Thursday, March 17, 2016

Federal H.R. 4731 Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016

March 16, 2016.  The House Judiciary Committee had a markup and hearing on this important bill.  Reform of the Chevron Doctrine was discussed. (The term Chevron doctrine comes from the case Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984). Basically, it states that if Congress has not addressed a matter, an administrative agency may interpret any regulation of statute it administers to suit its agenda.)

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Unfortunately, the news story below is not an isolated incident.  It happens daily.  Due to bureaucratic red tape, our police forces are unable to effectively fight this type of crime.

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have pressed the Obama Administration for answers about how a previously-deported criminal known to authorities went on to murder five people.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, an unlawful immigrant, allegedly murdered five people last week in Kansas City, Kansas and Montgomery County, Missouri. According to information provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), not only did Serrano-Vitorino illegally enter and reenter the United States after being removed, he also has a long history of violent criminal activity, including several assault-related arrests and a conviction based on his threat to kill his wife with a rifle for which he spent two years in prison. On at least two occasions, ICE was notified of Serrano-Vitorino’s arrests, but for various reasons, did not take custody of him, which allowed him to evade deportation by taking advantage of at least one sanctuary jurisdiction and weak immigration enforcement policies.

In their letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Goodlatte and Grassley request information about Serrano-Vitorino’s immigration history, encounters with law enforcement, and if he benefited from President Obama’s executive amnesty program.

March 14, 2016
The Honorable Jeh Johnson
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Johnson:

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, an alien illegally present in the United States, allegedly murdered five people on or about March 8, 2016, in Kansas City, Kansas and Montgomery County, Missouri.  According to information provided to our committees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Serrano-Vitorino entered the country illegally in 1993, committed a series of crimes, and was removed in April 2004.  The same month he was removed, he illegally reentered, but was voluntarily returned by the Border Patrol.  Serrano-Vitorino illegally reentered the United States again sometime before June 2007 and resumed his criminal activity.

According to ICE, Serrano-Vitorino has been arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including: communicating a threat with intent to terrorize; battery of a spouse; several driving without a license offenses; a subsequent a felony conviction for communicating a threat with intent to terrorize, reportedly based on his threat to kill his wife with a rifle, for which he was sentenced to incarceration for two years; two arrests for driving under the influence, which resulted in one conviction; and a conviction for domestic battery.

On at least two occasions, ICE was notified of Serrano-Vitorino’s arrests, but for various reasons, did not take custody of him.  It appears that there was a systemic failure to effectively communicate between ICE and local law enforcement entities, allowing Serrano-Vitorino to evade removal by taking advantage of at least one sanctuary jurisdiction and weak immigration enforcement policies. As a result, five people in Missouri and Kansas were murdered, allegedly by Serrano-Vitorino, an alien who had illegally entered the United States on multiple occasions and consistently demonstrated his utter disregard for our laws.

For a more thorough understanding of how this violent offender evaded immigration authorities and removal from the United States for many years and was allowed to allegedly murder five people in two states, please provide the following information not later than March 28, 2016:
The alien registration number for Serrano-Vitorino, his complete alien file (A-file), and all reports or notifications generated by DHS or in its possession about him, whether currently in written or electronic form, including, but not limited to, the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Executive Summary, criminal history, immigration history, immigration benefits applications, detainers or requests for notification, I-213(s), and Notice(s) to Appear or other charging documents created to seek his removal from the United States.

Please identify each and every date on which Serrano-Vitorino was encountered by a law enforcement agency in the United States, to include criminal and civil arrests, the nature of the charge, the jurisdiction where the arrest occurred, the disposition of that charge, the date(s) on which he was released released from the custody of that law enforcement agency, and the reason(s) for the release.  Please provide the arrest and disposition documentation for each encounter.
How and when did Serrano-Vitorino enter the United States? Was he ever issued a Notice to Appear? Please explain.

Did Serrano-Vitorino ever apply for any immigration benefits, including deferred action?  If so, was any application approved?  Please provide copies of any applications that he may have submitted.
How many times has Serrano-Vitorino been removed previously?  When?

When and to whom did ICE issue a detainer on Serrano-Vitorino, or request that it be notified of his release from custody?  Please explain.

Was Serrano-Vitorino a member of, or associated with any criminal gang?  Please explain.
If Serrano-Vitorino had been encountered by DHS enforcement officials prior to his arrest in connection with the murders on March 8, would he have met the requirements to be considered a priority for removal under the Administration’s new Priority Enforcement Program?  If so, please provide the exact reason for such consideration.  If not, why not?

As you know, the Privacy Act authorizes disclosure of information to Committees of Congress. If you cannot fully respond to each and every request for documents or information set forth above, please identify the specific item requested to which you cannot fully respond and explain why you cannot respond.

Should you have any questions, please contact Tracy Short at (202) 225-3926 or Kathy Nuebel Kovarik at (202) 224-5225.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Bob Goodlatte                                                   Charles E. Grassley
Chairman                                                           Chairman
House Committee on the Judiciary                   Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Friday, March 4, 2016

Kansas House Committee Approves Refugee Resettlement Bill

This is what the Wichita Eagle printed regarding HB2612

[I have added my comments in brackets]

Measure would create a state office to oversee refugee resettlement

ACLU of Kansas says the bill is unconstitutional and discriminatory

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Legislative Alert

F  House Committee on Federal and State Affairs
Dana Rooney, Committee Assistant–785-368-7166
9:00 a.m.
Room 346-S
Thursday, March 3
Bill introductions
Discussion & possible action on:

Refugee resettlement; refugee absorptive capacity act.

(as you can see by the title - this is clearly a biased article)


Please read, learn and share information about these two bills that are currently in the Kansas legislature.  Letters and phone calls to your legislators and to the committee members in favor of these bills are needed.

Sponsored and introduced by Committee on Federal and State Affairs  

March 25, 2015
The Honorable Ralph Ostmeyer, Chairperson
Senate Committee on  Federal and State Affairs
Statehouse, Room 136-E
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Dear Senator Ostmeyer:

SUBJECT: Fiscal Note for SB 166 by Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs

In accordance with KSA 75-3715a, the following fiscal note concerning SB 166 is respectfully submitted to your committee.

SB 166 would enact the Rule of Law Restoration Act, which would take effect on January 1, 2016.

Under the bill, no employer or business entity could hire, recruit, or refer for a fee, for employment, an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien with respect to employment or knowing that the alien’s employment authorization is based on the fact that the alien received deferred action pursuant to the federal executive memoranda.

The bill specifies that no wage, compensation, or remuneration of any kind for the performance of services paid to an unauthorized alien or to an alien who received deferred action pursuant to the federal executive memoranda would be allowed as a deductible business expense for any state income or business tax purposes in Kansas.

This provision would apply whether or not an Internal Revenue Service form 1099 is issued in conjunction with the wages or remuneration.

No driver’s license or nondriver identification would be issued to any person who is an alien who received deferred action pursuant to the federal executive memoranda. An alien who applies for a new driver’s license or to renew a driver’s license would be required to provide a valid passport or any document issued by the federal government indicating the applicant’s  lawful immigration status.

The Office of the Attorney General states any costs related to the enactment of SB 166 would come from any legal challenges. If a legal challenge were made, the agency indicates it would likely be required to utilize the State Solicitor General and may be required to use outside counsel based upon the amount of discovery required.

The Honorable
Ralph Ostmeyer, Chairperson
March 25, 2015
Page 2 —SB 166

The Kansas Department of Revenue states passage of SB 166 would have a negligible effect on State General Fund revenues.

According to the Kansas Department of Labor, there would be no fiscal effect resulting from the passage of SB 166.

Any fiscal effect associated with SB 166 is not reflected in The FY 2016 Governor’s Budget Report.

Shawn Sullivan,
Director of the Budget

Jack Smith, KDOR
Willie Prescott, Attorney General’s Office
Dawn Palmberg, Labor


The Kansas House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on House Bill (HB) 2466 Wednesday, February 3. HB 2466 prohibits localities in the state from implementing sanctuary policies that impede the enforcement of immigration law

Specifically, HB 2466 prohibits  cities and counties from implementing an ordinance, resolution, policy or procedure that limits or restricts the enforcement of immigration law. The measure also protects local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration officials by prohibiting cities and counties from limiting officers’ authority to gather immigration status information and communicate such information federal authorities.

State and local law enforcement are often on the front lines in dealing with crime involving transnational gang activity, human trafficking, smuggling, drug related offenses, and other serious crimes often tied to illegal immigration.  When state and local law enforcement fail to contact federal immigration officials, criminal aliens are able to reenter communities and engage in further criminal activity at the expense and safety of citizens and lawful aliens.

In addition to threatening public safety, sanctuary policies impose a needless waste of taxpayer money and resources. Because many sanctuary policies force law enforcement officials to release criminals back onto the streets instead of notify ICE or transfer criminal aliens to federal custody, local law enforcement often encounter recidivist criminal aliens repeatedly. Public resources are best utilized when the federal government can obtain custody of wanted criminal aliens at the time they are apprehended by law enforcement.

It is very expensive and makes little sense to release deportable aliens back onto the streets and force federal officials to pursue their cases independently. Kansas has approximately 88,300 illegal aliens residing in the state, costing taxpayers over $424 million dollars a year. These costs include estimates of taxes contributed by unauthorized aliens.

Kansas is one of about a dozen states that have introduced legislation to prohibit sanctuary policies this year. These states include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

From One Red ACORN

ACORN (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)

Every American should read and know about ACORN.  The American Institute for Social Justice (AISJ) is one of four national affiliates of the community organization ACORN. The other three are the ACORN Housing Corporation, the ACORN Institute, and Project Vote.   ACORN and all its affiliates are heavily funded by the big foundations like Rockefeller, Tides, Open Society, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the Bauman Family Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation et al.  They also receive federal taxpayer money.

The Red ACORN and Undue Influence

ACORN grew from its grassroots to define and shape the political nature of this country.  It was an instrumental power behind the Clinton and Obama machines and numerous others on a local and state level.  ACORN’s numerous operatives have deep roots in America.

To learn more – search for ACORN and Hillary Clinton; ACORN and Obama, ACORN and Saul Alinskey, ACORN and Rathke, ACORN and Van Jones, ACORN and John Podesta, ACORN and Steve Kest for starters. 

Though ACORN was declared officially "defunct" - that is in name only.  Its networks, infrastructure and methodology are still in place and quite active.

A Little History and Suggested Reading

Acorn North Carolina.  I have added this website because it is a perfect example of the type of ACORN affiliates and networks that are still active in our nation.

The Obama File  ACORN and the making of a president.

A list from 2012 of “Acorn” affiliates” and offshoots

KANSAS: Sunflower Community Action
Their motto: “Helping people help themselves”

And believe me, they help themselves to money, jobs, housing and education that most Americans must work hard for.  The VOLAGS and other pro immigrant groups stress how much money that the "new American" labor force adds to the economy.  What they fail to factor into the equation is how much money is spent on services, housing, food, etc for immigrants that are not professionals or business owners.  The inexpensive labor may help certain sectors of the economy but they also take from others.

Maria Arteaga is the Kansas organizer and firmly backed by the Catholic Social Service of the Dodge City diocese.  The Sunflower network also has offices in Wichita.  Their work focuses on refugees and immigrants and they work for their rights.   Fine, then let us be diligent and work for our rights as well!   There are plenty of native poor white Americans who need a hand up, rather than a hand out that will keep them enslaved to taxpayer funded social welfare programs.  (I am all for federally funded work programs.  Let those that receive federally funded money and benefits work for them.  Let them give back to the country and the communities they now live in.)

The Sunflower Community Action org (EIN 48-1126805) includes ties to KanVote and Kansans Count.  These are more votes for democratic socialism!  The 501c4 Lobbying arm of the SCA is the Kansas People’s Action group. (EIN 46-0640082).  Both are located at 1751 N. Ash in Wichita.   Sandrine Lisk, the immigration advocacy attorney is on their board.  Thousands of dollars from both groups are spent on lobbying efforts.

They partner with Interfaith Worker Justice.  I am Kansas – an affiliate of Welcoming Kansas – is their fundraising group.  These are supported by and receive funds from the USCCB (Catholic Bishops Conference).  The PICO National Network is often called in to help and they are funded by Catholic parishes nationwide.  The Community Creating Opportunity (CCO) nonprofit is a member of the PICO network.

Such groups organize and work together in ACORN fashion and are encouraged to do so by the current administration.

CCO Member Congregations and Organizations.  (CCO Board members are also members of the churches.)

True Vine Missionary Baptist, MO
Olivet Institutional Baptist, KS
St. Peter Christian Methodist Episcopal, KS
Grace Lutheran, MO
Zion United Church of Christ, KS
Gregg Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal, MO
Kansas City Urban Youth Center, MO
Kairos United Methodist, MO
Inter-Soccer League, MO
Show Me Empowered Women, MO

Keep writing letters to newspapers and sharing information.  The principles of Islam are counter to Christianity.  Europe is paying a terrible price for their lack of discernment regarding Muslims.