Sessions: DHS hiding immigration-enforcement data; Update: Comments open

posted at 1:21 pm on October 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With the Obama White House deep in cover-up mode on the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, it’s easy to forget that they’re not exactly transparent on the domestic-policy front, either. Senator Jeff Sessions blasted Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday for ignoring several demands for data on how the administration enforces immigration law.  After Napolitano ignored the latest in a series of deadlines for providing the information, Sessions and three other Republican Senators accused the White House of hiding its willful failure to enforce the law:

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on Tuesday said that the repeated failure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide Congress with information about whether U.S. immigration laws are being adequately enforced is leading him to conclude that DHS is purposefully hiding details about its relaxed enforcement of these laws. …

Sessions and Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) wrote to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in August and again in September to provide information about whether this legal requirement is being carried out. In September, they gave her a new deadline of Oct. 1 to reply, but that date came and went on Monday without any response from DHS.

“Given what we already know, and the otherwise inexplicable refusal for DHS to reply to such a simple inquiry, it necessarily suggests that the executive branch is trying to prevent the public from discovering its failure to follow U.S. immigration and welfare law,” Sessions said Tuesday.

This fight began over the summer, when Barack Obama unilaterally decided to stop enforcing immigration law in certain cases that matched up with the aim of his stalled DREAM Act.  Republicans reacted angrily, insisting that the executive branch couldn’t just decide to stop enforcing statutory law passed by Congress on its own whims.  Reports immediately began arising that DHS had simply stopped enforcing immigration law altogether, not just in Obama’s DREAM circumstances, but that’s not the big issue here.  Sessions and the other Senators want to know whether DHS was encouraging visa applicants to enroll in food-stamp and other federal aid programs, which would violate the Immigration and Nationality Act, which forbids immigrants to enter the US if they are likely to become a “public charge” — welfare dependents, in other words.

In August, Republicans demanded data on a broad range of enforcement questions.  Napolitano has stonewalled the Senators for two months, but they have collected information on their own. The Hill spoke to a Sessions aide, who informed them that there doesn’t seem to be any enforcement happening in DHS at all:

This aide told The Hill on Tuesday that the GOP has also learned from the State Department that there were 10 million visa applications in fiscal 2011, and that only 7,000 were denied under the public charge rules. That amounts to a rejection rate of just 0.07 percent, which the aide said seems small given estimates that there are two million visa holders using federal aid programs.

The GOP is also noting a study by the Center for Immigration Studies that said in 2010, 36 percent of “immigrant-headed households” used at least one federal welfare program, significantly more than the 23 percent for citizen-headed households that used these programs. Taken together, Republicans believe that DHS has the data to show that it is allowing people to enter the United States who are likely to use federal programs, but is not sharing it.

With the skyrocketing costs of providing entitlement programs to American citizens, why is DHS encouraging immigrants to stay in the US and enroll in any number of federal-aid programs?  Until Napolitano provides answers to Sessions, we won’t know.

Update: Must have had a stray mouse click turn off the comments; I’ve fixed it now.


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Another Cover-up?

Can’t be!

/MSM

Chip on October 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Nothing to see here. Move along.

they lie on October 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM

It’s gotten so bad that Napolitano even blocked people from commenting on it here at HotGas.

Bishop on October 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I think I see a pattern here…

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

This makes me so angry. We spent thousands of dollars in fees and it took years for my wife to obtain her citizenship, “the right way”. On top of that, the USCIS denied my mother in law to come visit and see her new grandson, citing that there is not enough evidence that she wouldn’t stay permanently.

Yet, if you are a special class of immigrant (ie an “undocumented” one), they selectively enforce the law. Are we a nation of laws or not? Why even bother with USCIS and borders, then? Just let everyone in. Why are border control agents getting murdered?

cep on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

With the skyrocketing costs of providing entitlement programs to American citizens, why is DHS encouraging immigrants to stay in the US and enroll in any number of federal-aid programs?

Why are we meeting with Mexican officials to push food stamps?

Obama administration held dozens of meetings on food stamps with Mexican officials

JPeterman on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

In September, they gave her a new deadline of Oct. 1 to reply, but that date came and went on Monday without any response from DHS.

OOOOOH. A deadline. How scary that must have been for the witch. NOT!

they lie on October 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The textbook Cloward–Piven strategy.

zap-johnson on October 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

the GOP has also learned from the State Department that there were 10 million visa applications in fiscal 2011, and that only 7,000 were denied under the public charge rules. That amounts to a rejection rate of just 0.07 percent, which the aide said seems small given estimates that there are two million visa holders using federal aid programs.

Damn.

Overwhelm the system and when it collapses insert your system.

darwin on October 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

H-D-I-E the evidence.

Nutstuyu on October 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The king and his court can not be disturbed at this moment. Please go away and do not return until summoned Senator Sessions. You have no right to question the royals.

Pardonme on October 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Overwhelm the system and when it collapses insert your system.

darwin on October 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

that Glenn Beck sure didn’t know what he was talking about 3 years ago did he

Rio Linda Refugee on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Saw the movie Looper last night. Got a growing list of administration officials I wouldn’t mind seeing get sent back to their white tarp in the middle of a corn field. Figuratively speaking, of course!

Nutstuyu on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Too bad it isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

failure to follow U.S. immigration and welfare law

Don’t get me started…

Obama himself has not proven that he is in compliance with current immigration law:
…the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

And the only document that can prove Employment Eligibility for the office of President (which, per the U.S. Constitution, requires that one be not only a citizen but also a natural born citizen) is an

Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a State, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal

The burden of proof is on Obama. He is not above the law, and MUST complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and provide HARDCOPY documentation. And the eligibility requirements for his employment are more stringent for President (natural born citizen) than they were for Senator (citizen).

A Republic is ruled by the Rule of Law.

If you care about the survival of our Republic, you support and defend the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

And guess what? Regardless of how you think “natural born citizen” should be defined, Obama has not proven that he is in compliance with current immigration law: the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Where is his Form I-9? Where is the HARDCOPY documentation, submitted TO HIS EMPLOYER for review?

Is the President above the law?

There are no exceptions made for government employees in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

All means all.
Must means must.

The President is a government employee who is paid a salary. All means all. Must means must. No exceptions.

All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

ITguy on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I don’t even know if a Republican president and Congress can fix the mess Obama has created. Looks like the crap will hit the fan anyway.

It’s a setup if a Republican gets elected. Naturally the Republican will attempt to reduce spending. The left will then encourage the entitlement class to riot and destroy.

People will have to protect themselves because the cops will be overwhelmed. It will be interesting. This has never been done against a well armed populace before.

darwin on October 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I think I see a pattern here…

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Me, too, they are putting all their eggs in one obasket.

tinkerthinker on October 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

So much for 3 branches of government. Where are the checks and balances, or are people so afraid of being labeled racist, no one is held to account?

bopbottle on October 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This makes me so angry. We spent thousands of dollars in fees and it took years for my wife to obtain her citizenship, “the right way”.

cep on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

It cost me about $22,000 not counting the endless hours of paperwork, standing in queues and transportation costs.

JPeterman on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

that Glenn Beck sure didn’t know what he was talking about 3 years ago did he

Rio Linda Refugee on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yeah, that Beck is craaaazy. Especially when he started talking about gold going up in price. What a nut. ///

darwin on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

ITguy on October 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Agree with the sentiment, but the key word there is hired. Elected positions are technically not the same as hired employment positions.

Nutstuyu on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

So much for 3 branches of government. Where are the checks and balances, or are people so afraid of being labeled racist, no one is held to account?

bopbottle on October 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I have enough of a balance in my account to write a check for a brand new AR-15.

Nutstuyu on October 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Man, I should have had my wife’s family come on over. Too bad Obama is going to be gone, that chance is history now…

astonerii on October 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

…and then nothing will happen!

KOOLAID2 on October 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

After Napolitano ignored the latest in a series of deadlines for providing the information,

To fascist regimes, legislatures are irrelevant.

rbj on October 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Napolitano, and the entire administration would be arrested for treason in a sane world. Of course in a sane world Obama never would have been elected.

darwin on October 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Foreign aid has been increased by around 80% since Obama became President. There doesn’t appear to be any clear reasoning behind this vast increase in foreign aid, particularly when this nation is suffering the lowest workforce participation rate since WWII, and is currently running DEFICITS of over $1Trillion/year under Obama, which is being borrowed from abroad.

The borders are essentially wide open despite assertions to the contrary from Napolitano. The fact that aliens can travel back and forth across the border virtually unimpeded to visit family or conduct any other business they may have there, including drug cartels, is proof enough.

Obama’s administration has met with Mexican governmental officials at least 30 times regarding our food stamp program and welfare programs in an effort to be certain that access to those programs is readily available and easy to obtain for Mexican immigrants. The opportunity for an immigrant who enters this nation on a work visa or visitors visa to simply sign up for those programs and then fail to either renew the visa or leave the nation at the appointed time is substantial.

This nation is locked in a debate regarding how to afford to provide for citizens and legal immigrants as it is. We cannot afford to support those who would come to this nation simply to sign up for those welfare programs offered by the federal government.

Now, through the efforts of Sen. Sessions and others, we learn that DHS has effectively abandoned any effort to see that immigrants issues visas are self supporting and will not become a burden to the nation.

It is my sincere hope that Ms. Napolitano, and those complicit with her, including the President, are held accountable, that congress will pursue these issues, and that, if any wrongdoing can be proven, those culpable are tried and imprisoned.

thatsafactjack on October 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’m beginning to think that this administration doesn’t know the meaning of the word “transparent.”

natasha333 on October 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Open border and open pockets. Lucky us.

aniptofar on October 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Troll free post.

Where to start in January, are there enough patriots left to undue the damage that has been done?

D-fusit on October 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That dictatorial regime running the administrative branch of government is destroying our Constitutional government. If they don’t like a law, they ignore it and if the can’t get a law passed they publish an Executive Order and decree it. This is a one branch government and the “great patriots” in the Senate, House and Supreme Court do absolutely nothing. Somebody had better start making a lot of noise lest Obama become emperor by default.

rplat on October 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

What laws can Congress exercise to force the White House?

listens2glenn on October 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Yet another cover-up. . . . I’m beginning to think we owe Richard Nixon an apology.

WannabeAnglican on October 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Update: Must have had a stray mouse click turn off the comments; I’ve fixed it now.

A+

I was afraid there for a minute that Hot Gas had become the NY Times!

Del Dolemonte on October 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

cep on October 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

JPeterman on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Thank you for coming here legally. We need a lot more good people like you.

txhsmom on October 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Bishop I have seen fan boys before but you really take the cake.

Kaptain Amerika on October 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Thank you for coming here legally. We need a lot more good people like you.

txhsmom on October 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

this.
+1

dmacleo on October 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Just business as usual for Dear Leader: re-distributing the unearned and undeserved wealth of greedy, over-privileged Americans to the more deserving and noble Third World poor.

Remember, white man’s greed runs a world in need. Or at least it did before Lightworker Barry Hussein Obama arrived in the White House to set things right and compensate all the oppressed brown peoples of the world for all the horrors wreaked upon them by the evil white man.

AZCoyote on October 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Ed, was that the new government mouse click comment blocking device..?

d1carter on October 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This administration is looking more like an organized criminal enterprise every day.

Mason on October 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

It’s gotten so bad that Napolitano even blocked people from commenting on it here at HotGas.

Bishop on October 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Don’t put nothin’ past Nappy.

Eren on October 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Yet another cover-up. . . . I’m beginning to think we owe Richard Nixon an apology.

WannabeAnglican on October 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Nixon was an amateur by comparison….

jimver on October 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Yet another cover-up. . . . I’m beginning to think we owe Richard Nixon an apology.

WannabeAnglican on October 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Nixon was an amateur by comparison….

jimver on October 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

There’s a fairly significant difference between Nixon and Obama: Nixon got caught.

psrch on October 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

“Senator Jeff Sessions blasted Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday for ignoring several demands for data on how the administration enforces immigration law.”

I gotta admit, sessions has a great sense of humor. Imagine, asking “systemic failure” napolitano why the Dictator-in-Chief doesn’t enforce immigration laws! That’s hilarious.

TeaPartyNation on October 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

With Obama’s Aunti Zeituni Onyango living off the dole in Boston and Uncle Omar boozing through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is it any wonder?

Tx_Gator on October 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

In September, they gave her a new deadline of Oct. 1 to reply, but that date came and went on Monday without any response from DHS.

OOOOOH. A deadline. How scary that must have been for the witch. NOT!

they lie on October 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Well, missing the deadline is sure to spawn a sharply worded letter.

socalcon on October 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

This administration is looking more like an organized criminal enterprise every day.

Mason on October 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Hmmm, a three letter word: R I C O

socalcon on October 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obama: {pouts} It would be so much easier to be the president of China.

socalcon on October 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hey Sessions. Why don’t you explain your confirmation vote for Eric Holder again for us. Not only was he hilariously unqualified, he was clearly corrupt. Marc Rich? Douchebag.

Jaibones on October 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

With the skyrocketing costs of providing entitlement programs to American citizens, why is DHS encouraging immigrants to stay in the US and enroll in any number of federal-aid programs?

Because they tend to vote for Democrats?

The SEIU argues that Alabama’s immigration law is discriminatory and abusive towards all workers and that the law violates both international human rights standards and labor standards.

Oh, and join the right unions.

IlikedAUH2O on October 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I seriously think it’s time to reinstitute the special prosecutor because the Administration just ignores Congress, and they don’t have the power or the will to do anything about these things. You can say what you want about Newt Gingrich, but he NEVER would let them get away with this and all the other crimes.

lea on October 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

DHS would have a hard time operating if it was DE-FUNDED.

GarandFan on October 3, 2012 at 5:59 PM

cloward-piven with a healthy group of progressive republicans helping reshape society. get ready, it’s coming!

tm11999 on October 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Maybe Sessions can find out from Big Sis if they are taking the money they are saving from not doing enforcement to buy those 5 bullets for every American?

SkinnerVic on October 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Until Napolitano provides answers to Sessions, we won’t know.

Oh great, that’s a load off my mind.

This’ll all be cleared up — once Hell freezes over.

logis on October 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

standing in queues lines and transportation costs.

JPeterman on October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Assimilation obviously isn’t working as well as it should. ;)

Pretty much, Congress needs to look to the Capitol police and tell them to go and compel Napolitano to attend a hearing – with all of her files.

GWB on October 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

If Obama, and his duffusous don’t take security in Libya seriously…why do any of you think he and his, will take it seriously on our borders? He lives in a different world then the rest of us……

nonstopca on October 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM