NPR had a segment the other day about a new film about immigrants and their search for the American dream. Immigrants love to go on about themselves.
In this case, it’s the Chinese tribe, which statistically has done better than most, given their Confucian values of hard work, delayed gratification and scholarship. Over half of Asians in the US have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared Americans as a whole with 28 percent and 9.1 percent of Mexican immigrants.
Anyway, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has co-directed a film about Chinese gangs smuggling illegal Chinese immigrants. Americans got an eyeful of what the gangsters were up to when the Golden Venture cargo ship appeared near the New York coast in 1993 and disgorged hundreds of illegal Chinese onto the shore. The film reflects some of the themes from that event.
More criminal diversity for America — let’s celebrate with some Hollywood violence!
Thousands of Chinese immigrants took to the seas in the 1980s and 1990s. Many stowed away on cargo ships, spending months on voyages to America organized by Chinese-American gangs in New York.
The new film Revenge of the Green Dragons tells the true story of one of those gangs. Produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, it stars Harry Shum, Jr., best known for his TV role on Glee. In the movie, Shum plays Paul Wong, the ruthless leader of the Green Dragons. It’s a Queens-based Chinese-American gang that smuggles heroin and traffics Chinese immigrants desperate to chase their American dreams.
“A dishwasher here works like a slave. But he has hope. He can dream of something better,” Paul explains to one of his young recruits in the film. “A fisherman in China, he’ll never be anything but a fisherman in China.”
‘A Land For Opportunists’ The real-life Green Dragons exploited the hopes and fear of unauthorized immigrants as they terrorized the Asian-American community of Queens during the 1980s and ’90s. Their crimes were chronicled in a 1992 article by Fredric Dannen in The New Yorker magazine, which served as the movie’s source material. The film’s co-director and writer Andrew Loo say he was inspired by these gritty stories of surviving in America.
“It wasn’t just a street movie. It wasn’t just a gang movie,” he says. “It actually dealt with this whole fantasy of moving to the West for economic opportunity. I think what our film ultimately says is it’s become more a land for opportunists.” Continue reading this article
Has any conservative talking head on Fox News ever suggested that Muslim immigration be halted? If so, I never saw it. By comparison, SunTV’s Michael Coren (who has lived in the Middle East) asked that politically incorrect question generally to the audience and directly to VDARE.com’s Peter Brimelow.
The result was a discussion about multiculturalism, cultural disintegration and the intention of the elites to “elect (import) a new people” more to their liking.
Coren observed, “Many people are saying look at the countries of origin of potential immigrants. And if these countries are used to sharia law and Islamic triumphalism, maybe they can’t adapt to United States or Canada or Europe.”
Brimelow responded, “In the 1920’s the Americans imposed an immigration law that established a national origins system that discriminated in favor of people who came from the place most Americans had come. In 1960’s they decided it was very bad and discriminatory and they abolished it. What subsequent experience has shown is national origins actually do matter, in all kinds of ways, not just shooting soldiers, but also in academic performance and so on. People from different counties do differently… The interesting thing about this case is that the Muslim community in Canada has reached a critical mass where it actually refuses to assimilate… there’s a certain critical mass where you see reverse assimilation taking place.”
Here’s another recent item with Coren, interviewing security expert David Harris, where the focus is on how the police are reaching the limits of staff who can keep track of the hostile Muslims thought to be terror threats. Harris recommends immigration to Canada be reduced to a manageable few tens of thousands annually.
Stats are being toted up at the end of FY 2014, one being the number of dead illegal alien border crossers. The press is celebrating that fact that the number of corpses for last year was the lowest in 15 years. One reason given is that invaders now know to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents in south Texas rather than face the dangers of the Arizona desert. Another reason cited for improvement is “increased rescue efforts.”
Even so, 307 foreigners died trying to break in to America last year. If they had stayed home they would still be alive.
The AP report included a photo of a Border Patrol rescue of an alien, apparently to emphasize the desired behavior of border officers.
The Border Patrol’s main job is to arrest illegal crossers, as shown below, or at least it used to be.
