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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

Top Ten U.S. Colleges with foreign students affected by Refugee Ban | Feb 1, 2017

The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump’s immigration ban

– Business Insider

“Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.

Around the nation, news has emerged of college students from the affected countries not being able to get back into the US.

Aside from the personal hardship the ban has been seen to cause, it may also have a big effect on the bottom line at certain American colleges, according to estimates provided to Business Insider from College Factual, a higher education data analytics and research company.

International students can pay up to three times more than in-state students at public universities, Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback reported in September, citing data from SelfScore, a company providing financial services to international students. Foreign students effectively subsidize education costs for other students at schools where they pay more, taking some of the financial burden off of American students.

College Factual collected data from Department of Homeland Security on the number of student visas that were approved in 2015, the most recent year they were able to get information. The 10 universities that had the highest number of student visas from the seven countries which now have a temporary travel ban are:

  1. Texas A&M University — 271
  2. University of Southern California — 252
  3. Northeastern University — 249
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — 227
  5. University of Central Florida — 224
  6. University of Houston-System —221
  7. Kaplan International Centers — 219
  8. The University of Texas at Arlington — 219
  9. Arizona State University — 199
  10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — 197

To estimate the potential yearly revenue loss of these figures, College Factual used the tuition and fees and room and board cost for bachelor’s degree programs at each of these schools. The schools that stand to lose the most revenue assuming these students have their visas revoked are:

  1. University of Southern California — $16.9 million
  2. Northeastern University — $15.6 million
  3. Texas A&M University — $11.5 million
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — $11.1 million
  5. University of Central Florida — $8.6 million
  6. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — $8.2 million
  7. Arizona State University — $8.2 million
  8. University of Houston-System — $7.9 million
  9. The University of Texas at Arlington — $7.3 million
  10. Kaplan International Centers — $4.3 million

These estimates assume all students are seeking bachelor’s degrees, as the visa data was not able to split between those seeking bachelor’s degrees and those seeking master’s or doctoral degrees.

Of note: Texas institutions of higher education seem to be most susceptible to revenue loss if Trump’s immigration ban becomes permanent, with Texas A&M, the University of Houston System, and the University of Texas at Arlington losing an estimated $26.7 million combined.

Some experts warn that the effect on foreign enrollment in US schools could be far greater than just adjusting for the seven banned countries.

“The domino effect of this ban will result in a precipitous decline in international student enrollment from Muslim-majority countries,” Rahul Choudaha, cofounder of international student support organization interEDGE, told Business Insider in an email.”

…..Continue reading more @ Business Insider

 

Trump protesters turned away at Dana Rohrabacher, Mimi Walters offices

– OC Register

Protestors stand outside the office of U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters to request a town hall meeting with her in Irvine, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“Protesters seeking a meeting with Orange County Congress members Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters over President Trump’s travel ban and other executive orders have this week found themselves locked out of district offices.

In one case, police were called by property managers to Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office after protesters barricaded the entrance and clogged hallways, the congressman’s spokesman Kenneth Grubbs said.

“They were going to come in, barge in and make it impossible to work,” said Grubbs, adding that only a couple of the protesters appeared to be constituents from Rohrabacher’s district. “They are the disruptors of the peace.”

Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Walters (R-Irvine) each handily won districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump. Trump had 1.7 percent fewer votes in Rohrabacher’s district, and 5.4 percent fewer in Walters’ district.

A representative for Walters said the congresswoman is willing to engage in productive discussions with her constituency.

Trump’s executive order on Muslims calls for a 90-day immigration ban on seven countries: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

That day, the people who gathered were not locked out. A staffer said Walters was unavailable. The congresswoman was in Washington, D.C. that day, according to her Twitter account.

“Today, we were focusing on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the lack of any viable replacement,” said Jessica Riegert, another of the dozens who showed up at the office of Walters last week.

Riegert is a public school teacher and member of the Orange County branch of the Democratic Socialists of America. She organized the event just one day before, online, and said she was surprised when so many others showed up.

“(Walters) is my representative, and we want to make sure that she knows who we are and what our concerns are,” Riegert said. “We want her to meet with us.”

Protesters returned to Walters’ office on Tuesday and were locked out.

A man not involved in the protest exited the building surrounded by the crowd and loudly grumbled, “Do any of you people have jobs?”

About a dozen at a time, protesters took elevators to Walters’ office and knocked on the door to no response. They taped messages on the door and slipped notes underneath.”

…..Continue reading @ OC Register

 

Harvard president hits back at Trump’s immigration ban: ‘Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants’

– Business Insider

“Harvard President Drew Faust criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in an email to the Harvard community on Sunday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants — from India, China, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and Iran,” she wrote. “Benefiting from the talents and energy, the knowledge and ideas of people from nations around the globe is not just a vital interest of the University; it long has been, and it fully remains, a vital interest of our nation.”

….Continue reading more @ Business Insider

 

More Wash DC Failure – Mimi Walters | Apr 2016

South OC Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff resigns after federal indictment

– LA Times

“Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

“The charges against him involve incidents alleged to have occurred in the office of former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun in 2012-2014, before Rep. Walters became a member of Congress,” the Irvine Republican’s office said in a statement Thursday morning.

The Justice Department released the indictments Wednesday, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

The charges stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Broun, a Georgia Republican, and allegations that Broun used official funds to pay for a campaign consultant and Bowser tried to block an ethics probe into the matter.

Prosecutors allege that Republican campaign consultant Brett O’Donnell was paid nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. O’Donnell, whose work included debate prep for Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office. The former congressman has not been charged with a crime and is seeking his old seat again.

In 2014, Walters was elected to her first term with 65% of the vote in her Orange County district. She was picked by colleagues to represent the freshman Republicans in House leadership and serves on the House Judiciary and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

This year Walters is vying for the seat against her 2014 Republican challenger, Mission Viejo City Council member Greg Raths, and two Democrats, anesthesiologist Max Gouron and businessman Ron Varasteh.”

…Continue reading @ LA Times

Ms. Walters represents the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California.

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– Can we say lack of judgement here? Ms. Walters could not even pick a Californian as a Chief of Staff?

Whose choice was it? Did Boehner pick the Chief of State and was it part of grooming her for TPA cheerleading? I do not recall Ms. Walters running on a platform supporting TPA. The district is a high tech hotbed yet we have no representation in Congress on the issue, much less concern about TPA.

We can see that this is part of a systemic problem in Congress, where newly elected representatives to Congress go to Washington DC, only to hire entrenched DC congressional operatives who have long standing deals and agreements with all the players there. A local congressperson doesn’t stand a chance. A veritable congressional cartel as it were.

This practice has to be questioned, or the whole point of term limits is moot. What’s the point of changing the Congress if the staff stays the same?

/CJ

** Update:

Former Paul Broun chief of staff indicted on eight counts

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

“WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that the former chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has been indicted in connection with misusing taxpayer money to finance campaign activities and obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter.

The eight-count indictment charges David Bowser, Broun’s longtime top staffer, with one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

Bowser’s arraignment and initial appearance have yet to be scheduled. The Justice Department said the FBI is investigating the case.

Bowser, now the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., did not respond to requests for comment.

The announcement came seven months after former GOP strategist and debate coach Brett O’Donnell pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Macon to lying to investigators about his relationship with Broun’s office.

O’Donnell listed Bowser as “Person A” and Broun as “Congressman A” in his plea, details that matched up with an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that named both men. Bowser was quoted in the plea for telling O’Donnell that the Office of Congressional Ethics can go “f—- themselves” and that consultant should falsely maintain that he was a volunteer debate coach for Broun’s campaign.

Official funds for members of Congress cannot go toward campaign activity, though official staff often volunteer for campaigns in their free time. Many staffers also are paid by a member’s campaign and official accounts, and Broun did this for some staff but not O’Donnell. The debate coach was paid $43,750 from 2012 to 2014 from Broun’s taxpayer-funded office account, and he performed similar services for other members of Congress.

Bowser and Broun both told investigators and said publicly that O’Donnell worked for Broun from 2012 to 2014 as a consultant for $2,500 per month to help sharpen Broun’s communications skills on official matters such as floor speeches, while volunteering for Broun’s 2012 House re-election campaign and 2014 Senate bid.

The case has marked the first time someone has been charged with lying to the Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that refers cases to the member-run U.S. House Ethics Committee.

