Islam: Why the Crazy Headchop Fixation?

Inquiring western minds want to know why Allah’s thugs are stuck on removing the heads of infidels and anyone else they find disagreeable. The recent execution of American “journalist” James Foley by ISIS has been received by the US media with shock and horror, even though the jihadists have been on a terror march through the Middle East for months, leaving a mountain of corpses.

Below, James Foley is murdered by one of Allah’s gangsters and left in pieces.

Have Americans forgotten the Islamic decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Dannie Pearl in 2002? Many non-Muslims have met the same brutal fate in the intervening years. The ISIS bunch are particularly bloodthirsty, reveling in their crucifixions, mass murders and beheadings on the internet. (See my blog Islam: Headchopping for Beginners).

SunTV’s Michael Coren discussed the beheading thing with guest Tarek Fatah. The short answer is that the practice is part of Muslim tradition: “The prophet’s grandson was decapitated,” as noted by Fatah. Headchop-focused mass slaughter is cultural among the tribe.

So Obama’s reaction that the current murder did not represent the Religion of Peace is a false liberal denial about his favorite religion, remarking, “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”

Did the President not read the more than 100 Koran verses that call for Muslims to fight and kill all the non-believers?

Fatah believes that armed jihad must be denounced, not just the individual killings, but the whole edifice of mass murder for Allah. But jihad is basic to Islam and isn’t going to disappear.

Coren is disturbed that there are no marches of Muslims saying “not in our name” to the horror but he is dreaming. Muslims residing in the West are content to enjoy the benefits of freedom without being responsible citizens and condemning their co-religionists’ mass murder and atrocities. Fatah says his Muslim friends are terrified to be associated with him because of his outspokenness against jihad. Typical.

Why do Canada and America continue to admit Muslims as immigrants when they are either hostile to the West or too cowardly to defend the values of freedom?

Amnesty Huckster Paul Ryan Is Still Pushing Idea of Future Labor Shortages

Congressman Paul Ryan is stuck on the idea that generational Boomer retirement will cause a scarcity of workers sooner or later and believes that mass immigration will save his pals, the billionaires who are starving for cheaper labor.

Ryan made the Boomer point on the Laura Ingraham radio show more than a year ago:

Paul Ryan Defends Immigration Bill: “We’re Going To Have Labor Shortages”

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WIS.): “Not now, but in the future we’re going to have labor shortages. We have 10,000 people retiring each and everyday in America when the Baby Boomers retire. We are not like Europe, we’re not like Japan in that our birthrates are really low, but they’re not high enough. Immigration, in a decade or so, can help us. That means we need to get an immigration system that works. We need an immigration system that works to bring people to this country who want to contribute.” (The Laura Ingraham Show, June 19, 2013)

Now Ryan is making the rounds to sell his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea” where the “Ryan plan” for immigration takes up six pages, 197-203, according to the index. The false Boomer excuse for big immigration and amnesty appears to be part of the book sales pitch. It certainly figured strongly in Ryan’s Monday appearance on Fox News with host Eric Bolling (who recommended quadrupling legal immigration on July 30).

PAUL RYAN (4:12): “If we had the right kind of immigration, which is a secure border, a secure interior enforcement system where you cannot get a job if you are not here legally in this country. That’s a huge magnet you’ve got to turn off, and then we have immigration based on what the economy needs, not based on shirt-tailed relations beyond the nuclear family. So our real goal ought to be an absolute border where we know who’s coming and going and control that in our country. If we have control of the interior, we reorient our immigration system to fit the economy’s needs, because we have Baby Boomers retiring, we have to be prepared for that.”

To Ryan, immigration is all economic. He doesn’t acknowledge mass immigration’s effects on traditional American culture which prefers less government and more freedom, in contrast to that of foreigners who prefer big government and maximum free stuff.

As I have pointed out previously, part of the reason for the jobless recovery (in addition to the administration’s crazy-extreme regulations) is the progress made in robotics and automation. The Boomer retirement will be covered in many jobs by smart machines and won’t be noticed for the most part.