One gets the impression that protecting America from dangerous foreigners is no longer a top priority in Washington.
The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.
The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.
The Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.
Arizona has long been the most dangerous border region because of triple-digit temperatures, rough desert terrain and the sheer volume of immigrants coming in to the state from Mexico. But more immigrants are now entering through Texas and not Arizona, driven by a surge of people from Central America.
The Tucson and Rio Grande Valley both saw their numbers of deaths decline from 2013, although Arizona’s drop was more precipitous.
Border enforcement officials say the lower numbers are in part due to increased rescue efforts as well as a Spanish-language media campaign discouraging Latin Americans from walking across the border. Continue reading this article
Public safety — both from exterior enemies and interior criminals — should be Job #1 for government at all levels. But the current administration is more interested in changing America fundamentally (in a bad way) than providing basic protections for the people.
Kudos to USA Today for digging up the facts on the release of illegal alien criminals with “minor” offenses, specifically that the crimes committed include kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.
Supposedly the bad guys were freed to save money. Why weren’t they released to their dear homelands (aka deported)? Repatriation would save on the alien criminals’ care and feeding.
New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.
The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released “low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records,” a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.
The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed. Continue reading this article
SunTV’s Michael Coren interviewed Wilders on Wednesday, following the terrorist attack in Ottawa. He recommended that Canada “Be much tougher and stricter in your immigration policy. My party advocates a full stop of immigrants from Islamic countries. Not that we believe all that Muslims are bad people. They are not. But we cannot import people from countries where an ideology is dominant that wants to use violence, that has nothing to do with the rule of law of our society, based on our values of Christianity and Judaism, on humanism.”
Wilders gave an interview to the American Spectator that was quite concise in describing the problem and naming what must be done.
Geert Wilders is the founder of the Dutch Party for Freedom, the fourth largest in that country’s parliament, and perhaps the Netherlands’ most controversial political figure. Wilders, whose 2008 film Fitna confrontationally opposed the encroachment of Islamic culture into Europe, has become an international figure while being prosecuted for “hate speech.” Calling himself a “right-wing liberal,” Wilders advocates curbing immigration into the Netherlands and other Western countries from Islamic nations, closing radical mosques, denaturalizing violent Muslims, and reducing the power of the European Union, among other things.
In America this week for a one-week tour, Wilders chatted with The American Spectator about Islam, the civilizational conflict, and what must be done to keep the West free.
How big is the threat to the West from Islamic civilizational jihad? Is our focus on terrorism overlooking other, perhaps more insidious means? Islam is a totalitarian ideology aiming for world domination. It wants to establish a worldwide caliphate, ruled by Sharia law — undemocratic, intolerant, barbarian, inhuman.
Terror and violence are just one method which is used in order to achieve this aim. There are other methods, such as conquest by hijra (immigration). Muhammad himself gave this example of hijra when he conquered Medina. This town, which was originally a tolerant and partly Jewish oasis, became Islamic after Muhammad and his followers settled there and took it over.
Western leaders focus solely on terrorism, but fail to see the purpose which terrorism is serving: Islamic word dominance. They should focus on fighting the global imperialist plans of Islam and treat terrorism as one of the means used to achieve this goal.
How would you characterize the Dutch experience in assimilating Muslims? The Netherlands failed to assimilate Islam. So did the other European nations.
Western Europe is in the grip of cultural relativism. It no longer believes in the superiority of its own Western Judeo-Christian and humanist values. These Western values have brought Europe peace, prosperity, liberty, and democracy. But, unfortunately, European political leaders no longer seem to understand this. Continue reading this article
A group of Swiss environmentalists has collected enough signatures to force a national referendum on immigration.
The Ecopop group says natural resources are under increasing pressure from overpopulation.
It wants annual population growth through immigration capped at 0.2% and a tenth of foreign aid to be used for birth control measures abroad.
Switzerland now has a population of eight million people – almost a quarter of them foreigners.
Ecopop gathered a petition with 120,700 certified signatures – easily passing the 100,000 threshold needed for a referendum on the proposed new law.
