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Cobb moves to deport inmates [7/31/07]
Georgia has been one of the states worst hammered by illegal immigration. In this opinion piece, an Atlanta editor grudgingly admits that the situation of criminal anarchy must be met by local enforcement via programs like 287(g).
The Cobb County Sheriff's Department is the first local law enforcement agency in Georgia to do something about that. By getting special training in how to determine the immigration status of foreign-born inmates, Cobb deputies have the authority to jump-start the deportation process against some of the prisoners it is holding.
In the first four weeks since the program began, Cobb jailers and the ICE have placed immigration holds on 68 inmates and started deportation proceedings against 42, the county says. (Immigration officers review the paperwork compiled by the county before the case goes to an immigration judge, who has the power to order deportation.)
Cobb officials estimate that 20 percent of the foreign-born inmates being held in the 2,200-bed jail for local crimes already have deportation orders pending against them. That includes defendants charged with child molestation, weapons offenses, and drug- and alcohol-related offenses. Others include people arrested for minor crimes, including driving without a license. Many of those have been deported before and returned to the United States illegally.
Wages dip for immigrants, study says [7/30/07]
The new Pew study (which you can download in PDF from Economic Mobility Project) is more proof that America has entirely too many immigrants. Supply and demand is relentless.
"The economic assimilation machine continues to be a powerful force," said John E. Morton, managing director of economic policy at Pew. "But in recent years we have seen notable downward trends. Wages are decreasing substantially for both first- and second-generation immigrants, raising questions about the degree of future potential economic mobility."Immigrants as a group are poor because they are uneducated and there are only so many jobs for illiterate peasants. The sensible public policy solution would be to end immigration for a decade or so, to allow both immigrants and low-skilled citizens' incomes to begin making economic progress again. Supply and demand works: when there are fewer workers, wages will increase.
The study said immigrants' wages have dropped steadily over the past six decades, and that recent immigrants are poorer compared to native-born Americans than at any other time since World War II.
See also Waking Up from the American Dream, a Business Week commentary from 2003.
Courage needed on population [7/30/07]
Hey, remember the environment? There is endless chatter about climate change, to be sure, but almost no discussion of the biggest problem of all -- unsustainable population growth. Froma Harrop is the only columnist who still remembers the basics.
"Population Explosion" was a call to arms for American environmentalists 40 years ago, amid fears that baby boomers would have big families. That didn't happen, but hyper-population-growth is occurring now due to large-scale immigration.Too bad Froma didn't mention the reason for the Sierra Club's switch on its population policy -- the $100 million donation coming from Wall Street financier David Gelbaum on the condition that excessive immigration not be mentioned as causing environmental degradation. "I did tell Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me," declared Gelbaum (reported in the LA Times, 10/27/04 The Man behind the Land).
California has just projected a population of 60 million by mid-century, up 5 million from its forecast of only three years ago. We're talking about a 75 percent leap between 2000 and 2050 - by any measure, a population explosion.
That's the truth, but one that has sent many environmental leaders into hiding. Most of California's population growth will come from immigrants and their relatively high birthrates, but the Sierra Club refuses to touch the matter. Once a tiger on U.S. population growth, it has retreated behind calls for a global approach that, it contends, will reduce the demands to immigrate to the United States.
Problem. Despite great strides in reducing birthrates in many poor countries - Mexico is one of the success stories - the world's population is still expected to jump to 9 billion from 6 billion by 2050. Mass immigration to the United States, if anything, eases the pressure on other governments to promote family planning.
Meanwhile, the big brains at The Economist are worried about too few people to fuel endless growth: How to deal with a falling population.
Middle-class blacks fleeing Dade, study says [7/29/07]
Black flight is not a symptom of excessive immigration in Los Angeles only. It's happening in Florida's Dade County as well. Bad schools and increased costs for housing are often signs of too many immigrants.
Miami-Dade County faces a ''brain drain'' of middle-class blacks who are fleeing because they're anxious over job prospects, poor schools and a lack of affordable housing, according to a new study being released today.I wrote a little item about Miami a few years ago during the Elian Gonzales kerfuffle: Miami Melodrama, with emphasis on the banana republic angle of what has happened to a perfectly nice American city after a bunch of corrupt foreigners (Cuban "exiles") took over.
Florida International University political science Professor Dario Moreno, the study's author, said the exodus bodes ill for Miami-Dade's economy. "Miami-Dade is losing middle-class African Americans. I was shocked that the numbers were so bad."
Worried, frustrated immigrants headed back home to Brazil [7/29/07]
Enforcement works. Was there ever any question?
The 51-year-old Brazilian man came with plans to stay here for up to six years to save enough money to buy a house in Brazil, two cars for his daughters and secure a life back home.Sweet.
But after three years of calling Framingham home, the man has decided to go back to Brazil with only part of his dreams fulfilled mainly because, he said, living as an illegal immigrant doesn't pay off anymore.
"It's not worth it," said the man, who doesn't want to be identified for fear of deportation. "It was good when I first got here, when the money I made here had more value back home. Now it's not worth all the suffering. That's why I'm leaving."
He is not the only one.
Across MetroWest and the Milford area, many Brazilian immigrants are packing their belongings and leaving for good as they grow tired of immigration crackdowns, increasing demands from employers to produce working papers, and the worsening exchange rate between the dollar and Brazil's currency, the real.
Just to show that enforcement works all over, here's a similar report from Denver: Immigration traffic appears down.
The 46-year-old native of Chihuahua, Mexico, was on his way home - for good.
"It's getting too difficult to stay," said Rodriguez, a construction worker who came to the United States illegally in 2003. "It was fine when I got here. It was easy to get work. Nobody bothered you. Now, everyone is asking for documentation. I want to live a more tranquil life."
Immigrants to rural Wisconsin find an uneasy welcome in 'the land of opportunity,' [7/29/07]
Is no community safe from the social engineers in Washington or the editorial offices of elite newspapers? Actually, Hormel figures strongly in this diversity drama, because of the company's continuing search for cheaper and more exploitable labor.
Most of the Somalis were lured from nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul, where they settled in the mid-1990s, by The Turkey Store, a huge Jenny-O processing plant run by Hormel. Like a lot of immigrants, they do the dirty jobs, slicing up poultry alongside locals who will take the work.Humans are tribal beings. We like to be around our own kind -- other people who share our values, language and culture. It's the same all over the world. The urge is not racism, but human nature, because the group nature of identity is hard-wired.
Barron is not alone. Sometimes it seems like a giant social experiment is taking place in rural Wisconsin, where in the last decade or so blocs of outsiders have moved into small towns whose Northern European bloodlines go back for generations.
Hmong have moved into Eau Claire and Mexicans to Arcadia. The Amish, white Christians but decidedly outsiders, have moved into Grant County and the surrounding area in southwestern Wisconsin.
Problems abound, from minor culture clashes -- an argument over manure from Amish horses -- to the killing of six white hunters by a Hmong man in 2004. In Arcadia last year, the mayor attracted national attention when he attempted to crack down on illegal immigration and establish English as the town's official language.
Integration was not smooth in Barron either, residents say. There were race-fueled fights in school. Most of the Somalis lived in their own quarter and interaction was limited.
For more about cultural chasms, see also Cliff Notes Assimilation for Somalis. Below, Somali refugees are taught how to boil water on a stove.
Latinos Assimilate on Their Own Terms [7/28/07]
More proof that we are stupidly allowing a hostile fifth column to form, a group still loyal to Mexico that cares only about the money they can make in America. Saying that they "assimilate on their own terms" means they do not acculturate at all. It's more BS to assuage the uncritical.
Assimilation, according to Tomas Jimenez, a sociology professor at the University of California, San Diego, "no longer means you have to disown your culture and adopt a new lifestyle identified with Anglo-Protestant culture."See the longer VDARE.com version, Marxican Propaganda: Today's Chunk.
In an essay published in the Los Angeles Times, Jimenez said that due to Latinos, "multiculturalism and the appreciation of diversity are much more accepted than before." [...]
What's certain is that many Latinos live with one foot in each culture, and that they flow like water from one side to the other, something you can see each time the Mexican national soccer team faces the United States in the fiercest sporting rivalry in North America.
