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Mexican Officials Promote Illegal Entry Into U.S
Newsmax ^ | Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 12/16/2005 6:14:08 PM PST by Icelander

Mexican officials in the U.S. and abroad are involved in massive and almost daily interference in American c, according to a blistering new report.

"Mexican consulates are engineering a backdoor amnesty for their illegal migrants and trying to discredit American immigration enforcement – activities clearly beyond diplomatic bounds,” Heather MacDonald writes in the Dallas Morning News.

MacDonald says Mexico is "shameless” in promoting illegal entry into the U.S., citing these examples:

The Mexican government publishes and distributes a comic book-style guide on breaching the border safely and evading detection once in the U.S.

Mexican officials ordered their consulates to promote the matricula consular card as a way for illegal aliens to obtain privileges that the U.S. usually reserves for legal residents. The consulates started aggressively lobbying American officials and banks to accept matriculas as valid IDs for driver's licenses, checking accounts and other benefits. Since 2000, more than 4.7 million of these cards have been issued. But only Mexicans who are in this country illegally need such identification - legal aliens already have sufficient documentation to get driver's licenses and bank accounts.

Mexico's own regulations require that all exits from the country go through established crossing points. Decades ago, Mexico enforced that rule. Now, Mexicans are allowed to cross wherever they want.

The Mexican government paid for the legal representation of a Mexican alien in New Hampshire charged with criminal trespass – for being in a place without legal authority. That is another departure from traditional diplomatic practice, "which forbids interference in a host country's judicial process unless it is patently unfair,” MacDonald writes.

Mexico's consuls are adopting a "disparate impact" theory that holds that any police action is invalid if it impacts illegal Mexicans, even if that action has nothing to do with immigration.

For example, in July the Mexican consul general in New York City loudly protested when Suffolk County, Long Island, officials evicted more than 100 illegal aliens whose dangerously overcrowded housing violated fire and safety codes.

Since 1990, Mexico has supported a number of initiatives to import Mexican culture into the U.S. For one thing, each of Mexico's 47 consulates in the U.S. has a mandate to introduce Mexican textbooks into schools that have a sizeable Hispanic population. MacDonald’s report states: "After demanding that we educate their surplus citizens, give those citizens food stamps, deliver their babies, provide them with doctors and hospital beds and police their neighborhoods, the Mexican government also expects us to help preserve their loyalty to Mexico.

"Mexico's governing class is not content simply to unload the victims of its failed policies on the U.S. It also tries to ensure that migrants retain allegiance to La Patria, so as to preserve the $16 billion in remittances that they send to Mexico each year.

"The Mexican government will push to control as much U.S. immigration policy as it can.

"Given the American public's swelling anger about illegal immigration, it's past time for Washington to tell Mexico to cease interfering and for the Bush administration to start enforcing the law.”

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesy; borders; conspirators; embasssy; immigrantlist; immigration; mexico; sovereignty

1 posted on 12/16/2005 6:14:10 PM PST by Icelander
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To: Icelander

I'm afraid to comment about this.

3 posted on 12/16/2005 6:28:27 PM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Icelander

At least Mexico and Washington DC are in complete agreement..
gracias Jorge


4 posted on 12/16/2005 6:40:57 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister-we knew just what to do- gather large rocks & squash her-Mullet Ho'mar)
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To: All
No one not even the experts say it explicitly -- so I must be mistaken -- but my research shows clearly that Mexico (and India BTW) considers itself a "nation beyond borders." There is even a cabinet-level position to govern Mexicorruption's non-resident citizens -- of course.the host country is expected to provide all the "human rights."

Though this says as much, "After demanding that we educate their surplus citizens, give those citizens food stamps, deliver their babies, provide them with doctors and hospital beds and police their neighborhoods, the Mexican government also expects us to help preserve their loyalty to Mexico."

So asking Mexicorruption to stop meddling is like asking your dog to stop drinking out of the toilet. Forget about it. It's what they do.

5 posted on 12/16/2005 6:47:49 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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To: Icelander
Mexican Officials Promote Illegal Entry Into U.S

American citizens promote immediate and irreversible repatriation of illegal aliens.

