The big Death-to-America amnesty bill is being debated in the Senate now and we know what that means — it’s Sob Story Season! Yes, it’s time to drag out the most sniffle-inducing yarns about foreigners who created unhappiness for themselves by breaking America’s immigration laws. But in elite newsrooms, the problem is Americans’ mean-spirited insistence on having borders and sovereignty. Let’s all feel bad about having laws!
Here’s Wednesday’s front page of the New York Times, where the main image shows “immigrant” tears trickling down a cruel iron border fence — oh, the horror!
But even the liberal news-hacks admit that the picture is a contrived photo-op (“highly personal political theater” in TimesSpeak) to turn teardrops into forgiveness for lawbreakers. The article’s end interestingly reveals that the Brazilian DREAMer Renata Teodoro is not grateful to American taxpayers for her free education, but is instead “really angry” that she doesn’t have the whole enchilada of a borderless, full-benefit America already. Such is the entitlement mentality peddled by liberals who are unclear on the cost for all the welfare goodies.
Three young immigrants had a jubilant and painful reunion here on Tuesday with parents who had been deported from the United States, sharing hugs through the steel bars of the border fence that separates this American town from its Mexican twin.
The young adults are part of the movement of immigrants who grew up in this country without legal status who call themselves Dreamers. Their parents traveled to the Mexican side of the fence from Brazil, Colombia and Guadalajara, Mexico, seeing their children in person for the first time in many years.
The meeting, under a searing borderlands sun, was a new piece of the highly personal political theater that young immigrants have used to dramatize their support for a bill in the Senate to overhaul the immigration system. Hours before the encounter here, President Obama spoke at the White House to urge Congress to move quickly to pass the bill. Suggesting the growing influence of the youth movement in the debate, the president framed his remarks — both literally and politically — with Dreamers. Continue reading this article
The President has mostly kept out of the mega-amnesty/immigration tsunami debate, since his presence is considered unhelpful by open-borders extremists — which is curious when you think about it. But on Tuesday Obama signaled his support for lawbreaking foreigners to become future Democrats by welcoming a batch of well scrubbed DREAMer kiddies to the White House for a photo op.
The White House issued a laudatory press release about the young foreigners:
This morning, the President and the Vice President met in the Oval Office with young immigrants who received deferred action and with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. This meeting was an important opportunity for the President and the Vice President to meet with families who are directly affected by our nation’s broken immigration system.
The President and the Vice President were moved by the stories of courage and determination of these young immigrants and their families. The Dreamers shared how their lives have been positively affected by the deferred action process and emphasized that they and their families need a permanent solution that will allow them to fully contribute to the country they call home. [. . .]
Meanwhile, the President has neglected to meet with union representatives of border control officers who can report on enforcement issues from the front lines, as pointed out by a letter from Senator Jeff Sessions and Rep Bob Goddlatte. But Obama seems unconcerned with the border enforcement which amnesty enthusiasts have promised will be front and center in the legislation (just like 1986) along with the nearly immediate work permits for millions of foreign job thieves.
Two key Republicans have blasted President Obama for not meeting with a union representing 7,000 immigration and customs officers.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) in a letter to Obama argue his administration is shunning concerns the group has over immigration reform.
The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council has warned Congress that immigration reform, one of the president’s highest priorities, will cause a surge of illegal immigration.
The administration has normally been responsive to the concerns of labor but the immigration and customs officers’ union has been unsuccessful in getting any White House attention.
“We write today to express concern over the exclusion of immigration and customs enforcement officers and their representatives from the negotiations surrounding immigration reform,” Goodlatte and Sessions wrote in a letter dated May 23.
“To be effective any immigration reform bill must heed the warnings from our federal immigration agents,” they wrote. “Unfortunately, far from being included in the process, ICE officers have been shut out and have even had their day-to-day operations handcuffed by [Department of Homeland Security] officials to the point of being unable to carry out their sworn duties.” Continue reading this article
Among the raza gang, excitement seems to be building over the President’s State of the Union speech that comprehensive amnesty will be a major policy point. But whatever Obama precious utterances, open-borders enthusiasts intend to mount a massive mobilization against US sovereignty.
The work permit IS amnesty; “normalizing status” IS amnesty.
All the chatter about a “path to citizenship” is designed as a distraction, and is working so far.
Like the other failed amnesty of 1986, the current version promises enforcement in return for a trough of goodies for illegals. But Obama has already ended border security according to recent Congressional testimony and cannot be trusted to require even rudimentary policing.
Back to the SOTU amnesty mobilization. Notice the emphasis on citizenship — unlike the illegal aliens themselves, the raza elites want them as voters to gain political power. (One example: of the 5.4 million legal Mexican immigrants, only 36 percent of the eligible have become naturalized, much lower than other groups.)
A pathway to citizenship will be at the forefront of several mobilization efforts being launched in the coming months as the president and Congress engage in moving forward on immigration reform.
Days before the president is expected to deliver his State of the Union (SOTU) speech, supporters for immigration reform have already begun announcing their campaigns. The administration took steps this week to assure the community they’re committed in ensuring the 11 million persons who are undocumented that there will be immigration reform.
“We expect him to lay out a range of priorities including immigration reform,” said Frank Sharry of America’s Voice during a conference call in expectation of SOTU.
“Sometimes, in the past we breathlessly counted the number of words and where it was in his speech—to be honest the fact that he went to Las Vegas and threw down the way he did has really mobilized and motivated many of us in the immigration reform movement.”
Said Sharry, “He has already proved that this is going to be his top legislative priority for the first six months of this year.” Continue reading this article
“Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go,” [Border Patrol union leader Chis Crane] said at a press conference with GOP senators.
It wouldn’t be that hard for al Qaeda or similar jihadists to tutor some of their top bomb guys about how to act Mexican and say “I’m a Dreamer,” then funnel them across the southern border into the defenseless United States. The terrorists wouldn’t have to be convincing — as the Border Patrol complains, there is no requirement of any proof at all. All DREAMer claimers get in. Is that a welcome mat for enemies or what?
[. . .] Few Americans know that these threats on our doorstep can be traced back in large measure to the narco-state that has taken root in Venezuela under the reckless regime of Hugo Chavez.
This hostile government is managed by Cuba’s security apparatus, funded by China, armed by Russia, and partnered with Iran, Hezbollah, and Colombian and Mexican narco-traffickers.
U.S. authorities and prosecutors have gathered fresh, compelling evidence implicating senior Venezuelan officials — including Chavez himself — in the drug trade. Chavez has also forged an important strategic alliance with Iran to allow that radical regime to evade international sanctions and to advance its asymmetrical threat against the United States. Iran’s terror proxy, Hezbollah, is hosted in Venezuela, where it is actively engaged in narco-trafficking in the Americas. [. . .]
A reminder of the threat was underlined by a Wednesday item in security analyst Bill Gertz’ column:
A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West.
The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.”
The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring.
“The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times,” the threat states.
The attacks will be “strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying.”
Under a section of the post on the method of the attacks, the unidentified writer said the strikes would be “group and lone-wolf operations, in addition to the use of booby-trapped vehicles.” Continue reading this article
At a time when college costs are rising more rapidly all the time (up 1120 percent since 1978), foreign interlopers are being given special benefits for their education.
The kiddies in question are illegal aliens in Philadelphia (pictured) blessed by King Barak with no-deport status because they were fortunate (but not culpable!) when their parents supposedly dragged the youngsters across the border against their will to stupid-generous America. Lucky them!
A 2011 poll found many Californians struggling to afford college, where the study found that the state ranks 41st in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded per every hundred high school graduates, with cost being the major factor. A few decades back, people actually moved to California for the excellent education system.
But there’s always a helping hand for illegal aliens in Obama’s America. Hard-working citizens, not so much.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of young undocumented immigrants have been coming out of the shadows to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The program gives these dreamers a chance to get a social security number, a work permit and drivers license. And now several young people in the region have been awarded the scholarships to help them get one step closer to their dream.
“This is like, a dream come true. Everything that I wanted is coming along.”
Sixteen-year-old Montserrat Gallegos stood in a basement room at Juntos headquarters in South Philadelphia with joyful tears in her eyes. Gallegos came to America nine years ago by crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona.
She’s moved from Arizona to New Mexico and finally to Philadelphia a few years ago. Money is tight at her home, so the $465 DACA application fee was a huge burden. Thankfully, the scholarship pays the fee which allowed Gallegos to take the first step in pursuing her dream. Continue reading this article
The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro mused in the piece below over how Obama’s 2013 amnesty might play out, since King Barak has not released many hints.
Will the President present some amnesty-lite proposals that are acceptable to border-squishy Republicans and might be actually passed in Congress?
Or, will he launch a mega-ton comprehensive package that is designed to fail because of being too extreme for conservatives to support, a fact which he could then use to bash Republicans in the 2014 election?
Another interesting item tucked within this piece is included in the comments section from someone who calls himself tim62, whose life experience is a reminder of the real unfairness that comes from open borders:
i’m in construction , when i can get work , i have to take jobs that pay me $8 less an hour than i was making in ‘07 . not because there is not enough work , but because ill. aliens have flooded the industry & taken those wages just to get the jobs . i’ve got 30 hard years in my trade , & had finally gotten to a comfortable wage , now it’s like i worked & sacrificed 30 years for nothing .
We used to have a blue-collar middle class in America, but immigration has largely destroyed that.
President Barack Obama promised Dec. 30 to introduce an immigration bill during 2013, but activists on all sides of the debate are trying to understand his strategy.
He may be gunning for a victory in the mid-term elections by introducing a bill so radical that it will spark an emotional controversy from whites, which would then spur many angry Latinos to vote Democratic in the 2014 midterm elections, said Robert de Posada, former head of a GOP-affiliated group, The Latino Coalition.
“The word that I’ve heard from many, is [that he will] submit a very, very liberal plan that most Republicans will not support, that most southern and moderate Democrats will not support,” he said.
When the bill fails, “they can announce once again that they tried [and that Latinos] need to rally in the next election,” said Posada, who helped President George W. Bush win 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, during the housing boom.
But that strategy would break Obama’s election-trail promise to help Latinos, said one Hill staffer who is working to pass an ambitious bill that would eventually provide citizenship to millions of Democratic-leaning, low-skill Latinos and their extended relations.
However, he noted, Obama hasn’t met with Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the leading Capitol Hill advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants, since November.
“We don’t quite know what the White House is doing,” he said.
Obama sketched his 2013 plans during a low-pressure interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
“I’ve said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority,” he told interviewer David Gregory, who is now under police investigation for violating D.C. law by brandishing a 30-bullet magazine on his Dec. 23 show.
“I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done,” Obama said.
“I think we have talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support. That’s something we should get done.” Continue reading this article
Certain generous rich persons and institutions of northern California think that illegal aliens attending an elite university deserve financial help. It’s sad to see the prominent Haas family drawn to such an unworthy cause, the promotion of lawbreaking. Their grants have leaned toward diversity do-goodery, although with worthwhile efforts like support of local parks. However, becoming an enabler of foreign lawbreakers is certainly a step beyond.
The number given for illegal alien students at UC Berkeley is estimated at 200 — which means 200 worthy citizen students were displaced. The University of California is financially supported by the tax dollars of state residents for the benefit of our own young people, which explains why in-state tuition is cheaper for residents than it is for auslanders.
Yet lawbreaking foreigners in California get the taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition while out-of-state Americans do not. Such is the looking-glass universe of the modern USA where it is more advantageous to be a foreign lawbreaker than a citizen.
Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (an opponent of illegal alien pampering) noted on Facebook:
Thanks to the California Dream Act (Part B: AB130), illegal aliens can receive private scholarships to go to taxpayer subsidized colleges and universities. It is amazing to me that those of us who pay more than our fair share of taxes to keep those schools open, whose kids can barely get enough classes to graduate, who have had our students denied CalGrants ($54 million cut to California students who attend private schools) while we set aside $65 million for illegals to take their place are not protesting on the campus of UC Berkeley right now. They just raised our taxes to keep the education complex afloat.
BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — A new million dollar scholarship fund established at UC Berkeley will offer financial aid to undocumented students. It’s the first of its kind in the nation and it’s not without controversy.
Uriel Rivera escaped from the violence of his hometown in Mexico when he was only 16. He landed in Los Angeles. A few years later, Rivera graduated with honors and was the only student at his high school to get into UC Berkeley.
“Everyone was happy except me because I was like, ‘Yeah I got in, but how am I going to go,’” he said. “I won’t be able to go. How am I going to pay for it?”
Because he is undocumented, Rivera is not eligible for any federal aid, including Pell grants. He’s had to take on odd jobs to help pay for college. But that hasn’t been enough.
“Many of us decided to drop out, to say we are no longer able to be students,” Rivera said.
Rivera and others reached out to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Birgeneau decided to spearhead a scholarship program with the help of The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, which just donated $1 million. About 200 undocumented students at Cal will receive a portion of the private money.
“It’s an investment in them, their futures and what they will do for this state and this country over time,” fund spokesperson Ira Hirschfield said.
Another $300,000 was recently donated by Elise Haas to help create the Robert D. Haas Dreamers Resource Center, where undocumented students get the support services they need.
“It provides student access to a UC Berkeley education and tells the students and family, ‘If you get into UC Berkeley, we are going to support you,’” program coordinator Meng So said.
In 2011, the California legislature passed a bill giving undocumented students access to state grants starting next fall. AB 131 has always been controversial.
Glynn Custred co-authored Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action preferences in the public sector.
“The state of California turns around and says we will ignore the federal law and the federal government doesn’t seem to do anything about it,” Custred said. Continue reading this article
Two lame-duck Republicans, Senators Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison, floated a modified DREAM scheme, one with no path to citizenship, on their way out of town. See the wonky details on Sen Kyl’s website: KYL, HUTCHISON PROPOSE ACHIEVE ACT.
After an election in which the Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for President Obama, the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill are making overtures about immigration reform. House Speaker John Boehner says he’s sure he can make a deal next year with the White House on a comprehensive bill. A steady procession of prominent GOP leaders are warning that Republicans won’t win the White House again without improving their outreach to Latino voters. On Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) explained the problem this way.
“It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on healthcare, if they think you want to deport their grandmother. It’s very difficult to get people to listen to anything else you’re saying,” Rubio said. “So I think it’s critical. There’s just common sense involved here in terms of how you portray it. Policy matters, too, but rhetoric is important.”
A comprehensive immigration bill would tackle three problems: border security and workplace enforcement; a revamp of the legal immigration system; and the thorniest issue of all — what to do with the 11 million people already here illegally. Continue reading this article
Time listed a diverse crew of 40 for its annual award, not all of whom were even actual persons, including the Higgs Boson and the new Mars Rover. The inclusion of “Undocumented Immigrants” was one of the more controversial of this year, though other sketchy characters were also present, from Kim Jong Un to Sandra Fluke and Bashar Assad.
Certainly the Person of the Year title has never recognized positive qualities as much as media notoriety, such as Hitler and Stalin in the late 1930’s when their tendencies were known. (See wikipedia’s history with a list of mug shots though not covers.) Last year the winner was “The Protester” recognizing the Arab Spring and many other worldwide political movements, and in 2010 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was picked as a nod to the rise of social media.
A glance at the picture shows that the “Undocumented” are actually DREAMers, youngish people who claim not to be responsible for their good fortune of being transported to the US by lawbreaker parents. Nobody ever argues that children of bank robbers should be allowed to inherit the proceeds of dad’s ill-gotten gains, but DREAMers believe they are Special, and they demand maximum benefit for residing in stupid-generous America.
You can see the entire list of 40 with reader choices here. Mohamed Morsy, the Islamist President of Egypt, currently is leading with the largest number of positive votes, so perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood is a fan of Time magazine.
An invisible population stepped forward on June 15, 2012, to stake its claim to the American Dream. On that day, President Obama declared that certain undocumented immigrants — a group simply labeled “illegal” by many — would not be subjected to deportation, under broad-ranging conditions. Suddenly the logjam of immigration reform shifted, as more than 1 million undocumented young people who had been in the country for the past five years found themselves with new opportunities. What is more, the sympathies of other groups of people who have undocumented relatives — and thus are mindful of their plight — may have clearly shifted to a President on a campaign for re-election, as evidenced by the preponderance of Hispanic and Asian-American voters casting their ballots for Obama. Chastened by the results of the vote, the GOP has warmed to a legislative fix, increasing chances of comprehensive reform.
A Michigan lawmaker has revealed startling figures associated with illegal immigration in the Great Lakes region; taxpayers in the Wolverine State spend nearly $1 billion annually for their healthcare, education, welfare, jails and human services.
That’s a chunk of change for a Midwestern state with a population that doesn’t quite reach 10 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The figure doesn’t even include the toll illegal immigration takes on security and jobs that are taken by those who shouldn’t even be in the U.S., according to the Michigan State Representative, Dave Agema of Grandville.
Agema made the information public because Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, has come under fire for refusing to give illegal aliens driver’s licenses. That issue came up recently because President Obama granted nearly 1 million young illegal immigrants a special amnesty earlier this year and a few states have offered them driver’s licenses as icing on the cake. Continue reading this article
Only in Mexifornia! Two dueling Democrats nearly came to blows over who is the better advocate of open borders and rewards for invasive foreigners against the well being of American citizens.
Actually, it was the younger taller Rep. Brad Sherman who put a modified headlock on the older shorter Rep. Howard Berman, with Sherman saying “Do you want to get into this?” But no noogies were forthcoming.
In particular, the two were arguing about which was more supportive of the dreadful DREAM Act amnesty for “young people” and whoever else can pass the age limitations.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) received back-up from a fellow congressman after an argument about the DREAM Act spurred an altercation with Democratic rival Rep. Brad Sherman Thursday in California. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said there is no question that Berman introduced and took the lead on the bill that would grant citizenship to children brought to the country illegally if they enroll in college or join the military. ”When I am in Los Angeles next week campaigning for Howard Berman’s reelection, I will tell everyone that I support Howard Berman because of his authorship of the DREAM Act and the crucial, leadership role Howard Berman has played in every major piece of immigration legislation under consideration in the House. Howard is our champion,” Gutierrez said in a statement. Sherman accused Berman of taking credit for the DREAM Act, which he said was sponsored by Gutierrez at the debate at Pierce College.
“Luis Gutierrez introduced the bill. You didn’t. And the official records of Congress will prove you wrong,” Sherman shouted at one point. However, Berman introduced the bill, which Sherman, Gutierrez and 114 other members cosponsored. In the Republican-controlled House, the bill hasn’t made it out of committee. Continue reading this article
President Obama’s new immigration plan will provide safe harbor to criminal aliens and will lead to a “capitulation to lawlessness” that could threaten public safety, according to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions R-AL. [. . .]
“Individuals who assert they are under thirty are eligible for work authorization and legal status,” he said. “And while the administration purports that applicants for amnesty must have entered the country prior to the age of 16, it is a completely unenforceable and unverifiable standard. It will have a dramatic and adverse effect on ordinary enforcement activities.
In other words, thousands of simple deportation proceedings will be converted into prolonged trials over the age of entry, he said.
“The administration has no plan, and will not attempt any serious effort, to prove when a person actually entered the United States and at what age. Clearly, a 40 year-old could, with a few documents, fraudulently assert they were thirty years old and were brought to the US at age 15. Practically, there is no effective way to dispute such a claim. This action, at bottom, is a prosecutorial policy not to enforce plain law.”
Nevertheless, the New York Times wants us to believe that Obama’s unscrupulous immigration bureaucracy will actually reject ANY false or inadequate applications received from DREAMer pests. Inquiring minds look forward to learning the percent of petitions which are turned down — if that detail is ever investigated by the Opravda media.
Until that distant day, we must endure yet another version of the illegal alien sob story, paper trail variety:
Chul Soo, a 27-year-old illegal immigrant from South Korea, has lived on the fringes of society in recent years, working off the books at a video game store and a beauty supplies wholesaler in New York City, carrying neither a driver’s license nor credit cards, and having little contact with the government.
Now he is applying for a new program that offers illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation if they can demonstrate that they have been in the country since 2007, among other requirements. Yet Chul Soo, who said he arrived in 1995, is finding that he has little in the way of proof of his whereabouts for the last five years.
“It’s frustrating,” he said, referring to his effort to piece together a mosaic of records. “I really need this right now.”
Since President Obama announced the program in June, illegal immigrants across the country have been scrambling to collect evidence to qualify.
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