CIS’ exposé: Catch and release of criminal aliens

April 1, 2014

Arizona highlighted in report as McCain & Flake work for amnesty

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since we have previously linked to analysis and reports from its knowledgeable staff.

Today we direct you to CIS’ latest fact-filled and disturbing report, “Catch and Release: Interior immigration enforcement in 2013by Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies.

It begins with a summary which includes these stark realities: “Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering. The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.”

Table 1 shows the shocking number of cases on ICE’s docket — 872,000 as of the end of the 2013 fiscal year — who had received final orders of removal, but who had not yet departed. Cases are counted in this category after all due process has been exhausted. There are therefore hundreds of thousands of alien fugitives in the United States right now who have been ordered removed and ignored those orders. While a few thousand of these are aliens who cannot be removed because they refuse to cooperate in obtaining travel documents or their home countries will not accept them, the vast majority are illegal aliens who have absconded from immigration hearings, an offense similar to contempt of court. The administration has indicated it is considering an executive action to forbid ICE from taking action against these individuals, rationalizing that these are mere immigration offenses

Following Table 4 in the report comes this news regarding Arizona: One locality that has been specifically targeted by ICE for politically motivated prosecutorial discretion is Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed. Reportedly, some of these illegal aliens also have managed to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), despite convictions for crimes that defrauded the state and federal governments and caused severe problems for the victim of the theft. Some of the illegal aliens benefiting from ICE’s failure to enforce the law are also active in local advocacy groups demanding a halt to deportations.

We urge you to read the full report through to the Conclusion, which exposes the recent campaign by advocacy groups to portray Barack Obama as a tough immigration enforcer at the helm of a system that is producing “record” deportations. Vaughan points out that this portrayal bears no resemblance to the reality of immigration enforcement today. Interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly and ICE is ignoring hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including tens of thousands with criminal convictions, who are encountered by ICE officers and agents.

Where are the loud voices raised in protest to these dangerous policies?  And why are Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake working to reward our nation’s illegal invaders with the gift of amnesty?


Crazed porn prof attacks teen pro-life activist

March 22, 2014

University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young, is facing criminal charges after a videotaped confrontation with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign, harassed and tussled with the 16-year-old girl. 

Miller-Young, whose faculty web page says she specializes in black cultural studies, pornography and sex work, claims she was “traumatized by the graphic imagery.”

Thrin Short, her older sister Joan, 21, and other young pro-life supporters are members of the Christian pro-life group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. They were holding signs and demonstrating in a free speech zone on the campus earlier this month when Miller-Young went berserk.

The professor was charged with one misdemeanor count each of theft, battery and vandalism in the March 4 incident, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Friday. Read the police report courtesy of the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

This video of the assault and theft was made by the young victim.

The newspaper also has the full report, including a comment from the wordsmith lawyer representing Miller-Young, who called the pro-life supporters, “anti-choice.”

Nearly 100 Floridians falsify information, vote illegally

March 11, 2014

 The 1992 Motor Voter law requires no proof of citizenship to register to vote

We are continually being told that reports of voter fraud are a non-issuea fabrication, at best; a means of voter suppression, at worst.

NBC News 2 in Florida found out differently as it decided to conduct its own two-month-long investigation. In some cases, potential jurors checked the box that they were non-citizens and unable to serve.  When their names were compared to the voter rolls, the NBC news investigative team got quite a surprise — or more correctly, nearly a hundred such surprises.

Here in Arizona, Attorney General Tom Horne has been relentless in his efforts to expose the existence of voter fraudeven personally arguing before the United States Supreme Court that Arizona should require voter registrants to provide evidence of citizenship.

Voter fraud is not unique to Florida, it is widespreadAs an example, this shocking video exposes the corruption in Minnesota.

For in-depth information on this serious issue, click on the links above.

Union protects heroin-using K-6 grade school teacher

March 9, 2014

As expected, parents were outraged when they learned that an elementary school teacher had been shooting up heroin while on the job — not once, but twice. Though drug paraphernalia was found in the faculty rest room at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg, N.Y, the teacher’s union representing the addict is hard at work preventing efforts to reveal his identity. The school’s young students are kindergarteners through sixth graders.

When police narrowed the list of those entering the lounge area by use of surveillance videos, the teachers union refused to allow them to be drug tested. Of the eight the police were investigating, only one non-union employee agreed to submit to testing.

School administrators are also in collusion shielding this criminal. A letter informing parents of the incident disclosed only that an “employee of the District found drugs and related paraphernalia in a school rest room.” It failed to mention that the drug was heroin, that it was found more than once and that it was discovered in the faculty-only area. The intentionally deceptive letter is not posted. However, there is a letter to parents regarding snow days — in both Spanish and English.

Along with Principal Mary Kate Stinehour’s message outlining the “fundamentals,” for students, is this timely edict including tips for parental involvement, which she calls the key to increased student achievement. “It is vital for our parents to be involved in monitoring their child’s progress.” The School Rules begin with “Respect yourself and others” and “Think before you act.”  But they pertain to students, not union teachers.

When parents demand information about drug addicts who are interacting with their children each day, they are stonewalled. This travesty occurred in New York, but it could have been anywhere. The National Education Union (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are committed to implementing Obama’s Common Core and are staunch opponents of parental school choice through the use of vouchers. In 2013 the NEA spent $2,475,284 on lobbying efforts alone. The Center for Responsive Politics reveals the group’s expenditures were overwhelmingly made in support of Democrats. Worthy of note, the NEA also lobbies on behalf of “immigration.

Watch Fox News coverage of the heroin using teacher and the union cover-up in New York.


Democrat AZ Rep wants felons to get automatic vote

February 7, 2014

State Rep. Martin J. Quezada, has a nifty new scheme for increasing the number of Democrat voters. The Avondale Democrat has sponsored HB 2132, which would automatically restore the right to vote to released prisoners who have been convicted of two or more felonies.

Quezada has more than a passing interest in the controversial topic. He’s an immigration and criminal defense lawyer whose practice also includes election law.  Like Barack Obama, he refers to himself as a “community activist.”

Current law (Title 13, Chapter 9) allows restoration of voting rights for first-time felons after completing probation and paying fines and restitution. Quezada’s bill intends to eliminate those pesky provisions, since he says the fines are an impediment to exercising good citizenship by voting.

Most Arizonans would likely agree that “good citizenship” is a commodity in short supply with those who have been convicted of numerous felonies — but that doesn‘t deter supporters of increasing the Democrat voter base.

Cronkite News, the left-leaning ASU Journalism School student team that fills in where the Arizona Republic’s dwindling number of actual reporters once  toiled, quotes the left-agendized Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for prison and sentencing reform. According to its estimates 200,000 felons in Arizona remain ineligible to voteThat’s enough to make any Democrat salivate.

The article featured obligatory interviews with the ACLU executive director who agrees voting rights should be automatically restored, and Donna Leone Hamm, founder of Middle Ground Prison Reform, who also sees voting as a “bridge for felons to rejoin society.”

She should know. Her husband, James Hamm, then a drug dealer, shot two men in the back of the head at point-blank range during a robbery in 1974. After his early release, he had his rights restored in 2001 and registered to vote the same day. He also took up a seat at the ASU Law School where he was admitted as a law student but not allowed to practice based on grounds of moral turpitude.

Arizona’s law-abiding citizens have every reason to regard the restoration of voting rights as a privilege — to be earned by fulfilling obligations outlined in state law.  HB 2132 should find its place in the round file.

Amnesty: DNC Chair admits it’s all about voting

February 3, 2014

On Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” DNC vice chair Donna Brazile let the cat out of the amnesty bag with her unequivocal declaration that the latest “reform” incarnation — minus citizenship — is not enough.

Brazile said: “I don’t think you can create two classes of citizens in this society, one with legal status and the right to vote, and one without.”  (View video at 13:39).

Rush Limbaugh has long warned that Republicans are signing onto political suicide in conspiring with Democrats in their attempt to legalize illegal aliens. Limbaugh contends it is ultimately a push for citizenship intended to grant voting rights to a new Democrat demographic.

Ann Coulter has written extensively on the same theme, with Hispanicked GOP Elite and GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters. In this column Phyllis Schlafly correctly concluded Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide.

On Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show, panelist Bill Kristol echoed Limbaugh’s sentiment referring to the Senate immigration bill as “crazy politics.” Exhibiting a knack for the fine art of understatement, Kristol said Republicans will be “in better shape in 2015″ without it.

‘Ya think?

Target credit card fraud leads to….Mexico

January 23, 2014

Linda Valdez at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newsosaur spends a large portion of her time insistently lecturing the newspaper’s continually dwindling readership that Arizona’s economic future is linked to Mexico.

It turns out she’s partially correct. Not only is Arizona suffering from the high toll of services and benefits illegal aliens in our state receive as they mercilessly sap our taxpaying citizens (video link), but American retailers and consumers across the country are taking it in the slats as well.

Texas police have arrested two Mexican nationals at the border who used account information stolen during the pre-Christmas Target cyber attack to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used falsified cards containing stolen account information to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.  Among their purchases were a number of high-end electronics which added up to tens of thousands of dollars.  

When the pair was arrested, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered close to 100 fake credit cards in their possession.

A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based Target stores acknowledged last week that the retail giant has stopped more than a dozen operations that sought to scam security breach victims by way of email, phone calls and text messages.

Though federal officials claimed there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer’s credit card data theft, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said, “They’re obviously selling the data sets by region.”  He said investigators suspect Garcia and Guardiola were singling out Sundays for their shopping sprees hoping that the banks would not be as quick to detect the fraud.

The Target security breach is believed to have involved 40 million credit and debit card accounts and the personal information of an estimated 70 – 110 million customers. Other retailers ranging from upscale Neiman Marcus to J.C. Penney were victims of the cyber attackers.

Guilty plea in Danny’s Car Wash rehiring of illegals

January 9, 2014

Illegal alien profiteers admit to greater earnings by skirting legal workers

Thrusting an obscene gesture at American workers, the owner and management of Danny’s Family Car Wash chain gave a wink and a nod to the rehiring of known illegals working at the various Valley facilities.

In conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids last August, manager Manuel De Jesus Aldaco entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy charges before Magistrate Judge David Duncan during a Jan. 6 hearing in U.S. District Court.

De Jesus Aldaco is one of over a dozen managers and supervisors who admitted taking part in a scheme to rehire illegal workers and provide them with fraudulent identities.

The indictment (full text — use icon at bottom left to turn pages, audio also included) accused the managers of firing about 900 workers — about half of the company’s workforce — identified in a 2011 government audit as being “unauthorized” to work. The managers with corporate approval, then knowingly rehired many of them under assumed names. De Jesus Aldaco admitted participating in the conspiracy.

De Jesus Aldaco said the company hired legal workers after the illegal alien workers were fired, but the new employees greatly increased the cost of doing business. Unlike the illegal laborers, the legal workers expected to receive breaks and be paid for the full amount of time they were at work, according to the plea agreement.

What a shocking revelation.

The car-wash chain is owned by Daniel Hendon, a former Detroit police officer, who opened the first of the more than 20 carwashes in the 1980’s. Hendon,  involved with numerous other business ventures throughout the state, has not been indicted for his role in this blatant disregard of the law.

In July  2007, Seeing Red AZ  wrote about Daniel Hendon’s involvement in the formation of a coalition, “Wake Up Arizona!” the intent of which was to oust conservative state legislators who sponsored the Legal Arizona Workers Act [widely known as Employee Sanctions] — claiming the implementation would “devastate” the economy.

At a meeting of the firm’s top-level corporate officers and managers of the individual car washes the discussion centered on how to respond to the increased labor costs. During the meeting, a person identified in court documents as the owner of Danny’s Family Car Wash by the initials “D.H.” stated “he wanted us to bring the old employees back.”

De Jesus Aldaco faces up to five years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a possibly reduced sentence. His sentencing is set for April 7, 2014 before Judge Neil Wake.

Scroll down to 9/09/2013 near the bottom of this page for the list of defendants.

Shooters of PPD officer, MCSO posse member ID’d

January 1, 2014

Roger Allen Sharp, 26, and David Lee Murray, 36, have been taken into custody in the New Year’s Eve shooting of a Phoenix police officer and a sheriff’s posse member. Four other suspects involved in the armed robbery leading to the shooting remain at large.

The lawmen, both unidentified, remain in critical condition.

According to reports, Sharp was booked on suspicion of two counts each of attempt to commit murder, armed robbery, burglary and prohibited possession of a firearm and one count each of unlawful flight and resisting arrest. Murray was arrested on two counts of suspicion of armed robbery.

The 34-year-old police officer has been with the Phoenix Police Department for seven years. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office posse member, 63, was shot assisting the officer.

KTVK Channel 3 has the complete report with video here.

Don’t mess with Texas: A model to copy

December 9, 2013

Obama administration unwilling to secure U.S. border; Texas acts

The state of Texas has effectively taken border control into its own hands, bringing illegal immigration, smuggling and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border.

In this interview with Breitbart News, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst told reporter Brandon Darby “The border issue is just about dollars and cents. This proves Texas can do the job the federal government has refused to do —- to invest in the border and shut it down from illegal activities that are hurting Texans and other Americans.”  Dewhurst added, “Texas will protect our own citizens and other Americans from the criminal gangs that are destabilizing our state and our nation.”

Acquaint yourself with Dewhurst’s efficient three-week operation with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which he called “the tip of the spear.”

“For six or seven years, I’ve been calling on our congressional delegation in D.C., [telling them] we need to at least double, if not triple, the size of our Border Patrol,” said the Lt. Governor. “The federal government is not providing the resources. I’ve grown convinced over the last year that this administration has no intention of securing the border.”

“This is just unacceptable,” he said. “We have a problem and everyone knows it except for the Obama administration and people in high levels of Border Patrol.  Organized crime groups in Texas are contracting with Mexican cartels to be their enforcers. The cartels’ presence are in all of our major cities. Seven of the eight Mexican cartels operating in Texas are using our state as a staging area for their operations across the U.S.”

The fix is costly. Among its expenditures, Texas has purchased a high-altitude spotter plane that can see six miles into Mexico at night, six new DPS helicopters that can also see at night, and six armored gunboats to patrol the Rio Grande River.

As fellow border-state Arizonans know all too well, the rate of criminality is massive and the invasion’s accompanying component of uneducated and impoverished illegals has reached critical proportions — with the high costs of providing health care, education and the impact on our criminal justice system being passed on to citizen taxpayers. The U.S./Mexico border region stretches approximately 2,000 miles and includes the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

In November 2012 we wrote about the staggering unemployment rates in Yuma, Arizona (now even higher at 31.9% in 2013) and El Centro, California (25.2% in 2013) — both abutting the Mexican border. Both communities topped the nation’s highest unemployment list. U.S. counties that border Mexico have an average poverty rate that is twice as high as the national average. The figures shown here are four years old and in many areas, the poverty rates have substantially escalated since this report was issued.

Unless we want to live in Mexico Norte, Arizona would do well to pay attention to Texas.


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