IRS—There Will Be Extra Tax Refunds for Illegal Immigrants Obama Granted Amnesty

February 4, 2015

By Lorra B.

Tuesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen established that a retroactive tax refund will be issued to illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s executive actions.

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a government grant. According to Bryon York, illegal immigrants will be eligible for this grant, up to $5,000.

In order for illegal immigrants to pay taxes while they work in our country, the IRS issued ‘taxpayer identification numbers,’ according to York.

“Illegal immigrants affected by the president’s edict will not only be eligible for those tax credits going forward, but three years retroactively. So they’ll be able to collect quite a bit of money from the treasury.”

“There has been a long debate over whether these people should be eligible for government benefits,” stated York.

Obama made a promise that illegal immigrants would not be eligible for subsides. This promise was made when Obamacare was passed.

York goes on to say that “The question of what government benefits, if any, that illegal immigrants should be eligible for has been a pretty hot question for a while. And now, under the president’s edict, they’re definitely eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and something called the Additional Child Tax Credit, going back for three years.”

Obama seems to be bending over backwards for illegal immigrants and allowing for subsidies he has already declared he would not provide. But, here we go again, little by little, shuffling illegal immigrants into the system.



Another Illegal Alien Kills Another American Child

November 14, 2014


Cry and Howl:  While liberals are still crying in their soup about getting their asses kicked on the 4th, Obama’s policies are still getting innocent Americans killed. Yet you don’t hear one of these liberal skid marks mention it. An illegal alien … you know, one of the Baby Jesus or Baby Moses while drunk, plowed his car through a fence into a crowd of people waiting to buy some ice cream killing a three (3) year old little girl and injuring three others including two more children. Oh, and this is just one of the thousands of illegal “dreamers” who Obama will be granting amnesty to.  Oh, (again) ICE has been ordered to disregard  illegal alien DUIs.


3-Year-Old Waiting in Line for Ice Cream is KILLED by a Drunk Hit-&-Run Driver, Suspect is an Illegal Immigrant [Video]

The sheriff is right… Obama must be stopped. He has blood all over his hands and is directly responsible for deaths such as this 3-year-old. There is absolutely no other way to view this. The government has told officers to look the other way and let known illegal criminals just go. They then commit crimes such as rape and murder and get away with it, because Obama has deemed it so. DHS wants to enable the crimes of these people all for the greater collective good. Obama will grant Amnesty not to the 4.5 million he claims next week, but to 34 million illegal aliens in an effort to forever change the voter demographic of the US before the 2016 elections.

From Fox News Insider:

A 3-year-old girl was killed waiting in line to buy ice cream in California – and the suspect is an illegal immigrant, Trace Gallagher reported today.

Authorities say that 18-year-old Adolfo Balbuena, who does not have a driver’s license, was drunk when he drove his Chevy through a fence, hitting a crowd of people who were waiting in line at an ice cream truck.

Angeles Moreno, 3, was killed. Three others were hurt, including an 8-year-old and a 16-year-old.

Despite a number of witnesses, authorities say Balbuena backed up and fled the scene. He then allegedly drove home and had his brother take him to another location, but was arrested a short time later.

Balbuena just turned 18, so any criminal record in the past has been sealed.

Critics say the Obama administration has cut back enforcement of immigration laws against illegal immigrants with DUI and identity theft convictions.

One ICE attorney has even filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security which alleges that she and her colleagues were told to use prosecutorial discretion with illegal immigrants who have old DUI convictions.


This is just one case in thousands that are out there now. Our President is turning America into a third wold hellhole. He needs to be impeached right now. It may come to having him physically removed. Our children are at risk as this little girl’s death shows, as well as the other children injured. America… will you let this lawless President achieve his destructive agenda, sacrificing our children and future at the alter of Progressive elitism? The elitist’s time is over… time for Americans to stop the invasion.

Now had this child and the others been shot with a (gasp!) gun … liberals and Barack would be blubbering all over themselves, weeping and wailing, being the phonies they are, about it.

These dumb sons-of-bitches are too busy blowing snot because they got wasted in the elections. I can’t wait until 2016 to seal the deal … along as it isn’t Jeb Bush, Chris Cristie, or Marco Rubio running. Hillary will get her fat goat-smelling ass trounced. I sincerely believe that the vast majority of the American people are sick of the Barack Obamas of this world and Hillary is nothing more than a white, female Barack. Well, I think “female” … who knows?



November 14, 2014

Arlin Report



SEE BELOW for the details of the leaked Obama amnesty plan. But first . . .





Tell the staffers who answer that you have heard about the leaked details of Pres. Obama’s amnesty plans and you are outraged that he would violate federal law like this in order to make it harder for millions of unemployed Americans to get a job or a raise in pay.

IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO THE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES FROM YOUR STATE. They have to understand how much Obama’s amnesty is killing the Democratic Party with the wage-earner voters.


More than 7,000 NumbersUSA members used our toll-free lines yesterday to phone Congress on its first day back for the lame-duck session. Keep up the good work. We’ll never persuade Congress to kill this amnesty without constant phoning like that every single day.


All last night, the Fox News shows apparently were filled with excited reporting that they had gotten hold of a 10-part Obama amnesty plan from “a source close to the White House.”

Fox indicated Obama would announce the plan as early as late next week and that major congressional Democratic leaders are cheering the boldness and broadness of it.

According to Fox:

The plan contains 10 initiatives than span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers.

The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

The plan could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates . . . receive work authorization in the United States, Social Security numbers and government-issued IDs.

Another portion that is sure to cause consternation among anti-”amnesty” lawmakers is a plan to expand deferred action for young people. In June 2012, Obama created such a program for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, entered before June 2007 and were under 31 as of June 2012. The change would expand that to cover anyone who entered before they were 16, and change the cut-off from June 2007 to Jan. 1, 2010. This is estimated to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible.

The draft plan obtained by Fox shows Obama granting permanent work permits to an extra 500,000 immigrants apparently for tech jobs.

The plan also calls for elimination of the Secure Communities program which had been one of the few successful programs for removing criminal aliens from the country.


It is difficult to assess yet whether Fox has gotten hold of something close to what the President plans to release next week, or if it is just one of several options he is considering, or if the White House is making sure this is leaked in order to measure the reaction.

Whichever might be the case, it is extremely important now that it is being reported that Members of Congress hear from constituents.

Your tens of thousands of faxes in recent weeks and your thousands of phone calls today are certainly one of the reasons why a growing number of Members of Congress are organizing to stop the executive amnesty.



Originally posted on Sally’s Political Page


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Homeland Security to Tell Local Cops When Immigrant Criminals Are Freed

Josh Siegel

by tomfernandez28The Department of Homeland Security is developing an automated system to alert state and local law enforcement when illegal immigrants with serious criminal records are released into their jurisdictions.

Two members of Congress from Texas — Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat — described the plan in a letter sent yesterday to Thomas Winkowski, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Associated Press first reported the contents of the letter, which The Daily Signal also obtained.

In the letter, Cornyn and O’Rourke say they were told about the notification system last month by a senior ICE official.

The letter doesn’t provide details of how the notification system would work or when it will be launched.

>>> Obama Administration Released Over 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions

Lawmakers previously criticized ICE for releasing convicted criminals facing deportation from immigration jails.

According to AP, during the 2013 budget year, ICE released 36,007 such criminal immigrants, including those convicted of 193 homicides and 426 sexual assaults.

Cornyn and O’Rourke wrote to Winkowski with questions about the process by which ICE releases such convicts.

New Arrival of Illegal Alien Minors Spread Deadly Virus

Illegal alien childrenby JUDICIAL WATCH November 7, 2014

The “humanitarian crisis” concocted by President Obama to let tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors  stay in the U.S. has fueled a deadly respiratory virus epidemic that’s struck American kids across the country and killed at least nine.

Virtually nonexistent in the U.S. before the recent influx of illegal alien minors, the lethal Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is associated with severe respiratory illness and is known to come from Central America. According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from mid-August to the end of October state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,105 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. What the agency conveniently omits is that the deadly virus was first discovered in cities with large numbers of relocated illegal immigrant minors, officially identified by the government as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

illegal alian children9A conservative news website connected the dots after reviewing a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence. The big EV-D68 epidemic coincides with the barrage of Central American minors that entered the U.S. through Mexico over the summer. Hundreds of American kids have been sent to hospital emergency rooms in more than 40 states with unprecedented polio-like paralysis associated with EV-D68. By September 8 hospitals in a dozen states were reporting cases of EV-D68-like infections and by mid-September 153 patients were confirmed as having the virus in 18 states, the news site reports.

