail on $50,000 bail on suspicion of misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement.”

….Continue reading more @ OC Register | By ERIKA I. RITCHIE |

 

Mexican Drug Cartels Suspected in New York NYPD/ICE/DEA Take Down by new Acting U.S. Attorney | Mar 18, 2017

Mexican Cartel Ties Suspected in NYC Bronx Drug Gang Roundups

| Breitbart

“Law enforcement officials in New York filed federal charges against 49 members of Bronx-based drug distribution organizations. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents joined with the New York City Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents to bring in the alleged criminals.

 

The joint law enforcement task force conducted an investigation into two Bronx-based drug trafficking organizations and secured two indictments through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Southern District of New York against 49 members of the groups. The two, 12-page indictments include charges for the murder of Jose Morales on December 11, 2016, narcotics, robbery, and firearms offenses according to a statements obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE and DOJ officials.

Breitbart Texas spoke with media officials with the office of Acting-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim. The press official said it is likely that drugs involved in these distribution organizations were likely products trafficked by Mexican drug cartels, no specific cartels or gangs are named in the indictments. The office declined an interview with the Assistant U.S. Attorney handling the case stating the prosecutors do not comment on pending cases.

“Dozens of alleged members of two drug distribution organizations have been charged with peddling potentially lethal drugs, Acting-U.S. Attorney Kim said in a written statement. Kim took over the Acting-U.S. Attorney position following the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Friday. The Department of Justice fired Bharara following his refusal to resign as requested by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Breitbart News reported. It is a normal practice for U.S. Attorneys to be asked to resign following the swearing in of a new President. President Bill Clinton fired then-US. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama Jeff Session when he took office in 1993.”

….Continue reading @ Breitbart

 

Santa Ana homicides nearly doubled in 2016, hit highest rate in six years

| OC Register

Photo credit: KEN STEINHARDT

Homicides in Santa Ana nearly doubled last year as a rash of gang-fueled shootings pushed the number of killings in Orange County’s second-largest city to its highest point in six years.

There were 23 homicides in the city last year, up from 11 in 2015, according to crime data obtained by the Register. The increase reversed a five-year trend in which the city’s homicides dropped to the lowest number in more than two decades.

The spike is notable because last year homicides in the remainder of the county dropped by 24 percent, the Register found. That dip was largely due to 61 percent decline in homicides in Anaheim, reaching its lowest level in the past decade.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna blamed the violence in his city on warring gang factions.

Shootings in Santa Ana reached a five-year high in January 2016, averaging one per day and prompting a flurry media coverage and City Hall hand wringing. In response, the police department bolstered its street presence, increasing gang member arrests, probation compliance checks and officer overtime pay to intensify enforcement in two areas under gang injunctions, Townsend Street and Santa Anita.

Police Chief Carlos Rojas since has said that the department stopped tracking shooting numbers and would rely solely on crime stats reported to the FBI. The 2016 stats obtained by the Register are those reported to federal law enforcement.”

….Continue reading @ OC Register

Gov Brown Keeps Asking for Tax Increases | June 2016

Gov. Brown should stop asking for tax increases

– OC Register Opinion

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Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense.

“Gov. Jerry Brown says California has a $57 billion backlog in transportation-related repairs and, once again, he says the state needs to raise taxes to pay for them.

The governor is right in one way: California’s state-controlled roads are in abysmal shape. Reason Foundation’s most recent Annual Highway Report found California ranked 49th out of 50 states in urban pavement condition and 36th in rural pavement condition. But, it’s not at all clear how raising taxes would help. California already spends more than nearly every state in the country when evaluated per mile of state-controlled roadway. From road maintenance to state highway office administration costs, California spends more than most.

According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, as of May of 2014, Caltrans wastes millions of dollars planning for projects it cannot possibly build. The department fails to properly maintain its highway traffic management systems. Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense. And a staggering 62 percent of transportation projects went over budget.

Then there is the problem of what Gov. Brown wants to spend transportation money on. He wants to spend $1.8 billion on the proposed high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project that still lacks an accurate budget and has little chance of being completed. The governors budget chases the train dream but fails to fund the state’s greatest transportation needs. It spends significant funds on bridge repairs but often not on the bridges in the worst condition.

Albert Einstein once said, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Yet, Gov. Brown’s budget does exactly that by asking for more money for wasteful Caltrans while not fixing any of the underlying problems.

Frustrated by the state’s incompetence and inefficiency, 19 counties, including Orange County, have become so-called self-help counties, enacting local sales taxes to help fund transportation. Sales taxes are a poor method of funding transportation because there is no link between how much someone buys and how much transportation infrastructure they use. However, given the problems at the state level, the decision to try to address problems at the local level is at least understandable.

The state needs to take a number of steps to fix its problems. First, eliminate excess staff. This could be accomplished by not filling empty positions, early retirements and other means. There is no reason to employ 3,500 extra engineers and architects. Second, focus on statewide priorities. Many local governments see Caltrans getting involved in local projects as more a curse than a blessing. In most cases, state highways should be Caltrans’ most pressing priority. Third, eliminate unnecessary projects like the high-speed rail system. Fourth, copy how states like North Carolina and Virginia use metrics to select projects. Such processes help to limit political prioritization of projects and focus money on projects that reduce congestion and improve mobility. Fifth, fix the construction process. States like Texas build projects much more cost-effectively than California and its likely that our state can adopt some of their business practices. Finally, reform public unions. Yes, union reforms are a tough political lift but most politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that union costs are a big reason transportation projects in California are so costly.”

…Continue reading @ OC Register