10 Years and $1B Gets You …

Posted November 10th, 2015 by Darrell and filed in Government, Immigration
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This is a story of a government initiative that was supposed to revolutionize an antiquated paper-based system in 8 years and for the bargain price of $500 million dollars. What could go wrong?

Everything, apparently. And I do mean everything. Work that has to be redone. Scrapping technology solutions because they were out of date before being put into production. Poor planning. Mismanagement. The list is endless.

The Washington Post has the entire, sordid story but basically the project has already taken ten years, has already spent a billion (with a “B”) dollars, and has resulted in just one out of 95 documents being available online.

One document.

A decade of work. A billion dollars. One document, 94 to go.

While the government diddles ...Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.

A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that’s now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper.

This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Instead, it’s now projected to reach up to $3.1 billion and be done nearly four years from now, putting in jeopardy efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies, handle immigrants already seeking citizenship and detect national security threats, according to documents and interviews with former and current federal officials.

Did you see that? Only another $3.1 billion and four more years to fix everything and get another 94 documents online!

Anyone taking book on whether it takes longer and costs much, much more? Because I want some of that action. I’d bet my life savings that the project won’e be completed by 2020 in less than $6B. Seriously.

It’s worth mentioning that the one process that has been digitized isn’t for new immigrants; it’s to replace or renew a Green Card. It doesn’t keep known terrorists out of the country. It doesn’t identify known criminals attempting to live among our citizens. It was low hanging fruit and has low impact to our safety. A billion dollars so someone can renew a green card.

And the media wonders why so many see Donald Trump is seen as a viable alternative to career politicians and a bat toting neurosurgeon.

Obama Immigration News for the Week

Posted April 12th, 2015 by Darrell and filed in Immigration
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A trio of views and news this week.

National Review Online takes apart the liberal’s attack on Judge Hanen’s injunction:

Liberal Law Profs Take Their Best Shot at Defending Obama’s Amnesty, Fail

There was a bunch of boring legal stuff “blah blah blah Scalia blah Supreme Court blah blah …” wrapping up with this:

Reading through the professors’ letter one finds a total lack of description of the actual case they put so much stock into. Instead of case law or statutory and regulatory provisions, they mostly cite each other’s law journal articles. It is the work of immigration anarchists in academia, and not Judge Hanen’s 123-page opinion, that should be seen as “deeply flawed.”

 

The New American states the obvious:

After Judge Refuses to Lift Anti-amnesty Injunction, All Eyes Turn to New Orleans

A mix of history and conjecture, with this money quote:

The showdown between the 26 plaintiff states and the Obama executive branch in New Orleans on April 17 may not settle this issue for good. Whichever side loses may be expected to appeal to the Supreme Court. And in addition to what the federal courts may decide to do, other questions include whether Congress will continue to allow the president to rule by decree in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and if states exercise the authority they possess to protect their own borders.

 

Meanwhile, Journal.US pins some leftist hope on a related ruling made this week by the aforementioned New Orleans Court:

Obama Wins One for DACA!

In what seems to be an improbable coincidence, the same 5th Circuit court, on the same day, issued a ruling on another immigration executive order case. This decision concerned Obama’s first executive action on immigration, announced in 2012 called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. The conservative-leaning bench dismissed an objection to DACA because it found that the state of Mississippi, which brought the lawsuit did not have the legal standing to sue the federal government.

This decision indicates that the Obama administration may yet be successful in continuing with the executive orders of 2014.

In a lengthy decision, Judge W. Eugene Davis opined that neither the agents nor Mississippi “demonstrated the concrete and particularized injury required to give them standing to maintain this suit.”

 

But of course the best news and one that should cost some people their jobs (but won’t) and perhaps even their license to practice law (but certainly won’t) is covered by Politico:

Texas judge accuses DOJ lawyers of ‘misconduct’ in immigration dispute

“This Court expects all parties, including the Government of the United States, to act in a forthright manner and not hide behind deceptive representations and half-truths,” Hanen wrote in one of two orders he issued Tuesday night. “Whether by ignorance, omission, purposeful misdirection, or because they were misled by their clients, the attorneys for the Government misrepresented the facts.”

… Hanen’s order imposed an unusual sanction for what he deemed to be the government’s misdeeds: a complete disclosure of who was involved in drafting the March 3 advisory about the three-year grants, including the details of when and how they were involved. The judge’s demand intrudes into material the Justice Department would ordinarily consider privileged from disclosure under several different legal theories.

However, Hanen — a George W. Bush appointee — ordered all such information preserved and said that if it is privileged it should be produced to him “in camera” for private review.

 

Here’s hoping Hanen will actually get enough material to hang some crooked lawyers. Or at least severely censure. Then maybe the Department of “Justice” will quite lying.

Arizona Traffic Accident

Posted August 20th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration
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Latest video from Arizona to go viral. Hint: see if you can count how many people jump out of this sucker.

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Chart: Obama Polls by State

Posted August 10th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration, Obama, Barack Hussein, Socialized Medicine
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Politics Daily gathered up the latest polls (Rasmussen Reports, whenever possible) and listed them by state. I reviewed the list and put together the chart below. Note that Alaska, Mississippi and Montana are missing — all “red states” in the 2008 election so the trends noted below in the blue states can be logically extrapolated to be similar in nature.

There are some interesting trends to be noted:

  1. Of the 28 blue states from 2008, only 14 (half!) have a positive approval rating for Obama’s performance as president.
  2. No 2008 red states have a positive approval rating for Obama, although he did appear to gain some ground in Alabama.
  3. In the Democrat stronghold of Rhode Island (Obama by 28 points in 2008), Obama’s performance approve/disapprove ratio is deadlocked at 50/50.
  4. Of the 34 states polled, only two favor keeping Obamacare — Vermont and Hawaii. The rest, including 17 “blue” states, disapprove of it or want to repeal it.
  5. Of the 26 states polled, only one is opposed to Arizona-like immigration laws.
  6. The only state in opposed to Arizona-like immigration laws is Hawaii, which does not exactly have illegal aliens and terrorists streaming across the state line.

The chart below has the following columns:

  1. Name of the state
  2. Percentage of votes for Obama and McCain respectively in 2008.
  3. Percentage that disapprove and approve of Obama’s performance.
  4. Percentage that favor and oppose Arizona-like immigration laws for their state.
  5. Percentage that favor repealing Health Care “Reform” vs. those that oppose repeal. Note, in some cases the question was worded differently to ask if the person just opposed or supported Obamacare. This was rare and I took it to mean the same.



State

2008 Obama / McCain

Disapprove of Obama

Favor AZ like laws

Repeal Obamacare

Alabama

38/60

56/44

Arizona

45/53

60/39

Arkansas

39/59

65/34

California

61/37

41/56

Colorado

54/45

55/44

Connecticut

60/38

45/56

50/30

Delaware

62/37

44/55

Florida

51/48

50/41

49/45

Georgia

47/52

57/41

Hawaii

72/28

26/72

37/39

43/49

Idaho

36/61

68/32

69/32

67/24

Illinois

62/37

43/55

Indiana

49.8/48.8

56/43

61/25

59/35

Iowa

54/44

48/50

49/33

Kansas

41/56

63/36

69/23

66/32

Kentucky

41/57

58/42

67/21

61/21

Louisiana

40/59

58/40

59/24

67/28

Maine

58/40

49/50

52/31

51/45

Maryland

62/36

43/57

49/35

51/47

Massachusetts

62/36

45/56

46/41

49/47

Michigan

57/41

51/49

57/28

56/38

Minnesota

54/44

50/49

62/27

54/40

Missouri

49.2/49.3

56/44

70/25

57/34

Nebraska

42/57

61/38

64/32

Nevada

55/43

55/43

52/42

New Hampshire

54/44

57/42

54/44

New Jersey

57/41

42/52

New Mexico

57/42

48/52

52/42

New York

63/36

45/53

47/38

56/42

North Carolina

49.7/49.4

57/41

North Dakota

44/53

58/41

64/31

Ohio

51/47

53/46

53/38

Oklahoma

34/66

65/36

73/19

67/38

Oregon

57/40

52/48

59/30

48/47

Pennsylvania

54/44

54/46

47/34

54/37

Rhode Island

63/35

50/50

53/36

49/45

South Carolina

45/54

58/40

59/20

61/34

South Dakota

45/53

59/40

68/19

62/34

Tennessee

42/57

57/42

60/19

63/40

Texas

44/55

63/37

66/30

Utah

34/62

63/33

58/25

66/30

Vermont

67/30

37/62

41/52

Virginia

53/46

50/49

51/34

56/41

Washington

57/40

50/49

47/45

West Virginia

43/56

67/32

65/20

64/30

Wisconsin

56/42

48/51

Wyoming

33/65

70/30

70/21

68/28

 

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Arizona Gov. Brewer Fires Back at Obama

Posted May 10th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration, Obama, Barack Hussein
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Illegal Immigrant Crime Greater than Thought on Border

Posted April 30th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration, Legal System
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From the “duh!” file comes this: statistics suggest that Arizona, Texas and California are dealing with increased crime rates due to their high illegal immigrant population. Yes, some of that is attributable to arrests of aliens because they are in the country illegally.

But there are other crimes, many of which are drug-related. Furthermore, illegal immigrants and smuggling organizations have been linked to some specific violent crimes in Arizona. Local officials frequently cite the rash of kidnappings in their state in defending the new law. The Department of Justice’s latest National Drug Threat Assessment says there were 267 kidnappings in Phoenix last year and 299 in 2008. The report said the victims usually have a connection to immigrant smuggling groups or drug traffickers.

The report also showed that assaults against U.S. law enforcement on the southwestern border are on the rise. The report found that the number of attacks on Border Patrol agents increased 46 percent to 1,097 incidents in fiscal 2008. The report said the assaults were mostly related to immigrant smuggling.

It’s a fair article, so read it all for the other side. It is, after all, from Fox News.

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Illegals Fleeing AZ

Posted April 29th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration

The law doesn’t take effect until July, but results are already being seen:

Standing near potted trees and bushes for sale at a Home Depot in east Phoenix, Diaz, 35, says he may follow three families in his neighborhood who moved to New Mexico because of the law. He says a friend is finding plenty of work in Dallas.

Diaz says he has too much to lose by staying – he’s supporting a wife and infant son back home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

“They depend on me to survive,” he says. “I’m not going to wait for police to come and arrest me.”

Jose Armenta, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico’s western coast, is already planning to move to Utah within the next 20 days because of a combination of the economy and the new law.

See what happens when a state takes matters into their own hands and begins enforcing the law?

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BUYcott Arizona

Posted April 27th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Boycott, Immigration
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USA Today suggested that Arizona’s tough new immigration law may have a chilling effect on tourism as vacationers and businesses alike cancel plans to travel to the state. San Francisco’s City Attorney called for a sweeping boycott of everything Arizonian.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer dismissed such threats, saying that the “outrage” won’t last any more than the outcry over Arizona’s law that requires voters to show an ID to vote.

As for me, I plan on buycotting Arizona. When I shop for products online, I will look for those made in Arizona. When looking for gifts, I will first look to Arizona. And when planning a vacation, I will travel to and spend my dollars in Arizona.

Vote with your wallet. Buy Arizona.

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Arizona Considers Criminalizing Illegal Aliens

Posted April 1st, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration
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By a vote of 8-3, legislation was passed out of committee to the Arizona House that would allow police to arrest any immigrant who did not carry papers proving that they are in the country legally.

As originally introduced, the bill would have criminalized the presence of illegal immigrants under state law through an expansion of the trespassing statute.

Under the changes adopted Wednesday, the measure would instead create the new crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document. It would allow officers to arrest immigrants who are unable to show documents proving they’re legally in the country.

But critics said the provision could cause legal immigrants and U.S. citizens to be detained. Federal law requires legal immigrants to carry identification at all times, but citizens are not required to have ID. …

The bill also seeks to draw local police deeper into the fight against illegal immigration by allowing people to sue police agencies if they believe the agency has a policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Does legislation of this sort really cut down the problem of illegal immigration. Absolutely.

The illegal immigrant population dropped nation-wide in 2008, due to both a crumbling economy and stepped up border enforcement by the feds. But over the course of the year, Arizona’s illegal immigrant population declined a stunning 18%, significantly more than any other state:

No other state in the nation experienced such a large percentage decrease in its undocumented population, according to the report. In Florida and New York, the size of the undocumented population fell by 14 percent, while California’s fell by nearly 9 percent.

Nationally, the undocumented immigrant population decreased 7 percent during the same period, from 11.6 million to 10.8 million.

Why? On 1 January 2008, Arizona’s New Employer Sanctions Law kicked in, the nation’s toughest anti-immigration legislation to date. It increased penalties for identity theft and penalized employers for hiring illegal aliens. It worked.

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Papers Comrade!

Posted March 9th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Immigration
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The Wall Street Journal reports that biometric identification cards are the centerpiece of new immigration legislation currently making its ways through the halls of Washington. These cards not just for immigrant workers which would later be expanded to the American populace later. No, this is the establishment of a national identification system that everyone must carry:

Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.

Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.

So far only one “Republican” has signed on, Lindsey Graham (SC), who is cosponsoring the bill with ultra-liberal Chuck Schumer (D, NY).

CATO sensibly predicts:

Once in place, watch for this national ID to regulate access to financial services, housing, medical care and prescriptions—and, of course, serve as an internal passport.

Exactly.

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