By October 538 victims-mostly young children-were confirmed to have EV-D68 in 43 states, according to information provided by the CDC, and by the end of the month confirmed infections reached 998. That’s 300 times the infection rate during a period that spanned more than three decades, from 1970 to 2003. The article quotes hospital physicians in different parts of the country confirming the unprecedented amount of victims brought in for treatment. This includes emergency rooms and intensive care units in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and Texas.


Back in July Judicial Watch warned about the health crisis created by the hordes of illegal immigrant minors entering the country through the southern border. A United States Congressman who is also a medical doctor confirmed that the UACs were bringing in serious diseases-including swine flu, dengue fever, tuberculosis and possibly Ebola virus. In a letter to the director of the CDC the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey, warned of a “severe and dangerous” crisis because most of the UACs were importing infectious diseases from Central America that are considered to be largely eradicated in the U.S.

Additionally, Dr. Gingrey warned federal health officials that many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles, leaving America’s young children and the elderly particularly susceptible. “As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control,” the congressman wrote to the CDC director back in July. “In fact, as you undoubtedly know, some of these diseases have no known cure.”

Months later we’re seeing that the congressman’s warnings have unfortunately materialized. It’s not just EV-D68 that the illegal alien kids are spreading to American children. Last month 10 UACs who were allowed to stay in the U.S. were diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB), a deadly infectious disease that attacks the lungs. Because TB is considered to be eradicated in the U.S., kids aren’t even vaccinated to guard against. Not surprisingly, the government has issued a statement claiming that the CDC “believes that the children arriving at U.S. borders pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the general public.”illegal alien children4

However, our government does acknowledge that these illegal immigrant minors fleeing dirt-poor, third-world countries infested with unbearable violence “may not have received a few vaccines, such as chickenpox, influenza, and pneumococcal vaccines.” As a “precaution” those who don’t have “documentation of previous valid doses of vaccine” will receive them, compliments of Uncle Sam. They are also being screened for visible and obvious health issues such as lice, rashes, diarrhea and cough upon arriving at Customs and Border Protection shelters.

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Obama Alienates Right & Left on this 1 Critical Issue

imageedit_2_4073904942October 3, 2014

Conservatives President Obama has made a lot of people unhappy, but perhaps nowhere more so than on the subject of immigration. There, he has managed to anger the Right and alienate the Left equally. Conservatives detest what they regard as Obama’s lack of respect for legal process, and Liberals decry his record on immigration as a mishmash of broken promises, failed attempts, and political cowardice.

Largely because of Obama’s pro-immigration reform stance, the country’s Hispanic voters lined up with Liberals to elect him. Immigration reform was one of the issues Obama promised to address within his first year in office. It soon became apparent this was easier said than done. Immigration reform had failed during his predecessor’s tenure, despite President George W. Bush’s support. Overall, opposition in the country ran high.

After he was elected, Obama appointed Rahm Emanuel his Chief of Staff. Emanuel had been counseling Democrats for years to avoid the controversial issue. The first year passed, and other issues took precedence. No immigration bill was introduced. Meanwhile, in an attempt to placate the Right, the administration increased enforcement of existing law, and Hispanic groups began referring to Obama as Deporter in Chief.

Finally, in 2010, the Obama administration sent proposed legislation to the Hill. The DREAM Act was designed to provide protection and certain advantages of citizenship to young people brought into the United States as small children. The Act did not pass, although the administration later instituted parts of the proposal through Executive Order. Hispanics were somewhat encouraged, but frustrated at the general lack of progress.

While the most conservative wing of the Republican Party never wavered in their opposition to immigration reform, some in the party believed it was important to win over Latino support. In 2013, eight senators introduced a full immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate. The bill died in the House, however, where the Republican majority strongly opposed it. A recent ABC News poll shows that most of the country still opposes any reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.

