Nearly Three Quarters of Convicted Terrorists Are Foreign Born

The ruling class of this country, aided by the press, apparently believes that immigrants are better than the little citizens, but a recent report should make them pipe down for a bit. It turns out a lot of the murderous bad guys are foreigners — imagine that.

As Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “According to a list maintained by the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, at least 549 individuals were convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2016. Of the 549 individuals, 402 were foreign-born — that’s 73 percent.”

73 percent of terrorists convicted in the U.S. were foreign born: DHS report, by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, January 16, 2018

Most people convicted of international terrorism in U.S. courts since 2001 were foreign born, the Trump administration said in a new report Tuesday that officials said boosts the president’s travel ban.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also had more than 2,500 encounters with people who appear on the FBI’s terrorist watch list in 2017, the administration said. And since 2001 deportation officers have ousted more than 1,700 foreigners over national security concerns.

“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality — our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

He said there are “thousands of people” facing terrorism-related investigations right now.

The new report found at least 549 people convicted of international terrorism charges in U.S. federal courts since the 2001 attacks. Of those, 254 weren’t citizens, and another 148 were foreign born but ended up getting U.S. citizenship through the immigration system.


CBS reporter John Dickerson interviewed Nielsen about the study. He seemed anxious to underline that some Americans were committing the criminal acts in question, ignoring the fact that the foreigners were allowed to enter, and many could have been kept out with better screening.

JOHN DICKERSON: Secretary Nielsen, you have a new report that has been created by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. What does the report say?

SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN: Well, I’ll just start by telling you it’s very concerning. I think what it underlines is that we need to be very clear who’s coming into our country, make sure they’re not a terrorist. The most important figure I think from the report is that 73 percent of all those convicted of international-related offenses, terrorism-related offenses over the last 15 years were foreign born. So that’s quite a substantial percentage.

DICKERSON: So if you’re concerned, is this a clear and present danger?

NIELSEN: Of course. Absolutely. I think the president’s been very clear. I think this underscores the need to not only implement the executive orders that he’s issued over the past year, but I feel very strongly about going to Congress today during a hearing and work with them to close the loopholes that prevent us from removing known, suspected terrorists and other criminals in the United States.

DICKERSON: So what policy rises up out of these numbers?

NIELSEN: I think what we take directly away from the report is we need to continue to enhance our screening and vetting. But it also tells us we need to continually vet those who are here. We have examples unfortunately over the last decades of terrorist attacks from legal permanent residents and others who were naturalized. So we need to be able to continue up until the point they become a U.S. citizen, to continue to vet them to ensure they haven’t become radicalized.


Update: California Is Still America’s Poverty Capital

It’s not new news that Democrat-run California has the worst poverty in the United States; the Census report to that effect was noted here in 2014.

Still, the fact that the home of Silicon Valley and of so many tech and natural riches can be poverty stricken needs to be repeated, so perhaps people can grasp how stupid liberal governance is. Today’s reminder appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday and is posted below.

Being a rather short item, the op-ed does leave out some vital features, in particular California’s habit of importing foreign poverty via immigration, both legal and illegal. In 2014, Governor Jerry Brown reportedly invited all of Mexico to move north, telling the Mexicans they “are welcome in California.”

Plus there are plenty of magnets for immigrants of all legalities in the state, such as drivers licenses/identification for illegal aliens, taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition for all residents and financial aid for illegals. And as we saw recently in the trial of Kate Steinle’s killer, a criminal Mexican can get away with murder.

But back to California poverty, one painful symptom is the worsening homelessness, including some of the wealthiest cities, like San Francisco.

Homelessness is exacerbated by immigration also. It was reported in the LA Times June 18, 2017 that Los Angeles homelessness had become diverse: “Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up by 63% in the past year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar by 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street.”

So poverty is worsened by liberal policies and has many faces.

Op-Ed:  Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?, by Kerry Jackson, Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2018

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.

Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. [. . .]

Apparently content with futile poverty policies, Sacramento lawmakers can turn their attention to what historian Victor Davis Hanson aptly describes as a fixation on “remaking the world.” The political class wants to build a costly and needless high-speed rail system; talks of secession from a United States presided over by Donald Trump; hired former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. to “resist” Trump’s agenda; enacted the first state-level cap-and-trade regime; established California as a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants; banned plastic bags, threatening the jobs of thousands of workers involved in their manufacture; and is consumed by its dedication to “California values.” All this only reinforces the rest of America’s perception of an out-of-touch Left Coast, to the disservice of millions of Californians whose values are more traditional, including many of the state’s poor residents.


Kris Kobach Reminds Americans That DACA Aliens Harm Young Citizens

Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime and is theft at best (and murder at worst): illegals come to steal jobs, education and welfare benefits from American citizens and taxpayers. The latest foreign moochers in the public eye are the DACA illegals, nearly a million foreigners (79 percent from Mexico) who are the latest poster “kids” — mostly young adults, actually — to be embraced by the open-borders Democrats.

As we know, the party is not motivated by generosity toward misplaced foreigners, but by the desire to turn all of America permanently Democrat as excessive immigration has done to once dependably Republican California.

The pro-alien press demands that Trump lighten up on DACAs who were brought by their parents “through no fault of their own” in a cheesy little mantra that we hear constantly. In fact, although many were brought by parents, they are adults now and cannot be allowed to continue ripping off Americans. The press has presented the DACAs as models of virtue, but the truth is they are not superior to citizens. The DACAs are consistently portrayed as academically high achieving valedictorians, but a stunning 21 percent of the group are high school dropouts, more than three times the national dropout rate of 5.9 percent.

DACAs can be rather insufferable, such as when a gaggle of them mobbed Hart Senate Office Building last November to demand mass amnesty.

So it’s a pleasant change to hear someone stand up for American young people who are directly harmed by the DACA illegal aliens competing for jobs and college, namely the Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He appeared with Tucker Carlson recently and pointed out these facts:

KRIS KOBACH: Look Tucker, you’ve pointed out that the DACA amnesty is bad for Americans: it’s granting an amnesty to nearly a million people in their 20s and 30s; their average age is 24, who are gonna compete against young Americans who have a nine percent unemployment rate in that age group, and for the young Americans who don’t have a college degree. it’s a whopping 34 percent underemployment rate. So we’re legalizing foreign nationals who have broken our laws to compete against Americans who can’t get a job, so that’s bad policy.

In addition, it’s gonna cause another surge in the illegal immigration, so the idea that we have to do this is ludicrous and we should only even consider doing this if there are many many law enforcement advantages that are given to it, like ending chain migration, I think we have to have mandatory e-verify, and if we don’t get everything we want to secure our borders including the wall, then we walk away from the deal. We don’t need to do DACA.

TUCKER CARLSON: And not only do it, but put it right to the very top of the list of priorities of the US Congress — before everything, before the opioid crisis — it’s literally shortening the life expectancy of middle America — we need to do this. I feel sorry for some of the DACA recipients for sure, I’m not attacking them but it’s not clear why if you have any questions about it, you should take a moral lecture from a Republican senator who suggests that you’re the cynical heartless one when you raise questions about the effect on American citizens. How do we get to a place where Republican senators are lecturing us about how they’re far better people than we are because they’re for amnesty? How’d that happen exactly?

Good question, Tucker!

South Florida Horses Slaughtered for Meat, Santeria Sacrifice

The changing population around the Miami area has included a very cruel expression of diversity, namely the theft and slaughter of horses for monstrous purposes. It’s been going on for years; my first report was in 2009: Diversity in Miami Now Includes Cruel Horse Slaughter.

Americans object to animal cruelty, but often don’t understand how unusual we are in that respect among world cultures — see Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also… Cruelty To Animals, 2006.

Below, from the 2009 AP report Miami area on edge over horse slaughters, animal cruelty investigator Richard Couto comforts a colt, whose mother was butchered at a Miami stable.

It’s very painful for a family to see the body of their beloved pet cruelly stripped of its flesh, sometimes while the animal was alive.