An amazing array of smart machines are no longer just ideas in Silicon Valley but are products on the market now.

Human-replacing machines include the robot bellhop, the robot burger flipper, manufacturing robots like Baxter and UBR-1 designed to work alongside humans to “help” them.

When manufacturing business returns to America from being outsourced, the companies routinely need fewer human workers because of increased automation.

Below, Generac Power Systems, which shifted some of its work from abroad, can now make an alternator with one worker in the time it took four workers in China.

Out on the farm, simple mechanical weeders have been joined by robot milking machines which cows learn to use when they feel the need to unload and robotic hands that can pick individual fruits and vegetables.

Professional occupations are not free from the smart machine incursion either, including lawyers and robot doctors performing medical diagnosis.

A 2013 Oxford University study found that 45 percent of US jobs are vulnerable to computerization in the next 20 years, so the trend is understood to be widespread and creating a workplace revolution unkind to workers.

For more on this topic, see my Social Contract article, “Three stakes in the heart of the American Dream.”

A little-noticed consequence of the “omnipresent” robot revolution is that increased legal immigration is not needed at all. In fact, Zero immigration is the proper number America’s employment needs in the automated future.

Record Number of Out-of-State Students Are a Jackpot for University of California

The University of California continues to increase its numbers of out-of-state and foreign students to pay full tuition. Each non-Californian pays an extra $23,000 annually, and the UC bean counters like that.

Monday’s Los Angeles Times article did not mention one unsightly ball and chain on UC’s finances, namely the subsidies provided by unwilling taxpayers to illegal alien students. In 2013, more than 20,000 illegal alien students applied for direct financial aid when the state’s DREAM Act became operative. The aliens already qualify for in-state tuition as long as they attended a California high school for three years and graduated.

UC Berkeley, shown below, will have 29.8 percent out-of-state and foreign students in its fall freshman class.

The article also did not discuss the ginormous construction projects underway, at least at UC Berkeley. One project is the $223 million “revitalization” of lower Sproul Plaza that has been going on for more than a year. Another is the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, with a price tag of $100 million. Both are grandiose projects, which are visible from the edges of the campus. Fancy new buildings have sprung up on the interior as well, while tuition continues to skyrocket. New students may not appreciate how much has been built in the last couple decades.

Naturally, the Times has an upbeat, pro-diversity tone and accepts UC management’s assurance that California students are not being abandoned in the rush toward big money tuition, although evidence shows highly qualified Californians are bypassed for wealthy foreigners.

A record number of out-of-state students brings windfall for UC system, Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2014

The University of California system is expected to enroll a record number of out-of-state students this fall — and will receive millions of dollars in return.

More than a fifth of all UC freshmen will come from such places as Texas, Washington, China and India and each will pay an additional $23,000 in tuition, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue that officials say helps support the education of Californians.

The out-of-staters will include incoming UCLA freshman Bridget Bruggeman, who passed over her home state school, Indiana University, and other colleges that accepted her.

“Being from the Midwest, there is definitely an idea of California as a place where you can dream as big as you want to. That’s something I was very drawn to,” said the 18-year-old, who intends to major in international development studies and Spanish.

Her family decided UCLA was worth the extra cost, which will mean tuition about three times what it would have been for her at Indiana University.

“It definitely would have been less expensive to go to I.U., but I don’t think I would have been as happy,” said Bruggeman, who attended a recent orientation program at UCLA.

Decisions like that are more frequent as students from outside California and the United States for the first time will constitute more than 20% of freshmen, according to preliminary data for the fall.

Among the freshman classes at the nine UC undergraduate campuses, the highest percentages from out of state are at UCLA, 30.1%; UC Berkeley, 29.8%; and UC San Diego, 28.4%. Continue reading this article

North Carolina Sheriff on Trial for Enforcing Immigration

You can add Sheriff Terry Johnson (pictured) of Alamance County North Carolina to the list of public officials who have been prosecuted for performing their jobs — most recently Texas Governor Rick Perry who was indicted for lawfully vetoing a budget item. Another victim of the liberal war against law enforcement is Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of racial profiling in 2013.

