U.S. Immigration Chaos in 2018: Questions to ask Locally



U.S. Immigration Chaos in 2018: Questions to ask Locally
Posted July 18, 2018

This post consists of two emails sent to the City of Evanston Refugee Task Force and other people concerned about fear-mongering, dictatorship, and privatization.  A third section contains some follow-up information.

 

EMAIL #1:  June 26, 2018

From: Debbie Hillman
Subject: Questions re: Evanston Refugee Task Force & immigration chaos — who’s profiting, White House plan, CBP map
Date: June 26, 2018 at 9:54:16 AM CDT
To: Savannah Clement

To: Savannah Clement, City of Evanston
Housing Policy & Planning Analyst + staffperson, Evanston Refugee Task Force
cc:
Evanston Refugee Task Force
Ald. Don Wilson, 4th ward
Evanston media (Ev. Roundtable, Ev. Now, Ev. Patch, Daily Northwestern)
Indivisible Evanston, Dear Evanston, OPAL
Other Evanston people against fear-mongering, dictatorship, & privatization

Hi, Savannah —

I have a few questions regarding the July 10 meeting of the Evanston Refugee Task Force. As you know, things are happening fast on the national level and new issues, fears, and chaos arise every day, often requiring local answers. I wonder if these items can be addressed at the next meeting, or if anyone has any immediate answers to my questions.

I know that the Evanston Refugee Task Force was originally set up to only deal with the increased numbers of legal refugees in Evanston (welcome to all!). However, two things have changed since the Task Force was set up (in Fall 2016 ?):
(a) The current federal government is constantly redefining “legal” and “citizen”.
(b) So far as I know, there is no other City entity that is addressing the increased chaos and attempts to terrorize the general population,
it would be helpful to have answers to these questions, sooner rather than later—and for the City of Evanston to have a comprehensive understanding of where the people of Evanston stand on some of these interlocking issues.

If there is some other citizen entity within the City of Evanston that can better answer these questions, I’ll be glad to contact the staffperson for that group (board, commission, task force ?).

QUESTIONS

1. EVANSTONIANS PROFITING FROM IMMIGRATION CHAOS?
Is anyone in Evanston profiting from U.S. government spending (public money) regarding immigration and detention policies over the last 20 years, especially since 9/11 (2001) and especially from the “zero tolerance” policy adopted in 2018?
— City of Evanston (investments ?)
— Northwestern University (investments, contracts, major donors ?)
— Hagerty Consulting or any other company connected to the current Mayor of Evanston, who is in this kind of business and who has expressed general support for private-public relationships of this kind?
— any Evanston-based banks or bankers?
— other Evanston companies or individuals?

As you know, various lists are being posted on-line of companies, universities, etc., that are profiting from or helping this inhumane terrorizing. I would like to add any Evanston information to those lists.

2. NEW REORGANIZATION PLAN FOR THE US GOVERNMENT (released last week)
a. Did any Evanston person or entity have any input into the just released White House reorganization plan for the entire federal government?
— City of Evanston
— Northwestern University
— Hagerty Consulting, Mayor Hagerty
— Other Evanston companies or individuals?

b. Does anyone know how the reorganization plan will affect legal refugees, etc.?

c. Does anyone know of any Evanston-based effort to read the plan and respond? either as a City government or as a grassroots initiative, on immigration issues as well as all other issues impacted by the federal government — in other words all aspects of our lives?

The name of the plan is Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.
Here is a link to one Twitter thread which highlights some of the plan’s elements: privatizing government services, selling off government assets, cutting services, etc. This thread is by Laurie Garrett, a former fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. It seems like a good document for Americans to read at this time. I will try to do so this week. It looks about 150 pages.

3. CBP 100-MILE SEARCH BORDER — includes Chicago
Does anyone know if the Customs & Border Patrol has been boarding Amtrak trains, Greyhound, or other public transportation in the Chicago area? When I spoke to ACLU Illinois in March, there had not been any local incidents. But since then things have ratcheted up near the Canadian border (New Hampshire, Maine).

Does anyone know why the Customs & Border Patrol Map of 100-mile search border includes Chicago (and all of Lake Michigan), even though Lake Michigan coastline is not an international border and Chicago is way more than 100 miles from Canada (about 300 miles, to be more exact), and the ACLU says the kind of searches that CBP is doing are unconstitutional?

