Obama launches ‘secret’ new immigration scheme

Asylum seekers such as these could apply for suspension of deportation and receive a work permit under Obama's proposed new rules, which bypass Congress entirely

Asylum seekers such as these could apply for suspension of deportation and receive a work permit under Obama’s proposed new rules, which bypass Congress entirely

In the final hours of 2015 the Obama administration has quietly proposed a host of rule changes that critics say will end up being a bonanza for foreign students and illegal immigrants seeking work in the U.S. while putting a dagger in the hearts of thousands of American workers.

The rules, as proposed by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, make it easier for employers to hire and retain foreign workers who have not yet received their green cards or “lawful protected resident” status.

The U.S. already hands out approximately 1 million green cards per year, but under the proposed changes those foreigners who apply unsuccessfully for a green card can enter the workforce with a temporary work permit.

The proposed changes, all 181 pages of them, showed up in the Federal Register on New Year’s Eve. They would ease regulations that govern the way work permits are handed out to foreign nationals, including some who enter the U.S. illegally or who come on visas that would not allow them to work.

One of the most pernicious of these new rules, according to immigration-watchdog groups, is the treatment of illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. seeking asylum.

Buried on page 113 of the document is a provision that says “Aliens who have properly filed applications for asylum or withholding of deportation or removal” will automatically be eligible to receive a work permit.

Anyone in the U.S. illegally who has filed an application for a suspension of deportation would be allowed to work legally under these new rules.

“Someone could just show up at border, file for asylum, and get a work permit — without even having to meet asylum criteria,” said one congressional aide on Capitol Hill.

Another change buried in the document is a proposal to provide work permits to spouses and children of the foreign workers.

Many of the changes would apply to work permits issued to foreign college-graduates who will compete against Americans primarily for white-collar positions. The new rules, which completely bypass Congress, will make foreign graduates cheaper for U.S. employers to hire than many U.S.-born college grads.

One of the more controversial aspects of the rule changes is a proposed automatic renewal of the work permit for 15 categories of foreign nationals. Several of the categories who would benefit from the automatic renewals include persons who entered the U.S. illegally while others may have come legally as a refugee, asylum seeker or one of the myriad temporary visa programs but have not yet received a green card.

The new rules would vastly increase the number of “employment authorization documents,” commonly referred to as a “work permit,” issued to foreign nationals each year.

The EAD or “work permit” allows a foreign national to work in the United States on a temporary basis, typically for two years although the time-frame can vary, and should not be confused with the more permanent “green card.”

It’s unclear how many foreign nationals would be allowed to stay in the country every year under these new rules who otherwise would be forced to leave, but it could run into the tens of thousands, according to critics.

“It’s theoretically not limited except by the number of applications,” said the congressional aide. “Think of it this way: the Obama administration can approve an unlimited number of green card applications, knowing they are in excess of the cap and going into the ‘backlog’ ‎and then they can give everyone EADs, creating a kind of parallel immigration program.”

And here’s the kicker. The administration has already, since 2009, been granting work permits to people who have merely “applied” for asylum, according to research and reports from Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies. This extends that policy, and formalizes it.

“Because neither lawful permanent residents (green card holders) nor temporary work visa holders need a work permit, this amounts to a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the numerical limits and categories set by Congress,” Vaughan writes. “The huge number of work permits being issued above and beyond these limits inevitably reduces opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.”

Approximately 2.1 million work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or who entered under the Visa Waiver Program between 2009 and the end of 2014. Of these, about 1.4 million (66 percent) had a visa status for which employment is generally prohibited under the law, except in what are supposed to be rare cases, Vaughan reports. For example, more than 548,000 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and 593,000 were issued to foreign students. More than 213,000 were issued to dependents of students and guest workers — all categories in which the law prohibits employment except in rare circumstances.”

The Hill aide said the rule changes amount to semantical chicanery.

“Ask yourself: why would an asylum ‘applicant’ need a new work permit? How long are they going to be allowed to live and work here before they have even been approved?” he said. “And, if rejected, they will obviously never leave. These are eligibility criteria invented by the administration.”

And all of these inventions showed up in the Federal Register while Congress is away from Washington for the holidays.

There is also a national security aspect to the changes not lost on some observers.

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration or ALIPAC, said most of these asylum seekers and college grads given work permits will not be properly screened and the result will be chaos.

“Obama and his socialist billionaire backers like George Soros want to attract and import as many people into America as possible before the end of his term to secure their long-range plans to overthrow the American republic from within,” Gheen told WND. “They want more people with views that are foreign to American principles and our Constitution that are also dependent upon the corrupt federal government for their presence and livelihood here. Obama can do these things because Ryan and his 150 RINOs in Congress are funding, protecting, and facilitating Obama’s betrayals of the Constitution and our citizens.”

The purpose of the changes, as stated by Obama’s DHS, is “to provide additional stability and flexibility to employers and workers” who benefit from the employment-based visa programs by “improving job portability” for foreign workers.


State Dept. breaks judge’s deadline on Hillary emails


Hillary Clinton received a New Year’s Eve gift when the State Department broke a judge’s order to release a batch of emails from her tenure as secretary of state.

Officials are blaming the holiday season for the State Department’s inability to release over 8,000 pages of emails on Thursday.

“We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month,” the State Department said in a statement released Thursday.

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Roughly 5,500 of the Democratic Party presidential front-runner’s emails will be released instead.

The State Department has struggled to live up an order by Judge Rudolph Contreras in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold. Clinton eventually turned over 30,000 emails to the federal government when a congressional probe of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terror attacks in Libya revealed her use of a private email server to conduct official business.

An FBI investigation is underway to determine whether Clinton’s decision to use a private server violated a subsection of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence” in handling government documents. Clinton maintains she did nothing wrong, even though hundreds of documents that passed through the server were classified.

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Extra scrutiny of Clinton’s emails has been fueled by discrepancies between her initial public statements on the Benghazi terror attack and her private messages.

In one email to “Diane Reynolds” on the night of the attack (a pseudonym used by Chelsea Clinton), the former secretary of state wrote, “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaida-like group,” CNN reported Thursday. She then made a public statement linking the attack to outrage over an obscure YouTube video.

Clinton’s public comments came as President Obama was in a re-election campaign making claims al-Qaida was “on the run.”

U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty died during the attacks.

Clinton emails

Clinton privately blamed the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on an al-Qaida-affiliated group.

Ohio Republican Jim Jordan grilled Clinton on her conflicting stories Oct. 22 during the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“Where did the false narrative start? It started with you, Madame Secretary,” Jordan said, Townhall reported.

“I referred to the video that night in a very specific way,” Clinton replied. “I said some have sought to justify the attack because of the video. I used those words deliberately, not to ascribe a motive to every attacker but as a warning to those across the region that there was no justification for further attacks.”

Hillary Clinton Benghazi

The State Department vowed to release more of Clinton’s emails next week to make up for its failure to live up to Contreras’ order.

All of the Democrat front-runner’s emails are scheduled to be released by Jan. 29, 2016.


U.K. government responds to petition to ban Trump

(CNN)The United Kingdom isn’t formally barring Donald Trump from entering its borders — at least not yet.

The British government on Wednesday offered a pointedly inconclusive response to an online citizens’ petition asking that Trump be banned from the country.

In its statement, the government reaffirmed the power of Home Secretary Theresa May to “exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good,” but does not clearly state whether her office would apply that criteria to Trump.


Ben Carson’s 2 top aides quit campaign

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

Two of presidential contender Ben Carson’s top aides quit his campaign Thursday amid reports the former neurosurgeon’s race to the White House has become mired and marked by acrimonious relations with Armstrong Williams, a close confidante of the candidate and columnist for WND.com.

The two who quit: Barry Bennett, campaign manager; and Doug Watts, communications director, NBC News reported.

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“Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately,” Watts said in a statement reported by the news outlet. “We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status. Having just announced raising $23m [million] for the 4th Q[uarter], more than any other Republican candidate, and passing one million contributions and over 600 [million] unique donors since March, we are proud of our efforts for Dr. Carson and we wish him and his campaign the best of luck.”

Carson has stumbled in recent weeks in the polls, from 29 percent in late October, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, to 11 percent this month. And at least one source told NBC News part of the campaign shift is due to problems some staffers experienced with Williams, one of Carson’s closest advisers.

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Specifically, the unnamed source said Williams has been “an ongoing problem since day one,” and recent polls struggles and fundraising challenges can all be considered “self-inflicted wounds created by Armstrong Williams,” NBC News said.

The shakeup isn’t entirely surprising. In addition to the lagging polls, Carson himself hinted at a staff switch in recent interviews, saying he’s been mulling “personnel changes” despite the “100 percent confidence” he still had in his team.


Details emerge on Secret Service car crash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An unlicensed driver trying to pass a car on a snowy New Hampshire road died after crashing head-on into a car carrying four Secret Service agents on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s protective detail, police said Wednesday.

The crash happened shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday in Wakefield, near the Maine state line.

The agents were in a Ford Taurus heading south on Route 16, Wakefield police said. A northbound Mercury Sable with three people inside crossed over a double yellow solid line and hit the agents’ Taurus, police said.


Federal court orders Utah to fund Planned Parenthood

(AP) SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court on Wednesday put an emergency hold on Utah’s move to defund the state Planned Parenthood chapter.

The decision by the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals allows federal money to temporarily keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah while the court considers whether to order a longer hold.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert wants to end $275,000 in contracts with Planned Parenthood for sex education and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.


Jeb blames Obama for Trump’s rise

(MSNBC) Jeb Bush called Donald Trump “a creature of Barack Obama” in the latest example of the former governor’s ever-present frustration with the billionaire businessman during an interview with NPR.
“But for Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s effect would not be nearly as strong as it is,” Bush said.

The comments come as Bush continues his full assault on Trump over the past several weeks questioning everything from his rival’s seriousness to intellectual prowess. However, Bush expressed optimism to NPR that “the emotion of the here and now” with Trump “will subside.”

“The point is that we’re living in this reality TV political environment, where [Trump] fills the space by saying outrageous things [and] then people based on their emotions will express support for the sentiment, not necessarily the specifics, because there’s none and then he’ll backtrack,” he said. “And he’ll move on to the next thing and he fills the space.”


Countdown to open-carry in Texas

(FOX NEWS) Gun rights supporters in Texas counted down the hours, minutes and seconds to New Year’s Day, because when the clock strikes midnight, licensed firearms owners in the Lone Star State can openly carry their handguns in public.

The non-profit group Open Carry Texas, which supports the law, posted a countdown on its website.

Texas already allows openly carrying rifles and shotguns, but has banned having handguns visible since just after the Civil War. On New Year’s Day, it’ll be the 45th and largest state to sanction some form of open carry, with California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina still banning it.


Trump on 2016 race: ‘It’s war’

(NBC NEWS) HILTON HEAD, S.C. — For Donald Trump, the 2016 election is a war – one he’s not planning on losing.

Trump called rival candidates like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush his “enemies” in the war for the White House on Wednesday. “We view this as a war,” he told a packed house here. “Don’t we view this as war? Right? It’s war.”

His latest battle is a war of words with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton after she accused the real estate mogul of sexism. Trump has responded in recent days by rehashing former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities and alleged sexual misconduct, as well as repeating his claim that “nobody respects women more than Donald Trump.”



Obama talks underwear with Jerry Seinfeld

President Obama and Jerry Seinfeld in the White House, during taping of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." (White House, via Twitter)

President Obama and Jerry Seinfeld in the White House, during taping of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” (White House, via Twitter)

President Obama just handed his critics an easy shot by making an appearance with Jerry Seinfeld on the webcast “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and discussing, among other topics, his personal preference in undergarments.

In the full 19-minute video clip, Seinfeld queried Obama on his morning routine, which included shaving first and then exercising, before turning attention to the bustle of the White House and how far the president could walk in his underwear before running into a crowd.

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Seinfeld then asked Obama: “If I slid open your underwear drawer, one brand, or a number of brands?”

And Obama’s response?

“You gotta go with one brand,” he said, adding that he also prefers sticking with just one color of underwear.

A shorter 40-second clip posted on Twitter shows Seinfeld asking Obama: “If I slid open your underwear drawer, one brand, one color?” The video then cuts immediately to the two standing and walking from the kitchen table, while Seinfeld complains his “shoes are squeaking.”

The back-and-forth came on the heels of another Hollywood comedian, David Spade, offering up criticisms of Obama for taking to television too much and degrading the office of the presidency.

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As WND reported, Spade pointed to Obama’s recent appearance on the reality “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” show and said: “I criticized Obama because I thought, you know, a president should have a little more dignity than – I mean, I realize that Woodrow Wilson went on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ once, but what president’s doing reality shows? It just sounds weird to me, you know. It’s just too much.”

And as one Fox & Friends host asked, while discussing the Seinfeld-Obama joint skit: “Do we really want our president doing this” while terrorism and other crucial matters beckon?

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He then asks: “You ready?”

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And Obama, with an annoyed tone, answers: “I got some stuff to do.”

Seinfeld is then seen flopping on the Oval Office couch, slouching, and munching on apples as he asks, “Are these washed?”

At another point in the video, the two admire Seinfeld’s 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe and take it for a drive. They circle the White House grounds, with Obama driving with one hand and ignoring what he refers to as that “whole 10 and 2 thing.”

Obama then points to his own presidential limousine and quips: “[I can] call a nuclear submarine right from here. You don’t have that, do you? It’s a cool feature. Plus it has seat warmers,” the Hollywood Reporter said.

At other moments in the video, Obama joked about Teddy Roosevelt as his favorite president because he seemed “the guy who would be the most fun to hang out with [who] just does crazy stuff,” and about taking gin in the coffee he’s handed from an aide.

“Just a ‘lil, ‘lil gin I take mid-day,” Obama said, while accepting the coffee cup from an aide.

“That gives you a lil zip,” Seinfeld said.