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Congress to subpoena DHS over immigrants’ records

Texas lawmaker says information is being hidden

WASHINGTON— A House subcommittee Wednesday authorized the issuance of a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security for data about undocumented immigrants with criminal records who have been released after their arrests.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the full House Judiciary committee, plans to issue the subpoena this week, aides said.

Smith has said he wants to know what has happened to as many as 300,000 possibly undocumented immigrants who were arrested by local law enforcement agencies but may have then been released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

“Why does DHS want to hide this information?” Smith asked Wednesday. “Will (it) show that illegal immigrants intentionally released by ICE have committed crimes that could have been prevented?”

The subcommittee vote authorizing the subpoena split on party lines, with seven Republicans voting for it and four Democrats voting against it.

The Democrats argued that a subpoena aimed at Homeland Security was aimed at the wrong target. Democrats argued that the FBI holds the arrest information and until it lets Homeland Security release this “sensitive” information there is nothing DHS could do.

“It is FBI that is refusing to cooperate,” said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

Democrats said the committee should instead consider negotiating with the department to get the information.

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According to an ICE website, local governments participating in an immigration-enforcement program known as Secure Communities use “an already-existing federal information-sharing partnership between ICE and FBI that helps to identify criminal aliens.”

Chris Ortman, a DHS spokesman, said in a statement that the department is “fully cooperating with the committee and is in the process of gathering information responsive to the committee’s inquiry.”

Smith first requested the information from the department in August after seeing a Congressional Research Service report that said Secure Communities identified about 300,000 people who had been arrested in the first half of fiscal 2011 as having prior criminal records and possibly being undocumented immigrants. But the report went on to say that not all of those people were held by ICE.

A department official said that some of those 300,000 could have been legal immigrants. But Smith wants to know what crimes those released were convicted of, and why they are not in an immigration official’s custody.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said it has changed its priorities in going after undocumented immigrants, focusing now on those who have a serious criminal record.

Republicans have said that such a policy puts Americans in danger by running the risk that some undocumented immigrants with criminal records may go free.

“This is not a policy that can be shown to jeopardize the American public or the safety of the American public,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said Wednesday.

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Nov 3, 2011, 1:03 pm
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My blogs are now being banned unfortunately in the Liberal press, because the truth hurts and they prefer to offer e-newspaper readers propaganda or skirt around the issue. Many of the facts the public need to know, is to be found on the NUMBERSUSA website. Just type it into your browser search engine and learn about their commitment to American sovereignty. NumbersUSA and the TEA PARTY insistent on telling readers to contact the House Representative at the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and bother them to sponsor the ‘Legal Workforce’ Act, specifically the ‘Ways and Means Committee, controlled by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) to get his equal House Representatives and reluctant lawmakers and sponsor Bill H.R. 2885. This will end the national monopoly of illegal cheap labor and illegal aliens voting in 2012.

We shouldn’t forget that that although most US citizens as voters attention is on the 2012 election, that this year a number of states are holding gubernatorial and state legislative elections. That many of the results in these individual states will determine if immigration policing and state enforcement is enacted in 2011. States directly affected are Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia elect governors in 2011. In addition, 578 state legislative seats are available, with the majority of these in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia where the fate of politicians are in the hands of voters.

In voting precincts we must be truly on our guard and I hope that TEA PARTY members oversee the voting in all of these states? It’s very sad situation, when we cannot trust the election system anymore, because of the actions of organizations as ACORN. Should your state be holding an election this year, please study each candidate and then vote. Go to NumbersUSA for more details on what you can do to combat this illegal alien infection, and help stop it for good. ONLY CITIZENS HAVE THE VOTE, SO WATCH FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW. IT MIGHT SAVE YOUR JOB AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS.

Don’t STOP pushing for E-Verify to others, or it will never hinder Liberal propaganderists or others in both parties from derailing ‘The Legal Workforce Act’.

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Nov 3, 2011, 1:02 pm
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It doesn’t seem to sink in to the majority of American minds, that illegal immigration is vastly encouraged by criminal business owners. A fence can only do so much, in holding illegal people desperate for a job; although this isn’t the majority of cases, because millions enter America to take advantage of US taxpayers and the welfare entitlement system. It seems quite acceptable that employers also bring in legal immigrant workers on H-1b visa’s, offering lower wages and fewer benefits that American job seekers expect. This is the avenue that companies are importing around a million immigrants a year legally. Taxpayers are forced by certain unfunded mandatory laws, to pay for the children’s schooling of illegal alien parents to k-12, free open house in the emergency rooms of hospitals for treatment. The illegal immigration invasion is getting worse and the cost rising from the $113 Billion dollar mark, as more cross the limited fencing at the border and the lies told to federal inspectors at airport entry. Incidentally there is no tracking mechanism once inside America, unlike Mexico or many other countries.

Giving out $113 billion dollars annually is sheer madness and thanks to thousands of companies who invite this violation of our immigration laws, they are truly to blame for this growing population of non-status people and families. If I was a state prosecutor every business—large or small—that defies immigration laws, would initially be fined for each illegal hired, $25.000 dollars. The next offense $50.000, followed very closely be business asset confiscation and having more than one worker, two years in jail. But unlike most countries, where it is a felony for illegal entry, in our nation, you get deported; under President Obama’s watch today, you can walk away free. Women concealing their pregnancy are entering America by the thousands yearly, through our unsecured border and also arriving at international air terminals; bringing in their hidden fetus with no intention of returning and therefore adding to the massive expensive health care package thrown at taxpayers.

Illegal Immigration has got so bad in states like California, Nevada, they have been designated as notorious—Sanctuary States. These states are overwhelmed by millions, but the Liberals ignore it, allowing them to access welfare. But by no means are they the only cities and other jurisdictions? Obama’s government must enforce our 1986 Control & Reform act, as this nation can no longer import the abject poverty or other countries. The Hermitage Foundation has the real statistics, which visa over-stays has raised to 49 percent.

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Nov 3, 2011, 8:46 am
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Dylan- What are those symbols? They look like embedded bed bugs.

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Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., argued Wednesday for letting the House Judiciary Committee issue a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security for information about the handling of aliens with criminal records.