Minuteman Project http://minutemanproject.com Bringing national awareness to the illegal alien invasion Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:38:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Riskhttp://minutemanproject.com/camp-counselor-kept-job-immigration-benefit-despite-being-potentially-egregious-risk/ http://minutemanproject.com/camp-counselor-kept-job-immigration-benefit-despite-being-potentially-egregious-risk/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:38:27 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9509 Monday, August 03, 2015 Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Risk WASHINGTON – A California camp counselor now charged with child molestation was considered to be a “potentially egregious public safety” risk months before his arrest, but was still allowed to keep his job and immigration benefits, according to the U.S. […]]]>

Monday, August 03, 2015

Camp Counselor Kept Job, Immigration Benefit Despite Being ‘Potentially Egregious’ Risk

WASHINGTON – A California camp counselor now charged with child molestation was considered to be a “potentially egregious public safety” risk months before his arrest, but was still allowed to keep his job and immigration benefits, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The information responds to questions raised by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley regarding federal immigration authorities’ investigation of the counselor who was in the country based on executive actions taken by President Obama prior to his arrest.

USCIS confirmed that Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was granted work authorization through the President’s deferred deportation program, commonly known as DACA, which allowed him to work as a camp counselor at Walden West Science Camp. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was aware that Covarrubias-Padilla was under investigation for child exploitation as early as November 17, 2014, according to records provided by USCIS. While USCIS acknowledged that ICE officials “typically apprise USCIS when a recipient of DACA or an immigration benefit is an investigative target,” USCIS failed to learn of the ongoing investigation until March 31, 2015.

According to the response from USCIS, Department of Homeland Security officials notified the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office of Covarrubias-Padilla’ssuspicious activities on April 29, 2015, the same day that ICE officials confirmed he was employed by the Santa Clara Office of Education. It wasn’t until May 13, 2015, six days after Covarrubias-Padilla was arrested for child molestation and distribution of child pornography, that immigration officials took action to revoke his DACA status and work authorization.

It remains unclear why no action was taken to revoke Covarrubias-Padilla’s work authorization and immigration benefits, given that multiple agencies were aware of the ongoing investigation, that he was employed by the Office of Education and that he was considered a “potentially egregious public safety” risk. Grassley raised this and other questions in a recent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

A signed copy of the letter is available at: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/judiciary/upload/2015-07-30%20CEG%20to%20DHS%20%28DACA%20Covarrubias%20follow-up%29.pdf. Full text of the letter follows:

July 30, 2015

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION

The Honorable Jeh Johnson

Secretary

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Johnson:

On July 23, 2015, I received a response from Director Rodriguez on your behalf. My initial letter, sent to you May 20, 2015, inquired into the current status ofEdgar Covarrubias-Padilla, a man recently arrested and charged with child molestation, and distribution and possession of hundreds of images of child pornography while a recipient of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefit. Because Covarrubias-Padilla was granted DACA, he was able to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and work as a camp counselor at the Walden West Science Camp in California. It was at the camp that he allegedly molested and victimized children.

It is now clear that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had begun investigating Covarrubias-Padilla for child exploitation as early as November of 2014, yet DHS failed to revoke his DACA status for another six months. The Committee has documentation of a TECS record in Covarrubias-Padilla’s A-file that reads, “Suspect of Ongoing Criminal Investigations Relating to Child Exploitation” placed November 11, 2014. Covarrubias-Padilla was arrested onMay 7, 2015.

Although the Director’s response letter states that “ICE field offices typically apprise USCIS when a recipient of DACA or an immigration benefit is an investigative target,” in this case, USCIS failed to learn of the investigation until months later on March 31, 2015. Despite both components’ knowledge of Covarrubias-Padilla’s investigation by March of 2015, and a referral to the Background Check Unit (BCU) as a “potentially egregious public safety case,” the revocation of DACA did not occur until May, 13, 2015, several days after his arrest.

To help the Committee understand the circumstances surrounding the criminal investigation of Covarrubias-Padilla prior to his arrest, and the decision to revoke DACA, please provide responses to the following questions no later than August 13, 2015. Please number your answers in accordance with these questions:

1. Which agency or law enforcement entity conducted the criminal investigation relating to child exploitation referenced as a TECS hit in Covarrubias-Padilla’s A-file” Please provide all documents related to this investigation.

2. What, specifically, was Covarrubias-Padilla under investigation for related to child exploitation” Please provide all documentation relating to this investigation.

3. Because DACA is a discretionary program, USCIS could have exercised its discretion and revoked Covarrubias-Padilla’s DACA benefit when it became aware of the criminal investigation for child exploitation. Revocation of DACA in the months prior to the arrest could have prevented Covarrubias-Padilla from working as a camp counselor and victimizing children. Why was DACA not revoked at any time before his arrest” Please provide any policies in place detailing why a revocation was not warranted.

4. If DACA is not revoked for a recipient who is under a criminal investigation of child exploitation, are there criminal investigations that would warrant an immediate termination of DACA once USCIS determined the identity of the DACA recipient” Please list the types of investigations that would result in revocation.

5. How much and what type of information would have been deemed sufficient to make a determination prior to rendering a final adjudication on revocation of DACA in this case?

6. What happened to the information once USCIS forwarded it to the BCU” When did the BCU resolve the hit?

7. On April 28, 2015, the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) office in San Jose, California alerted the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office of the “suspicious activities” involving Covarrubias-Padilla. However, DACA was not revoked until a few days after his arrest in May of 2015. Why was DACA not revoked when the sheriff’s office was notified?

8. Why was DACA ultimately revoked on May 13, 2015? What factors were assessed in this decision?

9. Why did it take four months for both components to be apprised of the criminal investigation of Covarrubias-Padilla” What policies are in place to ensure both ICE and USCIS are informed of a criminal investigation of a DACA recipient to ensure swift revocation when appropriate” Please provide the relevant policies.

10. Why does USCIS not require periodic TECS checks before the two year renewal date?

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Should you have any questions, please contact Katherine Nikas of my Committee staff at 202-224-5225.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley

Chairman,

Committee on the Judiciary

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Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform planhttp://minutemanproject.com/jeb-bush-unveils-border-security-immigration-reform-plan/ http://minutemanproject.com/jeb-bush-unveils-border-security-immigration-reform-plan/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:39:06 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9507 By SERGIO BUSTOS, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation’s border and overhaul its immigration laws. The former Florida governor said Monday that finding a solution to the status of people in the country illegally “is a nonstarter if our borders […]]]>

By SERGIO BUSTOS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation’s border and overhaul its immigration laws.

The former Florida governor said Monday that finding a solution to the status of people in the country illegally “is a nonstarter if our borders are not secure against future illegal immigration.”

Bush is proposing the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally could earn legal status “over time,” after they pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and learn English, among other requirements.

Bush outlined his proposal Monday morning, before traveling to New Hampshire to speak at an evening forum. Bush posted details of his plan to medium.com, a social media website.

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SUBCOMMITTEE CHART: U.S. TO ACCEPT MORE NEW IMMIGRANTS ON GREEN CARDS WITHIN DECADE THAN THE ENTIRE COMBINED POPULATIONS OF IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND SOUTH CAROLINAhttp://minutemanproject.com/subcommittee-chart-u-s-to-accept-more-new-immigrants-on-green-cards-within-decade-than-the-entire-combined-populations-of-iowa-new-hampshire-and-south-carolina/ http://minutemanproject.com/subcommittee-chart-u-s-to-accept-more-new-immigrants-on-green-cards-within-decade-than-the-entire-combined-populations-of-iowa-new-hampshire-and-south-carolina/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:10:21 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9505 News release from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): Background From  Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. […]]]>

News release from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.):

Background From  Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest

The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The lion’s share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed jobseekers. Expressly because they are admitted into the U.S. on legal immigrant visas, most will be able to draw a wide range of taxpayer-funded benefits, and corporations will be allowed to directly substitute these workers for Americans. Improved border security would have no effect on the continued arrival of these new foreign workers, refugees, and permanent immigrants—because they are all invited here by the federal government.

The most significant of all immigration documents issued by the U.S. is, by far, the “green card.” When a foreign citizen is issued a green card it guarantees them the following benefits inside the United States: lifetime work authorization, access to federal welfare, access to Social Security and Medicare, the ability to obtain citizenship and voting privileges, and the immigration of their family members and elderly relatives.

Under current federal policy, the U.S. issues green cards to approximately 1 million new Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) every single year. For instance, Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrant annually.

These ongoing visa issuances are the result of federal law, and their number can be adjusted at any time with a new federal law. However, unlike other autopilot policies—such as tax rates or spending programs—there is virtually no national discussion or media coverage over how many visas we issue, to whom we issue them and on what basis, or how the issuance of these visas to individuals living in foreign countries impacts the interests of people already living in this country.

If Congress does not pass a new federal law to reduce the number of green cards issued each year, the U.S. will legally add 10 million or more new permanent immigrants over the next 10 years—a bloc of new permanent residents larger than populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined.  All of these new permanent immigrants will be added on top of the current population of permanent immigrants in the United States.

This has substantial economic implications.

The post-World War II boom decades of the 1950s and 1960s averaged together less than 3 million green cards per decade—or about 285,000 annually. Due to lower immigration rates, the total foreign-born population in the United States dropped from about 10.8 million in 1945 to 9.7 million in 1960 and 9.6 million in 1970.

These lower midcentury immigration levels were the product of a federal policy change: after the last period of large-scale immigration that had begun in roughly 1880, immigration rates were lowered to reduce admissions. The foreign-born share of the U.S. population fell for six consecutive decades, from 1910 through 1960.

Legislation enacted in 1965, among other factors, substantially increased low-skilled immigration. Since 1970, the foreign-born population in the United States has increased more than four-fold—to a record 42.1 million today. The foreign-born share of the population has risen from fewer than 1 in 21 in 1970, to presently approaching 1 in 7. As the supply of available labor has increased, so too has downward pressure on wages. Georgetown and Hebrew University economics professor Eric Gould has observed that “the last four decades have witnessed a dramatic change in the wage and employment structure in the United States… The overall evidence suggests that the manufacturing and immigration trends have hollowed-out the overall demand for middle-skilled workers in all sectors, while increasing the supply of workers in lower skilled jobs. Both phenomena are producing downward pressure on the relative wages of workers at the low end of the income distribution.”

During the low-immigration period from 1948-1973, real median compensation for U.S. workers increased more than 90 percent. By contrast, real average hourly wages were lower in 2014 than they were in 1973, four decades earlier. Harvard Economist George Borjas also documented the effects of high immigration rates on African-American workers, writing that “a 10% immigration-induced increase in the supply of workers in a particular skill group reduced the black wage of that group by 2.5%.” Past immigrants are additionally among those most economically impacted by the arrival of large numbers of new workers brought in to compete for the same jobs. In Los Angeles County, for example, 1 in 3 recent immigrants are living below the poverty line.  And this federal policy of new large-scale admissions continues unaltered at a time when automation is reducing hiring, and when a record share of our own workers here in America are not employed.

President Coolidge articulated how a slowing of immigration would benefit both U.S.-born and immigrant-workers: “We want to keep wages and living conditions good for everyone who is now here or who may come here. As a nation, our first duty must be to those who are already our inhabitants, whether native or immigrants. To them we owe an especial and a weighty obligation.”

It is worth observing that the 10 million grants of new permanent residency under current law is not an estimate of total new immigration over the next decade. In fact, the increased distribution of legal immigrant visas tend to correlate with increased flows of immigration illegally: the former helps provide networks and pull factors for the latter. Most of the countries who send the largest numbers of citizens with green cards are also the countries who send the most citizens illegally. The Census Bureau estimates 13 million new immigrants will arrive, on net, between now and 2024—hurtling the U.S. past all recorded figures in terms of the foreign-born share of total population, quickly eclipsing the watermark recorded 105 years ago during the 1880–1920 immigration wave before immigration rates were lowered. Absent new legislation to lower green card allotments and the unprecedented level of future immigration, the Census Bureau projects immigration as a share of population will continue setting new records each year, for all time.

Yet the immigration “reform” considered by Congress most recently—the 2013 Senate “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration bill—would have tripled the number of green cards issued over the next 10 years. Instead of issuing 10 million green cards, the Gang of Eight proposal would have issued at least 30 million green cards during the next decade (or more than 11 times the population of the City of Chicago).

Polling from Gallup and Fox shows that Americans want lawmakers to reduce, not increase, immigration rates by a stark 2:1 margin. Reuters puts it at nearly a 3:1 margin. And polling from GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway shows that by the huge margin of nearly 10:1 people of all backgrounds are united in their belief that U.S. companies seeking workers should raise wages for those already living here—instead of bringing in new labor from abroad.

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Minuteman Project Leader Endorses Donald Trump for President!  Suggests Cruz Run as VP.http://minutemanproject.com/minuteman-project-leader-endorses-donald-trump-for-president-suggests-cruz-run-as-vp/ http://minutemanproject.com/minuteman-project-leader-endorses-donald-trump-for-president-suggests-cruz-run-as-vp/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:07:04 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9502 Dear Americans, I have long held that the illegal alien population in the United States hovers just above 30 million…about 10% of the nation’s population. The annual cost to subsidize such a huge impoverished population is about $380 BILLION annually. That’s almost 1/2 TRILLION dollars annually! Go figure why the USA is $18 TRILLION in […]]]>

trumpcruz2016_360Dear Americans,

I have long held that the illegal alien population in the United States hovers just above 30 million…about 10% of the nation’s population.

The annual cost to subsidize such a huge impoverished population is about $380 BILLION annually. That’s almost 1/2 TRILLION dollars annually!

Go figure why the USA is $18 TRILLION in debt after so many decades of encouraging the transfer of poor and unskilled masses from Mexico and Central America (and other countries, too) into the United States.  

US taxpayers are required to pay off this enormous debt with increased tax levies in the future. Not just income tax increases, but increases in sales taxes, real estate taxes, DMV fees, excise taxes on utilities and telephones, and various other increased surtaxes, etc., etc…with no end in sight.

Donald Trump appears determined to bring our nation back under the rule of law insofar as U.S. immigration laws are concerned.

Americans, please join me in endorsing Donald Trump for president 2016. Furthermore, I think Texas Senator Ted Cruz is an excellent pick for vice president. These two candidates think the same, talk the same…and, hopefully will walk the same once in the White House.

This is our last chance to elect a presidential administration that will finally take on the enormous task of returning America to its heralded status as a “nation of laws.”

Part of that enormous task is to repatriate the millions of illegal aliens currently occupying US territory back to their homelands, where they can stand in line at a US embassy to apply for legal entry into the United States of America…just like the millions of “LEGAL” immigrants have done before them. For many of them, they will not be allowed to return to our country, and rightfully so.

Immigrants from around the world are invited to America at the pleasure of the United States citizenry, not at the fleeting whim of anyone who just wants to come here regardless of violating our laws.

If we are to be a civilized nation, governed by its people under the rule of law, then we must actually enforce our laws, America. The alternative is to devolve into a nation of anarchy where laws are meaningless and apply only to those persons naive or foolish enough to obey them.

For too long our political governors have let the mobs of millions of illegal aliens rule our country.

It is finally time for the “mob rule” and the political tyranny to stop.

Does Donald Trump have your support, America?  He has mine.

Jim Gilchrist,
Founder and President,
The Minuteman Project
A Multi-Ethnic Immigration Law Enforcement Advocacy Group
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Release of immigrant families in imprisonment ordered by Judgeshttp://minutemanproject.com/release-of-immigrant-families-in-imprisonment-ordered-by-judges/ http://minutemanproject.com/release-of-immigrant-families-in-imprisonment-ordered-by-judges/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:27:59 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9500 A California court ruling could set free more than 1,700 women and children who are being held by the Department of Homeland Security in facilities in the town of Dilley and Karnes County, Texas. As of Monday, immigration judges were getting the word out to release these families, as part of a court decision inCalifornia […]]]>

A California court ruling could set free more than 1,700 women and children who are being held by the Department of Homeland Security in facilities in the town of Dilley and Karnes County, Texas. As of Monday, immigration judges were getting the word out to release these families, as part of a court decision inCalifornia that struck down the Obama administrations policy regarding the handling of Central American illegal immigrant families and unaccompanied minors.

The Flores decision of 1993 would define these families as “unlawfully detained”, and Judges began ordering the release of nine families on conditional parole, without bail. No word on when they will actually be released from the facilities, according to an article in the San Antonio Express-News.

A pro-bono legal team made up of four groups including, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, had sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), raising a number of complaints, including the delayed releases.

In the story from the Express-News, the Department of Homeland Security , which oversees ICE, hasn’t said if it will appeal the ruling. A spokeswoman said Saturday that the department is “reviewing it in consultation with the Department of Justice.”

Federal Judge Dolly Gee, California Central District Court, ruled that ICE had violated the 1997 Flores decision. She said ICE is violating the court’s orders on how juveniles in the custody of ICE are supposed to be treated, according to the Catholic Sentinel.

Gee found it “astonishing that the defendants have enacted a policy requiring such expensive infrastructure without more evidence to show that it would be compliant with an agreement that has been in effect for nearly 20 years or effective at achieving what defendants hoped it would accomplish,” the Sentinel reported.

The two Texas facilities are operated by large for-profit commercial prison companies. The Karnes County Residential Center is operated by the Geo Group. The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley is operated by the nation’s largest for-profit commercial prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Breitbart Texas reporter Bob Price visited the Dilley facility on Sunday while returning from the Laredo Sector of the Texas/Mexico Border. While photographing the outside of the facility from a public street, he was ordered to leave and told he could not take pictures of the complex.

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Bernie Sanders slams open border policyhttp://minutemanproject.com/bernie-sanders-slams-open-border-policy/ http://minutemanproject.com/bernie-sanders-slams-open-border-policy/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:28:15 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9496 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is confounding the Left by expressing an opinion that an open border immigration policy would “make everybody in America poorer”: “You’re doing away with the concept of a nation state,” Sanders said, “and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.” […] On Thursday, Sanders […]]]>

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is confounding the Left by expressing an opinion that an open border immigration policy would “make everybody in America poorer”:

“You’re doing away with the concept of a nation state,” Sanders said, “and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that.”

[…]

On Thursday, Sanders was grilled about the comments on MSNBC by anchor Alex Seitz-Wald. No doubt, Sanders views on the issue of immigration seemed off the current left-wing script, where the immediate acceptance of all hopeful immigrants to this nation is a matter of moral urgency.

Sanders’ interviewer for Vox even couched the issue as a moral responsibility we have to people all over the world. The fact that an open borders immigration policy would make foreigners better off economically was itself an argument for the policy.

Sanders responded, “I think from a moral responsibility we’ve got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.”

The exchange, and especially the shocked reaction to it,  goes a long way to explain how out of step Sanders is with today’s left-wing activists. That a multi-decade democrat socialist activist finds himself on the conservative wing of his party on a major policy issue probably says more about the lurch of the party, though.

Although, to be fair, Sanders also did claim that open border policy is a “right wing proposal” backed by the “Koch brothers.”

Also, it should be noted that this position isn’t new from Sanders. However, it is receiving renewed attention due to his presidential run.

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Olson Bill Restores Congressional Oversight of Immigration Agencyhttp://minutemanproject.com/olson-bill-restores-congressional-oversight-of-immigration-agency/ http://minutemanproject.com/olson-bill-restores-congressional-oversight-of-immigration-agency/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:17:09 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9494 Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) News Release Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today introduced legislation to restore congressional authority over immigration enforcement actions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In 1988, Congress created the Immigration Examinations Fee Account which removed most USCIS funding from the annual appropriation process, limiting congressional oversight of the agency. Since […]]]>

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) News Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today introduced legislation to restore congressional authority over immigration enforcement actions by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In 1988, Congress created the Immigration Examinations Fee Account which removed most USCIS funding from the annual appropriation process, limiting congressional oversight of the agency. Since 2011, President Obama has issued multiple memos that weaken our ability to enforce existing immigration laws. To restore needed oversight, Olson introduced H.R. 3302, the Ensuring Congressional Oversight of Immigration Act. This bill sunsets the USCIS’ authority in two years unless extended by legislation. Original cosponsors include: Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Brian Babin (R-TX).

“The Constitution rightly instilled a critical set of checks and balances for each branch of government to ensure no one branch became too powerful,” Rep.Pete Olson said. “A confluence of actions by Congress and the president have reduced this oversight process and expanded the executive branches power beyond its intended scope. Recent actions by President Obama have resulted in hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants flooding into America in violation of existing immigration laws and outside the purview of Congress. This bill is an important first step to restore the proper balance of power set forth by the Constitution between the legislative and executive branch in our immigration laws.”

The Ensuring Congressional Oversight of Immigration Act also prohibits the use of any funds, appropriated or through fees, for use of the various memos and executive actions that allow for amnesty. By issuing a sunset to USCIS’ authority, Congress can reauthorize the parts of the system that work and change those that don’t.

Read this original document at: https://olson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/olson-bill-restores-congressional-oversight-of-immigration-agency

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GOP presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham talks immigration in Pilsenhttp://minutemanproject.com/gop-presidential-hopeful-lindsey-graham-talks-immigration-in-pilsen/ http://minutemanproject.com/gop-presidential-hopeful-lindsey-graham-talks-immigration-in-pilsen/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:09:33 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9492 By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune July 31–U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina brought his Republican presidential campaign to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Thursday, where he received accolades for backing a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes an eventual pathway to citizenship. “It’s not about the Republican Party. It’s about us as a nation, right? If […]]]>

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

July 31–U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina brought his Republican presidential campaign to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Thursday, where he received accolades for backing a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes an eventual pathway to citizenship.

“It’s not about the Republican Party. It’s about us as a nation, right? If we don’t get immigration right, we’re going to die on the vine as a nation,” Graham told more than 100 people at a forum hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.

Graham has long backed a Senate-passed comprehensive reform plan that would require immigrants living in the country illegally to learn English, pay a fine and pay taxes in order to gain legal status and would eventually allow them a way to become citizens. “(If I’m elected) president of the United States, don’t send me a bill without a pathway to citizenship or I’ll veto it,” he said.

Graham criticized GOP national front-runner, real estate tycoon and reality TV celebrity Donald Trump for his attacks on immigrants and for a vow Trump made a day earlier to deport the nation’s estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

“They’re not being made to come here, Mr. Trump. They want to come here. They risk their lives to come here,” Graham said of Trump’s contention that the Mexican government is sending criminals to cross the border into the U.S.

Graham, who has served in the Senate for a dozen years, trails in national polls among the 17 major Republican presidential contenders, with a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showing him with 1 percent support. His national poll standing makes it unlikely that he will be among the top 10 contenders who get to participate in the first prime-time GOP debate of the presidential campaign Aug. 6.

“National polling means nothing at this point. I think it’s a dumb idea by the Republican Party to limit admission to a debate based on national polling in 2015. It rewards those who have run before from large states and people who are celebrities,” he said. “Over time, I’m going to rise in Iowa and New Hampshire, where I’m spending my time.”

Graham also stood by Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who has been under fire from some elements of the state GOP over a series of verbal gaffes. In June, Kirk referred to Graham, who is single, as a “bro with no ho” into an open committee hearing microphone. Kirk later apologized.

“I am totally in Mark’s camp,” Graham said of Kirk, who is seeking re-election next year in what’s expected to be a top-tier contest. “He’s a good friend. He’s very knowledgeable on foreign policy. He’s a problem-solver. He has supported comprehensive immigration reform. I think he has a lot to offer the people ofIllinois.”

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Pennsauken man’s longtime fight ends in deportationhttp://minutemanproject.com/pennsauken-mans-longtime-fight-ends-in-deportation/ http://minutemanproject.com/pennsauken-mans-longtime-fight-ends-in-deportation/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:33:05 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9490 By Allison Steele, The Philadelphia Inquirer July 31– Fidel Napier, a Pennsauken man from Jamaica who was targeted for deportation because of a 1998 drug conviction, was forced to return to his native country Thursday, his wife said. Napier, who grew up in Camden, was flown to Jamaica by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, […]]]>

July 31– Fidel Napier, a Pennsauken man from Jamaica who was targeted for deportation because of a 1998 drug conviction, was forced to return to his native country Thursday, his wife said.

Napier, who grew up in Camden, was flown to Jamaica by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, said his wife, Kiyonna. Since May, the family had been working to try to prevent his deportation by submitting letters from community members on his behalf, asking local political leaders for help, and appealing to federal authorities.

“We did everything we could think of to stop it from happening,” Kiyonna Napier said. “They still did it anyway.”

Napier is being held by authorities in Jamaica until someone comes to pick him up, his wife said. Her husband’s aunt is making plans to travel from the United States to Jamaica to bring him clothes and money and help him find a place to live. He has no friends, family, or contacts there, she said.

An April article in The Inquirer detailed Napier’s fight to remain in the U.S. after he became a target for deportation five years ago. Now 37, he came to the U.S. at age 5. At 20, he pleaded guilty to selling cocaine — an arrest he says was a wake-up call. He completed a drug program, served no prison time, and went on to build a career and marry his high school sweetheart, with whom he has three children.

In 2010, Homeland Security agents arrested Napier at the manufacturing company where he worked. Policies enacted under the Obama administration’s focus on removing felons and repeat offenders from the country, and his felony conviction, made Napier a high-priority deportation candidate. It is unclear when Napier came to the department’s attention or why he was not targeted until 12 years after his plea.

Napier has said he was unaware that the 1998 plea could jeopardize his status in the country or that his lawyer at the time did not know he was not a U.S. citizen. He has appealed the deportation decision without success, arguing in one filing that his stepfather had helped Camden police and federal agents make arrests of Jamaican-born gang members in Camden, and that a return to that country could put his life at risk.

Napier was detained by Homeland Security agents in May and taken to Newark, N.J. His wife and children had been visiting him ever since, until earlier this month, when he was transferred to a facility in Louisiana to prepare him for deportation, his wife said.

Kiyonna Napier said Thursday that her husband’s lawyer was applying for a U visa, which can be granted to victims of crimes. Napier was shot and injured at age 15 when he was near a shootout in Camden, she said, and the bullet is still lodged in his back. Though the application could take a year or more, Napier has a chance of qualifying for the program, she said.

The stress has caused her to suffer migraines and sleepless nights, and lose her appetite, she said. She has lost her job as a lab technician. Their 16- and 12-year-old daughters and 7-year-old son miss their father, she said, and she is struggling to pay the bills.

“There are people who kill people, and they’re allowed to walk the streets after they go to prison,” she said. “It just doesn’t seem fair.”

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Luis Gutierrez throws tantrum after immigration expert calls him out for dismissing Kate Steinle’s murderhttp://minutemanproject.com/luis-gutierrez-throws-tantrum-after-immigration-expert-calls-him-out-for-dismissing-kate-steinles-murder/ http://minutemanproject.com/luis-gutierrez-throws-tantrum-after-immigration-expert-calls-him-out-for-dismissing-kate-steinles-murder/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:02:07 +0000 http://minutemanproject.com/?p=9487 During a July 16 interview with Telemundo, pro-immigration extremist Rep. Luis Gutierrez had this to say about the murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of a convicted criminal illegal alien: After a reporter cited the killing in relation to sanctuary cities, [Gutierrez] responded: “Every time a little thing like this happens, [Republicans] use the most […]]]>

During a July 16 interview with Telemundo, pro-immigration extremist Rep. Luis Gutierrez had this to say about the murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of a convicted criminal illegal alien:

After a reporter cited the killing in relation to sanctuary cities, [Gutierrez] responded: “Every time a little thing like this happens, [Republicans] use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”

Unsurprisingly, numerous people took offense to Gutierrez’s dismissal of Steinle’s murder as “a little thing,” including Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Vaughan called Gutierrez out for his reprehensible comment:

“As someone who has also lost a close family member,” Vaughan said, “my brother, because of a negligent act by a sworn law enforcement officer and also a bad policy — and I should add that the offense that was committed was one that some on this committee would call a ‘minor traffic offense’ that killed my brother, I have to say that it is really not OK to refer to these tragedies as a ‘little thing,’ as one member of this committee has.”

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Vaughan continued, “I have a friend. Her name is Heather. A few years ago, she was carjacked at knife-point and taken to Roger  Williams’ Park in Providence, Rhode Island, and raped repeatedly by an illegal alien who had been in the custody of the Providence Police Department more than once,” but was released thanks to a mayor’s sanctuary city policies.

“This was not a ‘little thing,’” she declared. “I have other friends, some in this room, who can tell similar stories. And I’m afraid Congress is about to get away with doing just a ‘little thing’ just by barring funding from these sanctuary jurisdictions, some funding. And I’m asking you today to not be satisfied by just doing a ‘little thing.’ This big problem requires you to have the courage to do a bigger thing.”

Later, Gutierrez took the stand — and he absolutely imploded:

Here’s a synopsis, in case you can’t watch the above video or can’t make sense of Gutierrez through his fury:

About three minutes into his testimony, he asked to re-read a statement he made at another hearing. He began to read in an increasingly angry tone.

“I just want to, just for the record, because I think it is very important –” he paused, glaring daggers at the audience, likely at Vaughan. “Listen to this,” he demanded, with another pregnant pause. He then read aloud a statement he made during a July 14 hearing.

“‘I want to say to you, Mr. Gowdy, that I feel the same anguish and pain that I know the secretary does, and every American should at the death of that woman,’” he read. “That nobody has come here to look for excuses or anything else. I mean, this is a career criminal we have on our hands… This man is not an immigrant. Immigrants come here to work hard, sweat, and toil,” he read in staccato, before rushing on: “We should be warm and welcoming them; this man is a foreigner who has come to cause damage.”

He appeared to calm himself somewhat before stating: “‘Let’s fix our broken immigration system, so we can get rid of foreigners who come here to cause damage, harm and welcome immigrants.’”

“That is my statement,” he said, waving a piece of paper. “I’d just like to put it in the record, once again, because apparently Mrs. Vaughan didn’t read it,” he snarled. “Or take the time to read it.”

“Secondly, on the floor of the House of Representatives, on July 9, quote — and this is in the record, and I’d like to put it in the record once again, because apparently Mrs. Vaughan doesn’t read,” he spat, “what is actually said, in the English language, in the English language, that I have said.”

This was a deeply disingenuous thing for Gutierrez to say about Steinle’s murder: In English, he said he could “only imagine the grief her family is feeling” on the Congressional record. One week later, he said in Spanish her death was “a little thing.” Politicians talk out both sides of their mouth, but thanks to mass immigration, the U.S. can see its elected representatives do so in different languages.

Gutierrez closed out by accusing Vaughan of exploiting Steinle’s death in order to make him look bad. However, Gutierrez did a pretty good job of that himself.

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