San Francisco Awarding $190,000 To Illegal Immigrant After Reporting Him To Authorities

San Francisco is shelling out almost $200,000 to an illegal immigrant after city employees violated its own sanctuary city law.

Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, a 33-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was the alleged victim of a car theft. Figueroa-Zarceno went to a local police station to report the crime in the hopes of getting his car back. Police officers at Southern Station ran him through the system and discovered that, not only was he living in the country illegally, but that he also had a warrant out for his arrest (though police were not able to find details on the warrant).

Police officers then did something absolutely crazy and inexcusable: they reported Figueroa-Zarceno to immigration authorities. Agents arrested him as he left the station.

Despite doing something completely reasonable, police officers actually violated their own city’s laws. San Francisco is a sanctuary city. Its ordinance, Due Process for All Ordinance, dictates that local police officers are prohibited from cooperating with ICE or any immigration officials – except in cases of violent crimes. Since Figueroa-Zarceno was not involved in a violent crime when he reported his stolen vehicle, police officers violated San Francisco law when they turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Because of this, the El Salvadorian citizen sued the city of San Francisco on January 17… and won big league. The City Attorney’s Office awarded him $190,000 this week.

“It’s really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice,” stated Saira Hussain, the lawyer who represented Figueroa-Zarceno. Many attorneys like her are working hard to make sure San Francisco abides by its sanctuary city law.

An illegal immigrant with an arrest warrant successfully sued a major American city because he was detained by immigration authorities… let that sink in for a moment.

 

 

 

Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig

I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily. I assumed he’d do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny. Good grief. Even CNN’s website declared that the Democrats were the ones blocking Department of Homeland Security Funding.

McConnell behaved as if he needs testosterone injections. His minion in the press want everyone to know the steel in his spine, but it is more silly putty. His friends say other people call McConnell “Darth Vader.” Honestly, I’ve gotten on Lexis-Nexis. The only people ever saying McConnell is Darth Vader are McConnell’s friends. It’s only fitting though because Darth Vader, in control of everything, lost the Death Star twice to a rag tag group of Democrats . . . errrr . . . rebels.

And now Harry Reid has made McConnell his gimp, only letting him out of the cage when Reid points at other Republicans and calls them “Butch.” It is all pathetic. It is also all predictable. McConnell never had any intention of fighting on this. Notice he announced his cave on the day the President vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline legislation hoping everyone would be distracted by that shiny object.

No, we are not distracted. About the only thing lamer than McConnell’s antics is John Cornyn claiming the GOP can cave because one district court judge in Texas has issued an injunction against the President’s amnesty. They must think we are stupid. The last time the GOP had the courts fight their battle for them, Obamacare was found constitutional. The time before that, in a case named after Mitch McConnell, the Court upheld the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act.

Please call your member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and tell him/her to please not act like a Senatorial eunuch and, instead, fight.

And in conclusion, given McConnell’s behavior, I find it deeply ironic the postal code for his state is KY.

President Obama’s Executive Amnesty is Temporarily Haulted

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, as one of his first acts upon taking his job in January, was to file suit against Barack Obama for his executive amnesty.

Joining Texas in the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Over night, a federal district court in Texas enjoined the President from his executive amnesty. In his order, the judge said to let the amnesty go forward only to later find it unconstitutional would be trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

Given the benefits illegal aliens will under the President’s amnesty plan, the judge found it would put both the states and the aliens in a terrible position should the President’s amnesty be undone in court. The court’s order comes just two days before people could start applying under the President’s program.

As a result, temporarily at least, the President’s hand is stayed by a court. I suspect the President’s team will file an emergency appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But, for today, the good guys win. God bless Texas.

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The GOP Emboldened Barack Obama on Cuba

From Wikipedia:

Currently, the Cuban embargo is enforced mainly with six statutes: the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Cuba Assets Control Regulations of 1963, the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, the Helms–Burton Act of 1996, and the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. The Cuban Democracy Act was signed into law in 1992 with the stated purpose of maintaining sanctions on Cuba so long as the Cuban government refuses to move toward “democratization and greater respect for human rights”. In 1996, Congress passed the Helms–Burton Act, which further restricted United States citizens from doing business in or with Cuba, and mandated restrictions on giving public or private assistance to any successor government in Havana unless and until certain claims against the Cuban government are met. In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton expanded the trade embargo even further by also disallowing foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies to trade with Cuba. In 2000, Clinton authorized the sale of “humanitarian” U.S. products to Cuba.

The United States Congress just declared Barack Obama’s actions on amnesty unconstitutional, then promptly funded them.

I said just a few weeks ago that if the congress did that, it would embolden Barack Obama on a host of other foreign and economic policy matters.

Here we are.

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Senate GOP Leaders and Their Pro-Amnesty Pundit Friends Find Harry Reid’s S**t Sandwich Quite Tasty

“A Senate source outside the Cruz and Lee offices with direct knowledge of the behind the scenes conversations tells me, ‘GOP leadership knew Reid was going to file cloture on up to 20 controversial nominations yesterday afternoon before they tried to move CROmnibus votes to monday.’”

The level of butt hurt among pro-amnesty Republicans is staggering. They are savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz94%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard94% and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike Lee96%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard96% in ways the left refrained from savaging Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Elizabeth Warren6%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard6% for her own opposition to the CROmnibus.

Of note, Warren was fighting against corporate cronyism and Cruz and Lee are fighting to stop the President’s Amnesty.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Jeff Flake62%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard62% will be one of the unnamed Senators calling Cruz and Lee’s efforts “unproductive.” Several sources overheard him spinning reporters against Cruz and Lee. Other Republicans, including McConnell, joined in on the act.

And pro-amnesty Republican pundits and press have bought it hook, line, and sinker. Matt Lewis is a good example of what most are saying:

What did Cruz and Lee do? They made objections and dragged out the clock. In the interrim, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11% filed for cloture on nomination votes. Republican critics of Cruz and Lee claim that if they had not fought on amnesty, cloture would not have been filed on the nominations.

This is staggering bullcrap. In other words, Jeff Flake, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mitch McConnell68%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard68%, Matt Lewis, etc. believe Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11%.

Follow along for a basic explanation of what has transpired.

Cloture votes occur in the order they are filed, but after disposition of each bill or nomination that is the subject of the cloture petition.

For example, if Reid files cloture on bill A and bill B, one after the other, cloture on B only occurs after both cloture and passage of A.

Cloture, remember, is the procedure to cut off debate — not a vote on actual passage.

Last night Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11% filed cloture on the CROmnibus.

-Today he is going through procedural votes to file cloture on a number of nominations.

Under Senate rules though, both cloture and final passage of the CROmnibus must occur before the cloture votes on nominations can happen.

Therefore, we will be in the same place by Monday as we would be if Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike Lee96%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard96% hadn’t objected to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11%.

A Senate source outside the Cruz and Lee offices with direct knowledge of the behind the scenes conversations tells me, “GOP leadership knew Reid was going to file cloture on up to 20 controversial nominations yesterday afternoon before they tried to move CROmnibus votes to monday. They told us the process to clear non-controversial nominations had broken down because Reid was going to file cloture on these nominations. So they knew this was going to happen regardless.”

Another Senate source outside the Cruz and Lee offices tells me, “These guys are using Manu (a Politico reporter) as their stenographer. They’re really just pissed they have to work this weekend and that’s it. You can certainly tell who their friends are out in pundit land.”

The Republican leadership is arguing that they might have been able to convince Reid to hold off on these controversial nominations if we played ball on the CROmnibus, but that’s just speculation. The tradeoff last night was for Lee et al to give up their right to offer amendments on the CROmnibus in exchange for the possibility that Reid wouldn’t go through with his nominations, if he was feeling generous.

In Washington, more and more Republicans and their pundit allies have decided poop sandwiches sure are tasty!

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The Beatings (By Obama) Will Continue Until Morale Improves

To state it plainly, our rock stars in the House are under intense pressure to go along with Boehner’s spending bill surrender to Obama.

And despite what you’ve heard, conservatives in the House have the power to stop this Cromnibus – this 1,603-page turd of a bill that funds amnesty, ObamaCare, and a whole buffet of unconstitutional programs. We know they have the power to stop this and they know it as well. But every hammer in GOP leadership’s arsenal is coming down on them right now telling them not to do it.

They are unlikely to use this power because Boehner, McCarthy, Scalise and the neutered RSC (now run by leadership ally Flores) are telling them to be team players, that they have grand plans to fight at some later date. But we’ve seen this movie before, and tomorrow’s fight never comes.

The time to stop Obama’s bullying tactics is now. Despite historic losses at the ballot box, Obama will continue doing whatever he wants because he knows that Boehner and McConnell lack the balls to do anything about it. He will keep defying the law on immigration, health care, IRS, EPA, you name it, because GOP leaders have been feckless for 6 years in stopping him.

But conservatives can take control today. In order to stop this bill, they need to vote against the rule scheduled for later today. In the House, you usually can’t vote on legislation without first voting on a “rule” that dictates how that legislation will be debated. Traditionally, the majority always votes yes for the rule, while the minority always votes no on the rule. So to defeat a rule, and thus, defeat the underlying legislation from even being considered, you only need a few Republicans to take down the rule.

This should be a no-brainer. It should be a lay-up. But it’s not because our rock stars in the House are wavering.

If you vote against the rule, leadership will get mad. They will yell and scream at you, threaten to kick you off committees, and – this has happened before – threaten to fund a challenger to defeat you in your next election.

These playground tactics actually work. Our rock stars are braver than most of the spineless folks in Congress, but they still wring their hands about getting re-elected and getting plush committee assignments.

Washington is a town that breaks people. It breaks their resolve and their commitment to country, duty, and honor. Some people call it “Potomac Fever” but it’s more insidious than a mere fever – it’s a plague.

And unfortunately, we are witnessing – you and me – the breaking of our rock stars. But they can reclaim their courage and become the leaders we know they can be if the act today.

The good news is that there are a few folks, like Reps. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Matt Salmon94%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard94%, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Thomas Massie76%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard76%, and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom McClintock90%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard90%, who recognize GOP leaders for who they are – self-serving snakes who only care about power. I suspect all three of them will vote against the rule today. And I bet they even vote against Boehner for Speaker early next year. They deserve our admiration and public support.

But our other heroes, our rock stars, they will likely break under the pressure.

We’ve got a country to save, and they are the only ones who can save it. Maybe there’s a chance I’m wrong. Maybe these rock stars will summon the courage and oppose the rule. I’ll be the first one to congratulate them if they do.

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Why Republicans Must Oppose the Rule on the CRomnibus

If Republicans who oppose the actual CRomnibus vote in favor of the rule, it will make it to the floor and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A can cut all sorts of deals with Democrats to ensure its passage.

If a Republican opposes the continuing resolution, s/he must oppose the rule.

Call your congressman and tell him to oppose the rule on the CRomnibus. Use our call center to make it easy.

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This is not complicated

According to the latest Fox News poll, 68% of Americans are concerned the President has exceeded his constitutional authority in his executive amnesty scheme. The President himself said it would unconstitutional before he did it.

Republicans members of congress agree. They too say the President’s actions are unconstitutional. They swore an oath to uphold, protect, and defend the constitution.

Therefore, should they fund the President’s unconstitutional actions they will be violating their oath to the constitution.

This is not complicated. The Republicans in the House of Representatives will either honor their oath of office or they will not. It is not hard.

Likewise, Republicans agreed in 2010 that thousand page pieces of legislation should have seventy-two hours of public spotlight. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A is now rushing a 1,600 page bill to the floor sight unseen.

It is not hard. They will either honor what they previously told the American public or they will behave like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi9%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9%. It is not complicated.

Finally, Republicans claim to be for smaller government, but their continuing resolution piles on pork, increases spending, and expands the power of Washington. Either the GOP will oppose it or the GOP will admit they are not committed to limited government. It is not complicated.

Republicans in Washington will either honor the truth and their oath of office or they will admit to being liars willing to fund an unconstitutional scheme. There really is no middle ground or gray area on this point.

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