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Perverting the Course of Justice in Brooklyn

By Dan Cadman, April 27, 2017

Anyone who watches British police procedurals on television is probably aware of the phrase "perverting the course of justice". It is a charge levied against individuals, often police or others in officialdom, who rig the system to arrive at a result contrary to what any reasonable person would expect from the criminal justice system.

I thought of that phrase recently, when I blogged about an American prosecutor and judge who did figurative backflips so a serially wife-abusing alien defendant could plea to a charge that would not result in his being subjected to deportation proceedings.

As repugnant as that situation was, it involved only a single case. Read more...

CORRECTION

By Dan Cadman, April 24, 2017

[The blog post below is incorrect - the AP report did, in fact, include the reference to 41 alien voters, though many sites that posted the story used only the beginning part, before that information was reported. Our apologies to AP reporter Jonathan Drew.] Read more...

Webs of Deception in a Silicon Valley Domestic Violence Case

By Dan Cadman, April 19, 2017

Sir Walter Scott once wrote, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!"

I was reminded of that phrase when a colleague brought to our attention a recent court case out of Silicon Valley, written up in The Daily Beast as "Silicon Valley CEO Pleads 'No Contest' to Abusing His Wife — and Is Offered a Deal for Less Than 30 Days in Jail". Read more...

Can State Employment Agency Worker Verifications Be Trusted in Sanctuary Jurisdictions?

By Dan Cadman, April 18, 2017

A few days ago, I blogged about a healthcare workers union that has declared itself a sanctuary. I noted that unions hold a privileged position of trust in the federal immigration laws relating to employment verification and sanctions, and suggested that a union that declares itself a sanctuary dedicated to helping hide illegal aliens from federal detection has by its actions proved incapable of maintaining that position of trust. The appropriate response is twofold: Read more...

Healthcare Workers Union Declares Itself a Sanctuary

By Dan Cadman, April 17, 2017

The National Union of Healthcare Workers, based in California (where else?), has declared itself a sanctuary.

As an article in the Daily Caller notes, Porfirio Quintano of the NUHW executive board — and himself previously an illegal alien, which he states proudly, made the announcement in an editorial published in various labor union-oriented magazines and websites: Read more...

Ideological Smears Masquerading as Journalism at The Hill

By Dan Cadman, April 17, 2017

The Hill published an article last week, "DHS hires incense immigration supporters". The piece focuses on the displeasure of various migrant advocacy and open-borders groups that two persons, Jon Feere and Julie Kirchner were given jobs in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies.

Feere was brought into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as an advisor to its acting director; and Kirchner is now serving as an advisor to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner. Read more...

GAO's Take on Countering Violent Extremism

By Dan Cadman, April 13, 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week published a report that is neither very useful nor credible — "Countering Violent Extremism: Actions Needed to Define Strategy and Assess Progress of Federal Efforts". It mostly reads like bits of progressive shibboleths left over from the Obama administration.

The report represents the kind of abstract thinking we sometimes see from wonks and analysts who are outside the circle of responsibility for ending (or at least minimizing) extreme violence, and therefore talk in terms of metrics, etc. Read more...

Sanctuaries and the "Minor" Crime of Domestic Violence

By Dan Cadman, April 13, 2017

A terrible incident occurred at an elementary school in San Bernardino recently, when an estranged husband entered the premises, shot his wife (a teacher) dead and then turned the gun on himself. Children were also wounded in the attack.

To the best of my knowledge, this most recent tragic incident has nothing directly to do with immigration at all. So why blog about it here? Because it raises the ugly specter of domestic violence, which does have a nexus to immigration. Domestic violence is a sadly recurring event in American life — some estimate that as many as one in every four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives. Read more...

Courthouses as Sanctuaries?

By Dan Cadman, April 11, 2017

There are over 300 jurisdictions today that obstruct cooperation with federal immigration efforts, by enacting laws or policies prohibiting police agencies from honoring immigration detainers or providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with the information needed to identify and apprehend alien criminals.

One of those sanctuaries is Multnomah County, Ore., in which an activist open-borders mentality apparently percolates through all three branches of government. Read more...

Sweden Bears Costs of Denial

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2017

There is a tendency toward schadenfreude in all of us, and it takes a strong person to swallow those tendencies, particularly when the would-be recipient is a smug, deserving prig.

Back in late February, President Donald Trump made a public comment in reference to the risks inherent in taking on large numbers of unassimilated migrants and would-be refugees by referring to the example of Sweden. ("Look what happened last night in Sweden.") Read more...

Politicizing Use of the Word "Police" in the Cause of Open Borders

By Dan Cadman, April 7, 2017

There are a million kinds of stupid, and sometimes I think that our political leaders, one by one, are bound and determined to show the American people each and every one of them. The latest example comes to us courtesy of Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.).

CNN tells us that "A bill introduced Thursday [by Velazquez] aims to thwart Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from wearing clothing labeled with the words 'police,' arguing the practice is deceiving."

Velazquez's bill comes on the heels of whining by certain open borders and pro-sanctuary groups about federal agents wearing protective vests and other clothing identifying them as both "ICE" (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and "POLICE". Some allege to be worried that it may lead to confusion. Read more...

News on Sanctuaries and Remittances

By Dan Cadman, April 7, 2017

A few recent immigration items caught my attention:

Fairfax County, Va.: Sanctuary or No? The Washington Post ran a brief article about Virginia's Fairfax County, one of those that constitute part of the greater metro area around our nation's capital, titled "Fairfax County stops short of sanctuary policy in new immigration guidelines". The county supervisors allegedly opted out and instead voted for a wishy-washy, neither fish-nor-fowl policy. As the Post put it, "Virginia's largest jurisdiction on Tuesday declared itself a welcoming and accepting place for immigrants but steered clear of the word 'sanctuary,' a term that could spark a backlash from the Trump administration." Read more...

Selective Constitutionality under the Obama Justice Department

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to review all police reform agreements signed, or initiated and yet pending, between DOJ and some 25 police departments nationwide.

According to the article, Sessions wants to ensure that the agreements — all of them initiated by the Obama administration, and most under the pressure of lawsuits — don't work against the goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime. I have nothing much to say about all of that, other than it sounds reasonable enough, because it's outside the scope of immigration matters. Read more...

Kill the Filibuster to Fix Immigration

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2017

Fred Bauer has written an interesting opinion piece for National Review Online, "The Rule XIX Solution", in which he suggests that there is a way to sidestep "going nuclear" and ending the Senate's filibuster rule so that body can then proceed to a vote on whether or not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Bauer, pointing to ideas from officials at the Federalist and the Heritage Foundation, suggests that if this obscure rule were invoked, senators would be allowed to filibuster, but not forever: Read more...

More Evidence of Charlie Beck's and Eric Garcetti's Disingenuousness

By Dan Cadman, April 5, 2017

A few days ago, I blogged about Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck's specious claim that a short-term drop in domestic violence cases involving Hispanics was proof of the chilling effect of immigration enforcement efforts on local policing.

It was such an obvious case of cherry-picking statistical data that no serious observer of either policing or immigration enforcement could possibly take it seriously; it's clear that Beck's purpose was political, not an expression of interest in effective community policing. And, of course, he achieved that purpose by generating lots of publicity at a time when many Americans are starting to wake up to the dangers of sanctuary city policies in various parts of the country, including Los Angeles. Beck was engaged in a pushback effort to try to stave off the very real possibility that LAPD is going to lose federal funds as a result of its noncooperation policies. Read more...

Absurd Responses from Sanctuary Jurisdiction Leaders after DHS Meeting

By Dan Cadman, April 4, 2017

On March 29, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly held a meeting with various mayors, sheriffs, and municipal leaders to discuss the pressing problem of sanctuaries: state and local governments that, in one way or another, forbid or impede their law enforcement agencies from cooperating with immigration agents by refusing to honor detainers filed against alien criminals, by obstructing the flow of information about such aliens, by denying agents access to incarcerated aliens for purposes of interviews, or by declaring "safe zones" in which they will attempt to physically prevent agents from access. Read more...

Interior Secretaries Say the Darnedest Things

By Dan Cadman, March 30, 2017

Back when I was working for the federal government, I'd occasionally come upon a person I thought exhibited quiet strength and wisdom when I'd see them sitting through various meetings or whatever. Sometimes on getting to know them, and with closer scrutiny, I'd discover to my consternation that they really weren't very smart at all, but the one single piece of wisdom they'd absorbed is that it's better to stay silent and leave your intellect in question than open your mouth and dispel any doubt whatever that you are shallow or a fool.

News media are reporting that Montana Congressman-turned-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said publicly that since we don't want to spoil our view of the Rio Grande or put the border wall plunk down into the middle of it, we should put it on the Mexican side. Needless to say, opponents of the Trump administration, opponents of the wall, and pundits in general had a field day. Read more...

A Massachusetts Lawmaker Teeters on the Edge of a Felony

By Dan Cadman, March 29, 2017

The Daily Caller has published a story about Democratic Massachusetts State Rep. Michelle DuBois' vigorous efforts to warn a local community of impending ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids via her Facebook account. She apparently deleted (or changed privacy settings) on the series of posts to make them inaccessible after receiving a significant amount of adverse feedback, but the Daily Caller saved and has shown pictures of the posts as a part of the article. Read more...

