DHS Delayed Arrest Of Democrat Senator’s Illegal Alien Sex Offender Intern Until After Election

Arrested Menendez Intern Reportedly An Illegal Immigrant, Sex Offender – Washington Free Beacon

An unpaid intern of Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender, and was arrested by immigration authorities Dec. 6, the Associated Press reported.

The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents to not arrest Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta, 18, until after Election Day, according to a U.S. official involved in the case:

Zaveleta was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez’s immigration case. […]

Menendez, who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected in November with 58 percent of the vote. Congressional staffers who work for Menendez were notified about Sanchez’s case shortly after the arrest. Sanchez told ICE agents that he worked on immigration issues for the senator. A spokesman for Menendez said she was looking into the matter. […]

The prosecutor’s office in Hudson County, N.J., said Sanchez was found to have violated the law in 2010 and subsequently required to register as a sex offender. The exact charge was unclear because Sanchez was prosecuted as a juvenile and those court records are not publicly accessible. The prosecutor’s office confirmed to AP that Sanchez registered as a sex offender, although his name does not appear on the public registry.

Menendez said he did not know about the arrest until just before his interview on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, but his staff became aware of it on Monday.

“We certainly wouldn’t have known through any background checks since he is a minor about any sex offender status,” Menendez said. “Once it came to our attention, our New Jersey staff director let the young man go from the program… We have a whole bunch of college interns. There’s no way we can know about any allegation as a juvenile. That’s the story.”

Last month, New Jersey Republicans asked the Senate Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into Menendez based on public records and media reports indicating the senator failed to disclose and seek permission for a series of flights between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic from 2010 to 2012.

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Unreal: Obama Labor Department May Delay Jobs Report Until After Election

Unreal: Labor Department May Delay Jobs Report Until After Election – Townhall

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This breaking, astonishing news comes via the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to delay Friday’s October jobs report, the final reading on the labor market before next week’s federal elections. A Labor official said the agency will assess the schedule for all its data releases this week when the “weather emergency” is over. Labor is scheduled to release the employment report on Friday, third quarter employment costs on Wednesday and weekly jobless claims on Thursday. The U.S. Census Bureau also said it hasn’t made a decision on whether to delay economic reports it plans to release this week, including construction spending on Thursday and factory orders on Friday.

Ah yes, the “weather emergency.” Look, the majority of the Townhall editorial team will be affected by this storm. We’re bracing for power outages and other major disruptions, so the seriousness of the situation is not lost on us. Indeed, the Romney campaign just announced that they are postponing or canceling two rallies tonight, and all campaign events tomorrow, “out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy.” I can understand the decision to avoid the optics of stumping for election while millions of citizens are in peril, but I’m blown away that the Department of Labor is considering using the severe weather as a handy excuse to push off its final pre-election unemployment report until after November 6th. The Journal’s write up suggests that this move would be a judgment call rather than a necessity. Unless and until overwhelming evidence is produced that this course of action is absolutely unavoidable, Labor’s potential shift should be viewed as an unacceptable, abjectly political maneuver. It doesn’t take a conspiratorial mind to imagine that the executive branch may have a political interest in pushing back the release of data that may prove… unhelpful to their boss:

George Stephanopoulos asked former Obama administration economist Austan Goolsbee about the political impact of the jobs report coming up this Friday, just four days before most voters cast their ballots. Goolsbee notes that only “unbelievable outliers… crack through the shell” of the electorate’s consciousness for a single-month’s report. Goolsbee then admits that last month’s jobs report was “artificially too optimistic” – an “unbelievable outlier,” in other words. So why admit that now? Well, that “unbelievable outlier” is likely to get corrected in this month’s household survey, and that will drive the jobless rate up,

In short, Team Obama is already circling the wagons to lower expectations for what could be a damaging jobs report – a fate they’ve feared for some time. Wouldn’t it be “convenient” if the wind and heavy rains washed this information away for a few days? Parting quotation: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

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