Category Archives: sanctuary cities/states

California DMV says non-citizens “may have been” added to voter rolls

California DMV license/voter registration going as planned.

From East Bay Times: An internal audit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles released Monday shows about 1,500 customers may have been improperly registered to vote.

“Approximately 1,500 customers may have been registered to vote in error,” the DMV wrote in a letter Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office. “This error has been corrected and is separate from the processing error we notified you about in writing on September 5.” Non-citizens are among the affected customers, according to Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

In early September, the DMV revealed it sent 23,000 erroneous voter registrations. These additional 1,500 errors occurred when DMV technicians processed customer requests at field offices to change voter eligibility responses on driver license applications.

The DMV said none of the processing errors occurred through the fault of the customer. None of the affected customers are undocumented immigrants illegal aliens.

“We have worked quickly with the Department of Technology to correct these errors and have also updated the programming and added additional safeguards to improve this process,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla responded with a harsh letter to the state’s DMV and Department of Technology.

“I remain deeply frustrated and disappointed that persistent errors by the DMV and CDT have undermined public confidence in your basic responsibility to collect and transmit accurate voter registration information, as has been required by federal law for 25 years.”

Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, was even more critical, calling the situation “the unraveling of a cover-up.”

“Nothing surprises me anymore coming out of the DMV,” Patterson said. “This is probably the tip of the iceberg. I think we can expect more of these kind of registration problems.

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Gov. Moonbeam vetoes bill to bar immigration arrests at courthouses

I have no doubt that this will eventually become a law. Brown is just trying to make sure it’s completely defensible against the feds.

From SF Gate: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Thursday that would have ensured undocumented immigrants illegal aliens would not face civil arrest when going to court on another matter.

SB349 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), would have prevented civil arrests of any kind as long as a person was at the court for a legal proceeding. The bill would not have applied to criminal arrests at a courthouse.

“I support the underlying intent of this measure, but I am concerned that it may have unintended consequences,” Brown wrote in his veto message.

Immigrant advocates contend that making civil arrests at courthouses has a chilling effect, causing undocumented immigrants illegal aliens to shy away from testifying or appearing in court. Federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents have made courthouse arrests across the country, including inside a Sacramento County Superior Courtroom last month.

ICE officials have blamed the courthouse arrests in California on the state’s sanctuary law, which Brown signed last year. It limits the extent to which local law enforcement agencies in California can help enforce federal immigration laws.

Brown said that under the law, the state attorney general must draw up policies for limiting immigration enforcement at courthouses and other public facilities. “I believe the prudent path is to allow for that guidance to be released before enacting new laws in this area,” Brown wrote in his veto message.

In a statement, Lara said he hopes the attorney general’s policy will help protect the “fair administration of justice.”

“When people are afraid to be witnesses or plead their cases,” Lara said, “it puts the integrity of our courts at risk.”

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Oregon taxpayers to provide $1M legal defense fund for illegal aliens

From Fox News: The Portland City Council approved a $500,000 grant for potential deportees’ legal services, and Multnomah County is matching that amount.

A city official told Fox 12 that the funding, which is being called the “Universal Representation Project,” is for illegal immigrants aliens and refugees who may not be able to afford an attorney during legal proceedings.

The grant money will go to Catholic Charities of Oregon, which will use the funds to hire attorneys and paralegals to represent potential deportees.

The Oregonian reported that the $500,000 from Portland will be drawn from the city general fund, which primarily pays for police, fire and parks operations.

On “Fox & Friends” on Sunday, former ICE supervisor Jason Piccolo said this move makes absolutely no sense.

He noted that the Justice Department already provides a legal orientation program that gives lawyers training so they can represent illegal immigrants aliens pro bono.

“Every time an alien is encountered and arrested by ICE or through the Border Patrol, they’re provided a list of legal services, pro bono,” Piccolo said. “So, using taxpayer-funded money does not make any sense.”

Piccolo argued that this is just a political move that’s being made for the anti-President Trump, anti-ICE optics.

“Anything that counters President Trump is what the Democrats are going to do,” he said.

Portland city commissioner Chloe Eudaly has defended the legal funding, saying:

“Providing access to legal services is about protecting everyone’s constitutional right to due process (unless you’re Brett Kavanaugh). This is one of the most fundamental components of our democracy and every American regardless of immigration status should be proud to defend this value.”

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Going after your wallet in the name of climate change: Bloomberg awards grant to Seattle to study traffic congestion pricing

The city of Seattle – like many west coast, progressive run cities – has many, many problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Having not solved those issues with massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving  on to solving climate change seeking another way to steal more taxpayer dollars.

MyNorthwest reports that the Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge has awarded the city a $2.5 million grant to study ways to address climate change. One item the mayor wants to study is traffic congestion pricing.

The mayor said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to see exactly how we would implement it, how we would put up the cameras to catch people, how you would charge, how much you charge, and what we do for equity,” Durkan said Friday. “Because there’s a number of people right now who have to travel into Seattle … because they can’t afford to live here anymore. It’s tied to affordability.”

Of course the mayor has no idea when the traffic congestion pricing program would be implemented. Guess she’s got plenty of time to burn through a $2.5 million grant.

The end goal, of course, is twofold: Get more of your money and force you to change your behaviors. From the report: “The pricing would establish tolls to drive on select Seattle streets, perhaps with differing charges depending on the time. The aim is to discourage people from driving cars around town as the population grows.

The mayor also said, “If you look across the globe, those cities that have implemented congestion pricing have had the greatest success on getting people out of vehicles and reducing vehicles in the city,” she said. “It’s had another huge, very important benefit. That’s a health benefit. The number of asthma cases in children have dropped precipitously in those areas where they’ve actually had congestion pricing.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest story here.

Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And they knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected demorat Jenny Durkan in 2017.

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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The Chicago Way: Bill Daley to enter Chicago’s mayoral race

Not the solution to Chicago’s corruption…

If anyone can fix the demorat corruption in Chicago, it’s certainly a Daley 🙂

Bill Daley is the youngest child of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (1955 to 1976) and his brother Richard M. Daley is was mayor of Chiraq from 1989 to 2011. His father and brother were part of the Chicago political machine for over 40 years.

Bill served as the White House Chief of Staff to Obama from January 2011 to January 2012. He also served as US Secretary of Commerce from 1997 to 2000 under Bill Clinton. He’s well-versed with the demorat political machine.

Chicago has a long history of political corruption and has been under demorat “leadership” since 1931. That’s 87 years of failed leadership.

During the demorat’s reign, the city has developed many, many, many problems. Here’s a few of them:

  • Gun Violence: We all know how bad the gun violence is in Chiraq because their violent crime rate is higher than the US average. Chicago was responsible for nearly half of 2016’s increase in homicides in the US, though the nation’s crime rates remain near historic lows. In 2017, Chicago’s homicides outnumbered US military casualties 18:1.
  • Police Corruption: In January 2017, the DOJ announced that it had found reasonable cause that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) engaged in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.  The department found that CPD officers’ practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force.
  • City Budget Deficit: This summer, Chicago faced a nearly $98 million gap in its upcoming operating budget.
  • Pension Deficit: The city has $28 billion in underfunded contributions it owes to its pension systems. The city is considering borrowing $10 billion on bonds to pay for what they can’t afford. That’s liberal logic for you.

Does anyone really believe that electing another Daley will help Chicago solve the multiple crises they face?

MyFoxChicago reports that Bill Daley will announce soon that he plans to enter the mayor’s race. There are more than a dozen candidates running for mayor and Rahm isn’t one of them.

Good luck Chicago…you’re going to need it!

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SF Mayor commits $100 million to modular housing factory, predicts savings of $50,000 per unit

Mayor London Breed: Taking a $100 million risk with taxpayer dollars

Like many west coast, progressive run cities, San Francisco has a homeless crisis. The city has doubled the amount of taxpayer money they spend on the crisis and as of 2017 there were almost 7,500 homeless citizens.

The homeless are allowed to defecate and urinate on the streets and also use drugs. I’ve chronicled the many problems on the streets of San Francisco. See the following posts:

Yesterday Mayor London Breed announced that taxpayers will be committed to spending $100 million to attract a modular housing factory to build more affordable housing. See her press release here.

Excerpts from her press release:

  • Mayor London N. Breed today announced a commitment of $100 million in City taxpayer funding to purchase affordable housing made using modular construction built in San Francisco. The commitment represents the first production order for a new modular housing facility that will be built in the City in partnership with the San Francisco Building Trades.
  • The City selected the international design firm Nelson Worldwide to conduct a feasibility study for a new modular housing factory on Port-controlled industrial lands. Nelson Worldwide has already started conducting stakeholder meetings, data collection, and analysis necessary to support a future facility to determine capital investment requirements, operational and staffing goals, and supply and demand targets. The second phase of the feasibility study, expected to be completed by the end of year, will develop the business plan for the future factory.
  • “We are in a housing crisis and the reality is we need to produce affordable housing much quicker than we currently do, or we will continue to see displacement of our low and middle-income communities,” said Mayor Breed. “By building a modular housing factory in our own backyard, we can create housing faster and more cost-effectively, while also creating great union jobs in partnership with our labor leaders.”

Whenever government utters the words “cost-effective” and “union jobs” in the same sentence, I question what they have been smoking.

Anyhow, the good mayor left some details out of her press release that I came across in the SF Chronicle story. For example:

  • The city does not know at this time who will run the facility.
  • The mayor hopes the city’s promise to buy modular homes will entice an operator to open a facility.
  • The modular housing manufacturer won’t be providing any homes for YEARS.
  • The city is hoping that modular homes could bring down construction costs by 10 percent as technology improves.
  • Of the total cost for a modular home and land (up to $800,000), city taxpayers fund approximately $350,000 per unit after grants and other funding sources.
  • The mayor thinks the city can shave $50,000 off the cost of each unit.
  • The city is estimating that the $100 million will provide around 400 apartment units.

Read the SF Chronicle article here.

There’s quite a bit of “hopes,” “thinks,” and “estimates” in this taxpayer-funded project.

I think it’s cute that the mayor can make a prediction of cost savings per unit when the feasibility study isn’t even complete. Is she an expert in predicting future construction costs and real estate market values?

I understand a long-term solution is desirable yet question just how competently a progressive, government-run project can effectively solve any issue. One thing I know for sure, that union endorsement is going to pay off for the Teamsters.

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Atlanta mayor orders release of ICE detainees

The good mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, took office in January 2018. Prior to becoming mayor she served on the city council.

Like most unhinged liberals, she has a serious case of TDS. That means she’s putting illegal aliens above the law and potentially endangering the lives of American citizens.

Way to stick it to Trump!

From Fox13: On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order transferring all remaining U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees out of the city jail and declaring that Atlanta will no longer hold anyone for the federal agency.

The Democratic mayor’s move follows a separate executive order from June that blocked the jail from taking in any new ICE detainees amid enforcement of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy on the Southwest border, which split up many immigrant families. Bottoms has vigorously objected to that federal policy.

“Atlanta will no longer be complicit in a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the horrific fallout,” Bottoms told reporters moments before signing her executive order. “As the birthplace of the civil rights movement we are called to be better than this.”

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Republican nominee for governor, criticized the mayor’s move in a statement he released Thursday afternoon. “The City of Atlanta should focus on cleaning up corruption and stopping crime — not creating more of it,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, commended Botttoms’ “efforts to combat the impact of the administration’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy. Anyone who stands against keeping families together lacks any kind of moral compass.”

The mayor signed her executive order on the same day the Trump administration moved to withdraw from a 1997 consent decree — nicknamed the “Flores settlement” – that limits the government’s ability to detain immigrant children. The proposed rule change would allow the government to detain immigrant children with their parents for longer than 20 days. Federal officials said they would ensure the children are “treated with dignity, respect and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors.”

“Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement Thursday. “This rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress.”

Immigrant rights advocates blasted the Trump administration’s move.

“It is sickening to see the United States government looking for ways to jail more children for longer,” Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said. “That’s the complete opposite of what we should be doing — and it’s yet another example of the Trump administration’s hostility toward immigrants resulting in a policy incompatible with the most basic human values.”

More from their story:

An ICE spokesman confirmed the five that were remaining in the jail would be moved out by the end of Thursday. He declined to identify them or their native countries or give any details about their immigration records, citing his agency’s privacy policies.

The city, the mayor added, has entered into a partnership with Uber and a pair of Catholic and Lutheran charities, which will provide free rides and meals to immigrant families that have been separated on the Southwest border and reunited in Atlanta.”

Read the whole story here.

Here’s what the mayor tweeted about releasing illegal aliens:

“Atlanta has permanently ended its acceptance of ICE detainees and will immediately transfer all those remaining out of our City jail. We will not be complicit in an immigration policy that intentionally inflicts misery on vulnerable populations.”

Elections have consequences.

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Brooklyn council member wants to freeze ICE out of city business

TDS-infected Carlos Menchacca

Demorats Against Citizens of America.

From NY Post: A Brooklyn councilman is pushing a bill that would prohibit the city from contracting business with entities enforcing federal immigration laws.

The City Council’s Immigration Committee on Thursday will hold a hearing on the bill introduced by its chairman, Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca.

The councilman introduced the measure in response to the Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigrants, but sources said even the left-leaning de Blasio administration has some reservations.

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, is expected to testify.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, said the administration “support[s] the goal” of the bill but is “working with the Council to figure out how best to achieve it without affecting our city’s security.”

He declined to specify how security could be affected by the bill.

The legislation, if approved, would apply to existing and future contracts and prohibit the city from providing “goods or … services” in exchange for payments “to entities engaged in immigration enforcement.”

City lawyers are reviewing which current contracts fall under the bill. One that would be affected is a $112,000 contract NYPD has with ICE through February 2020, which allows the federal agency access to a police firing range, city official said.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he’s reviewing the legislation and is “looking forward to the hearing.”

“One thing I already know is that ICE has no place in our city ripping immigrant families apart,” he said.

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Portland Burgerville employees wear “Abolish ICE” buttons while at work; management caves to their demands

Burgerville Workers Union photo

Burgerville is a restaurant chain headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with 47 locations throughout Washington and Oregon.

The workers formed the Burgerville Workers Union in April 2016 which the company opposed. According to Wikipedia, in 2018, the workers of one Burgerville restaurant in southeast Portland voted 18-4 in an NLRB-administered election to form a labor union; the vote compels the company to officially recognize the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) and to collectively bargain with it. The BVWU is the only fast food union in the United States with federal recognition.

Now some union employees are taking a vocal political stance while working in private company uniforms.

Oregon Live reports that ten employees wore “Abolish ICE” and “No One Is Illegal” buttons last month while on the job at a Portland Burgerville location. They were told to remove their buttons while at work, refused to do so and were then sent home because they were in violation of company policy.

The next day, the company caved and allowed the employees to continue with their political pandering and even gave them pay for the time they were sent home.

A spokesman for the BVWU said the following: “We see the workplace as a central realm for combating white supremacy and anti-immigrant sentiment.”

The company is not pleased with this public display of personal political opinions at their private company. Yet the union workers continue with their antics. Oregon Live describes how employees have worn buttons with “messages opposed to fascism, police brutality and the Trump administration’s immigration policies.”

The workers don’t care that it makes customers uncomfortable. A spokesman for the company says that the feedback they’ve received indicates customers don’t want to see personal or political messages while they eat. Duh, they just want a burger and fries.

The company then formalized their policy and prohibited political buttons. But that didn’t stop the ten employees from wearing their political buttons. So then Burgerville put that new policy on hold.

Imagine being so infected with TDS that you purposely break a company policy and make customers feel uncomfortable all so you can feel better about your own political stance. Progressives are such bullies.

Read the whole Oregon Live story here.

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Good riddance: Rahm Emanuel won’t seek third-term as mayor

The people of Chiraq might have a chance to turn their city around…

USA Today reports that Emanuel won’t seek a third-term as mayor of Chicago, which was a surprise announcement.

Emanuel said, “As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I have decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime. You hire us to get things done – and pass the torch when we’ve done our best to do what you hired us to do.”

More from USA Today:

With Chicago enduring daunting levels of gun violence, a $36 billion public worker pension crisis and discontent in some corners of the city’s African-American population with his leadership, polls showed Emanuel faced a difficult, but not insurmountable, path to re-election.

A poll commissioned by one of Emanuel’s campaign backers and published last month showed that the mayor had backing of about 32 percent of voters in the crowded field – and a 19-point lead over his closest competitor, former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, but not enough to face avoid a runoff. The poll was conducted by New York-based Global Strategy Group. Emanuel also raised more than $10 million for the re-election effort.”

The announcement came on the eve of a police shooting trail (of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald) that has plagued his second term. Emanuel fought to keep the video of the police incident from the public yet a judge ordered it made public in November 2015.

From Chicago Tribune:

“Jury selection is scheduled to start Wednesday in the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot the knife-wielding teen 16 times in October 2014. Lawyers at the trial, which is poised to draw non-stop local media coverage and national attention, could spend weeks poring over the white officer’s decision to empty his magazine into the African-American 17-year-old, shooting him several times as he laid on the street.

Van Dyke’s lawyers are expected to argue self-defense.

Despite Emanuel’s exit, the McDonald shooting could still loom over the 2019 election, as the scandal shaped the careers of several contenders in the populous field. Candidates include Garry McCarthy, the former police superintendent Emanuel fired as the controversy deepened, and Lori Lightfoot, the former Chicago Police Board president who has played a central role in the administration’s police reform efforts.

In his remarks Tuesday morning, Emanuel largely focused on personal reasons for leaving office and did not directly address the McDonald scandal. His spokesman, Adam Collins, said the upcoming trial was not a factor in the decision.”

I’m guessing Emanuel saw the writing on the wall that Chicagoans want a new leader. Here’s hoping they elect one who can address the many, many problems which plague that progressive-run city.

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