Obama and ICE Circumvent the People and Congress – Updated

© Bridgette  WTPOTUS 2011


If there is a will, there is a way…and the Progressives, Marxists, and Democrats will cross every lawful line to get what they want be it by legal or ILLEGAL means.   The Czars have their hidden responsibilities to get the administration’s agenda put into place; the Soros paid media site bloggers are given their daily talking points;   Obama has his executive orders to circumvent Congress; and then there are his agency directors to enact policies or regulations to strangle their capitalist or conservative opponents, the corrupt judges and court systems players, and the complicit media to propagandize their actions or activities.   One way or another…these traitors to our country are forcing their warped  ideology, nation and world views on the unwitting populous of We the People of the United States.

The new policy directives for ICE,  issued by John Morton,  is  the way around the Democrats “Dream Act” that could not win the necessary 60 votes to obtain Senate  approval,  although it had passed in the House during Nancy Pelosi’s reign.  Just last year,  the Dream Act failed passage three times.   Not that the Democrats or Obama should take that as a sign to discontinue their purposeful march toward amnesty for ILLEGAL aliens.

Instead the Obama administration gave the orders to implement their “change” through another Marxist stooge.   After all, election time is a year away, and Hispanic votes  – illegal as well as legal,  and fraudulent voting is necessary for the Democrats to  win.  So what we have is “Backdoor Amnesty” compliments of our corrupt administration.  After all, aren’t the ILLEGALS now called the backbone of our society!

The new ICE policies echo the wishes of the Dream Act, and they give greater leniency to those ALIENS  that are UNLAWFULLY, yes  ILLEGALLY,  in our country.   Against the country’s wishes to maintain our borders, control the ILLEGALS coming into our country,  Melton’s memo provides a way for ICE agents to look the other way when it comes to ILLEGALS.     Against the will of We the People and the inability of Congress to pass legislation,  Obama’s corrupt administration will now use a budgetary excuse for lawlessness to reign supreme across this land.   “Come on over, no problem!  If you can cross that river, get here!”

La Raza and other Hispanic activists yelled they wanted Obama to issue an Executive Order to make the DREAM Act a law.  Instead, he has Melton do his bidding.

On January 23, Chris Wallace, FOX,  discussed this ICE policy change with panel members.  Charles Krauthammer had this to say.

This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration. Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution.   And under it, the legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn’t make them up.

The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress.  It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress.  That is lawless.  It may not be an explicit executive order, it’s an implicit one. It’s exactly as Obama is doing with the EPA.   Cap and Trade is rejected so it’s gonna regulate the carbon emissions again through executive action.

And in this case,  it’s even worse in the case of immigration because it’s arbitrary.   If you leave it at the discretion of a prosecutor, instead of having the rule of law where it applies to everybody, you can have a prosecutor here and there who will decide well this guy will get in and this guy will not entirely arbitrarily.   It’s corrupting and it’s lawless. That is not the way you run a democracy.

Following are excerpts of the Memorandum of June 17  by John Morton,  Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to all ICE Field Office Directors, Special Agents in Charge, and Chief Counsel.    The entire directive can be read here.   The emphasis of the material  is mine.

ICE Director John Morton

SUBJECT:    Exercising Prosecutorial  Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement  Priorities of the  Agency for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens.


This memorandum provides U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel guidance on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion to ensure that the agency’s immigration enforcement resources are focused on the agency’s enforcement priorities. The memorandum also serves to make clear which agency employees may exercise prosecutorial discretion and what factors should be considered.


One of ICE’s central responsibilities is to enforce the nation’s civil immigration laws in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).   ICE, however, has limited resources to remove those illegally in the United States.   ICE must prioritize the use of its enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal assets to ensure that the aliens it removes represent, as much as reasonably possible, the agency’s enforcement priorities, namely the promotion of national security, border security, public safety, and the integrity of the immigration system. These priorities are outlined in the ICE Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities memorandum of March 2,2011, which this memorandum is intended to support.

Because the agency is confronted with more administrative violations than its resources can address, the agency must regularly exercise “prosecutorial discretion” if it is to prioritize its efforts. In basic terms, prosecutorial discretion is the authority of an agency charged with enforcing a law to decide to what degree to enforce the law against a particular individual.   ICE, like any other law enforcement agency, has prosecutorial discretion and may exercise it in the ordinary course of enforcement 1.

When ICE favorably exercises prosecutorial discretion, it essentially decides not to assert the FULL scope of the enforcement authority available to the agency in a given case.

In the civil immigration enforcement context, the term “prosecutorial discretion” applies to a broad range of discretionary enforcement decisions, including but not limited to the following:

* deciding to issue or cancel a notice of detainer;
* deciding to issue, reissue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear (NTA);
* focusing enforcement resources on particular administrative violations or conduct;
* deciding whom to stop, question, or arrest for an administrative violation;
* deciding whom to detain or to release on bond, supervision, personal recognizance, or other condition;
* seeking expedited removal or other forms of removal by means other than a formal removal proceeding in immigration court;
* settling or dismissing a proceeding;
* granting deferred action, granting parole, or staying a final order of removal;
* agreeing to voluntary departure, the withdrawal of an application for admission, or other action in lieu of obtaining a formal order of removal;
* pursuing an appeal;
* executing a removal order; and
* responding to or joining in a motion to reopen removal proceedings and to consider joining in a motion to grant relief or a benefit.

Factors to Consider When Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

When weighing whether an exercise of prosecutorial discretion may be warranted for a given alien,  ICE officers, agents, and attorneys should consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to–

* the agency’s civil immigration enforcement priorities;
* the person’s length of presence in the United States, with particular consideration given to presence while in lawful status;
* the circumstances of the person’s arrival in the United States and the manner of his or her entry, particularly if the alien came to the United States as a young child;
* the person’s pursuit of education in the United States, with particular consideration given to those who have graduated from a U.S. high school or have successfully pursued or are pursuing a college or advanced degrees at a legitimate institution of higher education in the United States;
* whether the person, or the person’s immediate relative, has served in the U.S. military, reserves, or national guard, with particular consideration given to those who served in combat;
* the person’s criminal history, including arrests, prior convictions, or outstanding arrest warrants;
* the person’s immigration history, including any prior removal, outstanding order of removal, prior denial of status, or evidence of fraud;
* whether the person poses a national security or public safety concern;
* the person’s ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships;
* the person’s ties to the home country and condition in the country;
* the person’s age, with particular consideration given to minors and the elderly;
* whether the person has a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, child, or parent;
* whether the person is the primary caretaker of a person with a mental or physical disability, minor, or seriously ill relative;
* whether the person or the person’s spouse is pregnant or nursing;
* whether the person or the person’s spouse suffers from severe mental or physical illness;
* whether the person’s nationality renders removal unlikely;
* whether the person is likely to be granted temporary or permanent status or other relief from removal, including as a relative of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
* whether the person is likely to be granted temporary or permanent status or other relief from removal, including as an asylum seeker, or a victim of domestic violence, human trafficking, or other crimes;  and
* whether the person is currently cooperating or has cooperated with federal, state or local law enforcement authorities, such as ICE, the U.S Attorneys or Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, or National Labor Relations Board, among others.

This list is not exhaustive and no one factor is determinative.  ICE officers, agents, and attorneys should always consider prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis. The decisions should be based on the totality of the circumstances, with the goal of conforming to ICE’s enforcement priorities.

That said, there are certain classes of individuals that warrant particular care. As was stated in the Meissner memorandum on Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion, there are factors that can help ICE officers, agents, and attorneys identify these cases so that they can be reviewed as early as possible in the process.

The following positive factors should prompt particular care and consideration:

* veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces;
* long-time lawful permanent residents;
* minors and elderly individuals
* individuals present in the United States since childhood;
* pregnant or nursing women;
* victims of domestic violence; trafficking, or other serious crimes;
* individuals who suffer from a serious mental or physical disability; and
* individuals with serious health conditions.

In exercising prosecutorial discretion in furtherance of ICE’s enforcement priorities, the following negative factors should also prompt particular care and consideration by ICE officers, agents, and attorneys:

* individuals who pose a clear risk to national security;
* serious felons, repeat offenders, or individuals with a lengthy criminal record of any kind;
* known gang members or other individuals who pose a clear danger to public safety; and
* individuals with an egregious record of immigration violations, including those with a record of illegal re-entry and those who have engaged in immigration fraud.