Sheriff Johnson is now undergoing a trial of the same profiling slam, which is a handy strategy of the DoJ since more than three-quarters of illegal aliens are brown-skinned people from Latin America. Therefore, immigration enforcement normally nets few white people, and efficient law officers protecting American sovereignty are racists by definition according to Eric Holder and his merry band of government punishment lawyers.

In 2011, I reported about Sheriff Johnson and Alamance County’s embrace of 287(g), a program of local-federal partnership in immigration enforcement (North Carolina Considers Increased Immigration Enforcement). The program was very efficient and helped Alamance deport nearly 1800 illegal aliens over the five years preceding 2011. Perhaps that level of repatriation was too productive for the current administration and is the reason for today’s prosecution.

National Public Radio covered the story on August 15, with its usual fondness toward diversity of any legality, N.C. Sheriff Terry Johnson On Trial For Racial Profiling:

However, some of the Sheriff’s constituents thought enough of the job he does to turn up at the trial in support. (You can email your own encouragement to Sheriff Johnson at: terry.johnson@alamance-nc.com.)

Alamance County Sheriff Johnson’s supporters turn out in show of solidarity at trial, News & Record, August 13, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM — Bill and Linda Watkins of Alamance County said Tuesday they didn’t believe Sheriff Terry Johnson and his department had targeted Latinos unlawfully, as alleged by the U.S. Justice Department in a lawsuit it filed in 2012.

The Watkinses were among Johnson’s supporters present during the first day of trial at the Hiram H. Ward Federal Building. The day’s testimony included former deputies’ accounts of a checkpoint set up about a half-mile from where the Watkinses live on N.C. 49. They said whenever they see a checkpoint, it makes them feel safer because it shows them that law enforcement agencies are fighting crime.

Linda Watkins plans to attend almost every day of the trial, which is expected to last 10 days. She doesn’t believe Johnson treats people differently based on their race. After the first court recess, she shared her opinions regarding some of the testimony she had heard.

“What stands out to me is that it seems the previous deputies have an ax to grind,” she said.

Sammy Moser of Burlington was also among Johnson’s supporters in the courtroom Tuesday. Moser said he preferred to see the DOJ support local law enforcement instead of filing lawsuits against Johnson, and he believed arguments made during the first day of trial by the DOJ against Johnson were “very vague.” Continue reading this article

Diverse Alien Kids May Be Dumped on Long Island

Far from the blighted border, residents of small communities across America are learning that the government has big diverse plans for them. Citizens in Commack, New York, midway out on Long Island, recently learned that their Lutheran Church was negotiating with the feds to house 40 foreign children up to age 17 in a financially advantageous arrangement for the church, which needs the money.

Commack residents were not happy with the idea, and were suspicious about what was going on behind the scenes. A local paper reported that a crowd showed up at a private meeting and was too rowdy for the gathering to continue (Idea to house immigrants in Commack questioned, Times of Smithtown, Aug 13).

Below, Jerry Baggetta of Commack was wary of the plan to house alien children in his town, particularly regarding the cost to taxpayers.

The citizens don’t seem to like the diversity social engineering being forced upon them from on high, even when it’s “for the good of The Children.”

Commack, NY, Church in Suffolk County under Fire over Possible Immigrant Children Program, WABC-TV News, August 15, 2014

Residents of a Long Island neighborhood are saying “no” to a proposal to temporarily house immigrant children found near the U.S. border at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

“Who’s going to pay for it?” Jerry Baggett, Commack resident. “Our taxes? Their schooling and everything else. You know what? It’s a complete waste and it’s a joke.”

But the Rev. Marc Herbst at Holy Cross said the community should remain calm, because there is no sign that the church will definitely be participating in the program right now.

“In reality the application process, the timeline — it’s not possible to fund this program through the federal government,” said Herbst.

