Influx of Dreamers - Hope and Change

  • Obama administration’s release of illegal immigrants unlawful, audit finds

    Washington Times By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Obama administration violated the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants last February, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that blamed the problem on poor planning and bad leadership from Washington. Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress about the releases, initially blaming the looming budget Read More
  • The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif., John Hunneman column

    Sept. 06–A decision this week to grant parole to the man convicted of killing six people in a horrific crash near Temecula Valley High School in 1992 is being called outrageous by the attorney who prosecuted the case. The California Parole Board granted the petition of Jesus Sandoval Macias, 38, following a hearing Wednesday. Macias... Read More
  • WSU printmaking professor merges his heritage with art

    Sept. 06–Humberto Saenz uses the art of printmaking to illustrate his Mexican heritage and the conclusions that he has drawn about immigration, which are poignantly communicated through his art. His goal is to make one view the issue in a whole different light. “My art aims to empower the viewer with knowledge about... Read More
  • EDITORIAL: Obama shows how to stop immigration reform

    Sept. 09–We’ve seen many political figures contort their words and parse their actions. Comes with the territory. So we’re not 100 percent shocked by President Barack Obama’s decision to delay taking executive action on immigration. Not shocked, but mystified by his politically self-destructive approach, which... Read More
  • I-5 caravan through Whatcom County honors sacrifice of 9/11

    Sept. 09–A caravan of motorcycles and emergency vehicles — including law-enforcement officers and firefighters from Whatcom County — is heading from Anacortes north to the Canadian border on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11, as part of an international recognition of the terrorist attacks of 2001. The parade to honor... Read More
  • Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson: ‘Worst is over for now’ on border crisis

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday that the “worst is over for now” in the immigration crisis along the southern border as the number of unaccompanied children apprehended entering the United States illegally dropped in August to its lowest level in 1 1/2 years.A total of 3,141 children were detained by Border Patrol... Read More
  • EDITORIAL: Congress, vacation’s over

    Sept. 06–For many of us, September brings renewed optimism and a return to productivity. What does it mean in Washington? Through a summer of political and global crises, we’ve looked for congressional action and presidential involvement — and looked and looked and looked. Certainly we’ve heard a lot, including the... Read More
  • BRIEF: Border Patrol agents arrest two for allegedly crossing border illegally

    Sept. 09–RANGELEY, Maine — Two men were arrested on Sunday for allegedly entering the United States illegally from Quebec, officials said. According to a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol, a 44-year-old man from Lebanon and a 40-year-old man from the United States were arrested around 2:30 p.m. The men’s names... Read More
  • BRIEF: Teen suspected of human smuggling extradited to S.A.

    Sept. 10–SAN ANTONIO — A teenage girl accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase last week while transporting more than a dozen undocumented immigrants is back in San Antonio. Selena Amanda Huitron, 17, faces three counts of aggravated assault of a public servant and one count of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.... Read More
  • On Mexican border, more ‘guards’ increase danger

    The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh News Observer on Tuesday, Sept. 9: ___ Illegal immigration is a growing problem in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas officials say, but there’s another growing problem: a confusing and potentially hazardous influx of multiple kinds of guards and agents and civilian militia members all... Read More
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DHS Pay Reform Fact Sheet

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Compensation Reform Plan

Description of DHS plan:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pay reform plan would substitute Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) for the current system of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pay for all Border Patrol agents. This would eliminate all compensation for work beyond 10 hours a day and force them to work for free.

The DHS plan claims it will achieve uniformity in the current overtime system; however, that is not possible when DHS intends to leave Customs and Border Protection officers under the Customs Officer Pay Reform Act (COPRA).  CBP officers receive COPRA overtime for all hours worked beyond eight hours a day, which doubles their normal pay rate for overtime worked.

Disadvantages of DHS compensation reform plan:

•    Requires Border Patrol agents to work for free beyond ten hours a day.

•    Allows the agency to schedule agents to work an infinite amount of hours for ZERO compensation.

•    Reduces agents’ pay by an average of $7,000 a year (the only group of employees singled out for this sacrifice).

•    Reallocates the so-called savings of $110 million to fund more unnecessary levels of management and increased salaries for each level.

•    Further lowers morale.

NBPC Recommendation to Congress: Demanding that employees work for free is grossly unfair to frontline Border Patrol agents and their families.  All federal law enforcement agents make sacrifices every day to uphold the laws of the United States, however this plan singles out Border Patrol agents asking them to go above and beyond.  To date, 114 agents have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, more than any other federal agency.

On behalf of the 17,000 Border Patrol agents represented by the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), Congress is urged to reject this ill-conceived proposal. The NBPC has developed an alternative plan that saves the government money, reforms the antiquated overtime policy currently used and protects the dedicated men and women of the United States Border Patrol.

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  • Monroe County Sheriff's Office (GA)

    Sep 14, 2014 | 17:08 pm

    Monroe County Sheriff's Office (GA) Deputy Sheriff Michael Norris succumbed to a gunshot he suffered two days earlier when he and another deputy responded to a call of an armed suicidal man at a home...


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