While ICE may exercise prosecutorial discretion at any stage of an enforcement proceeding, it is generally preferable to exercise such discretion as early in the case or proceeding as possible in order to preserve government resources that would otherwise be expended in pursuing the enforcement proceeding.   As was more extensively elaborated on in the Howard Memorandum on Prosecutorial Discretion, the universe of opportunities to exercise prosecutorial discretion is large.  It may be exercised at any stage of the proceedings.

It is also preferable for ICE officers, agents, and attorneys to consider prosecutorial discretion in cases without waiting for an alien or alien’s advocate or counsel  to request a favorable exercise of discretion.  Although affirmative requests from an alien or his or her representative may prompt an evaluation of whether a favorable exercise of discretion is appropriate in a given case, ICE officers, agents and attorneys should examine each such case independently to determine whether a favorable exercise of discretion may be appropriate.

In cases where, based upon an officer’s, agent’s, or attorney’s initial examination, an exercise of prosecutorial discretion may be warranted but additional information would assist in reaching a final decision, additional information may be requested from the alien or his or her representative.   Such requests should be made in conformity with ethics rules governing communication with represented individuals  3  and should always emphasize that, while ICE may be considering whether to exercise discretion in the case, there is no guarantee that the agency will ultimately exercise discretion favorably.   Responsive information from the alien or his or her representative need not take any particular form and can range from a simple letter or e-mail message to a memorandum with supporting attachments.


As there is no right to the favorable exercise of discretion by the agency, nothing in this memorandum should be construed to prohibit the apprehension, detention, or removal of any alien unlawfully in the United States or to limit the legal authority of ICE or any of its personnel to enforce federal immigration law.   Similarly, this memorandum, which may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice, is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter.


1 The Meissner memorandum’s standard for prosecutorial discretion in a given case turned principally on whether a substantial federal interest was present. Under this memorandum, the standard is principally one of pursuing those Cases that meet the agency’s priorities for federal immigration enforcement generally.

2 Delegation of Authority to the Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Delegation No. 7030.2 (November 13, 2004), delegating among other authorities, the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion in immigration enforcement matters (as defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1 10 1 (a)(17».

3 For questions concerning such rules, officers or agents should consult their local Office of Chief Counsel.


To compare and contrast the Dream Act with these ICE policies, here is a link.

One has to wonder why a Disclaimer is necessary in a Memo from the Director of the enforcement agency.  Obedience to our laws by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security, or the Department of Justice  is now a complete and pathetic joke.   We may expect more adherence to laws on the books, but we get less and less.

Our so called US Government and their supportive minions are  out of control.   They are crossing the lines of a civil society and leading us into an abyss of sanctioned criminality.  Those agencies are to protect and promote our freedom and liberties, and to OBEY our laws.  They need to be reminded that of one of theirs and  ICE’s central responsibilities is to ENFORCE  the nation’s civil immigration laws, and they are not authorized to reinterpret the laws  through their myopic lens.

UPDATE:  A quick response by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in reaction to the new ICE policies. 

By Jordy Yager – 06/25/11 05:05 PM ET

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is crafting a bill that would temporarily freeze the Obama administration’s power to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

The measure is in response to a memo issued by the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week that approved a broader breadth of discretion for agency officials when considering whether to deport someone through the Secure Communities program.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who is sponsoring the legislation, blasted the memo. He said that under the new guidelines ICE agents could defer the deportations of “millions of deportable illegal and criminal immigrants.”

“The Obama administration cannot continue to pick and choose which laws it will enforce,” said Smith in a statement. “It is outrageous that they have put illegal immigrants and their liberal political base ahead of the American people.”


The 7,000-member ICE labor union has stated its opposition to the memo and issued a unanimous vote of no-confidence of ICE Director John Morton.

Read more..


65 responses to “Obama and ICE Circumvent the People and Congress – Updated

  1. In short this is the very reason more guns than ever, in the history of the United States are being sold today, IN THE UNITED STATES. America was invaded once before at a place called the “Alamo”. Never again!

  2. Disclaimer, indeed! It’s the “nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more” tactic. Lean on the people. Make it CLEAR as day what The One expects, but throw that disclaimer in there so the evil right wingers don’t go crazy like the loony birthers and say Barry isn’t upholding the law. Where would anyone possibly get that idea? Here’s why they’re doing it, to ALLOW this community-organized “civil disobedience” to work. It’s telegraphing to this “community” that ICE WILL look the other way. No doubt about it. As I said many times, there ARE NO COINCIDENCES IN THE OBAMANATION:


    “Rallying cry: ‘Undocumented, unafraid
    Many illegal immigrant high school youths are publicly announcing their status as they seek reform.

    [Illegal alien student] Guerrero first publicly announced her immigration status at a protest in March, and now she’s organizing a rally under the tutelage of more experienced activists who are themselves only a few years older. The high-stakes movement of young illegal immigrants declaring that they’re “undocumented and unafraid” got a boost last week when a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist revealed he’s been living in the country illegally.

    Guerrero is the chief organizer of a rally set for Tuesday at the Georgia State Capitol for high school-age illegal immigrants to tell their stories. The recent high school graduate and others hope to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

    Already around the country, efforts by young activists have ranged from rallies and letter-writing to sit-ins and civil disobedience, drawing inspiration from civil rights demonstrations decades ago, with the aim of forcing the federal government to reform rules for immigrants in their situation.

    In one of the most high-profile declarations yet, former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas used an ABC News interview and a New York Times Magazine article to announce Wednesday that he is an illegal immigrant from the Philippines.

    Guerrero’s been working to attract participants for this week’s rally by telling friends how relieved she felt after speaking out. But she never tries to push people to reveal they’re in the U.S. illegally unless they’re ready and understand the potential consequences.

    The administration of President Barack Obama hasn’t promised not to deport young people in their situation[IF YOU BELIEVE THIS I HAVE AN ISLAND IN NY TO SELL YOU], but Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has made it clear that they are not a priority.”

    And now this, too:

    “Undocumented” folly: A liberal reporter’s illegal alien sob story

    By Michelle Malkin • June 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    The DREAM Act mob is on the march again — and this time they have a prominent left-wing journalist leading the charge. My syndicated column below spotlights the serial law-breaking of former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas, who is now an illegal alien activist clamoring for amnesty with the backing of the radical Tides Center, a project of George Soros and the former chief organizer of ACORN, Drummond Pike. (Hey, maybe they’ll hire Obama’s grousing illegal alien aunt Zeituni Onyango as a senior fellow.)

    Vargas’s splashy revelations in the New York Times come — no coincidence, of course — amid a renewed push for the DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout.

    Remember: This is a brazen “down payment” on a larger shamnesty.

    Remember: This is nothing more than a 2.1 million future Democrat voter recruitment drive and a massive open-borders entitlement program for untold numbers of multi-culti ethnic tribalists who pretend to embrace assimilation for show.

    And remember: The CBO score estimated that the last, failed DREAM Act bill would increase projected deficits by more than $5 billion in at least one of the four consecutive 10-year periods starting in 2021.

    Citizenship is a privilege, not an entitlement.”

    Rabble rousing is a privilege, too, and not an entitlement. We would do well to remember that in countries like Mexico, non-citizens are FORBIDDEN to engage in political activities. It’s a CRIME. We should follow suit.

  3. The Times featured full-color photos of Vargas’ fake document trove — including a a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card and a Social Security card his grandfather doctored for him at a Kinko’s. He committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment eligibility forms. In 2002, while pursuing his journalism career goals, an immigration lawyer told him he needed to accept the consequences of his law-breaking and return to his native Philippines.
    Following the rules would have meant a 10-year bar to reentry into America. Making false claims of citizenship is a felony offense. Document fraud is a felony offense.

    Vargas, who frames himself as a helpless victim, freely chose instead to secure yet more dummy documents. He used a friend’s address to obtain an Oregon driver’s license under false pretenses. It gave him an eight-year golden ticket to travel by car, board trains and airplanes, work at prestigious newspapers, and even gain access to the White House — where crack Secret Service agents allowed him to attend a state dinner using his bogus Social Security number. (Reminder: Illegal aliens were able to get through White House security under the Bush administration, too.)
    All of the above from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html?_r=1

    Need I say that he’s in good company, with those FAKE documents: passport, Social Security card, and PERJURED federal I-9 employment eligibility forms? You’ll love that last one, Red Pill. I-9 perjury. Document fraud.

