Immigration Enforcement

Alamance: 287g Battleground. Burlington, NC

From www.doublebarreledopinions.com :

There was a famous battle here in 1771 that help define the model for the colonists fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War. Just outside of Burlington, NC you can visit Alamance Battleground where the skirmish took place.

These days, we’re fighting another battle in Alamance County, illegal immigration. Starting in 2007, our Sheriff Department started participating in the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security to train and deputize local lawman and jailers as Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE).

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Sheriff Terry Johnson is doing a fine, outstanding job enforcing our laws and deserves a big Double Barreled Salute!

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One of our county commissioners, Ann Vaughan, tried to get a resolution calling for the Government Accountability Office, or another government office, to investigate the Sheriff and how his department is enforcing the 287(g) program. This occurred two meetings ago, and she was blocked from doing so because she had not put it on the agenda. At the last meeting (4/20/09) Commissioner Tim Sutton brought forth a resolution to support Sheriff Terry Johnson’s 287(g) illegal immigration enforcement program. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor with Ann Vaughan voting against the resolution.

Double Barreled Salutes to: Tim Sutton, Dan Ingle, Linda Massey, and Eddie Boswell for voting for this resolution supporting the Sheriff and what he’s doing. Thank you!

Unfortunately Terry Johnson and the 287(g) program are under attack by:

Here in the real world, I have yet to talk with anyone who understands why these people are against the 287(g) program, Sheriff Terry Johnson, or why anyone would support allowing illegal immigrants to take over our country.

The ACLU has put a drain on the Sheriff’s Department demanding paperwork for traffic stops, traffic checkpoints, etc. I would prefer that our tax dollars go towards enforcing our laws rather than mounds of paperwork.

Professor Roselle has conducted a study or studies of traffic stop data trying to prove that the Sheriff’s Department racially profiles Hispanics and is over aggressive in enforcing the 287(g) program.

The Times-News, as I’ve said here before in previous posts, is completely biased towards illegal immigration and open in their distain for our Sheriff. I have yet to read an article in The Times-News that does not try to make the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s department look bad. The Times-News star pro-Hispanic and pro-illegal immigration reporter, Karen Rivas is a very talented writer and really pulls the emotional heart strings when reporting these stories.

Here’s a typical Karen Rivas tactic. This is from an Times-News article that ran on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 about a “panel” held at Elon University to “discuss” the 287(g) program. Rivas’ article mentions that the “panel” consisted of four people but does not name them. She says Sheriff Terry Johnson was invited as was ICE but they both declined to attend. I don’t blame them – no reason to give any legitimacy to the event. From what I’ve read about the panel, it was basically a 287(g) and Sheriff Terry Johnson bashing session. Rivas interviewed two Hispanic people who attended the even and who did not what their last names used because they’re here illegally. She quotes one of them in her article several times, but this one quote summarizes the whole problem: “He added that people need to see that though many immigrants are here illegally, they are not criminals but simply people who are looking for a better life for their families“.

The fact is, if you’re here illegally, you ARE a criminal.

In another part of her article, Rivas quotes Professor Hannah Gill of UNC as saying “Many immigrants live in a mixed household where one parent may be a legal resident but the other isn’t, where one sibling is foreign-born while the others were born in the United States… At the light of this reality, when a person is deported, an entire family system is affected. By implementing program like 287(g), she said, officials are alienating those who they want to integrate“.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reporting Illegal Alien Tax and Social Security Fraud

How Do I Contact the Fraud Hotline?

Internet: Fraud Reporting Form
U.S. Mail: Social Security Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 17768
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
FAX: 410-597-0118
Telephone: 1-800-269-0271 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
TTY: 1-866-501-2101 for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Question Mark Icon What is the Fraud Hotline?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Fraud Hotline provides an avenue for individuals to report fraud, waste, and abuse within the SSA’s programs and operations. We handle allegations regarding violations of law or regulations affecting SSA programs and operations.

Question Mark Icon What Should I Report to the Fraud Hotline?

A variety of situations may be considered fraud in the SSA programs. Some examples are:

  • Conceals work activity while receiving disability benefits
  • Receives Social Security Benefits for a child not under their care
  • Fails to notify SSA of the death of a beneficiary and continues to receive and cash the checks of the deceased
  • Conceals their marriage or assets from the Social Security Administration while receiving Supplemental Security Income payments
  • Resides overseas and is receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments

Below are several examples of potential violations that affect Social Security programs or operations. You can click on each topic below to learn more.

Question Mark Icon What Should I not Report to the Fraud Hotline?

Questions about Social Security Benefits

The Fraud Hotline cannot assist individuals with questions about their Social Security account, requests for new or replacement Social Security number (SSN) cards, or issues involving the granting or denial of benefits. These issues can be addressed by:

Medicare or Medicaid Fraud

In addition, if you wish to report Medicare or Medicaid fraud, please contact:

Identity Theft

The use of your Social Security number by someone else to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC collects complaints about identity theft from those whose identities have been stolen. Although the FTC does not have the authority to bring criminal cases, the FTC can help victims of identity theft by providing information to assist them in resolving the financial and other problems that can result from this crime. The FTC puts your information into a secure consumer fraud database and may, in appropriate instances, share it with other law enforcement agencies and private entities, including any companies about which you may complain. You can reach the FTC directly by:

The Social Security Administration cannot fix your credit record if someone has misused your Social Security number (SSN) to obtain credit. To resolve your credit problems, you need to contact the institution that authorized the credit and/or issued the credit card, as well as the major credit reporting agencies. Obtain a copy of your credit report and ask that an alert be placed on your credit record requiring that you be contacted before credit is extended using your name and SSN. The three major credit reporting agencies are:

  • Equifax — 1-800-525-6285
  • Trans Union — 1-800-680-7289
  • Experian — 1-888-397-3742

Work with each credit bureau, creditor, employer and government agency involved to remove inaccurate information from your records. You should continue checking your credit report annually for inaccuracies. Keep copies of your correspondence, records of your telephone calls and other documents verifying your efforts to correct the problem.

The Federal government and numerous states have passed laws prohibiting identity theft. Anyone who intentionally uses the Social Security number of another person to establish a new identity or defraud the government is breaking the law.

To get more information about the Social Security numbers and identity theft, download the following publications and/or visit the following websites.

FTC Information

Social Security Information

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Question Mark Icon What Do I Need to Know When Contacting the Hotline?

To act on your allegation, we need you to provide as much identifying information as possible regarding the suspect, victim, and the details of what occurred. The more you can tell us, the better chance we have of determining whether a crime has been committed. Your information should include the following:

  • Who committed the Fraud? (Include Suspect Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Address, and Telephone Number)
  • Who the Victims are? (Include Victim Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Address, and Telephone Number)
  • What exactly did the suspect do?
  • Where did the fraud take place?
  • When did it happen?
  • How was the fraud committed?
  • Do you know why the person committed the fraud?
  • Who else has knowledge of the potential violation?

Question Mark Icon May I Remain Anonymous?

Yes, however, please keep in mind that your decision for anonymity may limit our ability to conduct a complete investigation.

Question Mark Icon Will My Identity Remain Confidential?

In some instances, informants may believe that the disclosure of their identities may create problems or place them in danger. We will protect the identity of complainants to the maximum extent allowed by law and only release your identity to those officials who have a need to know. Specifically, Section 7(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 precludes the IG from disclosing the identity of a Social Security employee who reports an allegation or provides information, without the employee’s consent, unless the IG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-SSA employees who report allegations may also request confidentiality.

Question Mark Icon What Can I Expect if I Make A Report to the Hotline?

We cannot provide information regarding what action we have taken on any allegation reported to our office. Federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation. Unless you are contacted directly by one of our investigators, there will be no communication from our office. Under no circumstances will we provide you with the “status” of action taken on the allegation.

If you are an SSA employee, SSA may not take action against you solely because of your submission of an allegation to the SSA OIG hotline. Federal laws protect employees from reprisals by their employers for “blowing the whistle” on illegal activity.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

How to report H1-B Violations

Instructions for Form WH-4: H-1B Nonimmigrant Information Link…

This form is authorized by 8 U.S.C. 1182(n)(2)(G)(ii) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998. The information provided on this form will assist the Department of Labor in determining whether the named employer of H-1B nonimmigrants has committed a violation of provisions of the H-1B program. A person can fill out this form to report alleged H-1B violations by an employer. The form must be forwarded to the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) office which has jurisdiction over the physical location of the employer. For WHD locations, see the telephone directories under U.S. Government, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division or http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/whd/america2.htm on the internet.

WH-4 Please provide as much of the requested information as possible. Attach additional sheets if you need additional space to respond to a question. If you do not understand a term, or need assistance in the completion of this form, please contact the local Wage and Hour office of the U.S. Department of Labor. After you submit the form, a representative from the Department of Labor may contact you if further information is necessary to initiate an investigation.

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Even Symbolic H-1B Curbs Provoke Employer Outcry

The latest chapter in the Alice in Wonderland story of the H-1B visa program for cheap foreign labor surrounds provisions applied to employers receiving money from the Troubled Assets Recovery Program (“TARP”).

The new rules apply what are known as the “H-1B Dependent” provisions of the H-1B program to TARP fund recipients. While largely symbolic, these provisions have provoked a response in the media that has been hysterical (“Protectionism,” “closing the job market to highly skilled workers,” “anti-free market,” and “turning away talent“).

Reality check. Look at the list of the top users of H-1B visas. The top is dominated by foreign companies that bring in hundreds, even thousands, of H-1B computer workers each year but who do not hire Americans for these positions. The H-1B Dependent provisions do not hinder them in the least.

There are two new “restrictions” on TARP fund recipients:

1. The employer must certify that it did not or will not hire an H-1B worker if it has laid off a U.S. worker in a job that involves essentially the same responsibilities and is located in the same geographic area of employment within 90 days. 8 U.S.C. § 1182(n)(1)(E)(i), (n)(4)(A)-(B).

2. The employer must certify that it has recruited U.S. workers for the position and offered the job to any U.S. worker who is equally or better qualified. 8 U.S.C. § 1182(n)(1)(G).

(There is actually a third provision under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(n)(1)(F), but it is unlikely to ever be applicable to a TARP recipient).

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Companies Seek H-1B Foreign Worker Primarily Because of Age Discrimination

Ever since 1992, when I started writing about H-1B, I’ve been stressing that not only is H-1B centrally about cheap tech labor, cheap tech labor is in turn centrally about age. Younger workers are cheaper than older ones, both in wages and health insurance costs. Of course, in addition, the younger H-1Bs are even cheaper than the younger Americans.

Result: An employer may hire a 24-year-old H-1B instead of a 24-year-old American, and usually will hire that 24-year-old H-1B instead of a 35-year-old American.

In my article for California Labor & Employment Law Review I showed the stark difference in the computer field:

group 25th percentile median 90th percentile
new grads $45,000 $50,664 $61,500
all workers $65,070 $82,120 $120,410

This is a savings in the 30-50% range, which is larger than the 15-20% difference I found between H-1Bs and Americans of the same age. Getting a young H-1B is of course the best of all from a thrifty (though shortsighted) employer’s point of view, but the savings in hiring the H-1B come even more from the age factor than from the exploitation aspect.

If you have serious interest in the H-1B issue, constantly remind yourself of this fact–the H-1B program is fundamentally about age. Employers use the program as a means of avoiding hiring the older (age 35+) Americans. THE H-1B PROGRAM IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT AGE. It is impossible to consider reform, or even academic analysis, of H-1B without having this fundamental issue at the forefront of the discussion.

Which brings me to the CNN video, titled “Students Worry about Economy,” filmed at Georgia Tech.

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Stimulus Loophole Gives 300,000 Jobs to Illegals

An estimated 300,000 construction jobs paid for by the stimulus plan will go to illegal workers after leading Democrats removed a provision requiring verification of citizenship, a leading immigration expert tells Newsmax.

The House version of the $787 billion stimulus bill required verification of the legal residency of anyone put to work by its spending. But that provision was removed from the bill before members of Congress met to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), tells Newsmax the verification provision was deleted by Democratic leaders even before the bill reached the conference committee, where differences between House and Senate legislation are normally ironed out.

“When it got to conference, the top people — not just the conference members, but the top people: Reid, Pelosi, and Obama — chose to kill the provision and not include it,” Camarota says. “This was a purposeful decision.”

The provision would have required that workers’ names to be vetted through the Internet-based E-Verify system. E-Verify, a joint project of the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, gives employers a quick means of verifying employee eligibility.

“E-Verify is our most effective tool for preventing illegal immigrants from getting jobs, and they chose not to use it,” says Camarota.

The estimate of 300,000 construction jobs is based on U.S. Census and other studies showing that approximately 15 percent of U.S. construction workers are illegal immigrants.

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

New ICE program enhances identifying and removing criminal aliens in Fairfax County

Now criminal and immigration records of all detainees to be checked

FAIRFAX, Va. -Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies have been added to a growing list of jurisdictions throughout the country that are receiving access to a program called Secure Communities, administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Fairfax County is the first location in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the first in Virginia to participate. Secure Communities will streamline the process for ICE to determine if an individual in local custody is a potentially removable criminal alien.

Beginning today, the immigration records in DHS’s biometric database, if any, of every individual booked in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and other sites in the county will be checked. Formerly as part of that booking process, arrestees’ fingerprints were taken and checked for criminal history information against the DOJ biometric system maintained by the FBI. With the implementation of Secure Communities, the fingerprints of arrested individuals will now be automatically checked against both the FBI’s criminal history records and the biometrics-based immigration records maintained by DHS.

If an individual’s fingerprints match those of a person in DHS’s biometric system, the new automated process will notify ICE and the participating agency submitting the fingerprints. ICE will evaluate each case to determine the individual’s immigration status and take appropriate enforcement action. Top priority will be given to offenders who pose a threat to the public safety, such as aliens with prior convictions for major drug offenses, murder, rape, robbery, and kidnapping.

“Secure Communities is a new effort to identify and ultimately remove dangerous criminal aliens from our communities,” said Executive Director for ICE Secure Communities David Venturella. “Our goal with this ICE program is to use technology to prevent criminal aliens from being released back into the community, with little or no additional burden on our local law enforcement partners.”

“This is a win-win situation both for the community and law enforcement,” said Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry. “We will be able to identify illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Fairfax County and get them in the process for deportation, and it does not require additional funds or manpower from us.”

Secure Communities enhances the ongoing joint efforts by ICE and the law enforcement agencies in Virginia. Eventually, in collaboration with DOJ and other DHS components, ICE plans to expand this capability to all state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. Approximately 50 counties nationwide are current Secure Communities participants.

Secure Communities is the cornerstone of DHS’s comprehensive plan to distribute technology that links local law enforcement agencies to both FBI and DHS biometric systems. DHS’s US VISIT Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) holds biometrics-based immigration records, while the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) contains biometric-based criminal records.

“US VISIT is proud to support the Secure Communities program, helping provide decision makers with comprehensive, reliable information when and where they need it,” said US VISIT Director Robert Mocny. “By enhancing the interoperability of DHS’s and the FBI’s biometric systems, we are able to give federal, state and local decision makers information that helps them better protect our communities and our nation.”

“Under this plan, ICE will be utilizing FBI system enhancements that allow improved information sharing at the state and local law enforcement level based on positive identification of incarcerated criminal aliens. Additionally, ICE and the FBI are working together to take advantage of the strong relationships already forged between the FBI and state and local law enforcement necessary to assist ICE in achieving their goals,” said FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) former Assistant Director Tom Bush.

Secure Communities is a key facet of ICE’s enforcement priority to identify, locate and remove criminal aliens and builds on the growing success of the agency’s Criminal Alien Program. In fiscal year 2008, ICE identified more than 221,000 potentially removable aliens incarcerated nationwide. This fiscal year, the agency anticipates spending more than $1 billion on such efforts, which in addition to Secure Communities, also includes expansion of the agency’s Criminal Alien Program and Fugitive Operations Program.

More information about ICE’s Secure Communities program is available at www.ice.gov.

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

As unemployment reaches 8.1 percent, over 7 million illegal aliens working in america

The unemployment report is out, and it is UGLY…our national Unemployment Rate is now over EIGHT PERCENT, some 4.3 Million LEGAL AMERICANS and/or Legal Immigrants have lost their jobs since the start of this Second Great Depression. So why isn’t President Obama taking immediately steps to GET ILLEGAL ALIENS OUT OF THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE. Two easy steps to put Illegal Aliens out of work would be:

1. Instant enactment of E verify, and make it a mandatory participation program for all employers. Further, make it mandatory that all current and future employees be verified through E Verify.

2. Increased Work Place and Neighborhood Raids by ICE, Border Patrol, FBI, and all law enforcement agencies with the specific intent of TARGETING AND DEPORTING LARGE NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS.

Deportation of 12-25 Million Illegal Aliens would lower property taxes in many areas where home owners are being forced to pick up the tab to educate over 4.5 million children of illegal aliens. Deportation of America’s Illegal Aliens would put upwards of SEVEN MILLION LEGAL AMERICANS BACK TO WORK.

WAKE UP MAIN STREET…it is US OR THEM, and right now over seven million of them (Illegal Aliens) are working because you have been MEEK LITTLE LAMBS marching to your own slaughter. What is it going to be? Are you fine losing your home, are you fine with your children STARVING? ARE YOU FINE MOVING YOUR FAMILY INTO THE FAMILY MINI VAN? We can force Obama to take the necessary steps to DEPORT THESE VERMIN that are stealing food from the mouths of YOUR CHILDREN, but only if you become vocal, only if you let Washington DC know your RAGE.

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Anger Grows in India over H1-B U.S. Visa Rules

With the economies in the U.S. and India both struggling and with unemployment rising, the outsourcing of American jobs to Indian workers has become an even more explosive issue. That’s leading business leaders, politicians, and ordinary citizens in both countries to focus on a controversial visa program, the H-1B, that allows a limited number of foreigners to work at U.S. companies for up to six years. Critics have long claimed the program allows high-paying software-writing and engineering jobs at companies and state governments to go to foreigners.

On Feb. 23, the H-1B critics got a new round of ammunition. Data released by the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services showed that in 2008, for the second year running, many of these visas went to Indian IT services companies that were sending engineers to the U.S. temporarily to work. In effect, a visa that had been designed for U.S. corporations to remain competitive at a time of talent shortage had become a blessing for the U.S. operations of global Indian companies, allowing them to send engineers from India, rather than hiring locally.

The news comes at a time when many Indians already suspect the U.S. is trying to put a squeeze on the country’s successful outsourcing industry. Each year, the American government hands out 65,000 H-1B visas, and Indian engineers receive many of them. However, as part of President Obama’s economic stimulus package, Congress passed provisions to bar any U.S. company that receives bailout dollars from directly hiring workers on these H-1B visas.

Fueling India’s Diaspora

In India, there has been a swift outcry. “This is just irrational protectionism,” says Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of India’s Planning Commission. “It makes no economic sense at all.”

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Lake Co. Illinois Criminal Alien program leads to 260 deportation cases

By identifying illegal aliens arrested in Lake County as soon as they come into the criminal justice system, the federal Criminal Alien Program has resulted in 260 deportation cases being opened since Sept. 1, Sheriff Mark Curran and other officials said Tuesday.

Administered by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security, CAP allows ICE to place a detainer on any illegal immigrant arrested for a felony offense.

The detainer places an indelible mark on an inmate’s paperwork that follows him or her through the system, and upon completion of the criminal proceedings against the inmate, results in their immediate transfer to ICE for deportation.

“The cost of illegal immigration to law enforcement and the criminal justice system is astronomical,” said Curran, who touted the program at the Lake County jail as proof of the results of local law enforcement cooperation with the federal government. “We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of laws as well, and we are enforcing the law in Lake County.”

Curran said CAP is different from the ICE 287g program he has also applied to be a part of, because unlike 287g, his employees do not receive power to do any functions usually performed by ICE agents.

Gail Montenegro, public affairs officer for the six-state area covered by ICE’s Chicago office, said the CAP program resulted in the opening of 221,085 deportation cases last year, up from 164,296 in 2007.

Not all those targeted for deportation have left the country, she said, because ICE waits for jail or prison sentences imposed on convicted criminals to be served before removing them from the country.

In Lake County, Curran said roughly 20 percent of the jail population at any given time is made up of illegal aliens and that there are currently 152 foreign-born individuals in his custody.

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment