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Voter Referendum Leaders Continue Historic Effort and Court Battle to Bring “In-State Tuition” for Illegal Aliens to Voters on Election Day, 2012

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Washington, DC — October 26, 2011

Update: Oct 26, 2011, 2:31 p.m. – event location changed due to weather forecast

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced it will host a press conference regarding new developments in the MDPetitions.com legal action to ensure voters have the opportunity to consider “tuition benefit” for illegal alien students.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: House of Delegates Building, Judiciary Committee Room #100
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland

The DREAM Act was enacted by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 10, 2011. The law creates a new taxpayer-subsidized public benefit — the ability to pay reduced tuition rates at Maryland community colleges and public higher education institutions — for certain eligible illegal aliens. The petition drive was perhaps the most successful in Maryland history. It collected nearly twice the amount of signatures required by law to put the new benefit to voters in a referendum.The chairman of MDPetitions.com is Maryland Assembly Delegate Neil Parrott of Washington County; Delegate Patrick McDonough of Baltimore and Harford Counties is its honorary chairman.

In a case that could set a national precedent, Florida anchor babies are suing public education officials for making them pay the higher college tuition rate charged to out-of-state students because their parents are in the U.S. illegally.Born in the United States to illegal aliens, the students were required to prove that their parents are in the country legally in order to pay the discounted tuition fee offered to Florida residents at public colleges and universities. Most states offer the same perk, which saves residents a big chunk of change at taxpayer-funded schools.That’s why controversy has erupted recently over states, many of them cash-strapped, that grant the public benefit to illegal immigrants. This case is different, however, because the plaintiffs were actually born in the U.S. Florida has long required students to provide evidence of their parents’ citizenship to get discounted college tuition, even when the kids graduated from a local high school. (more…)

On a mission to narrow the academic achievement gap between minorities and whites, the Obama Administration has ordered the nation’s second-largest public school district to cut back on disciplining black students and develop a special curriculum for those who don’t speak English.The orders come on the heels of a 19-month federal “civil rights investigation” that concludes the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has long failed to provide an equal education to the hundreds of thousands of minorities enrolled in its 730 campuses. How exactly? It’s anybody’s guess since the most transparent administration in history refuses to disclose details of the lengthy probe, which was conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.What we do know is that “English learners” and “African-Americans” are being cheated out of a quality education, according to Obama’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan. So his agency is forcing the LAUSD to make sweeping changes because the systematic failure has resulted in huge academic disparities that have created a sort of civil rights crisis. (more…)

While the Obama Administration downplays violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities in Texas reveal that Mexican drug cartels have transformed parts of the state into a war zone where shootings, beheadings, kidnappings and murders are common.In fact, drug-cartel violence is so severe that Texas counties along the Mexican border are under attack around the clock, according to an alarming report published by the state’s Department of Agriculture. The agency was ordered by the state legislature to conduct an assessment of the impact of illegal activity along the Texas-Mexico border on rural landowners and the agriculture industry.Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples hired two reputable military veterans to conduct the probe. One of them is a retired four-star Army General (Barry McCaffrey) who served as Bill Clinton’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The other, retired Army Major-General Robert Scales, is the former commander of the U.S. Army War College. (more…)

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Washington, DC — October 11, 2011
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced it will host a presentation by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): “The Rule of Law under Attack – from Stealth Amnesty to the Fast and Furious Scandal.” Senator Grassley is Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has a well-earned reputation as a leading Senate watchdog against government waste, fraud, and abuse.
Date Tuesday, October 18
Time 8 a.m. EDT
Location Judicial Watch Inc.*
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Washington, DC 20024

Moderator will be President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton.The event is free of charge and open to the press and the public.Breakfast will be provided.The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. ET for media set-up. Mult box will be available.*Across from NASA headquarters, one block south of Southwest Federal Center Metro station.Join us in Washington, D.C. or watch live online beginning at 8 a.m. EDT at

In a truly astounding case, an illegal immigrant convicted of driving drunk in Wisconsin will have work privileges while he serves an 11-month sentence because the judge never considered the man’s immigration status.That means the illegal alien will be free to go to work while he uses the county jail as a “bed and breakfast”financed by taxpayers, according to Milwaukee’s outraged sheriff.Here’s why. The judge claims that it’s illegal for a circuit judge to ask a defendant whether they are in the U.S. legally or illegally, according to an official court statement quoted in a local newspaper. Therefore, there was no way for the sentencing judge to know that this particular offender is an illegal immigrant, who incidentally, isn’t authorized to work in this country.The shocking case only made news because furious local law enforcement officials made it public this week. They knew that the drunk driver, Armando Rodriguez-Benitez, is an illegal alien and even reported it to federal immigration authorities. In July Rodriguez-Benitez was arrested after driving in the wrong direction on a local highway. Rodriguez-Benitez had crashed into one vehicle and had near collisions with several others.This week Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner sentenced Rodriguez-Benitez to 11 months at the county jail with work-release privileges. The illegal alien faced up to a decade in jail on the charge of recklessly endangering safety and should have been deported immediately, according to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. After all, Rodriguez-Benitez had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and came dangerously close to having a head-on collision during his rampage.In a written statement cited by the paper, Sheriff Clarke asks a logical question: “Why would we let an illegal immigrant out on work release to look for a job he’s not supposed to have? He’s in the country illegally.” The sheriff assures that the illegal immigrant is a flight risk and predicts he will flee as soon as he’s released to work.Incredibly, this marks the third case in Milwaukee this year involving illegal immigrants arrested for driving intoxicated.  In July one of them (Leopoldo Salas-Gayton) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a young mother on New Year’s Day. At his sentencing the illegal alien read a letter in Spanish asking the victim’s family for forgiveness and mercy.Wisconsin has long offered illegal immigrants sanctuary and many local police department’s ban officers from asking about suspects’ immigration status. Last year the state’s capital city, Madison, actually passed anordinance guaranteeing that it won’t enact laws to help curb immigration. Lawmakers said they unanimously approved it because minorities in the area felt that Arizona’s immigration control law would cause backlash all the way in the Badger State.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has for years “grossly understated” statistics to conceal “inherent flaws” in U.S. immigration courts that have allowed more than 1 million removal orders to be ignored and droves of deportable aliens to evade hearings without consequences.In fact, pervasive corruption has long plagued the nation’s immigration court system and the DOJ, which operates them, distorts figures to hide the truth from Congress. The alarming details are outlined in a lengthyreport authored by a former immigration court judge (Mark H. Metcalf) in south Florida, which is considered a hotbed in the scandal-plagued system.The veteran jurist reveals that the nation’s immigration courts are ruled by deception and disorder and are at the heart of a system that nurtures scandal. About 250 overwhelmed judges preside over hundreds of thousands of cases annually and rarely are their deportation orders enforced against aliens who skip court or remain in the U.S. after being removed. In many cases aliens remain free before trial and a chunk of them vanish.Even after the 2001 terrorist attacks, 50% of all aliens who were free pending trial disappeared, according to figures provided in the judge’s report. Between 2005 and 2006 the number of aliens who failed to appear at their court hearing grew to 59%. The DOJ deceptively reported the figure as “only” 39% by combining aliens who were free pending trial with those in custody who were forced by authorities to appear in court. That allowed the so-called bail-jumpers to appear as a smaller part of a bigger overall figure.Additionally, federal statistics analyzed in the probe show that from 1996 through 2009, the United States allowed nearly 2 million aliens to remain free before trial and 770,000 of them – 40 percent of the total – disappeared. This certainly creates a substantial national security threat since it’s unlikely that the feds know the whereabouts of these illegal immigrants.Referring to President Obama’s backdoor amnesty plan, the report also mentions that enforcement of deportation orders is now “nearly non-existent.” Unexecuted removal orders have skyrocketed from 602,000 in 2002 to well over 1 million, according to government statistics cited by the judge. This is even more appalling considering that U.S. immigration courts rule in favor of aliens 60% of the time, the investigation found.As if all this weren’t bad enough, U.S. taxpayers finance the multitude of appeals filed each year by illegal immigrants deported for criminal convictions and fraudulent marriages. From 2000 to 2007 alone, Americans doled out $30 million for aliens’ court costs, according to Metcalf’s findings. A preview of the finished document was released in June and the finished product is jolting enough to merit a congressional investigation.

A few months after Massachusetts’s governor rejected a federal program that checks the immigration status of local arrestees, a drunk illegal alien with a criminal history killed a motorcyclist in the state and another who had been deported racked up his sixth drunk- driving charge.Had the state participated in the federal Secure Communities program, both men would have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation long ago. Instead, they were released by local police and allowed to continue committing crimes in their respective communities.That’s because the state’s governor, renowned open borders advocate Deval Patrick, refuses to participate in the initiative that requires local authorities to check the fingerprints of arrestees against a federal database. The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have fallen through the cracks over the years.Two alarming cases have surfaced in Massachusetts since Patrick officially rejected Secure Communities in June. In Milford, a 15-square-mile town with a population of about 27,000, a drunk illegal immigrant from Ecuador struck and killed a motorcyclist after dragging him a quarter of a mile. The illegal alien had several encounters with local police, but was never reported to federal immigration officials. Milford’s police chief says Secure Communities could have made a difference in this tragic case.In Boxborough, a quaint little town with only 3,300 residents, police arrested a previously deported illegal immigrant on his sixth drunk-driving charge over the weekend. The Mexican national got pulled over when police noticed an expired inspection sticker on his pickup truck as he drove onto an interstate. The officer saw an open beer bottle in the vehicle and detected a strong odor of alcohol, according to a local news report, and the illegal alien failed a sobriety test.It turns out that the illegal immigrant, 48-year-old Eduardo Torres, had been convicted for driving drunk three times in two different states; once in California and twice in Massachusetts. He had also been deported at least once, according to authorities quoted in the local news story. Never the less, Torres lived and worked as a landscaper in Massachusetts for about five years.These are the types of criminals that Governor Patrick, a former Clinton Administration official, is protecting by forbidding local police to participate in Secure Communities. Since getting reelected in 2010 Patrick has madehelping illegal immigrants a cornerstone of his agenda. He even created a special council to help them integrate into society by, among other things, granting illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses and discounted in-state-tuition at public colleges and universities.Reporting illegal immigrants who have been arrested locally to federal authorities for deportation is bad public policy, according to Patrick. “We run a serious risk of ethnic profiling and frankly fracturing incredibly important relationships in communities that are important for law enforcement,” the governor said when he opted out a few months ago.

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