See map here at ACLU website: The 100-mile border zone

The website says: “No matter what CBP officers and Border Patrol agents think, our Constitution applies throughout the United States, including within this “100-mile border zone.” When I talked to ACLU Illinois in March 2018, I was told that ACLU Michigan is trying to get the rationale from CBP for drawing the map the way they did. Since the CBP map went viral last week, I presume ACLU is still looking for answers. (A Michigan journalist to follow on this map and larger issues is Marcy Wheeler, website and Twitter. She is often a guest on Democracy Now!)

Thanks for anyone’s information. I’m happy to pass any information onto the rest of this email chain, as well as to any other entity who is working on these issues (such as GrabYourWallet), and through any public channels to which I have access (my blog, Twitter, etc.).

 

EMAIL #2:  July 9, 2018

From: Debbie Hillman
Subject: Re: Questions re: Evanston Refugee Task Force & immigration chaos — who’s profiting, White House plan, CBP map
Date: July 9, 2018 at 10:19:13 AM CDT
To: Savannah Clement

To: Savannah Clement, City of Evanston
Housing Policy & Planning Analyst + staffperson, Evanston Refugee Task Force
cc:
Evanston Refugee Task Force
Ald. Don Wilson, 4th ward
Evanston media (Ev. Roundtable, Ev. Now, Ev. Patch, Daily Northwestern)
Indivisible Evanston, Dear Evanston, OPAL
Other Evanston people against fear-mongering, dictatorship, & privatization

Hi, all —

This is a follow-up to my June 26th email bringing up three questions related to the current national atmosphere regarding immigrants, legality, asylum, separation of families at the border, profiteering, etc.

A. Evanston Refugee Task Force meeting
Thanks to Savannah Clement for agreeing to discuss these items at the next meeting of the Evanston Refugee Task Force. The meeting is tomorrow
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Room 2402
at the Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave)

There will, of course, be other items on the agenda as the Refugee Task Force is acting as a coordinating body for the safety networks that support legal refugees in Evanston.

B. My original email is copied at the end of this email.
In summary, the three questions I brought up are:

1. EVANSTONIANS PROFITING FROM IMMIGRATION CHAOS? (detention facilities, food contracts, investments, etc.?)
2. NEW REORGANIZATION PLAN FOR THE US GOVERNMENT (White House Plan) — any Evanstonians involved in?
3. CBP 100-MILE SEARCH BORDER — includes Chicago — Why? (Customs & Border Patrol)

C. Response to my email
Thanks to those of you who gave a “thumbs up” on the need to address those questions. Comments that I got were:
— “These are excellent and important questions.”
— “I hope that the Task Force can focus on some of the important issues that you raised.”
— “Good questions, Debbie–thank you for your thoughtful thoroughness in phrasing them.”

I did not receive any negative comments. Nor have I received any substantive answers to my questions.

D. NEW INFORMATION ?
I do have some relevant new information to relay and to report, which may inform our discussion tomorrow:

1. SEPARATED CHILDREN RESOURCE GUIDE
From Northwestern University — Center for Forced Migration, Buffett Institute for Global Studies
Prof. Galya Ben-Arieh (a member of the Evanston Refugee Task Force) prepared and sent a 7-item resource guide specific to the Central American families being separated and detained at the US/Mexico border. For ease of access, I have posted it on my website:
http://foodfarmsdemocracy.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Buffett-Center.pdf
Of particular interest is Item #7, a letter from a University of Chicago center cautioning the general public about visiting or protesting at children’s centers. (Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights)

If anyone wants to re-Tweet, I’ve also posted it on my Twitter page:

2. “Who is making Money from ICE in your State?”
This map, article, and database has been put together by RealSludge. There are some Chicago-area entries, including one of questionable accuracy: “Village of Oak Lawn” is listed as a “for profit” entity. Definitely a work in progress.
Link: https://readsludge.com/2018/07/06/who-is-making-money-from-ice-in-your-state/
Or re-Tweet from my Twitter page: https://twitter.com/DLHillman/status/1015341208095395843

3. WHITE HOUSE PLAN to reorganize the US government
White House reorganization plan or
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf

I have read through the plan a couple of times and the issues that other US observers have brought up are very real:
a. It seems a major attempt to privatize much of our government (including selling off “surplus” real estate, re-organizing the Postal Service (again)).

b. At the end of the body of the report is a major red flag — an innocuous quote by an anonymous person.
p. 121 “Let President Trump reorganize the government like a business.” — Michelle, Delaware
(In my opinion, government should most definitely NOT be run like a for-profit business.)

c. I did not see much regarding immigration and refugee policies, but there are sections on Dept. of Homeland Security, as well as some major restructuring of international aid (US AID especially). See section on p. 41: Optimization of Humanitarian Assistance.

d. Plus many of the safety net programs (student loans, Social Security, financial literacy, mortgage assistance, etc.) are likely being restructured in order to reduce services and $$ support.

e. I recommend people read through any or all of the following:
— the Table of Contents
— the paragraph summaries for each item in the Table of Contents (p. 15)
— the full report if you have time. Much of it is gobbledygook, but we know that the gobbledygook is code for something that benefits the few people who wrote this plan — and probably doesn’t benefit the rest of us.

f. Public process? Yes, there may be some good ideas in here. No question that the federal government is too big. But where’s the public process? I did not see any reference to one.

g. Next steps:
Summer 2018: “OMB and agencies begin a dialogue with Congress to prioritize and refine proposals to best serve the American people.” An implementation plan will be put in place.

I look forward to being part of Evanston conversations about all of these important issues. Thanks again to Savannah for agreeing to talk about them at tomorrow’s meeting of the Evanston Refugee Task Force.

FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION as of July 18, 2018

There’s a new grassroots initiative being organized by “grandmothers”. They are caravaning from NYC to the border (Texas), leaving July 31, arriving Aug. 6.
Here’s their website. Grannies Respond

Congressional task force to oversee reunification: Jan Schakowsky as a sponsor?
A Georgetown law professor (Heidi Li Friedman) has put together a petition to ask Congress to create an emergency task force to oversee the reunification — i.e., make sure it happens. There is precedent for this kind of task force (e.g., one of the big oil spills was monitored in this way).
Here’s the petition:

“July 4th is really about Monetary Reform”: The 21st Century Money Question



“July 4th is really about Monetary Reform”: The 21st Century Money Question
Posted July 5, 2018

This is a sort of guest blog, albeit posthumous, by the late Stephen Zarlenga, founding Director of the American Monetary Institute. The blog is actually a compilation of three July 4th messages by Stephen (2016, 2010, 2009), all of which have been very popular. Yesterday, July 4, 2018, AMI sent out this compilation to supporters, in memory of Stephen Zarlenga and the late Robert Poteat (another AMI director). The messages also serve as a reminder of the history of American monetary reform—and why we still have much to do to level the U.S. economic playing field, which has mostly operated and still operates on a confused and fraudulent money and banking system.

All three July 4th messages are lyrical and entertaining and each touches briefly on an aspect of monetary reform. The three messages and their separate topics are:
1. Fourth of July realities from 2016: the American Revolution and why we’re still not fully free
2. July 4th 2010 Message from the AMI: economics as a failed profession
3. AMI Fourth of July Message from 2009: the American Monetary Act [later the NEED Act]

I have edited these messages slightly, mostly to remove outdated organizational material.

Thanks to AMI directors for allowing me to post these messages.

 

 

AMERICAN   MONETARY   INSTITUTE
http://www.monetary.org
Dedicated to the independent study of monetary history, theory and reform
“Over time, whoever controls the money system controls the nation”
Stephen Zarlenga, Director (1941-2017)

Popular July 4th Messages
by Stephen Zarlenga
(2016, 2010, 2009)

 

1. “Fourth of July realities” from 2016

July 4th  is really about Monetary Reform, isn’t it?

4th of July! And we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of a mad Brit king. So let’s proudly remember the victory a small group of dedicated, courageous men and women achieved against the world’s most powerful military of their time, in a struggle even more difficult than the present one is made to appear.

Their victory was extremely improbable at best, as they seriously pledged their lives to fight for its success. And as events and battles were fought, the possibility of a favorable outcome grew even smaller. But at the right moment, help from France turned the tide and the British were defeated.

The financial miscreants were defeated militarily, but not monetarily. For soon after the Constitution was ratified, in 1791, the first Bank of the United States, a privately owned and privately controlled central bank, was put through Congress by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, modeled on the private Bank of England. The gang around that bank was more dangerous than King George III, and the Hamilton people thereby insinuated into the New World forces representing the most evolved secular form that evil had attained in the Old World — a privately controlled Central Bank. Thanks a lot, Hamilton – you know what you can do with your Broadway musical!

Jefferson fought the bank, helping to bring it down, and Burr killed Hamilton over public insults (Gore Vidal’s novel “Burr,” said Hamilton had accused Burr of incest!); but privately issued money gained a foothold in America. It’s still here, in control of our monetary system. It’s the root cause of most of our social and economic problems. Whenever it caused crises in the past, our government had to come to the rescue. Its latest atrocity is the current monetary, banking and economic crisis, threatening to harm the entire world economy, wrecking the lives of billions in the process.

The bankers’ madness must end now — we must complete the monetary part of our declaration of independence. This crisis gives us the only opportunity to reform our monetary system and eliminate the private creation of money; to eliminate the insane privilege banks have been given to create our money supply when they extend loans; to eliminate using debt for money; to establish our nation’s full sovereignty. To give the bankers what they deny to us – to give them justice!

Our book, The Lost Science of Money contains our research results to date, drawn from a study of over 800 monetary books and sources. The first 23 chapters focus on the monetary case studies from Aristotle forward. The final chapter summarizes what those studies teach us, and how that can be applied to solving today’s dilemma with a comprehensive monetary reform plan.
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While the French played a key part at the start of our nation, their gift to us of the Statue of Liberty still plays a crucial role for us. The liberty she symbolizes does not exist in our nation. It never really has. The Statue has always been a symbol encouraging us towards the possible. I love that statue, and when I lived in New York, I often anchored my motor boat under it. Some of my fondest memories are of those times as the sun set over New Jersey, reflecting off the still standing Twin Towers; or anchored under the spectacular fireworks display there during the bicentennial celebration.

This continuing crisis for many millions of our people gives an important opportunity to reform our monetary system and eliminate the privilege banks have to create what we use for money, when they extend loans; to eliminate their power to cause financial crises and obscenely concentrate wealth into undeserving hands.

 

2. July 4th 2010 MESSAGE from the AMI

Dear Friends of the American Monetary Institute,

Hopefully you’ve celebrated this July 4th Independence Day in good style. AMI people went to Chicago’s Oak Street Beach. We kept an upbeat attitude, despite the serious problems our nation faces.

We remembered the importance to peoples around the earth, of our forefathers declaring independence from old world tyranny. We inspired a revolution in France. Later, thanks to France’s gift, our Statue of Liberty served as a beacon inviting peoples to our shores; including my parents and grand parents from Italy. They achieved the American Dream – owning a home and educating their kids.

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights provided some safeguards and checks and balances that held anti-democratic and anti-human forces at bay, and separated government from religion, the misuse of which had caused so much pain in the old world. But unfortunately, because the founders as a group did not understand the nature of money, they allowed corrupt monetary beliefs and practices of the old world to gain a foothold on our shores, starting with the establishment of the privately owned 1st Bank of the U.S. in 1791 (detailed in Ch. 15 of The Lost Science of Money book). As with all major banking legislation here, fraud was involved.

This privatization of the money power is an “original sin” of our system, from which most of our social problems arise. Though the Constitution expressly forbade the establishment of an Aristocracy here, my neighbor President Martin Van Buren would write “The MONEY POWER (he always capitalized it)… when firmly established, was destined to become the only kind of an Aristocracy that could exist in our political system.” That aristocracy, through concentration of wealth and power and various financial tricks, is in the process of destroying the checks and balances which had offered protection. Witness the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to finance and thereby control elections.

Economists willingly embraced the pernicious errors allowing the financial establishment to control our nation, by confusing credit for money. WHY? Salaries and position, and tenure:

“What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before, proved false again? Two hundred more.” – Samuel Butler’s Hudibras on Economics said it all.

Clearly, “economics” is a failed profession, with rare and sometimes great individual exceptions. Indeed, Jamie Galbraith in testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, recently wrote: “I write you as a member of a disgraced profession” and he suggested they put the fear of Congress into the financial operators who brought down the world economy. But in general, economists focusing on theoretical, mathematically dominated thinking, ignoring factual results, are unable to make course corrections to public policy. And too many Congressmen, including the financial committees leadership, were too close to the economic wreckers to propose real reform.

The financial “reforms” they are arguing over now do not fundamentally address the main problem – a privatized money system based on using private credit instead of government money. This special privilege always leads to an obscene concentration of wealth, which then can overcome the regulations.

Thus at the recent meeting of G20 countries, they proposed a double-whammy to kick the World’s economies while they’re down, calling for “fiscal consolidation” and ‘re-capitalization’ of banks. Both would have the effect of putting less money into the economy while taking more money out of the economy – and they’re so deluded, they claim to be expecting ‘growth’ to come from these conditions of monetary drought and deflation. Along with that recurring delusion, we see the ongoing illusion that the ‘remedy’ for debt-ridden citizens, businesses and governments is to load them up with more debt(!) We say “deluded” as the only other explanation would be that they’re deliberately trying to collapse the economies.
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3. AMI Fourth of July Message from 2009

A July 4th message to friends of the American Monetary Institute,

Dear Fellow Americans, and friends around the Earth,

This 4th of July as we proudly celebrate our declaration of independence from the tyranny of a mad Brit King, lets remember the victory a small group of dedicated, courageous men and women achieved against the world’s most powerful military of their time.

It was a victory that appeared extremely improbable at best, as they pledged their lives to fight for its success. And as events and battles were fought, the possibility of a favorable outcome grew even smaller. But at the right moment, help from France turned the tide and the British were defeated.

Defeated militarily, but not monetarily. For soon after the Constitution was ratified, in 1791 the 1st Bank of the United States, a privately owned and privately controlled central bank was put through Congress by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, modeled on the private Bank of England. The gang around that bank were more dangerous than King George the 3rd; and the Hamilton people thereby insinuated into the New World forces representing the most evolved secular form that evil had attained in the Old World. Thanks a lot Hamilton!

Jefferson fought the bank, helping to bring it down and Burr killed Hamilton over public insults; but privately issued money had gained a foothold in America. It’s still here, in control of our monetary system. It’s the root cause of most of our social and economic problems. Whenever it caused crises in the past, our government had to come to the rescue. It’s latest atrocity is the current monetary, banking and economic crisis, threatening to take the entire world economy down into depression, and destroy the lives of billions of people in the process.

It must end now. This crisis gives us our only opportunity to reform our monetary system and eliminate the private creation of money; to eliminate the privilege banks have to create our money supply when they extend loans.
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The American Monetary Act…is legislation which fundamentally reforms the private CREDIT/DEBT system now wrecking our nation, replacing it with a government MONEY system.

HOW:  The Federal Reserve becomes incorporated into the U.S. Treasury. Banks no longer have the accounting privilege of creating our money supply. All their previously issued credit is converted into U.S. Money through an elegant and gentle accounting change, which has been described as brilliant by a former officer of the NY Fed. The banks are held accountable for this conversion. New money is then introduced by the government spending it into circulation for infrastructure, starting with the $2.2 trillion the engineers tell us is needed to properly maintain our infrastructure over the next 5 years. Infrastructure will include the necessary human infrastructure of health care and education.

Banks are encouraged to continue lending as profit making companies, but are no longer allowed to create our money supply by loan making activity.

Thus, The American Monetary Act nationalizes the money system, not the banking system.  Banking is absolutely not a proper function of government, but providing the nation’s money supply is a key function of government. No one else can do it properly. Talk of nationalizing the banking business may really act like a poison pill to block real reform.

Despite prejudice against government, most people are surprised to learn that history shows government has a far superior record in controlling the money system than private controllers have. And yes that includes the continental currency, the Greenbacks and even the German Hyperinflation; which by the way took place under a completely privatized German central bank!

WHO:  The American Monetary Institute, organized in 1996 as a publicly supported charitable trust, is the leading U.S. think tank on monetary history, theory and reform.

WHY:  Because the crisis our present malformed banking and money system has caused is crying out for reform, not merely regulation. It has visibly brought the world economy to its knees; it has concentrated wealth to unacceptable levels, and it now places the future development of humanity at risk.

WHY?   Considering the nature of modern weapons systems, leaving the same people and families in power risks the survival of the species. Some of them watching the past 16 years, must realize that. Lets hope they do the right thing. But lets not depend on it! I mentioned that the French played a key part at the start of our nation. Today their gift to us of the Statue of Liberty still plays a crucial role for us and for humanity. The liberty she symbolizes does not exist in our nation. It never really has.

The Statue has always been a symbol encouraging us towards the possible. I love that statue and when I stayed in New York, I often anchored my motor boat under it, and some of my fondest memories are of those times as the sun set over New Jersey, still reflecting off the Twin Towers; or anchored under the spectacular fireworks display there during the bicentennial celebration.

Friends, we are all under pressure in this environment. Stress will cause illness unless you act. Action will destroy fear! Good action towards truth will change the world. Join with us to understand the nature of our money system, how it should be structured and how we citizens can effect such change. That’s what our country’s founders would be doing now if they were of our time. That’s what men and women of good will, can be doing now!

Well that’s it for now. Get in touch! Stay in Touch! Read the book. Come to the conference!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!
Stephen Zarlenga
AMI
http://www.monetary.org