CNN poll confirms: Most Americans believe their government is a threat to their welfare

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken – though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.


US citizenship and naturalization of offspring: Department of State Passport Bulletin 96-18


United States Department of State Passport Bulletin 96-18. This bulletin confirms that the Department of State holds a different interpretation than the Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding Derivative Citizenship. Derivative Citizenship refers to U.S. citizenship that a child may derive after birth through the naturalization of a parent or parents. The reason it is important is because thousand of people are being deported from the US by the INS based on a claim that they are not US Citizens when in fact they had unknowingly derived US citizenship through the naturalization of a parent or parents. The likely audience is the thousands of people in the US in deportation proceedings or trying to prove their citizenship. Verification: the document will have the Passport Services officers who wrote and received the Passport Bulletin at the time of its writing. Many of these people are now immigration attorneys that can be found via a quick Google of their name. The event that determines this document needs to be published urgently is the passing of Child Citizenship Act – this act loosens the requirements for derivative citizenship for people born after 2001, but also makes the standards used by people born before 2001 prove US citizenship much harder. Ultimately, the USCIS (United States Citizen and Immigration Service) uses different standards then the US Department of State to allow people to prove US citizenship. A person can prove US Citizenship in 2 ways: apply for a US Passport from the Department may apply for a US Passport from the US Department of State (which uses the lighter standard of proof) or file for a Certificate of Naturalization from the USCIS that uses a much heavier standard of proof. This Passport Bulletin gives regular people the “inside scoop”.
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Federal/State/Local Immigration Law Enforcement Partnerships

ICE Announces Standardized 287(g) Agreements With 67 State and Local Law Enforcement Partners

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has just announced that it will continue with its partnership agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies which tasks these agencies with helping to enforce federal immigration law enforcement efforts across the country. The Obama Administration had previously suspended this program, commonly referred to as 287(g), in the wake of intense criticism including allegations of racial profiling and discrimination and concerns as to whether state and local law enforcement of federal immigration law was even legal under U.S. law. According to ICE, these partnerships promote public safety and constitute an important ‘force multiplier’ for ICE operations in the U.S. In addition, ICE states that these new standardized guidelines will ensure consistent and uniform policies for these activities. Here are some additional resources on the 287(g) program:

Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder

Heritage Foundation Web Memo

Private company plans illegal-immigrant prison in Adelanto

ADELANTO • A private prison operator has plans to build a 2,200-bed detention center that holds illegal immigrants on 51 acres near two other local prisons.

The Adelanto City Council will decide on Wednesday whether to approve the GEO Group Inc.’s development plan and conditional use permit to construct a new correctional facility on the northeast corner of Raccoon Avenue and Rancho Road.

But the proposed facility also hinges on GEO Group winning a federal contract from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart.

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ICE performs undercover operations with help from satellite tracking devices

[ Note: The firm mentioned, Eastcor Engineering, is listed with the phone number (410) 820-5521.  This number is also listed to David Jackson, Jen McMaster and George Vojtech, all at the same address. ]

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of the Department of Homeland Security is planning to award a $39,800 sole source contract to a small Maryland engineering company to provide 10 “satellite data recorder trackers,” for its undercover operations, but the tight-lipped agency says, “Public disclosure of the nature and purpose of this requirement could jeopardize ICE officers in the execution of their investigative duties.”

In a “Justification and Approval” document it released on September 15, ICE explains why it decided to award a sole source contract to Eastcor Engineering LLC, of Easton, MD, a young company with only a handful of employees, but specifically did not explain how the 10 satellite data recorder trackers would be used or what types of data they would be monitoring.

Eastcor Engineering also does business as Advanced Technology Solutions, or ATS, which is also based in Easton, MD, says the ICE notice.

“ATS is a leading supplier of tracking systems for Government and military use in gathering vital intelligence to support their operations in combating terrorism, organized crime and undercover operations,” says ICE.

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Report: Top anti-drug official was ’secret ally of drug lords’

DEA says key ICE official sold info about informants, ran Panamanian cocaine to Spain via US ports

Richard Padilla Cramer, a 26-year veteran anti-drug official, is behind bars, arrested after officials accused him of directing a massive cocaine shipment to Spain via the United States, and selling important information in law enforcement databases to a vicious Mexican drug cartel.

In other words, Cramer, a key Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who worked in Guadalajara and Nogales, Arizona, was allegedly “a secret ally of drug lords,” reported The Los Angeles Times.

“The suspected criminal activity that Richard Padilla Cramer has been charged with occurred in 2007 while he was working as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a criminal complaint issued on Aug. 28 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami,” noted The Arizona Star.

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DHS Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced two new directives aimed at improving oversight for searches of computers and electronic decides at U.S. entry ports. This is viewed as an important move to support DHS efforts to “combat transnational crime and terrorism while protecting privacy and civil liberties.”

“The new directives address the circumstances under which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can conduct border searches of electronic media—consistent with the Department’s Constitutional authority to search other sensitive non-electronic materials, such as briefcases, backpacks and notebooks, at U.S. borders.” The CBP directive can be found here, while the ICE directive can be found here. DHS today also released this Privacy Impact Assessment for the new guidelines on border searches of electronic devices in order to enhance public understanding of these new procedures and controls used by DHS.