DHS announcement of highest immigration enforcement numbers — well…kinda

October 12, 2010

The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) press release dated 10/8/10 proclaimed: DHS/ICE reveal highest immigration enforcement numbers on record in fiscal year 2010

What the DHS didn’t inform the public of is that there are two categories of deportation.

It’s all about semantics. While it’s true that the removals have gone up, however, the returns have gone down. The overall combined numbers have also gone down. (see graphs below)

* Removals are based on an “order of removal”. The alien has administrative or criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.

* Returns are NOT based on an order of removal. Most of the voluntary returns are of Mexican nationals who have been apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol and are returned to Mexico. (There is no criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.)

“Since the beginning of this administration, we have fundamentally changed the federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement,” — DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“In fiscal year (FY) 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed more illegal aliens than in any other period in the history of our nation. ICE removed more than 392,000 illegal aliens-half of them, more than 195,000-were convicted of crimes, including murder, sex offenses and drug violations.”

According to the 2009 annual report released August 2010:

393,000 foreign nationals were removed from the United States—the seventh consecutive record high. The leading countries of origin of those removed were Mexico (72 percent), Guatemala (7 percent), and Honduras (7 percent).

580,000 foreign nationals were returned to their home countries without a removal order.

This year under the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program a record 23,384 illegal Mexican immigrants voluntarily accepted flights back to their homeland from Arizona. At a cost to the US taxpayer of nearly $15 million the voluntary flights surpassed the previous year by more than double. 85% of the travellers were male.

The Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP) began in July of 2004. Illegal Mexican migrants may volunteer for the program, returning home via charter aircraft from Tucson, Arizona to either Mexico City or Guadalajara. Bus transportation is then provided to their final destination. Repatriation flights from Tucson, AZ were offered for nearly four months this summer compared with 36 days in 2009.

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Source: Department of Homeland Security


Source: Department of Homeland Security

If you liked this article you may like these other immigration posts of interest:
Immigration dabate — how other countries handle it
Illegal immigration use rising ID theft crossing the border
An open letter about illegal immigration

Near 1 in 4 of US children born of foreign parents
400 lawmen take down 596 illegals
What the press isn’t saying about illegal immigration
Presidents’ law-breaking Aunt Zeituni gets day in court
President lifts immigration ban on HIV patients


Immigration dabate — how other countries handle it

September 6, 2010

With the US illegal immigration debate heating up I thought it would be interesting to see how other countries are handling illegal immigration. But first, a recap of what’s going on in the US.

The United States has seen increased numbers of illegals entering our country since granting amnesty in 1986.

The federal government has promised National Guardsmen to help secure the Arizona border. To date, 30 guardsmen have been dispatched, but the press failed to inform us that they have no law enforcement authority.

With the assurance from Homeland Security that our borders are as secure as ever, this aerial video of the border fencing along the Arizona border let’s you decide.  

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):  As of January 2009 —  estimate 11 million illegal immigrants live in the United States.

View this hidden video of illegals coming across the Arizona border from BorderInvasionPics.com.

According to DHS: The illegal population grew 27% in this last decade with 62% of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico

View the video of what our neighbors to the south think of us

Office of Immigration Statistics: 1,130,818 immigrants saw Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) in the United States in 2009. Nearly half were relatives of US citizens; about 200K were refugees/asylees; and about 200K were family sponsored preferences.

Average LPR =  1 Million annually over last decade:
1970-1979 saw 4,248,203 LPR
1980-1989 saw 6,244,379 LPR
1990-1999 saw 9,775,398 LPR
2000-2009 saw 10,299,430 LPR

The total number of non-immigrant admissions to the United States for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 was 163 million  (Non-immigrants are foreign nationals granted temporary entry into the US. It’s estimated that about 50% never leave)

Inter-country adoptions for FY2009 = 12,753 (mostly from China, Ethiopia and Russia)

Nearly 1 in 4 children in America are born of foreign parents

October 30, 2009 President Obama lifted the US immigration ban on HIV patients. HIV-positive travelers and immigrants had been banned from entering or traveling through the US without a special waiver since 1987

Today in the foreign news:
Britain declares that student foreign numbers will be cut under new visa regime because student visas are “not sustainable.” …from 186,000 in 2004 to more than 300,000 currently.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced in July that he has begun to take stock in the Gypsy population and expel illegal immigrants.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he is “determined” to enforce new security rules making it easier to deport illegal immigrants and strip violent criminals with foreign origins of their French citizenship.