Broun said he is “disappointed” about the indictment and added that he is “not aware of any ethical violations by my staff at any time.”

“I have cooperated fully with the investigators at every step. Throughout this process, it was made clear that I was not the subject of the investigation. Everything I did was completely above board and the investigation has proven that,” Broun said in a statement.

The news comes seven weeks before Republican primary voters in Georgia’s ninth congressional district hit the polls. Broun, a tea party favorite, is running against incumbent Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, for the northeast Georgia seat.

The indictment has already become a campaign issue for Broun.

“All roads in this criminal case lead back to Paul Broun. When is he going to take responsibility for abusing taxpayers hard earned money?” said Collins Campaign Manager Carmen Foskey.

Broun shot back, “I find it also disappointing that Mr. Collins would politicize this event in Mr. Bowser’s life and seek to use it for his political gain.”

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office after he finished fifth the Republican primary for U.S. Senate the year before. It could be revived if Broun wins the May 24 primary and later the general election.”

…Continue reading @ AJC.com

 

 

Mimi Walters’ Chief of Staff Resigns After Indictment

– Breitbart

“Rep. Mimi Walter’s chief of staff, David Bowser, 45, resigned on Wednesday following news of federal corruption charges and indictments related to his work in a different congressional office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bowser’s eight indictment counts include one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts, and five counts of making false statements. The charges reportedly stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Rep. George Broun (R-GA), and allege that Broun had blurred lines between official and campaign work by using official taxpayer funds to hire a campaign consultant.

Brett O’Donnell, who has helped Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann prepare for debates, was reportedly paid $44,000 in congressional funds.

The House Ethics Committee, which was investigating the matter, completed its probe in January of 2015, the same year Rep. Broun left office. Broun has reportedly not been charged with a crime. The FBI Is investigating the case.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 – The comments section is excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters (R-CA45) steps down under ethics cloud

– OC Breeze

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David Bowser, Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters, faces eight counts that include obstruction of proceedings, and theft of government property.

According to a report from Todd Ruger at Roll Call, Chief of Staff David Bowser has stepped down from his position with the office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA45) amid accusations that he improperly spent money on a campaign consultant on behalf of his former employer, Paul Broun, who is not currently in office.

The accusation of impropriety does not include any activity since he began working for Walters.

The 45th California Congressional District represented by Walters stretches from Santa Ana and Villa Park in the West to beyond Trabuco Canyon in the east, and from Anaheim Hills in the north to Launa Hills and Coto de Caza in the south. Rogers was first elected to Congress last year. Prior to that, she served as California State Senator for the 37th District from 2012 to 2015. John Moorlach, former Orange County Supervisor, now represents the 37th District.”

 

…See more @ OC Breeze

 

Who is Congresswoman Mimi Walters?

 

Morning Joe: Rep. Mimi Walters Discusses Trade Promotion Authority

– Morning Joe

– Video shows Mimi Walters full support of Trade Promotion Authority Bill (TPA).

See more here @ Youtube

 

Exclusive — BUSTED: Freshman GOP Rep Admits She Hasn’t Read Obamatrade, Backs MSNBC’s Defense Of Deal Secrecy

– Breitbart

“Freshman GOP congresswoman Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) has been on television pushing Obamatrade—appearing Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC to do so—but her office admits publicly she hasn’t read the bill she wants to fast-track through Congress.

Walters, whom Mika Brzezinski noted is the official “liaison” between House GOP freshmen and Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, appeared on Morning Joe to push Obamatrade. Walters said:

Currently, what we are working on is Trade Promotion Authority. That issue we expect to take up by the end of the month. And what Trade Promotion Authority, known as TPA, is it’s really the framework of giving the president the opportunity to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. It’s very, very important that we pass this piece of legislation. It’s bipartisan. One in five jobs in America are created because of free trade, 95 percent of consumers are outside of the United States and if America doesn’t take the lead on trade then China is going to. I want America to take the lead and set the standards on trade.

But when Breitbart News asked Walters’ spokeswoman Christine Hardman later on Monday—after she blasted out video of the congresswoman’s appearance on Morning Joe,highlighting her support for Obamatrade—if Walters has been to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that TPA would fast track, collectively known as Obamatrade, Hardman confirmed Walters has not been there to read it.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart