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Wednesday
Jul242013

Watchdog.org - Investigation targets Homeland official

Investigation targets Homeland official, Gulf Coast Funds

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice for the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping Gulf Coast Funds Management secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas was named by the DHS Inspector General’s Office as a target in an ongoing investigation about the EB-5 foreign investor program, the AP said.

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Friday
Feb012013

ALG's Daily Grind - Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Feb. 1, 2013

Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Why are law enforcement and the military listening to the Southern Poverty Law Center? And did Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano perjure herself when she testified about the discredited right-wing extremism memo?

Cartoon: Shooting all the time

Obama touts his record of taking aim.

Does the National Debt Matter?

The greatest fiscal crisis that will face our nation in the next decade won't be Medicare spending or Social Security, it will be whether we should refuse to pay the banks and nations that own our debt or severely cut back on all government services in order to make them whole. 

Saturday
Jun162012

Openmarket.org: Department of Homeland Security: Some Undocumented Aliens Who Came As Children Can Stay

Openmarket.org: Department of Homeland Security: Some Undocumented Aliens Who Came As Children Can Stay

by David Bier on June 15, 2012


Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will begin to grant two-year deportation deferrals for undocumented immigrants up to 30 years old who came into the United States as children who have passed a background check and either graduated high school, earned an equivalency degree, or served in the military.

The Administration’s decision is a modest victory for free-market immigration reformers. While ending such unnecessary deportations helps, more substantive reforms are needed to provide legal routes for immigrants and their American employers. Additionally, the move goes only a small way toward documenting America’s ten million or more law-abiding unauthorized workers — a completely untenable situation from an economic, criminal, and national security perspective.

This rule change is not amnesty. Prosecutorial discretion is regularly used to defer deportation under the Attorney General’s parole authority for a short period. The change does not provide legal status — it merely shifts the enforcement focus away from certain individuals who were brought into the U.S. through no fault of their own.


As DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano put it in her memorandum, “The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.” In other words, this decision is not a de facto Dream Act, which is why some conservatives like Sen. Marco Rubio have criticized the decision as a distraction from real immigration reform, while still calling it “a short term solution to a long term problem.”

The policy will allow the approximately 800,000 immigrants who meet the criteria to apply for work permits directly without leaving the U.S., as was previously required. Because these workers are in their prime working years, they will be in high demand as the economy begins to recover further. If these workers—many of whom have college degrees — are approved for work permits, they will provide a needed boost to the economy, helping America pull out of its economic doldrums.

Saturday
Apr282012

ALG's Daily Grind: Sheila Jackson Lee: 'I believe in privacy!' 

April 27, 2012

 

Sheila Jackson Lee: 'I believe in privacy!'

Amendment allowing DHS to spy on Americans is withdrawn, but Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passes House anyway.

Cartoon: Out of Touch

Clearly, someone who wastes tax dollars like they're worthless is less out of touch than somebody who successfully earned his own fortune.

Mom's couch is getting crowded as youth unemployment soars

It's quite disheartening to come out of the secluded world of college and fight tooth and nail trying to find a way to support yourself, and the times are only getting worse.

WSJ: 'Crucify Them'

"[F] ew are as candid as Al Armendariz, the regional administrator who says the agency's 'general philosophy' is to 'crucify' oil and gas producers."

Thursday
Apr262012

ALG - Sheila Jackson Lee CISPA amendment gives Homeland Security power to spy on Americans

April 25, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson issued the following statement on an amendment offered by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Privacy Act" (CISPA) that would authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security "to acquire, intercept, retain, use, and disclose communications and other system traffic that are transiting to or from or stored on Federal systems:"

"Any reasonable person should see the amendment proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as far-reaching and Orwellian. The Jackson Lee amendment to CISPA is the purest expression of totalitarianism ever proposed in the halls of Congress. It is breathtaking the speed with which the police state is being advanced in this legislation.

"This sweeping amendment by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would allow the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, a political appointee, to monitor the nation's entire digital infrastructure. There are no communications that do not 'transit to' or through existing Federal systems including those run by the FCC, and based on recent disclosures by NSA whistleblower William Binney, there are no communications that are not 'stored on' Federal systems in some way.

"That means every communication in the world would be accessible by the Secretary of Homeland Security. And since it also includes all communications on Federal systems, that would include all congressional correspondence, all congressional inquiries into anything, all internal White House communications, all sealed federal court documents, all military communications, and all intelligence gathering in the world. In short, all of the most sensitive top-secret and privileged information would funnel to a politically appointed official who may be tempted to misuse it.

"The Secretary need only certify that acquiring the information is necessary to counter cyber security threats. Since the Secretary will have no way of knowing which information will be relevant to that purpose until the data is filtered and analyzed, she will have to acquire it all in the process.

"Once acquired, the amendment even allows the information to be used beyond the purview of protecting national security or against cyber threats. Under Jackson Lee's amendment, 'information obtained pursuant to activities authorized under this subsection will … be retained, used, or disclosed… with the approval of the Attorney General, for law enforcement purposes when the information is evidence of a crime which has been, is being, or is about to be committed.' Suddenly, the nation's vast intelligence and military infrastructure will be at the fingertips of the Department of Justice to be used for targeted, malicious, political prosecutions."

Attachments:

"Cyber intelligence sharing vote raises broader constitutional questions," ALG President Bill Wilson, April 25, 2012 at http://netrightdaily.com/2012/04/cyber-intelligence-sharing-vote-raises-broader-constitutional-questions-2/

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