“South Africa calls time on undocumented Zimbabweans” — Zimbabwean migrants – sometimes thousands a day – flocked over the Limpopo River when the South African government said they were allowed to live, work and go to school or hospital in the country without official documentation. But now South Africa’s cabinet has announced that as of 31 December this year, the special dispensation will end, for reasons of regional security.

As a side note:
CBN News published a 5 min video filmed by a concerned citizen titled, “Islamization of Paris, a warning to the West”. His camera shows that Muslims “are blocking the streets with barriers. They are praying on the ground. And the inhabitants of this district cannot leave their homes, nor go into their homes during those prayers.”

British film
This BBC Panorama video is about 30 minutes long and documents the immigration problems within England. Could we be in the beginning stages of the same issues?

Illegal immigration use rising ID theft crossing the border

July 12, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of 107 fraudulent travel documents used for illegal entry into the United States through the California/Mexico border during it’s week long multi-agency effort dubbed “Operation Gatekeeper” in June 2010. (see links to videos on illegal immigration at end of post)

Forty-seven individuals with counterfeit or altered passports or visas and 60 imposters, persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them were discovered.

Twenty-seven cases of passport fraud and eight cases of visa fraud will be prosecuted and if convicted face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. Approximately 60 individuals using U.S. passports or visas illegally were formally deported to Mexico in lieu of criminal prosecution. 

“Persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them” would constitute identity theft — a minimum mandatory sentence of two years. The same number of folks who had executed identity theft were also released and deported without prosecution. (It’s become harder to prosecute ID thieves as my other post “Supreme Court rules on identity theft” indicates)

“The word is out that you need an approved travel document to cross the border into the United States,” said Paul Morris, director of CBP field operations in San Diego. “We have seen those attempting illegal entry adjust to this new requirement from last year, and have observed increased illicit use of U.S. passports and visas by smugglers. We will recommend vigorous prosecution of those we apprehend with fraudulent documents.”

“There are foreign nationals who fraudulently acquire U.S. passports and visas to carry out criminal activities inside our borders. These crimes threaten the national security of the United States, plain and simple,” said Garth Pettijohn, acting special agent-in-charge of the DSS Los Angeles Field Office

From October 1, 2009 through April 30, CBP officers in the San Diego Field Office seized 2,238 U.S. passports and 11,712 border crossing and legal permanent resident cards that were used by aliens attempting to enter the United States illegally.

How could the federal government, prosecute employers knowing that this epidemic of ID theft is going on? Employers have no way of knowing if the employee has stolen someone’s identity to gain employment — even E-verify wouldn’t catch it.

How can Americans stand by while the US government turns a blind eye to illegals are stealing our identities without prosecution?

Videos of the border and illegal immigration:

WSBTV (Atlanta) investigative report on US border security Part 1 _ Part 2

View the fence on the Arizona border by helicipter — it’s not what you’ve been led to believe

View illegals coming across the Arizona border from a motion sensor camera

Video of what immigrants they think of America AND Americans

Joyce Kaufman — (15 min) Educate one person — 850 WFTL talk show host Joyce Kaufman speaking about illegal immigration before a gathering in Jupiter Florida.

View Congressional testimony of what illegal immigration has done to hospital care in Florida

View an anology of the impact of immigration into our country

View the elected official doesn’t know Arizona sits on the border

Add that elected official to this elected official who believes Guam will capsize (nothing to do with immigration but demonstrates who who we’re electing to make decisions in our country)

View this elected officials’ contempt when interacting with a citizen at a town hall meeting discussing the illegal immigration situation with a “minuteman.”

Obscure news for May 20

May 20, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund lung study diseases …read the news

US Government says sensitive Clinton Administration records missing …read the news

Letter from a car dealership owner …read the news

Labor Union Membership by State: 1983 and 2007 …read the news
DHS network suffers intrusions …read the news
How Alzheimer’s Robs Sufferers Of Episodic Memory …read the news
Paid Twitter services coming by year’s end …read the news
Russia to Gays: Get Back into the Closet …read the news
Huffington Post Compiling List of Guillotined GM Dealers …read the news
China grants Brazil $10B financing in exchange for oil …read the news
Pacific Ethanol units joins others in bankruptcy court …read the news

FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Water-Based Face Paints …read the news

Allstate Declines Bailout offer from US Treasury …read the new

From Willnevergiveup archives: Videos of interest relating to Obama

Obama’s commitment with your tax dollars

May 8, 2009

President Obama made a commitment to put your tax dollars to work through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Through reinvestment of your tax dollars, the Department of Homeland Security announced today it has made it’s first investment in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which falls within it’s authority.

$50 million will be invested for nationwide explosive detection systems and advanced technology X-ray units for baggage screening and security at airports.

$1 billion dollars has been made available for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Other appropriations of your tax dollars to support special projects for the Department of Homeland Security through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act include:

St. Elizabeths/DHS Headquarters Consolidation:
$650 million ($200 million to DHS; $450 million to GSA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
$720 million for construction at land ports of entry ($300 million GSA; $420 million CBP)
$100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology
$100 million for border technology on the southwest border
$60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
$20 million for ICE automation modernization and tactical communications

Transportation Security Administration:
$1 billion for explosives detection systems and checkpoint screening equipment

U.S. Coast Guard:
$142 million for Alteration of Bridges program
$98 million for construction, which may include the following:
o Shore facilities and aids to navigation facilities
o Vessel repair/acquisition (includes High Endurance Cutter, National Security Cutter)

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
$100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
$150 millionfor transit and rail security grants
$150 million for port security grants, no non-federal match required
$210 million for Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants for firehouse construction; maximum grant is $15.0M
$5 million expansion in authority for FEMA Community Disaster Loans
Requires the establishment of an arbitration panel to resolve Katrina/Rita public assistance disputes
Requires FEMA to accept additional applications for Katrina/Rita public assistance
All non-federal matching requirements for SAFER grants waived for FY 2009-2010

DHS Office of Inspector General:
$5 million to conduct related oversight and audits

Online patient record and prescription data held ransom

May 7, 2009

The Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which holds over eight million patient records on it’s secure site has been breeched and is being held for a $10 million ransom.

According to Wikileaks the Virginia Presciption site has been under ransom notice since April 30, 2009.

The ransom message states, “I have your shit! In *my* possession, right now, are 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. Also, I made an encrypted backup and deleted the original. Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing, too. Uhoh :(For $10 million, I will gladly send along the password.”

According to Wikileaks, the PMP declined to comment and instantly referred inquiries to the director of the DHP, who is presently unavailable.

The issue was reported in the US Department of Homeland Security Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report today.

Homeland Security and Education Secretaries Media Briefing on Swine Flu Virus H1N1 5/1/09

May 2, 2009

(Constant Swine Flu updates may be seen here)

Remarks by Secretary Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Today’s Media Briefing on the H1N1 Flu Outbreak

Release Date: May 1, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact 202-282-8010
Washington, D.C.

Secretary Napolitano: This is part of our ongoing effort to keep people posted on what is happening and what we’re seeing, and to begin to address frequently asked questions. And I’m pleased to be joined today by Secretary of Education [Arne] Duncan.

The most frequently asked question we are getting is: why this flu is being treated differently than seasonal flu? In other words, you don’t normally see the Secretary of Homeland Security talking about the seasonal flu outbreak. And the answer is because this is a new strain of flu. And during seasonal flu, which we have every year, and unfortunately it does end up resulting in the hospitalization usually of about 200,000 Americans and about 35- to 36,000 fatalities, that’s the normal with seasonal flu.

But with seasonal flu, we also have a large part of our population that have developed antibodies, or pretty good antibodies, against it, as opposed to what we’re seeing now. And what the H1N1 is is a new strain of flu. And that means that the normal antibodies you would have haven’t yet developed. And that’s why, for example, you will see a population affected like previously healthy adults that wouldn’t be affected as strongly with a seasonal flu. So that’s why all the precautions.

And because this is a new strain of flu, the scientists are still figuring out the epidemiology. They’re still figuring out exactly what we’re dealing with as a flu virus. And for that reason, it’s important to lean into this, as we are, take precautions, as we are, without really knowing whether this is—or what kind of pandemic this will be.

Let me pause a moment on the word “pandemic” because there’s been a lot of concern also raised with the World Health Organization. They’ve gone from level three to four, and four to five. And what happens if they go to level six? Well, a couple of things. One is, what those numbers represent is how widespread around the world a new virus is. In other words, if we’re at level six, it means it’s in a lot of places.

Now, we already know it’s in the United States. It’s been in the United States the last week. So we’ve already been undertaking precautions. What the levels do is tell countries that don’t yet have any illness the things they probably ought to be preparing for because they’d better expect that it’s going to get there sooner or later.

So if this goes to level six, you will hear me say, as I’ve said, is we are already preparing as if it is going to level six because the virus is already in our shores. And we again are relying, in terms of everything we have done and will do, on the best that the scientists can tell us, but realize that the picture for them is changing also. And it changes regularly, and we move with that change as well.

But to recap the last few days, the Department of HHS [Health and Human Services] declared a public health emergency on Sunday to free up resources, to begin prepositioning antivirals and other types of personal protective equipment. That also allowed the execution of an emergency authorization. That allows the antivirals to be prescribed beyond the normal population that they would be given to.

We’ve initiated a process to move millions of treatment courses of Tamiflu and Relenza out to the states. We have a stockpile of 50 million courses. We’re going to move roughly 11 million courses to the states. That movement will be complete by this Sunday. In the meantime, and since we last spoke, HHS has authorized the purchase of replacement. So even as we move antivirals out to the public or out to the states, we’re replacing the national stockpile.

The State Department did issue a travel advisory for nonessential travel to Mexico. We have been providing daily briefings and updates to state and local public health officials and state emergency managers, coordinating our response efforts with them and ensuring an open line of communication. We’re also providing daily briefings to the private sector, keeping them updated, and then really asking them to be partners here, to make sure they have looked at their continuity of business plans, and also make sure that they are thinking about their employees who may indeed, as this goes on, have to stay home from work either because they’re sick or because they’re with a child who is sick, so to be sympathetic to that.

We continue to emphasize that everybody has a role here. This is a shared responsibility, the government, the private sector government—and when I say that I mean all levels: federal, state, local, tribal—but also every individual. It’s the common thing, and you’re going to hear it a lot, which is: cover your mouth when you cough. Wash your hands regularly, and really wash them. Keep them washed. And also, if you are sick, stay away from school. Stay away from the workplace. Stay away from contained places like buses, airplanes, and the like, where you could spread the virus.

The President has requested $1.5 billion in additional funds to help with the costs associated with this outbreak of H1N1. And at his Cabinet meeting this morning, he convened a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the latest developments in the coordination of the government’s response among all the various Cabinet agencies.

So that’s kind of where we are to date. If you need updated numbers and the like, we can get those to you. I want to pause a moment and say that the actual number of cases is probably not the most relevant number. Really, the most relevant number is the number of states that the virus has been confirmed in. And I think we are at 11 confirmed states right now, with several others with suspected cases. And so that map is continually updated, and the National Operations Center, which is located here, updates those numbers twice a day. And when we say “confirmed,” we mean confirmed by the CDC.

So with that, let me introduce the Secretary of Education, Secretary Duncan, to talk a bit about how this is affecting our school-age population.

Secretary Duncan: Thank you so much, Secretary, and thanks so much for your leadership and hard work on this issue. We are all rightly concerned about the potential health impact of this flu. But as Secretary of Education, I am also concerned about the impact of this flu on learning. As of today, about 430 public and nonpublic schools are closed for reasons related to this flu outbreak. And just to put that in a little bit of context, we have almost 100,000 schools in our country. So this is less than half of one percent of our schools that have been impacted.

Let me first speak to parents. The safety of your children is absolutely our number one concern.

To the school superintendents and principals: I urge you to continue to take your cues from public health officials in your area, in your state, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health and safety have to come first. If you have a confirmed case of H1N1 flu among children or adults at your school, or if anyone at your school is personally connected to someone with the flu, like a family member, then the CDC recommends you strongly consider closing school for up to 14 days.

Now to teachers. Teachers, we please ask you to think about reworking upcoming lesson plans so students can do their schoolwork at home, if necessary. Have assignments ready to keep them busy and engaged for up to a week or two, including handouts or books that students can take home so that learning continues. Make sure you know how to reach your students at home in case school does close. Maybe you can continue the classroom conversation and instruction by e-mail or online or by phone.

To parents and guardians, I know it can be inconvenient when your child’s school is closed. If you have to stay home from work, use that opportunity to keep your children—keep your child up to speed. Learn about what they’re learning in school, and keep them on task.

And finally, to our students: you also need to do your part. And the Secretary talked about this idea of shared responsibility. And also, most importantly, this school year isn’t over yet. Don’t fall behind your peers at other schools that are still in session. Keep working hard, and we absolutely want to finish this school year strong. Our basic theme is keep safe and keep learning. Thank you.

Secretary Napolitano: And one addition for that is if a school is closed and children or students are being asked to remain at home, for parents and guardians, that means they are to remain at home. The whole idea is to contain the spread of this virus. And we don’t get the containment feature of closing a school if all our young people do is go to the mall or elsewhere. So if they’re being asked to stay home, that’s exactly what we mean.

And the reason we’re asking that is because this is a flu that is transmittable human to human, and it’s relatively transmissible. So again, close contact can provide an avenue for this flu to go from one to another. That’s why we’re watching and have a containment strategy with all of our advice for the public at large.