    Well, why not come out when you’re in the best company around? Is this administration going to prosecute him for document fraud? Not bloody likely. Equal protection under the law and all that. Interesting, too, that he’s a Filipino, huh, alfy?

    • I know Miri, I’m reading. Something occurred to me while reading your post. What kind of people do these people end up being? What real love do they express for either country, the country their family left or the one they just took all they could get from and then selfishly bash. These are the real sleezeballs that give all the other illegal aliens a bad name. Imagine , if you will, you had a big party and this guy comes to your party with an old friend and eats all your food you labored over to prepare for your friends, then he proceeds to drink all the booze, get drunk and smooze with all the ladies, and he winds up passed out in your bed. You want him out ,but your friends tell you what a hard life he’s had and he has nowhere to go. You feel sorry for him and let him stay. He wakes up hungover the next morning and tells you what a Lousy Host you’ve been.

      • alfy, that’s a GREAT ANALOGY! Good question what kind of people they end up being. The kind that want to “fundamentally transform America” into copies of the socialist hand-out states they came from, is my guess. “Gimme, gimme, gimme, more, more, more” because I DESERVE it. (btw, it’s Bridgette’s great post; I just added my gazillion cents, as usual. 🙂 )

        We can’t “feel sorry” for these people because they not only won’t go home, they’ll bring into our house all their relatives, which is what the “compassionate” Democrats want because it means more dependent upon the government and thus more Democrat votes. More power for the progressives so they can transform America into just another third world country. Tear her down so they can build her back up in their ideal of a communist state. We should be “lousy hosts” and kick their butts back where they came from. As it is, they’re taking spots that deserving other people have waited patiently in line for, sometimes for decades. We welcome immigrants who have respect enough for this country to come into it the right way, instead of breaking in like a thief in the night to steal all the good food and booze from the ‘fridge. There’s nobody breaking up families except the parents themselves. They should have worried about deportation when they decided to come here illegally and bring kids with them. Deport the parents and the kids go with them. If they decide not to go, then they’re breaking up their own families, not our laws. In Mexico, if they catch a person illegally in the country, it’s prison and then deportation. We’re kind enough to skip (usually) the prison part and give them a ride back home. This isn’t their home until they’ve EARNED it.

    • You’ll love that last one, Red Pill. I-9 perjury. Document fraud.

      Thanks for the link. Definitely relevant!

    • “Most of these hostile visitors didn’t live in another country. Most, in fact, were not visitors at all, many of them being U.S. residents whose lives are here but whose sporting souls remain elsewhere. …

      ‘I love this country, it has given me everything that I have, and I’m proud to be part of it,’ said Victor Sanchez, a 37-year-old Monrovia resident wearing a Mexico jersey. ‘But yet, I didn’t have a choice to come here, I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be.

      On a street outside the Rose Bowl before the Gold Cup final, Sanchez was hanging out near a motor home that was hosting 17 folks — 15 of whom were Mexico fans. Inside, that ratio held, there seemingly being about 80,000 Mexico fans among the announced crowd of 93,420.

      To add insult to injury:

      (ESPN) — Goalkeeper Tim Howard was still upset after the U.S. lost the Gold Cup final, but his strongest reaction had nothing to do with the four goals Mexico slotted in his net.

      After El Tri’s 4-2 victory at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Howard blasted CONCACAF officials for conducting the title ceremony in Spanish.

      ‘CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves,’ Howard said. ‘I think it was a [expletive] disgrace that the entire postmatch ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn’t be all in English.'”

      YOU BETCHA! Reconquista.

    • Pat Buchanan wrote a piece about this topic: Say Goodbye to Los Angeles. This is part one. If I remember, when they publish part two, I’ll post it:

      “Indeed, were U.S. fans in a Mexican town to boo, jeer and chant obscenities at a Mexican team before, during and after a match, and blow horns during the Mexican national anthem, they would be lucky to get out of the stadium alive.

      What does this event, in which Plaschke estimates 80,000 fans in the Rose Bowl could not control their contempt for the U.S. team and for the U.S. national anthem, tell us?

      We have within our country 12-20 million illegal aliens, with Mexico the primary source, and millions of others who may be U.S. citizens but are not truly Americans. As one fan told Plaschke, “I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be.”

      Perhaps he should go back there, and let someone take his place who wants to become an American.

      By 2050, according to Census figures, thanks to illegals crossing over and legalized mass immigration, the number of Hispanics in the U.S.A. will rise from today’s 50 million to 135 million.

      Say goodbye to Los Angeles. Say goodbye to California.”

      We should say goodbye to them and cut off all the money extracted without our permission from our wallets in order to give benefits to illegals who care not one whit for THIS country.

  4. Customs and Border Patrol contemplating what to do. Ole!


    • From that link:

      “Did you hear about this? Two days ago, a convoy of trucks that were loaded down with Mexican troops and weapons crossed our border at bridge #2…which is located in Laredo, Texas. I have scoured the Internet and haven’t found much reported on this story. I picked it up by reading Moonbattery this morning. I don’t know about you…but I think this is a pretty big story. I suspect that this isn’t something that happens everyday….where’s the LSM? I found a brief report of the incident from one of Laredo’s local TV stations (the above YouTube clip [since removed, aka scrubbed]) and a little blurb on their website but that’s about it. Amazing.

      Here’s a little recap of what happened….

      A convoy of three military trucks loaded with Mexican soldiers crosses the border at Bridge Number Two clearly violating international law.

      It happens as Customs and Border Protection inspectors try to figure out what to do.

      A CBP spokesperson says they got on the phone with Mexican authorities after being alerted that the military trucks were heading their direction loaded down with soldiers and weapons.

      Mexican leaders say the soldiers, who had just been deployed to Nuevo Laredo, didn’t know the area, got lost and then made their way through Bridge Two.

      Um….”Customs and Border Protection inspectors try to figure out what to do.”?

      Holy Cow! They have to figure out what to do?

      I think we’re in BIG trouble.”

      Me, three.

  5. See Update above. From the article:

    On Tuesday Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the DREAM Act.

    How do they freeze Obama’s power? How can they, he doesn’t work within the constitution now. The only thing they can freeze are funds. Why not freeze Melton’s or the Homeland Security’s power since they are the ones putting these policies in place? Anyone think a bill or law can temporarily not permanently freeze Obama and his minions? Why not an immediate hearing with Melton?

    • It occurs to me that the recent decision at the SCOTUS should give ANY citizen (or state) legal standing to sue over NON-ENFORCEMENT of the law by the federal government. It doesn’t take much to show damages. California is bankrupt on account of the lack of enforcement of immigration laws.

    • That’s big news, Bridgette. Good for Lamar Smith and also the ICE union. Way to go, guys. Thanks for looking out for US.

  6. “Realizing the dim prospects to pass the DREAM Act in this Congress, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) asked Obama last month to delay the deportation of certain illegal immigrants, such as students who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and do not have criminal histories.”

    I didn’t know that. Interesting. Whose side are these members of Congress on, anyway? Who EXACTLY are their constituents? The voters (LEGAL) who elected them or the ILLEGALS who they DO NOT REPRESENT?

    We know why this came when it did. To allow for that community-organized civil disobedience by “undocumented students” to take place to “FORCE” Congress to pass the Dream Act. They are so transparent, in the worse way, not the best way. A POTUS who rules by fiat, circumventing the will of Congress and the PEOPLE, against the PEOPLE and for ILLEGALS who have NO RIGHT TO BE IN OUR COUNTRY.

    JUNE 23, 2011

    ICE Agent’s Union Speaks Out on Director’s “Discretionary Memo”
    Calls on the public to take action

    On June 11, 2010, ICE Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton on behalf of ICE officers, agents and employees nationwide citing gross mismanagement within the Agency as well as efforts within ICE to create backdoor amnesty through agency policy. ICE Union leaders say that since the no confidence vote was released problems within the Agency have increased, citing the Director’s latest Discretionary Memo as just one example.

    “Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council which represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees, this is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States. Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy.”

    Crane emphasized that agents, officers, employees and the Union had no input in these policies, “ICE and the Administration have excluded our union and our agents from the entire process of developing policies, it was all kept secret from us, we found out from the newspapers. ICE worked hand-in-hand with immigrants rights groups, but excluded its own officers.”

    Agents say the policy is a “law enforcement nightmare” developed by the Administration to win votes at the expense of sound and responsible law enforcement policy. “The desires of foreign nationals illegally in the United States were the framework from which these policies were developed,” Crane said, “the result is a means for every person here illegally to avoid arrest or detention, as officers we will never know who we can or cannot arrest.”

    The union says just as concerning is the way policies are implemented at ICE. Agents claim that under Director John Morton the agency always presents written policies for public consumption, but then makes “secret changes” to the policies which ICE refuses to put in writing. ICE knows the policy changes will create a political outcry, or could place the public or ICE officers at risk. “Our officers are already under orders not to make arrests or even talk to foreign nationals in most cases unless another agency has already arrested them; you won’t find that written in any public ICE policy.”

    With regard to the entire idea of prosecutorial discretion, Agents say they will have none. “Tell any ICE agent he or she will have the final say on making an arrest or holding someone in custody and they’ll tell you you’re crazy, officers will be ordered not to make arrests and failure to comply will result in the end of the agent or officer’s career, that’s business as usual at ICE. It’s unfortunate but the Administration protects foreign nationals illegally in the U.S. but does nothing for our employees.” The Union also alleges that ICE Field Office Directors (FODs) have confided in the Union that when the FODs raised questions about the effectiveness of the new policies ICE Headquarters responded by telling the FODs to turn in their badges and file for retirement.

    “I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms – the things happening at ICE represent neither, said Crane, we are asking everyone to please email or call your Congressman and Senators immediately and ask them to help stop what’s happening at ICE, we desperately need your help.”

    Click to access 286-287-press-release-pd-memo.pdf

  8. Wow. There’s a perfect example for friend Ed. Who doesn’t believe that Barry RULES by fiat or circumvents the LAW. Will this come out in those hearings? We can only hope and pray that SOME so-called “representative” of the People will actually do his or her job and represent US.

  9. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jun/dhs-lies-covers-stealth-amnesty

    Related story.

    “Officials at the Department of Homeland Security lied to Congress and the media to cover up a secret amnesty program that dismissed the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

    The scandalous story of how the government agency charged with keeping America safe systematically cancels pending deportations was first reported by Texas’s largest newspaper last year. The remarkable program stunned the legal profession and baffled immigration attorneys who say the government bounced their clients’ deportation even when expulsion was virtually guaranteed.

    After the story broke other media outlets began to dig around and Senate leaders launched an investigation into the stealth amnesty program that led to a 40% increase in the dismissal of deportations last year. Homeland Security officials denied it existed and scrambled to conceal details, according to new information revealed by the newspaper that originally cracked the story.

    Internal Homeland Security documents obtained under public records laws prove that agency officials destroyed internal memos of the secretive process and lied to cover up the wrongdoing. Through a spokesman, one Texas Senator involved in the probe confirmed that DHS misled the public and Congress about its policy of directing dismissals of cases against criminal aliens.”

  10. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7627737.html

    That story explains more.

    Report: Feds downplayed ICE case dismissals
    Documents show agency had approval to dismiss some deportation cases

    A string of emails shows the dismissals had the blessings of top attorneys at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C., last summer and that other ICE legal offices across the country were encouraged to consider measures to better use the agency’s limited resources to target dangerous criminals.
    The records also document for the first time that the agency quietly rescinded the Houston memo on Aug. 25 — the day the Houston Chronicle broke the story on the dismissals — amid allegations from conservatives that the Obama administration had created a stealth amnesty program for illegal immigrants.

    ICE public affairs officials in Washington initially refused either to confirm or deny the dismissals, and then told several news outlets that they affected only a very narrow class of illegal immigrants with pending green card applications described in a different agency memo. After Senate Judiciary Committee members demanded an investigation last fall into the Houston dismissals, Homeland Security officials reiterated the same claim they made to the media.

    However, the newly released documents show conclusively that government attorneys in Houston were given wide latitude to file motions to dismiss cases, including some involving immigrants with convictions for primarily misdemeanor offenses.

    “It now appears that DHS attempted to mislead the public and Congress on its policy of directing dismissals of cases against criminal aliens,” said Jessica Sandlin, Sen. John Cornyn’s Texas press secretary. “After this failed attempt at stonewalling and obstruction of the public’s right to know, the truth is now coming out.”

    Sandlin vowed to “get to the bottom” of the case dismissals, meaning ICE leadership may have to account to Congress for what some critics are calling an attempted cover-up by the agency.”

  11. Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law
    Jun 27 04:45 PM

    A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense.

    US District Judge Thomas Thrash‘s 45-page ruling Monday determined that although the controversial measure, even it managed to “prevent some unauthorized aliens from obtaining state benefits,” was too draconian and could not be not be applied “equitably” throughout the state.

    The law, adopted by the Georgia state legislature in April, would have gone into effect on July 1. It was challenged by Latino groups in the state.

    Thrash’s decision also suspended a provision in the bill that would have punished people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants.The judge wrote in this finding that “state and local law enforcement officers and officials have no authorization to arrest, detain or prosecute” based on the provision, as long has his injunction is in effect.

    The law decision was a victory for Georgia’s rapidly growing Hispanic community, which had feared police would arrest and indefinitely detain those without proper immigration papers. The law has been controversial here in recent weeks because farmers in the state, who rely on undocumented workers from neighboring Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, insist the law is scaring away workers and there is a shortage of help to pick crops.

    Hispanic leaders also feared that undocumented parents would be separated from children, who, if born in the United States, would be legal citizens.

    • Thomas Woodrow Thrash, Jr. (born 1951) is a United States federal judge.

      Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Thrash received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia from 1976 to 1977. He was then an assistant district attorney of Fulton County District Attorney’s Office from until 1980. He resumed his private practice in Atlanta from 1981 to 1997. He was a Law professor at Georgia State University from 1986 to 1997.

      On January 7, 1997, Thrash was nominated by President Bill Clinton ..

    • I hope they plan to appeal. Especially since SCOTUS upheld one of the AZ immigration laws.

  12. “Food for thought….America’s Hunters
    The world’s largest army… America ‘s hunters!
    A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
    * There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.
    * Allow me to restate that number.
    * Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.”
    * More men under arms than in Iran.
    * More than in France and Germany combined.
    * These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.
    * That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan ‘s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home.
    * Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
    * The point?
    * America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.
    * Hunting — it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.

    ************************************************** *

    * That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.
    * Food for thought when next we consider gun control.

  13. This is their cover for the ICE policy change! They Reintroduce the Dream Act.

    Dems Push Ahead With DREAM Act, as ICE Offers New Guidelines for Illegal Immigrant Cases

    June 27 Snips

    Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, as the Obama administration moves on a separate track to grant what some describe as “amnesty” to the same group.

    Durbin, D-Ill., in announcing the first-ever Senate hearing on the so-called DREAM Act, said his proposal would “make our country stronger.” Under the plan, which passed the House last year but died in the Senate, illegal immigrants who came here as children and complete two years of college or military service could earn legal status.

    Several top administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, plan to testify before Durbin’s subcommittee. The hearing and a recent memo from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement suggest officials are moving on two fronts to give illegal immigrant students a chance at staying.

    The Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, decried the new set of instructions [ICE memo] , describing it as a gift to DREAM Act proponents. Though Durbin is pushing anew to pass the legislation, the now GOP-controlled House is unlikely to approve any such bill, even if it clears the Senate. “By administrative fiat, they are achieving a grand-scale amnesty for large classes of illegal aliens that they have been unable to accomplish with the stalled DREAM Act legislation,” FAIR said in a statement last week.


    • Exactly. And we’re supposed to believe that those students who are “outing” themselves in a reenactment (they think) of the Civil Rights Movement didn’t get the inside dope on this enterprise and weren’t community organized by the WH, Soros, and/or DNC-connected progressives. Or La Raza via the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Nope. Nothing to see here, folks. Your government is serving you, not the gay community only or the illegal immigrant “community”, who, by definition, aren’t even citizens and THUS SHOULD HAVE NO REPRESENTATION IN THIS GOVERNMENT OR EVEN ANY INPUT INTO THIS GOVERNMENT. Felons lose their right to participate. Why should illegal aliens (who often are from a country that FORBIDS non-citizens to speak or act politically) be allowed to shout down CITIZENS who SHOULD BE HEARD AND REPRESENTED BY THEIR REPRESENTATIVES?

    • Exactly. And we’re supposed to believe that those students who are “outing” themselves in a reenactment (they think) of the Civil Rights Movement didn’t get the inside dope on this enterprise and weren’t community organized by the WH, Soros, and/or DNC-connected progressives. Or La Raza via the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Nope. Nothing to see here, folks. Your government is serving you, not the gay community only or the illegal immigrant “community”, who, by definition, aren’t even citizens and THUS SHOULD HAVE NO REPRESENTATION IN THIS GOVERNMENT OR EVEN ANY INPUT INTO THIS GOVERNMENT. Felons lose their right to participate. Why should illegal aliens (who often are from a country that FORBIDS non-citizens to speak or act politically) be allowed to shout down CITIZENS who SHOULD BE HEARD AND REPRESENTED BY THEIR REPRESENTATIVES?

    • It’s disgusting how they disingenuously reframe issues. We the People don’t want AMNESTY for ANY illegal aliens. They claim they are prioritizing and only deporting criminal illegal aliens. Well, asshats, they’re ALL CRIMINALS. They are ALL HERE ILLEGALLY. That equals criminal. It’s how the Mexican government views illegal aliens. It’s how almost every other country on earth views illegal aliens. Why should the USA be different? Why should we alone not only accept lawbreaking illegal entrants, but give them our tax dollars when we’re going bankrupt?

  14. Illegals get a “Get Out of S. Carolina” card! Check! Will Obama and Holder now sue South Carolina? Way to go Gov. Haley!

    Haley OKs S.C. immigration

    Saying “illegal immigration is not welcome in South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday signed a tough new crackdown bill that sets up a special $1.3 million law enforcement unit to root out those who are here without papers.

    The Palmetto State is the latest to create strict guidelines for illegal immigrants and will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect may be in the country illegally, Reuters reported. The law, like new immigration measures recently passed in Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and other states, requires employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check employees’ and job applicants’ citizenship status.


  15. BREAKING!!!!!!! ALIPAC requesting immediate IMPEACHMENT proceedings begin against the USURPER!!!!
    June 29, 2011 at 11:52pm

    The national organization called Americans for Legal Immigration PAC – – – (ALIPAC) – – – just made a public announcement that it is calling for the Impeachment of President Barack Obama for reasons stated in their press
    release. ALIPAC has sent out notices to the 137 current members of Congress that it endorsed and supported to help them win their seat in Congress – – – requesting immediate IMPEACHMENT proceedings begin against President Barack Obama in the interest of public safety and stability.


    • For National Release

      Contact: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
      (866) 703-0864 / Press@alipac.us

      The Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his involvement in the Operation Gunrunner scandal, as well as his recent edict instructing federal employees to establish a form of amnesty for illegal aliens in defiance of the Congress, existing federal laws, and the US Constitution.

      Obama’s ICE Director John Morton issued a memo on June 17th to all ICE Field Office Directors, Special Agents-in-Charge, and all Chief Counsel, authorizing them to decline to remove illegal aliens who meet the qualifications for amnesty under the DREAM Act Amnesty which Congress has rejected many times.

      Congressional investigations have determined that Obama’s ATF and Justice Department have been supplying assault weapons to the drug cartels that import most of America’s cocaine, methamphetamine, and illegal immigrants.

      “President Obama is no longer the legitimate President of the United States,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “By arming drug and human smugglers with assault weapons that have been used to kill American and Mexican citizens and police forces, and by ordering Amnesty for illegal aliens which has been rejected by both the Congress and the American public more than eight times, Obama has committed a form of Treason against the United States and must be removed from office by Congress.”

      Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is a national organization founded on 9/11 of 2004. ALIPAC has over 40,000 supporters, comprised of Americans of every race, party, religion, and walk of life, who represent the over 80% who want America’s existing immigration laws enforced.

      ALIPAC is sending letters to the 137 current members of Congress whom the group endorsed and supported in the 2010 elections requesting the impeachment process to begin immediately in the interest of public safety and civil stability.

      “Obama just made it clear to the American public that he does not care what they think, what the current federal laws are, what the US Constitution says, or what Congress has ratified,” said William Gheen. “Congress must take immediate action to stop Obama or the American Republic will fall. What use are elections, candidates, or the Congress, if the Executive Branch rules by decree?”

      All ALIPAC supporters and like-minded Americans who oppose Amnesty and illegal immigration are called upon to immediately call and write their members of Congress demanding the impeachment of President Barack Obama for crimes against the people of the United States.

      If Congress does not respond by July 15, ALIPAC will move to call for public protests across the nation calling for the ouster of this authoritarian regime which feels it can arm rebel groups invading America with their illegal cargo while forcing an Amnesty on the public.

      The self-governance of American citizens and the health of the American Republic must be guarded against this form of Treason.

      The Congress will be given an opportunity to act before members of the public take things into their own hands and call for a day of nationwide protests.

      For more information, to schedule interviews or to show your support for the impeachment of President Obama, please visit ALIPAC at


  16. I saw Laura Ingraham on O’Reilly last night. She talked about that ICE memo. She didn’t make the points I would have, such as “prosecutorial discretion” (imho) MOSTLY refers to whether or not they can make a case. If they can’t, they don’t prosecute. But with illegals, it’s simple. You’re either here legally or not. If not, out you go. Simple.

    The ICE guys aren’t prosecutors, anyway. The memo was designed to PREVENT people from being detained in the first place, that’s why it talks about using discretion at the EARLIEST point possible. That means, don’t even stop, or check credentials if you do stop, or detain if they are illegal.

    That way, it would never get to the level of a prosecution, where prosecutors might feel they’re SUPPOSED TO DO THE JOB THEY’RE PAID TO DO. Far easier (sometimes) to intimidate the guys on the front lines who are used to obeying orders than to intimidate long-time civil servants who are lawyers. The intimidation is felt and understood as such by ICE agents, as witnessed by the ICE union complaints.

    In addition, there’d be no statistics on how many they could have detained but let go instead.

    It’s all based upon DISHONESTY and NON-TRANSPARENCY. To HIDE from the PEOPLE what they’re doing or not doing. In a word, it’s EVIL.

    A Durbin update: While addressing “students” who would benefit from the Dream Act, Durbin said, “When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/06/29/durbin_illegal_alien_could_be_our_future_president.html

    Well, no, Dick, by definition they could NEVER be eligible, absent a Constitutional amendment, which you’re not going to get. The Dream Act addresses the “plight” of illegal alien children brought here illegally by their illegal alien parents.

    “The legislation, known as the DREAM Act, would allow students who came to the United States as children to gain permanent residency if they go to college or serve in the military, plus meet other conditions such as passing a criminal background check.” http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-29/news/29718012_1_illegal-immigrants-dream-act-senate-democrats

    Therefore, it can’t even be disputed that those kids, who would benefit by the Dream Act, are NOT citizens, much less NATURAL BORN citizens. At best, they’re only “permanent residents.”

    Even if they were born here (and so don’t need the Dream Act, because they’re (simple) CITIZENS already) they’re still not NATURAL BORN citizens, and so they aren’t eligible for the presidency, either. If they eventually gain citizenship in the US, they’re STILL not eligible. NATURALIZED citizens are NOT ELIGIBLE to become president. Repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie.


    If they don’t ask this EVERY TIME they interview him, they are SEXIST (and SICK BASTARDS, too).

    btw, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that illegal alien, law-breaking, so-called “journalist” Jose Antonio Vargas was a star witness. He felt “empowered.” He should have felt ARRESTED, on the spot. Using forged documents is now okay and gets you invited to testify before Congress?


    What has become of the rule of law when an illegal alien forger feels empowered and free from worry enough to testify before Congress? Where is the RULE OF LAW? Without laws, we are nothing.

    Either laws exist to be enforced or NO LAWS should exist. In which case, what do we need Congress for? Disband Congress. Remove the POTUS. Let all federal judges go stand in the unemployment line. Fire all federal workers. Let’s go back to the days of the Wild West. We can let sheriffs like Joe Arpaio enforce state and local laws. That should save enough to pay off the debt. Don’t you think?

    Here’s the reason for the memo: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/06/30/hundreds-students-press-obama-on-dream-act/

    “About 200 undocumented students from all over the country on Tuesday here demanded that President Barack Obama halt deportations and push for the approval of the DREAM Act to legalize their immigration status.

    Prior to those pressure tactics, Obama had reiterated his support for immigration reform and the DREAM Act at a White House press conference focused mainly on the budget and other issues.

    The president called for the legalization of students who have grown up in the United States ‘and think of themselves as Americans and who are illegal through no fault of their own and who are ready to give back to our country and go to school and fight in our military.’ [How will he determine what they “think” of themselves as? Does he think of HIMSELF as an American? We don’t know; but actions speak louder than words when trying to figure out what someone thinks.]

    But the students, first in a crowded hall of the Senate building and later in front of the White House, complained that Obama had supported immigration reform with words and not deeds.

    The students, many of them facing possible deportation, came to Washington from as far away as California, Texas and Florida with a single message: the immigration system needs reform.

    Also attending the event and lending the students his support was Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who founded the Define American organization in favor of immigration reform and recently publicly admitted that he is undocumented.”

    PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION EXERCISED. NOT ONE OF THEM DETAINED, INCLUDING SELF-ACKNOWLEDGED DOCUMENT FRAUDSTER/FORGER JOSE VARGAS. One has to wonder if Vargas’s organization has tax-exempt status and, if so, how a criminal non-citizen can run such an organization in this country?

    I’m with something Laura Ingraham said last night: Let’s follow Mexico’s law. She cited their president bragging about how he DEPORTS illegals from Mexico. In Mexico, non-citizens are forbidden to engage in politics. It’s a CRIME. As is being in Mexico illegally. Why should we NOT enforce the less stringent laws we do have while they persecute people who only want to be good Mexicans and make a living and contribute to Mexico’s future?




      “Define American is a project of the Tides Center, a nonprofit public charity.”

      So are we to assume that illegal alien Jose Vargas is NOT PAYING TAXES at his organization, funded by a nonprofit public charity?

      Isn’t the meme that illegals pay taxes? This is beyond outrageous. Congress, where the hell are you?

      • The Define American conversation was started by Jose Antonio Vargas, an American journalist and story teller, and co-founded by Jehmu Greene, Alicia Menendez and Jake Brewer. [ARE THEY ILLEGAL, TOO?]

        Our team is supported in building and growing this conversation by a close-knit cadre of friends, hundreds of DREAMers across the United States, and you.


        • Connected to Obama? Ya think?

          From Wikipedia:

          Jehmu Greene (born June 22, 1972) is an American political commentator and social justice organizer. Throughout her career, she has worked with the media to build high-profile social justice campaigns. A commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and elsewhere, Jehmu helmed Rock the Vote, the largest youth voter registration group. … Jehmu was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. … She has also served as an Advisory Board Member of the Partnership for Public Service; Campus Green Vote; Vote for America; The White House Project’s Vote-Run-Lead Project; and Freedom’s Answer. Jehmu was a co-founder and Board Member of the 2030 Center, an economic and public policy organization for young adults.

          Jehmu served on the Credentials Committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.[5] After the 2004 elections, Jehmu was appointed by Terry McAuliffe, DNC Chairman, to serve on the Commission on Presidential Timing and Scheduling.”

        • http://aliciamenendez.com/about/

          Seen on TV!

          “Alicia Menendez is a social commentator based in Washington, DC. In 2005, after graduating from Harvard College, she joined Jon Corzine’s successful 2005 gubernatorial race, and served as a primary surrogate on her father’s successful 2006 bid for the US Senate. Since then, she has worked as Political Outreach Manager for Rock the Vote, and Communications Director for Democracia USA. She currently works as a Senior Advisor at center-left think tank, NDN.

          At Harvard, Menendez’s senior honors thesis on women’s social capital drew the attention of US News and World Reports, The New York Times, and The Harvard Crimson, which named Menendez one of the 15 most interesting members of the class of 2005. That same year, Menendez was selected to deliver the undergraduate commencement address.”

          GEE. All these connections to VOTING. Why again do they want to legalize all these illegals? Hmmmm? Did you know she was Bob Menendez’s daughter?

          • Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey…you mean that Bob?

              • I am aggravated by her smarmy smirk all the time when she’s a guest on FOX programs, O’Reilly mostly, iirc. Didn’t know Menendez was her father. Amazing the nepotism. Political dynasties. Almost expect her to run for Congress once she gets all the illegal students citizenship. 🙂

        • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jake-brewer

          “Jake is a strategist and campaign architect who works with political groups, businesses and nonprofits to translate big ideas and good intentions into effective, responsible reality.

          Prior to his role as managing director at Fission Strategy, Jake served as the Engagement Director of the Sunlight Foundation, leading Sunlight’s communications, multimedia production and grassroots organizing as the organization catalyzed the still-growing “open government” movement. Before Sunlight, Jake was the strategic communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, which brought over 12,000 people to Capitol Hill to lobby for clean energy reform at Power Shift ’09, and mobilized 350,000 ‘climate voters’ in 10 weeks in the 2008 elections.

          In his otherwise diverse career – from the innards of Washington, DC to the Persian Gulf to the outer reaches of Mongolia or East Africa – Jake has run large international events, lead a national nonprofit, designed partnerships between companies and nonprofits, built websites, created distributed events and crowd-sourced design projects, and shared untold stories through video, visualizations and photography.

          Outside the office, Jake is a former All-American triathlete, a published photographer and writer, and serves in a variety of volunteer advisory and board roles.”

          Reasonably certain it’s the right Jake. Notice his connection to the Sunlight Foundation. Now this is interesting because of Renee’s post about Satterwhite and the SEC. That was exposed partially by this Sunlight Foundation. Becoming curious, I checked into them. Originally funded by the Pew Charitable Trust as a nonpartisan group trying to shine light on the workings of government. But look at the donors on this list:


          At least they’re transparent. But do you see what I see? Over the past few years, the foundation has been virtually TAKEN OVER by huge donations from globalistic “philanthropical” networks:

          Omidyar “Across everything we do, we look for solutions that enable people to access credible information and resources, connect with others over shared interests, and take constructive action on the issues that matter to them. The ultimate outcome we strive for is individual participation that can catalyze economic, social, and political advancement on a global scale.” http://www.omidyar.com/team http://www.omidyar.com/approach

          SOROS’S Open Society network: http://www.soros.org/about http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5181&category=79 (WE know too much about SOROS already. No need to elaborate.)

          Ford Foundation (SADOS’s mentor)

          Rockefeller Family Fund

          It’s curious. This connection. Don’t you think? An organization as this one was originally envisioned COULD BE A HUGE danger to the powers that be. To the NWO. What better way to defang than to use millions to infiltrate by donations, to take over, to redirect efforts in a political LEFTIST way. Is this what happened? We’ll see. But why is SOROS funding this effort? Tangled web.

          • The Pew Foundation is just like the Ford Foundation etc. in supporting leftist people, policies, and groups. Doesn’t the word Pew fit all of these groups!

            “TAKEN OVER by huge donations from globalistic “philanthropical” networks “– yes when they started hiring people like themselves and changed the original mission work of the foundations and charities. Intentional infiltration of groups, organizations, government, agencies, churches, schools, …you name it. Were many people indoctrinated just by taking a job?

            We must remember that the radicals and revolutionaries, although funded by the billionaires, are still the MINORITY in this country. Luckily for us we are seeing them now in a totally new light. If it hadn’t been for Obama, these creatures would have remained in their basement or gutters. Now we just have to have some major Pest Control.

          • NOT good news about Sunlight Foundation. Look at this mention of them on the WH blog, by Vivek Kundra (remember him?): http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/21/datagov-pretty-advanced-a-one-year-old

            “As I reflect on the 1st anniversary of data.gov, the most important accomplishment is the birth of a community of innovators that is helping change the way Washington works.

            In less than eight months, a team of students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed over 40 applications using data.gov. These applications range from easily searching the roster of visitors to the White House and tracking foreign aid across the world to shining light on the ratio of debt to assets for bankrupt companies.

            At the Sunlight Foundation, a community of developers continues to build on the Apps for America contest that brought us innovative apps that allow us to check wait times at airports, demystify the rule making process and empower people with the tools to mash up different datasets to unearth new insights.

            At the World Bank, recognizing the power of prizes to mobilize new and diverse talent, they are encouraging the development of applications that make innovative use of more than 2,000 data sets that document human development worldwide, including health, business, finance, environment, and social welfare statistics.

            As we look to the next year, we recognize that the Web itself is evolving into a data platform and how important it is to link data from one agency to another or one country to another. True value lies at the intersection of multiple datasets and what we are witnessing is a continued movement across the world to democratize data, but more importantly the explosion of applications created by the emergence of a community of innovators.”

            http://sunlightlabs.com/contests/appsforamerica2/ “Apps for America!”

            Glancing at their wikipedia page, it seems as if they shine light on Republicans more than Dems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunlight_Foundation

            About Michael R. Klein, their founder: http://www.nndb.com/people/924/000172408/

            Member of DEMOCRATIC senatorial campaign committee. Lawyer.

      • http://activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/o/225-tides-foundation–tides-center

        Now comes the Tides Foundation and its recent offshoot, the Tides Center, creating a new model for grantmaking — one that strains the boundaries of U.S. tax law in the pursuit of its leftist, activist goals.

        Set up in 1976 by California activist Drummond Pike, Tides does two things better than any other foundation or charity in the U.S. today: it routinely obscures the sources of its tax-exempt millions, and makes it difficult (if not impossible) to discern how the funds are actually being used.

        In practice, “Tides” behaves less like a philanthropy than a money-laundering enterprise (apologies to Procter & Gamble), taking money from other foundations and spending it as the donor requires. Called donor-advised giving, this pass-through funding vehicle provides public-relations insulation for the money’s original donors. By using Tides to funnel its capital, a large public charity can indirectly fund a project with which it would prefer not to be directly identified in public. Drummond Pike has reinforced this view, telling The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with.”

        In order to get an idea of the massive scale on which the Tides Foundation plays its shell game, consider that Tides has collected over $200 million since 1997, most of it from other foundations. The list of grantees who eventually received these funds includes many of the most notorious anti-consumer groups in U.S. history: Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Media Services, Environmental Working Group, and even fringe groups like the now-defunct Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet (which used actress Meryl Streep to “front” the 1989 Alar-on-apples health scare fraud for NRDC). ….

        read rest at link

        • from that same link:
          the Tides Center offers financial and administrative support for start-up advocacy groups.

          In this last case, the Tides Center offers a sort of blanket tax-exempt designation for its grantees and projects. The entire foundation (pun intended) on which the Tides Center is built depends on the notion that the law allows one tax-exempt group to “lend” its exemption to another organization.

          The legality of this proposition has never been challenged in court, but Tides’ practice of allowing smaller groups to share “piggyback” tax-exempt status could make its own 501(c)(3) status vulnerable. …

          The Tides Foundation exists, in part, to give the Left’s small-fries (and their fringe messages) the collective bullhorn and bankroll necessary to remake society in their image.

        • New World Foundation works the same way . Been around since the 1950’s, founded by a McCormick lady endowment.They have many, many, many journalist that work for them and I suspect in their down time they work for Tides. This is how interconnected they seem to be. Hillary Clinton Chaired that board at one time. They work in concert with Tides and Soros and anyone else that gets their objectives done. During election year, or not long after, I found ACORN’s Wade Rathke’s name just as pretty as you please listed as a board member on The NWFoundation site. I printed it out and luckily I did because now he’s nowhere to be found on The New World Found. site.

      • Unbelievable! But yet not. Glad you found that connection Miri!

      • I wonder how long Jose has been in this country. Has he ever applied for citizenship? Apparently not, if he is now willing to come out of the closet as a bona fide ILLEGAL alien. So he is standing up for ALL ILLEGALS and wearing it as a badge of honor…and it should be a dishonor and a paid trip back to his home country. We pay one way or the other.

      • I’ll define AMERICAN for him:

        A person born on US soil to TWO US citizen parents who holds in his heart sole allegiance to and love for THIS country.

        And Jose, NO you can’t.

  17. h/t Renee: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44558

    “It’s not unusual for politicians on Capitol Hill to recognize citizens during hearings on legislation that would have a positive or negative impact on their lives.

    But that tactic took a different turn this week when hundreds of illegal immigrants filled the largest hearing room in the Senate to openly participate in the proceedings.

    And they did so without threat of arrest from the nation’s chief immigration law enforcement official who was sitting in the front row: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. …

    Let me ask everyone here today who is a DREAM Act student to stand and be recognized,” Durbin said.

    Nearly everyone in the audience stood.

    “Thank you so much for being here,” Durbin said. … [He THANKS THEM FOR BEING HERE. He should have had them arrested. He should have followed the law and the Constitution, which he is SWORN to uphold. Durbin should be removed from office for violation of his oath of office.]

    Napolitano told this subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee that although the large group gathered was part of the population that is subject to deportation, there would be no enforcement of the law that morning.”

    This is beyond outrageous when you think about it. CONGRESS REPRESENTS US, THE CITIZENS. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. They DON’T represent ILLEGAL ALIENS. They are spending our tax dollars to coddle a group of people who by definition have no right to even be here, a group they DO NOT represent, against the express wishes of the people who oppose the Dream Act and their representatives who have voted it down. We don’t want the DREAM ACT and illegals have no right to DEMAND OUR Congress, or OUR POTUS for that matter, to do ANYTHING, but especially not anything AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


    Napolitano is HEAD OF THE DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY. Who’s homeland is she securing? Not this one. Illegal entry is rampant and that could and does include people who come here to harm us in the name of jihad or drug wars. What’s she doing? Testifying in Congress instead of securing OUR HOMELAND. Not the homeland of people who have no business being here. She should be fired. NOW.

    Here’s a comment, pulled at random from that story:

    by OriginalReggy:

    “Interesting…just went to the post office to get passports for my American born children…their paperwork was scrutinized and deemed not in order by a nice Chinese fellow who was a naturalized American from China…they all needed “long form” certificates rather than the short form ones that don’t display the parents names on them…so it cost me $55 dollars each to get these sent to me and costs my wife and I more time off from work to return a second time. Interestingly my kids asked about the need for a “long form BC” when the “president” never showed his….oh, well…he’s special, I guess. So my kids were all disappointed by being turned away the first time but it was a great chance to learn that when you deal with the federal govt. this is the kind of thing you’ll be put through…as long as you’re doing it legally….now if you just run across the border….no problem…the Fed will bend over backwards to make you legal and pay your healthcare and send you to college and find you housing and a job….what’s this teach our kids?”

    Here’s one response to Reggy:

    by SFXDM9MM:
    “Great post OriginalReggy. I would like to add and point out that the Senate is taking on the form of the coyote smuuglers as they are aiding, abetting, harboring, or encouraging illegal aliens, which i believe is a felony!!!”

    Felony. Arrest Napolitano. 🙂

  18. Another comment by “B”:
    “Yes, indeed, gobnait;
    this is a blow to the collective face of American citizens; past and present. I was so shocked, first, to see that these illegals even had a voice in this arena. However, it was even more shocking to read how the article finished:

    Napolitano told this subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee that although the large group gathered was part of the population that is subject to deportation, there would be no enforcement of the law that morning.”

    If there ever were an OMG moment, if there ever was any shred of proof of the lack of pride and patriotism for this country it is this very moment. I’m ashamed, appalled, disgusted and full of sadness that officials at the highest level of law enforcement, the very LEADER of homeland security deliberately FAILS to enforce the law when it is being broken right in front of her. How can Americans trust this administration to enforce the law anywhere else, if not right in front of them?? What kind of message are they sending illegals who ever had any thought of breaking the law to get into this country?? That it is OK??? That law enforcement will not occur in this instance?? Other than raising the white flag in Washington D.C., there’s not much else this administration can do to humiliate and desecrate our great constitution and the land that rests underneath our stars and stripes. This should anger all Americans.”

    Skimming through the comments, it seems as if nearly every one is opposed to this Kabuki Theater yesterday.


    If we’re lucky, they overplayed their hand yesterday.

  19. That’s a good article, Bridgette. Reinterating the point of this post. Here’s a good quote:

    When it comes to enacting his agenda, the legislative process is not something that registers on President Obama’s radar. From the environment to the Internet, civil rights to labor laws, the President has built an administrative bypass around Article I of the Constitution, leaping over the separation of powers and casting aside the founding directive that “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Now he’s bringing that tactic to our nation’s immigration laws, as well.”

    Ed would say, “No, he’s not.” But this same author has an article documenting other such Imperial POTUS fiats: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/06/29/morning-bell-five-ways-obama-is-circumventing-the-legislative-branch/

    We can add to the list:

    FOOLING CONGRESS by leaking to a complicit media a LIE about what the TROOPS said in a survey about repealing “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell”. To the detriment of our armed forces.

    Apparently planning (per Geithner and Chuckie Schmuckie Schumer) to raise the debt limit all by his lonesome, despite the FACT that the POTUS has no such power under the Constitution.

    Not to mention taking over private companies and rearranging the order of creditors to steal some people’s investments in favor of other groups (like unions who support him).

    IGNORING the clear language of the Constitution on POTUS eligibility and usurping the office of the presidency when he KNEW (being a Constitutional “scholar”) that he IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT.

    The list of powergrab atrocities goes on and on, while Congress dithers.

  20. “U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today [July 2, 2011] made the following statement regarding the new push in Congress and by the administration to pass the DREAM Act.

    The DREAM Act is a cover for the Obama administration’s amnesty agenda and the Senate already rejected it in an up-or-down vote in last year’s lame duck session,” said Vitter. “The administration has now taken their amnesty push to new levels by attempting to give DHS officials the ability to grant amnesty. Granting amnesty by administrative fiat on an overwhelmingly unpopular policy like the DREAM Act would be a slap in the face to the American taxpayers, and especially to legal immigrants.””

    Good for Senator Vitter.
    Read more: http://www.thestatecolumn.com/louisiana/sen-vitter-obama-administration-attempting-to-award-amnesty-to-illegals/#ixzz1RGIXYbWy

  21. Now Melson is trying to avoid the treadmarks on his face, from being pushed under a bus. He’s blaming the FBI and the DEA for some of this fiasco. He told Congress (in a “meeting” with congressional investigators over the holiday weekend) that some of the Mexican drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were paid informants for the FBI and DEA!

    Melson whines that they didn’t share that information with him. So now Issa and Grassley will O(let’s hope) widen their investigation. They wrote Holder, “This whole misguided operation might have been cut short if not for catastrophic failures to share key information.”

    So what? Are they now going to blame it on a “failure to communicate” instead of on the idiots at the top who invented this scheme? So we’re supposed to believe ATF was targeting FBI and DEA informants? In the meantime, the weapons are being used to MURDER Mexicans AND OUR AGENTS at the border? And we paid for all?

    Is Melson hoping to pin it on Holder so that he takes the fall? Either way, We the People win. Get rid of them both.

    So interesting. Was Melson under oath? He met with his private attorney present. Melson also admitted that the Justice Dept. interfered in the Congressional investigation; would not let his people testify. http://thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/07/robert-farago/atf-death-watch-30-atf-dir-melson-shifts-gunwalker-blame-to-fbi-dea/

    • Your last statement..”Justice Dept. interfered in the Congressional investigation; would not let his people testify, ” and my previous question…why do they need permission to testify from the Justice Department? If they are subpoenaed, they have to be able to do just that..testify. They can’t say, ” but, but Holder won’t let me!”

  22. Hold him Sheriff Joe..the Feds will send him back again if they even answer your call! What was he doing in a nuke plant? Why did security let him through?

    Illegal Alien Breaches Security at Arizona Nuke Plant
    By John Hill on July 16, 2011

    An illegal alien previously deported in 2000, used a fake ID to gain entrance to the Palo Verde nuclear plant – the largest in the nation – for several hours before plant security, who grew suspicious of the ID, contacted Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office who determined it was a fake, and arrested Cruz Loya Alavares, currently held without bail pending charges of criminal trespassing.

    Sheriff Joe said “I would presume the Feds would be concerned about this”. We would certainly hope so, for many reasons. As was reported last year, an Iranian book celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert.

    Also, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified the following before the House Appropriations Committee:

    (T)here are individuals from countries with known Al Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic.

    In addition, Hizbollah has operations in Mexico, helping the drug cartels in exchange for access to their routes into the United States.

    But I guess since Big Sis and Obama insist the border is “more secure than ever”, we shouldn’t expect DHS to take an interest in securing NUCLEAR plants from illegals any time soon. I mean what’s the worst that could happen if an Iranian terrorist re-named “Carlos Rodriguez” gains entry to the nation’s largest nuke plant, with a toolkit packed with C4 explosives?

    What do you people want, a moat with alligators on the border? Just relax. Obama and Big Sis are on it!


  23. HALT ACT introduced to stop Obama’s Backdoor Amnesty!

    Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Member Lamar Smith Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Hearing on H.R. 2497, the “HALT Act”

    For Immediate Release
    July 26, 2011

    Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Member Lamar Smith
    Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
    Hearing on H.R. 2497, the “HALT Act”

    Chairman Smith: The American people have called upon Congress to defeat several amnesty bills in recent years. Following Congress’ rejection of these attempts, the current administration now wants to grant a “backdoor amnesty” to illegal immigrants.

    What had once been rumor fueled by leaked administration memos is now official Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy as of last month. The Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued two directives on the scope of DHS officers’ prosecutorial discretion that could allow millions of illegal and criminal immigrants to avoid our immigration laws.

    The memos tell agency officials when to exercise “prosecutorial discretion,” such as when to defer the removal of immigrants, when not to stop, question, arrest or detain an immigrant, and when to dismiss a removal proceeding.

    The directives also tell officials not to seek to remove illegal immigrants who have been present illegally for many years. Millions of illegal immigrants have been in the U.S. since the 1990s. So the ICE directives literally apply to millions of illegal immigrants.

    DHS’s plan to open the door to mass administrative amnesty is a rejection of Congress’ constitutional rights and shows utter disdain towards the wishes of the American people.

    Unfortunately, the ICE memos make clear that DHS plans not to use but to abuse these powers. If the Obama administration has its way, millions of illegal immigrants will be able to live and work legally in the United States. This unilateral decision will saddle American communities with the costs of providing education and medical care to illegal immigrants. It will also place our communities at risk by not deporting criminal immigrants.

    As a result, Senator Vitter and I introduced the HALT Act. This legislation prevents the Obama administration from abusing its authority to grant a mass administrative amnesty to illegal immigrants.

    The Obama administration should not pick and choose which laws it will enforce. Congress must put a halt to the administration’s backdoor amnesty.


    • Great news. What senator or congressperson will have the guts to vote against this act? Watch for Reid to “table” it, by any means necessary. Just like the balanced budget bill that they want to avoid having to vote on, at all cost. 75% of Americans WANT a balanced budget amendment. That means that it would likely be ratified, IF they let We the People VOTE on it. But first it has to get through Congress (not BARRY. He has NO SAY). Congress wants to keep that blank check, both parties, so they can buy votes. We have to cut up their credit card, by any means necessary.

  24. Obama to deport illegals by ‘priority’
    Case-by-case plan will curb numbers

    Aug. 18

    Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.

    The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.
    [That’s a joke, right? Obama following laws?]
    But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she DOES HAVE discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department
    and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.

    “This case-by-case approach will enhance public safety,” she said. “Immigration judges will be able to more swiftly adjudicate high-priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons.”

    The move won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had strenuously argued with the administration that it did have authority to take these actions, and said as long as Congress is deadlocked on the issue, it was up to Mr. Obama to act.

    The new rules apply to those who have been apprehended and are in deportation proceedings, but have not been officially ordered out of the country by a judge.

    Ms. Napolitano said a working group will try to come up with “guidance on how to provide for appropriate discretionary consideration” for “compelling cases” in instances where someone already has been ordered deported.

    Administration officials made the announcement just before Mr. Obama left for a long vacation out of Washington, and as members of Congress are back in their home districts.

    The top House Republican on the Judiciary Committee said the move is part of a White House plan “to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants.” “The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The Obama administration should not pick and choose which laws to enforce. Administration officials should remember the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land.” [famous last words!]


    • Obama is revving up for the Hispanic vote! This is right in line with what we reported in June! Circumventing Congress, and a priority system they are putting in place for ILLEGAL ALIENS! Obama signed it just before stepping on his our Air Force One to fly to Martha’s Vineyard for another vacation and while Congress is also on vacation.

      This article reads just like the ICE Memo above! Time for Congress to return and get some things handled!

      Again this is against the will of the MAJORITY of the people in the US. The ones that are cheering are the ILLEGAL aliens!

    • When you’re willing to play Clintonesque games with common language, such as, “it all depends on what the meaning of is, is,” then this is what you get. They all took an oath to uphold the law and the CONSTITUTION, but if they can play games with the clear meaning of words and find “authority” within the “penumbra” of staying on budget and setting priorities, then they will IGNORE the law as they prefer and do as they please which means there IS NO LAW and only ANARCHY. This new “policy” is a free pass for anyone. Prepare for another invasion, just like happened after the last amnesty. Now they KNOW that so long as they’re not violent criminals and Barry is POTUS, they can break into our country, steal benefits, steal jobs, actually be placed AHEAD of citizens of the USA in the priorities of OUR government. This is outrageous and it figures that he pulls this when Congress is out of session. He should be impeached. Napolitano should resign. Congress should make both their PRIORITY when they return.

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