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Last year, Obama gave $27B to lawless ‘sanctuary’ cities

illegals demand free stuff

On January 25, 2017, his third full day on the job in the White House, President Trump fulfilled more of the promises he’d made — those concerning illegal “immigration” — by signing two executive orders:

  1. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, which authorizes the construction of a wall along the porous U.S.-Mexico border.
  2. Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of United States, which authorizes the denial of federal funds to “sanctuary” states and cities that willfully violate Federal immigration law in an attempt to shield aliens, including criminals, from removal from the United States and, in so doing, “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” As White House spokesman Sean Spicer put it, “The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws.”

But few actually know how much federal grant money is at stake. Across America, there are more than 300 governmental jurisdictions claiming “sanctuary status,” which include 106 cities. The remainder are states, counties or other units of government.

Thanks to the organization American Transparency, we now have the figure for how much in federal grants (i.e., U.S. taxpayer dollars) the 160 sanctuary cities had received last year:

$26.74 BILLION

$15.983 billion in federal funds flowed into just twelve major American cities where 1 in 5 illegal entrants reside (FY2016).

In an article for Forbes on February 2, 2017, American Transparency’s Adam Andrzejewski writes:

Our organization, American Transparency (website: OpenTheBooks.com) was able to identify that number. We found nearly $27 billion ($26.74 billion to be exact) in federal funding (FY2016) for America’s 106 Sanctuary Cities. Our new report, “Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cites” details federal grants and other forms of federal spending that flow to those cities.

Using our OpenTheBooks interactive map, search federal funding by city. Just click a pin and scroll down to review the municipal agencies and entities (FY2016). In fact, the map is quickly shareable to any website by copy/paste of the HTML code….

Under Trump’s order, mayors defending their sanctuary city status are essentially imposing a defiance tax on local residents. On average, this tax amounts to $500 per man, woman and child. Major cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago have the most to lose, and nearly $27 billion is at stake across the country.

If the sanctuary cities defy President Trump’s executive order by continuing to shield ILLEGAL aliens, this is how much it’ll cost them:

  • On average, the cost of lost federal funding for a family of four residing in one of the 106 sanctuary cities is $1,810 – or $454 per person. A total population of 46.2 million residents live in the 106 sanctuary cities according to census data.
  • Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois governments received the highest amount of federal funding per resident and, therefore, have the most to lose by maintaining their sanctuary status:
    • Washington, D.C. municipal government stands to lose $3,228 per person; $12,912 per family of four; or $2.09 billion total.
    • The City of Chicago, IL stands to lose $1,942 per person; $7,768 per family of four; or $5.3 billion total.
  • In cities with populations of 100,000 and above, the communities with the least per capita federal dollars ‘at risk’ are St. Paul, Minnesota ($47 per person, $14.2 million total); Downey, California ($36 per person, $4.2 million total) and Miami, Florida ($67 per person, $29.7 million total).

In FY2016, the federal monies received by sanctuary cities consisted of:

  • $543.97 million in Department of Justice grants to law enforcement – i.e. city police departments.
  • $4.23 billion in ‘direct payment’ to fund municipal services such as housing, education, community development, and schools.
  • $21.5 billion in ‘grant’ payments to fund local police and fire departments, schools, housing, and city services.

The threat of losing nearly $27 billion in federal funding seems to be having an effect on some cities. Miami has already reversed their sanctuary city policy.

~Eowyn

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Undocumented student sues Wells Fargo for denying her student loan

Wells Fargo Immigrant Loans

Mitzie Perez/Photo from WCB TV

Aside from this student’s immigration status, I’d be more concerned she won’t find a real job to pay back her loan, given the focus of her studies

From Fox Business:  A federal lawsuit on Monday accused banking giant Wells Fargo of illegally denying student loans to young immigrants who are protected from deportation and allowed to work and study in the U.S. under a program created by former President Barack Obama.

Wells Fargo said it was disappointed the plaintiffs sued instead of working with the bank on a solution.

The young immigrants in the country illegally have Social Security numbers and documents that meet bank requirements for identification, but Wells Fargo refuses to give them loans based on their citizenship status, according to the lawsuit from the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The loans, meanwhile, are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the suit says.

It seeks a court order declaring the policy discriminatory and forcing Wells Fargo to grant the loans to those participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It also seeks unspecified monetary damages.

“Wells Fargo understands the dream of pursuing higher education and we remain focused on our responsible lending practices to assist temporary and permanent residents and U.S. citizens in obtaining student financing,” the bank said in a statement.

Banking experts say financial institutions can face unique challenges getting repaid by borrowers who are not in the country permanently, including potential difficulty in accepting payments from foreign banks.

A spokesman for Chase Bank said it does not offer student loans. An email to representatives for Bank of America was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit comes amid concern among immigrant groups that President Donald Trump will cancel the DACA program as part of a broader effort to control immigration. Trump has signed executive actions over the past week to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, temporarily ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspend the United States’ entire refugee program.

“It’s very important in our view to establish that there are clear rules against this kind of discrimination, particularly in a time like this,” said Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, referring to the new administration.

Obama created DACA by executive order in 2012, providing temporary protection for immigrants brought to the United States by their parents before the age of 16 and who live in the country illegally.

Under the program, recipients receive a Social Security number, allowing them to work, pay taxes, study and travel for a two-year period. More than 750,000 immigrants had been approved for DACA as of December 2016, federal officials say.

Mitzie Perez, one of those immigrants and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, came to the U.S. illegally in 1997 from Guatemala at age 5. Now 25, Perez is a junior at the University of California, Riverside, where she is focusing on gender and sexuality studies.

She applied for a student loan from Wells Fargo last year to help cover the costs of her education but was not able to proceed with the online loan application after she disclosed she was not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, according to the lawsuit. She said she works and has used credit cards to cover her tuition. “Every day I consider not completing my education because I don’t have the means,” she said.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of other DACA recipients who have been denied loans by Wells Fargo. Saenz said it was too early to know how many people might qualify.

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School teacher compares student’s ‘Build the Wall’ shirt to a swastika

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The “offensive” t-shirt Jack wore to school

From Tri-City Herald: A Kennewick middle school teacher landed in hot water when she pulled aside a student wearing a “Build the Wall” shirt. The language arts teacher at Chinook Middle School compared the shirt’s message with wearing a swastika.

Now, the young teen’s mother is hoping her son’s experience shines a light on political bullying. “It does happen,” said Michelle Fischer. “I think (politics) should be taught in our schools, but only in a two-sided positive way.”

Fischer posted her outrage over the teacher’s handling of the issue on Facebook and the story went viral. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity shared her story to his 2.8 million followers, contributing to more than 100 comments on Fischer’s original post.

Fischer said she hoped her seventh-grade son’s experience makes it easier for other children to talk about feeling bullied for their political views.

Her son Jack told her that the teacher had appeared opposed to Donald Trump since the beginning of the school year, including the way she’d handled discussions of the presidential election and candidates in class.

Jack had worn other pro-Trump shirts to school but it wasn’t until he wore the “Build the Wall” shirt on Inauguration Day that the teacher pulled him aside. “She asked, ‘How would you feel if someone wore a T-shirt with a swastika on it?’ ” Fischer told the Tri-City Herald. “He said, ‘You can’t compare my shirt to wearing a swastika. They aren’t the same thing.’ ”

Fischer said the teacher asked Jack to stay in her class during lunch to talk about the shirt. Kennewick School District officials said the boy wasn’t forced to stay in the classroom during lunch as some social media reports said.

During the lunchtime conversation, the teacher reportedly told Jack it wasn’t appropriate to wear clothing with a political message. Jack noted that he’d seen a math teacher wearing a shirt with Barack Obama on it.

After school, when Jack shared what happened with his mother, she was upset and posted her concerns on Facebook with a picture of her him wearing the shirt along with a message that his teacher “compared my shirt to wearing a swastika.”

Later, Fischer spoke with Chinook’s Principal Kevin Pierce, and was told there wasn’t anything wrong with the shirt.

“My goal is not to get this teacher into trouble,” Fischer said. “I made it clear to him. She’s a nice person. I just haven’t agreed with the way she’s taught the class.”

On Friday, school district officials said in a statement that Pierce investigated the incident and took appropriate action. Details were not released because it’s a personnel issue.

The district said students expressing themselves is an important part of education in a democratic society. District policy allows them to express their opinions as long as it doesn’t disrupt the education of others.

“I think most parents would agree with me,” Fischer said. “If this was the other way around, I guarantee there would be some parents that were pretty upset.”

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As violent rioters take over U.C. Berkeley, comedienne Sarah Silverman calls for military coup to overthrow President Trump

The Left in America are enemies of free speech.

Last night, Berkeley, CA was enveloped in a violent riot, ostensibly to protest Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay Alt-Right Breitbart news editor who was an invited speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, where the free speech movement was born in 1964.

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Berkeley was Yiannopoulos’ last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.

Protesters, estimated by the Berkeley Police Department to number a thousand people, including masked professional activists armed with bricks and fireworks, mounted an assault on the campus building hosting Yiannopoulos’ speech, which forced the university to cancel the event.

As night fell, masked “black bloc” activists joined the already large group of protesters gathered in the area between Sather Gate and the north end of Telegraph Avenue. As the gathered crowd got more agitated, the activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police. Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor. fireworks were thrown up onto the second-floor balcony; fires were lit outside the venue, including one that engulfed a gas-powered portable floodlight.

At about 6:20 p.m., UC campus police ordered the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly. The area on Upper Sproul Plaza grew thick with smoke, and later tear gas, as the protest intensified. Vehicles were burned, several injuries were reported, and at least four banks were vandalized.

So who organized the masked, armed professional activists?

Someone tweeted this reminder — that George Soros’ son, Alexander Soros, is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley.

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While the mayhem was going on in Berkeley, so-called comedienne Sarah Silverman went on Twitter, calling for a military coup d’état against duly elected President Trump.

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This is the same Sarah Silverman who:

~Eowyn

Choir teacher arrested for indecent exposure, cartwheeling without under garments

Real life has become so bizarre in America, it outpaces our most bizarre imagination.

ABC8 in Tulsa reports, Feb. 1, 2017, that Pawhuska, Oklahoma police arrested a junior high school substitute choir teacher, Lacey Sponsler, 34, for exposing herself to her students by cartwheeling in full “commando” mode.

Pawhuska PD posted this announcement on its Facebook page:

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Another student told police Sponsler had been talking about doing drugs and said she was not wearing underwear. Sponsler told police she was “just dancing” with the students.

According to Oklahoma’s NewsOn6, the arrest affidavit says that when questioned by police, Sponsler denied the incident, but when told about the cell phone video, she said she “did not remember performing a cartwheel” or exposing herself.

There is only one junior high school in Pawhuska — Pawhuska Junior High School.

Here’s Sponsler’s mug shot:

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Here’s the probable cause affidavit on Sponsler (h/t CP):

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From The Smoking Gun:

A 17-year-old female student told police that Sponsler “had said that she was not wearing underwear before performing the cartwheel,” which exposed her “bare vagina.” The student noted that she saw Sponsler’s “vagina open and close, as her legs were in the air.” The girl also told police that Sponsler “had been talking about using drugs” and commented on how she “thought fourteen year old boys were like men.” […]

According to court records, Sponsler pleaded guilty in 2008 to marijuana possession, public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia (for which she received a two-year deferred sentence, was fined $1100, and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service). In December 2009, a judge ruled that Sponsler violated her probation, in part because she had not disclosed being questioned by police investigating an accused meth cook. Sponsler told cops that she had been present in the suspect’s home when he was manufacturing the drug, adding that the man was “careless when he cooks.”

In September 2011, Sponsler pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and marijuana in the presence of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to a three-year deferred sentence. As part of that plea deal, prosecutors dropped a burglary charge against Sponsler, who is pictured below in a mug shot snapped yesterday.

Sponsler has an extensive history of drug violations. Pawhuska Junior High School clearly did not do a background check before hiring her.

Here’s the email address of Janet Neufeld, Superintendent of Pawhuska Public Schools: jneufeld@ppshuskies.org

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The downright frightening pic of Janet Neufeld (an Ashkenazi surname) is from the Pawhuska Public Schools website. She looks like she has fangs. And those eyes! Eek!

~Eowyn

U.S. bishops oppose President Trump on border wall and illegal immigrants

The federal tax exemption privilege accorded to churches, including the Catholic Church, began in 1894, but they had been unofficially tax-exempt since the country’s founding. All 50 US states and the District of Columbia exempt churches from paying income and property taxes. Donations to churches are tax-deductible.

But the tax exemption of churches is contingent on one thing.

A law in 1954, the Johnson Amendment, bans political campaigning by all tax-exempt groups, including churches. From IRS.gov:

The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Despite the IRS restriction on political campaigning, many churches regularly do so, such as black churches on behalf of Democratic candidates, and yet continue to enjoy tax exemptions. According to ProCon.org, since Congress passed the law banning churches from intervening in political campaigns, the IRS has been successful in using the law to revoke the tax-exempt status of only one church: the Church at Pierce Creek in Binghamton, NY, which had placed an advertisement in USA Today and the Washington Times rebuking Bill Clinton four days before the 1992 presidential election.

On January 20, 2017, the day of his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump filed a notice (FEC Form 99) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of his intention to run for reelection in 2020. That means non-profit groups, including the Catholic Church, will need to refrain from speech and activities that may be construed as against and undermining political candidate Donald Trump, unless those groups want their tax-exempt status to be revoked.

See “Trump card: Trump filed for 2020 reelection with SEC, thereby gagging non-profits

On January 25, his third full day on the job as president and 5 days after he’d filed Form 99 with the FEC that he’s a 2020 political candidate, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promises concerning illegal “immigration” by signing two executive orders:

(1) Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, which authorizes the following:

  • Construction of a “contiguous physical wall” along the roughly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border, in the interest of border and national security. Planning of wall construction will begin immediately.
  • Detention of aliens “apprehended for violations of immigration law pending the outcome of their removal proceedings or their removal from the country to the extent permitted by law.”
  • Deportation of aliens “described in section 235(b)(2)(C) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1225(b)(2)(C))” and their return “to the territory from which they came pending a formal removal proceeding” and “consistent with the requirements of section 1232 of title 8, United States Code.
  • End “the abuse of parole and asylum provisions currently used to prevent the lawful removal of removable aliens.”

(2) Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of United States, which authorizes the following:

  • Defunding of sanctuary states and cities that willfully violate Federal immigration law in an attempt to shield aliens, including criminals, from removal from the United States and, in so doing, “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” Henceforth, “jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.”
  • Priority removal of aliens who have been convicted of or charged with any criminal offense; committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense; abused any program related to receipt of public benefits; or “In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”
  • Assessment and collection of all fines and penalties from aliens unlawfully present in the United States and from those who facilitate their presence in the United States.

To aid in the enforcement of the above two executive orders, Trump also authorized the hiring and assignment of 15,000 new Border Control and immigration agents, “as soon as is practicable”.

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On the same day that President Trump signed the above two executive orders, Joe Vásquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, issued a statement opposing the presidential orders:

WASHINGTON–President Donald J Trump today issued executive orders to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard/preempt/overrule the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how best to protect their communities.

In response to the decision to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austen, stated:

“I am disheartened that the President has prioritized building a wall on our border with Mexico. This action will put immigrants’ lives needlessly in harm’s way. Construction of such a wall will only make migrants, especially vulnerable women and children,  more susceptible to traffickers and smugglers. Additionally, the construction of such a wall destabilizes the many vibrant and beautifully interconnected communities that live peacefully along the border. Instead of building walls, at this time, my brothers bishops and I will continue to follow the example of Pope Francis. We will ‘look to build bridges between people, bridges that allow us to break down the walls of exclusion and exploitation.'”

In regards to President Trump’s authorization of the detention and deportation of illegal aliens, whom Bishop Vasquez disingenuously calls “immigrants,” he writes:

“The announced increase in immigration detention space and immigration enforcement activities is alarming. It will tear families apart and spark fear and panic in communities. While we respect the right of our federal government to control our borders and ensure security for all Americans, we do not believe that a large scale escalation of immigration detention and intensive increased use of enforcement in immigrant communities is the way to achieve those goals. Instead, we remain in our commitment to comprehensive, compassionate, and common-sense reform. We fear that the policy announced today will make it much more difficult for the vulnerable to access protection in our country. Everyday my brother bishops and I witness the harmful effects of immigrant detention in our ministries. We experience the pain of severed families that struggle to maintain a semblance of normal family life. We see traumatized children in our schools and in our churches. The policies announced today will only further upend immigrant families.

We will continue to support and stand in solidarity with immigrant families. We remind our communities and our nation that these families have intrinsic value as children of God. And to all those impacted by today’s decision, we are here to walk with you and accompany you on this journey.”

Nowhere in his statement does Bishop Vasquez:

  • Acknowledge that the “immigrant” families are in the United States illegally in violation of U.S. laws.
  • Acknowledge that illegal aliens have committed heinous crimes, including rape and murder.
  • Recognize that illegal aliens are a drain on already overburdened federal and state government resources — those of welfare, food stamps, schooling and healthcare — in a country with a national debt of $20 trillion.
  • Recognize the “pain” of or display “compassion” for beleaguered U.S. taxpayers.
  • Offer an alternative policy on how to address the illegal “immigration” problem, or even acknowledge that it is a problem.

Notice that in his statement, Vasquez referred only to “immigrant” “women and children,” as if there are no adult male illegal aliens — a tactic also used by those who want the U.S. to open our doors to Muslim refugees.

Notice also that in his statement, Vasquez made repeated references to “we” and “my brother bishops and I,” thereby implying that he speaks not just as Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, but on behalf of all U.S. bishops.

Indeed, Vásquez, who is of Mexican-American heritage, serves on the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and claims to be Chair of the Committee on Migration, although the USCCB website shows the Chair to be Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle Eusebio.  Vásquez also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international charity organization founded by the USCCB in 1943, whose employees gave nearly all of their political donations to pro-abortion political candidates, although the Catholic Church regards abortion as an intrinsic evil for which no justification or rationalization is acceptable. (See “98% of Catholic Relief Services’ contributions go to pro-abort politicians“).

Bishop Vasquez should be reported to the IRS for violating the prohibition against tax-exempt organizations intervening in favor of or against a candidate for political office. To report him, use the IRS Form 3949-A, and mail the completed form to:

Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888

Vasquez can be reached at:

  • Phone: (512) 949-2415
  • Email his executive assistant Melinda Johnson: melinda-johnson@austindiocese.org

See also:

~Eowyn

Oklahoma mom furious as daycare forced her son to kiss another boy in ‘Spin the Bottle’ game

This mom needs the best attorney she can find in the state, STAT.

Read about the story at KFOR.com here.

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