Rep. John Culberson (R-TX-7):
“The Department of Justice notified all these cities that unless you change your sanctuary policy, comply with federal law 100 percent of the time, you are no longer eligible. So they will lose all their money on January 20th. And if you continue to defy and refuse to get rid of your sanctuary policy, New York City, Chicago, California, Connecticut, and all these others, will owe a refund of every dollar they’ve ever received from the federal government under these Department of Justice programs.
And these are minimum figures, Eric. The State of California. if they will not change their law, will owe us, U.S. taxpayers $1.2 billion. City of Chicago will have to write a refund check to American taxpayers for $91 million. And Mayor de Blasio, you get to choose between protecting criminal illegal aliens in your custody, Mr. Mayor, or refunding, if you continue to protect illegal aliens, Mr. Mayor. He owes a refund.
If the Mayor of New York, the Mayor of Chicago, the Governor of California want to protect criminal illegal aliens in their jurisdictions, that’s their decision. But don’t ask for federal money. The new policy that I instituted, as new chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Sub-Committee, is if you want federal money, follow federal law. And President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, I’m confident they’re going to do the same thing. And everything is now prepositioned for New York, Chicago, California to lose their federal money. But it’s their decision. If you want to protect criminal aliens, don’t ask for federal money. Those days are over. When you can collect a check from the Federal Government and ignore federal requests for information to deport criminal aliens, those days are over. If you don’t change your policy you’re going to have to write us a refund check.”
“Eliminating this unlawful citizenship requirement will help ensure that the Denver Sheriff Department hires the best and most qualified individuals to protect and serve.”
BY BLAKE NEFF
Denver County’s sheriff office has been slapped with a fine by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because it refused to hire non-citizens as deputies.
From the beginning of 2015 through last March, the Denver Sheriff Department went on a major hiring binge, adding more than 200 new deputies. But those jobs ended up only going to citizens, because the department made citizenship a stated requirement on the job application. The department admitted as much in a new settlement with the U.S. government, which requires it to pay a $10,000 fine.
The department will also have to comb through all of its job applications from the past two years, identifying immigrants who were excluded from the hiring process and giving them due consideration.
“Eliminating this unlawful citizenship requirement will help ensure that the Denver Sheriff Department hires the best and most qualified individuals to protect and serve,” DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement. “The entire community will benefit from these reforms.”
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, employers are required to give equal treatment to non-citizens with valid work permits, unless state, local, or federal law explicitly requires certain jobs be open only to citizens. More than 40 U.S. states currently have laws that in some capacity restrict non-citizens from being police, but Colorado is not one of them. The department says it was simply unaware that limiting employment to citizens was a violation of federal law.
In a report released last October, the Department of Justice blasted citizenship requirements for officers as a “barrier” to creating more racially diverse police forces.
“While Federal law allows law enforcement agencies to impose a citizenship requirement where it is authorized by state or local law, this requirement may prevent a considerable number of racial and ethnic minorities – many of whom have valuable foreign language skills – from being hired by law enforcement agencies,” the report said.
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BY STEPHEN DINAN
Illegal immigrants are trying a bold new strategy to sneak into the U.S. — pairing up with unrelated children and pretending to be families, fabricating tales of heart-rending woes back home to try to convince border agents to admit them into the country, according to internal Homeland Security documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
That is one of the tactics feeding the surge of illegal immigrants in recent months, which the Border Patrol’s intelligence unit says was part of a pre-election rush to try to get into the country. The U.S. set records for illegal immigrant children and families in fiscal year 2016 and is on pace to break those records one month into fiscal year 2017.
Intelligence analysts said the patterns are shifting as migrants figure out how to game the system.
It has become so easy to sneak into the U.S. as a family that some aren’t even bothering to pay smugglers. Instead, they are making the trip on their own and saving thousands of dollars in fees. That has made the trip affordable for illegal immigrants who wouldn’t have made the journey otherwise, the analysts said in the documents.
“Some family units have shifted from using [smugglers] to movement facilitated by family-supported coaching and assistance because it is widely believed that the U.S. will allow them to enter if they travel with a child and claim that they have a fear of returning back to their home country,” the analysts said.
In some cases, smugglers pair unrelated children with adults and coach the youngsters to lie so they can bamboozle agents into admitting them as families. In other instances, families will split up and each parent will take a child, making it more likely that they will all be quickly released.
“The children are now deportation shields,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
She said the pattern of illegal migration from Latin America until recent years involved adult men coming to the U.S. and later sending for their families.
The documents say the administration’s handling of the 2014 unaccompanied minors crisis invited the surge this year.
Illegal immigrants saw the treatment the children were given and decided to make the journey as families, the analysts said, because they “believe they have a good chance of being released after processing.”
The federal government considers that processing a criminal procedure, while the illegal immigrants see it as “receiving assistance” in their attempt to gain a foothold in the country, the analysts said.
That contradicts the public case made by administration officials, who say the surge is a result of deteriorating conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which most of the children and families are fleeing.
The intelligence analysts said conditions in those countries are poor but it is a “steady state” of affairs. Instead, the surge “is largely driven by migrant perceptions of U.S. policies in place to release minors and family units on their own recognizance.”
“These perceptions are likely derived by the outcomes observed during the 2014 [unaccompanied minor] surge, subsequent policy and court decisions related to family unit and minor alien detentions, and information received from family and friends already living in the United States,” the analysts said.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen the documents The Times reviewed and couldn’t comment on them.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican who represents San Diego and has tracked the surge of migrants, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this week asking why the administration is ignoring its own intelligence assessment.
“While the U.S. Congress and the American public can expect nothing to change in this regard until the new administration takes over, it is absolutely astonishing that your own intelligence unit — and the president’s own border intelligence unit — is drawing attention to U.S. immigration policy as a catalyst for illegal migration,” Mr. Hunter said. “Despite this fact, we’ve heard from the president, the department and the rest of the administration an entirely different narrative that doesn’t conform to what our own agents and intelligence officials continue to state.”
More than 103,000 family members and more than 70,000 unaccompanied children were caught crossing the border illegally in fiscal year 2016. That was up from about 68,000 family members and 69,000 children in 2014 — the previous record year.
The Border Patrol has scrambled agents, pulling from some regions to deploy to others, hoping to try to contain the situation. Some 150 agents were taken from California, Arizona and other parts of Texas and deployed to southern Texas to help process the growing number of families and unaccompanied children.
“I have told our border security and immigration enforcement personnel that we must keep pace with this increase,” Mr. Johnson said this month.
“Those who attempt to enter our country without authorization should know that, consistent with our laws and our values, we must and we will send you back,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Johnson said he is trying to keep in detention more adults in the country illegally, which could speed their deportations. He also said he is working with other countries to take back their deportees more quickly.
BY LEO HOHMANN
An active smuggling route at the U.S. southern border with Mexico will be largely abandoned by the government at the end of this month, an agent with U.S. Border Patrol has informed WND.
The so-called “S2 route” runs along a two-lane county road through a remote area. More than 900 illegal immigrants have been apprehended on the route over the past year, said the agent, who works out of the USBP’s El Centro sector but asked not to be identified.
“For basically the last year we’ve been out there covering that route. Now we were told by the end of this month we’re not going to cover it anymore,” said the agent, who said he has personally patrolled the route in the past. “Nobody is going to be on this road come Oct. 1.
“Maybe there’s something being planned that I’m not aware of,” the agent told WND. “But I asked a supervisor what the plans are for this smuggling route and he said ‘I’m not hearing anything.’ They know this is a major route but so far I’m not hearing anything.”
WND contacted Jonathan Pacheco in the public affairs office of the El Centro border patrol sector to see if he could confirm the agent’s report.
“In regards to the information that you received from another agent, it could have been misinterpreted,” Pacheco said in an email. “What we are absolutely safe in saying is that we have always, and will continue to always patrol Highway S-2.”
The border agent who gave the information to WND rejected Pacheco’s statement as “blatantly false.”
“They may send someone over there intermittently but it will not be covered on a regular basis, unless they change the policy between now and Oct. 1,” he said.
Mexicans, Central Americans and Chinese
He said more than 900 “mostly Mexicans” have been arrested trying to sneak through the remote border crossing over the past year “but we have even encountered Chinese and of course there’s always some Central Americans.”
“With that checkpoint down it’s just going to become easy for them to load up and take that route,” the agent said. “They’re loading up on Interstate 8 which is the major east-west route from California to Arizona. A lot are coming across either into the eastern San Diego area or the El Centro or Calexico area.”
Two to four agents per shift have been placed on patrol in the S2 Route, he said.
“It’s a two-lane road, remote, it comes up from Interstate 8 and it winds through the desert mountains of eastern San Diego County, then drops out about 40 miles off interstate 8 into Highway 78, and from there they can take it over west to more of the main part of San Diego,” the agent said.
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The U.S. southern border is divided into sections, which DHS calls “sectors,” and the S2 Route is right between the El Centro and San Diego sectors. Within these sectors are various border patrol stations. The Temecula Station is officially responsible for the S2 Route.
Temecula is the same station from which the government tried to transfer busloads of Guatemalans in the summer of 2014 only to meet citizen protesters in nearby Murietta, California. The protesters physically blocked the buses from entering their community.
As recently as July a human smuggler driving an SUV crashed along a remote area of S2 while carrying several illegal aliens into the country, the Los Angeles Times reported. One of the aliens was killed when the SUV rolled over and another seriously injured by the smuggler, who was driving, left the scene of the accident on foot, only to be later found by border agents.
‘Nothing would surprise me’
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, said she had not heard about the route being abandoned but “Nothing would surprise me in this administration.”
“That is concerning. I can’t think of any reason why you would stop trying to apprehend people on a known smuggling route, in an operational plan that’s been successful like that,” Vaughan told WND. “If there is intelligence on it then what would be the alternative to cover this?”
“Oct. 1 is the beginning of the new fiscal year so that’s significant,” Vaughan said. “I wonder if they are pulling resources to handle all the Central Americans who are coming in, because that’s been ramping up again, mostly through Texas.”
She said word will spread fast if the S2 Route is being largely ignored by the Border Patrol.
“There’s no doubt that people around the world now know the best route into the U.S. is to pay a smuggler to take them through the southwest border,” she said. “We are definitely starting to see more and more people coming from countries all over the world, not just Mexico and Central America. That’s because of the catch and release policy. People know that once you’re in the U.S. you’re home free, you will be given a court date, even if you don’t show up for that court date, and if you’re not a convicted felon you’re going to be able to stay for at least an undefined period of time.”
She said the national security implications are huge.
“When we leave routes like that open it presents more of a concern for terrorists or others from a criminal organization,” Vaughan said.
“The smugglers know what the Border Patrol is doing, sometimes better than the agents themselves,” she added. “They have very sophisticated surveillance equipment and spotters to watch what is going on, they pay them to do it, so they’re going to figure this out pretty quickly.”
Unofficially, El Centro has been patrolling the route for over year, the agent said.
“It’s not going to be covered consistently, maybe some occasional agents from Temecula, but that’s a big drop-off from what we have been doing,” he said. “But it’s just foolishness, irresponsible, to let that major route go unprotected.
“I don’t know where exactly it’s coming from, this order, but D.C. has got to know about.
“It’s like the Mississippi River and you have a small leak in the dyke with people working on patching it up and all of a sudden they pull the patch and the city overflows with water.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/dhs-may-leave-known-smuggling-route-into-u-s-unprotected/#Tij5GMWdLwwKARqK.99
There has been a surge in migrants from Central America across the US border into Arizona, as people fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras attempt to secure asylum in fear of the “border wall” promised by President-elect Donald Trump.
The US Border Patrol reported apprehending 6,169 family members – most from Central America – in the Yuma Sector during the current fiscal year, a 256 percent increase from 2015, and 811 percent more than in 2014, reported the Arizona Republic.
Another 3,266 unaccompanied minors were detained in the same time period, up 200 percent from 2015 and 830 percent in relation to 2014 fiscal years, the Border Patrol reported. By way of comparison, the neighboring Tucson Sector reported a 7 percent increase in families and 5 percent increase in unaccompanied children in 2015.
In response, immigration enforcement officials have begun releasing some of the Haitian migrants who had arrived to Arizona and California through Mexico, in order to free up space in the temporary holding facilities, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Some 41,000 people are currently held in immigration detention centers along the US border, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said earlier this month – about 10,000 more than usual.
The Haitians are coming mostly from Brazil, where they lived and worked following the 2010 earthquake, due to the collapse of the Brazilian economy, USA Today reported. Most of the families and children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are escaping the crime and gang violence ravaging the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries.
The largest increase in family apprehensions was recorded in the El Paso Sector, up 364 percent from 2015, with 134 percent rise in unaccompanied minors apprehended by the Border Patrol. Along the entire US border, 95 percent more families and 49 percent more minors have been apprehended in 2016 compared to the previous fiscal year.
US Border Patrol agents foresaw the possible “surge” of migrants earlier this year, believing it would coincide with the Republican and Democratic conventions in July and comparing it with a similar surge in 2014, when 68,445 family members and 68,541 unaccompanied minors from Central America were apprehended.
Total apprehensions for fiscal year 2016 amounted to 77,674 family members and 59,692 unaccompanied minors from Central America. A total of 408,870 people were apprehended in FY 2016, a 23 percent increase over the previous year.
“We are increasingly hearing stories both at the US-Mexico border and also from migrant shelters in Mexico of entire families that their lives are so much in danger that they pick up and take everybody and are looking for protection,” Maureen Meyer from the Washington Office on Latin America told USA Today.
Some of the fear may be due to migrant-smugglers stoking fears of the border wall promised by President-elect Trump, she added. “I certainly would not doubt that smugglers who have been very skilled at playing into people’s fears may have inspired some families to come now rather than later on.”
As a result of US pressure, in 2015 Mexico cracked down on its southern border, stemming the flow of Central American migrants into the US. The recent spike in apprehensions along the US border is a result of smugglers bypassing Mexican border patrols, “either by developing new routes, or figuring out who to pay off.”
Lou Dobbs welcomes Chris Plante and Eboni Williams for a discussion of Mr. Trump’s options for dealing with rebellious scofflaw mayors intent on serving their globalist masters and maintaining their sanctuary city policies. Dobbs notes that Trump has a lot of firepower behind him in dealing with this issue. Eboni Williams leads off the discussion with an observation that Mr. Trump “has all of the tools behind him because, guess what, just like ‘president’ Obama told the State of Arizona a few years back, you do not get to make statewide immigration policy.”
She notes that the supremacy clause of the US Constitution puts federal law supreme, enforced by federal law enforcers. She says, “All Rahm Emanuel, de Blasio and these sanctuary city guys are doing, they’re creating a fake narrative that makes them look like heroes around this issue to illegals.”
Dobbs inserts his view, “They’re pandering to a constituency.” Williams responds that, “They’re talking about a bunch of nothing because all they really are doing is saying something that they can’t do.” Dobbs brings Plante into the conversation, noting that Trump is targeting the criminal elements of the illegal alien population first, “And these mayors, for whatever reason think that they can successfully pander by supporting illegal immigrants and protecting them from the consequences of being criminals.”
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