“The pressure on land, nature and the countryside is considerable, and quality of life is continuously deteriorating due to a lack of living space,” said Ecopop member Philippe Roch, a former director of the Swiss environment department.
Obama’s long-promised post-election amnesty is shaping up at a yet-undetermined print shop capable of producing 34 million work permits and green cards over the next five years. Jessica Vaughan from CIS opined that the program would have a “sketchy funding arrangement” which could be a way for Congress to challenge it.
RUSH: From Breitbart: “Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.”
Now, this is not a surprise. You’ve all known this was coming. It was gonna happen before Labor Day, but Obama couldn’t find a way to pin it on the Republicans. Luis Gutierrez, congressman from Chicago, he was running around all excited, he’d already set the system up to help people adjust to it after if it happened. He was predicting it. It was imminent. It was gonna happen. And then when it didn’t happen Labor Day, well, you know, it’ll happen right before the election. No, no, no, it won’t. It’s not gonna happen before. Now it’s gonna happen after the election. Continue reading this article
The Netherlands has a bad problem with Muslim unfriendlies, just like the rest of Europe. But the Dutch are lucky in having a political leader, member of Parliament Geert Wilders (pictured below), who is willing to fight for western freedoms against sharia.
In the present example, Wilders and the Freedom Party which he leads are the main impetus for the government’s cracking down on illegal immigration and taking the threat of local jihadists seriously.
Ignoring all the Muslim-caused problems for a second, it’s kind of shocking that Europe’s most densely populated country is still admitting immigrants and refugees. At a certain point, overpopulated countries should just say “Enough, no more, we’re full.” But the European Union wouldn’t permit that.
Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party pushes government’s hard-line immigration stance
THE HAGUE — Nasir Galid fled Somalia hoping for a better, safer life. Instead, he died in an Amsterdam hospital five days after being attacked in a garage where he was living with other homeless immigrants.
Galid, 26, was one of about 100 refugees who have been roaming the Dutch capital for more than two years, occupying empty offices, abandoned garages and a disused church. All of them were supposed to have left the country after Dutch authorities rejected their asylum claims.
Police arrested two men, both in their early 30s, shortly after Galid’s assault in August. It’s not clear why Galid was attacked, but Pim Fischer, a Haarlem lawyer who represents some of Galid’s fellow refugees, said many of them are desperate and violent.
“Many of them are traumatized by their experiences, and they are being offered no future,” Mr. Fischer said. “The risks are very high.”
The Dutch Refugee Council estimates that 100,000 people live illegally in the Netherlands. Many are asylum seekers who are supposed to leave the country within 24 hours after the government rejects their requests to remain. Instead, they take over abandoned buildings as squatters or set up makeshift shelters.
The problem is expected to grow. A record 137,000 people moved to the Netherlands from other countries in 2013, though most were legal immigrants in a country that hosts many European headquarters of multinational corporations.
Since 2008, the Dutch government has taken an increasingly hard line on immigration as officials try to allay public concerns about overcrowding in Europe’s most densely populated nation.
Right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders has played an outsized role in the debate.
Mr. Wilders‘ anti-immigrant Freedom Party has been the third-largest group in the past two Dutch elections, in 2010 and 2012. He has used that position to pressure the government to “de-Islamize” the Netherlands, where Muslims make up about 5 percent of the population of 16.8 million. Continue reading this article
Many people believe that Obama has checked out from his responsibilities as President. And it’s true that he prefers the golf course to the stresses of leadership. However, he is quite engaged when it comes to the care and feeding of illegal aliens who will soon become grateful Democrat voters.
Obama got his socialist healthcare from an all-Democrat legislature but now his remaining leftist legacy depends on his unconstitutional pen. And putting millions of big-government voters into the pipeline will bend America to the Democrat model for decades if not permanently.
Now we learn that the administration has done more than just endlessly promise a mass amnesty; it is gearing up to physically create the work permits that are the real amnesty, and a stab in the back of the 20 million unemployed citizen workers.
President Barack Obama deputies are secretly preparing to print work permits for up to 11 million illegal immigrants over the next two years, despite the nation’s high unemployment, stalled wages and increasing automation.
If Obama actually goes ahead with the plan that is sketched in a federal contract document, he would provide employers with the ability to legally hire 13 million foreign workers even as 12 million Americans turn 18 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The plan to print millions of work permits and green cards — dubbed “permanent resident cards” — is outlined in Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 federal announcements to contractors.
The contract plan was discovered by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration.
“The objective of this procurement is … to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards,” said the Oct. 6 official announcement at FedBizOpps.gov.
“The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total,” the document says.
But the proposed five-year contract includes a so-called “surge” capability to produce an additional five million work-permit cards in one year. Continue reading this article
I love a happy deportation story, where the illegal aliens go home and readjust to living among their own people and speaking their own language 24/7. We know those things are important to foreigners because they complain endlessly about having to adjust to an English-speaking nation filled with Americans in order to mooch money and benefits from the United States.
Tijuana, Mexico — IN Tijuana the other day, I met a waitress named Mari.
Mari had left her home in Acapulco to cross illegally into the United States in 1999, but was deported three years ago to Tijuana. It had been a long time since she had seen her mother, so she went home to visit. But down in Acapulco, wages were low, work was scarce and violence was widespread. Then men raped her on a beach one night.
Mari fled back to Tijuana. Her waitress job, with tips, she told me, allows her to earn far more than she could scrape together in Acapulco, or in a Monterrey factory, where she worked for a time. And, after several years of savage drug violence, there’s peace in Tijuana now.
“This is my land of opportunity,” she said. “There’s more work here and it pays better.”
One reason I love Tijuana is that you can have this kind of conversation here.
Tijuana is not pretty. A city of 1.3 million people, it is chaotic, grimy, unplanned, loud, and it smells bad. It possesses none of the colonial architecture or history of Morelia, Oaxaca City or Zacatecas, across Mexico’s interior. On the contrary, most of its neighborhoods, stacked across alarmingly steep hills, are less than 40 years old.
On Friday, political writer Ann Coulter joined Bill O’Reilly for a talk about the prospects of the Republican Party in the November election. O’Reilly pulled up a poll showing both parties are distrusted and asked Coulter her opinion about why Republicans aren’t doing better when Democrats, particularly the President, are doing such a rotten job.
She responded, “The country has changed and we keep thinking this is the same country that it used to be. Democrats have been bringing in ringers since the 1965 Immigration Act, you think it’s the same people voting, it isn’t. The Democrats get, basically, every immigrant group to block vote for the Democrat.”
Coulter further observed about Republicans, “”They’re not pushing the issues that Americans care about. They aren’t the populist party. They’re allowing themselves to be painted as the party of Wall Street and not the party of the people. If the Republican Party is going to win they’re going to have the populist party and bring up issues like immigration, which they won’t touch.”
When O’Reilly spouted some blather about a Republican supporting borders, Coulter responded, “Look, Americans are out of work. No more guest workers. we need a little time to consolidate, and instead of constantly sucking up to a group of people who will never vote for you, how about appealing to the other voters who are just going to stay home and say ‘screw you’?”
Were there more time, Coulter might also have mentioned another reason the Republicans poll poorly is the years-long media campaign to portray conservatives as not merely having a different political opinion, but being personally evil, specifically sexist (“war on women”!) and racist against the black President and every other colorful person.
Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $2,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.
California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living.
Nearly a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents (8.9 million) live in poverty, a new Census Bureau report says, a level virtually unchanged since the agency first began reporting on the method’s effects.
Under the traditional method of gauging poverty, adopted a half-century ago, California’s rate is 16 percent (6.1 million residents), somewhat above the national rate of 14.9 percent but by no means the highest. That dubious honor goes to New Mexico at 21.5 percent.
But under the alternative method, California rises to the top at 23.4 percent while New Mexico drops to 16 percent and other states decline to as low as 8.7 percent in Iowa. Continue reading this article
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