Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy

New America Now, News Analysis, Edward Alden Posted: Dec 28, 2009

The Obama administration quietly announced last week that it would overturn one of the harsh immigration enforcement measures enacted by the Bush administration following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Beginning next month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said, those who arrive in the United States fleeing torture or persecution abroad will no longer automatically be welcomed with handcuffs and months in a jail cell. Instead, many of those seeking protection will again be permitted to live freely in the country while their applications for permanent asylum are considered by an immigration judge.

The measure is the latest in a string of little-noticed initiatives by the Obama DHS to reconsider some of the most controversial enforcement policies of the past decade. The administration in August launched an overhaul of the immigration detention system, which had grown out of control as the number of detainees doubled in just five years to more than 440,000 annually. Some of those were simply lost in the system, while others fell ill and died due to poor medical care, and the administration has pledged to stop such abuses. That same month, it moved families out of the notorious T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility in Texas, which had become a national disgrace after revelations that pregnant women and small children were being held there in prison-like conditions.

The administration has also largely halted workplace raids that resulted in jailing, deportation and even criminal charges for many unauthorized workers, and is focused instead on in-depth audits of companies suspected of hiring those workers. And DHS has curbed the authority of state and local police forces to demand immigration documents from anyone stopped for minor offenses like traffic violations, saying that such checks should be done only for those jailed on criminal charges, particularly for serious criminal offenses. To drive home the point, DHS in October stripped the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona of federal authority to make immigration-related arrests.

The administration is walking a narrow line. The White House believes it must hold tough on enforcement if there is any hope of assembling a political coalition in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform next year. Janet Napolitano, the DHS secretary, says the administration has done what Congress sought on everything from the U.S.-Mexico border fence to the E-Verify system for authorizing workers, and that the time has come to enact other elements of reform, including a legalization program for many unauthorized immigrants. If Congress does not believe her claims on enforcement, the rest of the package will likely be dead on arrival.

But at the same time, the administration wants to demonstrate that it’s possible to be tough without being unfair and inhumane. The treatment of asylum claimants is just one example of where the United States had gone awry. Under guidelines enacted in 1997, once an arriving individual had shown immigration officials a “credible fear” of persecution or torture back home, he could be “paroled” into the country to await a judge’s decision on his application to remain, which could take many months.

But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush administration began to clamp down, arguing that those released might simply disappear, remaining as illegal immigrants and perhaps even posing a terrorist threat. According to a recent study by Human Rights First, about 40 per cent of those asylum seekers were still being paroled in 2004; by 2007 that number had dropped to just four per cent. Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, called that figure “an affront to our ideals as a nation that aspires to be a beacon of light to persecuted refugees.”

The Obama administration’s new policy, which will end such routine incarceration, had been urged by everyone from the bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. And there is no reason to believe that the risks will rise significantly. There is considerable evidence, for instance, that alternative programs to monitor those released will ensure that they comply with whatever ruling a judge finally reaches.

Other initiatives show this more nuanced approach as well. The workplace raids, which were intended to send a warning to companies that hired unauthorized workers, mostly just hurt the workers themselves. Last year, only 13 companies were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers. Now, the Obama administration is instead focusing on expanded audits of the paper trail that companies must keep on their workforce. Arrests and deportations of workers are down, but hefty fines against the companies are up, providing strong incentives for them to maintain a legal workforce. This is hardly a benign approach – ask the families of the 1,800 immigrant workers who were fired from American Apparel in Los Angeles following an audit – but it marks a departure from the Bush policy of summarily jailing and deporting any unauthorized workers arrested in the raids.

The recent initiatives are only first steps, and the administration is still facing criticism from its own liberal allies that it is simply continuing the Bush administration’s enforcement policies. Indeed, by any of the hard measures – detentions, criminal prosecutions, deportations, the number of Border Patrol agents – there has been no softening of the toughest immigration enforcement campaign in recent U.S. history. Still, the changes in the last year are significant, even if they are as yet little recognized. Indeed, the Obama administration itself has not made much effort to advertise the new measures. With the tough fight looming ahead next year on comprehensive immigration reform, it is easy to understand why.

Edward Alden is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of "The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11."

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User Comments

Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS on Jan 05, 2010 at 19:15:26 said:

Anyone who truly was concerned about the wages of workers would demand that workers, immigrant and native born, be organized and enrolled in unions. Immigrants did not steal our jobs. They were given away by outsourcing capitalist swine long before the immigrants showed up.
Your spit spluttering, foaming at the mouth hatred of immigrants is based on nothing but mean spirited xenophobic anxiety, especially the anxiety that you might have to learn something (like a few words of Spanish, which would not kill you). And by the way "illegal" is not a noun and its use as such is no better than using the "n word" in referring to African descended Americans, or "faggot" for a a Gay male, or any other racial/ethnic slur.
Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS

DG on Jan 03, 2010 at 17:38:43 said:

A lot of the open border nuts would be singing a different tune if THEIR jobs were going to harder working cheaper illegal immigrants.


JT on Jan 03, 2010 at 16:28:53 said:

Regarding TB, it is not unusual in poorer communities, and it has been shown in a studies that there are much higher rates in illegal immigrant communities. The TB also passes to people who work with the public a lot. I read another poster whose co-worker caught TB working with someone who was here illegally. So this is not like Dobbs' leprosy scare. It is a real risk to the general population.

Aside from that, these employers get away with murder. They should be severely penalized because they know exactly what they're doing.

And if America doesn't send people home, our immigration laws are meaningless.

I do not think we should spending so much money on keeping people here. They should be sent back promptly.

Where are Americans supposed to emigrate to for work? There is no where else for most of us to go!

I do not support passage of an immigration bill. The Democrats can't even get health care right, they can't get unemployment right, they can't get Afghanistan right, they're giving everything away to the banks, and now they want us to pass millions of illegal workers into their jobs legally? And workers who don't even help Americans who are out of work?


Mary T. on Jan 03, 2010 at 16:07:26 said:

To the poster Danielle -- I don't think immigrants are *more* hardworking -- just that they are brought into the country in a way that out competes American workers. Here illegally and willing to work for less wages and like slaves. Maybe you like that about your neighbors -- that they do that for you and the price of your fruits and vegetables -- but I don't think it's right. Every country has labor laws that should be abided by, along with immigration, and we are the only ones with this open border policy courtesy of 4 administrations, NAFTA and people like Sessenbrenner -- who have had businesses that hire illegal immigrant labor, and then financial investments in companies that build a big wall. You talk about "class warfare", but then you viciously attack Americans out of work as "lazy". You sound like a Republican who doesn't want to be taxed to provide "welfare handouts to lazies." Who will do your lawn or your bathroom if the American government enforces the law like any other country in the western world? Get rid of NAFTA, yes, it is not fair to those countries, but that's where the responsibility ENDS - send people promptly back, who are not here legally. And do not allow a lot of immigration at present because the economy is too hard already for AMERICANS. Too bad -- maybe you are someone who is supposed to be leaving too. And I bet in your country you're singing another tune altogether about anyone who wants to work there.

DGates on Jan 02, 2010 at 18:49:44 said:

All that is required from ANY ILLEGAL is to Abide by the Laws of this Country people, no matter what country you are an immigrant from!

Applying for U.S. Citizenship
By Aaron Larson
Law Offices of Aaron Larson
January, 2002

* Introduction to U.S. Naturalization
* Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship
* The Application Process
* The Decision
* Taking the Oath of Allegiance
* Getting a Passport

Notice: Immigration laws and regulations can change very quickly, and you should not rely upon this article to reflect the latest changes in the law. Obtaining a non-immigrant visa can be complicated, and visa applications may be denied. While many individuals successfully navigate the application process on their own, it is often beneficial to utilize a qualified immigration attorney.
Introduction to U.S. Naturalization

The process of becoming a citizen of the United States citizen is known as \"naturalization\". Applications for naturalization are managed by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After obtaining citizenship, you will gain certain rights including:

* The right to vote in U.S. elections;
* The right to participate in federal programs such as Social Security;
* The right to obtain a United States passport;
* The ability to qualify for certain security clearances

Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship

For basic eligibility to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must first a spend at least five years as a legal permanent resident of the United States, during which you did not take any trips abroad for more than six months, and were present in the United States for not less than half of the entire period (two-and-a-half years). Additional factors, such as marriage to a U.S. citizen, may affect eligibility for citizenship. The USCIS provides an online eligibility worksheet to help people determine their eligibility.

Generally speaking, to qualify for citizenship, you must:


Be a lawful permanent U.S. resident;

Be 18 years of age or older;

Be a permanent resident for not less than five years. (If a person obtained permanent residence through marriage to a U.S. citizen, they may be eligible for naturalization in three years if the couple has been married for 3 years, if the spouse was a citizen during that entire period, and if the couple are still living in marital unity);

Have resided for not less than three months in the state where the petition was filed;

Be physically present in the United States for at least one half of the five years (or one half of three if spouse is a citizen), with no absences longer than six months;

Have resided continuously within the United States from the date the petition was filed to the time of admission to citizenship;

Have been a person of good moral character for the five years of residence;

Have an elementary level of reading and writing English. (Exceptions to this rule exist for persons over fifty, in the US for 20 years or more as a permanent resident; and for persons over 55 , in the US for 15 years as a permanent resident); and

Have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. government and history. (This requirement can be waived for people over 65 and have been permanent resident for 20 years.)

Additionally, people may qualify for naturalization as a result of:

Birth in the United States. All persons born in the United States are citizens regardless of the status of their parents. This is true whether the parents are citizens, green card holders, students, tourists, or illegal aliens.

Acquisition at Birth. A child born outside the United States where one or both parents are United States citizens may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.

Derivation Through Naturalization of Parents. A child born outside the United States may become a citizen by virtue of the naturalization of his or her parents.
The Application Process

To apply for citizenship:


Obtain a citizenship application form, either by obtaining the form from the USCIS or downloading it from their website;

Complete the form completely and honestly – recalling that dishonesty can result in your application being denied, even if your dishonesty related to an issue that would not otherwise disqualify you for citizenship;

Submit the application form to the USCIS, along with two photographs meeting USCIS requirements, the required application fee, and any documents required to document special circumstances;

Once your application is complete, attend an appointment where you will be fingerprinted;

Provide any documentation requested by the USCIS;

Demonstrate a basic command of the English language;

Pass a civics test on the history and government of the United States;

Answer questions about your background, and evidence supporting your application for citizenship, including information about your residence, and your willingness to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.

The Decision

Following the interview with the USCIS, a request for citizenship will either be granted, continued, or denied:

Granted: Where an application is granted, the applicant can sometimes take the oath ceremony on that very date, although many people will be informed of the decision by mail, and will attend a subsequent citizenship ceremony.

Continued: When an application is \"continued\", it is placed on hold while certain problems or issues are resolved, such as the failure of a test during the interview, or the provision of additional records or documents requested by the USCIS. The letter informing you of the continuation will detail what additional steps must be taken to complete the application process.

Denied. If your application for citizenship is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons for the denial, and informing you of the process for appealing the denial.
Taking the Oath of Allegiance

Even after your application is approved, you will not become a United States citizen until you have taken the Oath of Allegiance, swearing allegiance to the United States and renouncing all allegiances to any foreign country. At this time you will return your Permanent Residence Card (Green Card), and will receive a Certificate of Naturalization.
Getting a Passport

Following the ceremony you will qualify for a United States Passport, and generally speaking should obtain one as soon as possible following the ceremony. If you lose your Certificate of Naturalization and you do not yet have a passport, you will not have proof of citizenship until you can obtain a replacement certificate.
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Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS on Jan 02, 2010 at 14:00:18 said:

One more American determined to maintain your ignorance at all costs. I caught TB serving in the US Army (in Georgia)in 1978. Tuberculosis is rare but you don't have to go to another country to get it and the most resistant strains sprang up right here in the "homeland" due to American invented and implemented medical practices. Just once why don't you get a genuine education instead of getting every thing you think you know from cable TV and hate radio. Then maybe you will learn enough critical thinking skills to cease repeating urban legends as facts.

JK on Jan 02, 2010 at 10:13:38 said:

A rare case of tuberculosis was discovered in Florida with no remedy at hand. The person diagnosed is from Peru. Tuberculosis is highly contagious. Then in a recent news statement, a new,unknown species of cockroach was discovered in NYC. Where is the world do you think these things are coming from? They are coming in with the baggage with the illegals. This is why we have an Immigration Dept. with rules and regulations to keep us safe. Have you people gone nuts who are defending the illegal? The illegals are here for only one purpose and that is for votes to keep the madman in power....nothing more.
The illegal who murdered the priest in Chatham, NJ had several aliases and social security numbers. Moreover, there was a warrant out for his arrest in another state. At 64 years of age, he was collecting SS from several numbers. And you wonder why Social Security is going bankrupt? Send them all back immediately and bring only those back who come into the country legally. NO TO AMNESTY.

Danielle E. (Beth) Lyes MS on Jan 01, 2010 at 17:33:01 said:

What I do not understand is why you think that I (born and raised in the US from ancestors in this country all the way back to the 1830s) should have more sympathy for your mean spirited, selfish, materialistic, butts than my quiet friendly hard working immigrant neighbors just because you were born on the same side of a stupid imaginary line on a map as I was. Their children are still innocent kids. Their sick are still patients. Their workers still deserve prosperity and security just as much as you do. You are just suffering from typical arrogant American xenophobia and what's more you are so terrified that some one might make you think and learn a new language that you are in a blind panic over it. Anti-immigrant furor is just another typical example of American class warfare. You expect me to care more about sociopathic financiers, commodity and stock traders and top tier executives who don't give a crap if me and my partner and our kids and grandchild starve or die from lack of medical care(not to mention passing a slew of mean spirited homophobic legislation against us) just because they were born on this side of a border that none of us made. Get over yourself. I like my immigrant neighbors better than most of the ignorant, arrogant, craven and lazy people who were born here. Being a US citizen does not make you a good person or more deserving of anything and being from somewhere else does not make you bad or less deserving and I am sick of you assuming it does.

Dawn on Jan 01, 2010 at 00:23:02 said:

They are taking over our medical and social services and government offices with employees from out of the country who then have their friends hired until entire departments are filled by persons who barely speak English. Then they only service their own.

They shove Americans both out of jobs and services.



Vote the Democrats Out if We Must.

Amy on Dec 31, 2009 at 23:15:30 said:

I was very sympathetic to the plight of many immigrants until I began running into a lot of them that take advantage of you and abuse the system and Americans in it. Unemployment is very high right now, and i am seeing a lot of Americans out of work while there is a high percentage of immigrants who speak English as a second language in jobs. This doesn't seem right to me. A lot of times too, they are even in social service position that could be filled by Americans except for the fact that they are hired for second language abilities as a primary consideration, and then, cannot service Americans in those jobs because their English skills are lacking, along with other skills they did not acquire because they were educated in third world countries. Meanwhile the Americans are unemployed. Why are we bending over with second language skills? If someone needs medical services, let them bring someone along who can translate for them. Some of these hospitals are hiring hundreds of translators but no Americans. It is insane. Immigration is a fine tradition in America, but this has been an illegal open borders free-for-all and should not be tolerated. People should be respectfully deported -- meaning quickly, so they are not sitting around in prisons. But they should go, and apply to come in legally. Europeans with degrees or people on student visas or no exception to the rule. I resent how the Democrats are screwing us on healthcare and screwing us on immigration. Notice that immigration rights people don't give a damn about health care for Americans either. They are all out for themselves and to take advantage of whatever they can in the U.S.

Kathleen on Dec 31, 2009 at 02:34:34 said:

What totally bothers me is we have become a nation of compromises or lets make a deal. Why should Americans obey the law when our "leaders" at ever turn usurp them. The government does not care about its people its only obvious. Once again American citizens get marginalized. We can only be pushed and trampled so far. Another totally disgusted citizen.

lyagoba cissy on Dec 30, 2009 at 20:05:28 said:

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Delaware Bob on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:55:24 said:

I don't know who is going to destroy this Country first, obama and his thugs or the illegal aliens.

How about ENFORCE THE DAMN LAWS! There will be no AMNESTY for illegal aliens!

Will Wofford on Dec 29, 2009 at 16:12:03 said:

When are we going to put a stop to this conduct?

Noureddine Feddane on Dec 29, 2009 at 16:08:46 said:

To the commenter defending the french guy in ICE detention:

Noureddine Feddane has been in the US as a 50+ year old student for 4 years? That's what we call abuse of the student visa system. Kind of like the 9/11 terrorists, without all the planes.

Also, I assure you he is here because he wants to be. He could drop his appeals and leave detention tomorrow if he so desired. It's his stubborness that keeps him here. He thinks the US owes him something, and, by allah, he's gonna get it!

Stop defending these leeches who come to the US for selfish reasons, fail to abide by our laws, then fight vehemently when targeted for deportation!

Noureddine Feddane on Dec 29, 2009 at 15:53:53 said:

To the commenter defending the french guy in ICE detention:

Noureddine Feddane has been in the US as a 50+ year old student for 4 years? That's what we call abuse of the student visa system. Kind of like the 9/11 terrorists, without all the planes.

Also, I assure you he is here because he wants to be. He could drop his appeals and leave detention tomorrow if he so desired. It's his stubborness that keeps him here. He thinks the US owes him something, and, by allah, he's gonna get it!

Stop defending these leeches who come to the US for selfish reasons, fail to abide by our laws, then fight vehemently when targeted for deportation!

Noureddine Feddane on Dec 29, 2009 at 15:37:59 said:

To the commenter defending the french guy in ICE detention:

Noureddine Feddane has been in the US as a 50+ year old student for 4 years? That's what we call abuse of the student visa system. Kind of like the 9/11 terrorists, without all the planes.

Also, I assure you he is here because he wants to be. He could drop his appeals and leave detention tomorrow if he so desired. It's his stubborness that keeps him here. He thinks the US owes him something, and, by allah, he's gonna get it!

Stop defending these leeches who come to the US for selfish reasons, fail to abide by our laws, then fight vehemently when targeted for deportation!

Dan Diego on Dec 29, 2009 at 15:26:11 said:

So, if the would-be plane bomber (terrorist from yemen?) that tried to blow up a plane on Christmas would have requested asylum, he would have been set free per obama's standards?

Is this endangering USA? Perhaps DHS needs to rethink some of its policies of letting those who stream across our borders, virtually unchecked, who come to do us harm.

While I'm sorry you are being detained by INS while you wait for deportation of relaese into America, I feel safer that way. You know, making sure of who you are and why you are here?

Stop the insanity?

Thomas P on Dec 29, 2009 at 14:16:13 said:

Mr. McGinnis is clearly leaving out important details about his friends case. As for the treatment of detainees I can assure you that the ICE standards are well above any state or local detention facility. I know because I was detained in Arizona. While there, they installed two full size astroturf soccer fields where we had matches daily. I too am a diabetic and the staff made sure that I recieved medicine when needed and that it traveled with me during transfers. There was also an officer who checked the phones many times a week to make sure they worked correctly and that I could reach my consulate. I was able to ask questions about my case and on most occations my questions were answered the same day. My case was eventually resolved in my favor but I know why I was there and the others in there with me had their own reasons for being detained. Your description of these places is misinforming people

David Bacon on Dec 29, 2009 at 11:54:08 said:

The piece posted today, "Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy" is not accurate. In fact, the worksite enforcement policy Alden describes is virtually identical with the no-match regulation formulated by President Bush, which was enjoined in SF Federal Court in 2007. The Obama administration agreed to stop defending the Bush order, and then proceeded to have DHS order employers to do exactly what that regulation mandated -- fire workers for bad Social Security numbers.

The impact of auditing 1654 employers is the firing of thousands and thousands of workers. This wave is just beginning with American Apparel, janitorial companies in Minneapolis and Seattle, Overhill Farms, and now even Target in Walnut Creek. This is producing a reign of terror for immigrants in their workplaces, and is punishing especially those workers who belong to unions or are trying to form them, or who are getting higher-than average wages. I wrote a detailed expose of this policy for The Progressive: www.truthout.org/topstories/121509vh5

It's not surprising that the Council on Foreign Relations would write a puff piece about the administration's enforcement policy. This past year CFR called on the administration to do exactly what it's now praising Obama for doing -- beefing up immigration enforcement:

"We should reform the legal immigration system," it advocated, "so that it operates more efficiently, responds more accurately to labor market needs, and enhances U.S. competitiveness." This essentially calls for using migration to supply labor at competitive, or low, wages. "We should restore the integrity of immigration laws," the Council went on to say, "through an enforcement regime that strongly discourages employers and employees from operating outside that legal system." This couples an enforcement regime like the one Alden praises, to that labor supply system.

At NAM and PNS, a piece like Alden's could have something you might not find in the NYT -- the context that makes its agenda clear, especially its impact on the ground and its human cost.

Johnny Sixpack on Dec 29, 2009 at 07:52:01 said:

I understand it! Those illegal immigrants, in addition to providing a workforce for the greedy, are potentially DEMOCRAT voters. If we broaden our democractic constituency, the republicans will never take the power the the democrats again. If we get most citizens to be dependent on the powerful democrats, we will achieve our socialist dream.

Stanley from Ohio on Dec 28, 2009 at 20:18:58 said:

As this article inadvertantly outlines, Obama and Napolitano have gutted immigration enforcement ((287(g), no match letters, workplace raids)) and therefore have stripped whatever credibility to the system that Bush tried to restore after his amnesty bill was defeated in 2007.

Therefore there is NO good reason for Americans to support any form of "path to citizenship" mass amnesty -- for only a fool would believe that Obama would start enforcing laws, after he has gutted them.

The anti-American worker, pro illegal-alien cheap labor special interests are trying to repeat the failed 1986 IRCA amnesty (with "amnesty now" and hollow promises of future enforcement). NO!

If the pro-amnesty special interests weren't so short-sighted and greedy, they would have encouraged Obama to continue the workplace raids and 287(g) for at least a few years to significantly decrease the illegal population through real enforcement.

If they did this, Americans just might be willing to negotiate AFTER enforcement-credibility was restored. BUT since Obama has stopped all meaningful enforcment, the vast majority of Americans will again vehemently oppose any form of "comprehensive immigration reform" a/k/a mass amnesty -- especially now with our U-6 unemployment rate of 17%.

Sharpen/Business on Dec 28, 2009 at 19:43:15 said:

We need to teach them to be Entreprenuers and create jobs for Americans. Learn for Free at www.sharpenbusiness.com

Julie B on Dec 28, 2009 at 14:30:26 said:

It hurts me to say this as a lifelong Democrat but we need to get the Dem's out of power fast. Our jobs, our lives and the lives of our children are at stake.

Brittanicus on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:48:49 said:

This very solemn enlightening content was displayed on a blog, that exemplifies the chaos this nation is in, due to neglect of decades of pandering politicians. to non-enforcement of our undermanned, poorly constructed border fence or the 1986 immigration law. It is my decision to pas it along to all readers, otherwise it may not get the necessary publicity to show the disintegration of a society, culture and even our language. Now they are going to urge another travesty of COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM OR "AMNESTY." on the overtaxed American people. It almost defies any rational logic for these morons introducing immigration reform, when 15 million Americans are out scouting for a job.

These people must live in a bubble that think illegal immigrants do not have an impact on American citizens.

You have watched an economy tank, with outlandish reasoning, but no one is talking about the facts:

1. Emergency room closures
a) There was once a superb safety net for emergency healthcare to indigent Americans, that has dried up in many communities, because the hospitals could not afford to service them any longer, some would have us believe that illegal immigration had nothing to do with it, when hundreds and thousands of undocumented residents flooded the doors, and in many cases as a source of primary care.

b) American born women under the age of 50 are no longer offered mammograms because of the cost, even though it is factual that more women under the age of 50 are being detected with suspicious findings, but rather then taking illegal residents off the rolls of CDP and other grants to detection, they cut off Americans.

2. Welfare
The vast majority of illegal parents to citizen children, flock to another safety net dedicated to protecting Americans from physical and financial detriment, where billions of dollars flow in, and do not circulate in the US because many of the dollars are shipped to their native countries to support the poor people there.

