Thursday, January 5, 2012
TRAC - ing ICE and the DHS
Syracuse University Hot on the Trail of Deception
|American Patrol Report -- January 5
Syracuse University has an online system called TRAC -- the Transactional Records Clearinghouse. TRAC not only collects and organizes data - it goes after the feds with the Freedom of Information Act -- FOIA.
Here is a sample....
Agency's Immigration Enforcement Claims Not Supported By Own Data
Syracuse, N.Y. Case-by-case records provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that many fewer individuals were apprehended, deported or detained by the agency than were claimed in its official statements congressional testimony, press releases, and the agency's latest 2010 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. [...]
And it also appears to be a part of a larger pattern. In a three-page letter dated September of 2010, for example, ICE informed TRAC that key statistical data it had previously provided us were now "unavailable" and that the agency without explanation, was unilaterally imposing a $450,000 FOIA processing fee. ICE also claimed that Syracuse University was not an educational institution.
Earlier in the same year a sister agency in the Department of Homeland Security --- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) --- demanded a $111,930 processing fee. While time consuming, these and other Administration feints, have not stopped TRAC from its two decades long campaign to obtain revealing information from ICE, USCIS, the IRS, the Justice Department and other agencies.
American Patrol Report Comment
At every level, the Obama Administration has been lying to the people about law enforcement.
|Associated Press sc
Arpaio asks for facts to back up civil rights case
An Arizona sheriff whose office has been accused of a wide range of civil rights violations conditionally agreed Wednesday to take part in discussions with federal officials about ways to correct the alleged violations. -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that his office first needs the U.S. Justice Department to provide facts to back up its allegations that his office racially profiles Latinos...
|WABE -- Atlanta
State leaders propose reforms to federal guest worker program
In Georgia, certain crops have been using the federal H-2A program for more than ten years. Take Peaches. Dan Bremer, an H-2A consultant, says farmers in Fort Valley rely on the program for workers. But Georgia's blueberry growers don't. -- "It's a very short season, so it's fairly expensive to do an H-2A program in blueberries in Georgia."
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Local cops growing tired of criminal aliens being set free
On Wednesday, the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD) spoke out publicly on their growing frustration over continuously arresting the same illegal aliens over and over again. -- SFPD Lt. Louis Carlos told KOAT TV: "Somebody's dropping the ball. These suspects have an immigration detainer, meaning Immigration takes control of them. And somehow, they're ending up back on the streets of Santa Fe."
|Anthony Martin -- The Examiner sc
A rank stench emanating from the White House
A rank stench now emanates from the White House that should give any freedom-loving American an acute case of panic. Even liberals who have an affinity for Obama's ideological slant should be concerned, for they too are at risk in this growing climate of unprecedented power-grabs by an Executive Branch that is apparently raging out of control...
|William Heuisler -- The Examiner
Gunrunning and the felony murder doctrine
Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder told Congress that, until just weeks ago, he knew nothing of "Operation Fast and Furious" (F&F) that smuggled 2000 guns to Mexican drug cartels and was the proximate cause of murder. -- Tucson District Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was killed in December of 2010 with a military-grade assault weapon smuggled to criminals with the aid and approval of the ATF...
|David Codrea -- The Examiner
ATF reportedly relieves Fast and Furious managers prior to OIG report
Gun Rights Examiner and Sipsey Street Irregulars received information this evening that three of the prime Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives players in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal have been relieved of duties. -- William Hoover, ATF's Deputy Director during Fast and Furious, who was recently reassigned as Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office...
Companies offer youth jobs for Obama to announce
President Barack Obama hasn't reduced youth unemployment, so his officials are now pressuring companies to let him announce a wave of new summer jobs and internships. -- In the stalled economy, Hispanic and African-American youth "have suffered extremely... [so] it's important those youth have encouragement and support," Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis said in a Dec. 4 press conference...
|KUNC-FM -- Greeley, Colo.
Usual suspects blast Romney on illegals
With the Iowa caucuses over and attention shifting to the New Hampshire primary, Colorado Democratic leaders are wasting no time blasting presumed GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, with party officials focusing on what they say is the former Massachusetts governor's hard line stance on illegal immigration. -- Governor Romney won Colorado's Republican caucuses handily in 2008...
DHS report details visa push despite fraud risk
Dozens of rank-and-file federal immigration officials say their bosses pressure them to approve visas, even at the risk of fraud and security concerns, according to the news website The Daily. -- The revelation comes from a new Homeland Security report The Daily obtained stating that high-ranking officials of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp visa applications...
|One News Now
The Obama Regime's soft spot for illegals
An immigration enforcement advocacy organization says a new illegal immigration hotline set up by the Obama administration is just another effort to make it more difficult to deport illegal aliens. -- Recently the Obama administration announced that it is establishing a new hotline for illegal alien detainees who feel they "may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime." The service is to be available 24 hours a day...
|Efe -- Madrid
Illegals stand to benefit from new California laws
Among the 760 new laws taking effect in California in 2012 are several likely to benefit the state's large, mainly Hispanic [illegal alien] population. -- As well as the highly promoted authorization for undocumented college students to receive privately funded scholarships, Law AB 844 allows [illegal alien] students who have a place on the student body government of a public university to receive the corresponding payment...
Obama makes four recess appointments of dubious legality
President Barack Obama made four recess appointments Wednesday, naming three new members to the National Labor Relations Board and appointing Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But the appointments may have been illegal, according to past administration statements. -- Obama's own lawyers publicly stated in a 2010 exchange with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts that...
|Becky Akers -- LewRockwell.com
From Democracy to dictatorship
As I walk the streets of Manhattan, I study the other pedestrians and wonder if they sense our danger. A mother pushing her son's stroller laughs into her cell phone; two elderly gentlemen greet each other effusively; a jogger shuffles past; shoppers lug their treasures home. No one looks especially worried or upset, and I wonder if they've heard about the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012...
Texas troopers to patrol Rio Grande for Mexican cartels
The Texas Highway Patrol will soon hit the water. The Rio Grande, actually. -- Arguing the federal government continues to do too little, too late to protect the U.S.-Mexico border, the state of Texas feels compelled to pick up the slack. -- The Rio Grande Valley, the 120-mile-wide stretch of the Texas-Mexico border in the deepest part of Texas, has become the nerve center for Mexican drug cartel cross-border activity...
|Nashville Business Journal
Tennessee releases new immigration guidelines
The state of Tennessee has released guidelines related to immigration reform that was a hot topic for the business community last year. -- The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act is now in effect, requiring employers to follow new guidelines with all employees they hire after Jan. 1 of this year. Debate over immigration reform --- which initially would have gone much further --- was a major issue for businesses...
Lawmakers dispute Obama ballot eligibility
Several New Hampshire legislators declared at a press conference today that President Barack Obama is not a "natural born citizen" of the United States and that New Hampshire voters were defrauded by Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. -- Coos, District 1, state Rep. Larry Rappaport told the crowd he has filed a petition asking New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney to investigate...
Obama gets two 'awards' for worst product failures of 2011
President Barack Obama can claim partial credit for two of this year's greatest product failures described in a top-seven disaster list prepared by Yahoo! Finance. -- The top two product disasters were a push-up bra for pre-teens and Netflix's short-lived Qwikster video-rental spin-off. -- But two autos pushed by Obama's government-directed auto companies won slots No. 3 and No. 6 on Yahoo!'s...
|Fox News Latino
Arizona candidate asked to prove English-language skills
This year, Alejandrina Cabrera put city officials of San Luis, Arizona in the hot seat. -- Twice, Cabrera and the group she heads, For a San Luis with a Future, launched unsuccessful recall drives against the mayor. -- Now, Cabrera, who is vying for a seat on the City Council, finds herself in the hot seat. -- Last week, the council approved a motion asking for verification that Cabrera meets a state law requiring any person...
|Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner
Panga with illegals and 2,500 pounds of marijuana nailed
A predawn interdiction on Wednesday led to the capture of 10 illegal [aliens] caught with 2,500 pounds of marijuana on a Mexican "panga" boat along the Ventura County coast just north of Los Angeles. -- California National Guardsmen, working in support of the Central California Maritime Agency Coordination Group, initially spotted the vessel offshore and relayed the information to the U.S. Border Patrol...
|Courier-News Plainfield, Ill.
Cook County jail fails to hold homicide suspect for ICE
A suspected drunken driver charged with killing a pedestrian on a northwest side of Chicago street last year is now on the run --- and the victim's family is pointing the finger at Cook County's elected leaders. -- William "Denny" McCann's family believes the suspect, Saul Chavez, would still be in the custody of law enforcement --- and not a fugitive --- if the Cook County Board hadn't passed an ordinance...