Patterico's Pontifications


Obama Courts Illegal Immigrant Welfare Dependents in Violation of Law

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:30 pm

Obama is making citizens out of illegal immigrants who have been on welfare, and ignoring the fact that they have been on welfare, in defiance of federal law:

It is an explicit and unambiguous tenet in federal law that those granted entry into the U.S. must be able to support themselves financially. But the Obama Administration has aggressively defied this strict federal statute.­ What are new promises worth when existing law is unilaterally waived?

Last year, the Ranking Members of Budget, Finance, Judiciary, and Agriculture Committees wrote an oversight letter to Secretaries Napolitano and Clinton that said in part:

The [Immigration and Nationality Act] specifically states: “An alien who…is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.” … We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge….Under your interpretation, an able-bodied immigrant of working age could receive the bulk of his or her income in the form of federal welfare and still not be deemed a “public charge.”

DHS even has a website,, that features a page promoting welfare benefits to newly arrived immigrants. (Some of these benefits, under law, should automatically disqualify the applicants from entry into the U.S. The page is also being updated to promote free coverage under the President’s health law.)

Via Power Line, via DRJ in comments.

Any new welfare dependent is a new Democratic vote. If Obama can snap his fingers and make millions more such voters, Democrats won’t even have to campaign in the future.

Photoshop Contest: Photoshop Obama Firing Shotgun

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:06 pm

The White House warns you not to Photoshop this photo:

Here is the dire pronouncement:

“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

Oh yeah?

What if our use suggests disapproval of the President?

The way I look at it, you have a patriotic duty to Photoshop this image — and I have a patriotic duty to publish your Photoshop.

Send your Photoshops to

Here are some early efforts. Mark Dice:

Whoa. Maybe he Photoshopped it himself!!!

Your contributions are welcome.

Obama’s Laserlike Focus on Jobs

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:36 am

So unemployment rises again, to 7.9%.

And the president abolishes a jobs council that has members from business and labor.

Are they making new, very fuzzy and unfocused lasers these days?

Menendez And The Young Dominican Girl He Is Following on Twitter

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:28 am

Jim Treacher: Why is Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) following a very young-looking Dominican girl on Twitter? (The post has pictures of the girl with Menendez.)

To answer his question: there could be a number of reasons. It could be innocent: a girl who met the politician through a school program. (I seem to remember Anthony Weiner following a high school girl he met through a school program.)

Or it could be not so innocent. (I seem to remember Anthony Weiner exchanging DMs with that girl and using a phrase he used in sex talk with adult women. And then different stories being told about the number of DMs they had exchanged.)

It seems to me that the final shoe has not yet dropped here.

Always trust content from Patterico.

UPDATE: To be clear: there is no reason to suspect the girl has done anything wrong by posing with Menendez. But there is reason to wonder whether *his* posing with her and following her is creepy.

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