Pro Bono Lawyers Are NOT 'Public Defenders' in Removal Proceedings

By Dan Cadman, March 28, 2017

The Miami Herald recently published an article, "Free 'public defender's office' would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings", that lays out the nascent effort — spearheaded by former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, under the name "American Immigrant Representation Project" (AIRP) — that its participants hope will eventually establish itself sufficiently to become nationwide and well-entrenched enough to provide representation to most if not all aliens in removal courts. Read more...

LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief

By Dan Cadman, March 27, 2017

The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."

There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly — or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall. Read more...

Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents.

The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.

The report comes in four parts, the first three being most informative from the public's point of view: Read more...

Items in the News: Sanctuary, Denaturalization, and Judges

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Immigration is constantly in the news for one reason or the next these days. It's like the cone of silence imposed by the Obama administration has been shattered. (Well, in fact, it has, hasn't it? Wasn't that what the election was all about?) Here is a trio of news items covering various aspects of that endlessly fascinating (and controversial) subject.

On Sanctuaries and the Power of Coercion Read more...

Replace SCAAP with Funds Tied to Enforcement Cooperation

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

USA Today ran a story on March 16: "Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned":

President Trump proposed a massive $4.8 billion increase in spending Thursday to combat illegal immigration, but his plan also includes a cut that stuns local law enforcement officials: a Department of Justice grant that helps pay the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants.

Noblesse Oblige and Leftist Patronizing from the Ninth Circuit

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

Several days ago, I wrote a blog post about the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after its absurd over-reach to sustain the equally absurd ruling of a district court judge in Washington State, who issued a "temporary" restraining order — although curiously it had no end date — against the first iteration of President Trump's executive order suspending visas and refugee entries from certain countries. Read more...

ProPublica's Faulty Look at the Value of Border Searches

By Dan Cadman, March 14, 2017

ProPublica, which bills itself as "journalism in the public interest", recently published a piece by Patrick Lee, "Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights".

The article goes much farther than just phones, and digs generally into border authorities, including stops and searches. But I found it hard to actually get that far, because I myself was stopped — floored, in fact — by the very first paragraph: Read more...

Judicial Overreach 2.0: Here We Go Again

By Dan Cadman, March 13, 2017

On March 6, President Trump issued his much-awaited revised version of the executive order (EO) "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States", ("Travel Ban 2.0" as Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian has described it).

The first iteration hit a legal wall at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a "temporary" restraining order of indefinite duration issued by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington State. Neither the district nor appellate court orders were models of judicial probity. (See the series of four different authors' entries on the Center's home page, bundled under "Ninth Circuit Overreach" for many of the objections to the courts' collective decisions.) Read more...

Prosecuting Immigration Crimes in the Interior

By Dan Cadman, March 10, 2017

My colleague Joseph Kolb has written a valuable blog post on how important it is to use prosecution of immigration crimes as one tool in the arsenal to combat illegal immigration to the United States.

In his post, he discusses the Border Patrol's "consequence delivery system" (CDS) — a mapped-out table of ways to ensure that illegal immigration at the border is met with timely and appropriate consequences, one of which is to promptly prosecute offenders. Read more...

Ben Carson Isn't the Only One to Have Compared Immigrants and Slaves

By Dan Cadman, March 8, 2017

On his first day on the job, newly sworn in Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made the awful mistake of comparing immigrants and slaves. Read more...

Democracy Dies in Darkness; Objectivity and Truth Die in the Pages of the Washington Post

By Dan Cadman, March 6, 2017

The Washington Post has a new logo embedded in its masthead: "Democracy Dies in Darkness".

It took a few moments for me to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes before I could move on to pondering the unutterable pomposity of these peacock reporters and editors who think that they are shouldering the weight of democracy on their poor meager shoulders. No; more likely the weight they feel is all of those tail feathers dragging behind them as they make their royal progress through the streets of our capital. Read more...

A Call for ICE Transparency in a Deeply Disturbing Case

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2017

The Daily Caller is reporting on a disturbing case that emanated in the Kansas City area in March 2016, when a previously deported criminal alien is alleged to have killed four individuals and, in fleeing from that offense, killed a fifth individual when trying to steal his car keys.

At a recent Senate hearing, the widow of the fifth victim appeared to testify at the request of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. According to the Daily Caller, she stated, "Not only has ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) failed us, our borders have failed us." That may be a fair assessment, if the facts are as alleged. Read more...