The illegal-alien activist who held a meeting this week with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson may be a case study of the status of some illegals in the country and the true nature of some of their leading activists.
Catalina Nieto, a self-described illegal alien, was part of a delegation from the radical Code Pink that reportedly met with Johnson on Monday, according to Breitbart News.
In a blog post on Code Pink’s website, the group’s leaders said Nieto identified herself to Johnson as an “illegal alien” and questioned the DHS chief about his immigration policies, including what she claimed were horrid conditions at detention centers for illegals.
“I’m an ‘illegal alien,’ that’s how you refer to us in all your documents, right?” Nieto asked Johnson, according to Code Pink.
Continued Nieto to Johnson: “Well you are meeting one in person right now. Have you met with people going through detention and deportation? Have you met with the families of those who are being deported? You talk about conducting a review to make immigration enforcement more ‘humane,’ but let me tell you that there is nothing humane about enforcement, even from the way you refer to us, as aliens, not even humans.”
Nieto said there is nothing “humane about drones at the border, a border patrol that is out of control, or operation streamline.”
“There is nothing humane,” she said, “about putting someone in deportation proceedings, then locking them up in a cage, away from their families and any support system, making it almost impossible to get legal counsel, without any due process rights, in horrible conditions, and then deporting them. There is nothing humane about that.”
Nieto, however, does not seem to be a victim of policies targeting illegal aliens.
She has reportedly been present illegally in the U.S. since 2000, when she migrated from Colombia.
Nieto directs the Detention Watch Network, which lobbies on behalf of detained illegals. The group is financed heavily by the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation.
Tides is the nation’s biggest funder of far-left groups, including MoveOn.org and previously the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
Nieto was a national grass-roots organizer at Witness for Peace, which claims to support “peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas.” The group was founded by Rev. Jim Wallis’ socialist Sojourners group.
Wallis, described as a spiritual adviser to President Obama, was a member of the White House “faith council.” He is a socialist activist who has championed communist causes and once labeled the U.S. “the great captor and destroyer of human life,” as WND reported.
Wallis’ Sojourners publishes a magazine that actively lobbied for communist regimes that seized power in Latin America in the late 1970s, including the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. Sojourners in the 1980s was a fierce opponent of the U.S. nuclear buildup, claiming the policy was “an intolerable evil” irreconcilably at odds with Christianity.
Discover the Networks notes Sojourners originally formed a socialist commune in Washington, D.C., where members shared finances and launched anti-capitalist activism.
Meanwhile, it is unclear who paid for Nieto’s education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She also attended the School for International Training located in Washington, D.C., and in Vermont.
In 2003, it was reported she was awarded a $1,500 Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship “to help her prepare for a career in photography.”
In 2007, Nieto moved to Nashville after being accepted to the Soros and Tides-funded Center for Community Change’s Generation Change internship program.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott