This is the Ryan amnesty bill that Rep Karen Handel voted for this week – FACT SHEET from NumbersUSA
June 30, 2018
This is the Ryan amnesty bill that Rep Karen Handel voted for this week – FACT SHEET from NumbersUSA
June 29, 2018
Karen Handel (R) says not passing amnesty bill is “defacto amnesty” – which sounds a lot like Barack Obama, John McCain and more than a hundred other amnesty advocates
Republican Karen Handel is my Rep in the U.S. House. I wish she wasn’t. I would much prefer a pro-enforcement conservative who wasn’t funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce letter here.
“Importantly, the bill also would have prohibited the separation of children from parents at the border. The status quo is unacceptable. Doing nothing perpetuates lawlessness at our border and results in de facto amnesty.” – Georgia Republican Congresswoman Karen Handel, on her vote for the Ryan amnesty bill and what would have been the largest amnesty in American history. Twitter, June 27, 2018. Here.
“That’s the real amnesty – leaving this broken system the way it is. – Former President Barack Obama, November, 2014. Here.
“Doing nothing on immigration was worse and amounted to de facto amnesty.” – Argument used by Republican Senator John McCain to promote “comprehensive immigration reform” – June, 2008. Here.
“Doing nothing is not an alternative” — and tantamount to “amnesty.” – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Florida Republican, long-time amnesty advocate and Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Conference. Here. January, 2014.
“If Congress does nothing, it’s amnesty…” – Bruce Frasier, president of Dixondale Farms in Carrizo Springs, Texas pushing for cheaper labor for Big Ag. Here.
ADDED JULY 2, 2018 (this is kinda fun.)
“…leaving it the way it is is amnesty.” – Gang of Eight amnesty pusher, Marco Rubio, in a sales pitch to the U.S. Senate for the RubiObama amnesty in 2013. Here (11:32 on the video counter).
“Doing nothing is de facto amnesty” – Former (Bush) Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and more than one hundred Establishment Republicans in a letter to congress pleading for passage of the Gang of Eight amnesty and a larger supply of cheap labor. Printed in the New York Times, July 30, 2013. Here.
June 20, 2018
“If It were possible to enforce a ban on lying , a ghastly silence would fall over the city of Washington.” ~ Thomas Sowell
“If It were possible to enforce a ban on lying , a ghastly silence would fall over the city of Washington.”
June 19, 2018
Letter that did not see publication in the AJC – the hardships of minimum wage workers in affordable housing and immigration
The AJC Business section recently brought us a story (Minimum wage workers in crisis, June 14) on t – . It seems that there is nowhere in the U.S. these low-wage workers can afford so much as a two-bedroom apartment. http://epaper.ajc.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?appid=2870&artguid=403a2ba6-375b-48f8-9a82-851d07785940
Voters who express knee-jerk support for increasing already too-high immigration levels and another amnesty for illegal aliens should understand that the natural laws of supply and demand also apply to immigration, the labor force and the housing market.
The undeniable reality is that that more workers mean lower wages and more demand for housing. It is comical to watch clueless young hamburger-flippers march for a $15 an hour wage one day and for open borders the next – on orders from political organizers who claim to be advocates for America’s downtrodden poor.
We should return to the lower immigration levels of the 1980’s.
Sue Lanier King
Fast Fact: Thousands of DACA recipients with arrest records, including 10 accused murderers, allowed to stay in US
Thousands of DACA recipients with arrest records, including 10 accused murderers, allowed to stay in US
13% of DACA had arrest record
EXCLUSIVE – Nearly 60,000 immigrants with arrest records — including 10 accused of murder — have been allowed to stay in the United States under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Monday.
According to DHS, 59,786 DACA recipients have been arrested while in the U.S. — approximately 7.8 percent of all who have been approved to remain in this country under the program since it was created in 2012. Of those, 53,792 were arrested before their most recent request for a so-called “grant of deferred action” was approved. Another 7,814 were arrested after their request was approved.
The DHS statistics do not indicate how many of the arrested immigrants were convicted of crimes, nor do they indicate whether charges were reduced or dropped. They also do not indicate how many arrested DACA recipients were deported as the result of a conviction.
Francis Cissna, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director, told “Fox & Friends” the agency wants to release as much data about DACA as possible for the public and lawmakers to be informed.
“I would like people to keep in mind . . . whatever they do, I would hope that we, at USCIS, would be able to turn down these people . . . if we think they’re a public safety threat . . . if someone is a gang member . . . even if they don’t have a conviction,” Cissna said.
WHAT IS DACA AND WHAT DOES THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANT TO DO WITH IT?
Of the 53,792 DACA recipients with a “prior” arrest, more than 4,500 had been arrested on allegations of assault or battery; 830 arrests were related to sex crimes — including rape, sexual abuse or indecent exposure; and 95 arrests were made on warrants for kidnapping, human trafficking or false imprisonment. Ten such arrests — or 0.02 percent of all arrests — were made in murder cases. HERE.
U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults
Myth vs. Fact: DHS Zero-Tolerance Policy
In recent days, we have seen reporters, Members of Congress, and other groups mislead the public on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) zero-tolerance policy.
Federal law enforcement officers have sworn duties to enforce the laws that Congress passes. Repeating intentionally untrue and unsubstantiated statements about DHS agents, officers, and procedures is irresponsible and deeply disrespectful to the men and women who risk their lives every day to secure our border and enforce our laws.
DHS has a policy to separate families at the border.
DHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border. However, DHS does have a responsibility to protect all minors in our custody. This means DHS will separate adults and minors under certain circumstances. These circumstances include: 1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution.
Familial Relationship – If there is reason to question the claimed familial relationship between an adult and child, it is not appropriate to detain adults and children together.
Prior to April 2017, DHS never separated families arriving at the border.
DHS has separated families under the circumstances described above. Because of court decisions, DHS can generally no longer hold families in detention beyond 20 days.
DHS can indefinitely detain families who cross the border illegally.
DHS generally releases families within 20 days. This creates a “get out of jail free” card for illegal alien families and encourages groups of illegal aliens to pose as families hoping to take advantage of that loophole.
In 2014, DHS increased detention facilities for arriving alien families and held families pending the outcome of immigration proceedings. However, a federal judge ruled in 2015 that under the Flores Settlement Agreement, minors detained as part of a family unit cannot be detained in unlicensed facilities for longer than a presumptively reasonable period of 20 days, at which point, such minors must be released or transferred to a licensed facility. Because most jurisdictions do not offer licensure for family residential centers, DHS rarely holds family units for longer than 20 days. The judge’s ruling made it much more difficult for the Federal government to use the detention authorities Congress gave it.
DHS is referring for prosecution all families coming to the border.
DHS only refers to the Department of Justice those adults who violate the law by crossing the border illegally (or who have violated some other criminal law) and are amenable for prosecution. When adults, with or without children, unlawfully enter this country, there must be a consequence for breaking our laws.
DHS is not referring for prosecutions families or individuals arriving at ports of entry or attempting to enter the country through legal means. These families and individuals have not broken the law and will be processed accordingly.
DHS is turning away asylum seekers at ports of entry.
DHS complies with Federal law with regard to processing individuals claiming asylum at ports of entry.
CBP processes all aliens arriving at all ports of entry without documents as expeditiously as possible without negatively affecting the agency’s primary mission to protect the American public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the nation’s economic competitiveness through facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
As the number of arriving aliens determined to be inadmissible at ports of entry continues to rise, CBP must prioritize its limited resources to ensure its primary mission is being executed. Depending on port circumstances at the time of arrival, CBP officials will allocate the necessary resources to its primary mission and operate appropriate access controls and queue management procedures for those arriving aliens without proper travel documents.
DHS separates families who entered at the ports of entry and who are seeking asylum – even though they have not broken the law.
If an adult enters at a port of entry and claims asylum, they will not face prosecution for illegal entry. DHS does have a responsibility to protect minors we apprehend and will separate in three circumstances:1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution.
Once separated, arriving alien adults cannot contact minors and are not told where the minors are being held by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
DHS is committed to and has procedures in place to connect family members after separation so adults know the location of minors and have regular communication with them.
HHS and DHS work to facilitate communication between detained adults and minors (in HHS custody) in a number of ways to include telephone and/or video conferencing. Additionally, ICE has posted information in all over 72-hour facilities advising detained adults who are trying to locate, and/or communicate with a child in the custody of HHS to call the Detention Reporting and Information Line (DRIL) for assistance. This posted information includes:
HHS Adult Hotline (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in both English and Spanish):
ICE Call Center (Monday-Friday, 8 am-8 pm EST):
Language barriers prevent aliens apprehended at the border, and subject to prosecution, from receiving adequate information.
All US Border Patrol trainees are required to take Spanish language training while at the Border Patrol Academy, and achieve proficiency in Spanish. All Border Patrol personnel on the Southwest Border are bilingual.
CBP apprehends illegal aliens from numerous countries that speak many languages other than Spanish. Should an agent ever have a language or communication issue, they are required to find another Agent who speaks the language or to utilize contract interpreters.
All Border Patrol personnel at the border are directed to clearly explain the relevant process to apprehended individuals. CBP provides detainees with written documentation (in Spanish and English) that lays out the process – to include the appropriate phone numbers to contact.
CBP and ICE officers are not properly trained to separate minors from their custodians.
The safety of CBP employees, detainees, and the public is paramount during all aspects of CBP operations. CBP treats all individuals in its custody with dignity and respect, and complies will all laws and policy, including CBP’s National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS). TEDS reinforces/reiterates the need to consider the best interest of children and mandates adherence to established protocols to protect at-risk populations, to include standards for the transport and treatment of minors in CBP custody.
All ICE facility staff who interact with adults receive trauma-informed care training. ICE is augmenting mental health care staffing, to include trained clinical staff, to provide mental health services to detained adults.
DHS detention facilities are in poor condition and do not provide clean drinking water.
DHS facilities are safe and sanitary, and adults and minors are provided access to food and drinking water, medical care as needed, and adequate temperature control and ventilation.
DHS and HHS houses migrants in “inhumane fenced cages” or in an “ice box.”
DHS and HHS utilize short-term facilities in order to process and temporarily hold migrants that have been apprehended. These short-term facilities do not employ the use of ‘cages’ to house minors. Certain facilities make use of barriers in order to separate minors of different genders and age groups – for the safety of those who are being held. Additionally, CBP facilities have adequate temperature control and ventilation. ICE facilities are designed for longer-term detention of adults and, in some cases, families.
DHS takes seriously our responsibility for the safety and security of all migrants in the custody of the United States government.
DHS has never separated families for prosecutions before – this is a new policy in this Administration.
Illegal border crossers, including family units, were referred for prosecutions, as appropriates, under the previous Administration. The average referral rate for amenable adults from FY10 – FY16 was 21 percent.
By choice, DHS refuses to keep families together through the immigration adjudication and removal process.
Court decisions interpreting the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which has been in existence for over 20 years but was significantly broadened in 2015, limits the government’s ability to detain family units. Pursuant to these court decisions, minors detained as part of a family unit cannot be detained in unlicensed facilities for longer than a presumptively reasonable period of 20 days, at which point, minors must be released or transferred to a licensed facility. Because most jurisdictions do not offer licensure for family residential centers, DHS can rarely detain a family for longer than 20 days.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) requires unaccompanied alien children (other than those from contiguous countries – Mexico and Canada – who are eligible to withdraw their application for admission) be transferred from DHS to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours, absent exceptional circumstances.
Last Published Date: June 18, 2018
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