Immigration Enforcement

Illegal Aliens and mortgage mess

The mother of all bailouts has many fathers. As panicked politicians prepare to fork over $1 trillion in taxpayer funding to rescue the financial industry, they’ve fingered regulation, deregulation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, both Bushes, greedy banks, greedy borrowers, greedy short-sellers and minority home ownership for blame.

But there’s one giant paternal elephant in the room that has slipped notice: how illegal immigration, crime-enabling banks and open-borders Bush policies fueled the mortgage crisis.

It’s no coincidence that most of the areas hardest hit by the foreclosure wave – Loudoun County, Va., California’s Inland Empire, Stockton and San Joaquin Valley, and Las Vegas and Phoenix, for starters – also happen to be some of the nation’s largest illegal alien sanctuaries. Half of the mortgages to Hispanics are subprime. A quarter of all those subprime loans are in default and foreclosure.

Regional reports across the country have decried the subprime meltdown’s impact on the illegal immigrant “victims.” A July report showed that in seven of the 10 metro areas with the highest foreclosure rates, Hispanics represented at least one-third of the population.

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Women sentenced in illegal alien mortgage fraud

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Two Leawood women have been sentenced to probation for helping illegal immigrants commit $7.7 million in mortgage fraud through the use of stolen Social Security numbers.

The women were not given prison time, partly because only four of the 102 mortgages received by the undocumented workers have gone into default.

Doris Toledo, 68, and her daughter, Sylvia Toledo, 43, each received a sentence of 18 months’ probation, eight months suspended prison time and a $25,000 fine. They had previously entered no-contest pleas to one count of false writing.

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas police enter immigration 287(g) enforcement pact

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have entered into an agreement with the Metropolitan Police Department that allows specially trained officers at the Clark County Detention Center to identify immigration violators and initiate deportation proceedings, an ICE spokeswoman confirmed today.

The department last year applied for the 287(g) partnership with ICE, a pact that empowers local officers to do some forms of immigration policing.

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congress Extends E-Verify for Six Months

On Saturday, September 27th, Congress completed work on H.R. 2638, a continuing resolution (CR) that contained a short-term reauthorization of E-Verify, extending the program until March 6, 2009. This leaves the program vulnerable to a new administration and a new Congress using it as a bargaining chip in attempts to pass amnesty for illegal aliens. The Senate passed this stop-gap spending bill on Saturday on a 78-12 vote, while the House had passed it earlier in the week by a 370-58 vote. The CR is designed to fund government operations until Congress reconvenes after the first of the year.

As of Monday morning, the Senate had failed to take up H.R. 6633, a five year reauthorization of E-Verify that had passed the House on July 31st by a 407-2 vote. For months, E-Verify has been placed on hold in the Senate by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) unless the Senate would agree to include two controversial provisions which would “recapture” visas that went un-issued between 1992 and 2007, adding an estimated 570,000 extra visas to the immigration system. (See, FAIR Legislative Update, September 22, 2008)

The CR also continues government operations at 2008 levels, and provides $600 billion in fiscal 2009 spending for the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. (Roll Call Gallery Watch, September 27, 2008)

In addition to the short extension of E-Verify, the CR contains funding for the program through fiscal year 2009 at $100 million. (H.R. 2638, Title 4)

The bill also provides $9.82 billion for Customs and Border Protection, which is $334 million above the President’s request and $398 million above the 2008 spending level. This includes:

  • 2,200 new Border Patrol agents
  • $775 million, for Border Security, Infrastructure and Technology

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is funded at $4.99 billion, $254 million above 2008 and $241 million above the President’s request, including:

  • $1 billion to identify dangerous criminal aliens and prioritize these individuals for removal once an immigration judge orders them deported
  • State and local immigration enforcement programs that are funded at $99.7 million, $2.2 million more than requested. The 287(g) program to assist and train local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws and coordinate with ICE, is funded at $54 million, $14 million above 2008 and equal to the request. (U.S. House Appropriations Committee DHS Summary)

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Bradley County, Tennessee partners with ICE and joins Criminal Alien Program

Written by B. Gault, Public Information Office
Monday, 22 September 2008
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has joined the Federal Criminal Alien Program offered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Criminal Alien Removal Act of 2008 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out a program to:

  1. Identify incarcerated criminal aliens.
  2. Ensure that such aliens are not released into the community.
  3. Remove such aliens from the United States upon release.

