By Suzanne Gamboa
León Rodríguez, the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recalled how he was put on the “wait list” and eventually denied admission to Georgetown Law School, where he spoke Tuesday.
He tried to persuade the school’s officials to let him in and was told he was lucky to be on a wait list. The story is a metaphor for immigration policy, he said.
“What we do in immigration policy is decide who we want to admit to the U.S. and who we don’t,” he said.
Now Rodríguez is heading Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Looking back Georgetown, would you have admitted me? Would you have had different policies?” he said to chuckles from an audience attending an immigration law and policy conference.
Rodríguez’s agency will be front and center once President Barack Obama announces the executive action he’ll take on immigration. Obama said he would take executive action after the elections but before the end of the year.
“We’re going to be ready,” Rodríguez said. “Our agency will be shouldering the primary responsibility for executing whatever it is.”
Rodríguez declined to elaborate when he was asked by a reporter to give more details on what types of preparations he is making.
A Republican party official in the largest county in Arizona says surveillance tape shows a progressive Hispanic activist blatantly and openly engaging in vote fraud.
The surveillance video below was recorded on Aug. 25 during this year’s primary election cycle at a central Maricopa County elections processing facility on the edge of downtown Phoenix.
A. J. LaFaro, Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee obtained the video. He was watching the polls that day during the early-voting period voting for the Aug. 26 primary.
“The team processing the early ballots through the optical scanning equipment had gotten way ahead of the ‘upstream’ citizen boards preparing the early ballot batches for processing,” the Republican party official said, according to the Arizona Daily Independent.
While the information systems coordinator was on a long lunch break, he explained, he was “seated at one of the cubicles looking toward the reception area that is now behind bullet proof glass because of the violence and protesting that occurred by militant groups during the November 2012 general election.”
Between 12:54 and 1:04, LaFaro said, he observed a man wearing a “Citizens for a Better Arizona” T-shirt loudly drop a box containing hundreds of early-voting ballots on a table.
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Citizens for a Better Arizona is a progressive group.
The man then began “stuffing the ballot box,” LaFaro said. “I watched in amazement.”
There’s no sound in the video, but the county Republican Committee chairman gave a play-by-play of the conversation that occurred between him and the unidentified man.
“What’s your problem?” the man asked, according to LaFaro.
“I don’t have a problem,” LaFaro said.
“Stop watching me,” the man reportedly demanded. “You’re annoying me.”
LaFaro kept watching him. At one point, he advised the man: “One of your ballots isn’t sealed.”
“It’s none of your business,” the man then reportedly said. “What’s your name?”
LaFaro told him his name and that he is the county Republican Committee chairman. He asked the man’s name.
“Go fuck yourself!” the man allegedly replied. “I don’t have to tell you who I am.”
There was some drama over that unsealed ballot.
At a later point, LaFaro claims, the man said, “Go fuck yourself, gringo.”
In an interview with The Daily Caller, LaFaro described the man as “extremely militant” and “threatening.”
He described the video as the final result of a process he called a “ballot harvest” by a progressive operative.
“What is captured on the tape demonstrates the end result of what we believe to be vote fraud,” he told TheDC.
“This is a smoking gun that ballot harvesting actually does happen.”
LaFaro stressed that the man’s actions likely don’t run afoul of Arizona electoral law. However, he argued, that’s only because Arizona law allows rampant vote fraud.
The state’s election laws have been a source of considerable controversy in the last several two years.
In a nutshell, Arizona passed a law in early 2013 that, among much else, broadly strengthened rules against vote fraud. That law was later repealed by the legislature in 2014 as left-leaning Latino groups were mounting a repeal referendum. It was and remains a bit of a cat-and-mouse game of lawmaking. Had the popular referendum passed, future attempts to reign in electoral abuses would be more difficult to pass.
According to LaFaro, the actions by the man in the video would have been illegal from June 2013 to February 2014 — the period when the law was in place.
The county Republican Committee chairman concedes, however, that in August 2014 — the time when the surveillance video occurred — the surly man’s actions were likely legal.
At the same time, LaFaro observes, the man’s actions appear to be an egregious and obvious case of ballot stuffing.
LaFaro described a couple different ways in which Hispanic activists collect copious numbers of ballots — and also control exactly how they are voted.
One of these ways is ballot party. At a ballot party, he told TheDC, activists invite voters to bring their early-voter ballots to a central location. There’s food. There’s drink. Sometimes there’s even live entertainment. Voters fill out their individual ballots en masse for the activists’ chosen candidates. The activists collect the ballots and ensure they are submitted properly.
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A second, even seedier method involves activists pretending to represent the local government.
“Operatives are going around in the city of Glendale saying that they are county election officials and would be happy to collect their ballots,” LaFaro told TheDC.
He said he believes those ballots are often blank when the activists collect them. The activists then fill them out, and submit them in bulk.
An Oct. 17 report from Arizona ABC affiliate KNXV-TV substantiates LaFaro’s claims. In that report, the ABC station warned residents of Glendale, Ariz. to be on the lookout for people claiming to be official early ballot collectors.
Glendale city officials emphasized that election officials do not collect ballots from residents at their homes.
LaFaro described the 2014 Republican primary as a “very contentious” and expensive battle between more conservative and more moderate Republicans. The Hispanic activists, he said, had a strong interest in helping the more moderate Republicans win their various primaries.
Five illegals captured at the border
Border Patrol agents were able to rescue unauthorized immigrants who were inside a cardboard box and a washing machine.
Five immigrants, who were present in the US illegally, were being transported up north in a U-Haul.
They were rescued from the back of a U-Haul on Friday, Oct. 17 around 8:00 in the evening, Border Patrol said.
The U-Haul was stopped at the checkpoint in Falfurrias when agents referred the driver to secondary inspection after their K-9 alerted them.
The U-Haul was then searched and four immigrants were found inside a cardboard box, and another one was located inside a washing machine.
Border Patrol agents offered the immigrants medical attention, which they declined
A man driving the U-Haul and the woman passenger were taken into custody.
Homeland Security Investigations is currently investigating the case.
Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.
Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”
The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the “surge,” scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards – more than double the baseline annual amount for a total of 9 million.
“The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards. The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards,” the document says.
The agency is buying the materials need to construct both Permanent Residency Cards (PRC), commonly known as green cards, as well as Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards which have been used to implement President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. The RFP does not specify how many of each type of card would be issued.
Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies and former State Department official, said the document suggests a new program of remarkable breadth.
The RFP “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Vaughan said.
Last year, Vaughan reviewed the Gang of Eight’s provisions to estimate that it would have roughly doubled legal immigration. In the “surge” scenario of this RFP, even the relatively high four million cards per year would be more than doubled, meaning that even on its own terms, the agency is preparing for a huge uptick of 125 percent its normal annual output.
It’s not unheard of for federal agencies to plan for contingencies, but the request specifically explains that the surge is related to potential changes in immigration policy.
“The Contractor shall demonstrate the capability to support potential ‘surge’ in PRC and EAD card demand for up to 9M cards during the initial period of performance to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements,” the document says.
A year ago, such a plan might have been attributed to a forthcoming immigration bill. Now, following the summer’s border crisis, the chances of such a new law are extremely low, giving additional credence to the possibility the move is in preparation for an executive amnesty by Obama.
Even four million combined green cards and EADs is a significant number, let alone the “surge” contemplated by USCIS. For instance, in the first two years after Obama unilaterally enacted DACA, about 600,000 people were approved by USCIS under the program. Statistics provided by USCIS on its website show that the entire agency had processed 862,000 total EADs in 2014 as of June.
Vaughan said EADs are increasingly coming under scrutiny as a tool used by the Obama administration to provide legalization for groups of illegal aliens short of full green card status.
In addition to providing government approval to work for illegal aliens, EADs also cost significantly less in fees to acquire, about $450 compared to more than $1000. In many states, EADs give aliens rights to social services and the ability to obtain drivers’ licenses.
Vaughan noted there are currently about 4.5 million individuals waiting for approval for the green cards having followed immigration law and obtained sponsorships from relatives in the U.S. or otherwise, less than the number of id cards contemplated by the USCIS “surge.”
USCIS officials did not provide additional information about the RFP by press time.
OCTOBER 15, 2014 10:52 AM
(CNS News) – Nearly 900,000 illegal aliens who have received a final order of removal are still in the United States – and about 167,000 of these are convicted criminals who were released by ICE and are currently at large, a new study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows.
According to the study, 883,000 total illegal aliens are legally required to leave the U.S, but are still here:
“As of the end of the 2014 fiscal year, there were approximately 167,000 convicted criminal aliens at large in the United States (released by ICE) who have been ordered removed and exhausted all appeals. In addition, there were approximately 716,000 deportable non-criminal aliens at large who have been ordered removed and exhausted all appeals.”
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According to U.S. Immigrations and Customs (ICE) officials who spoke off the record with CIS, ICE officers are instructed to release or take a pass on illegal aliens whose crimes are designated as “minor” or who have family members in the United States. The result, the report says, is “that only a fraction of deportable aliens that ICE identifies actually will be processed for deportation.”
And, only about half (53%) of criminal illegal aliens encountered by ICE agents were actually deported, the report finds:
“It is important to note that, similarly, only a fraction of those aliens labeled as a criminal threat at the time of encounter were selected for deportation by ICE in 2014. According to the weekly ICE metrics report cited above, as of September 20, 2014, ICE officers had reported 170,125 encounters with aliens deemed a criminal threat. Meanwhile, only 90,500 criminal aliens were issued charging documents, indicating a startlingly large number – potentially nearly 80,000 – of illegal aliens with criminal histories who were able to escape deportation proceedings in 2014, even after being encountered by an ICE officer.”
The report also finds that less than two percent of aliens who have been given a final order of removal, but have yet to leave the country, are in ICE custody:
“ICE’s weekly metrics report includes information on the number of aliens who have been issued a final order of removal, but who remain in the country. As of September 20, 2014, the total number of such aliens was 897,572. Of these, less than 2 percent (14,629) were detained in ICE custody. Yet 174,258 of these post-final-order deportable aliens were convicted criminals. Only about 4 percent (7,477) of the convicted criminal post-final-order aliens were detained in ICE custody.”
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