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    Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’

    Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’

    January 24, 2014 - 4:17 PM

    By Penny Starr
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke on Jan. 24, 2014 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.
    (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

    (CNSNews.com) – Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.”

    “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows,” said Johnson, in what he remarked was one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief in December.

    “It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans,” he said, “to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country--many of whom came here as children--to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”

    Johnson, who had earlier served as general counsel for the Department of Defense under Obama from 2009 to 2012, told the more than 270 mayors in attendance that enforcing immigration law was one of the main missions of DHS.

    “The five core missions of the Department of Homeland Security are guarding against terrorism, securing our borders, enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, safeguarding cyberspace and critical infrastructure in partnership with the private sector, and supporting emergency preparedness and response efforts at every level,” Johnson said.

    Then he concluded his remarks by calling for “comprehensive, common sense, immigration reform.”

    “Common sense immigration reform is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, businesses, and if the polls (are) to be believed, the majority of the American people,” Johnson said. “Border security is inseparable from homeland security.”

    “And border security must and should be part of comprehensive immigration reform – protecting our borders, securing our ports, promoting the lawful flow of trade and travel through our ports to cities and other communities,” he said.

    Johnson touted the alleged improvement in border security over the last four years and said comprehensive immigration reform also would increase that security.

    “Comprehensive immigration reform would also promote a more effective and efficient system for enforcing our immigration laws, and should include an earned path to citizenship for the approximately 11-and-a-half-million undocumented immigrants present in this country, something like 86% of whom have been here almost 10 years,” Johnson said.

    “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows, to be accountable, to participate in the American experience, the American society,” he said.

    “It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans,” said Johnson. “To offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country – many of whom who came here as children – to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”

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    “comprehensive, common sense, immigration reform.”=amnesty

    What do citizens deserve who worked there entire lives following the rules, no crimes, no welfare, all legal,
    I get it we deserve to pay for those who did not follow the rules.

    Liberals don't understand what common sense is.
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    Seems like quite a contradiction to say one of their main missions is to enforce immigration laws while saying illegals have their right to be citizens. What a bunch of empty hot air!
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    Homeland security chief: Illegal immigrants 'earned' right to be citizens

    January 25, 2014
    Joe Newby
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    On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the United States Conference of Mayors the 11 million or so illegal immigrants in the country have earned the right to be citizens, CNS News reported.

    “An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows,” he said.

    “It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans,” he added, “to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country--many of whom came here as children--to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”

    Johnson also said enforcing immigration law is one of the main missions of his agency.

    “The five core missions of the Department of Homeland Security are guarding against terrorism, securing our borders, enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, safeguarding cyberspace and critical infrastructure in partnership with the private sector, and supporting emergency preparedness and response efforts at every level,” he said before calling for "comprehensive, common sense, immigration reform."

    Johnson told the 270 mayors present that providing a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally is a matter of homeland security in order to encourage them to "come out of the shadows," a favorite sound bite used by those who support amnesty.

    One reader at CNS wondered if bank robbers have also earned the right to rob, or if prostitutes have earned the right to ply their trade.

    CNS said Friday's speech was one of the first Johnson has made since becoming the new DHS chief in December.

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    New DHS secretary says illegals 'earned the right to be citizens'

    January 25, 2014
    Rick Moran
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    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has some interesting views about illegal aliens.

    CNS reports on a speech Johnson gave to the US Conference of Mayors - itself, a notorious group supporting "sanctuary cities.":

    Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have "earned the right to be citizens."

    "An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows," said Johnson, in what he remarked was one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief in December.

    "It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans," he said, "to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who've earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country--many of whom came here as children--to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens."


    Wha? The overwhelming majority of us don't need the "opportunity" to "become American citizens" because we were born here (or legally entered the country and naturalized) and are already citizens. Methinks Mr. Johnson is taking that empathy thing a little to far.

    "An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows, to be accountable, to participate in the American experience, the American society," he said.

    Most illegals live openly in the US, sending their kids to public schools, getting free health care and food stamps, and generally thumbing their noses at any enforcement efforts. Why we should now, in addition to all that, allow them to become citizens is beyond me.

    There is no doubt that legal immigration is broken and we need to fix it. But a "path to citizenship" for lawbreakers shouldn't be part of the deal.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/..._citizens.html
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    HHS fires back at Issa's perjury threat

    January 22, 2014, 07:38 pm HHS fires back at Issa's perjury threat

    By Jonathan Easley




    The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday returned fire at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) over his threat to investigate HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for “false and misleading” testimony to Congress.
    In a letter obtained exclusively by The Hill, HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea wrote a measured and clinical point-by-point rebuke of Issa’s charges that the secretary sought to mislead Congress about testing and security issues surrounding HealthCare.gov.
    “You made the very serious charge that the Secretary’s testimony was ‘false and misleading,’” Esquea wrote. “We have reviewed your claims carefully. As explained below, they are not supported by the record and are incorrect.” Caught in the dispute is MITRE Corp., a contractor working to assess security issues with the ObamaCare website.
    Issa contends that documents he obtained and briefings he conducted indicate that, contrary to Sebelius’s testimony, MITRE was not conducting ongoing security testing of the website after the launch, that MITRE raised red flags about the security of the website before the launch, and that HHS ignored a recommendation from MITRE to delay the launch because of security fears.
    Esquea’s letter says that, as Sebelius has testified, security testing of HealthCare.gov is “robust and ongoing.” He cited on-sight security testing and audit reports conducted and released by two contractors between September and December. He also said there is a dedicated security team monitoring the “regular independent security testing” that is “conducted on an ongoing basis.”
    On the second claim, Esquea pointed Issa to MITRE documents the committee obtained that show “there were no high risk findings that remained open” after the September and October audits.
    “All high, moderate, and low risk security risk findings … for the portion that launched October 1 were either fixed, or were addressed by implementing strategies and plans that meet industry standards,” Esquea wrote.
    Issa based his charges on two issues he said a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) official raised, but Esquea said one was proven false and the other was fixed.
    In regards to the claim HHS ignored a “recommendation” from MITRE to not move forward with the launch, Esquea said, as a contractor, MITRE can only report findings. Esquea added that nobody with the authority to make such a recommendation did so.
    Finally, Issa has questioned whether Sebelius told the truth when she testified nobody within HHS or the CMS advised her that the HealthCare.gov launch should be delayed.
    The letter states, while a “variety of scenarios and strategies were discussed during this period,” nobody who had “direct knowledge of and responsibility for the development of the website” advised the secretary to delay the launch because of security and testing concerns.
    The Oversight Committee has heard testimony from two individuals who, Issa says, warned officials the launch should be delayed. However, the letter says one official had no “personal, direct, or detailed knowledge” of the development security of the website, and that the other does not advise Sebelius and put her worries in a letter that was never sent because she believed the issues to be resolved.
    “As the record shows, the Committee’s charges concerning the Secretary’s testimony are incorrect and not supported by the facts,” Esquea continued. “We recognize the Committee’s oversight interest in a full understanding of the development and security of the HealthCare.gov platform, and will continue to cooperate with the Committee in its investigation.”
    Wednesday’s letter is the latest volley in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Issa and Democrats, led by Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (Md.).
    The chairman has accused the administration of obstructing the panel's ObamaCare investigation and ignoring security warnings, while Democrats have accused Issa’s committee of recklessly handling sensitive material and cherry-picking data to intentionally mislead the public.
    Democrats have also accused Republicans of trumping up security fears around the website to keep people away.
    The feud came to a head in early January, when Issa threatened Sebelius with a perjury investigation.
    “Providing false or misleading testimony to Congress is a serious matter,” Issa warned in a letter. “Witnesses who purposely give false or misleading testimony during a Congressional hearing may be subject to criminal liability.”
    Some of Issa's charges against Sebelius stem from MITRE documents. Last year, Issa subpoenaed documents from the company but was furious that the administration only allowed his staffers to review the reports in a secure room, instead of turning over physical copies of the documents.
    Democrats argued the documents contained highly sensitive material that could compromise HealthCare.gov’s security. MITRE said the documents included "software code and other technical information that is highly sensitive and could give hackers a roadmap to compromise the security of the website and the personal information of consumers."
    Democrats said Issa had a history of leaking confidential information in a way that promotes “inaccurate” media coverage and therefore couldn’t be trusted with the documents.
    MITRE ultimately complied with the subpoena, which provoked some of the charges Issa leveled at Sebelius.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/196173-hhs-fires-back-at-issas-perjury-threat

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    Talk about crazy - giving amnesty and work permits to millions of illegals will make income inequality among Americans much worse.





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