Sheriff Tim Gobble and Chief Deputy Bill Dyer met recently with representatives of ICE to finalize details of Bradley County’s participation. The act focuses on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated in Bradley County thereby helping to ensure that they are not released back into our community after they serve their sentence.

This program allows the correction staff in the Bradley County jail’s booking office to check the immigration status of all new inmates. As a normal part of the booking process correction officers will ask all inmates a number of questions such as where they were born and if they are a United States citizen. If the officer suspects the person being booked is here illegally or that their immigration status is questionable, an inquiry will begin to obtain more information about the individual. Those with questionable legal status have their names faxed to ICE for computer records checks and status verification.

If ICE cannot verify legal status, the individual is assumed to be here illegally and ICE will issue a federal detainer and forward it to the BCSO. This allows the BCSO to hold these individuals after their court proceedings are over and / or sentence is served.

Once the judicial process has concluded, the person will be held for federal authorities who have 48 hours to pick them up and begin deportation proceedings. This program also prevents those identified as illegal aliens from being released on bond once the detainer is received.

Sheriff Gobble said, “This is a step in the right direction, but the Federal government must get the illegal alien problem under control by securing the U.S. borders and quickly deporting all who come here illegally. The first test of citizenship is the ability to follow the law. If someone comes to this country illegally they have failed the first test of citizenship and should be deported until they can demonstrate adherence and respect for this country’s rule of law.”

“I am a great supporter of legal immigration and I am proud that the Statute Of Liberty still welcomes the world’s ‘tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ and holds her welcoming lamp ‘beside the golden door.’”

“However, I am strongly opposed to illegal immigration. It is important for all immigrants desiring citizenship to come here legally, it is also imperative that the federal government reduce the immigration bureaucracy and streamline a legal immigration process that promotes lawful entry into this country instead of discouraging it.”

Chief Deputy Dyer pointed out over the last several years there has been a noticeable increase in criminal offenders being brought to the jail who are unable to provide the arresting officer and the booking officer with either a driver’s license, social security card or any authenticated immigration papers.

Sheriff Gobble has worked diligently for months seeking viable solutions for the increasing local illegal alien problem.

“Getting this illegal alien problem under control will promote public safety and National Security for all citizens.”

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September 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

E-VERIFY WILL DIE IF CONGRESS DOESN’T ACT THIS WEEK

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has two choices:

  • No. 1: Go around Sen.Menendez who has a “hold” on H.R. 6633, the “clean” E-Verify re-authorization bill passed by the House.   Sen. Reid can bring this back-room filibuster to the Senate floor for a vote. If he does this, there easily will be the 60 votes necessary to stop Menendez and allow an overwhelming majority vote to pass H.R. 6633. (Reid reportedly doesn’t want to do this because he doesn’t want to force some of his Democrats to have to go on record just before the election.)
  • No. 2: Avoid a vote altogether by talking to Menendez privately, persuading him that what he is doing is threatening the reputation of the Democratic Party just before elections and get him to withdraw his “hold” on H.R. 6633. (This way, Reid could then bring H.R. 6633 to the floor in the “hot-wire” fashion which will pass by voice vote.)

Either way, the American worker and public wins. It is all about Reid doing one of those two things.

This is why we want you to put particular pressure on Democratic Senators to put an end to Menendez’ shameful grandstanding. Fortunately, Senate Republicans are standing firm against Menendez.

SEN. MENENDEZ’ E-VERIFY BLACKMAIL DEAL

After we told you that some Republican Senate staffers were working with Sen. Menendez (D-N.J.) for massive increases in foreign workers, you hammered Republican offices for not holding the line for a “clean” E-Verify bill.

Your efforts really worked. By the end of this last week, Republican Senate staffs were going into negotiations with Democrats and making it clear they were united in oppositiion to a foreign-worker surge at this time of 5-year-high unemployment and financial industry collapse.

Sen. Menendez apparently is not bothered by the 5-year-high official unemployment rate — or even by the 292,000 additional American workers who went on unemployment in August alone.  He is insisting that if we keep E-Verify, then we have to add another 550,000 foreign workers next year to the 1.1 million immigrants already scheduled to come.

(AS A REMINDER: E-Verify is the central tool for taking away the job magnet from illegal immigration. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to kill it so outlaw businesses will have more freedom to hire illegal workers. E-Verify is the on-line system that businesses can type into for each new hire and find out if they are an illegal alien.

(If you live in Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia — or any other of the places that have started mandating that businesses use E-Verify — your efforts to combat illegal immigration will be halted. )

THE MENENDEZ/SESSIONS WRESTLING MATCH

Thursday night on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) tried to “hot-wire” a Senate bill re-authorizing E-Verify. This is a procedure that if nobody is on the floor to object, you can get a bill through. It is supposed to be for non-controversial bills. Sessions’ point was that it shouldn’t be controversial to simply continue this proven E-Verify program.

But Sen. Menendez stood up to object, saying that H.R. 6633 (the House-passed re-authorization) was better than the Senate one Sessions was offering.

Sessions then said that was fine and that he was changing and offering H.R. 6633.

At that, Menendez suddenly turned on the bill he had been extolling and said he wouldn’t allow a vote on E-Verify unless the Senate agrees to add another 550,000 permanent greencards to the 1.1 million already slated for next year! He offered his bill with that surge, and Sessions stood firm saying “NO WAY.”

This is what we have known about Menendez from the backrooms for some time, but it is the first time Menendez has exposed himself so clearly and publicly.

We cannot allow the enemies of America’s workers to blackmail us. Even though E-Verify is essential in the fight against illegal immigration, we still have to be willing to let it die this week rather than allow massive increases in permanent foreign workers.

No, I am not being stubborn instead of practical.

Consider that the point of E-Verify is to protect American workers — and communities — from too many foreign workers.

Does it make any sense to get E-Verify passed by giving away hundreds of thousands more U.S. jobs to other foreign workers?

The point of our fight is to protect American workers and communities.  E-Verify is the best tool going (although Congress needs to make it mandatory for it to really start pushing millions of illegal workers to go home). But we will have accomplished nothing by re-authorizing a voluntary E-Verify while flooding American occupations with another 550,000 foreign workers through Menendez’ bill.

ROY BECK is CEO & Founder of NumbersUSA

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September 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

E-Verify ambush

Janice Kephart
Sunday, September 21, 2008

COMMENTARY:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched an all-out attack on E-Verify, the successful federal program that allows employers to screen out illegal aliens at the beginning of the hiring process. Why?

It has taken more than 20 years, but E-Verify is finally in a form that is helpful to those employers who choose to use it. It’s on the Web, with straightforward access. Error rates are low. The human-resource personnel who use it attest that it is easy to use, cheap and helps straighten out hiring issues up front, before cost and disruption become a grave concern. The most recent labor statistics show about 1 in 8 new hires nationwide is now checked through the system. E-Verify has clear momentum.

E-Verify replaced a paper-based system that employers incessantly moaned about for good reason. Even after Sept. 11, 2001, employers were in a no-win situation with the federal government; they faced an immigration law rightly forbidding the hiring of illegal workers but had to rely on a paper-based system which couldn’t verify the identities or documents of new hires.

Then, with the creation of E-Verify in 2004, the main burden for determining work authorization shifted to the government in a meaningful way, modernizing what was known as the Basic Pilot Program.

E-Verify taps into the Social Security Administration (SSA) database for verification and, for foreign workers, checks with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Photos are available for those presenting immigration cards as their IDs, and this is to be expanded to include passport photos and, hopefully, driver’s license photos as well.

Kinks in the system are continually being fixed at a remarkable pace; 94 percent of hires are now verified instantly, with a mere 1 percent requiring further action – and most of these are new citizens who haven’t had their Social Security information updated. The rest are rejected as not authorized to work. Chilling – and perhaps good proof that E-Verify is doing its job – is that the numbers rejected by E-Verify as not authorized to work closely parallels the estimated percentage of illegal aliens in the work force, about 5 percent.

It is mystifying, then, that the Chamber so vigorously attacks E-Verify, including opposition to a pending rule that federal contractors, paid with taxpayer money, be required to use E-Verify when hiring to help them better abide by the law that requires them not to hire illegal aliens in the first place. Doesn’t the Chamber appreciate a program that’s working to protect them and is fast, efficient and a good value? The Chamber claims E-Verify is full of mistakes and non-matches, yet the numbers don’t back that up.

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September 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Wake County 287(g) snags 435 illegal aliens in first two months

Since early July, 435 illegal immigrants have been identified in the Wake County Jail under a federal program designed to help local law enforcement authorities get a better handle on immigrants charged with crimes.

The numbers are higher than many federal officials predicted, but Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he wasn’t surprised to find illegal immigrants comprise 15 to 20 percent of his daily jail population. About 1,500 inmates are in the jail on an average day.

County detention officers began participating in the federal 287-G program three months ago.The program trains local officers to use federal data to determine the immigration status of people charged with crimes and to begin the deportation process for those found to be in the U.S. illegally.

Harrison and other sheriffs had expressed frustration at not knowing whether someone charged with a crime was in the country illegally because they didn’t have access to federal immigration databases.

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Local Immigration Resolutions in North Carolina

What Is Your County Doing About Illegal Immigration?
A Review Of Local Policies in North Carolina

Many local and state officials claim their hands are tied when it comes to immigration enforcement. “It’s a federal issue,” they say – as if to suggest they would change things if only they could. By contrast, the U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that as “sovereign entities” states and localities “have the inherent authority to enforce civil and criminal violations of federal immigration law.”

While it is true the federal government possesses exclusive authority to regulate immigration, this means Congress is responsible for determining who should or should not be admitted into the United States. Apart from this, the federal government has made it clear it needs local assistance in enforcing immigration law. Consider that there are an estimated 11 million to 40 million illegal aliens in the United States. Yet, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only employs 2,000 federal agents dedicated to interior immigration enforcement. On the upper end, this equates to 1 agent per 20,000 illegal aliens. By contrast, there are approximately 800,000 local law enforcement officers in the United States. This is a ratio of 50 to 1 – much better odds. To facilitate local cooperation in enforcing immigration law Congress created the 287(g) program in 1996. Likewise, federal law generally prohibits the extension of most state and local welfare, retirement, health and postsecondary educational benefits to illegal aliens.

Local governments not only have an important role to play in enforcing federal immigration law, they are duty bound to do so. The North Carolina Constitution affirms that “every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance” to the U.S. Constitution and that “no law or ordinance” may contravene federal law. Similarly, state law (G.S. §11-7) requires every elected and appointed official, including all local officials, to “solemnly and sincerely” swear to support the U.S. Constitution. Per North Carolina law (S.L. 2007-494), all counties and localities should also be participating in the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), if they are not already enrolled in 287(g).

Below is a summary of what North Carolina’s counties and cities are doing to combat illegal immigration.

