Sessions: ‘Roaring Silence’ From Senate Democrats On President’s Plan To ‘Nullify America’s Sovereign Borders’

“As a result of this [planned] executive amnesty, millions here illegally will be able to compete for any job in America… The result would be disastrous for struggling workers… [Senate Democrats] have refused to support the House-passed legislation to block the President’s executive actions, surrendering the Senate and their citizen constituents to an unconstitutional scheme to nullify America’s sovereign laws and sovereign borders… But the citizens of this country retain the ultimate power, as they always have. They will not let this stand. They will demand a Senate vote on the House bill to stop this executive amnesty. And they will hold accountable any and all in Congress who fail to resist the President’s lawless decree.”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as details of the President’s planned executive amnesty continue to emerge:

“Two astounding events occurred this week.

First, the White House Press Secretary publicly confirmed that President Obama is going to keep his self-imposed deadline of issuing executive immigration actions at the end of summer.

We know, from multiple White House sources and reports, that this action will likely take the form of a massive executive amnesty and work authorization for 5–6 million individuals who illegally entered the U.S., illegally overstayed a visa, or illegally defrauded U.S. immigration authorities. As a result of this executive amnesty, millions here illegally will be able to compete for any job in America—taking jobs needed by American workers.

We further know that these executive actions will likely also include a massive importation of new foreign workers—on top of the large existing flow—to take even more jobs in the United States. The result would be disastrous for struggling workers—coming on the heels of four decades of continued record immigration into the U.S., coinciding with falling wages and a shrinking middle class.

The second astounding event was silence. The roaring silence from Senate Democrats in the face of a clear and present danger facing their constituents. They have refused to support the House-passed legislation to block the President’s executive actions, surrendering the Senate and their citizen constituents to an unconstitutional scheme to nullify America’s sovereign laws and sovereign borders.

We already know from ICE officers and USCIS officers that they are routinely barred from enforcing bedrock immigration laws such as visa overstays, illegal entry, and illegal residence—for both current and future immigration violators. If implemented, the President’s new executive actions would functionally end what little remains of interior immigration enforcement, giving free license to every person in the world—here today or planning to come tomorrow—to violate our immigration laws with impunity.

But the citizens of this country retain the ultimate power, as they always have. They will not let this stand. They will demand a Senate vote on the House bill to stop this executive amnesty. And they will hold accountable any and all in Congress who fail to resist the President’s lawless decree.”

BACKGROUND:

Chris Crane, head of the ICE officers’ association, testified before Congress that:

“Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of United States immigration law. According to ICE policy, in most cases immigration agents can no longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally. Additionally, in most cases immigration agents cannot arrest persons solely because they have entered the United States with a visa and then overstayed that visa and failed to return to their country. Essentially, only individuals charged or convicted of very serious criminal offenses by other law enforcement agencies may be arrested or charged by ICE agents and officers for illegal entry or overstay.”

Ken Palinkas, President of the USCIS agents’ association, wrote last year:

·        USCIS adjudications officers are pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case review and investigation. The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the denial of any applications. USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.’

·        USCIS has created an almost insurmountable bureaucracy which often prevents USCIS adjudications officers from contacting and coordinating with ICE agents and officers in cases that should have their involvement. USCIS officers are pressured to approve visa applications for many individuals ICE agents have determined should be placed into deportation proceedings.

·        USCIS officers who identify illegal aliens that, in accordance with law should be placed into immigration removal proceedings before a federal judge, are prevented from exercising their authority and responsibility to issue Notices To Appear (NTAs).

·        The attitude of USCIS management is not that the Agency serves the American public or the laws of the United States, or public safety and national security, but instead that the agency serves illegal aliens and the attorneys which represent them. While we believe in treating all people with respect, we are concerned that this agency tasked with such a vital security mission is too greatly influenced by special interest groups-to the point that it no longer properly performs its mission.

·        DHS and USCIS leadership have intentionally established an application process for DACA applicants that bypasses traditional in-person investigatory interviews with trained USCIS adjudications officers. These practices were put in place to stop proper screening and enforcement, and guarantee that applications will be rubber-stamped for approval, a practice that virtually guarantees widespread fraud and places public safety at risk.

·        U.S. taxpayers are currently tasked with absorbing the cost of over $200 million worth of fee waivers bestowed on applicants for naturalization during the last fiscal year. This is in addition to the strain put on our Social Security system that has been depleted by an onslaught of refugees receiving SSI benefits as soon as their feet touch U.S. soil.

·        Large swaths of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are not effectively enforced for legal immigrants and visa holders, including laws regarding public charges as well as many other provisions, as USCIS lacks the resources to adequately screen and scrutinize legal immigrants and non-immigrants seeking status adjustment. There is also insufficient screening and monitoring of student visas.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services, Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, and as Ranking Member of the BudgetCommittee. Visit Sessions online at his website or via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Note: Please do not reply to this email. For further information, contact Sen. Sessions’Press Office at (202) 224-4124.

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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WON’T STOP OBAMA ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Republicans on Wednesday that any threat by Congress of withholding funds would not change President Obama’s decision to issue an executive order to give illegal immigrants amnesty.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Sen. Marco Rubio hinted that if Obama decided to grant executive amnesty to illegal immigrants, perhaps Republicans could block his actions using the budget process. If Democrats in the Senate balked at passing a funding resolution without money to process Obama’s executive amnesty, it could cause a government shutdown.

Reporters asked Earnest if the threat of a government shutdown would change Obama’s decision to offer executive amnesty to as many as five million illegal immigrants.

“No. It won’t, because the president is determined to take the kinds of common sense steps that are required to address the worst problems of our broken immigration system,” Earnest replied.

Earnest said the government shutdown in 2013 over Obamacare was harmful to the economy.

“They’ve done it before; hopefully they won’t do it again,” he said.

 

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Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago

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There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS).

First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate.

Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building.

 

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Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap

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President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

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Local School Board in Central Illinois Passes Anti-Common Core Resolution

GOOD JOB ILLINOIS PARENTS & ACTIVISTS!

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A local school board in Illinois passed a resolution expressing concern about the Common Core State Standards last Tuesday evening.  The resolution was unanimously passed by the East Peoria Community High School District 309 board.

Here is the resolution below:

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, wish to express their concern regarding the development, selection, and implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Assessment Program.

WHEREAS the Board of Education of East Peoria High School District 309, Tazewell County Illinois, is concerned with:

  1. The increasing encroachment of the Federal Government on education issues at the State and local level.

  2. The lack of local control over the development of standards and the selection of assessments that meet the needs and expectations of the local community.

  3. The high costs associated with the PARCC assessment particularly associated with the need for new technology infrastructure and hardware.

  4. The amount of instructional time lost to excessive assessment practices associated with the administration of PARCC assessments.

  5. The elimination of funding for the ACT, a critical assessment for students with higher education aspirations.

  6. Continued unfunded mandates from the State of Illinois which are unduly burdensome on the tax payers of East Peoria High School District 309.

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Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars

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CHICAGO (AP) — Federal auditors have found that Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in overdraws the state later had trouble repaying.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released the report Monday.

The report says Illinois created “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect’” as it continued to overdraw and repay later.

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22 STATES RECOGNIZE ILLINOIS’ CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT. ILLINOIS RECOGNIZES NONE.

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CHICAGO – Twenty-two states now recognize Illinois conceal carry permits, The Northwest Herald reports. The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the state’s 16-hour training course is likely a factor in that growth. Illinois’ training requirement is among the most stringent nationwide.

However, Illinois doesn’t have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn’t recognize other state permits. Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states.

The bill lawmakers approved in 2013 was due to a federal court order, though the measure was fought hard by those who wanted Illinois to retain its last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry.

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NEW POLL SHOWS GOP STRONG IN CHICAGO MAYORAL AND ALDERMANIC RACES

Illinois Review -

CHICAGO – A new poll shows that several incumbent Aldermen in Chicago are in trouble, and that a hypothetical Republican candidate for mayor is only six points behind Karen Lewis.

The poll conducted August 8-10 on behalf of the Chicago Republican Party tested the effect of adding a “qualified Republican” to the mix in the mayor’s race and in a number of Aldemanic races. In some wards an unnamed, hypothetical Republican was a strong contender for Alderman.

The raw data for the poll is here: Mayoral survey dataAldermanic survey dataPoll questions

In Chicago’s 43rd Ward, for example, incumbent Michele Smith was the choice of 37.3% of voters and a “qualified Republican” was only 13 points behind with 23.6%. 39.2% were undecided.

In other wards, the undecided vote was high enough that a Republican could be a contender. In the 2nd Ward, for example, a “qualified Democrat” gained 34.7% of the respondents, a “qualified Republican” gained 18.4%, with 46.9% undecided.

“Contrary to belief, voters in Chicago are open to a Republican if the right candidate emerges,” said Chris Cleveland, Vice Chairman of the Chicago GOP. “In the 43rd Ward, an unnamed, hypothetical, invisible Republican is running only 13 points behind the incumbent. The incumbent is below 40%, which usually means deep trouble. With a serious candidate and a little money, we’re looking at a strong possibility of a win. In a general election, Republicans get 40% of the vote in the 43rd Ward.”

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Dick Durbin: Guantanamo Transfer Prison ‘Will Be An Important Piece In The Economic Future’ Of Illinois

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Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that the prison where the Obama administration is trying to transfer detainees  ”will be an important piece in the economic future of Illinois.”

Thomson Prison, which houses 1,600 cells, installed a new warden Tuesday. President Obama gave the federal government control of Thomson prison in 2009 through the Department of Justice. Obama planned to move Guantanamo refugees into the prison until Republicans blocked funding for detainee transfers.

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