6 posted on 12/16/2005 6:57:55 PM PST by Prime Choice (We are RepubliCANs, not RepubliCAN'Ts.)
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To: joesnuffy
"Don't worry, I'll just call the new amnesty a 'guest worker program.'

"Mu peasants are so stupid, they'll believe anything."

7 posted on 12/16/2005 7:23:27 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- ---)
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To: Prime Choice; PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik; Travis McGee; DoughtyOne; doug from upland; ...

   B A D G E S

8 posted on 12/16/2005 7:46:13 PM PST by devolve (<-- (--in a manner reminiscent of Senator Ghengis Kohn--)
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To: Icelander
Mexican Officials Promote Illegal Entry Into U.S

Why is this not an act of war.

9 posted on 12/16/2005 8:12:44 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: devolve

LOL, you can count the pixels in those, if you really care to!

10 posted on 12/16/2005 8:49:25 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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Mexican Matricula Consular, A Safe ID for Illegal Aliens in the U.S.?

11 posted on 12/16/2005 9:03:43 PM PST by Fixit (
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To: Icelander

This is absolutely a ridiculous situation we have put up with for way too long!We can go to war to promote and protect another country's people to sovereignty,but we WILL NOT keep our own!Not only Mexicans,but 20 million other imigrants our politicians have opened our borders to.Bringing religions and building Mosques w/idols and hating Americans and,not afraid to say so by boldly displaying their contempt.Last month,Paris and France burned.Our leaders do have a plan though--it won't be to stop this massive invasion.It is to integrate Mexico and Canada and the US into ONE! I scratch my head and say"Now there's a solution,why didn't I think of that?"

12 posted on 12/16/2005 9:05:17 PM PST by bobwilgo
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To: Icelander

Here's an eye opener to what America will be like very shortly and what we'll leave to our children and grandchildren if the fire of imigration is not put out immediately.

13 posted on 12/16/2005 9:22:02 PM PST by bobwilgo
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To: willstayfree

This is going to sound nutty, but I had a overly realistic dream about fifteen years ago that we had a war with Mexico over the border. We invaded 'em. Whenever I hear people call for our US military to be placed on the border, I get the weebie-geebies.

14 posted on 12/16/2005 9:37:33 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Though this says as much, "After demanding that we educate their surplus citizens, give those citizens food stamps, deliver their babies, provide them with doctors and hospital beds and police their neighborhoods, the Mexican government also expects us to help preserve their loyalty to Mexico."

And why? This is the one thing I can't grasp. Their government treats them horribly, exports them like any good commodity. And yet, so many scream, "Mother Mexico!", "go back to Europe, Gringo!" , and wave the Mexican Flag. On our soil. How can they be so loyal to such monsters? It's like a battered wife syndrome. And when they're treated well here, they want MORE. Always more. It's the same amazement as I watch suicide bombers. What insanity propels them?

15 posted on 12/16/2005 9:47:35 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: Fixit

It is not uncommon for illegals to have several of those ID's in different names.

16 posted on 12/16/2005 10:03:20 PM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: MillerCreek

"I'm afraid to comment about this."

Me too. Saying what I would really like to do would get me banned. Eventually we are going to have to have a war with Mexico over this.

18 posted on 12/16/2005 11:01:54 PM PST by Shaun_MD ( Approved for consumption by the masses!)
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To: All
To me, these are the defining issues of our times:

-Men(ace) in Black? SCOTUS goes Rogue...--

-Useless Eaters vs The Death Cult--

-Thunder on the Border-- (Minuteman Project)--

1- an unaccountable Judiciary.
2- whose life is it, anyway? Yours, or someone else's?
3- whose Country is it?

There are other vital issues, of course- but these three will determine just who we really are as a nation.

19 posted on 12/17/2005 1:35:07 AM PST by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
So asking Mexicorruption to stop meddling is like asking your dog to stop drinking out of the toilet. Forget about it. It's what they do.

You nailed it.

The following is from the article of Heather MacDonald's that is referenced by Carl Limbacher.

Mexican politicians are even starting to allege that American responses to illegal immigration in the U.S. are a violation of Mexico's sovereignty.

This August, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency in four counties bordering Mexico, because of violence and devastation wrought by trafficking in aliens and drugs. City council members from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez branded Richardson's declaration an interference in Mexico's domestic affairs.

Mexico's Undiplomatic Diplomats
By Heather MacDonald - November 1, 2005

20 posted on 12/17/2005 3:46:27 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver
Thank you for the link. Ms MacDonald did cover just about all.

I'll look for her reports on home town associations. The corrupt government of Mexiso's consulate employees help establish hundreds of them here. The HTA's are important links to all levels of corrupt government entities and Mexico's nonresident citizens living here.

The HTAs help collect "group remittances" which are important sources of revenue for all levels of corrupt government entities in Mexico.

Not surprising many nonresident citizens of Mexico living here avoid the HTA "group remittances" becase the HTAs often are corrupt.

Those who have not read Ms MacDonald, et al. may want to.

RE: "Mexican politicians are even starting to allege that American responses to illegal immigration in the U.S. are a violation of Mexico’s sovereignty"

Are they nuts?

Well, OK but also consider this.

Why is it happening? Sure the poor looking for work or better paying jobs. Most think that ending our "sanctuary for illegals" will solve the problem but it's bigger than most think. Ms MacDonald:

Mexico’s five-year development plan in 1995 announced that the "Mexican nation extends beyond . . . its border" -- into the United States.

nearly 60 percent of Mexican respondents polled by Zogby in 2001 said that the southwestern U.S. really belongs to Mexico

The two are different. The latter is a whole nother matter and leads to Palestinian-homeland thinking of radical Islam's Hispanic comrades in-arms. The former is pure arrogance. It's what Mexico's corrupt government has always done. It's what they do.

Then there's the economics. Another whole nother matter.

the economics aspect of "cheap labor." That's where the rubber really meets the road!

no one can dispute the importance of the remittances for the corrupt government of Mexico.

I don't think it can be settled peacefully. That's an opinion not something that I advocate.

21 posted on 12/17/2005 8:07:28 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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To: Icelander
To Populate Is To Govern.

22 posted on 12/17/2005 8:08:52 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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23 posted on 12/17/2005 11:19:59 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Support our Minutemen Patriots!

Be Ever Vigilant ~ Bump!

24 posted on 12/17/2005 12:33:30 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: willstayfree
Allowing this invasion to go on for all this time had to be approved right up to the top levels of government including the President. Not stopping this is malfeasance in office. The leadership, and we need to start providing names, is breaking our laws and they need to be brought to justice!


Our "elected ones" seem to think that we, the taxpayers, owe it to Mexico to spend billions of our dollars on their castoffs. I don't remember voting on that, do you?

25 posted on 12/17/2005 12:58:45 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: Icelander

"....blistering new report"?


Where's this guy been hiding..

Vinny Phocks supports this BS policy 100% and makes no bones about it.

26 posted on 12/17/2005 1:13:57 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Icelander
You know something?

I'm almost ready to believe that something WILL happen beyond words and give-aways.

27 posted on 12/17/2005 1:24:15 PM PST by norton
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To: janetgreen; All

We are often told by the minority open border lobby that the president has no power on anything to do with immigration.
Here’s just one thing the president could do,if he was so inclined, to help stop the bleeding. He could repeal this executive order that costs the federal government a fortune in translation services.

Executive Order 13166


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to improve access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs and activities for persons who, as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency (LEP), it is hereby ordered as follows:

To assist the agencies with this endeavor, the Department of Justice has today issued a general guidance document (LEP Guidance), which sets forth the compliance standards that recipients must follow to ensure that the programs and activities they normally provide in English are accessible to LEP persons and thus do not discriminate on the basis of national origin......



August 11, 2000.

28 posted on 12/17/2005 2:17:17 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: WatchingInAmazement

Yet, I have a neighbor who came here nine years ago (I assume legally. we have only known him two years), speaks a type of Spanglish and has asked if I would like to teach he and his wife English (his grandkids speak English well. they would be much better at it than I would with my high school Spanish). He keeps his home immaculate and has told my children that he really likes America.

29 posted on 12/17/2005 2:22:11 PM PST by HungarianGypsy (`)
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To: Icelander; BigTex5; Ann de IL; Sterco; voiceinthewind; calrighty; tall_tex; Not a 60s Hippy; ...

Old Mexico Ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off this South Texas/Mexico ping list.