Cubans, Mexicans and other hispanics like to eat horse meat, and seem not to mind if it is procured illegally and with brutality. Santeria is a Caribbean form of witchcraft that includes animal sacrifice as a norm, although chickens apparently are more common victims.

This cruelty against horses is some of the diversity we are supposed to celebrate.

Horses Found Slaughtered Near Northwest Miami-Dade Farm, NBC Miami, January 10 2018

Officials from one animal rights group released details about a disturbing discovery of horses found slaughtered at one Northwest Miami-Dade farm Wednesday.

Animal Recovery Mission said they found numerous animals dead at the farm located at 17900 NW 129th Avenue. One ARM member, investigator Rachel Taylor, said the animals were found in several stages of decomposition – with Miami-Dade Police saying they found remains dating back as far as two months.

Taylor said the group was notified about a horse dead in the area early Wednesday morning and found several different locations where bodies were found.

“They weren’t slaughtered here because we didn’t see any blood and they’re all in bags, so they’re probably being slaughtered somewhere in this area and then dumped here,” Taylor said.

Miami-Dade Police said the remains of possibly two horses date back about one or two months. Bones and other remains including at least 10 other horse skulls were also found in the area but were not recent, police said.

The animals were found stripped of their meat for likely human consumption, according to Taylor, as well as for religious rituals associated with Santeria.


Tucker Carlson: the Temporary Protected Status Program Is a Lie to Fool Americans

Tucker made a few remarks Wednesday about President Trump’s decision to send Salvadorans home which focused mostly on what a falsehood the “Temporary” Protected Status is because the irresponsible do-gooder pols who created the program never expected the foreigners to leave.

Naturally there are squawks all around about the cruelty of sending the Salvadorans back to their home. It should be noted that the people affected are largely illegal aliens residing here since February 2001, with a few on travel visas that expired shortly thereafter.

USA Today reported that Salvadorans on TPS have also given birth to 192,000 children, all US citizens, so many perp parents have anchor kids they can use as tickets to return to this country.

TUCKER CARLSON: This week the Trump administration announced it will be suspending the Temporary Protected Status label for immigrants from El Salvador. Basically no journalist in America had ever heard of this till this week, but all of a sudden nothing this bad has ever happened. You’ve read that again and again, so here’s what it’s really about. The move affects about 200,000 Salvadorans who’ve been allowed to live and work here since 2001. That was the year an earthquake hit their country. The name of the program Temporary Protected Status alludes to what its purpose was supposed to be: it was supposed to provide short-term refuge for visitors from other countries that were in short term disorder.

That’s not what happened; that’s never what happens. In fact it has simply become an illegal immigrant amnesty program just like DACA, except it targets specific countries rather than people of a specific age. Under TPS, people are protected from deportation and given work permits even if they came to the US illegally. The excuse for this is, not surprisingly, paper-thin: the El Salvador earthquake was bad, very bad, but the notion they can’t return home 17 years later — absurd. The same goes for the 57,000 Hondurans who are still here because of 1998 Hurricane Mitch, that was 20 years ago, or the 51,000 Haitians who are allowed to stay here because of the 2010 earthquake in that country.

This isn’t about providing short-term refuge; it’s elites in Washington using a legal loophole to let hundreds of thousands of people come here permanently without going through any of the ordinary immigration channels. Now you can tell that nobody ever expected for them to return home because the suggestion that they do return home is being treated as a massive crisis for some reason. On Monday the New York Times commented on quote “the sense of dread gripping employers in California, Texas and Virginia.” It’s obvious why they feel dread. TPS effectively legalized hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers in those places and employers would rather not have to pay high wages to actual Americans. Politicians meanwhile are upset at the prospect of losing hundreds and thousands of future safe votes. That’s what it’s all about. Anyone who tries to suggest otherwise is lying to you or themselves.

Here’s a map and graph of the TPS program which shows the diversity it has brought to America.

Korean Company Designs Robots to Replace Service Workers

Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show is a global stage for new tech products to be introduced to the public and is taking place now from January 9 through 12. As the title suggests, most of the new machines are aimed at gizmo-minded shoppers, such as a self-driving suitcase, a laundry-folding robot and a variety of virtual-reality headsets.

However at least one company, LG of South Korea, is using the show to display its robots designed to replace hotel and other service workers.

Below, an LG robot assists a traveller.

Low-skilled service jobs are the easiest to automate and the replacement process should be a reminder that the US should not be importing well over a million immigrants annually who are largely unskilled because so much of US immigration is family based. The Center for Immigration Studies recently reported on the record number: 1.8 Million Immigrants Likely Arrived in 2016, Matching Highest Level in U.S. History. Author Steve Camarota remarked, “Our generous legal immigration system allows in a huge number of immigrants and then permits them to sponsor their relatives causing a multiplier effect. This chain migration has contributed to nearly 14 million immigrants settling here between 2006 to 2016.”

Congressman Steve King underlined the lack of skills-based immigration when he stated on Breitbart radio January 10 that only “between seven and 11 percent of the legal immigration in America is based on any kind of merit.”

It’s crazy for Washington to continue importing a foreign underclass of workers who will be automated out of employment in a few years. The correct number of immigrants for the approaching automated future is ZERO.

Hotel workers will be among the first to be unemployed by smart machines.

Here’s a video of LG robots at the Vegas CES, demonstrating a couple models designed to take human jobs.

Naturally a hotel industry publication thinks saving money with automation is a great idea.

LG introduces robots to replace hotel employees, Hotel Management Magazine, January 9, 2018

Robots are becoming more ubiquitous at hotels, and LG is introducing three new models this week.

LG is introducing CLOi (pronounced KLOH-ee), a line of three new concept robots specifically developed for commercial use at hotels, airports and supermarkets. The trio will be unveiled at CES 2018, the Consumer Technology Association’s show, this week in Las Vegas.

The purpose of the Serving Robot is to deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently. The robot can deliver food or refreshments around the clock and with its built-in sliding tray, present the tray to the customer for easy removal. Once the delivery is confirmed, the Serving Robot makes its way back on its own.

Designed to deliver luggage to guests’ rooms, the Porter Robot minimizes the inconvenience that may result from slow service and long wait times during a hotel stay. The Porter Robot can also handle express check-in and check-out service and take care of payment, allowing busy guests to check out and have their luggage delivered to a waiting car in a fraction of the time.

Finally, LG’s third new robot is made to work with customers at a supermarket, telling them the price of products and then guiding them through the aisles.

Hotel guests in some major cities are getting used to robots delivering items to their rooms and one hotel in Japan is completely run by robots. Many of the hotel robots are butlers, deliver amenities and roomservice items, like the Relay robot from Savioke at the Luma Hotel Times Square in New York City and the Singapore Hotel Jen. Hotel Jen is the first international hotel brand to use autonomous Savioke Relay robots in Asia. . . .

A report released by McKinsey & Company last November suggested that by 2030, as many as 800 million workers globally could be replaced by robots. Even if automation adoption is slower than anticipated, as many as 400 million people could still be affected, the report said.

Rasmussen Poll Shows Candidate Oprah Beating President Trump (for Now)

In a story made for the internet, a recent survey following an upwelling of liberal hopes for a President Oprah indeed showed her defeating Trump in 2020 by 10 points.

Poll: Oprah Beats Trump 48-38 with Likely Voters in 2020 Election,, January 10, 2018

President Trump said that he liked Oprah Winfrey and didn’t believe she would run for president in 2020, when he spoke with reporters on Tuesday. Though he did express confidence if Winfrey did run, saying: “Yeah I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun.”

On the heels of that presidential optimism, comes a Rasmussen poll which suggests that the president’s air of confidence might be misplaced.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey released on Wednesday, 48 percent of likely U.S. voters would choose entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2020, while 38 percent would choose Trump. . . .

Perhaps when voters see Oprah’s “Die Whitey” video from the BBC in 2013, those positive thoughts will fade away. It’s a political ad producer’s dream, footage that stands alone as a statement of racism:

Plus, there are other imperfections in The Great Oprah. I reported in 2013 that she attacked a Swiss sales clerk for being rude to her because of alleged racism, which was convenient timing because Winfrey had a new movie opening and likely wanted publicity: Oprah Declares Swiss to Be Racists; Time Magazine Obediently Piles On.

The Daily Wire compiled a nice list a couple days back, TOP 5 OPRAH FAILS: Calling For People To Die, Racism Hoaxes, Allowed Praise Of Jihad On Show — And More that includes her friendships with Hollywood monsters like accused mass rapist Harvey Weinstein (shown below). So Oprah may not be the idealized diversity goddess of liberal dreams. Oh, well!

President Trump Adds “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” to His Projects List

It was not a good look for President Trump to be flanked by Dick Durbin and Steny Hoyer among a gaggle of other amnesty boosters in the White House on Tuesday. As Ann Coulter observed about the scene, “When Kevin McCarthy is the hardliner on immigration in the room, I think we can call this the lowest day in the Trump presidency.”

Worse, it was a quite a shock to hear Trump, who campaigned as the tough immigration enforcer, speak positively about “comprehensive immigration reform” — aka mass amnesty:

And, you know, when you talk about comprehensive immigration reform, which is where I would like to get to eventually — if we do the right bill here, we are not very far way. You know, we’ve done most of it. You want to know the truth, Dick? If we do this properly, DACA, you’re not so far away from comprehensive immigration reform.

And if you want to take it that further step, I’ll take the heat, I don’t care. I don’t care — I’ll take all the heat you want to give me, and I’ll take the heat off both the Democrats and the Republicans.

You can read the official White House transcript of the 55-minute meeting here: Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Bipartisan Members of Congress on Immigration.

Tucker Carlson was not impressed with President Trump’s performance either.

Trump’s switch was Carlson’s first topic on his Tuesday show:

TUCKER CARLSON: President Trump ran for office to fix Washington and make good deals and do a better job than the corrupt lawmakers he said were wrecking the country. He was right, they were wrecking the country. And yet today in remarkable twist, the president held a televised meeting with the very swamp creatures he wants denounced. He told them he trusted them to craft immigration policy without his input; then he said he would be willing to accept any deal they produced, even a bad one.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: When this group comes back hopefully with an agreement, this group and others from the Senate, from the House, comes back with an agreement, I’m signing it. I mean, I will be signing it. I’m not going to say, oh gee, I want this or I want that. I will be signing it because I have a lot of confidence in the people in this room that you will come up with something really good.

CARLSON: At one point the president agreed with Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California that it would be wise to handle the question of DACA separately before negotiating any meaningful reform of our broken and dysfunctional immigration system.

SENATOR FEINSTEIN: I don’t know how you would feel about this, but I’d like to ask the question: What about a clean DACA bill now, with a commitment that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure? Like we did back — oh, I remember when Kennedy was here and it was really a major, major effort, and it was a great disappointment that it went nowhere.

TRUMP: I remember that. I have no problem. I think that’s basically what Dick is saying. We’re going to come up with DACA. We’re going to do DACA, and then we can start immediately on the phase two, which would be comprehensive.

CARLSON: Key allies very close to the president on immigration told us this afternoon they were shocked by what they saw in that meeting. It was a completely different Donald Trump from the one we watched on the campaign trail just two years ago. How different? Let’s put it this way. Trump’s rival from the 2016 race Jeb Bush who was on the far left of Republican sentiment on immigration questions, tweeted these words in response to the meeting: “Encouraged the president is seeking bipartisan solutions to our immigration challenges.”

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on the premise that America’s borders ought to be real, that the repeated amnesties of the past have betrayed voters and that this country deserves an immigration policy that looks out for American interests rather than those of foreign countries. Almost nobody in Washington agreed with him at the time, almost nobody in Washington agrees with him now. Congress is full of people from both parties who believe that the point of our immigration policy is to provide cheap labor to their donors and to atone for America’s imaginary sins against the world. They couldn’t care less about immigration’s effect on you or your family. Yet these are the same people the president now says he trusts to write the immigration bill, the one he’ll sign no matter what it says. So what was the point of running for president?

You’ll remember the president also ran on his skills as a negotiator and he clearly has skills as a negotiator. Where were they today? The president signaled he’s be happy to legalize hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants now, and that at some point in the future, tackle all that other stuff like making sure they can’t bring millions of their relatives from the third world with them. It’s not much of a negotiation. Amnesty for DACA recipients is the only leverage the White House has.

Once the president agrees to let them jump to the head of the line ahead of millions of other people hoping to come here legally, the negotiation is over. At that point, why would Democrats agree to anything? Ending chain migration, the diversity lottery, supporting a merit-based system that might actually help America? No chance.

The Democrats’ goal is to import more Democratic voters and by any means necessary. Once they retake the Congress and the presidency — and if Trump betrays base on immigration, that will definitely happen — it is over. Say goodbye to borders. They are done. Keep in mind that the top Democrat in the House recently thanked illegal aliens for sneaking into this country. That’s how Democrats feel, and they are not pretending anymore.

Being a Trump voter isn’t always easy, it’s like rooting for the underdog in baseball, the old Chicago Cubs. On one level there is pride, the pride that comes from doing something that fashionable people consider insane, and that’s a good feeling. But there’s also some disappointment along the way, and honestly there is some embarrassment. You silently bear it because you know that when they finally win the World Series it will be worth everything you went through. Every sarcastic dig from your brother-in-law at Thanksgiving will seem small by comparison. In the Trump presidency, the World Series is this immigration bill, the big payoff, the whole point of the exercise, and they’re not allowed to blow it.

DACA Amnesty Now, Amnesty Tomorrow, Amnesty Forever

DACA amnesty now, build the wall later — that seems familiar somehow. . .

Oh, right, that’s how Reagan’s big 1986 amnesty went down — the lawbreaker forgiveness took place on Day #1, but the promised enforcement never happened.

Now we are told that a DACA amnesty (possibly to include millions of “Dreamers” on the slippery slope) can be finagled into a deal with a bundle of enforcement. Mark Krikorian makes a good case that a tough enforcement payoff including an end to chain migration and Diversity Visa will be worth the negative effects of the amnesty: The Logic of a DACA Deal, National Review, Aug 28, 2018.

This analysis reflects a political viewpoint, not a psychological one. It sorts out the deal that can be gotten through standard political negotiation. But that’s not how a DACA forgiveness will be seen in the Third World. Poor people desiring to mooch a better life in the United States will see the word “Amnesty!” and begin packing their bags. After all, if the tough-on-aliens President Trump allows an amnesty to happen, then America (the former “nation of laws”) will be seen as a paper tiger, with periodic amnesties occurring every decade or so. Amnesty Forever is the message.

Washington may be able to grind out difficult legislation on amnesty, but the psychological effects on people around the world are not being taken into account sufficiently. Krikorian understands the incentive being created and says “any DACA amnesty must be accompanied by enforcement measures.”

Okay, but will the enforcement be sufficient to balance out the hard-to-quantify alien surge? Many millions may come. We might see a future explosion of illegals working off the books. Do we want to take the chance of an alien tsunami?

Below, President Reagan signs the mother of all immigration amnesty bills in November 1986.

As the enforcement stalwart Senator Chuck Grassley observed after voting for the 1986 amnesty, “You know what I found out? If you reward illegality, you get more of it.”

Senator Tom Cotton warned that passing the more extensive DREAM Act would be “the single biggest amnesty in the history of the United States.”

Keep in mind that there are nearly three billion more residents on planet Earth now compared to Reagan’s time — 4.9 billion in 1986 vs. 7.6 billion today. Most of that growth is occurring in poor countries.

Furthermore, DACAs are characterized as grateful valedictorians, when in fact they are demanding leftists who feel entitled, as revealed when they accosted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a September presser. It looked like they were on the verge of violence against her for not being tough enough in demanding amnesty for all illegals.

An angry mob of DACA pests descended on Hart Senate Office Building in November, showing the Pelosi skirmish was not a one-off. #NoDACANoPeace is showing up on Twitter as a hashtag.

DACA amnesty recipients won’t feel appreciative to Republicans; they will instead add to a future permanent majority of Democrats created by decades of excessive legal and illegal immigration.

Finally, destroying the Founders’ unique creation by erasing the rule of law just to hand out amnesty candy is wrong. As Congressman Steve King tweeted on Sunday:

Every amnesty has opened our borders wider and made America less sovereign. The American character is being watered down by the presence of foreign cultures which want things done their way, often with a big-government preference. Immigrants gather in their own ethnic neighborhoods like Little Mogadishu in Minneapolis and the Little Mexicos across America so they can maintain their own cultures and avoid assimilation.

These and other negative symptoms show a system of legal and illegal immigration which has devolved into chaos. Decades of open borders have eroded the rule of law which cannot survive much more abuse from powerful do-gooders and cheap-labor importers.

It’s a mistake to sacrifice the rule of law for a even a good deal with strong immigration enforcement measures. Every amnesty creates another. Amnesty Forever is the result.

Rents Soar in Crowded Northern California

The San Jose Mercury News filled much of its Sunday front page with a story of the struggles of ordinary people facing the high cost of housing in the popular Bay Area. The influx of highly paid tech workers has pushed up rents, along with general population growth in the area.

It’s a simple case of supply and demand: when the demand skyrockets while the supply grows very slowly if at all, then the desired product, in this case housing, becomes more valuable. And rents are going to stratospheric heights in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in places near the tech industry that stretches from San Jose to San Francisco and beyond. California’s growth is fueled to a large extent by immigration, shown by its 10 million residents who are foreign born — 27 percent. So high rents are a symptom of big immigration along with traffic jams and crowding everywhere.

Still, the report from the Murky News about rents doesn’t consider the larger cause which would require the paper to admit immigration isn’t entirely wonderful.

For renters, the new normal: lower expectations and shrinking apartments, San Jose Mercury News, January 7, 2018

Gabriel Rodarte grew up in San Jose and has worked there for 30 years as a mailman for the U.S. Postal Service. Making his rounds, he says, “I see it all. I see three families living inside one small apartment, or total strangers who share a room. None of them stay very long; they can’t afford it.”

Neither can Rodarte. He earns nearly $60,000 a year, but his apartments keep getting smaller. Dodging the region’s skyrocketing rents for the last five years, he now rents a room from a friend for $400 a month and feels “trapped. That’s where I’m at — I feel like I’m the working poor. It’s just ridiculous when you can’t afford to live in the place where you grew up.”

A generation of tenants now sees itself as rent-poor, with every last dime doled out for gas, groceries and the landlord. Renters struggle throughout the Bay Area.  In San Jose, the median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is now $2,550, far above the national average of $1,560.  A similar two-bedroom flat can cost even more elsewhere: $3,080 in Walnut Creek and $4,910 in Cupertino, according to a recent report.

As the Bay Area’s economy booms, and as the tech sector continues to expand, this is the new normal for those on the margins: shrinking expectations and shrinking apartments. Nearly 40 percent of working adults in the Bay Area are now “doubled up” with roommates in order to afford rent, according to a study from Zillow.

Their tales can get complicated: Rodarte once owned a house in Tracy, but lost it during the Great Recession when he struggled to make mortgage and child support payments. A decade later, with many of his possessions in a storage locker, he lives in that $400-a-month room. In his spare time, he goes door-to-door as a fair housing advocate for People Acting in Community Together (PACT), an interfaith nonprofit.

“We’re trying to build a coalition,” he explained, “because to work all these years and feel priced out — not just people who work in the post office, but teachers and police, all kinds of people — it’s just so frustrating, and it’s sad.”

Many renters have stories like Rodarte’s, stories of frustration and struggle in a housing market that has forced them to move from place to place, to double up and to give up on the idea of ever having a stable home of their own. Ashante and Jennifer Parker missed a single rent payment and wound up living in their 2006 Impala with their three young children. Salma Vizcaya watched her family split apart when her parents couldn’t afford the rent hike on the apartment that had been home for more than a decade.

Daniela Richey has been stretching her cash and exercising her wits for going on two decades, always trying to stay a step ahead of the next rent increase.

She grew up in Mountain View, works in accounting and earns about $52,000 a year. In 2003, she moved into a modest apartment in a 64-unit complex in Sunnyvale, paying $850 monthly for her 500-square-foot, “junior bedroom” home. By early 2016, as the post-recession tech boom pushed Bay Area housing costs through the roof, her rent had jumped to $1,700 a month.

That year, she received notice that the complex had been sold to a corporate owner who was terminating all the leases — and gave her the option of signing back up at $2,700 a month. She already was running through her savings, “so on August 31st at 3 a.m., I went on Craigslist, looking for a room.”

She rented a 400-square-foot bedroom with bath — no kitchen privileges — for $1,100 a month in a house in Sunnyvale. The landlord “was renting out one other room and a tool shed in the backyard. These are trending times; people are living in tool sheds.”


Is Matt Gonzalez the New Hero of Illegal Alien Sanctuary?

In November, a San Francisco jury found the killer of Kate Steinle guilty of only felony possession of a weapon. Jose Zarate was sentenced on Friday to time served for that crime. However, he is being moved to federal custody where he will face additional charges.

Below, five-times deported illegal alien Mexican Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (left) shot and killed Kate Steinle as she strolled on a San Francisco pier with her father, but the killer was found not guilty in her death.

On Friday, Zarate’s attorney Matt Gonzalez discussed why he believed the federal prosecution was “vindictive” with Martha MacCallum on Fox News. He thought the killer’s immigration status was meaningless and did not grasp that Kate Steinle would still be alive if Zarate had been deported rather than released by the sanctuary city San Francisco.

Lawyer Matt Gonzalez comforts his client, the admitted killer of Kate Steinle.

Most people outside California may be unaware that Matt Gonzalez is not an ordinary public defender. On the contrary, he has a long history of far left activism and has been quite a fixture in San Francisco politics. He was a member of the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors starting in 2000 and was president of the Board. He ran as the Green Party candidate for mayor of the city in 2003 but lost to Democrat Gavin Newsom. When Ralph Nader ran for president in 2008, Gonzalez was his vice presidential candidate. He was appointed to be the chief attorney in the Public Defender’s Office in 2011.

So it’s likely that Gonzalez will parlay the publicity he got in this trial into another political effort. He will certainly be seen as the hero of the sanctuary movement and a defender of illegal alien criminals against the hated Trump and others who believe in law and sovereignty. Who knows how far Gonzalez may go with such credentials?

C-SPAN Devotes Three Hours to Immigration

I happened to click on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal viewer call-in show this morning (Wednesday, 1/3) and discovered the whole three hours was about immigration — it was an immersive experience.

The first hour was dedicated to calls from three categories of immigrants only — illegal aliens, those here for fewer than five years and residents here for longer than five years.

The sense of entitlement among callers was overwhelming, even from the illegals. Every immigrant and alien seemed to regard residence in the United States as their right, and they had plenty of excuses and rationalizations for that belief. A Dominican complained that immigrants have to work harder than citizens, even though that’s to be expected because families with long histories in the country have accumulated capital. Some of the other callers didn’t make amy sense at all with their beliefs and conspiracy theories. Or didn’t speak understandable English.

The complaints about the country were numerous, some with a spoken or unspoken observation that Americans were racist for not wanting open borders. I didn’t hear any concern for the future of the country — such as the environment and whether the US can supply water and food for endless population growth hitting unimaginable numbers in the future.

The next segment was an interview with wall Street Journal journalist Laura Meckler, who presumably was supposed to be the objective voice, although not so much.

The advocates segment at least had Dan Stein of FAIR, who is a good debater and explainer versus the director of AILA, the evil immigration lawyers association.

The final segment was an open phones piece asking the question, “What are your immigration priorities for 2018?” It had the common C-SPAN symptom of very dumb comments and really intelligent calls. Discussing immigration diversity can be so tiring.

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