I am beyond spitting mad as should you be. Unemployment is at what - 8% or more? - and this douche bag Janet Napolitano - is giving freaking Temporay WORK VISAS to illegal aliens picked up in a raid on a Bellingham, Washington raid last month. Are you kidding me? What is going on in this country? Why don’t we just send freaking BUSES to Mexico and make it easier for them to come here and take American jobs???? Why don’t we send them gilded invitations? This woman is even more dangerous and stupid than our current President! We need to march on Washington and kick her out of her office along with every other God damned traitor who tries to call themselves our representatives. She works for us and she is FIRED.
Read it for yourself and see if it doesn’t make your blood simply BOIL. Here are the numbers to call when your blood does boil.
DHS Operator: 202-282-8000
DHS Comment Line: 202-282-8495
DHS FAX: 202-282-8401
SEATTLE — The Department of Homeland Security freed 27 illegal immigrants arrested during a workplace raid in February and offered them legal work permits, signaling a major departure from the immigration enforcement policy of the Bush administration.
The Feb. 24 raid of an auto parts plant in Bellingham, Wash., netted 28 illegal immigrants. While one was deported, the remaining workers were released from custody and given employment authorization documents, or EADs, in exchange for cooperating with an ongoing investigation of their employer, Yamato Engine Specialists.
The EAD is a temporary work permit most commonly given to people applying for green cards or citizenship. It usually lasts for one year, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) sources tell FOX News that these work permits will expire when the case against Yamato is closed.
Immigrant rights activists support the move and the new direction Secretary Janet Napolitano is taking the Homeland Security Department with her focus on penalizing employers rather than the immigrants themselves.
“She is crafting and the people in her department are crafting a strategy that could target some people who are abusive and manipulative as employers,” said Pramila Jayapal, executive director of the Seattle-based immigrant aid group OneAmerica.
But critics say the softened policy will increase the number of illegal immigrants entering the country.
“The signal that it sends to illegal immigrants is that if you can get here, you’re pretty much home free,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
The Bellingham raid was the first and only mass arrest of immigrants since President Obama took office and came as a shock to Napolitano, who ordered a review of the incident the day after.
“I didn’t know about it beforehand,” she told the House Homeland Security Committee the morning following the raid. “I want to get to the bottom of this as well.”
The response from the Department of Homeland Security marks a major shift from the last years of the Bush administration, when workplace arrests of illegals were commonplace.
Criminal arrests of employers who hired illegal immigrants skyrocketed from 25 in 2002 to 1,103 in 2008. The number of deportations jumped from 485 to 5,184 over that same time period. The Obama administration has sought a freeze on immigrant arrests.
Enforcement advocates say Americans should be outraged by the government giving illegal immigrants a right to work when unemployment is so high for documented workers.
Unemployment in Whatcom County, home to the Yamato plant, has risen to 8.1 percent, and in the days after the Yamato raid, more than 150 people applied for the jobs made open by the arrests.
Immigrant groups say the release was a humane act that is keeping families together and allowing them to earn a decent living.
Secretary Napolitano is expected to soon formally announce new guidelines for workplace immigration enforcement. [oh great]
An I.C.E source in Washington D.C. disputes the claim that this marks a new policy telling FOX News the work permits are issued as an investigative tool to get cooperation from the illegal immigrants.
You may remember Janet Napolitano as Governor of Arizona where she REJECTED Proposition 200, that got 56% of the vote by Arizona citizens.
Not to mention that Janet Napolitano, as Governor of Arizona, also showed her complete FAILURE to enforce immigration laws in a border state, by the sheer numbers of illegal aliens flooding into Arizona every day. I think she might have tied with John McCain for failing to enforce immigration laws while representing a border state… along with Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Gee why don’t we just go and hire Mexicans to run the governments of our border states - it would probably be CHEAPER and we would get the SAME RESULT.
Truly, the nuts are running the asylum… Wake up Americans - your country is slipping more from your grip EVERY DAY.
*Update* Found this very interesting followup to the story from the Seattle Times
Excerpts of interest:
The workers arrested in February were suspected of being in the country illegally. ICE officials said at the time that many of the workers used fake Social Security numbers and other counterfeit documents to obtain jobs.
Guillen said two were deported, but many were released last week and given permission to work. “They’re being offered work permits to work anywhere,” she said.
Makalai told the Herald the company is enrolled in the e-Verify, an online system employers can use to check the Social Security numbers of job applicants.
So.. doesn’t this essentially indict the E-Verify system as being totally useless if it cannot detect FAKE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS????
Yet another example of good intentions by the government but epic failure in execution. In my opinion, Yamato Engine Specialists are innocent because they used E-Verify and that system did not detect the fake social security numbers. It is the government which should be indicted in its complete, abject FAILURE at ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAW.