Caldwell: A Pilgrim’s or Pirate’s Life for Thee? Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day we give thanks for the family and friends around us, the freedoms our nation provides us and the ability to choose between the moral and the right vs. the evil and the sleaze.  Sadly, as the headlines show, too many in power abuse it.

“Our values, mores, and customs as a society serve as the bedrock for human relations, our justice system, and even international relations.  Where do these values come from?  Here in America, our identity was originally modeled in the image of the pilgrims, the puritans, and our founding fathers who framed the religious, historical and cultural underpinnings of our nation.  To what degree do we still resemble our heritage?

To the degree we replace our heritage with a subjective standard, will we not simply become a nation of pirates floating in a sea of relativism, lost souls sailing off the world’s end?”

My good friend Andy Caldwell makes an important point.  We either stand on a solid foundation of morality and freedom, or we lose everything.  How do you stand?

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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A Pilgrim’s or Pirate’s Life for Thee?

Andy Caldwell, Santa Barbara News-Press

 

This is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving, a custom which originated with the Pilgrims.

As fate would have it, the passengers aboard the Mayflower were authorized to settle on the Hudson River but through force of circumstances they instead landed in Cape Cod.  While still on board, a mutiny of sorts began to form.  The substance of the discord had to do with a challenge to any authority once they landed because they were outside the jurisdiction of the Virginia company that had been granted the charter for the settlement.  Fortunately, instead of a mutiny, the Mayflower Compact was signed in the presence of God and one another committing the new settlers to a civil body politic in order to preserve and further the goals of the colonists for their collective well-being.  In essence, they formed a covenant to submit to laws and ordinances yet to be determined.  How could they have the confidence to do so?

We used to speak of the value of having a moral compass, a unique concept in this day and age.  The word moral in this phrase obviously speaks to that which helps guides one’s behavior and decision-making abilities based upon virtues.  But, what about the word compass?  By definition, a compass is a tool whose value lies in the fact that it only points in one direction, true north, implying a standard and objective set of what is right and what is wrong.  This speaks to what our founding fathers referred to as self-evident truths, that which cannot be denied by honest and rational beings.

Today, most historical standards of right and wrong, good and bad, are being tossed in favor of subjective, situational ethics and the shifting sands of pop culture.  In other words, collectively we no longer possess a moral compass pointing us all in one direction.  Instead, whatever is expedient and self-serving has become the new standard euphemistically speaking because a standard that is extremely subjective is no standard at all.

It reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass and lessons learned in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.  Captain Jack’s compass did not point north, instead it pointed to the thing you want most in this world.  That might work for a pirate but it does not work for a society or civilization that must move in the same direction to maintain cohesion, unity and civility.

Our values, mores, and customs as a society serve as the bedrock for human relations, our justice system, and even international relations.  Where do these values come from?  Here in America, our identity was originally modeled in the image of the pilgrims, the puritans, and our founding fathers who framed the religious, historical and cultural underpinnings of our nation.  To what degree do we still resemble our heritage?

To the degree we replace our heritage with a subjective standard, will we not simply become a nation of pirates floating in a sea of relativism, lost souls sailing off the world’s end?

 

 

 

Robin William as the American Flag–MUST SEE

On Sunday an Oakland Raider stood up for the Mexican national Anthem in a Mexico City NFL game.  Then he sat down for the United States National Anthem.  Mexico a land of cartels, corrupt governments, massive human rights violations was the nation he supported—not the freedom of the U.S.

Please share this video with your email list of friends and family.  Robin Williams “plays” being the American flag—while funny, the message he gives is serious.  Toward the end he kneels and explains why this is wrong—of course this was done more than thirty years ago…for a radical Left Wing organization.  Still his spot is a powerful message about why American is great.

Share this as we give Thanks for living in the best country in Gods green earth, as a talk show host ends his broadcasts—Michael Medvin.

Photo courtesy Fabi Fliervoet, flickr

Photo courtesy Fabi Fliervoet, flickr

Robin William as the American Flag

 

Our flag has been in the news a lot lately.  Please watch this amazing video of Robin Williams impersonating it.  The man was a genius and he was just 31 when he made this video.  It’s about three minutes long, but I don’t think you will ever see anything like this or as creative as this again.  His presentation and comments are particularly germane today and I hope you’ll enjoy and appreciate his perspective on our flag.  Please share this….

Note: Robin “takes a knee”

Robin Williams as the American Flag

 

 

Fifth SEIU Official Ousted After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

We have the Hollywood predators, the Sacramento and Washington predators—then we have the media predators.  Now another category—the union sexual predators.  The SEIU known for its harassment of workers, violence, extortion and blackmail have added a new category of sleaze—sexual predator.

“Pedro Malave was first fired from a local Boston-area SEIU chapter in 2014, only to be later rehired at two other local chapters in California, the labor website Payday Report reported last week. Politico‘s Morning Shift newsletter flagged the report on Monday and confirmed that the locals dismissed Malave after they learned of his past alleged conduct.

In the summer of 2014, the Boston-area 32BJ SEIU Local 615 investigated Malave, then the assistant director, after a co-worker, Daria Alladio, accused him of sexual assault. She alleged that, in 2008, Malave stuck his hand up her skirt and “put his hand in-between her butt cheeks,” according to the Payday Report, and then awoke one night in April 2014 to discover Malave masturbating against her check.

Education has the dancing of the lemons, sending bad teachers to another school.  Now we find that the SEIU does the same—if you are a predator in Boston, get shipped to California—especially since we have so many, maybe your rimes will not be noticed.

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Fifth SEIU Official Ousted After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

BY: Alex Griswold, Washington Free Beacon,  11/20/17

Another official at the Service Employees International Union has been ousted following accusations of sexual assault.

Pedro Malave was first fired from a local Boston-area SEIU chapter in 2014, only to be later rehired at two other local chapters in California, the labor website Payday Report reported last week. Politico‘s Morning Shift newsletter flagged the report on Monday and confirmed that the locals dismissed Malave after they learned of his past alleged conduct.

In the summer of 2014, the Boston-area 32BJ SEIU Local 615 investigated Malave, then the assistant director, after a co-worker, Daria Alladio, accused him of sexual assault. She alleged that, in 2008, Malave stuck his hand up her skirt and “put his hand in-between her butt cheeks,” according to the Payday Report, and then awoke one night in April 2014 to discover Malave masturbating against her check.

Two California locals then hired Malave in management roles. He first worked as an organizer with SEIU United Healthcare Workers West and then as a regional field coordinator for a separate local, SEIU United Service Workers West.

The union said it was unaware of the allegations against Malave until last week.

When informed of Malave’s past accusations following the Payday Report story, SEIU United Service Workers West parted ways with Malave.

SEIU USWW has zero tolerance for sexual harassment or sexual violence, and had we had prior knowledge of any misconduct or harassment allegations against Mr. Malave, we would never have hired him,” USWW spokesperson Stephen Boardman said in a statement.

A union official told Politico‘s Morning Shift that SEIU locals, which are separately incorporated, have no centralized system to share records and each have their own human resources departments.

Malave’s firing follows the departure of four other top SEIU officials. Last month, SEIU executive vice president Scott Courtney, one of the top labor figures in the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign, resigned from the union after seven people told BuzzFeed News that he had engaged in sexual harassment. SEIU president Mary Kay Henry had first suspended Courtney based on preliminary information from an internal investigation before his resignation.

In the span of a few weeks, SEIU Chicago leader Caleb Jennings resigned, deputy organizing director Kendall Fells resigned, and Detroit leader Mark Raleigh was fired over similar charges of sexual harassment. All three men were key leaders in the Fight for $15 campaign.

 

Sand: Unaccountable Public Schools

How does California get its government schools to improve?  All they have to do in Sacramento is change the standards and criteria and a failed school is a C or B school—just that easy.

“Alarm bells sounded when the 2017 standardized test results in California were announced. They revealed that about 50 percent of schoolchildren can’t read at grade level. The news was especially dismal for black schoolchildren—almost 70 percent failed to read at grade level. When all the data were crunched, the outcomes revealed that, because of the poor test results, many school districts were deep in the red zone. But instead of acknowledging those schools’ failure, the State Board of Education simply decided to move a bunch of schools out of the lowest category. The board brushed aside criticism, referring to the lowering of standards as “a technical matter,” and the change was approved unanimously.”

Any wonder no one cares that LAUSD gave diploma’s to 45% of its graduates that had a “D” average—they are functional illiterates—but the District looks “good” by giving out the diplomas.  Maybe a lawsuits by some of the failed students will catch the attention of the scammers that run LAUSD—obviously that are not real educators.

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Unaccountable Public Schools

California keeps changing the standards of measurement to obscure declining performance.

Larry Sand, City Journal,  11/20/17

 

Educational bureaucrats complain that charter and private schools are “unaccountable.” But in reality, no institution in America is less accountable than unionized, government-run school systems. Virtually no one gets fired when they do a poor job, and when Johnny can’t read, it’s not because he wasn’t taught well, but rather because funding was insufficient, class sizes were too big, poverty was overwhelming—or Betsy DeVos was making everything worse. And when the public schools are shown not to be living up to their promises, the educrats move the goalposts to disguise their shortcomings.

The latest example of this pattern is unfolding right now. The California School Dashboard is a comprehensive rating tool to assess educational performance. Schools, districts, and various student subgroups get placed into five color-coded categories ranging from red (bottom performers) to blue (best performers) on how students fare on the state’s annual standardized test, along with other measures including graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and college readiness. If a district places in the red on two or more of these metrics, the county offices of education are called in for assistance.

Alarm bells sounded when the 2017 standardized test results in California were announced. They revealed that about 50 percent of schoolchildren can’t read at grade level. The news was especially dismal for black schoolchildren—almost 70 percent failed to read at grade level. When all the data were crunched, the outcomes revealed that, because of the poor test results, many school districts were deep in the red zone. But instead of acknowledging those schools’ failure, the State Board of Education simply decided to move a bunch of schools out of the lowest category. The board brushed aside criticism, referring to the lowering of standards as “a technical matter,” and the change was approved unanimously.

This brazen ploy is the latest in a series of similar efforts by the Golden State education establishment. Just last month, we officially said goodbye to the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), which the state legislature eliminated in 2015 because too many kids couldn’t pass it. The English–language component of the test addressed state content standards through tenth grade, and the math part of the exam covered state standards only as far as grades six and seven and Algebra I. Worse, the legislators chose to give diplomas retroactively, going back to 2006, to students who had passed their coursework but failed the test.

Some cities have used their own methods to lower standards. In 2015, the Los Angeles school board decided to roll back graduation requirements, allowing students to pass A-G courses (classes that are required for college entrance) with a “D” instead of a “C.” If that wasn’t enough, in Los Angeles and elsewhere, students who are destined not to graduate high school get to take “credit-recovery” classes. Some are effective, but many are devoid of meaningful content. Students often complete them in a few hours or over a weekend. Due to the courses, the graduation rate in L.A. zoomed from a projected 54 percent to 77 percent in 2016 within a few months. Referring to the higher graduation rates, L.A. School Superintendent Michelle King had the chutzpah to proclaim that she is proud “of the heroic efforts by our teachers, counselors, parents, administrators and classified staff who rally around our students every day.” King’s comments aside, is it any wonder that three quarters of California community college students and over 40 percent of California State university system students need remediation?

In San Francisco, only 19 percent of black students passed the state test in reading, yet the school board and union colluded to give teachers in the lowest performing school district in the state a 16 percent across the board pay increase. In a statement, San Francisco Superintendent of Schools Vincent Matthews said that the agreement was made as part of the district’s “ongoing commitment to attracting and retaining talented educators.

While San Francisco undoubtedly has some wonderful teachers, they do not deserve a raise en masse. We do not need credit-recovery classes. We should not have eliminated the CAHSEE. We don’t need the state board fiddling with the new dashboard because the results were poor. And as the Freedom Project’s Alex Newman points out, we also don’t need more “tax money, smaller class sizes, more LGBT sensitivity training, more interventions, more amphetamines, more dumbed-down ‘standards,’ or bigger government.”

What kids really need is basic reading instruction with a strong emphasis on phonics, which has served kids well for generations and would continue to do so, if we let it. But if we continue to stroll blissfully down Unaccountability Lane, adopting educational fads and eliminating standards, millions of young Americans will grow up to be functionally illiterate, with dismal future prospects. This is beyond shameful. School boards, administrators, and teachers must be held accountable for the failing systems they run.

Larry Sand, a retired teacher, is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network and a contributor to City Journal’s book, The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It.

 

Investigating U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff…

Washington Democrats are filled with scandal—Obama giving amnesty to illegal aliens, against the law.  Franken and Conyers abusing women—and the Clintons!!  They are a full scale crime spree—using the office of Secretary of State to give American unanimous to gangsters and thieves related to Putin.  Add the office of Presidential wannabbe Senator Kamala Harris, formerly Willie Browns main squeeze.

“Tracking bureaucratic details about Barankin’s final year at the California Department of Justice reveals important, ethical challenges.

The story starts with a questionable severance payment made to Barankin. Issues regarding the legality of his role as communications director for Harris’ Senate campaign are raised – and left unanswered by Harris. As for where the story ends, well – it’s not over yet.

Three days after Harris was sworn in to the Senate, the Department of Justice gave Barankin a $116,905 “cash-out” check to cover his unused annual leave. The payment substantially exceeded the cap on the amount of annual leave that managerial employees are allowed to accumulate under the California Code of Regulations.”

Crooks?  Progressive hypocrites?  Getting every dime, and more, from the taxpayers.  Harris needs to get the money returned and to fire her money grubbing Chief of Staff.

Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes, flickr

Investigating U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff…

By Peter Byrne, American Consequences,  11/20/17

On January 3, Kamala Harris was sworn in as U.S. Senator from California by then-Vice President Joe Biden. The C-SPAN tape of the ceremony shows her chief of staff, Nathan Barankin, beaming in the background.

The day before her swearing-in was Harris’ last day serving as the attorney general of California. It was also Barankin’s last day as chief deputy attorney general of California.

Why does this matter?

Tracking bureaucratic details about Barankin’s final year at the California Department of Justice reveals important, ethical challenges.

The story starts with a questionable severance payment made to Barankin. Issues regarding the legality of his role as communications director for Harris’ Senate campaign are raised – and left unanswered by Harris. As for where the story ends, well – it’s not over yet.

Three days after Harris was sworn in to the Senate, the Department of Justice gave Barankin a $116,905 “cash-out” check to cover his unused annual leave. The payment substantially exceeded the cap on the amount of annual leave that managerial employees are allowed to accumulate under the California Code of Regulations.

According to public records, in 2016, Barankin’s monthly pay averaged about $14,000. His cash-out covered 155 days of unused annual leave. But California regulations prohibit managers from accumulating more than 102 days of annual leave.

When the leave balance exceeds the cap, the employee is required to take time off, said Lynda Gledhill, a spokesperson for the state agency that oversees employee benefits. A cash-out for unused leave cannot typically be for more than the cap. The reason for capping the amount of accumulated leave is twofold: The state requires employees to take vacations as a matter of emotional health… And cash-outs for more than the capped amounts are taken out of operating funds, messing up the budget.

The Department of Justice acknowledged that Barankin was credited for more leave than is allowed by the regulations. In fact, Barankin’s cash-out exceeded the limit by 53 days – translating into $37,000.

Barankin did not respond to queries about whether he used his annual-leave benefits to work as the communications director of Harris’ senatorial campaign during 2016.

According to an expert consulted for this story, if Barankin did not use annual leave to work with the campaign, he may have fallen afoul of laws prohibiting state employees from working on campaigns during normal working hours, which, if it occurred with any pattern of regularity, could evoke criminal and civil penalties – at the discretion of the Department of Justice.

After Harris was elected attorney general in 2011, she chose Barankin to manage the department’s 5,000 employees. He had previously worked as a communications director for former state attorney general Bill Lockyer.

During Harris’ 2016 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Barankin served as her campaign communications director, according to information provided by her campaign headquarters during the primary election season.

In late February 2016, I telephoned the press office at the Harris campaign headquarters in Los Angeles. I wanted the candidate to review the findings of an investigative story about a purported breast cancer epidemic in California.

I spoke with the campaign’s digital director, Mariah Craven, who told me that all press questions were being handled by Barankin at the attorney general’s office. Barankin did not return messages that I left on his phone at the department, but I persevered.

On March 8, 2016, Craven, who had worked as Attorney General Harris’ press secretary in 2015, e-mailed me using a campaign e-mail address, “I sent your request [for an interview with Harris] to the communications staff in the office of the Attorney General. If they’re able to set something up, they will reach out to you directly.”

Aware that Craven may have crossed the statutory firewall that compels the separation of the operations of the campaign and the attorney general’s office, I wrote back, “This is a campaign issue, not an attorney general issue. Please provide the contact information for the director of communications for the campaign, so I may speak with him/her directly.”

Craven referred me to nathan@kamalaharris.org – Barankin’s campaign e-mail address. Clearly, he was working for the campaign and was supposedly accessible during normal business hours.

In a written response to my request for the Department of Justice’s authorization for Barankin to work on the Harris campaign, Becerra stated, “Mr. Barankin did not work on [Harris’] senatorial campaign.”

After I presented Becerra with evidence that Barankin did work on the campaign, he responded, “The DOJ has no records of what he may or may not have been doing on his own time.”

According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), on December 14, 2016, Harris’ Senate campaign reimbursed Barankin $2,194 for “primary” campaign travel expenses. The reimbursed items are not clearly delineated, but they appear to include $1,532 for the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. and a series of Uber rides. In March 2017, the Harris campaign reimbursed Barankin $54 for an undisclosed travel expense attributed to the primary campaign. (Harris won the primary election in June 2016 and the general election in November 2016.)

Federal election records do not reveal the dates of Barankin’s trip to Washington. The Holiday Inn Capitol is not expensive by corporate-lobbyist standards. At $100 a night, he could have stayed for two weeks. The records do not reveal what Barankin was doing on behalf of the primary campaign. Nor do they reveal if he took a leave of absence from his job as a deputy attorney general while working for the campaign.

There is no FEC record of Barankin being paid a salary by the campaign… Presumably, he volunteered his time. Did Barankin perform volunteer work for the campaign and travel on its dime while he was being paid by the Department of Justice to do his job?

According to attorney Julie H. Biggs, who is an expert in California public agency law, state legal codes prohibit officials from participating in political-campaign activities during working hours or on state property or using state office equipment, including computers and telephones.

Biggs, who is a partner at Aleshire & Wynder in Riverside, California, said, “If Barankin was volunteering his time with the Harris campaign during normal business hours that would certainly be a misuse, and potentially a misappropriation, of public funds.”

Those actions could give rise to criminal and civil actions under California laws, should law enforcers choose to investigate, Biggs explained.

Biggs observed that answering an occasional e-mail from a campaign worker would slip under the normal-working-hours prohibition as “incidental and minimal,” but engaging in campaign business beyond rare events is not allowed by government codes.

The Department of Justice is charged with enforcing these codes.

Typically, the role of a campaign communications director is a strategic position. The director oversees the media and press operations, which is normally an around-the-clock job. Neither Harris’ press office nor Barankin responded to multiple requests by telephone and e-mail to clarify whether or not he performed campaign work during normal business hours at the Department of Justice. Surely, the public has a right to know.

Peter Byrne combines investigative reporting with science writing. He wrote a feature profile on Kamala Harris – The Kamala Contradiction – last month in American Consequences. Kamala remains at the top of the list of likely Democratic presidential candidates in 2020.

Peter’s reporting has been recognized by Investigative Reporters & Editors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society of Professional Journalists. His books on strange physics, medical fraud, and political corruption are critically acclaimed. Based in Northern California, his work can be found at

 

Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

The City of Hayward wants Federal funds from the Department of Justice.  Yet, at the same time does not want to certify that it is abiding by Federal rules for the money or that they are turning over illegal aliens to ICE.  They want money—like a scam artist, they will take it and do as they want, not as agreed.

“A U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.

Although Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted last week to approve receipt of DOJ Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding, its direction for neither the city manager or city attorney to sign the required certification, which includes a commitment by the city to work and share data with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, may result in the grant being forfeited.”
Maybe the money can go to a Texas town, which obeys the law and follows the Rules—obviously Hayward has no problem protecting and defending the next illegal alien killer of someone like Steinle or a rapist.  Hopefully the citizens of Hayward are able to protect themselves s from the criminals and the criminal government.

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Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

By Steven Tavares, East Bay Citizen,  11/20/17

A U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.

Although Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted last week to approve receipt of DOJ Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding, its direction for neither the city manager or city attorney to sign the required certification, which includes a commitment by the city to work and share data with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, may result in the grant being forfeited.

Hayward Councilmember Sara Lamnin included the prohibition against signing the certification in the motion last Tuesday if it runs in opposition to its sanctuary city status. In response, City Manager Kelly McAdoo warned, “Just to be perfectly honest with the council, that might jeopardize the grant award.”

The certification is new wrinkle to the federal grant program instituted only this year by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Federal JAG funds are distributed through county sheriff’s departments. Alameda County’s total share for Fiscal Year 2017 is $774,808, with Hayward slated to receive $42,491.

The Alameda County Sheriff plans again to apply for 2018 JAG funds, but according to Hayward city staff, its decision Tuesday night could adversely affect its chances for future grant awards.

Alameda and San Leandro, two East Bay cities that also declared sanctuary status earlier this spring, declined to sign the DOJ’s certification letter.

For deported dad from Moreno Valley–Whining He Got Caught and Punished

A man came into this country illegally.  The Obama Administration did not care, so they allowed him a card to stay in the country—but the card had to be renewed every year.  The Trump Administration does not give amnesty.  So, when Ramon Ruiz went to the ICE office in San Bernardino for the continuation of his amnesty—he got a BIG surprise—they sent him back home!  This is a lesson for others asking the Trump Administration to approve of the Obama amnesty—it will not.  You will see lots of stories like this in the media.

It’s been more than five months since Ruiz, 36, was deported. He was sent back to Mexico in May, just hours after he went to San Bernardino’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to interview for a green card that would have granted him permanent residency.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said he was denied permanent residency because he had been caught attempting to cross the border illegally nearly two decades ago. Immigration officials also said Ruiz had applied for the green card using a fake name. Ruiz says that’s not true, that he used his real name.

Every day Ruiz broke the law—now the Trump folks are enforcing the law.  What do you think?  How about just ending the issuance of the card to allow illegal aliens to stay in the country?

Sanctuary city

For deported dad from Moreno Valley

 

By Alejandra Molina, The Press-Enterprise. 11/19/17

 

From Calle Alisos in Ensenada, Mexico, the city’s marina can be seen glistening in the thin sunlight that illuminates a towering Carnival cruise ship.

It’s a view that Ramon Ruiz Ortiz can easily see from his roof, but it’s not one he often relishes.

For Ruiz, it’s hard to embrace Ensenada, a coastal tourist town, when the home he longs for is in Moreno Valley.

It’s been more than five months since Ruiz, 36, was deported. He was sent back to Mexico in May, just hours after he went to San Bernardino’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to interview for a green card that would have granted him permanent residency.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said he was denied permanent residency because he had been caught attempting to cross the border illegally nearly two decades ago. Immigration officials also said Ruiz had applied for the green card using a fake name. Ruiz says that’s not true, that he used his real name.

Ruiz’s case is one that Southern California immigration advocates signaled as a shift in enforcement. He was an undocumented immigrant with no criminal record who was deported when his application to adjust his legal status was denied. Previously, people who did not qualify were just denied, not deported.

Riverside Attorney Hadley Bajramovic, who represents the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, said that before President Donald Trump was elected, “This would not have happened.”

Bajramovic is Ruiz’s attorney and has looked into legal avenues to bring him back from Mexico.

While he waits, Ruiz is trying to adjust to life in Ensenada where he lives with two brothers. He hopes that maybe somehow he could permanently reunite with his family in the United States.

He left his wife Norma Perez, 42, his daughter Luisa Ruiz, 16, his youngest son Sebastian, 5, and his stepson Erik Silva, back in Moreno Valley.

“It’s something very difficult,” said Ruiz, who was born in the Mexican state of Jalisco. “Being separated from my children, my wife, it’s very hard. It was a drastic change.”

“All the plans we had made … .The future was a lot different from what we are living right now.”

Without their father, the Ruiz family functions differently now.

They no longer live in their Moreno Valley mobile home. Perez sold it because she couldn’t afford rent on her own. Ruiz was the main provider. They now share a home with an uncle.

They see each other a few times a month when Perez drives to Ensenada after work on Saturdays. They spend the night there but drive back home Sunday afternoon. That’s the tough part, Ruiz said, seeing them leave and not having an answer when his youngest asks him, “When are you coming back to Moreno Valley?”

Ruiz now sells used clothes at a nearby swap meet Thursday through Sunday. He makes about $65 a week, a lot less than what he earned at Greatwide Distribution Logistics in Ontario, where he worked for 14 years.

He’s seeing a therapist and taking high school classes at night to help cope with depression and anxiety that began after being deported.

To Ruiz, it’s just not fair.

He thinks back to his deportation. He said he was not allowed to make a phone call to speak with his wife or attorney. He didn’t see a judge. Ruiz said an immigration official didn’t explain documents presented to him, which were in English. He said he doesn’t fully understand how to read or write in English.

“The way they did it was just very unjust,” he said. “They didn’t give me an opportunity to do anything.”

False name?

Ruiz’s application to register for permanent residency was denied because he was deported or removed from the U.S. at or near San Ysidro back in 1999, according to a U.S. document.

On top of that, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said Ruiz attempted to fraudulently obtain lawful permanent residence under an assumed name.

Ruiz and Bajramovic say that’s not true. Ruiz admitted that in 1999 he did give an alias when he was removed from the border, but when he returned to the U.S. he used his real name.

Additionally, the document detailing why Ruiz’s application to register for permanent residence was denied, refers to him as Ramon Ruiz Ortiz, his real name, he and his family said. Bajramovic provided scanned copies of identification documents, including Ruiz’s Mexican passport and birth certificate along with his U.S. Social Security card and Riverside County wedding certificate.

Bajramovic’s office has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to get records of Ruiz’s 1999 apprehension from Customs and Border Protection and to access details from ICE of his recent deportation.

Bajramovic is waiting for those records to see what steps she can take. She also has met with the ICE agent who handled Ruiz’s removal.

Bajramovic said the agent said he likely would have not deported him had he known he had U.S. citizen children and a wife who is a legal permanent resident.

“The officer later told me that if he knew of all of the positive equities in Ramon’s case … he would have put him in a supervision plan and would not have deported him,” Bajramovic said.

To Ruiz’s mother, Margarita Ortiz, 66, this is heartbreaking.

She lives in Moreno Valley and visits her son in Mexico whenever possible. Ortiz remembers coming in one day during a visit and seeing her son and granddaughter embracing and crying before she was heading back home to Moreno Valley.

“I ask myself why did this happen to him?” she said. “He doesn’t deserve this.”

“What I hope now is for the people in power in the United States to see this case and forgive him, if he committed an error, and take him back to his family,” she said.

 

Maxine Waters to women: John Conyers ‘has impeccable integrity on our issues’ (as he abuses women)

Maxine Waters wants to “Impeach 45”.  This is a women that used her office to help her husband get money from the Treasury to prop up his bank, Waters loves all “womens” issues—even to the point of killing female babies as a convenience.  She wants to prto4ect women from evil men—except when it comes to her buddy, the long time sexual predator, Democrat Congressman John Conyers—who used his office account to pay off a women he abused.

““You know, there is a member of Congress who has been supportive of women for many, many, many years,” said in a keynote address to the Women’s Convention Sojourner Truth Luncheon in Detroit.

“He is quiet, he is confident, he is powerful, but he has impeccable integrity on all of our issues. Give John Conyers a big round of applause.” C-SPAN captured her comments and those of others who spoke at the event.

In her address she rallied women. “We are reclaiming our time,” said the outspoken Trump critic.

She knew what he was doing—yet she supports him.  What a hypocrite—she is as abusive to women, born and unborn as Conyers and Franken.  Shame on us for putting up with this.

Congressional Black Caucus Holds Press Conference On Stimulus Bill

Maxine Waters to women: John Conyers ‘has impeccable integrity on our issues’

by Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner,  11/21/17

Rep. John Conyers, newly facing sexual misconduct charges from former aides, was praised by fellow Rep. Maxine Waters just last month as a champion of women.

During an address to organizers of the national Women’s March in which she lashed out at “rape culture” and President Trump, she singled out the Michigan lawmaker for special attention.

“You know, there is a member of Congress who has been supportive of women for many, many, many years,” said in a keynote address to the Women’s Convention Sojourner Truth Luncheon in Detroit.

“He is quiet, he is confident, he is powerful, but he has impeccable integrity on all of our issues. Give John Conyers a big round of applause.” C-SPAN captured her comments and those of others who spoke at the event.

In her address she rallied women. “We are reclaiming our time,” said the outspoken Trump critic.

“We’re speaking to women who are single mothers, women who work two and three jobs making minimum wage or less, women who have been exploited, harassed, or taken advantage of in their personal and professional lives,” said Waters, adding:

“I just want to take time to focus on something that I think we need to focus on right now. It is very fortuitous that we are gathered here this afternoon in Detroit as we continue to recognize a record number of women who are boldly coming forward to reveal disturbing and grotesque acts of sexual harassment, assault and rape, often times at the hands of men who believed they were too rich and too powerful to ever be confronted or held accountable.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist

SB 231: Raising Taxes WITHOUT a Vote of the People

As is typical of Democrats Senator Bob Hertzberg LOVES taxes.  He introduced a bill to put a sales tax on your attorney and CPA—and anything else that is not currently covered by the sales tax law.  He wanted to raise tens of billions each year on this new tax.  Like a Democrat he really isn’t into the people voting on taxes.

“It is critical as we move forward with this clarification, that implementation, be deliberate, thoughtful and far from any claims of overreach or abuse. In the meantime, I am hopeful that communities that elect property related stormwater management fees will finally have the opportunity to cost-effectively capture free rainwater, augment critical water supplies, as well as protect properties and businesses from flooding and pollution.

This new law presents an opportunity, in spite of fierce opposition, for a justifiable and legal path to accomplish our shared goals of stormwater management.

Yup, he opposes the idea of voters approving or disapproving taxes in regard to stormwater—so SB 231, which is now law, means a corrupt, mismanaged or incompetent water district or city council can vote for high new taxes—and you have nothing to say about it—expect to Recall those that stole from you in the name of government.

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If We Do This Right: SB 231 and Rainwater

Senator Robert Hertzberg, California State Association of Counties,  11/14/17

CSAC supported SB 231 and Governor Brown signed it into law in October of this year. Click here for our letter of support.

I have spent years studying how California can augment reliance on local water supplies, as concern over the drought reverberated statewide in communities I visited. As Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, I have committed myself to tackling the tough issues that will allow us to use and reuse free rainwater and decrease our dependence on costly imported water.

As you know, local governments must get voter approval to raise taxes with a few exceptions. Those exceptions include fees for essential services such as “sewer, water and refuse collection.” In spite of the fact that existing laws define “sewer” to include both sanitary and stormwater services, which is also how it is defined in almost any dictionary, a single court decision in 2002 ruled against a stormwater fee pursued by the City of Salinas. Senate Bill 231 provides much-needed clarification from the Legislature, by providing a definition for “sewer” in line with other statutes, court opinions, and dictionary definitions to include stormwater as well as a contemporaneous interpretation within Proposition 218.

Please click here for a recorded webinar about SB 231

I anticipate any implementation of SB 231 to be litigated and opponents will challenge any fee in court. While I do not think that cities or counties should shy away from these challenges, we must all approach them with care and forethought. We must continue to work together to ensure that we build upon our success in the legislature with success in the courts. I will be publishing a podcast in conjunction with the Water Foundation and others, to organize and provide additional technical assistance for affected local governments.

It is critical as we move forward with this clarification, that implementation, be deliberate, thoughtful and far from any claims of overreach or abuse. In the meantime, I am hopeful that communities that elect property related stormwater management fees will finally have the opportunity to cost-effectively capture free rainwater, augment critical water supplies, as well as protect properties and businesses from flooding and pollution.

This new law presents an opportunity, in spite of fierce opposition, for a justifiable and legal path to accomplish our shared goals of stormwater management.

I look forward to seeing how you move our communities forward in water reliability.

 

US Ending Temporary Permits for Almost 60,000 Haitians

Barack Obama gave hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens amnesty.  He allowed tens of thousands more to stay here after their temporary visa’s end.  In the case of those from Haiti—they have been here since 2010-11—on temporary visa’s.  Now President Trump has given these folks another 19 months to stay here before being sent home.

“The Trump administration announced late Monday night that  it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation in 2010.

In a follow-up statement released in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Homeland Security Department said conditions on the ground in Haiti have improved significantly over the past 8 years, so the temporary residency program is no longer needed.

It will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home, the administration said.”

The good news is that Trump, unlike Obama, enforces our nations law.  Remember Obama brought in tens of thousands of unvetted “young” people into the U.S. unaccompanied—now we find out many were MS-13 gangsters.  Glad to see the President is protecting us and enforcing our laws.

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US Ending Temporary Permits for Almost 60,000 Haitians

DAN MCCUE, Courthousenews,  11/21/17

(CN) — The Trump administration announced late Monday night that  it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation in 2010.

In a follow-up statement released in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Homeland Security Department said conditions on the ground in Haiti have improved significantly over the past 8 years, so the temporary residency program is no longer needed.

It will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home, the administration said..

“Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent,” the department’s said i. “Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens.”

Advocates for the Haitian community in the U.S. and members of Congress from both parties had asked the Trump administration for an 18-month extension of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status. Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s government also requested the extension.

And there was some reason to expect they would get it. Haitians living in South Florida came out in large numbers for President Trump on election day, many critical of the Clinton Foundation’s efforts in Haiti since the earthquake and hoping Trump would do more to speed the island’s recovery.

Those who had hoped for an 18-month extension of the program were quick to criticize the Trump administration’s move Tuesday morning.

Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, said forcing the Haitian refuges to leave the United States would be “detrimental.”

“Almost eight years later, Haiti remains in total disarray and still requires much rebuilding,” he said.

Amanda Baran, policy consultant at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, called the termination of the status a “heartless decision” and said the Trump administration has no plan in place for the U.S.-born children who may now lose their Haitian parents and caregivers to deportation.

While Haiti has made advances spurred by international aid since the quake, it remains one of the poorest nations in the world. More than 2.5 million people, roughly a quarter of the population, live on less than $1.23 a day, which authorities there consider extreme poverty.

The Homeland Security Department made its announcement 60 days before temporary status for the Haitians is set to expire. In May, the agency extended the program for only six months instead of the customary 18, and urged Haitians under the program to get their affairs in order and prepare to go home.

The temporary status covers some 435,000 people from nine countries ravaged by natural disasters or war, who came to the U.S. legally or otherwise. Days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010, President Barack Obama granted the 18-month protection status for Haitians in America who would otherwise have had to go home. Obama renewed it every time it ran out.

Since taking office, Trump has ended temporary permit programs for Sudan and Nicaragua. He postponed until next July a decision on how to deal with a similar program for 86,000 residents from Honduras.