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Janet Napolitano Scrutinized By Congress Over New Deportation Measures

Aired 10/27/11 on KPBS News.

The Department of Homeland Security is under scrutiny in Congress over recent changes to immigration enforcement, including deportations.

ICE arrests more than 2,900 convicted criminal aliens, fugitives in enforcement operation throughout all 50 states in September, 2011. Photo courtesy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Above: ICE arrests more than 2,900 convicted criminal aliens, fugitives in enforcement operation throughout all 50 states in September, 2011. Photo courtesy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

— Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano faced questions Wednesday from the House Judiciary Committee on issues like border security, the latest rise in deportation numbers, and the controversial law enforcement program, Secure Communities.

But most of the criticism centered on what is known as the "prosecutorial discretion memo," a set of new guidelines for federal law enforcement like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the Border Patrol, which puts the focus on deporting undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes.

Republican Congressman Tim Griffin, from Arkansas, dismissed the memo as "administrative amnesty."

The secretary said Congress inability to act on immigration reform prompted her to act.

"I would say we are not bypassing the Congress, as much as we would like the Congress to address these issues," said Napolitano, defending the new guidelines. "And in fact, would invite that kind of engagement. What we are is suggesting, or giving guidance to the field."

Napolitano added that, looking forward, she would like to see greater enforcement of immigration laws in the workplace - not just on workers, but especially on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

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Brittanicus | October 27, 2011 at 11:42 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

YOUR JOB COULD EASILY BE NEXT. SO DEMAND E-VERIFY NOW!

Take your complaints to the doors of the Congress, as regards to illegal aliens stealing jobs, by way of collusion of dishonest business owners. Don’t moan about the policies of Sanctuary Cities, Dream Acts or the 6 small amnesties since covertly passed since 1986, unless you are ready to speak up. Then again, if you are incensed about the 20 million foreigners settled in America unlawfully, you can do something now. These migrants and immigrants are depleting the US federal and state treasuries and taxpayers pockets and then make your voice known. Tell the Senators and House Republicans you want Rep. Lamar Smith’s mandatory “Legal Workforce Act as bill H.R. 2885 brought urgently to the House floor. It will reduce illegal immigration nationwide, including your states. Stop the clogged classroom full of children of aliens and sever free health care of these families and empty prisons and jails. The $113 Billion dollars a year, should be going back into your bank account.
There is no credence in LEGAL IMMIGRANTS being arrested, as this sort of outright lie is generated from the Liberal and Democratic media. Those with a legal right to be here is completely free from any harassment. Any citizen or legal immigrant is welcome to the TEA PARTY membership, no matter the rhetoric and propaganda from the leftist morons.
ELECTED TEA PARTY FRESHMEN WHO DOESN’T VOTE FOR MANDATORY E-VERIFY IS BEING CAREFULLY WATCHED BY THOUSANDS OF TEA PARTY BRANCHES, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN IN FUTURE ELECTIONS? THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Your freshman Congressman has done nothing so far this year to advance the cause of E-Verify and driving illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs to open them up for unemployed Americans. This fax tries to focus your Congressman on the most important thing he/she can do right now to fight illegal immigration -- co-sponsor the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885).
WE NEED YOUR U.S. REP SIGNED ONTO H.R. 2885 THIS WEEK

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Brittanicus | October 27, 2011 at 11:44 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

A Year Ago, Your Representative Ran As A Newcomer Who Would Change The Way Congress Operates And Tackle The Tough Issues

But Your Rep. Has Done Nothing To Stop Illegal Aliens From Taking Payroll Jobs From Americans
And Is Not Co-Sponsoring ANY E-Verify Bill

H.R. 2885 NEEDS AT LEAST 100 CO-SPONSORS
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR HOUSE FLOOR VOTE

There are 43 freshman Congressmen on this list who have done nothing to support E-Verify in the 10 months after being elected.
They are behaving just like the national Republican establishment has behaved the last 20 years. Is that why they ran for Congress -- to just continue the Republican establishment's protection of illegal hiring of illegal aliens?

When Activists talked with some of the Reps on this list, they have said they will support E-Verify when it comes to the floor for a vote. But there will be no floor vote on E-Verify unless H.R. 2885 gets at least 100 co-sponsors soon.

If your Rep. is truly supportive of kicking millions of illegal aliens out of their payroll jobs and opening them up to millions of unemployed Americans, he/she won't stand on the sidelines waiting for a vote that may not ever happen.

Instead, your Congressman will get off the sidelines, call up Lamar Smith's office and ask to sign onto his Legal Workforce Act.

FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, I FEEL THAT THIS AUTUMN MAY BE OUR BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO COME TO PASS A BILL LIKE THIS.

TOLL-FREE PHONE
1-855-673-7058on this list who have done nothing to support E-Verify in the 10

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Brittanicus | October 27, 2011 at 11:44 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

WHAT TO SAY ON THE PHONE

If you've never called a congressional office before, I can tell you it is very easy and very low-key.

Step 1. When somebody answers, simply say: "I want to talk to somebody about Rep. Lamar Smith's E-Verify bill -- H.R. 2885."

(a) Most of the time, the first person answering the phone will take the rest of your comments.

(b) If you are transferred to somebody, just re-state the opening comment.

Step 2. Give your name and town or county.

Step 3. Then say you want you’re Representative to contact Lamar Smith this week and sign onto his mandatory E-Verify bill -- H.R. 2885.

Step 4. You can either:

(a) say "thank you" and end the call

(b) or provide some more information such as that contained in the following talking points:

Congress tackle issues that have been avoided for too long.

To date, though, Rep. xmxmxm has seemed to back the national Republican establishment's protection of illegal aliens and the employers who hire them. To date, he/she has not co-sponsored any bill to require E-Verify for every payroll job.

The only way there will be a floor vote on the H.R. 2885 E-Verify bill is if at least 100 Members co-sponsor it and show the House Leadership there is real support for stopping illegal aliens from holding payroll jobs.
VERSION A: Last year when running for election, Rep. xmxmxm indicated an interest in having Congress tackle issues that have been avoided for too long.

VERSION B: The Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to require E-Verify for every payroll job. But apparently the only way to get a vote on it this fall on the floor is to show the House Leadership that it has the support of at least 100 co-sponsors.

VERSION C: This country needs to see some bi-partisanship.

Please join with Members of both Parties who are signing onto H.R. 2885 because they care more about putting Americans back to work than partisan politics.

VERSION D: In this Congress, the E-Verify bill with the best chance of passing the House is Rep. Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 2885 because it has already passed the Judiciary Committee.

Millions of unemployed Americans are depending on this bill passing before Christmas.

WE NEED YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE SIGNERS LIST ASAP

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Brittanicus | October 27, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Millions of patriotic Americans getting this Alert have freshman Representatives who supposedly ran for office to do things differently. Many are members of the TEA PARTY and the TENS OF MILLIONS IN THE TEA PARTY REVOLUTION, must urge these individuals to sign on to H.R. 2885.

But until they sign onto the bill and moved out of Judiciary, there is little chance that the House Republican leaders will bring it to the floor for a vote. That means millions of Americans will stay unemployed instead of having a chance at the jobs that will be opened up when this bill throws millions of illegal aliens out of their construction, manufacturing, transportation, service and hospitality jobs.
You can also send a free fax, by going to NumbersUSA or call 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. House Representative's office to urge action in this next session in Congress. The TEA PARTY will not tolerate Sanctuary cities, Dream Acts, another Amnesty or any Immigration Reform that circumvents the law. As far too long the politicians have placed the interests of illegal aliens before its citizens and permanent residents. In additionally we must harass the both parties to build the REAL 2006 SECURE FENCE, an act already passed with no exceptions.
Entering America unlawfully must be prosecuted as a Felony, as currently it’s not even a Criminal offense. Then we will see some radical changes to this impossible plague.

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Missionaccomplished | October 27, 2011 at 2:33 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

E-verify is flawed. So save your breath.

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Missionaccomplished | October 27, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Wall street Journal ^ | June 17, 2004 | REVIEW & OUTLOOK

Groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Numbers-USA, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), ProjectUSA and the Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW) continue to use direct mail, television, radio and other media to target pro-immigration lawmakers throughout the country. Extra special attention is being paid to a GOP House primary in Utah, where incumbent Chris Cannon is facing a June 22 runoff against Matt Throckmorton. Mr. Cannon, now serving his fourth term, hasn't had a primary challenger since 1998. This one comes courtesy of deep-pocketed restrictionists campaigning on behalf of his opponent, who is running hard on xenophobia. CFAW and ProjectUSA have used billboards in Mr. Cannon's district to denounce him as a supporter of blanket amnesty for illegals. Mr. Cannon tops the restrictionists' target list because he's been one of the few politicians in either party to expose the extreme nature of their underlying agendas, which has less to do with immigration per se and more to do with environmental extremism and population-growth concerns influenced by the discredited claims of the 19th-century British economist Thomas Malthus. During a immigration subcommittee hearing in March, Mr. Cannon had the gumption to question the executive director of CIS, Mark Krikorian, as well as to challenge Roy Beck, who heads NumbersUSA and serves as "spokesman" for CFAW. After first denying it, Mr. Krikorian was forced to admit that CIS is a spin-off of FAIR. In fact, CIS, FAIR, NumbersUSA, Project-USA -- and more than a half-dozen similar groups that Republicans have become disturbingly comfy with -- were founded or funded (or both) by John Tanton, a retired doctor in Michigan. In addition to trying to stop immigration to the U.S., appropriate population-control measures for Dr. Tanton and his network include promoting China's one-child policy, sterilizing Third World women and wider use of RU-486. FAIR, where Mr. Krikorian once worked, is run by Dan Stein and shares advisers and personnel with CIS and other members of the Tanton nexus. As our Jason Riley noted in a March 15 op-ed, "By Dr. Tanton's own reckoning, FAIR has received more than $1.5 million from the Pioneer Fund, a white-supremacist outfit devoted to racial purity through eugenics." Representative Cannon says, "Tanton set up groups like CIS and FAIR to take an analytical approach to immigration from a Republican point of view so that they can give cover to Republicans who oppose immigration for other reasons."

So much for Nativist neo-malthusian groups like (skewed) NUMBERS USA:

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Missionaccomplished | October 27, 2011 at 2:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

"Millions of unemployed Americans are depending on this bill passing before Christmas."

Hey Britannicass, are they ready to go work in the fields, slaughterhouses and sweatshops across the country?

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