By Joseph R. Carducci
September 26, 2014
Amazing how the liberals who have been so much in favor of supporting the idiotic immigration policies of our feckless immigrant in chief failed to see this as a real possibility. We are now beginning to see credible reports that many of those illegal immigrants who crossed the border with their families have failed to report to ICE officials in order to have their cases processed legally. What a huge surprise.
Families Not Showing Up For Follow-Ups
According to an official with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, nearly 70 percent of illegal immigrant families have never showed up for their follow-up appointments. These are folks for whom Obama has already chosen to ignore actual immigration law and released into the United States. Of course, they have to ‘promise’ to return for follow-up appointments in order for their cases to be processed.
Given the data obtained by the Associated Press on this matter, it would seem that approximately 41,000 illegal immigrant family members were released into the US and then subsequently failed to appear. Part of the problem is due to the fact that there are limited housing and detention facilities which can hold illegals. Although ICE won’t give solid information on the numbers of illegals who have failed to appear, they did say final deportation had been ordered for at least 860 people who were caught at the border since May. They also said that of those, only 14 had reported as ordered.
There have actually been more than 66,000 immigrants traveling as families (generally mothers and younger children) apprehended at the southern border since October. More than 90 percent of this total are from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala…and can’t be repatriated immediately. They are ordered to report within 15 days to their nearest ICE office and then released into the USA.
Democrats, Obama Avoid Issue
This must be quite embarrassing to the White House and the Homeland Security Department. Reports also indicate they have dodged answering this question (as to how many immigrants have been released into the country) at least seven times over the last two weeks. Typical excuses ranged from saying they either didn’t know those figures or that they weren’t immediately available or on hand. Maybe this is why many Democrats don’t think it’s their duty to protect the border.
Sure. We all know just how truly transparent and trustworthy the Obama Regime has been on such issues.
Another excuse being used to justify all of this illegal releasing of immigrants into the United States is the lack of housing and detention facilities. Obviously, splitting families is not what we want to accomplish and there are only three separate places capable of housing families together. There is a temporary detention center in Artesia, New Mexico and another immigration jail in Texas is being converted (will house about 530 people). Another facility is also going to be opening in Texas later this year.
Obama’s Policies Creating Problems, Raising Costs
Once again, we are seeing the effects of the senseless immigration policies Obama has been pursuing. Leaving the borders open and then even choosing to ignore current laws tend to have the effect of encouraging more illegals to come. If we are going to simply release them, why should they come and report to ICE officials…did anyone really think that just because we make them ‘promise,’ they would return? Plus, while the illegals are here, it is getting quite expensive to educate the kids.
What do YOU think about all this? Simply more expected fallout from Obama’s ill-conceived immigration policies? Or is all of this surprising? What can be done to fix the situation now?
HOUSTON, Texas — An American citizen was beaten to death by drug cartel members while another barely managed to survive the kidnapping and torture just south of the Texas border.
The two men have been identified as 38-year-old Erick Candanoza, and 25-year-old Carlos Vela Moreno, who are from the border city of Brownsville and were in the business of selling used cars, according to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.
On Wednesday night, the Sheriff’s deputies arrived to the Los Indios International Bridge where the two men had arrived, Candanoza had already died and Vela was rushed to a local hospital where investigators were able to interview him.
The two men had crossed into Mexico a vehicle they were going to sell through the Progreso International Bridge and were driving towards the border city of Matamoros when their car overheated, Lucio said.
“They pulled over to the side of the road and that is when two vehicles with six or seven men carrying various firearms kidnapped them,” the sheriff said. “They took them to a wooded area away from any residences and began to beat them.”
Vela told the investigators that Candanoza took the worst of the beating since the gunmen appeared to have been targeting him over a feud with a relative, Lucio told Breitbart Texas. After the beating, the gunmen took the men to a local hospital from where they were able to get transport to an international bridge.
Sheriff’s investigators are working with the U.S. Consulate Office in Matamoros to gather more information into the case.
“Sadly enough the security threats continue in Mexico that is why I tell the public if you don’t have to go over there don’t go,” Lucio said. “And if you do have to go, go in the daytime and be very careful. I sure hope things calm down eventually.”
The Pentagon is to start recruiting undocumented immigrants who came into the US as minors and possess valuable skills like speaking Persian and Chinese. The program offering the opportunity is capped at 1,500 recruits per year.
The new policy revealed by the DoD on Thursday expands the existing pilot program called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. It has been tried since 2008, offering positions in the US armed forces to foreigners living in America legally as refugees or under a temporary visa.
Starting next fiscal year, MAVNI will also apply to illegal residents who came to US with their parents before age 16, reports the Military Times. The potential recruits would be selected from those eligible for the 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Getting a DACA illegal immigrant status involves a background check by the Homeland Security Department.
The Pentagon recruits some 5,000 foreigners each year, most of them ‘green card’ holders. The MAVNI program may account for up to 1,500 recruits annually, although the military services are not required to accept them. In practice the Army has been the only service to accept a significant number, while the Navy and Marine Corps are not seeking applicants under it.
A recruit must meet higher-than-usual standards and have certain skills valued by the US military to get a position. Those include medical training and language expertise. Speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Pushtu, Korean, Russian, Urdu, Hindi and Hungarian are among those in demand.
The expansion of the program to illegal residents adds between 1.2 million and 2.1 million children, teenagers and young adults to the potential talent pool. The recruits would be offered an expedited path to US citizenship as an extra incentive to serve.
But some Pentagon officials have doubt over the number of recruits who would actually qualify for the MAVNI program.
“We’re just not sure how many within that existing population of DACA would have the linguistic skills to qualify,” said one defense official familiar with the policy change. “These are kids who entered the country at a fairly young age and have basically grown up in the United States, so the limit of their language talents would probably be the language that they received at home.”
The Pentagon’s move is part of a wider effort by the Obama administration to ease pressure on immigrants and integrate them into American society. It comes amid frustration in the White House with the failure of Congress to pass a substantial immigration reform.
White House Correspondent
More than 40,000 unskilled Central American migrants who were allowed to cross the border by President Barack Obama’s deputies have refused to appear for scheduled meetings with immigration officials.
The estimate was revealed to Latino lobbies in a meeting with an official at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the Associated Press.
The official said that 70 percent of the 66,000 people in so-called “family units” that crossed the border didn’t turn up for the appointments, according to an audio recording of the official’s briefing.
The missing migrants crossed into the country alongside the much-publicized arrival of 65,000 “unaccompanied alien children” since October.
The “children” were highlighted by the administration to reduce the public’s hostile reaction to Obama’s lax border policies.
In fact, most of the 65,000 “children” are older youths seeking to join relatives or parents living illegally in the United States. Most of them were guided by paid coyotes to the border, where they were handed over to federal agencies for free transport to their parents or relatives.
None of the unaccompanied youths have been deported. All have been allowed to use a 2008 law to file lawsuits for residency. Up to 80 percent of migrants who have immigration lawyers can win their residency cases, say advocates for more immigration.
Obama allowed the youths to use the 2008 law — even though it passed Congress to protect teenage prostitutes, not to aid young economic migrants
Obama also allowed the “family unit” migrants to apply for green cards, even though he has the legal authority to repatriate them anytime.
The planned appointments are part of the long green card legal process that might allow the low-skill migrants to claim citizenship and full access to U.S. benefit programs.
The AP also reported that only 860 people in “family units” have been ordered home.
But only 14 have given themselves up for repatriation, the AP reports.
The remaining 846 are blending into the large communities of illegal immigrants throughout the country.
Unless Obama reverses his enforcement policies, the missing 40,000 “family unit” migrants won’t be pursued, and will be allowed to attend schools, receive medical aid and be allowed to work in the United States.
That’s because Obama has sharply reduced immigration enforcement for migrants who settle far from the border. In 2013, his deputies deported less than 0.2 percent of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country for violating immigration laws.
Obama’s deputies also allowed more than 50,000 Central American migrants to cross the U.S. border between 2009 and October 2013.
The total inflow amounts to more than 200,000, and it is expected to keep rising in the next few months.
The border meltdown backfired on Obama, because it galvanized widespread public opposition to the Senate’s June 2013 immigration bill. Obama strongly supported the bill, which would have boosted the inflow of foreign workers up to roughly 4 million per year. That inflow would have been roughly equal to the number of Americans who enter the workforce every year.
The GOP blocked the bill, and now Obama is threatening to provide work permits and residency permits to several million illegal immigrants though executive power in December.
Didn’t have to worry about student loans or quarterly tuition payments
When Dario Guerrero, an illegal immigrant who found out about his status in high school, told Harvard that he was in the country illegally, the school encouraged him to apply–and gave him a full scholarship after he was accepted.
Writing in the Washington Post, Guerrero, who is currently a junior at the university, said after an MIT official recommended that he not apply to the school during a trip to visit college, he “left the office in a daze” because MIT had been his dream school. He started walking down Massachusetts Avenue” and, “without really planning it, I found myself in the middle of Harvard.” A Harvard admissions officer told him, “If you are admitted to Harvard College, we will meet your full financial need without regard to your legal status.”
He eventually got in, and “they gave me a full ride. This meant I wouldn’t have to worry about student loans or quarterly tuition payments; that I always had a place to stay away from home; that I could travel every semester, on Harvard’s dime, back to California; that my parents would never have to worry whether I’d finish school. Those are luxuries few people, documented or not, ever have.”
“I used to think that being undocumented was a disadvantage to me. I used to mourn the fact that I was different,” the current junior wrote. “But ultimately I realize that it was because of, not in spite of, my identity — as an undocumented Chicano — that I was been able to do what I did. Being something different in the socioeconomic fabric of the United States gave me the perspective I have.”
Guerrero revealed that he was a junior in high school when he realized he was an illegal immigrant. A community college where he was taking extra courses called him and informed him that “the Social Security number I had provided to receive college credit did not match my name, and if I couldn’t provide a valid number, I’d have to pay almost $2,000 for the classes I’d taken.” When he asked his parents why his Social Security number had been rejected, they told him in Spanish, “Son, we overstayed our visa when you were three. You don’t have a social security number.”
“So much of what had happened to me finally made sense. I’d never really needed a Social Security number before El Camino, and whenever I asked if I could visit family in Mexico, my parents told me I had to wait for my ‘papers’ to sort themselves out with the government,” he wrote. “The few times I asked if I could get a job, my father took me with him to sweep the floors on his construction sites.”
Guerrero says he tells other illegal immigrants that “the opportunity to one day join the 6.2 percent” of the high school students Harvard admits, “the 1 percent, or even just the 100 percent of legal residents who live without fear of deportation) is worth crossing the border for.”