31 posted on 12/18/2005 6:56:02 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico-beyond your expectations!)
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To: norton

It will if you put pressure on your Senator. They are employed by you. Let them know that they can be un-employed very quickly. Spread the word and call them. You just watched the House of Representatives pee all over themselves in getting this border security bill passed. Know why? Because their phones were ringing off the hook. Get after em or forever hold your peace because you will never have another opportunity like the one that is presented to you now. Call your Senator even if you know they are pro-illegal. Let em know that you are holding them accountable in no uncertain terms.

32 posted on 12/18/2005 7:08:55 AM PST by Sterco
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To: Icelander

GW has given away our beautiful America. It may be too late to get it back. GW is the worse thing to happen to our country in it's history -- IMHO.

33 posted on 12/18/2005 7:31:40 AM PST by devane617 (An Alley-Cat mind is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: devane617
GW has given away our beautiful America.

The issue of the illegals started long before GWB. What has happened is that GW is not STOPPING the invasion of the illegals.

34 posted on 12/18/2005 9:05:38 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, Minuteman Project AZ Day -1 to Day 8, Texas Minutemen El Paso, 32 Days)
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To: devane617; TLI; All

Included in the bill that passed (HR4437) was an amendment by Rep.Sam Johnson, Texas.

" We don't pass laws to be ignored."

It states:
Amendment to expresse the sense of Congress that the President, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security and other Department Secretaries should immediately use every tool available to them to enforce the immigration laws of the U.S., as enacted by Congress.

"This amendment sends a simple message from the Congress to the administration: Enforce the law."

Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Tx presenting his amendment, passed without objection

We can debate how to solve the illegal immigration problem until we are blue in the face, and I see some very blue faces around the room, but if the laws we enact are not being enforced, then it is just a bunch of hot air.

I have got a four-page list of immigration laws in front of me that are currently being ignored. This is unacceptable. This non-enforcement must end. The United States Congress must demand it right now.

Let me give my colleagues a couple of examples. In 2002, we enacted a law requiring implementation of a system known as Chimera. This means there will be information sharing from Federal databases in the intelligence community to any Federal official considering an immigrant's admissibility or deportability. Well, you knew as you heard information sharing, it is not happening.

Did you know we have a law forbidding public colleges from giving in-State tuition to illegals unless they offer it to every citizen in the United States? It is going on in nine States. Federal law is being violated, and guess what, the Federal Government's doing nothing about it.

Do you know that all registered aliens are required to notify DHS within 10 days of changing address? Failure to do so is a deportable offense. This has tremendous national security value, and it is not being enforced.

In 1996, we made a law requiring the Department of State to suspend all visas to any country who refuses to receive a national who has been deported from the United States. So, hypothetically, if China would not accept people we are deporting back to China, which they are, then the Federal Government is not allowed to issue anymore visas to people coming from China. Who here thinks we are not giving visas to people from China?

The list goes on and on. I will submit it for the RECORD at this point.

Immigration Laws the Administration is NOT Enforcing


Integration of all databases and data systems maintained by [DHS] that process or contain information on aliens (§202).

DHS has no plan to accomplish this.

Implementation of an interoperable electronic data system (also known as the ``Chimera'' system) to provide current and immediate access to information in databases of Federal law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community that is needed to determine whether to issue a visa or to determine the admissibility or deportability of an alien (§202).

Chimera is to incorporate the integrated alien data system;

information in Chimera must be readily and easily accessible--

to any consular officer responsible for the issuance of visas;

to any Federal official responsible for determining an alien's admissibility to or deportability from the United States; and

to any Federal law enforcement or intelligence officer determined by regulation to be responsible for the investigation or identification of aliens.

DHS has no plan to accomplish this.

Make interoperable all security databases relevant to making determinations of admissibility under section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (§302).

DHS has no plan to accomplish this.

Not later than October 26, 2004, DHS and the State Department shall issue to aliens only machine-readable, tamper-resistant visas and other travel and entry documents that use biometric identifiers (§303).

DHS still issues easily counterfeited temporary cards until a more secure card is mailed to the alien.

Not later than October 26, 2004, the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall install at all ports of entry of the United States equipment and software (i.e., machine readers) to allow biometric comparison and authentication of all United States visas and other travel and entry documents issued to aliens, and passports (§303).

