Dr. Susan Rice — Scoffs at Benghazi incident/investigation about which she lied to the American people…
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's review of the nation's deportation policies may result in changes to a contentious program that hands over people booked for local crimes to federal immigration authorities.
But such steps are unlikely to satisfy advocates demanding dramatic action to help millions of people living in the U.S. illegally.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, offering his first public hints at the outcome of the review he's conducting at Obama's behest, said Thursday that the so-called Secure Communities program needs a "fresh start." He suggested it might be revamped to focus on people who actually have been convicted of crimes, not just those arrested or booked.
"In my judgment, Secure Communities should be an efficient way to work with state and local law enforcement to reach the removal priorities that we have, those who are convicted of something," Johnson said on PBS' "NewsHour."
"The program has become very controversial. And I told a group of sheriffs and chiefs that I met with a couple days ago that I thought we needed a fresh start."
The program allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to run fingerprints of anyone booked for a local or state crime through a federal database for immigration violations. If there's a match, ICE can ask local police and sheriffs to detain the person, and then decide whether to deport them.
The program, which was started in 2008 under the Bush administration but has been expanded under Obama, has led to complaints that people are being deported for immigration violations without being convicted of any crime, or with only minor offenses. Police and sheriff's officials also complain people are afraid to interact with law enforcement and report crimes because they worry they'll be deported.
States including California and local governments in Oregon and elsewhere have begun refusing to honor all detention requests, something that's increased in the wake of recent court rulings raising questions about the program.
Brought to you by: DoMuchGood.comNEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK... 05.14.14 SOMA, Turkey – Rescuers struggled to reach more than 100 miners trapped Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey in what one official says is likely to be the country's deadliest mining disaster ever. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a news conference Wednesday that 238 miners were killed, according to Reuters. About 120 workers were still thought to be trapped in the mine, Erdogan said. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people were inside the coal mine in Soma at the time of the explosion, and 363 of them had been rescued so far. More@FoxNews May 13, 2014, marks one year since Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder “in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, ‘house of horrors’ clinic,” according to the Associated Press. Gosnell instantly became the face of abortion in the prolife community. But there’s another, more recognizable face pushing abortion in the U.S. – liberal billionaire Warren Buffett. The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” has donated more than $1.2 billion to abortion organizations from 2001 to 2012. That’s equal to the cost of roughly 2.7 million first-trimester abortions – more than twice the number of abortions that occur in an entire year in the United States. Unlike Gosnell, however, everything Buffett has done has been entirely legal. But Buffett does share something else in common with the abortionist. Both their stories have been largely unreported. More@FoxNews WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said. Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. The request was the first ever made by a transgender military inmate and set up a dilemma for the Defense Department: How to treat a soldier for a diagnosed disorder without violating long-standing military policy. Transgender people are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military and the Defense Department does not provide such treatment, but Manning can't be discharged from the service while serving her 35-year prison sentence. Some officials have said privately that keeping the soldier in a military prison and unable to have treatment could amount to cruel and unusual punishment. More@Breitbart Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has a piece of advice for House Democrats, as does former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell. If they’re thinking about boycotting the select committee on Benghazi, they shouldn’t. Both Panetta and Morell expressed confidence at a press conference that a full investigation would show that the intelligence community didn’t politicize the Benghazi analysis, but agree with Republicans that a full and unified probe into what happened is legitimate for the House: Panetta and Morell, noting the attack has been subject to many investigations already, said they welcome the latest one in the House. “If you look at the polling numbers a not insignificant percentage of the American people still have questions,” Morell said. Morell, who said he already has testified four times about Benghazi, said he is 100 percent confident the upcoming investigation will show that allegations “the intelligence community politicized its analysis” are false. More@TheBingeThinker BOISE, Idaho (May 14, 2014) - In Idaho, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has joined a growing list of judges striking down state bans against homosexual marriage. Last night, she ruled in favor of a group's petition which demanded the state's restriction against homosexual marriage be deemed unconstitutional. Dale said the state must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting at 9 a.m. Friday. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case, meaning an appellate court could still put the weddings on hold. In her ruling, Dale said neither tradition nor majority opinion trumps the fact that marriage is a fundamental right of all citizens. "The Plaintiffs are entitled to extraordinary remedies because of their extraordinary injuries," Dale wrote. "Idaho's marriage Laws withhold from them a profound and personal choice, one that most can take for granted. By doing so, Idaho's marriage laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love." The governor vowed to appeal the ruling, citing the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Earlier this week he notified the federal magistrate judge that if he loses the case, he may try to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, instead of going first through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. More@OneNewsNow TOWSON, Md. - Merizia Saindor Baptiste broke down emotionally when detectives arrived at her home earlier today with news that her son had barricaded himself inside the ABC2 News room after ramming a stolen Ford F-550 truck through the front lobby. She told ABC2 News that she and her husband came to this country from Haiti in 1999 in search of a better life for her family including her six children. She didn’t want to believe that her 27-year-old son Vladimir Baptiste was capable of causing such a panic. Vladimir was apprehended by tactical police hours after crashing a truck into the WMAR-TV newsroom. Vladimir posted tweets of his barricade situation. More@ABC