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Nebraska: Illegal immigrant driver’s license scheme brings stiff prison sentence for one man

Posted by nebraskaobserver on July 2, 2008

An Omaha man, Saidjon Ibragimov, pleaded guilty in federal court as part of a national ring to get driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. As the co-leader of the operation, Ibragimov, 22, of Omaha was convicted in federal court in Nebraska for transporting 15 illegal immigrants from New Jersey to Nebraska to purchase licenses, between Nov. 30, 2006, and June 13, 2007. Ibragimov was the fourth and final member of the operation to be convicted in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Ibragimov was charged with bribing a Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles employee in Omaha who told authorities in 2006 about a man who offered to pay her for state driver’s licenses. As it turns out, Ibragimov, a native of Tajikistan, had gotten to know the state worker because he served as a translator at the office.

Investigators said Ibragimov brought people from countries all over the world to Omaha to get illegal licenses and let them stay at his apartment. He gave the DMV agent $4,000 and seven passports, and told the employee he would bring Chinese, Mongolian and Tajik nationals from Chicago and the Nebraska area to the office to obtain licenses. Investigators secretly recorded subsequent conversations between Ibragimov and the DMV employee.

Agents arrested Ibragimov and 14 other people two days after their last taped conversation took place. In addition to the four people convicted in the conspiracy, nine others were charged with fraud and bribery.

At the time of the arrests, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department, which participated in the eight-month investigation, placed detainers on 10. That meant the agency suspected the men were illegally in the country.

Following his time in jail, Ibragimov will serve three years of supervised release.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We don’t see any reference in either story to whether Ibragimov is a citizen or here on a visa. Is supervised release the same as parole?…or code for illegal who is being allowed to remain in U.S. If he is here legally but not a citizen, why isn’t he being deported? Any ideas out there?

See full stories:

Illegal immigrant ID scheme nets prison time

Ten arrested in ID bribery investigation

Journalstar.com ^ | 6-28-2007 | CLARENCE MABIN

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ICE agents arrest 44 illegal immigrants

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 25, 2008

POSTED: 6:53 pm CDT June 25, 2008
UPDATED: 7:19 pm CDT June 25, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. — Immigration agents said they’ve arrested 44 illegal immigrants during a five-day operation in several Nebraska cities.In Lexington, 25 people were arrested, along with 12 in Grand Island, two in Broken Bow and one each in Cozad, Gibbon, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte.A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said arrests were made at homes and businesses in the days leading up to Tuesday.

Of the suspects, 28 were fugitives, meaning they had defied an immigration judge’s final order to leave the country and were targets of the operation. The other 16 were illegal immigrants arrested as agents targeted others.The immigrants are from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador and were being held at county jails throughout Nebraska.

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Five Idiots On the Bench….Or how to turn 4 1/2 months to 10 years

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 16, 2008

EDITORIAL:

Five idiots just gave the green light to half the illegal aliens in the country this morning! The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday, June 16 that someone who is here illegally may withdraw his voluntarily agreement to depart and continue to try to get approval to remain in the United States. See AP story Just for the record AP, Mr. Dada was a “foreign national” when he arrived in the U.S. but when he overstayed his visa, how do you say “illegal alien”. There is a difference!

So this illegal Nigerian alien, Samson Dada, (see it’s not always the illegal Mexican and South Americans aliens) came into the U.S. on a tourist visa and overstayed when it expired in 1998. So ICE has been screwing with him for 10 years? What’s that all about? Then he married an American citizen the following year and began trying to obtain a visa as an immediate relative of a citizen. Oh, by the way, did I mention that it was a “sham” marriage. Dada and his supposedly wife failed to submit the proper papers, immigration officials denied the visa and ordered him to leave the country. He agreed to leave voluntarily, which would have allowed him to re-enter sooner than if deported. This has been in the process with ICE for 10 years? Again, what’s that all about? (Oh, did I repeat myself?)

Sham marriage? Break the law? No problem with these liberals and they did it at the request of the Bush administration! You can be sure the immigration attorneys will be jumping all over this one! This is just another example of the courts overstepping the Constitution and our laws. They all need to be un-benched permanently. See why electing the right leader in this year’s Presidential election is so important! Then again, we have the choice of a Democrat, Socialist and a Communist so who knows what will happen in either case.

Michelle Malkin says “whether Obama or McCain becomes president, I think we can look forward to more of this open-borders activism on the Supreme Court. La Raza, the ACLU, and AILA are high-fiving each other today over the ruling in Dada v. Mukasey (opinion here):” See Michelle’s blog

To see how crazy this whole thing plays out for 10 years and how inept our government bureaucracy and legal system is, I’ve taken the liberty to post the following case analysis from Dr. Bill Long, a lawyer, and have high-lighted some important text. Read full text at Dr. Bill Long’s website.

Bill Long 11/30/07

Docket No. 06-1181; Oral Argument Jan. 7, 2008*

“…Let’s tell the story behind the case and see what your inclinations are. I think if you listen to the facts–and especially see the chronology, you might be rather astounded at it all.

…Mr. Samson Dada, a Nigerian citizen, who applied for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States in 1998. …. When a foreign national with a nonimmigrant visa arrives at the US border, s/he is granted a period of time in which s/he can remain in the country. So, Mr. Dada arrived in the US on April 4, 1998 and could stay until August 31, 1998. But, as so often is the case, he overstayed.

At first, no one did anything about it. But in 1999 he decided to marry to a US citizen. She applied for an I-130 visa for her spouse, which was a way to get him to stay (more) permanently in the US. Normally it takes about 990 days–almost three years to adjudicate an I-130 visa petition. What? Why? I have no idea, but someone ought to try to figure this one out.

finally on February 7, 2003, Homeland Security, which didn’t even exist when they applied for an I-130 visa, denied the visa petition and deemed it “abandoned.” Why? Well, they hadn’t furnished all the right documentation to the immigration officials.

By this time, however, he has been in the country nearly five years after his nonimmigrant visa expired. Fear not. We are just beginning. A year later, on January 4, 2004, Homeland Security decided that Dada ought to be removed…. In any case, if he had a removal order, he has some time to maneuver, to appeal, etc. So on March 17, 2004 the wife again decided to file an I-130 visa petition. Why? Well, if it took Homeland Security 3 1/2 years to get to the first one, you might as well try this again.

But the immigration judge (IJ) denied this petition but did allow Dada to request “voluntary departure” in lieu of removal. This is an important point. You can apply for voluntary departure either during or after your removal proceeding. If you are awarded this, the removal proceeding stops (i.e, they won’t come and get you) and you have either up to 120 or 60 days (depending on whether it was during or after the removal proceeding ended) to leave the country. ….

You wonder sometimes if all of this is a joke, but I am a lawyer and lawyers can’t joke. So, let’s continue. After Dada was granted a request for voluntary departure, he decided to appeal his removal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). This stops the clock on departure. So, the BIA got into the act and decided on Nov. 4, 2005 that Samson Dada had to go. The BIA decided that he had exactly 30 days to depart voluntarily. If he didn’t depart in those 30 days, he would be ineligible for status adjustments for 10 years–and face lots of fines and other inconveniences.

Sounds like things are just about over, don’t they? Well, Samson was a strong guy, not only in the Bible but also in this case. On day 28 after this order, he filed a motion with the BIA to “reopen” his case and to “withdraw” his request for voluntary departure. The reason he did the latter was that if he stayed over his 30 day period (i.e., past December 5, 2006), he would lose the benefit of the voluntary departure and tons of bad stuff would happen to him. But by asking the BIA to “reopen” his case, he would have 90 days after the Nov. 4 decision to do so. So, he stayed in the country. On Feb. 8, 2006 the BIA denied his motion to reopen the case. Now he really has to go, right? No, he appealed to the Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit, which couldn’t wait to get the case off of its docket, denying him relief in a one-page unpublished decision on Nov. 28, 2006.

All is not lost. So, he appealed to the US Supreme Court on Feb. 26, 2007–the final day he could do so and, guess what, the Supreme Court decided to hear his case. By the time the Court renders a decision, probably in Spring 2008, it will be almost 10 years to the day that Samson Dada was supposed to have left the country. Now can you understand what immigration reform is up against?

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EDITORIAL: Is the United Methodist Church running an illegal alien underground railroad in Nebraska?

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 5, 2008

The Nebraska Observer recently learned that the United Methodist Church at their annual meeting April 23-May 2, in Ft. Worth, TX, adopted resolutions covering both global migration and immigration issues in the United States

The Methodist’s U.S. domestic resolution calls for “full protection of all workers, which includes the opportunity to gain legal status for all migrants.” It also urges U.S. lawmakers to ensure that immigrant laws do not rip apart families.”

Their global resolutionadvocates for the unification of families divided by borders and commends refugee resettlement work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.”

A revision of the Social Principles replaces a statement on migrant workers with a more global perspective. “We call upon governments and all workers to ensure for foreign workers the same economic, educational and social benefits enjoyed by other citizens,” the new statement says.

So what does this mean for Nebraska MethodistsFirst and foremost, fellow Nebraska Methodists contacted by the Nebraska Observer said “that they did not get the memo from their church on this one!”  Secondly, members are not aware of this vast left-wing/liberal conspiracy by minority members of the Methodist church who are advancing an “open-borders” and unconditional “amnesty” agenda. The third point is the big one.  They are not aware that their church contributions are going to support this illegal and unpatriotic activity.

The liberal CNN authorized a poll by the Opinion Research Corporation, Jan. 14-17, 2008 which indicated that about 65% of Americans would like to see the number of illegal immigrants decreased while about 35% would like to see the numbers increased (5%) or remain the same (30%).  Now if we extrapolate this to the average Methodist church congregation or to the total United Methodist Church membership….Op’s, it looks like a lot of us didn’t vote on that measure in Ft. Worth!

We are a nation of laws. The opposite of laws is pure “anarchy“.  This group of traitors against the American citizenry within the Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and other denominational faiths would have you believe that we can pick and choose which laws we want to obey.  If a personal conviction dictates that you don’t like the law, you can disobey the law (sounds like the 60’s doesn’t it?).  Here’s what federal immigration law says.

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

  • assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or
  • encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or
  • knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Disregarding those laws which we the citizens have put in place to protect us, these misguided unpatriotic anarchists continue to aid, abet, and pursue human smuggling so illegal aliens can get jobs.  This has created theft, rape, robbery, murder, repeated drunk driving, wage depression and document fraud within our communities. 

Nebraska citizens who NOW cannot comprehend what illegal immigration does only has to look at our FUTURE by studying unfettered illegal immigration results in Arizona, California, , Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas, for example.  It’s not rocket science folks!

These “liberal” open-borders nuts can’t justify their position based upon facts or logic, so they have to appeal to your emotional side and quote certain bible scripture to fit their actions.

This is the same kind of liberal mumbo-jumbo that the Methodist Church in Nebraska went through several years ago when one church and pastor in particular wanted to perform “same-sex” marriages.  It literally broke that church apart and the outrage from the general membership started to divide other congregations.  Fortunately, this matter was resolved.

Catholics, Lutherans, Methodist and other denominational members should be saying to their priest/pastor and fellow members “Not in my church!…Not in my back yard!”  This group of traitors against U.S. laws and the American citizenry pose a potentially serious danger to the body of any church.  If DHS and the DOJ had any “cahunes”, they’d bust these churches which have become sites for breaking laws.  

So what started this rant in the first place?  The Nebraska Observer noticed this item in a local state newspaper. 

SCHUYLER — United Methodist Church Missionary Deb Keeney will speak at two churches June 8.

She will speak at 8:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in North Bend and at 10:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Schuyler.

Keeney is the program manager of Justice for our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE), a faith-based outreach ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The mission of the JFON-NE is to welcome immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free legal services, education and advocacy. Volunteer driven clinics are held in Columbus on the last Tuesday of each month.

For an appointment or more information, contact JFON-NE at (402) 898-1349.

Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) is an arm of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The mission of JFON is generally to provide free immigration legal services, a warm welcome (their words) and advocacy to immigrants in their congregations and communities.  Notice that JFON is careful not to say above that they are offering these services to illegal aliens.  Instead, they say immigrants. Now we all know that legal immigrants don’t have an urgent need for these services because they are legal.  Could it be that the services they are offering are felonies under Section 274?

Justice for Our Neighbors (Immigration Legal Clinic)
Alison Brown   898-1349 or Deb Keeney    
2414 E  St.,  Omaha, NE  68107   

Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and other denominational churches don’t believe immigration agents will make arrests inside their churches but ICE agents have the authority to arrest anyone violating immigration law, anywhere.

This would be a good time for North Bend and Schuyler residents to go and protest the Methodist church aiding and harboring illegal aliens in their community.  Let’s see, you also have a location and the time.  It might also be a good time to call ICE.  Also, notify the Nebraska Minuteman and ask them to protest.

(Remember: You read it first at the Nebraska Observer.  Not in the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star or any other Nebraska news media.)

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Postville, Iowa: Non-skilled labor contractor pulls workers out of AgriProcessors meatpacking plant

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 31, 2008

Labor Ready, one of America’s largest providers of temporary employment in the unskilled and construction fields pulled about 150 workers out of Agriprocessors meatpacking plant for supposedly safety concerns. We say supposedly because Labor Ready has a history of being accused of and taken to court for mistreatment and deceptive practices by employees and labor unions.

In March and April, the Iowa Division of Labor Services agreed to reduce fines against the plant for 39 violations of workplace safety rules based on inspections that took place in October 2007 and February 2008. Many of the alleged violations related to hazardous chemicals, blood-borne pathogens and what the state called “serious health violations.” According to government records, Agriprocessors Inc. has a history of noncompliance with state and federal regulations related to food safety, pollution and workplace safety at its Postville facility.

So apparently Labor Ready didn’t know they were providing workers into an unsafe facility prior to the ICE raid (if they were providing workers prior to Monday, May 12) and/or they had no knowledge of the prior safety concerns and inspections of the Iowa Division of Labor prior to placing their personnel into the plant sometime after May 12? (Wink-Wink!) So when did they know it and how much did they know? We just don’t buy it! It looks like they are trying to make a “fast exit” while they can…..DesMoines Register story

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ONE-WAY TICKET HOME: Crack down on illegal aliens does work, Nebraskans!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 30, 2008

One-Way Ticket Home!Getting sick and tired of seeing and contending with so many illegal aliens in your Nebraska town that you want to puke? Tired of hearing nothing but Spanish at the checkout counter? Tired of illegal aliens taking “free” benefits paid by you, the taxpayer. Tired educating illegal alien children and approving bond issues for more schools. After you cut through the sob clutter, this is further proof that attrition/enforcement of laws works. Good for Prince William County, North Carolina! Let this be an example for the rest of the country…..story

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The Myth Of The Mexican Super Worker!: “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound”

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 30, 2008

Many “open-border” advocates (nuts) tout the illegal aliens as having super human work ethic and productivity or “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” . Digger reports on this myth and how one vegetable packer who actually moved their operation to Mexico saw productivity go down by 40% from U.S. standards. ….See Digger’s story

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“Are you a citizen of the United States of America”?

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 24, 2008

This is what Phoenix police will be asking everyone they arrest from now on. Under the new policy, everyone arrested in Phoenix will be questioned about his or her citizenship and it should be implemented in Nebraska and nationwide….story

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Illegals…get out of Dodge!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 23, 2008

Here’s some interesting comments posted this morning in the Dodge City, KS news regarding a previous story (“City officials told area has no need for immigration office,” May 16).  Dodge City is sometimes called the meat packing capital of the United States, with close to 11000 cattle being processed a day.  Wonder what the real percentage is in Schuyler, Lexington, Madison and Sioux City ?  Nebraska immigration enthusiasts/open-border nuts can only hope for these numbers!

 

 

Dodge City Daily Globe Posted May 22, 2008 @ 08:15 AM


I would rather see an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in SW Kansas and enforce the law. Deport anyone illegal. Traveling to Wichita is a minor inconvenience if they want to be legal, naturalized citizens. If an employer wants to keep their help, they can accommodate that request. Perhaps the employer should pay hefty fines if they are employing illegal help.

 

“By the way … Senator Roberts tried to get the office, and he comes to SW Kansas quite often. It was the immigration office in Washington that refused him. I agree that these illegals or immigrants are people too, but they need to respect our laws and culture, which they currently do not.”

 

“Here’s my real question about this topic: How can the Hispanic population in Dodge City be ‘46%,’ (according to Rick Sowers) when our public schools are recording the Hispanic student population anywhere between 85-95 percent? I’m no math whiz, but those numbers don’t sound right. I believe the schools have the more accurate count, and besides that, all you have to do is look around town to see the truth!” 

 

 

 

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Isn’t it time to re-call Congressman Braley, (D-IA)?

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 22, 2008

The Gazette Online – Updated May 21. 2008 6:31AM

It’s no wonder Congress can’t get anything done.  (Partisan) politician, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has asked officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to estimate the cost of the recent immigration raid at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville.  Hey Congressman, why don’t you have the state add up all the social costs to Iowa while your at it?…..story

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