About 500 readers have been put in place in only some POEs, and all are in secondary, rather than primary, inspection.

Beginning upon implementation of Chimera, not later than 72 hours after receiving notification of the loss or theft of a United States or foreign passport, DHS and State, as appropriate, shall enter into Chimera the corresponding identification number for every lost or stolen passport (§308).


An alien presenting a border crossing identification card (i.e., a laser visa) is not permitted to cross over the border into the United States unless the biometric identifier contained on the card matches the appropriate biometric characteristic of the alien (§104).

The Administration exempted Mexico from participation in US-VISIT, so biometrics are not being verified and border crossing cards are merely inspected visually.

Process all aliens through US-VISIT (the automated entry-exit control system) so as to ``collect a record of departure for every alien departing the United States and match the records of departure with the record of the alien's arrival in the United States'' (§110).

Only about 20 percent of nonimmigrants are being processed through the entry part of US-VISIT; the other 80 percent of nonimmigrants have been exempted; immigrants (lawful permanent residents) also have been exempted; and the exit part of the system is still being tested in pilots at a handful of POEs.

Aliens who have resided illegally in the United States for more than six months but less than one year and voluntarily departed are barred from re-entry for three years; aliens who have resided illegally in the United States for more than one year are barred from re-entry for ten years (§301).

Only about 12,000 aliens were subjected to these bars on re-entry during the first four years after this provision took effect: it is estimated that the bars could have been applied to up to 2.5 mi11ion aliens during that period.

Mandatory detention pending removal of all aggravated felons and other aliens who are inadmissible or removable due to criminal convictions (§303).

Limited detention space and mismanagement of budgets result in criminal aliens being routinely released from detention prior to removal: more than 80,000 criminal aliens are free in American communities.

Mandatory detention of aliens from the time they are issued a final order of removal until the alien is actually removed or until 90 days have passed if the alien cannot be removed within that period (§305).

In 2004, almost half (34,800) of the more than 75,000 ``other than Mexicans'' apprehended by the Border Patrol were released on their own recognizance pending removal: an estimated 90 percent of nondetained aliens abscond after being issued an order of removal.

Upon notification by DHS or the AG that a foreign government refuses or unreasonably delays the return a national of that country who is ordered removed from the United States, the State Department shall suspend the issuance of immigrant and/or nonimmigrant visas to nationals of that country (§307).

A handful of governments routinely refuse to issue travel documents to their nationals who have been ordered removed from the United States, but this provision is not invoked.

Each Department of the Federal Government shall elect to participate in a pilot program to verify employment authorization of its employees and shall comply with the terms and conditions of such election (§402).

The 1996 law created three different pilot programs from which government agencies could choose; when two of them were allowed to lapse and only one, the Basic Pilot, was extended, agencies using one of the lapsed pilots simply stopped participating rather than sign up for the remaining one.

Public institutions of higher education may not offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens unless they also offer it to every citizen of the United States (§505).

Neither DHS nor the Justice Department has challenged any of the nine states that have passed laws that violate this law, despite the fact that Federal law clearly supersedes state law in the area of immigration.

Any alien seeking admission to the United States or a change of status who is likely to become a public charge or who is a public charge is excludable, if seeking admission, or removable, if already here and seeking adjustment of status (§531).

DHS has yet to come up with a definition of ``public charge'' to implement this provision.

Upon notification that a sponsored alien has received any means-tested public benefit, the entity (nongovernmental, Federal, state or local) that provided the benefit shall request full reimbursement by the sponsor (§551).

Only one lawsuit seeking reimbursement has been filed, and it was filed by private citizens trying to force the Los Angeles public hospital system to seek reimbursement from sponsors: the case was dismissed on technical, not substantive, grounds.

States and localities may not adopt policies, formally or informally, that prohibit employees from communicating with DHS regarding the immigration status of individuals (sanctuary policies) (§642).

Neither of the two sanctuary states, Maine and New Mexico, nor any of the multitude of sanctuary cities have been challenged by DHS or DOJ for violating this provision: soon after this law passed, the City of New York challenged the law in court and the court upheld the law and ordered the City to rescind its sanctuary policy: instead, the City modified its policy slightly, but the Federal Government has not challenged it.

DHS shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law (§642).

This law also required the establishment by then-INS of the Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC), which is available 24/7 to state and local police seeking information on alienage and citizenship: however, state and local police who contact ICE about illegal aliens they have taken into custody are routinely rebuffed and told to simply release the aliens.


The Secretary of DHS is authorized to expand expedited removal procedures to any or all aliens who have not been admitted or paroled into the United States and who have not affirmatively shown to the satisfaction of an immigration officer that they have been physically present in the United States continuously for two years immediately prior to this determination (§235).

The Secretary has only recently used this authority to expand expedited removal to nine Border Patrol sectors. The fact that our Federal court system is clogged with appeals of removal orders--the number of cases filed in Federal court rose from just over 2,000 in 1994 to more than 14,500 in 2004--and the fact that the illegal alien population in the United States continues to grow would suggest that expedited removal needs to be expanded along the entire land border of the United States.

Once an alien is apprehended and removal proceedings are initiated, DHS may detain the alien, release him on a minimum $1,500 bond, or release him on conditional parole (§236).

Since on estimated 90 percent of non-detained aliens abscond after being issued an order of removal, and since DHS has the authority to detain aliens pending removal, it makes no sense that almost half (34,800) of the more than 75,000 ``other than Mexicans'' apprehended by the Border Patrol were released on their own recognizance pending removal in 2004.

Marriage fraud, used in the past by at least nine terrorists to prolong their stay in the United States, is a deportable offense (§237).

ICE has announced that single-instance marriage fraud is a low priority and so will not be investigated or prosecuted.

Domestic violence, false claims to US citizenship and voting illegally are deportable offenses (§237).

Illegal aliens who are victims of domestic violence can obtain green cards through the Violence Against Women Act, but the abuser is rarely prosecuted and even more rarely deported; as happened in New York City with Mayor Giuliani's ``broken-window policing,'' stepped up enforcement of these ``low priority'' violations would begin to reassert the rule of law in our immigration system.

Failure of an alien intending to remain in the United States for thirty days or longer to apply for registration and fingerprinting during that thirty-day period is a deportable offense (§262).

Enforcement of this provision would be of obvious national security value, and it would send a clear message that security is our top priority.

All registered aliens are required to notify DHS within ten days of changing addresses; failure to do so is a deportable offense (§266).

This, too, has important national security value.

Any individual or entity that ``encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law'' is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment (§274).

A strong case could be made that localities like Herndon, Virginia, that are using taxpayer funds to build and promote day-labor sites for aliens they know to be illegal, and government entities like the Illinois Housing Development Authority, which has set aside taxpayer funds to provide mortgages to illegal aliens, are ``encourag[ing illegal aliens] to reside in the United States.'' The same case can be made against banks that accept consular ID cards to open accounts or allow illegal aliens to use individual taxpayer ID numbers to get home loans.

It is unlawful to knowingly hire, recruit, or refer for a fee an alien who is not authorized to work in the United States, and it is unlawful to hire any individual without verifying the employment authorization of that individual, either through the I-9 process alone or combined with the Basic Pilot program (§274A).

While it is exceedingly difficult to establish that an employer knew an employee was illegal, it is not difficult to establish that an employer failed to complete the I-9 process; it is also not difficult to encourage employers to use the Basic Pilot to verify work eligibility.

Aliens who commit fraud, use false or altered documents, or make misrepresentations on applications for immigration benefits are ineligible for the benefits (§212, 237, 340, among others).

Not only does USCIS grant benefits to aliens despite indications of, and sometimes even evidence of, fraud or misrepresentation, ICE rarely investigates cases of alleged benefits fraud referred by USCIS. USCIS estimates that ICE declines to investigate over 70 percent of the benefits fraud referrals it receives. It is exceedingly rare for either agency to attempt to rescind a benefit once it is granted.

Millions of new immigrants come to America every year, and the numbers are rising. Do you know why these numbers continue to increase? Because when we don't enforce the laws, we send the message that we don't take our laws seriously.

We don't pass laws to be ignored. Join me in supporting this amendment.

Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California. Mr. Chairman, I claim the time in opposition, but I will not oppose the gentleman's amendment.

The Acting CHAIRMAN. Without objection, the gentlewoman can claim the time in opposition.

There was no objection.

35 posted on 12/18/2005 12:27:56 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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