BY JIM KOURI
In a joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) far-reaching investigation, members of the Arizona National Guard, including military recruiters were discovered working as “muscle” and “traffickers” for Mexican drug gangs, according to a report on Friday from the DOJ. About 12 National Guard were identified as suspects in one of the FBI’s biggest government corruption cases ever, which was almost totally ignored by government officials in Washington and major national news outlets
On Friday in federal court, a non-commissioned officer (non-com) with the border-state Arizona’s Army National Guard was sentenced to federal prison for his role in protecting drug traffickers by using his military position to provide security for shipments of cocaine being transported from Mexico into the United States, according to U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials.
Sgt. Raul Portillo, who listed Phoenix, Arizona, but was suspected of living in Mexico, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and interfere with commerce by attempted extortion. U.S. District Judge James A. Soto of the District of Arizona imposed a sentence of only four years in federal prison.
According to his allocution before Judge Soto, the 34-year-old Portillo, a sergeant and recruiter in the Arizona Army National Guard, conspired with others from the National Guard to moonlight as protection for Mexican narcotics traffickers transporting and distributing cocaine to other locations in the southwestern United States. However, at one point during an FBI and military law enforcement sting operation the narcotics traffickers turned out to be undercover agents.
Although Portillo was identified by the FBI as a suspect, he mysteriously was never charged and he allegedly fled to Mexico. “In the case of Portillo, as well as other soldiers and sailors involved in criminal enterprises, the Defense Department and law enforcement agencies appear to be complicit in covering up the crime and misconduct cases involving enlisted ‘undocumented immigrants,’” said former NYPD police officer Iris Aquino. “If they’re undocumented, how do you know they’re not criminals or terrorists signing up to serve in the U.S. military?” she asked.
Once the November elections were over, President Barack Obama’s program appeared to be replacing American citizens, who are being terminated from their military units with illegal aliens in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Pentagon is once again seeking to attract so-called undocumented recruits in the next several weeks, according to Military Times. Yet, neither the White House nor the Justice Department will acknowledge how many of the up to 58 National Guard troops arrested are immigrants.
According to his confession, Portillo admitted that he wore his official uniform, carried official forms of identification and weapons, used official military vehicles, in addition to using his official authority to bypass police stops and searches. He also drove through law enforcement checkpoints manned by agents from U.S. Border Patrol, officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Nevada law enforcement officers.
Portillo also confessed to taking payments totaling $12,000 for his transport and protection services for two large cocaine shipments. Portillo also shocked those hearing his allocution when he told the sentencing judge that he was paid a bonus of $2,000 by a Mexican drug gang for his success in recruiting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspector. To date, 58 defendants have been convicted and sentenced for charges stemming from this investigation and it’s believed they will be more arrests and convictions.
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. This article originally appeared in the Examiner and is reprinted by permission of the author.
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The Justice Department says Nebraska Beef discriminated against illegal alien workers by asking them for proof of citizenship.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices objected to non-U.S. citizens being “targeted” because of their citizenship status, according to Judicial Watch.
Under pressure from the federal government, the company agreed to a $200,000 civil penalty and also to create an uncapped back pay fund to compensate individuals who lost wages because they were unable to prove they are in the county legally, according to the non-partisan educational foundation.
In addition, the business will be subjected to “compliance monitoring” by the government.
Judicial Watch believes the effort is part of a larger effort by the federal government and the Obama administration to facilitate the entry of illegal aliens in the United States:
This case is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to helps illegal aliens in the U.S. Besides shielding tens of millions from deportation via an executive amnesty order, the president has also expanded the DOJ to help carry out part of this mission. It’s why the agency’s civil rights division has grown immensely under Obama.
The DOJ civil rights division is overseen by a renowned illegal alien advocate, Thomas Perez.
Prior to taking the position at the DOJ, Perez lobbied the Maryland General Assembly against a proposal by Democratic Gov. Parris N. Glendening to make it tougher for immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Perez was a director of CASA of Maryland, an immigrant rights group, at the time.
A report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found last year the Obama administration had allowed businesses to hire undocumented workers and imposed drastically reduced fines and enforcement as mandated by law.
“This inconsistent implementation hinders the government’s mission to prevent or deter employers from violating immigration laws, the DHS watchdog wrote in its report. Now the DOJ is taking it a step further by going after employers that try to ensure their workers are in the U.S. legally,” Judicial watch reports.
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By Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
Every 93 seconds a beautiful baby is born in the United States . . . to illegal immigrant parents. Due to the current misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, that child is immediately deemed a U.S. citizen–and given all the related financial, legal, and social benefits, which includes opportunities for those illegal immigrant parents to cash in on many of the benefits.
We simply cannot continue to ignore this. 400,000 cases every year isn’t a trivial distraction. It’s a real part of our illegal immigration problem.
We must face the fact that the current policy of birthright citizenship is a huge magnet for more illegal crossings into our country. And unfortunately, that’s often at the hands of very dangerous people.
This magnet attracts women from Mexico and Central America to make the dangerous trek north, often in the hands of “coyotes” or human smugglers and drug cartels. These women frequently put their lives into the hands of criminal gangs, some who make a living on human trafficking.
Then there’s the growing birth tourism industry. Many foreign women, notably from China, pay huge amounts of money in order to travel to the United States and be housed, often in shady accommodations, while pregnant with the intent of birthing a child during their stay.
Earlier this year, federal agents were able to put a stop to a specific so-called birth tourism “ring” in southern California, and found several pregnant women with fraudulent visas. Some of them had paid up to $80,000 to have their babies born on U.S. soil.
Does this policy make any sense for us? Isn’t there a reason we’re one of only two advanced countries in the world that allow this?
Washington elites can’t offer any compelling arguments. So instead, they push the notion that this is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Fourteenth Amendment. Well, that’s wrong too.
The 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
The phrase “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” clearly means something. It’s clearly an additional requirement beyond simply being physically born here. And it clearly suggests the ability of Congress to define such jurisdiction.
The history and record of the Congressional debates leading to the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment supports this too. As do how other people have been treated under the Fourteenth Amendment, including American Indians.
Passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in the mid-1860s invalidated the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford, which held that United States citizenship could only be enjoyed by two classes of people: whites born in the United States as descendants of those who were citizens at the time the Constitution was signed or those who had since migrated to the United States and been naturalized. But even with passage of the amendment, which granted citizenship to freed slaves, American Indians still didn’t receive full citizenship rights until 1924, when Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act. In Supreme Court decisions since, specifically Rogers v. Bellei, Congress was recognized for having the authority to impose conditions on who can receive citizenship if the person in question is not “born or naturalized in the United States.”
In light of all this, I’ve introduced legislation in each Congress since 2011 that would clarify that birthright citizenship would only be given to children of U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens. By closing the loopholes in our immigration laws, we can live under and abide by the Fourteenth Amendment and further sound immigration policy.
There is broad bipartisan support, not just in Congress but across the country, to make this change. The American people recognize that we cannot continue with our current free-for-all birthright citizenship practice.
Isn’t it time for us to make significant, real reforms to our immigration laws so that America – the world’s melting pot – can welcome immigrants in a legal, organized, and safe way? Let’s get serious about that. Let’s control our borders and the process of granting citizenship, including by ending birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Vitter is Louisiana’s senior senator, serving since 2005. He is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and also sits on the Banking, Housing and urban Affairs; the Environment and Public Works; and the Judiciary committees.