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  1. #1
    AP
    Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of USA.

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press

    Secretary of Homeland Security- designate Janet Napolitano smiles during a AP Secretary of Homeland Security- designate Janet Napolitano smiles during a luncheon for the political

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    WASHINGTON If you're a criminal and you're not entitled to be in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants you out of the country. Napolitano wants what she calls "criminal aliens" off American streets. She is looking at existing immigration enforcement programs to see if taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck.

    "That sounds very simple, but it's historically not been done," Napolitano said, speaking to reporters and senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday.

    About 113,000 criminals who were in the U.S. illegally were deported last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The agency estimates there are now as many as 450,000 criminals in federal, state and local detention centers who are in the country illegally.

    Napolitano said she wants to improve data-sharing among local, state and federal facilities. So far, there are jails in 26 counties across the country with computer systems that can talk instantly with immigration systems.

    The goal, Napolitano said, is for federal immigration officials to know whether an inmate is in the country illegally immediately after he is processed into a detention facility. After the criminal serves his or her sentence, immigration officials can be ready to deport that person right away.

    ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said the agency plans to expand this connectivity to all state and local detention centers over the next four years.

    Napolitano, whose job includes overseeing immigration laws, says she also will go after criminal fugitives who are in the country illegally.

    (This version CORRECTS number of criminal aliens deported last year to 113,000, sted 201,000.))
    USC and Legal, Honest Immigrant Alike Must Fight Against Those That Deceive and Disrupt A Place Of Desirability! All Are Victims of Fraud, Both USC and Honest Immigrant Alike! The bad can and does make it more difficult for the good! Be careful who y

  2. #2
    AP
    Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of USA.

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press

    Secretary of Homeland Security- designate Janet Napolitano smiles during a AP Secretary of Homeland Security- designate Janet Napolitano smiles during a luncheon for the political

    * Terrorist Safe Haven? Play Video Terrorism Video: Terrorist Safe Haven? FOX News
    * A New Direction for Anti-Terrorism Play Video Terrorism Video: A New Direction for Anti-Terrorism ABC News
    * Delhi police kill two 'militants' Play Video Terrorism Video: Delhi police kill two 'militants' BBC

    WASHINGTON If you're a criminal and you're not entitled to be in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants you out of the country. Napolitano wants what she calls "criminal aliens" off American streets. She is looking at existing immigration enforcement programs to see if taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck.

    "That sounds very simple, but it's historically not been done," Napolitano said, speaking to reporters and senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday.

    About 113,000 criminals who were in the U.S. illegally were deported last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The agency estimates there are now as many as 450,000 criminals in federal, state and local detention centers who are in the country illegally.

    Napolitano said she wants to improve data-sharing among local, state and federal facilities. So far, there are jails in 26 counties across the country with computer systems that can talk instantly with immigration systems.

    The goal, Napolitano said, is for federal immigration officials to know whether an inmate is in the country illegally immediately after he is processed into a detention facility. After the criminal serves his or her sentence, immigration officials can be ready to deport that person right away.

    ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said the agency plans to expand this connectivity to all state and local detention centers over the next four years.

    Napolitano, whose job includes overseeing immigration laws, says she also will go after criminal fugitives who are in the country illegally.

    (This version CORRECTS number of criminal aliens deported last year to 113,000, sted 201,000.))
    USC and Legal, Honest Immigrant Alike Must Fight Against Those That Deceive and Disrupt A Place Of Desirability! All Are Victims of Fraud, Both USC and Honest Immigrant Alike! The bad can and does make it more difficult for the good! Be careful who y

  3. #3
    yea right..
    This is a smoke screen ....She is appointed by Obama and therefore has the same philosophy as he.

    even if we deport em.. they will be able to come back. There is a waiver for everything and anything in this new proposal Destroy America 2009

    H.R.264
    Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)


    http://www.shusterman.com/cgi-...y/z?c111:H.R.264.IH:

  4. #4
    Can't we start with Obama's Aunt? Oh wait a minute she has now been given a temporary status until a decision is made. Any bet on what the outcome will be?
    If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

    Democrats - Brave enough to KILL our unborn, just NOT our ENEMIES!

  5. #5
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 4now:
    yea right..
    This is a smoke screen ....She is appointed by Obama and therefore has the same philosophy as he.

    even if we deport em.. they will be able to come back. There is a waiver for everything and anything in this new proposal Destroy America 2009

    H.R.264
    Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)


    http://www.shusterman.com/cgi-...y/z?c111:H.R.264.IH: </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I Know. Sounds nice However, even If only a dream.
    USC and Legal, Honest Immigrant Alike Must Fight Against Those That Deceive and Disrupt A Place Of Desirability! All Are Victims of Fraud, Both USC and Honest Immigrant Alike! The bad can and does make it more difficult for the good! Be careful who y

  6. #6
    System to Verify Worker Legality Is Delayed Again

    By Spencer S. Hsu
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 30, 2009; Page A07

    The Obama administration is delaying a planned crackdown on federal contractors that hire illegal immigrants to determine if the electronic system set up to check workers' documents can handle the surge in workload, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said yesterday.

    The federal government planned to require all contractors to use that government system, known as E-Verify, to screen all workers on contracts worth more than $100,000 after Jan. 15, but the Bush administration delayed the rule until Feb. 20 because of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This week, the new administration postponed it until May 21 to give itself "an adequate opportunity to review the rule."

    "I believe in E-Verify. I believe it has to be an integral part of our immigration enforcement system," Napolitano said. "The review is intended to see what needs to be done to increase the capacity for the E-Verify system, how quickly that can be done."

    The rule, proposed last June, is expecte d to roughly double the number of U.S. employers -- from about 100,000 -- that use E-Verify. Participation is now voluntary for employers and used only for new hires, covering about 11 percent of hiring.

    U.S. Chamber spokesman Robin Conrad said that in light of the "stressed economy," the organization is hopeful that the administration "will agree that E-Verify is the wrong solution at the wrong time."

    House Republicans criticized the move. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement saying, "It is ironic that at the same time President Obama was pushing for passage of the stimulus package to help the unemployed, his Administration delayed implementation of a rule designed to protect jobs for U.S. citizens and legal workers."

  7. #7
    Illegal immigrants leaving the USA? Not much according to this article. If it's bad here, it's probably worse there so why leave, especially if you have US citizen kids?

    Immigrants aren't leaving, despite harder times in U.S.
    "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

  8. #8
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">U.S. Chamber spokesman Robin Conrad said that in light of the "stressed economy," the organization is hopeful that the administration "will agree that E-Verify is the wrong solution at the wrong time."



    <span class="ev_code_RED">What the h.eck is she smoking?</span>
    House Republicans criticized the move. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement saying, "It is ironic that at the same time President Obama was pushing for passage of the stimulus package to help the unemployed, his Administration delayed implementation of a rule designed to protect jobs for U.S. citizens and legal workers."

    <span class="ev_code_RED">I totally agree. Lip service at its finest. It is just a smokescreen to try to keep the undocumented working in those jobs. How unamerican is that to not protect legal workers and our economy!</span>
    </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

  9. #9
    http://www.boston.com/news/pol...antiimmigration.html

    Anti-immigration group jumps on Obama's aunt case

    February 3, 2009 12:28 PM

    Illegal immigration didn't factor much in the presidential election, since Barack Obama and John McCain agreed on the broad outlines of policy to reform the system and provide a path to citizenship.

    But now an anti-immigration advocacy group is trying to use the case of Obama's aunt, who was discovered living in Boston illegally just before the election, to pump up the subject again.

    Zeituni Onyango, Obama's late father's half sister, faces an April 1 hearing on her immigration status and is believed to be living in Cleveland. Obama has said he wasn't aware of her case and has said the law should be followed.

    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC said this week it is filing an arrest request with Immigration and Customs Enforcement day and issuing a public demand for Obama to deport his aunt.

    First reported on the Washington Post's political blog, the group said, "Onyango is an illegal immigrant, who is currently under a court's order to leave the country or be deported, and has been living in taxpayer subsidized housing in Boston for five years. She is currently a fugitive from justice and is staying with friends in Cleveland vowing to fight against being deported now that her nephew is President.

    "President Obama has promised the American public that his administration will honor the principles of open government, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law," William Gheen of ALIPAC said in a statement. "Obama must either deport his aunt or destroy his own credibility by showing her favoritism."

  10. #10
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/1425/story/589912.html

    Homeland security nominee is tough on immigration

    Greg Gordon - McClatchy Newspapers
    Edition Date: 02/02/09

    WASHINGTON Few people have been closer to the center of the debate over illegal immigration than Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, the top Democrat in a conservative state with little sympathy for illegal immigrants.

    While taking a law-and-order posture on immigration enforcement, Napolitano has opposed the construction of a 700-mile wall along the Mexican border and stressed that policing immigration is a federal responsibility.

    Now as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, she won't be able to pass that buck anymore. It will be her task to enforce the nation's immigration laws, and her selection might be a signal that Obama wants to chart a moderate course on a volatile issue.

    Napolitano's job will be among the toughest in Washington for other reasons, too. She must guide an octopus-like collection of two dozen federal agencies charged with protecting Americans from terrorism and natural disasters.

    Her selection drew high praise Monday from key Democratic lawmakers and Republicans such as the current homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff, and her home-state senator, John McCain. They said that as a border governor, former U.S. attorney and state attorney general, she has the right mix of managerial skills, law-enforcement experience and understanding of the heated immigration issue to handle the challenges ahead.

    In introducing her, Obama said that Napolitano "has spent her career protecting people'' as a law-enforcement official and governor and "knows firsthand the need to have a partner in Washington that works well with state and local governments."

    James Ziglar, the last commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service under President George W. Bush before Congress shifted its functions to the newly created Department of Homeland Security in 2003, said: "I think she is very understanding of the immigration issue.

    "She's a very pragmatic, practical person who understands that enforcement is really important, but that . . . we have to have a way for people to come and go legally and serve the needs of our country in terms of labor and immigration,'' he said.

    While immigration reform efforts have collapsed in Congress in recent years, Ziglar predicted that Napolitano would work with "middle-of-the-road Republicans . . . to get some meaningful change."

    Jack Tomarchio, who resigned in August as a top homeland security intelligence official, said he worries that the incoming Obama administration will be so preoccupied with the nation's financial crisis and ending the Iraq war that fighting terrorism might drop in the pecking order.

    "That's a pitfall that they could easily fall into," he said.

    Last week's terror attacks in Mumbai, he said, should serve as a sobering alert to Napolitano and others in the administration: No more than 10 s******* with "the collective firepower of a U.S. Army infantry squad . . . pretty much brought (India) to its knees for a couple of days.''

    While U.S. agencies work to defend against a biological or nuclear attack, he said, a low-tech attack might be the greater threat.

    "The operational actions of those guys in Mumbai is being discussed by people in the Jihadi Internet," Tomarchio said. "They're studying it. They're looking at how they inserted these guys from the sea. They're looking at the kind of weapons they carried, and they're learning from that. These guys are all copy cats."

    Tomarchio, who coordinated the creation of 58 to 60 "fusion" centers across the country to ensure that federal, state and local law enforcement intelligence agencies share counterterrorism information, praised the performance of Arizona's unit under Napolitano as "one of the top three."

    However, he said, she could face a problem as states face budget shortfalls that could cut fusion center funding.

    Mike Signer, a senior policy officer on homeland security for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal research group, said that Napolitano will have a big say in whether to reshape her unwieldy department into "a more nimble, security-focused agency." But first, he said, she must contend with a "staffing crisis" because of a shortage of skilled people for key midlevel jobs in the agency.

    As a governor, Signer said, Napolitano should be open to learning from innovative work by cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, which are pioneering ways to infiltrate potential extremist groups and to strengthen surveillance.

    "She'll be good at that," he said. "She'll have a natural grasp of the very important role of entities outside of Washington.''

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