Skip to comments.Chertoff warns meddling 'sanctuary cities'
Posted on 09/06/2007 2:34:18 AM PDT by Stoat
Chertoff warns meddling 'sanctuary cities'
September 6, 2007
By Audrey Hudson - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday told a House panel that his agency will not tolerate interference by so-called "sanctuary cities" when it comes to hiring illegal aliens.
Mr. Chertoff said his agency will enforce the Basic Pilot Program that requires businesses to check the legal status of new employees by matching Social Security numbers and information in Homeland Security Department databases.
Mr. Chertoff told the House Homeland Security Committee: "I certainly wouldn't tolerate interference" by cities who attempt to block the program.
"We're exploring our legal options," Mr. Chertoff said. "I intend to take as vigorous legal action as the law allows to prevent that from happening, prevent that kind of interference."
Mr. Chertoff stopped short of threatening "sanctuary cities" by withholding government funding.
"I don't know that I have the authority to cut off all Homeland Security funds if I disagree with the city's policy on immigration," Mr. Chertoff said. "And of course, I have to say the consequence of that might be to put the citizens at risk, you know, in the event of a natural disaster.
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"I don't know that I have the authority to cut off all Homeland Security funds if I disagree with the city's policy on immigration," Mr. Chertoff said
On February 15, 2005, Judge Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Chertoff formerly served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Secretary Chertoff was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush Administration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, he helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials.
Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a Partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee.
Prior to that, Chertoff spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As United States Attorney, Chertoff investigated and prosecuted several significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.
Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978. From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.
Secretary Chertoff is married to Meryl Justin Chertoff and has two children.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
How would you like to have Chertoff sitting across from you at the “interrogation table”?
Well, If I was the one being interrogated, I tend to doubt that it would be a particularly 'rough' interrogation. It sounds as though his demeanor would cause him to stop a particular line of questioning if I were to respond with something on the order of "Ummm....you really don't need that information from me."
If I was the one doing the interrogating, I am guessing that I would be quickly arrested and thrown in jail for "Humiliating the Secretary and Making Him Cry".
"You say illegal aliens are attempting to murder ICE agents, are setting fire to
forests and fields along the border to distract US Border Patrol Agents to make
their crossing easier, and throwing Molotov cocktails at US agents vehicles, and
setting fire to their observation posts? "
"I'm the Homeland Security Chief. What do you want me to do about it? "
My hometown has long been overtaken, first by hippies, then communists (former mayor Sam Abbott, who made TP a Nuclear Free Zone in 1983), and then illegal aliens (made a sanctuary city in 1984, IIRC).
Can you believe this, from later in the article?
“We do worry about the fact that someone could get a lease or occupy a private plane overseas and then use that as a way to smuggle in a dirty bomb or a weapon of mass destruction into the United States. We do worry that having locked the front door, so to speak, against dangerous containers, someone could simply put the dangerous cargo in a private oceangoing vessel and take it into a U.S. port,” Mr. Chertoff said.
In the meantime, here come the trucks!
Chetoff is 100% doing the bidding of his lord and savior Gog W. Bush.
Bush is his BOSS - not his lord and savior - - which I interpret as a religious slur.
Uhh, don't all the pro-amnesty, open-borders clowns insist that immigration is solely a federal responsibility?
In the Supreme Court of the United States CITY OF NEW YORK, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL. ON PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
Memo to Chertoff: Sorry, Charlie Tuna, but I don’t believe one single word of your Bravo Sierra. Not one word. You and your fellow RINOs have lied to us on this issue too many times.
That should have been a clue. I would sleep better if somebody well informed and concerned about national security replaced him.
He has the appearance of a "Stall foot-shuffler"......or a "wondering eyed urinal stalker"....
We shouldn’t shoot the messenger, though. Chertoff’s doing what 43 wants. The buck stops with the president.
The Founding Fathers used that term to denote a public works that would truly be used by all: roads (especially interstate, intrastate were left to the states), bridges, military.
They did not use it as it has been used by collectivists: welfare handouts, socialized medicine, eminent domain to confiscate homes, tear them down, and replace them with a private business for increased tax revenue.
You got that right.
He is the Spectre, living death. I think he could scare a terrorist into paradise merely by being across the table.