Alamance County:

  • 287(g) participant

Beaufort County:

  • English as the official language of Beaufort County (Feb. 02, 2006).
  • Removal of all non-English signs/ads/displays from county property, unless required by law (Feb. 08, 2007).
  • Request for quotation (RFQ) for legal advice on how to verify legal status of clients seeking services from the county health department (Nov. 13, 2007).
  • Resolutions opposing admission of illegal aliens to community colleges (Dec. 12, 2007; Jan. 7, 2008; March 6, 2008).
  • English-only requirement for all county-controlled telephone systems, with exceptions made for Adult Protection and Child Protection programs (Feb. 4, 2008; March 6, 2008).
  • Request county manager to seek legal advice in learning how to limit public services and benefits to illegal aliens (Feb. 4, 2008).
  • Resolution requesting that voter registration forms not be in Spanish and that the N.C. Board of Elections verify the legal status of new voters (Feb. 4, 2008).
  • Committee formed to estimate how much illegal immigration is costing the citizens of Beaufort County (April 7, 2008; July 7, 2008).
  • Requirement that county funding for literacy education be limited to the education of legally present persons (June 4, 2008).

Cabarrus County:

  • 287(g) participant

Cumberland County:

  • 287(g) participant

Davidson County:

  • English as the official language of Davidson County (Nov. 14, 2006).

Forsyth County:

  • Requirement that all prospective county employees prove they are legally authorized to work in the United States (Oct. 23, 2006).

Immigration Map

Gaston County:

  • 287(g) participant
  • Cease funding all federal and state non-mandated programs and all local programs that provide services to illegal aliens (Nov. 9, 2006).
  • Prohibit employers with county contracts from hiring illegal aliens (Nov. 9, 2006).
  • Update housing standards and limit the number of persons that may live in rental dwellings (Nov. 9, 2006).
  • Urge county law enforcement to fight illegal alien criminals by “consistently checking” the immigration status of each undocumented resident upon arrest using “accessible data, fingerprints, and/or federally verified social security numbers rather than tax identification numbers” (Nov. 9, 2006).

Henderson County:

  • 287(g) participant

Town of Landis:

  • English as the official language of the Town of Landis (Sept. 11, 2006).

Lincoln County:

  • Cease funding all federal and state non-mandated programs and all local programs that provide services to illegal aliens (June 18, 2007).
  • Require employers with county contracts to cease hiring illegal aliens (June 18, 2007).
  • Urge county law enforcement to fight illegal alien criminals by consistently checking the immigration status of each undocumented resident upon arrest “by such available means as fingerprints, verified social security numbers, and other accessible data” (June 18, 2007).
  • Encourage the county sheriff to partner with ICE to “verify undocumented residents during the investigation or processing of any public safety infraction or offense” and detain illegal aliens for deportation (June 18, 2007).

Mecklenburg County:

  • 287(g) participant

Wake County:

  • 287(g) participant

Want to learn more?

Check out this free guide from the Federation for American Immigration Reform:
http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=research_statelocalguide or contact Dr. Jameson Taylor at jameson.taylor@nccivitas.org, director of policy at the Civitas Institute. You may also want to attend our Illegal Immigration and Local Governments Workshop happening on Friday, September 19th.

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

E-Verify Required for Vendors Doing Business With Rhode Island

Sep 16, 2008, By Wayne Hanson

Back in March, Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri authored an executive order requiring Executive Branch hires and all contractors, subcontractors and vendors doing business with it to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to ensure that companies were not hiring illegal immigrants, that Social Security numbers were valid, and that hiring was in compliance with federal and state law.

The order was challenged in court by the ACLU and a restraining order was sought to stop enforcement.

Yesterday, however, Gov. Carcieri announced that Superior Court Judge Pfeiffer’s ruling had denied the restraining order. “We are pleased with the judge’s decision to deny the temporary restraining order, which allows the administration to move forward in requiring vendors to use E-Verify,” said Carcieri. “More importantly, the decision clearly recognizes that my executive order was within my authority and allowed by the state’s constitution.”

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September 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment