The PJ Tatler

Obama's Immigration Agency Now 'Welcoming All Residents'

The Obama administration’s efforts to transform the nation’s electorate through immigration is running at full speed. White House employees have been sent to the Department of Homeland Security to accelerate President Obama’s efforts to integrate foreigners into the American political landscape as quickly as possible — preferably by November 2016.

Meet Mariestella Fischer Vélez.

Velez has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service. Velez is on a detail from the White House for 120 days to steer the USCIS toward policies in keeping with Obama administration priorities — namely the “White House Task Force on New Americans.”

Velez background is in the key intersection of politics, policy, and immigration. From her internal announcement at USCIS, obtained by PJ Media:

Previously, Vélez served as the senior advisor to the director in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There, she focused on refugee integration and strategic partnerships. While at ORR, Vélez collaborated with key interagency partners, including the White House Domestic Policy Council and USCIS, providing input and support to the task force and refugee integration initiatives. Her six-year tenure at HHS, includes serving within the ACF Office of the Assistant Secretary, and the HHS Office of the Secretary.


Also, Velez was a political organizer for President Obama’s election campaign. Again, from the official government internal announcement:

Prior to HHS, Vélez served as a bilingual partnership specialist for the 2010 Census and as field organizer in the Florida for Change 2008 presidential campaign. She is a former Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Vélez has worked closely with underserved and underrepresented communities across different sectors to lead advocacy and community organizing efforts. Vélez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a master’s degree in urban education from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fordham University.

While at Fordham, incidentally, Velez won an award for her paper entitled “Prisoners of Politics: A Case Study of Puerto Rican Nationalists and the Role of Politics in American Justice.”

Recently, she is the author of “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents,” a document published by the Obama administration. In the document, Alinsky-style organizing tactics merge with government immigration policy:

Together, we can promote a Citizenship Public Awareness Campaign and support civic action. Raise awareness about the rights and importance of U.S. citizenship, available toolkits and multilingual resources, as well as current funding opportunities and promising practices, to support citizenship and integration engagement across local communities. Some ACF programs are already engaged in these efforts such as OCS’ CSBG grantees and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Ethnic Community Self-Help grantees.

Her document solicits citizen activism to broaden support for Obama’s immigration policies:

In addition, the Task Force issued a national volunteer call to action to create more welcoming communities, and will promote naturalization, bolster integration initiatives and increase awareness of New Americans’ contributions. This can include highlighting resettlement success stories, as well as the Outstanding Americans by Choice Initiative.

Hashtag #NuevosCiudadanos.