In the absence of any hope of passing legislation, the administration has been considering more executive action. But the recent influx of young people from Central America has turned up the heat on this issue. Red State candidates in the November 2014 elections fear they face defeat if they support reform. Consequently, Democratic hopefuls have been leaning on the President to put off any further action, and he has agreed. An administration official recently announced, “Because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the President believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections.” Now, more than ever, immigration supporters are incensed.

Overall, among both Conservatives and Liberals, Americans’ approval rating for Obama’s handling of immigration has dropped to 31%. A full two out of three of Americans disapprove of the way this president is handling immigration.


By Lorra B. Chief Writer For SilentSoldier



Immigrants feel frustrated, betrayed by Obama delay


Danieimageedit_14_5810429416l González and Dan Nowicki, The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX — Beatriz Esquivel has been checking Facebook daily, eager for information of how President Barack Obama plans to use his executive powers to prevent undocumented immigrants such as her from being deported.

Her hopes climbed Friday when she read Obama’s action was coming soon, only to be smashed Saturday morning.

“BREAKING NEWS,” blared a post by a local immigrant activist. “President Barack Obama has just announced that he will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections.”


The announcement left Esquivel, and millions of other undocumented immigrants, feeling like a political volleyball.

“I feel like I am caught in a political game,” the Phoenix woman said. “It’s like a game of volleyball. … I have been counting the days. What’s going to happen?”

Originally from Mexico City, Esquivel, 41, has lived in the U.S. illegally for more than 20 years. She crossed the border in January 1994, near Nogales with her daughter, Marlene, who was not quite 2 years old at the time.

In 2013, Marlene, now 22, received protection from deportation under Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

That program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the U.S. for two-year stints without the threat of deportation and to receive work permits.

With deferred action, Esquivel’s daughter was able to get a job as a cook at a restaurant and return to college full time. Esquivel also has a 19-year-old son, Gibran, who was born in the U.S. and now works and goes to college.

Esquivel cleans houses for a living. She was hoping Obama would expand the program to parents of children already approved for the program.

That would allow her to work legally, perhaps return to school, and stop worrying that she might be deported someday and separated from her husband, Enrique, 50, who is also undocumented, and her two children.


But Obama’s decision to hold off on taking action was like “nos da atole con el dedo” — playing us like a fool, she said.

“This is a huge frustration,” Esquivel said. “He keeps saying he is going to do something, but we keep waiting and waiting.”

Activists frustrated


Social media lit up after the announcement.

Phoenix immigration lawyer and independent congressional candidate Jose Peñalosa called Obama “#deporterinchief.”

“Latino community officially thrown under the bus by Obama,” Erika Andiola, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, posted on Twitter.

Other immigrant advocates accused Obama of putting politics ahead of the lives of undocumented immigrants who have been deported in record numbers under his administration.

This is a huge frustration. He keeps saying he is going to do something, but we keep waiting and waiting.

Beatriz Esquivel, undocumented immigrant

“Today, President Obama placed political calculations over the hopes and needs of immigrant communities,” said U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., who has been pushing Obama to “go big” on using his executive authority to protect as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“He reneged on his own commitment in June to do what is right, and instead chose what is expedient, betraying the trust of some of the most vulnerable among us,” Grijalva said.

In June, Obama vowed he would take independent action on immigration by the end of summer after House Republicans had failed to take up a bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate in June 2013.

That legislation would have overhauled the nation’s immigration system and given millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to gain legal status and citizenship.

With September here and Congress returning to work this week after its five-week August break, millions of undocumented immigrants such as Esquivel had been expecting Obama to unveil his plans any day.


Despite weeks of speculation of a possible delay, their hope was buoyed when Obama said during a news conference on Friday in Wales that he was reviewing his options on immigration and expected “fairly soon” to decide his next steps.

But on Saturday, White House officials announced Obama won’t reveal his plans until the end of the year, after coming under intense pressure from fellow Democrats afraid he could ignite a Republican backlash that could cost congressional Democrats re-election in November.

The officials said Obama still plans to use his executive authority to “take significant steps to reform our broken immigration system.”

But they said “extreme politicization” of the issue by Republicans had forced Obama to wait until the end of the year.

Politics of reform

Obama’s decision to delay action confirmed that he is playing politics with the issue, said U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, an opponent of immigration reform.

“The White House’s decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the election is an open admission that the president intends to take actions that the majority of Americans oppose,” Smith said in a statement.

Even Republicans who support immigration reform have urged Obama not to take action on his own, saying it could destroy the chances of Congress passing an immigration-reform bill.

“Announcing that you’re going to wait until after the election itself just smacks of politics,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic on Saturday. “People already assumed this, but it’s just unfortunate.”


Congress reacts to Obama’s decision on immigration reform

Flake said the development “doesn’t leave a good taste in your mouth.”

“There’s been a number of Senate Democrats who have said, ‘Please don’t do it; it will hurt our electoral chances,’ ” Flake said. “He’s apparently responding to that. That’s all you can assume.”


If Obama “believes that he has the legal authority and believes it’s the right thing to do, then why would he wait?” Flake asked. “It lays it bare that this is a political move, and that’s too bad because it will hurt the chances of genuine, long-term reform in the future.”

Will waiting hurt?

In a statement, White House officials said Obama wanted to avoid diminishing the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration-reform legislation by waiting until the end of the year to act on his own.

But Louis DeSipio, a political-science professor at the University of California-Irvine, said he believes there is now almost no chance Congress will pass immigration legislation while Obama is in office. By the end of the year, he will be “weaker in legislative terms and less likely to get something out of Congress,” De­Sipio said.

By waiting to act, Obama may avoid a Republican backlash that could hurt Democrats in red states such as incumbent U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. They all are facing tough challenges from Republicans in states with low numbers of Latino voters.

But the president also risks causing more Latino voters to stay home in November, which could hurt other Democrats, among them U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, a state with a large number of Latino voters.

Lydia Guzman, a Phoenix immigrant advocate and national immigration chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said Obama’s decision to delay action on immigration has already discouraged some Latino voters who are threatening to boycott the elections in November. If that happens, Guzman fears Obama will continue to put immigration “on the back burner.”

Instead, she hopes the delay will anger voters and get them to the polls.

“We need to come out in mass numbers,” Guzman said. “Otherwise, he will continue to do what he wants.”

Contributing: Erin Kelly, The Arizona Republic


By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

Raped Along the Way: Parents Give Immigrant Children Birth Control Just in Case

imageedit_4_8863576106WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warns that some parents of Central American children attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally already know of the risks, noting that some girls are given birth control “in case they’re raped along the way.”

Speaking with the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, Johnson joined the Obama administration in attempting to warn Central American parents to stop sending their children on the dangerous route to entering the U.S. illegally. But Johnson said that he’s met with children and heard stories that some parents are very aware of the risks along the route.

“I’ve met with enough of these kids now, including a 15-year-old in Nogales two weeks ago, who was three months pregnant, to have a real sense for what these kids go through,” Johnson told Congress. “We’ve heard about how before they leave Central America, some of these kids’ parents actually will give them birth control in case they’re raped along the way.”

Adding to the horror stories often associated with drug cartel “coyotes,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that some of the unaccompanied minors were raped by cartel members.

“When they initially arrived in the United States, they were very quiet and they didn’t open up,” said Durbin of a pair of immigrant siblings named Samuel and Emily. “They were clearly victims of trauma. After two months of care and custody of these 3- and 6-year-old children by HHS, Emily revealed that both children had been raped by members of a local drug cartel.”

Durbin continued: “I think about those children when I think about this debate. Are they the exception? God, I pray they are. But I’m afraid there are many more with similar stories.”

Durbin added that President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request to help deal with the immigration influx does not include funds “to provide the kind of representation and advocacy to protect these kids.”

The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more than 57,000 children at the Mexican border since last October, with a majority of the unaccompanied minors travelling from Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Recent reports include stories of “small, lifeless bodies” washing up along the banks of the Rio Grande of children who did not survive the dangerous attempt to cross into the U.S.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski said that Border Patrol agents are discovering immigrant minors who are “dehydrated, malnourished, scared” and often abused by human traffickers who provide the children false promises of transport. The White House is meeting resistance from both sides of the aisle over its border money request.

Benjamin Fearnow, CBSDC  

By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

Unaccompanied children not fleeing violence, says Guatemala’s first lady

imageedit_3_7964984554Guatemala’s first lady Rosa Leal de Pérez traveled to the US-Mexico border earlier this month to see how the US is dealing with the surge of migrant children, many from her nation.

She called the situation a “humanitarian crisis” and said she believed the kids were primarily traveling to the US in order to reunite with family members. Ms. Leal de Pérez blamed US immigration policies for keeping families apart and parents for putting their kids at risk. Something she didn’t find responsible? Violence back home.

“I can’t say violence isn’t a problem in our countries,” she said, referring to Central America’s northern triangle, which includes Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and from where the majority of these young migrants are fleeing. But she said violence wasn’t the reason kids were heading north.

 “In the municipalities where these kids are coming from, there aren’t gangs,” Leal de Pérez said.

Despite higher levels of violence and gang activity in urban areas, and the fact that most of the Guatemalan minors arriving on the US-Mexico border are from more rural areas, there’s unfortunately plenty of gang violence to go around.

Gangs in Central America aren’t confined to big cities. In rural eastern El Salvador, for example, gang symbols are painted on the sides of buildings and written in chalk on deserted sidewalks. A thriving urban center isn’t required for extortion, threats, and murder.

Not surprisingly, nearly 50 percent of arriving minors interviewed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported experiencing violence or having received threats from gangs, drug cartels, or state actors, like the police.

So what does it mean when the first lady of Guatemala – a country with a staggeringly high murder rate and growing gang activity as Mexican cartels expand across the border – doesn’t think violence plays a part in migration?

For starters, it may speak to inequality.

Travel to any major Latin American city and the divide between rich and poor is impossible to ignore. Surely the first lady’s experience is different from that of a resident living in a more impoverished zone in Guatemala City. She likely doesn’t take the so-called “Chicken buses,” which cost a few cents, careen down highways, and have a reputation for being robbed at gunpoint. She probably hasn’t experienced local gangs telling her if she doesn’t pay a small “tax” to neighborhood thugs, someone in her family will be kidnapped.

In parts of Central America and Mexico, gangs can operate in full force –extorting small businesses to the point of shuttering the enterprise. But there are also neighborhoods where extortion is rare and well-off families take extreme measures to remove themselves from interactions with strangers, such as living in fenced-in compounds, hiring 24-hour security guards, paying people to run errands, and driving in armored cars with tinted windows to keep out any unwanted eyes.

Extreme poverty across Latin America and the Caribbean, defined as living on under $2.50 a day, has declined by 50 percent since 1999, and the region’s middle class has grown. Yet in Mexico and Central America, the middle class is still the smallest group in the country.

For one journalist, there was a bitter irony to Lael de Pérez’s statement about violence:

‘A confluence’

There’s no single cause for the nearly 50,000 unaccompanied youth that have arrived on the US-Mexico border since last October. As the Migration Policy Institute notes:

…[A] confluence of different pull and push factors has contributed to the upsurge. Recent US policies toward unaccompanied children, faltering economies and rising crime and gang activity in Central American countries, the desire for family reunification, and changing operations of smuggling networks have all converged.

But violence appears to be a driving force for Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan children. Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. El Salvador has the fourth highest, at 41.2, while Guatemala comes in fifth at 39.9. For comparison the US, which has one of the highest murder rates for wealthy nations, has about 4.7 murders per 100,000.

The New York Times reports:

Honduran children are increasingly on the front lines of gang violence. In June, 32 children were murdered in Honduras, bringing the number of youths under 18 killed since January of last year to 409, according to data compiled by Covenant House, a youth shelter in Tegucigalpa, the capital.

With two major youth gangs and more organized crime syndicates operating with impunity in Central America, analysts say immigration authorities will have a difficult time keeping children at home unless the root causes of violence are addressed.

In 2012, the number of murder victims ages 10 to 14 had doubled to 81 from 40 in 2008, according to the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Last year, 1,013 people under 23 were murdered in a nation of eight million.

Although homicides dropped sharply in 2012 after a gang truce in neighboring El Salvador, so far this year murders of children 17 and under are up 77 percent from the same time period a year ago, the police said.

 By The Christian Science Monitor



By Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier

Local Communities Feel The Pressure As Border Influx Comes To Their Towns

imageedit_2_2936677671As the White House decides how to handle the growing number of undocumented children entering the country, local communities where they are being sent are concerned that the young immigrants could end up becoming their responsibility.

Residents of towns slated to receive the immigrants are taking to the streets and town hall meetings to protest federal plans that many say have been forced upon them.  

“The situation at the border is the result of a clear coherent policy out of Washington,” said Murrieta City Councilman Rick Gibbs to Fox News Latino. “They’re moving these immigrants – or illegals, whatever term you prefer – out of Texas and sending them into our communities.”

“Send them back! Send the back!” a crowd chanted in a town hall meeting last week in Murrieta, Calif. convened by the mayor and council members to discuss federal plans to transfer children and families to a border patrol facility there.

And in Artesia, N.M., dozens attended a town hall meeting to express anger at the opening of a temporary detention center for the immigrants who are part of the growing surge.

Gibbs said federal authorities gave Murrieta short notice about their plans to hold immigrants there while they are processed and efforts are made to locate relatives in the United States that they can join pending the resolution of their cases.

He said even local agents of the Border Patrol, with whom he said city officials have typically had a good, collaborative relationship, said they were unsure about the plans that Washington, D.C., had.

Federal officials have stressed that the immigrants will not settle in most of the places where they are taken for processing or to be held while families are tracked down in the United States. And even Gibbs acknowledges that many will not be staying in Murrieta – but he says how the federal government has handled the matter still is discomfiting.

“Some of these folks will be moved out within 48 hours, and will be turned over to ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], and they’ll literally transport them to cities where are bus stations and no one monitors them,” he said. “We are increasing the illegal population in the United States.”

Gibbs said he also is concerned about the conditions of the Border Patrol facility for the sake of the immigrants.

“It’s an ad hoc policy by the federal government that is changing daily,” Gibbs said. “I recognize the humanitarian dimension of this crisis. But what we have here is a facility that is Spartan, to say the least. There are holding cells that can accommodate 30 or 40 people, with just a single toilet facility. The Border Patrol says they’ll get military meals, and there are benches and blankets, but no beds.”

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, who urged locals to oppose the immigrant transfer plan before it began, said the city will track any spending it does over the issue and send a “big fat bill” to Washington.

On Sunday, Long told CNN that Murrieta is a “caring, compassionate community,” and that most of the protesters were from out of town. 

“The system that is in place right now lures these people into thinking they’re coming to a better place, but, on that journey, one-third of the females, some younger, in their teens, are raped along the way. And that’s a broken system. We have to fix that.”

In New Mexico, where residents have opposed the children and families being sent there, city and federal officials have fielded numerous questions from residents, including how long the facility would be used for detention.

Residents told federal and local authorities they were afraid the undocumented immigrants might take jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.

But immigrant-rights groups say the anger is unfairly being targeted at innocent children simply trying to flee violence.

“Nothing saddens the heart more than when a child is subjected to ridicule, hate, and discrimination based solely on his condition as an immigrant seeking refuge in the United States,” said a statement by the California Table, a network of 52 pro immigration reform organizations.

The group said protests like the one in Murrieta show the ugly side of humanity – and they called it “elitist, bigoted and anti-child.

“Whereas we all have the right to our opinion on immigration reform, it is an American tradition to show compassion and empathy to those who seek refuge in our country,” the statement said. “These children and families have traveled thousands of miles north in an act of desperation, courage and love and the least we can do is allow them a place to eat and rest while their request for asylum is evaluated.”

Growing Pressure

Some groups of unaccompanied minors are being sent to South Florida shelters, raising the demands on non-profit groups that help immigrants with legal guidance and resettling.

But South Florida already has felt the impact of families that have arrived in the past year or so, according to the office of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

District officials estimate that some 300 kids from the surge, which has been occurring for years – though at a lesser rate than now – enrolled in Miami-Dade schools last year. The district is requesting federal aid, about $2,000 per student, to help cover the cost of serving them.

“The continued influx of foreign-born students, many of whom are English Language Learners (ELL), increases the need for ESL courses, grade-level content courses, and other educational supports that target students’ content, cultural and English language needs,” said a June 18 request to the federal government. “This has a financial and operational impact on the District. Therefore, it is prudent that M-DCPS continue to seek assistance from the federal government.”

In Long Island, N.Y., and in Lawrenceville, Va., opposition by political leaders and residents seemed to have played a part in the federal government’s decision to drop consideration of holding immigrants there.

At the New York and Virginia locations, residents and local officials said they were blindsided by news that federal agencies were considering holding some of the immigrants in their communities.

In Lawrenceville, local officials said they had been in the dark about an agreement between the federal government and the owners of St. Paul’s College, which is privately owned and sits empty, to house unaccompanied minors.

Last month, an overflow crowd packed into the 900-seat BrunswickHigh School auditorium in the farming town of nearly 1,500. Many residents arrived at the school carrying small signs that read “No illegal immigrants,” but they were told to leave them outside. Numerous law enforcement officers were on hand.

Dozens of residents lined up along both aisles leading to the front of the auditorium to voice their opinions, including Aaron Smith, 32, who said he is a Marine Corps veteran and did a tour in Iraq.

“We will not be strong-armed by federal officials,” Smith said. “We will not be pushed around.”

The crowd cheered his comments, and he received high-fives from the audience as he left.

Outside the school, Smith said townsfolk primarily objected to the way the planned shelter was handled, but also objected to who would be housed in the community.

“We do not want illegal aliens in our town,” he said.

The plan for St. Paul’s later was withdrawn.

Lupillo Rivera, a Murrieta, Calif. resident, said he can understand the alarm people feel over the many undocumented immigrants crossing the border and being held, even if for a while, in their towns. But Rivera, the brother of the late singer Jenni Rivera, who stumbled upon a protest in his city last week, said some of the demonstrators were overly harsh. On person spit on him as he tried to find out what the protest was about.

“It doesn’t matter where the children are from. Children automatically deserve respect. I cannot kick out a child from anywhere. I think that is inhumane,” Rivera, a Mexican immigrant, told Fox News Latino. “I understand there are a lot of undocumented, I understand that the Americans are worried. But I understand too that 90 percent of them come to work, to build, to clean houses. Never in my life have I seen an American picking aguacates or grapes for their wines.”

The broader plan to send immigrants to shelters and detention facilities across the country is intended to help relieve a crunch caused when tens of thousands of people arrived at the border, many of them saying they were fleeing violence and extortion from gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Many of the undocumented immigrants are minors, others are young couples with children, or single women. The Border Patrol processes them, and releases – on the condition they show up for court later — those who have relatives here. Those who do not have someone to stay with, as is the case with many minors, are sent to shelters overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pending resolution of their case.

Federal officials say that those who are in their facilities remain under their supervision, and are screened for infectious diseases, criminal records, and children receive schooling on the premises. They also receive inoculations from HHS.

But that has not stopped the concern in local communities considered for shelters about having to shoulder a burden.

HHS said last month that it was considering opening a temporary shelter in a former Grumman Corp. facility in Bethpage, Long Island, for the undocumented immigrant children. But local and state political leaders, as well as members of New York’s congressional delegation, fought the idea, saying that it was inappropriate to house children there because it is near a New York State Superfund site.

Federal officials then said they were not going to send immigrants there.

Former immigration judge Bruce Einhorn, who is a Pepperdine law school professor, said many of the undocumented immigrants will not settle in the communities where they now are staying in shelters.

“To the extent these people are allowed [even] to leave detention,” Einhorn told FNL, “they’re not going to stay in areas where there are less opportunities to meet and live with others in their ethnic groups, and get jobs that pay minimum – or, let’s be honest, below minimum – wage.”

Einhorn said that it is understandable that residents of communities that may receive them are concerned and have their doubts.

“People are going to be a little paranoid about ‘the other,’” he said. “We’re still in a tough economy, the last thing that recovers is the unemployment rate. And every time you get a large number of people who are different from you, you get a little nervous. They’re seeing them on a 24/7 news cycle, and it scares them, economically and culturally.”

Fox News Latino

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


By, Lorra B. Silent Soldier