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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

Immigration inquiries at N.C. jails removes criminal illegal aliens

More than 2,000 people arrested for violating state laws in the past year were flagged for deportation once they went to jail.

Jailers started checking inmates’ immigration status after a state law took effect last year requiring them to check identities of foreign-born people charged with felonies or driving while impaired.

In addition to the 2,099 destined to be deported last year, another 2,733 illegal immigrant inmates were identified through a partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association.

From October 2007 to the end of 2008, 7,000 people in the Atlanta region faced removal proceedings because they were found to be here illegally through local jail and prison checks, according to ICE. The Atlanta region is made up of North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Overall, the number of identity queries run by jails nearly tripled between 2007 and 2008 to 16,996.

State jails ran nearly 17,000 queries, but immigration officials only interviewed a total of 6,884 of those inmates, the sheriffs’ association reported.

The inmate immigration checks became a requirement after a law sponsored by state Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover took effect last year. She had sponsored the legislation in response to voters’ demands for a crackdown on unlawful immigration after the federal government failed to reform the law.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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

287(g) Screening pays off in Tennessee

By SHERIFF DARON HALL • September 14, 2008

When an opinion column ran Feb. 2, 2007, in The Tennessean with the headline, “Here is a tool to help the sheriff keep the community safer,” it could not have been more right. There is no doubt that our city is safer since the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office implemented the 287(g) program.

In the first 16 months of operation, 4,000 illegal immigrants (who committed crimes, were arrested and brought to jail) have been placed in removal proceedings. Of those, more than half had previous arrests.

During summer 2006, Nashville residents became frustrated after hearing of more than half a dozen homicides committed by illegal immigrants — many of whom had previous arrests on misdemeanor charges, but had been released from jail. Critics of the 287(g) program argue we should ignore the immigration status of arrestees until they commit a serious crime. I believe that is too late.

We regularly see evidence that screening all foreign-born arrestees pays off. Just last week, Juan Carlos Garcia was arrested for a misdemeanor crime. He was first arrested in Nashville for a misdemeanor and released before the implementation of 287(g). Between last week’s arrest and his first arrest, Garcia was charged and convicted of felony sexual assault of a child in Houston, Texas. Upon returning to Nashville, he was required to register as a sex offender — which he did not do. This is just one example of a low-level offender that is removed from the streets of Nashville because we screen all foreign-born arrestees. Would you have wanted him released? Without 287(g), he would have been.

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September 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beaufort County Jail check finds 170 illegal immigrants

Associated Press
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — A crackdown has identified 170 illegal immigrants in Beaufort County’s jail, and the sheriff said he has heard the extra scrutiny is causing a number of people in the U.S. illegally to leave the area.

The county is two months into a three-month crackdown on illegal immigrants. Agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement are at the jail, helping to weed out any inmates who should not be in the U.S.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that the next step will be investigating companies suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.

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September 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Harris County Texas Judicial candidate, Charles Bacarisse, works to improve Criminal Alien Program(CAP)

HOUSTON — Conservative leader Charles Bacarisse today saluted officials in Travis and Bexar counties for following his lead and partnering with the federal government to help identify and deport undocumented convicted felons rather than releasing them back onto Texas streets.

As a San Antonio Express-News story “U.S., local immigration teamwork is hailed” (go to https://ncvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2008/02…) details, the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) operated for many years as an informal arrangement between federal agents and local authorities across the country without a centralized tracking system.

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

Criminal Alien Program assists deportation of illegal immigrants

Hernán Rozemberg
Express-News

The rapid growth of a little-known program that teams federal agents with local authorities to identify and deport jailed immigrants is being embraced as a way to reduce crime and illegal immigration simultaneously. The expansion has been felt throughout South Central Texas, with 22 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents added to the area last year.


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February 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

McCain: The Illegal Immigration Candidate

Posted by Willmoore on Jan 29th, 2008

Say what you will about McCain, but he is a man who sticks to his principles, come what may. For example, the principle that 12 million illegals should be given amnesty and allowed to continue working in the United States.

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January 31, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Who is Juan Hernandez and why is he working for John McCain?

By Digger

Exclusive video from Digger’s Realm “Who is Juan Hernandez?” Watch it now!

Juan Hernandez, the former Mexican Secretary For Immigration Affairs under the Vicente Fox administration in Mexico, has been discovered to be working for the John McCain campaign as their Hispanic Outreach Director. For those who don’t know Juan Hernandez is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Having worked in Mexico’s government and now apparently in ours, I consider him a double agent and obviously not working in just the best interests of the United States, but in the best interests of Mexico as well. These best interests include allowing millions of illegal aliens in the United States to remain here and in the future for millions more to come.

Hernandez has been quoted, and as you’ll see in the video in his own words, as saying that the Mexicans who do remain here in the United States are hoped to remain loyal to Mexico. Is this the kind of immigrants we want in this country? Do we really want people with loyalties to other countries remaining legally here and obtaining citizenship?

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January 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Works! Worker Displacement Down!

National Data, By Edwin S. Rubenstein

Works! Worker Displacement Down!

For several years we have tracked a destructive, albeit seemingly inevitable, trend: the displacement of native workers by immigrants. The government’s employment figures tell the story. Since the start of the Bush Administration (January 2001) through December 2007

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National employment rose by 8.433 million (+6.1 percent)

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Hispanic employment rose by 4.4 million (+27.3 percent)

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Non-Hispanic employment rose by 4.0 million (+3.3 percent)

Bottom line: Over the past seven years Hispanic employment (the best available proxy for immigrant workers) grew more than 8-times faster than native (non-Hispanic) employment.

Since late summer, however, the roles have been reversed. From August through December 2007 Hispanics either gained jobs at lower rates, or lost jobs at greater rates, than non-Hispanics. Over this period:

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National employment rose by 458,000 (+0.3 percent)

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Hispanic employment fell by 61,000 (-0.3 percent)

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non-Hispanic employment rose by 519,000 (+0.4 percent)

The past four months marked the longest stretch of declining native displacement in seven years—as seen in our VDAWDI graphic:

Obviously, four months do not (necessarily) a trend make. The sharp contraction in residential construction, a sector notoriously dependent on illegal alien workers, undoubtedly played a role. A housing recovery could send VDAWDI back to record levels.

But 2007 was also a year in which the federal government ramped up enforcement efforts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 4,940 workplace arrests [Worksite Enforcement fact sheet, ICE] last year, a 13 percent increase from 2006. (In 2002 only 510 such arrests were made.)

Although fewer than 100 of the arrestees were employers, ICE obtained more than $30 million in fines, restitutions, and civil judgments against them in just the first three quarters of FY2007. (In FY2005 these fines totaled a laughable $6,500.)

Equally relevant, ICE fugitive operations teams arrested 30,408 criminal aliens in fiscal 2007. That’s nearly double the 15,462 arrests made in 2006, and a whopping 15-times the 1,901 arrested in 2003.

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January 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment