Last week it was during a hearing before a federal court in Texas, this week it’s from a report by the Inspector General's Office. The Department of Homeland Security has found itself again in hot water as allegations surface that Citizen and Immigration Services’ head, Ali Mayorkas, gave special treatment to friends and top Democrats with business holdings tied up in the controversial EB-5 “investor visa” program.
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DOJ Attorneys Tell District Court Amnesty Benefits Are Legal, Temporary — Other Officials Say The Opposite
DOJ’s request to let Obama’s amnesty proceed hit another hurdle late Monday night when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen demanded that they “fully explain” why DHS has already extended benefits to 100,000 illegal aliens covered under the DACA extension before a full trial has been heard.
Obama’s amnesty decree being halted by a federal court in Texas comes at a perfect time. The injunction order will now let a full hearing of the Texas plaintiffs take place just as fresh allegations of more unlawfulness on the part of Obama’s amnesty-enablers begins to surface.
Although spending taxpayer money isn't usually a big concern for the president, he’s managed to get plenty of mileage out of the “limited resources” argument for cutting deportations and pushing through amnesty. The phrase litters the Office of Legal Counsel’s justification for DAPA and the Justice Department makes it their central argument against Texas and the 25 other states currently challenging that program in court.
In an interview this past week, the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Ron Johnson, questioned why Obama chose to do nothing about immigration during his first two years in office. The answer apparently is that he didn’t get the memo.
Leading up to his presidential announcement this week, Jeb Bush reportedly began “conducting opposition research on himself” to identify any potential issues that may arise during his campaign. What his campaign managers should be most concerned of is difficult to say, but two figures from his past, one obvious, the other less so, immediately come to mind: Raul Salinas, drug-trafficker, convicted murderer and a previous associate of Jeb’s; and Fredo Arias-King, a Harvard academic and former foreign affairs aide in Mexico’s National Action Party who Jeb briefly met once.
Open-Borders Republicans And Democrats Agree: Mass Immigration Weakens Democracy, And That’s The Point
Republican voters stunned by the House leadership’s apparent reneging on their pre-election promise to defund Obamnesty, must turn to the insights of Mexican national, Fredo Arias-King to understand the true, treasonous nature of our modern political elite. While representing former Mexican president Vincente Fox’s foreign affairs team in the early 2000s, Arias-King met and discussed immigration policy with over 80 members of the U.S. Congress, a level of access your average political scientist could only dream of.
In the National Journal this week, liberal elections analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Report penned a rejoinder to his fellow Democrats accusing the party of having a race problem. In his piece, subtitled “Democrats have subordinated their traditional focus on helping the working class.” Cook notes it’s been “increasingly hard” for the party to attract white working class voters in particular. Because inside-the-Beltway types usually take years to notice things us regular outsiders have been seeing for decades, Cook's commentary is refreshing stuff.
Congressional leaders and state attorneys general looking to use the courts to block Obama’s latest amnesty decree need to remember that much of the work was already done in April of last year. Although forced to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, Judge O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas found that ICE union chief Chris Crane and 9 other ICE agents were “likely to succeed on the merits of their claim in challenging [deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)] as contrary to the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
President Obama’s willingness to forge ahead with mass amnesty despite its wild unpopularity can only be explained by a longer term electoral strategy of transforming the nation through immigration to further his party's ends. After all, if previous trends in Hispanic voting are anything to go by, two-thirds of the millions he’s planning to amnesty this week will end up voting Democrat.
C-SPAN recently aired footage of the 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference held every year at the Georgetown University Law Center just off Capitol Hill. The confab is always a who’s who of the open-borders, anti-sovereignty movement, from the immigration lawyers lobby to Hispanic chauvinist groups, and past keynote speakers have included such border insecurity stalwarts as Chuck Schumer and John McCain.
Recently, the City of San Francisco announced a plan to give developers “density bonuses” to encourage the building of denser housing blocks and help curb urban and suburban sprawl. The plan was only approved after a long court-battle but further problems still linger, like the potential need for more legislation, negotiations over the amount of affordable units developers must build, and political backlash from the possible lifting of height restrictions.
In the September issue of Harper’s, renowned left-wing economist Joseph Stiglitz dresses down million-selling sensation Thomas Piketty for his false diagnosis of America’s yawning income disparity gap. According to Stiglitz, the problem is not a natural outgrowth of the capitalist system, as Piketty contends, but more a part of our “modern deviant” form of capitalism where big corporations privatize profits at the expense of the little guy, example, the post-crisis bailouts. To rectify this, Stiglitz says, we don’t need a “global wealth tax," which Piketty calls for, but merely a “sensible reform of our domestic tax code.” Tinkering with the tax structure, says Stiglitz, would “improve not just inequality” but “joblessness” as well.
Although the case of Hernandez v. Stephens was one of thousands denied review by the Supreme Court this past term, that it received next to no attention by media outlets is still deeply puzzling.