3. Education
American children that should be preparing for the global competitive market, are being held back educationally because primary education is now catering to bring children that are further behind up to speed. Class room overcrowding, results in the hiring of under staffed, under qualified teachers to manage a baby sitting sector rather than educating.

4. Housing
The media did not cover the facts that thousands of illegal immigrants owned homes that went into the red, and they were allowed to simply walk away, while Americans in the same situation had to undergo financial ruin, bankruptcy, and other unfortunate situation. Non profits and other organizations like NACA helped these people get in the door, and tax payers are footing the bill.

5. Infrastructure
With any degree of logic, any individual will understand, if you design a freeway, bridge, building, house, etc. designed to support a certain number of people, will accelerates structure corrosion, if you add more abundantly.

6. Traffic
What used to take Americans a few minutes to get to and from work, has been doubled if not tripled which takes quality time from families, drives up cost of oil, and gasoline, because of the buy and demand nature of business, adds more pollution to the air, and reduces spending in local shops because of the time lost.

7. Crime
The cost of housing convicted non citizens would have paid for the border fence twice, added more border personnel on the northern and southern borders to boot. which would be an added protection considering America is a marked nation.

ID theft, is the number one violation, because it defrauds the federal government when non existent socials are in play, and drastically affects the quality of life for Americans that are victimized, because there is no legislation to protect American citizens from the consequences of the governments failure to protect them from collection agencies, dept collectors, credit card companies that did not have secure networks, and the social security administration that did not flag socials used twice or more times for employment, which pays more on the back end.

8. Assimilation
Many illegal immigrants have no desire to assimilate with American culture, I mean look at Mr. Gutierrez, who fights harder for the rights non citizens then he does for his native constituents. Many fly non American flags, which is a basic slap in the face to Americans that would support reform otherwise.

9. English
Our elected officials have turned a deaf ear to Americans that are blatantly being discriminated against when companies policy hiring bilingual only employees, there are only too populations of citizens in America that are allowed this unfortunate bias, ex-cons, and non dual language speaking Americans.

10. Wages
How many reports do you need, before you realize many unscrupulous employers are using the illegal alien situation to drive down wages and benefits?

To every elected officials that puts a greater onus on protecting the non legal rights of non citizens above the legal rights of Americans are in the wrong business, and should consider in the ethical reasoning of national security, populous representation, simply because it was the populous that sent you to office to represent their best interest, to step down, seek office in your hearts respective country, and allow individuals with the same passion you have for your people, to represent Americans with the same tenacity.

Thank you Mario for this fact sheet? Tell everybody you know who condemns any possibility of forcing on the American people another AMNESTY, to call their ignorant lawmaker. The Capitol Switchboard's telephone number is 202-224-3121. REMEMBER TO SEND IN YOUR 28Cent POSTCARDS NOW! WE MUST DEFEAT THIS IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE. Those who believe in America’s survival, without OVERPOPULATION as stated by the US Census bureau better read facts at NUMBERSUSA not the lies spawned by open border entities. Those who want details of corruption in WASHINGTON and state government go to JUDICIAL WATCH. Overpopulation, traffic chaos, infrastructure erosion should go to CAPSWEB.

jesus deleon on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:21:37 said:

well all of you people are in for a big disapointment because these people are not here just to work there here because they are fighting and winning a war without fiering a shot these people are two face anti American they will smile in your face while holding a dagger to stab you in the back,thats why they work so cheap to take your jobs idiots,and its not jobs that Americans don't want its jobs they don't give to the American people because these people sworm like roaches.

jesus deleon on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:10:04 said:

Obama is full of it you can't ligalize that much people Obama thinks just because hes black people are going to fear him,but then he'll use that your picking on me because im black,so do what i say or your a raicest,big cry baby

Lea Reiter on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:41:04 said:

Well said, Mr. McGinnis. "Let’s go back to protecting the country rather than making up stories to justify the expansion of a national security complex. Let’s end businesses profiting from immigrant detention and restore our image as a nation of immigrants."

I'm glad the President is taking some small steps, but what relief is he offering immigrants who are already in the trick box?

The DOJ's immigration board, in collusion with an unaccountable DHS, routinely robs immigrants of due process, fair treatment and basic human dignity. The Gestapo tactics of ICE/DHS include lying/strong arming surety companies into forfeiting bond, busting down doors in the wee hours of the morning to hold innocent people at gunpoint, caging immigrants at secret locations and/or moving them around the country far from legal counsel and family. And we can't forget the gross human rights violations at "detention" centers (denying inmates their prescription medications, etc.)

Busting employers for hiring undocumented workers seems like a sideshow. Without work, how are these people going to survive? How is the practice of busting employers really protecting undocumented workers when companies can legally hire prison labor for as little as seventeen cents per hour, or ship jobs overseas where there is an abundance of cheap labor.

I too am a citizen closely involved with immigration because of someone I love. My boyfriend Mike,an LPR for 47 years,has been fighting removal for 8 years. The road ahead for us is long. I too spend much of my time writing letters. Even if Mike gets a favorable decision on his current appeal, it will be years before he receives relief from removal.

This exhausting and all-consuming battle has forever changed me. I often feel our entire existence is about justifying the jobs of cold and faceless bureaucrats. In fact, I now see the entire American political landscape through that lens.

Fast For Families on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:27:25 said:

Mr. Mcginnis can you please email offline to fastforfamilies@gmail.com so we can talk furthur about events going on in Florida you may be able to plug into?

Carl McGinnis on Dec 27, 2009 at 15:44:43 said:

I am a citizen of the United States and I have a friend that is from
Paris, France here on a student visa to finish his degree. Noureddine
Feddane has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of
2010, his passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is
not what people call an \\\'illegal immigrant.\\\' In 2008, he fell in love
and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to
prescription medications. Noureddine knew nothing about this. But he
was arrested due to her mistakes.
He was placed in detention and scheduled for deportation. My friend
has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months
now. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her
job, and they are in the process of losing their home. All this was
caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail.

I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson,
Representative Ginny Brown-Waite and even President Obama. But no one
will listen. What is illegal in this case is the way DHS is treating
this guy, who is 51 and has never had a traffic violation. While in
detention center, they have abused him, denied him food and proper
medical treatment. Noureddine is diabetic and they will not give him
the proper food or medical attention. The phone system is very poor
and hardly works. I suspect that they plan it that way so the
detainees cannot contact their lawyers and family. I fear he will be
next on the long list of persons that have died while in detention.

Until you go to one of these detention centers and see with your own
eyes, you will not believe what America is doing. I was shocked, on my
first visit and after almost 6 months of seeing what happens and how
they have to live, I am still in shock. It is all about the money. My friend has never
cost America anything until they locked him up. He is in a private
prison owned by a company called GEO
based near Miami, Florida. They are paid very well by our tax dollars,
but the treatment is unbelievable. I wonder how many politicians have
stock in this company. They are doing quite well even in a bad

Six months ago I had no idea that we treated immigrants in this way,
especially when they are here legally and have done nothing wrong. I
knew nothing about ICE and how they operate illegally. I was under
the impression that DHS was here only to protect us from terrorists.
And I had no idea of the millions of our tax dollars were being wasted
to imprison people that could be out of detention and have their
family support them until a decision is made in immigration court. I
do not understand why we have to pay our hard earned tax dollars to
house and feed persons that are not dangerous.

When they have to lock up a man who has done nothing wrong, make him
spend thousands in fees, ICE is giving way too much importance to
themselves. How can we turn such educated people away simply to boost
the ego of ICE officers and add another number to the Janet Napolitano
deportation list, so that the Obama Administration can look like it is
doing its job of \\\'cracking down on criminals?\\\'

Something has to change soon. I feel it is my duty as an American to
let as many people as possible know the truth. I visit the detention
center every Saturday and spend the rest of the week writing letters.
This Christmas, let’s do something worthwhile. Let’s go back to
protecting the country rather than making up stories to justify the
expansion of a national security complex. Let’s end businesses
profiting from immigrant detention and restore our image as a nation
of immigrants.




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