Lutheran Social Services of New York is participating in a grant program with the federal government to sponsor it. There is a possibility the church could become involved in the future. Continue reading this article

Mexico Kidnappers Downsize Their Targets

Mexico remains the top country where kidnapping occurs, where it has long been a part of the nation’s crime culture. A survey from Control Risks reported that in 2013 Mexico was numero uno in kidnap for ransom in absolute terms.

These days however, Mexican kidnappers are downsizing from snatching children of wealthy parents to working class people.

Below, the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post highlighted Mexico’s kidnap epidemic.

Like other elements of Mexican culture, kidnapping has migrated north just like enchiladas. In 2007, 13-year-old Clay Moore was taken from a Florida school bus stop by an illegal alien with a gun, but the boy managed to escape. In 2008 it was reported that Americans have been kidnapped by Mexican drug gangs in Texas and held for ransom in Mexico.

Kidnap for ransom was a crime rarely committed in the United States because the penalties have been traditionally harsh. Caryl Chessman was executed in 1960 for a violent kidnap in which nobody died, although it’s a sure thing that punishment would never happen today. But now, kidnapping is back, because of immigration.

When wealthy Mexican take up residence in the US, ransom kidnappings tick upward, as has happened in San Diego and Phoenix.

In 2012, 33.7 million hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States, including 11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S. who self-identified as Hispanics of Mexican origin.

America has been foolish to allow so many Mexicans to reside permanently in the US, given their fondness for crime in addition to their stubborn misogyny, disdain for scholarly pursuits and refusal to embrace patriotic assimilation.

Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on record, Washington Post, August 15, 2014

ECATEPEC, MEXICO — The first time, after the men with police badges had lashed Adriana Carrillo’s wrists and ankles with tape, and she had spent 37 hours in the back of a Nissan, her father tossed the $12,000 ransom in a black satchel over a graffiti-strewn brick wall and brought her nightmare to its conclusion. She took three days off and then went back to work.

“I don’t want to live as a victim,” she said.

Carrillo returned to the cash register of the family store, where she had worked since she was 8 with her parents and six sisters, amid the floor-to-ceiling jumble of marshmallows and mixed nuts and pinwheel pasta and Styrofoam cups. Their business — cash-based, working-class, on the outskirts of Mexico City — happened to put them squarely into the demographic most vulnerable to Mexico’s kidnapping epidemic. And on May 28, 2013, less than two years later, a white sedan pulled up alongside Carrillo’s car as she drove home late from the market. When she saw the guns, she covered her face with her hands.

“No, not again, no,” she remembered saying. “No. No. No. No.”

In Mexico, with its history of drug-war violence and corrupt police, kidnapping is an old story. In the past, the crime tended to target the rich. Now it has become more egalitarian. Victims these days are often shopkeepers, taxi drivers, service employees, parking attendants and taco vendors who often work in cash or in Mexico’s “informal” economy. Targets also tend to be young — students, with parents willing to pay ransoms, are commonly targeted.

“The phenomenon has changed. Now it’s the workers, the people in the informal economy, because they are the ones who have access to money quickly,” said Isabel Miranda de Wallace, an anti-kidnapping activist in Mexico. “We have never seen as many kidnappings as we are seeing now.”

Last year, Mexico officially recorded 1,698 kidnappings, the highest number on record. Yet government officials concede that only a small percentage of victims — one in 10 by some estimates — report the crime, as police are sometimes involved in kidnappings and not trusted. The statistics kept by Miranda’s organization, Association to Stop Kidnapping (Asociacion Alto al Secuestro) , recorded 3,038 kidnappings last year. Another, led by Fernando Ruiz Canales, a former kidnapping victim who now helps negotiate for the release of hostages, puts last year’s kidnapping total at 27,740, or 76 per day. Continue reading this article

Are 30,000 Additional Illegal Alien Kids about to Be Dumped into Local Schools?

According to the ever-hopeful open-borders media, the border surge of has diminished because of subtle enforcement. The AP proclaimed on August 7, “Fewer unaccompanied kids streaming across border,” assuming effectiveness of the administration’s gentle messaging in Central America of Please Don’t Come.

It’s more likely that the foreign moocher crowd is waiting until the famously brutal heat slacks off in the Southwest. The homies have doubtless heard from friends and relatives about the detention centers that are like hotels only better, with in-room cable TV, first-class healthcare and free stuff galore like brand new clothes.

It’s now estimated that another 30,000 will arrive through Obama’s open borders over September and October, adding to the chaos in schools and local communities that already stretched to the breaking point by being forced to be welfare provider to the Third World.

Below, because kids are seen as keys to the US, whole families come, and lots are admitted since Border Patrol agents are told by superiors to release as many as possible from custody.

The Central American illegals are expensive to educate because some don’t even speak Spanish or have attended school at all.

The upshot is that American students are being shortchanged as school districts rearrange their budgets to hire staff specific for the foreigners. Instead of getting new computers or an upgrade to the library to benefit citizen students, schools will instead hire Spanish-speaking teachers and counselors for the foreign moochers.

Official: Second illegal immigrant wave of 30,000 coming in September, October, Washington Examiner, August 14, 2014

A second wave of some 30,000 unaccompanied illegal minors from violence-ravaged Central American nations is expected to swamp the U.S.-Mexico border in September and October, a crisis that could be worse than the one that has already pushed 62,000 children into the U.S., according to a top immigration group.

“Right now it’s just too hard for them to cross, but we expect when it cools down a little bit in August or in September, October, we’ll see another surge again,” said Tiffany Nelms with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a key support group handling the current crisis.

A second wave will pressure border agents and support groups far more than the previous surge when 62,000 arrived over six months. Continue reading this article

Chinese Kids Are Coming to America for High School

The United States is a big draw to young people from Red China looking for education, and as a result they are by far the biggest group of foreign students attending US universities — 29 percent in the 2012-13 academic year. (In that year, the number of “international” students was the highest ever at 819,644, each one taking a slot that could go to a young citizen.)

Now we learn that Chinese kids desiring an extra edge for getting into US universities are increasingly enrolling in expensive private American high schools.

This strategy is an upscale version of the old “parachute kids” scheme where Chinese parents drop off a youngster with an America-residing relative or someone with a spare room in order for junior to attend US K-12 schools in good neighborhoods.

At least the new Chinese colonizers aren’t directly ripping off the American taxpayer like the parachuters; however the foreigners are displacing citizens by the hundreds of thousands in colleges and eventually jobs. That’s the plan.

Naturally the Associated Press stresses that the Chinese want a well-rounded education that any liberal would approve.

Chinese seek freedom, edge at US high schools, Associated Press, August 13, 2014

BEIJING — After getting a glimpse of the endless cramming for China’s grueling college entrance exams from the seniors in his high school, 16-year-old Zhang Kaisheng decided to take a different path.

In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 photo, 16-year-old Zhang Kaisheng smiles near Chinese and U.S. national flags at the lobby of Focus Education, a tutoring and consulting agency in Beijing. Like a growing number of Chinese teenagers, Zhang plans to enroll this fall in a private U.S. high school where he and his parents hope he will get a more well-rounded - if far more expensive - education. Tuition, room and board can cost around $40,000 - three to four times more than an elite private school in China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Photo: Ng Han Guan, Associated Press

Like a growing number of Chinese teenagers, Zhang plans to enroll this fall in a private U.S. high school where he and his parents hope he will get a more well-rounded – if far more expensive – education. Tuition, room and board can cost around $40,000 – three to four times more than an elite private school in China.

“I feel like the U.S. education fits me better and will allow me to do things I like to do,” said Zhang, who loves playing basketball. Continue reading this article

Hotel Robot Butler Automates Room Service Delivery

Count bellhop as another human job on the way to obsolescence because of robotics. Simple butler functions can be done by a mobile smart machine which can deliver requested items to hotel rooms.

Naturally, the hotel company manager in the following story assures us that replacing humans is not the plan, but of course it is. A tech website observes that the autonomous delivery robot will be “cost effective.”

Keep in mind that a 2013 Oxford University study found that 45 percent of US jobs are vulnerable to computerization in the next 20 years.

We see smart machines taking human jobs more and more. Certainly America would be ill-served by doubling annual legal immigration — or more as some want, like Republican strategist Ed Rollins who thinks septupling today’s number (over one million) would be a fine idea.

Ready for the hotel industry’s first robotic butler?, USA Today, August 12, 2014

Aloft Hotels today announced an unusual hire: A robotic butler, or a Botlr, for short.

A.L.O., as the cyber associate is known, is reporting for training at the Aloft Cupertino in California today. Its first day of work is Aug. 20.

Created by robotics company Savioke, A.L.O. will help Aloft’s human employees with such tasks as delivering amenities to guest rooms and moving linens and towels from the laundry room to guest rooms and to the fitness center.

A.L.O. will dress in a collared uniform and have a name tag. When a guest needs something, a human employee will place the item in the Botlr and enter the room number. Botlr will rush to the room, even taking the elevator, and call the room phone. The guest will open the door and Botlr will open its container so the item can be retrieved.

It does not accept cash as tips. Instead, it asks for tweets. It also has a screen that asks the guest to give it a rating. If it gets a high rating, it will do a small dance.

“We thought the idea was brilliant, a little bit of child wonderment, somewhere between Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2, and Wall-E,” says Brian McGuinness, global brand leader of specialty select brands for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, parent company of Aloft. Continue reading this article

America’s Largest Reservoir Is at Its Lowest Level Ever

Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.

True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms are producing food for a rapidly increasing population, fueled by immigration. California farmers have been drilling ever deeper wells for their crops, to the point where the land is subsiding up to a foot in some areas.

The billionaires and other elites who want endless population growth to feed economic expansion don’t care that that this level of growth is unsustainable. The western half of the country is at that point now, but nobody talks about it, particularly “environmentalists” who refuse to discuss the stress on natural systems of unsustainable population growth.

Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, is at its lowest level since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s, as is painfully obvious.

The Daily Mail article, linked below, has lots of photos showing how little water there is in and around Lake Mead.

Farmers brace for the worst as America’s largest reservoir reaches record low water levels with only enough supply to last another year, Associated Press, August 12, 2014

Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows.

Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.

The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system is raising concerns about the future of a network serving a perennially parched region home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

‘We just hope for snow and rain up in Colorado, so it’ll come our way,’ said marina operator Steve Biggs, referring to precipitation in the Rockies that flows down the Colorado River to help fill the reservoir separating Nevada and Arizona.

By 2016, continued drought could trigger cuts in water deliveries to both states. While water authorities say they’ve been saving water for potential dry days, the prospect of the first cuts is already prompting action. Continue reading this article

Islam: Headchopping for Beginners

Is there anyone on earth that enjoys sadistic murder more than jihadists? But just in case Allah’s gangsters are somewhat recalcitrant to behead infidels or are new to the slicing game, there are Islamic clerics who will guide them in the proper technique in order for headchoppers to experience maximum Muslim enjoyment.

As the Wahhabi imam remarks in the video below, “This means you take the sword, you place the head like this and then you enjoy yourself with it… Take pleasure in doing it.”

After all, the Koran teaches: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Koran 47:4) Jihadists are following their religious instruction book.

Indeed, one often notices the jaunty disposition and happy faces of bloodthirsty throat-slitters after they have done the despicable deed, as shown by the ISIS chopper below: Continue reading this article

Remittances Fuel Illegal Immigration

Never forget that illegal immigration is all about the money — not freedom or opportunity — just money. When illegals whine that they want a “better life” what they really mean is “more money” which can also take the form of “vanloads” of food stamps, free-to-them deluxe healthcare and subsidized college tuition for the young illegals.

In fact, invasive foreigners get so many taxpayer-funded freebies that they have enough spare money to send home to the family as remittances. A 2012 article in the Economist called the worldwide flows of remittances a “River of Gold.” Pew Research reported in February that $123,273,000,000 in remittances were sent from the United States in 2012. That’s a stunning amount of money not being spent in the United States and not stimulating the American economy. Think about that fact if you are ever tempted to hire a gardener who doesn’t speak English.

A July report from a Chelsea Massachusetts newspaper “Influx Has Everything to Do with Remittance Culture” noted that $2 billion in remittances left the state in 2012 alone, most of it going to Central America.

Remittances create and compound an evil system because the easy money rewards bad governments: the worse political elites run a country, the more its people leave to seek more money in the first world, from which they often send mini aid checks to families at home.

In the corrupt countries of Central America, remittances are a substantial part of the GDP, as shown in the chart above. Moocher Mexico is a wealthy country, consistently #14 in world GDP rankings, and there is no reason why the Centrals can’t do better.

Below, the dollar amount of remittances sent from the United States in 2012 according to the World Bank.

Today’s remittance sob story from the open-borders media centers on a diabetic grandmother in Honduras whose illegal alien grandson sends $100/month for her medicine. The grandson, Jose Luis Zelaya, is now enrolled in a doctorate program at Texas A&M. Where does he get spare money while he is going to school? The Houston Chronicle story omits important details about its star character.

However, the wondrous internet provides more info about illegal alien Zelaya, who turns out to be quite the extrovert. He ran for student body president in 2012 at A&M on a DREAMer platform of diversity, coming in fourth out of six. His PhD field was mentioned as “Urban Education” on the scrounger site GoFundMe.com where he begged for cash for his mother’s surgery.

Below, Zeyala campaigns in 2011 for Texas A&M President (unsuccessfully).

So Zelaya (@JoseLuisInspire on Twitter) has a talent for creative panhandling and promoting himself. You get the feeling his plan is not to acquire an advanced education so he can return to Honduras and help improve it. He has found the diversity gravy train and intends to stay.

Anyway, back to remittances.

How a tide of money fuels a wave of immigration: Cash transfers back home keep families afloat, Houston Chronicle, August 8, 2014

Jose Luis Zelaya trekked to a Western Union office inside a Houston Fiesta Food Market last week with one of his family’s regular $100 money transfers. It was for the ailing grandmother who had helped him flee Honduras when he was 13 to find his mother working in Texas.

“She helped me get here,” said Zelaya, an undocumented student who recently was granted a temporary stay in the United States while he pursues a doctorate at Texas A&M University. “It would be inhumane if I didn’t.”

To Zelaya, the money is a small sacrifice for a diabetic grandmother who needs medicine. But it’s an integral part of the complicated tapestry of immigration: As U.S. officials try to stem the flood of illegal immigration from Central America, they are working against a rising but less visible tide of money going back in the other direction.

Immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – both legal and illegal – sent home more than $12 billion in remittances in 2013, a record year. Analysts say much of that money went directly to needy family members and loved ones. Inevitably, some also ended up in the pockets of smugglers who guided them north.

Economic realities
In the wake of the recent surge of undocumented families and children in the Rio Grande Valley, the Obama administration says it is working with three Central American nations to improve the desperate social and economic conditions they see as the root of the exodus. Texas Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents the border region around Laredo, says that Central American leaders have told him and a procession of visiting U.S. lawmakers that they “want the kids back.”

But experts on immigration and the global remittance marketplace say policy makers are up against a hard economic reality in their quest to stop the surge. Viewed from Central America, the exodus north is not only a critical source of hard currency; it is also a social “safety valve” for poor nations with little economic opportunity.

“These governments are living off illegal, unsafe and vulnerable migration,” says Inter-American Dialogue researcher Manuel Orozco, a University of Texas-trained political scientist and one of the nation’s leading experts on remittances.

Studies by Orozco and a raft of other scholars show that remittances from relatives who emigrated to the U.S. far outstripped the $237 million in nonmilitary foreign aid that Washington sent in 2013 to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Continue reading this article

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