By Chris Carrington
The Daily Sheeple
February 20, 2013
A new US Special Forces training program using immigrants as the ‘enemy’ is to be run at Yale University.
The $1.8 mn program is to be run by Dr Charles Morgan lll, professor of psychiatry at Yale School of medicine and it will be run at the Yale University campus.
“I want students to be interviewing someone they can’t necessarily identify with.”
For that reason he will chose people from Moroccan, Columbian, Nepalese and Ecuadorian backgrounds and from other ‘applicable’ immigrant communities.
The subjects will be paid for their time.
Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple. Wake the flock up!
By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:09 EST
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) got an earful at a town hall in Tucson on Tuesday over his support for comprehensive immigration reform.
As members of the audience became more and more angry, the Arizona senator explained that the border near Yuma was largely secure and mass deportations did not make sense.
“There are 11 million people living here illegally,” he told the crowd. “We are not going to get enough buses to deport them.”
“One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration,” according to The Associated Press. “Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.
“I remember when you were in bed with [former Massachusetts Sen. Edward] Kennedy,” one man said.
“In bed with Kennedy? Thank you,” McCain laughed. “That conjures up a specter that I have to reject, sir. Thank you for the compliment.”
“Cut off their welfare and all their stuff and they’ll go back!” the man insisted as the audience applauded. “You said, ‘Build the dang fence.’ Where’s the fence?”
At that point, McCain pointed to a chart showing that millions were being spent to build fences along the southern border.
“That’s not a fence!” the man shouted.
“Oh, that’s not a fence? It’s a banana,” McCain quipped. “We’re putting up a banana with about $600 million of appropriations we have.”
Another person was angry that there were not more armed troops on the border.
“If you look at the Constitution of the United States, we are not allowed to have an armed militia on our border,” McCain said. “Because that’s what our founding fathers wanted. Your problem is with them, not me.”
Following the event, the former Republican presidential nominee lashed out at a reporter from KPNX after he asked about the tenor of the event.
“You want to tell a story that there was somehow a problem here at this town hall meeting,” McCain said. “That’s the story you want to tell. It’s not true. It’s what I’ve been doing for 30 years, long before you ever came to the valley.”
Watch this video from KPNX, broadcast Feb. 19, 2013.
By Rachelle Younglai
Posted 2013/02/20 at 8:09 pm EST
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2013 (Reuters) — More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system.
The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007.
Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported.
Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States legally, and 31 percent want most illegal immigrants to stay.
These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting that people’s views on immigration have not changed dramatically since the immigration debate reignited in Congress last month, according to Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.
“It’s not Americans’ views that are shifting. It is that the political climate is ripe for this discussion,” after the November election when Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Democratic President Barack Obama, she said.
“Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out to Hispanics,” she added.
Polls show that most Americans back immigration reform, although they often have different ideas of what that means, with some people favoring looser immigration laws while others want to see greater border security.
A group of eight U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan deal to enact immigration reform, the first major attempt since a similar overhaul died in Congress six years ago.
The senators’ proposal calls for a full path to citizenship for illegal immigrants once they pay back taxes and a fine and wait in line behind others applying to become Americans.
A plan by Obama has similar provisions, but the senators want any move to relax immigration laws dependant on boosting security on the southern border.
February 19, 2013
The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.
The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”
In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”
As an investigator I learned two things early on: How to lie well enough to get the information I wanted, and the other is never to believe what you’re told. As Ronaldus Magnus (Ronald Reagan) loved to repeat, “Trust, but verify”. It is an old Russian proverb that I’m afraid many people have never learned.
Fox News recently ran a story by the Associated Press, presenting the Government’s case in the ammunition purchase. But it was poorly written and the reporter did not ask the right questions, nor did they do all their homework.
From the story:
ICE’s ammunition requests in the last year included:
- 450 million rounds of .40-caliber duty ammunition
- 40 million rounds of rifle ammunition a year for as many as five years, for a total bullet-buy of 200 million rounds
- 176,000 rifle rounds on a separate contract
- 25,000 blank rounds
This small segment highlights the poor research conducted by the AP reporter. Right off the top – The 176,000 rifle rounds were cancelled.
As we reported 2 October 2012:
Put this in the “I don’t believe it” file, but something unusual has happened. The Department of Homeland Security /Immigration Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) has CANCELLED their request to purchase 176,000 rounds of .308 hollow point boat tail ammunition. According to an email that was passed onto me, Harry at the Federal Service Desk stated that a notice could be cancelled for a variety of reason.
Another glaring issue is the “450 million rounds purchased”. What is not considered are prior year purchases. The following chart provides the breakdown of three branches of DHS that purchases ammunition: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs Border Protectorate (CBP), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) over the past four years.
I could present a chart, but ICE’s purchases make the others seem insignificant. The large numbers are taking the total number of contracted purchases to the date the contract was signed. Many contracts were for 4 or 5 years. Click HERE for the Excel file.
If Mr. Obama’s administration had no ammunition at the very beginning, they certainly develop a stockpile very quickly.
Had the Associated Press reporter had done their job; they would have asked the following questions:
Transferring assets from one Department or Agency is as easy as filling out a sheet of paper listing the departments, assets, and quantities involved. Don’t be fooled. Bureaucracy has been around since Roman times. Bureaucrats know how to manipulate paper, and how to make it disappear.
And the silence becomes the lie.
This article first appeared at Prepper Podcast Radio Network.
Read other articles by James Smith HERE.
James is a father of four and grandfather to four. He and his wife of almost 30 years have been prepping since 2003. They live in a small town, with neighbors as close as 10 feet away and have raised chickens for 2 years covertly on less than 1/5 of an acre. He is a former corrections officer, insurance fraud investigator, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. He currently works for a corporation dealing with the disabled population and their benefits. He is the host of The Covert Prepper show and the Prepper Podcast Radio Network News, both heard on Blogtalk Radio.
Hanging over the entire immigration debate in Washington is a changed political landscape that gives Hispanics more influence in national politics than ever before. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the electorate in the November presidential election and Obama won more two-thirds of their votes, causing many Republican lawmakers to rethink their opposition to immigration reform.
Immigration advocates have vowed to keep reminding GOP lawmakers of the growing political power of Hispanic voters.
“You can choose not to do it, you can choose inaction, but keep in mind that the Latino community is not going to forget,” said Eliseo Medina, an immigration advocate and labor leader at the Service Employees International Union.
“If the Senate blocks it, then get prepared for 2014,” he added, referring to next year’s congressional elections.
February 18, 2013
U.S. Border Patrol agents in western New York have been rewarded with cash bonuses and Home Depot gift cards in an incentive program that has grown at the same time as has an overly aggressive enforcement culture, a new study states.
While the study does not definitively link the incentive program and the enforcement practices, the report from the New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic says that the Border Patrol culture — especially at the Rochester bus and train stations — is one that “maximizes arrest rates.”
Between 2006 and 2010, close to 300 immigrants with legal status were arrested by Rochester-based Border Patrol agents then released, according to the study.
Of course, the devil is in the details, and that’s where Rubio’s been picking fights. In the biggest standoff, Rubio has insisted that his bill’s pathway to citizenship only kick in after a number of border security measures go into effect, an idea the White House is not too fond of. Immigrant rights groups are concerned about the trigger as well, but so long as the metrics are easily quantified and met, it’s not likely to be a dealbreaker since both sides are already planning to include a bunch of security measures in any bill (the leaked WH plan hires a bunch of border patrol agents).
February 18, 2013
President Obama’s advisers tried to put the genie back in the bottle after a leaked White House immigration plan drew outrage from Republicans who accused the president of endangering the reform push.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a key figure in immigration reform talks, was among those who slammed the president for the plan. After what was described as a draft White House proposal was first leaked in USA Today, Rubio said over the weekend it would be “dead on arrival in Congress.”
By Monday, Obama insiders were walking the plan back and suggesting the leak was not intentional.
By: Mahsa Saeidi
02/18/2013 11:32 AM
USA Today reports that the president’s bill would require applicants to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information, and pay fees. The bill would also require businesses to verify the immigration status of new hires within four years and it would provide more funding to secure the border.
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 17, 2013 18:57 EST
“Who is behind the US tech boom right now? Immigrants,” Wadhwa said. “Just as the US is reinventing itself with a whole range of technologies we are cutting off the circulation in Silicon Valley.”
A Republican-backed House bill to expand visas for foreigners graduating from US universities with advanced degrees in science and technology was killed in the Senate by Democrats in the name of broader immigration reform.
“We need visas and a new-and-improved immigration arrangement for Silicon Valley and the high-tech sector, but the only way we will win reform is to fight for top-to-bottom overhaul of our immigration system,” Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez said in an editorial on technology news website TechCrunch.
Gutierrez is chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and was responding to comments by Wadhwa, who testified in Washington this month.
Wadhwa claims the two issues are separate.
“Providing citizenship to people who jumped over the border is contentious; it’s toxic,” Wadhwa maintained.
“In the meantime you are holding hostage the legal, skilled immigrants — scientists, engineers, doctors — who the whole world wants.”
Reforming the immigration process for the tech industries would mean ramping up the number of H-1B visas, for immigrants with special skills.
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:31 EST
The USA Today report said that under the administration’s draft the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States could apply for a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa.
Visa applicants would need to pass a criminal background check, file biometric information and pay fees.
But once approved, they would be allowed to reside in the United States legally, to work and to leave the country for short visits without losing their status.
A new identification card would prove their legal residence in the country.
And, within eight years, the immigrants could apply for a green card to obtain legal permanent residence if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States.” They would also have to pay back taxes.
With green card in hand, the immigrants would then be on a path to apply for US citizenship.
The plan contemplates measures that could speed up the long lines in the legal system, opening the door to a faster path. But administration officials have said it is highly unlikely that the lines would be eliminated before eight years. About six million people who have followed the rules and have been approved are waiting for green cards to be issued. Most Mexicans, for example, must wait at least 16 years to receive their green cards after they are approved.
Mr. Obama proposes to reduce the backlog by temporarily adding to the number of visas available and by reconfiguring some visa categories to remove them from numerical caps. Once those lines were eliminated, illegal immigrants who would be given provisional legal status under Mr. Obama’s draft plan could apply for green cards.
The length of the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants has become a highly delicate issue in the fast-moving debate over the overhaul. Republicans who are part of the bipartisan group of senators drafting legislation have said they are looking for a longer path for illegal immigrants, to make it clear they are not jumping the line or being rewarded for violating the law to come to the United States.
Those Republicans, led by Mr. Rubio, are also insisting that the path to citizenship must hinge on advances in border security. There is no mention of any border enforcement trigger in the versions of the plan that the White House circulated on Wednesday. But increased border enforcement is part of the principles for comprehensive immigration legislation that Mr. Obama has outlined in speeches in recent weeks.
February 15, 2013
A couple of weeks after a bipartisan group of senators declared that securing the border was key to enacting immigration reform, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer reiterated her call to beef up security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It’s pretty obvious that Arizona once again is a gateway for the drug cartels,” Brewer told a crowd of reporters at a news conference Tuesday. Moments earlier, she had stepped off a Black Hawk helicopter, culminating an aerial tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.
During her stay in the region, Brewer visited with ranchers living along the border and met Border Patrol agents and members of the U.S. National Guard. During her sky-high tour, Brewer said, she saw people staging to cross into the U.S., garbage littering the desert and spots of the border with little or no fencing.
February 13, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano insisted Wednesday that U.S. borders have “never been stronger” during testimony at a Senate hearing on immigration reform.
Napolitano sought to convince senators that they should agree to an immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally in addition to border security.
“I often hear the argument that before reform can move forward, we must first secure our borders,” Napolitano said in her opening remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“But too often, the ‘border security first’ refrain simply serves as an excuse for failing to address the underlying problems. It also ignores the significant progress and efforts that we have undertaken over the past four years. Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.”
California, Kaiser’s analysis showed, receives approximately half of the annual $2 billion Medicaid expenditure category.
That category of Medicaid also covers some homeless people and legal immigrants who have been in the country less than five years — and are therefore mostly ineligible for Medicaid, according to Kaiser.
“We can’t turn them away,” Joanne Aquilina, the chief financial officer of Bethesda Healthcare System in Boynton Beach, Fla., told Kaiser.
Nearly one-third of Bethesda Hospital East’s annual 2,900 births are paid for by emergency Medicaid funding.
According to a 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association report, an analysis of claims reimbursed by Emergency Medicaid over a four-year period in North Carolina revealed that 99 percent of the 48,391 individual cases went toward services for illegal immigrants.
By: Ellen Rolfes
“Because of the fact that he is a self-proclaimed illegal immigrant, an immigration and customs enforcement agent would be within the law to take him into custody,” said Jessica Vaughan in an interview with NewsHour Tuesday evening. Vaughan is a colleague of Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies and appeared at the hearing to give testimony arguing against any large-scale amnesty plans as a key component of comprehensive immigration reform. While it would be within federal law to arrest Vargas, Vaughan quickly added that, “the [Obama] administration’s current policy prohibits that action, even though the law is in place.”
The Obama administration has supported strong border security and enforcing federal immigration laws — as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explained on PBS NewsHour in December — but the president has also issued a number of executive orders to curtail the arrests and deportations of immigrants.
In addition to putting a halt on deporting some undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children, President Obama also suspended an ICE program called 287(g) that allowed local authorities to make immigration-related arrests, enforcing federal immigration laws.
Two more players and witnesses for the hearing were Secretary Napolitano and Chris Crane, the leader of the immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) employees’ union. Two months after President Obama issued the executive order for to stop the deportation of some DREAMers, Crane filed a lawsuit against Secretary Napolitano on behalf of 10 ICE agents, stating that the administration’s orders prevent local authorities from carrying out federal law and doing their jobs properly.
Comprehensive immigration reform will likely include immigration enforcement measures, such as those proposed by the Gang of Eight — an effective verification system of immigration status and increased border security are two such examples. It will also likely include changes to the way the government deals with immigrants, including new paths to legal citizenship.
“When you inaccurately call me ‘illegal,’ you’re not only dehumanizing me, you’re offending them; no human being is illegal,” Vargas said. “In 21st century America, diversity is destiny. That I speak Tagalog, my first language; that I happen to be gay; that I was born in the Philippines – none of that threatens my love for this country.”
“You mean amnesty only? You really mean we’re not going to have enforcement – we’ve got to have amnesty first?” asked Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. “I truly believe, had this administration done a better job of enforcement, been more effective in moving forward with a lawful system of immigration, you would be in a much stronger position with the American people who ask for a more broad solution to the problem.”
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, agreed: “I do not believe the border is secure, and I still believe we have a long, long way to go.”
Protestors wielding anti-deportation signs interrupted the hearing several times, and were escorted out by Capitol Police.
After a year of deporting a record 409,000 undocumented immigrants, Mr. Obama has taken up immigration as a top priority on his 2013 agenda, along with gun control. Citing a broader bipartisan reach for immigration reform, he has said he hopes to have a new law in place within the next six months.
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