Menendez: Too much focus on Canada

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“The focus on the southern boundary with Mexico has left our northern border even more open to attack than ever.”

“Americans appear to fret little about those lightly patrolled 3,987 miles on the Canadian border from Atlantic to Pacific. Our border with Canada is twice as long as the border with Mexico.”

“Solidifying the porous northern border should be a priority for the Department of Homeland Security. And yet, as of 2007, far fewer than ten percent of the fourteen thousand U.S. agents were patrolling the Canadian border.”

(Source: Senator Bob Menendez, author of “Growing American Roots”)

While Senator “South Park Bob” Menendez was focused on the threat to the United States posed by Canada, an illegal alien sex offender became an intern in the Senator’s office. This is what happens when you watch too much television. You start to think that comedy is reality.

Don’t believe me? Then try matching up the talking points of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or any of its glorious state affiliates with the Daily Show or Letterman. You will soon be wondering which follows which. We are the United States of Comedy and we are all going to yuck it up and vote accordingly right up until Iran gets that nuke or North Korea uses it. But don’t worry, keep laughing, we have a few years yet. Maybe.

Back to Menendez, the erstwhile Senator from New Jersey who, when he isn’t being accused of something by a couple of hookers is getting into trouble over the illegal immigrant who happens to be a sex offender who he uses as a staff intern. The story is picked-up by that key organ of the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” (Hillary hallucinating again?) called the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.

A Homeland Security spokesman, Peter Boogaard, said Wednesday that it was “categorically false” that the department delayed the arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, 18, until after the election.

Sanchez, an immigrant from Peru, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez’s immigration case.

Boogaard said in a statement that ICE followed standard procedures working with local prosecutors before taking what he described as appropriate enforcement action.

Menendez, D-N.J., who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected in November with 58 percent of the vote.

This isn’t the first time a Menendez intern has turned out to be a criminal.

I guess this puts that 58 percent win over State Senator Joe Kyrillos in perspective: Menendez stole the election because the voters were not allowed to know the truth.

Online jail records did not indicate whether Sanchez has an attorney. Sanchez declined to be interviewed from jail.

The prosecutor’s office in Hudson County, N.J., said Sanchez was found to have violated the law in 2010 and subsequently required to register as a sex offender. The exact charge was unclear because Sanchez was prosecuted as a juvenile and those court records are not publicly accessible. The prosecutor’s office confirmed to AP that Sanchez registered as a sex offender, although his name does not appear on the public registry. The acting county prosecutor, Gaetano Gregory, is a Republican.

It figures. Why is it that there is always some weak-kneed Republican too scared to do the right thing? Who appointed this guy?

Authorities in Hudson County notified ICE agents in early October that they suspected Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender and who may be eligible to be deported. ICE agents in New Jersey notified superiors at the Homeland Security Department because they considered it a potentially high profile arrest, and DHS instructed them not to arrest Sanchez until after the November election, one U.S. official told the AP. ICE officials complained that the delay was inappropriate, but DHS directed them several times not to act, the official said.

It was not immediately clear why federal immigration authorities would not have been notified sooner about Sanchez’s status.

During discussions about when and where to arrest Sanchez, the U.S. reviewed Sanchez’s application for permission to stay in the country as part of President Barack Obama’s policy to allow up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get permission to work for up to two years. As a sex offender, he would not have been eligible. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, notified Sanchez of that shortly before his arrest, one official said.

Menendez said the arrest spoke to the need for comprehensive immigration reform that brings illegal immigrants out of the shadows.

Memo to Senator Numbskull: They are “out of the shadows” and in your office. How much more out of the shadows do you want them, the White House?

During the final weeks of President George W. Bush’s administration, ICE was criticized for delaying the arrest of President Barack Obama’s aunt, who had ignored an immigration judge’s order to leave the country several years earlier after her asylum claim was denied. She subsequently won the right to stay in the United States after an earlier deportation order, and there was no evidence of involvement by the White House.

In that case, the Homeland Security Department had imposed an unusual directive days before the 2008 election requiring high-level approval before federal agents nationwide could arrest fugitive immigrants including Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father. The directive from ICE expressed concerns about “negative media or congressional interest,” according to a copy of that directive obtained by AP. The department lifted the immigration order weeks later.

Oh yes, George W. Bush. Him again. That’s who the “progressive” wing of the GOP wants to emulate when it comes to issues like illegal immigration. They want to go back to the future.

Trouble is, we’ve seen the movie and none of us will be sticking around for the re-run.

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  1. Andrew says:

    What is wrong with those a**holes over at the NJGOP. I looked for something about this on their website. This is from their homepage:

    PolitickerNJ – Christie to do retail campaigning for Kyrillos in October

    As he continues to campaign outside New Jersey for GOP gubernatorial and congressional candidates, …

    WTF! Get with the program and kick Bobby in the balls!


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