Swalwell calls for immigration enforcement reform

Congressman sends letter to DHS, requesting update

Months after the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has called for renewed reform to immigration enforcement.

Swalwell sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last week, requesting an update as to "what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has done so far to address any deficiencies in immigration reform" that led to Steinle's death.

Steinle died in July after she was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been held earlier this year by the San Francisco Sheriff's Office on a decades-old drug charge. He was released because the charge had been dropped, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not notified upon his release.

"Kate's murder made national headlines, but it is personal to me and our Tri-Valley community. I have known Kate's family for years and grew up with her brother. The Steinle family's strength in the face of such tragedy has been remarkable, and I share their commitment to making sure something positive comes from her senseless death," said Swalwell. "Now that there has been ample time for DHS to assess the situation, I am asking for an update on actions taken and planned to address any failures in our immigration system that could have contributed to Kate's murder. We owe it to Kate and her family to make sure this tragedy never happens again."

Swalwell wrote in his letter to DHS that he understood why municipalities are hesitant to deport non-criminal, undocumented immigrants because it can "break apart families, and sows distrust in communities."

"There are good reasons to ensure we aren't deporting victims or witnesses of crimes. However, there is no reason to shield felons from removal. Federal and local officials must find a way to work together to make necessary corrections to our immigration practices for our public safety and the memory of Kate Steinle," added Swalwell.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:28 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Swalwell is a story teller!

Where was Swawell's concern when he voted against Kate's Law?

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

Finally you and I agree Micheal. Swalwell is a snake. Wont ever get my vote and voting against kates's law should end his political Career. Note the snake states immigration not illegal immigration. this is proof the guy is a weasel. Immigration is not the problem. illegal immigration is the problem. The guy was here illegally. If eric was serious he would have called out unlawfull sanctuary cities and pressed for the supervisors and sherriff to be arrested as an accessory to the crime.
Immigration reform will do nothing to stop illegal immigration but i think weaselwel knows that. What a worm this guy is. At least now we know what he is all about.
Friends of the family my ass. With friends like that you dont need enemies

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Posted by Roy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

I agree he is a two faced snake. Call his office and try to find out how he voted on any issue they will not tell you they cannot say and tell you to go to the internet. He also had a chance to show his colors when he voted no on Kates law. Now he claims a long time friendship with the family. With a friend like him who needs an enemy. Everyone remember these issues when he begs for support at reelection time.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

References to Kate's Law is a cover for hate of foreigners/outsiders. Where is the protest against "illegals" from Canada and Western Europe? Thousands of students have extended their Visa stay in the USA despite clearly defined immigration laws. Thousands of residents sneak in their parents/grandparents from Southeast Asia. Just because Castro took over Cuba doesn't make the presence of a Rubio or the other guy from Texas acceptable to most Americans. They are still foreigners. They look different and so do many of their children. Not only are they in the US illegally but they also marry "white" women/men. According to David Duke, their children are not exactly "white".

Why anybody would vote for such an uptight Republican like Ben Carson is beyond belief! He seems to be so full of hate for "undesirables". Trump's plan for a wall to keep out Mexicans will fail. He's also targeting the wrong population. If he wants to catch some sneaky students, deport all foreign students from US universities/colleges. Please...asap!

have a nice day...

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

People have finally dialed into that phony Swalwell. He has done nothing but pick the low hanging fruit since he has been in office. It is too bad he can not work for his constituents in a positive and pro active manner. Unfortunately that would go against his demeanor as a career politician, and would be legitimate work. It would be nice to see him fight "Browns Water Grab" the tunnels and fight against a "Useless Bullet Train".

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Posted by Think About It
a resident of Foothill High School
on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

You know, these forums have the potential for civil and informative - INTELLIGENT - discussions and I am constantly appalled by the half-baked disparaging comments and name calling. I for one an grateful that schools are emphasizing critical thinking skills via the COMMON CORE to teach kids how to think critically (fact check) and report (tell the truth). Obviously many adults today missed out or simply don't value integrity.

For more info on Kate's Law, this is an easy read: Web Link

"Brad Steinle, the victim's brother, has stated that he believes Donald Trump & various right-wing politicians are sensationalizing this tragedy for their own political gain." So do I. I would love for something positive to come out of Kate's death but quite frankly, Kate's Law was poorly written and would have not prevented this from happening. It's just another tactic used by right wing republicans to rile up anger and racism among the masses (sound familiar?). They actually called it "Kate's Law", If that's not a blatant example of using a tragedy for political gain, I don't know what is.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a Week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.
But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.
Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table.. everywhere!
Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had
fed them out of my own pocket.
And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.
Soon, the back yard was like it used to be .. Quiet, serene…. And no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now let’s see….. Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care and free education, and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.
Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; Your child’s second grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak
Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to ‘press one ‘ to hear my bank talk to me in English, and
people waving flags other than our flag are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.
Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder.
If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop.
Vote for Trump in 2016!!

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Posted by Where's the alternative?
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Someone wrote: "Kate's Law was poorly written and would have not prevented this from happening"

I'm not necessarily agreeing, but for the sake of argument, let's say this is true. What alternatives did Swalwell/Pelosi/Obama offer to address this problem? If there were any, I missed them. Seems to me their solution is to keep the sanctuary-city policies untouched, or even more accurately, they don't see a problem.

Looks to me like Swalwell doesn't have the courage to break with Pelosi/Obama.

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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

why is he writing to DHS? Should he be demanding San Francisco city hall and Sheriff's Department answer for their actions? DHS asked SFSD to notify them if the perp were to be released, and it was SFSD that was by policy refusing to cooperate with DHS and ICE.

Oh right, that would make his own party look bad.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Point well made by "citizen" !! Illegal is always going to be illegal, undocumented is still illegal it's way past the time to close those gates, somebody needs to step up and start cleaning up this mess.

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

published in 2005
Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, "Mexican Visitor's Lament".

I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?" Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?

So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.

It's a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise you!

In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

In Colorado , 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back 'home', mostly to Mexico ... That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.

Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41different languages.. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado . Denver 's 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.

In Chicago, Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home', the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law.Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.

In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ' 18th Street Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!

America 's economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn't return to the aliens' home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America 's economy which currently suffers an $1 7 trillion debt.

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.

Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the 'progressives' on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause11% of our greenhouse gases.

Over one million of Mexico's poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the New York Times called, 'colonias' or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse.
They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

The New York Times reported them to be America's new ' Third World ' inside our own country.Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I've seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it's sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)

By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.

It's time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life Interesting Statistics!

Here are 13 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:

1.. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens. (that's Billion with a 'B')

2.. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

3.. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!

4.. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

5.. $3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year.

6.. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.

7.. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

8.. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

9.. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US ...

10. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries.Over 10,000 of those were middle-easternterrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border.

11. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period and nbsp;

12. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.

13. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !

Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

High numbers/% do not add up to hard numbers/STATISTICS. Please be honest.

America's work force is growing older, often disabled and unable to work, and unemployed Americans do not want to apply for minimum paying jobs with few if any medical/social benefits. MANY OLDER AMERICANS ARE DYING OFF FROM POLLUTION, OBESITY, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, AUTO ACCIDENTS, AND SUICIDE. In addition, unskilled American citizens who have worked minimally do not have the requisite skills to compete in today's job market.

The work force that entered the USA "illegally" pays TAXES and receive few if any benefits.

Also, the children of adults who enter the USA "illegally" are AMERICAN CITIZENS. They have a right to a FAIR trial. That alone would tie up American courts for at least 10 yrs. and make it impossible to deport those children until they receive a free trial in an American court.

mass deportation ain't gonna happen...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Correction: The children of parents who enter the USA "illegally" and are born on American soil, are AMERICAN CITIZENS.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Incidentally, there are more than 15 million illegal residents in the USA, lets not forget to count the Canadians, Western Europeans, Asians, and Africans who entered the USA through American airports. Many are fake college/university students and live in fake marriages.

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Posted by Native Born
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

The mere 'presence" of the illegals filling our schools and streets are one issue. However, the larger issue is the "presents' elected political pimps of the past and present have obligated us, the US taxpayer to provide
....because THEY decided we must. Stupid voters are still electing those kind of officials, who abuse the power to make us workers indebted to the encroachers. Where is MY freedom to be free of those costs, allowing me the right to provide for my family....FIRST.
Shouldn't those present among us be providing for their OWN families.
The whole practice of transferring 'our earnings' to those who just showed up here, could never have started until after those elected pimps started 'personal income tax' in the 1930s. Our first 150 years we became a great world leader....without income taxes!!! We became great by each individual doing their own providing. When my grandparents came around 1900s they were never given a nickel or a cup of coffee... they provided for themselves OR DID WITHOUT...and built a strong family and strong USA !! What a concept, actually providing for each child you choose to create. Single Moms were appropriately...rare. Why are we overcome with 'single moms' today when we have more birth control methods than ever. The political pimps, wanting re-election, have turned far too many into very ungrateful, noisy recipients.
I doubt American inhabitants today would be able to build from nothing, the America our parents created for us. Parents then didn't "expect" from others....they were strong and had personal pride. Motivators like character, pride, and shame have become all to rare. Again, thanks to those political pimps who promised government enforced handouts.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

British and French colonialism are the cause of recent violence Paris.

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