Ricardo Castro, brother of Cristobal and also a naturalized U.S. citizen, said he considers himself 100 percent Mexican.
Pope's aide warns of 'threat by Islam' [7/27/07]
Catholic elites in the United States regularly squawk Racist when Americans express a desire to maintain their cultural heritage against the Mexican onslaught. The Cardinal of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, protected pedophile priests for years and just had to pay out over $600 million to sexual victims of his churchmen, yet he insists that the open-borders position of the American Bishops has moral authority against US sovereignty.
But in Europe, where the immigrants are mostly Muslims, the Vatican and other church leaders believe that protecting European culture is a very important priority. Funny how the morality looks different when it's your ox being gored.
The Pope's private secretary has given warning of the Islamisation of Europe and stressed the need for the continent's Christian roots not to be ignored, in comments released yesterday.Photo: Muslims demonstrate against Christians outside of Westminster Cathedral in London last September.
"Attempts to Islamise the West cannot be denied," Monsignor Georg Gaenswein was quoted as saying in an advance copy of the weekly Sueddeutsche Magazin to be published today. [...]
Recently, Joachim Meisner, the influential archbishop of Cologne, said in a radio interview that the "immigration of Muslims has created a breach in our German, European culture".
Farmers Branch pursues rental ban despite illegal immigration ruling in Pa. [7/27/07]
Great that the Texas town is sticking to its guns regarding its local ordinance against illegal aliens, even after one judge knocked down the Hazleton legislation. It's a new day to see politicians in local communities being so resolute against the invasion.
The emphatic ruling, which mirrored language used by U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in Dallas in granting a temporary injunction against the Farmers Branch ordinance, may not be a good sign for such laws, some legal experts said.
But Farmers Branch City Council member Tim O'Hare, the driving force behind that city's efforts against illegal immigration, said the decision in the Hazelton case wouldn't stop the fight for the ordinance voters adopted nearly 2-1 in a May 12 election.
"I think the city of Hazleton has planned on this happening from the get-go, with the idea in mind that they will appeal to the Supreme Court if they have to," he said. "I think Farmers Branch is looking at it the exact same way."
Nor will it deter Farmers Branch, a city of about 27,500, from considering other ways to make it harder for illegal immigrants to live and work in the city, Mr. O'Hare said.
The curious timing of a crackdown [7/27/07]
Is the Bush Administration finally, actually putting the screws on illegal employers? If so, if the crackdown is really more than window dressing, then it is likely a psychological strategy to be filled with tearful children crying at daddy's arrest to convince the American people that deporting illegal aliens will be too emotionally painful.
For seven years, the Bush administration has been unable or unwilling to enforce the immigration laws, leading to an out-of-control deluge of illegal aliens across the nation's Southern border. Suddenly, the feds are about to do what they said couldn't be done.
They've been winking at employers who shrug at the widespread custom of taking prospective employees at their word that the Social Security card they offer is genuine, even when the employers suspect it is not and sometimes even when they know it is not. Don't ask, don't tell. Social Security cards are widely counterfeited in Mexico for sale to illegals about to cross the border. The Social Security Administration routinely warns employers when they discover suspicious numbers entered into its electronic database, but only now the feds are warning employers that they're about to get serious about enforcement. Maybe.
Many employers, particularly restaurants, chicken pluckers like Tyson's, Perdue, Pilgrim's Pride and other low-pay companies, are suddenly terrified that they will shape up or pay enormous fines. Pilgrim's Pride, one of the largest, has fired a hundred illegals with illegal cards at one plant in Texas, and warns that more firings are coming. The company, which employs 55,000 workers in the United States and Mexico, acknowledged that it dismissed some employees but won't say how many or why, but a spokesman says "there undoubtedly will be additional terminations." The fired workers have been replaced. This is curious, because we've been told by the amnesty advocates that illegal or not, the illegals are needed because they will do the jobs nobody else will do.
Kidnapping ring similar to scams south of border [7/26/07]
I've been writing for a while about how the Mexican style of crime is coming here, particularly kidnapping. Mexican criminals like to snatch people and demand their families pay ransom, a crime that is "nearly non-existent" in America. (See Mexico's Kidnap Culture Appears in Florida and Mexico Battle Lines There and Here and Applied Kidnapping in Mexico City.)
Houston police announced Wednesday the discovery of a kidnapping and robbery operation in which unsuspecting people were snatched and held hostage until their relatives paid ransoms of a few thousand dollars.
While the actions of the ring mirror random kidnappings that have plagued Mexico and other Latin American nations for years, police said they have no evidence to suggest the Houston ring is connected to organized-crime groups in other countries. But experts familiar with so called "express kidnappings" taking place just south of the border said the Texas operation appears similar.
"It seems like it's reaching Houston," said Nestor Rodriguez, a University of Houston sociologist. "The question is: 'Is this going to be a pattern, or is it just one group?'"
Latino leaders in O.C. raise funds for undocumented student's schooling [7/25/07]
What sense is there in sending an illegal alien to medical school when he won't be able to work legally upon graduation? No matter, la Times has to present yet another sob story about another worthy Mexican whose dreams are made more difficult by the cruel Americans.
Ricardo Lopez earned a bachelor's degree and then a master's, but the jobs never rolled in.
His spirits were buoyed this summer when he was accepted to another, yearlong graduate program, one that would prepare him for medical school -- a dream he had chased since childhood.
The price tag for tuition and other student fees at a public university, however, wasn't cheap. In all, he figured, the education would set him back $10,000.
Student loans or grants were out of the question. Lopez is an undocumented immigrant, a young man who came to the United States from Mexico City when he was 8, full of ambition and drive, yet living very much under the radar.
Thompson Shakes Up Staff [7/24/07]
Fred Thompson is not looking like the conservative icon for which many were hoping. His hiring of open-borders henchman Spencer Abraham should be a dash of cold water on any fantasies that Fred is the real deal for a law-and-borders President. The writing is on the wall.
Acting campaign manager Tom Collamore will still advise Thompson, but his presidential operation will be run by the duo of former senator and energy secretary Spencer Abraham and a Florida GOP strategist, Randy Enright, according to Rozett. Before Abraham was energy secretary, he was the Senator from Michigan, who successfully led efforts to reduce the effectiveness of the 1996 IRCA legislation. He was defeated for re-election by Debbie Stabenow, in part because of his anti-enforcement politics.
How bad could Spencer Abraham be? In 1997, La Raza gave him its "Defender of the Melting Pot" award.
All you need to know.
VDARE.com version: Thompson Campaign Hires Open Borders Icon
See also Debbie Schlussel's blog: Jihad Fred.
Even in Arizona, McCain's political hold loosens [7/23/07]
It's not news that, politically speaking, Sen McCain is a dead man walking. What's more interesting is how certain inhibitions about discussing the immigration crisis have broken down. Political correctness just doesn't have the hold it once did.
At the same time, McCain's immigration reform proposal has alienated Arizona conservatives, who believe the senator supports amnesty for undocumented immigrants already in the United States -- a top issue here, where every year more than 100 people die trying to cross Arizona's deserts from Mexico.
"It's kind of like the dike is broken" for McCain's support, said Earl de Berg, a Phoenix pollster and analyst. "He was the most well-regarded politician in Arizona for a long time because of his national image. But some people who were not really all that enthusiastic are beginning to cut loose.... Anti-immigration people are going so far as to call him a traitor. That's pretty tough language to level against a war hero."
Illegal immigrant sentenced to 25 years in fatal DUI wreck [7/22/07]
On Friday, Mexican criminal Julio Villasana was sentenced to 25 years in prison for causing the drunk-driving accident that killed Nashville musician and mandolin expert Charlie Derrington. (See my initial VDARE.com coverage last year: Music Community Loses a Unique Figure).
Sadly, the death was preceded by a familiar litany of illegal immigrant crimes on the part of the killer. Villasana was drunk at three times the legal limit, with a blood alcohol level of 0.23. He has been a habitual criminal, including four DUI arrests and and 14 deportations.
For Susan Derrington (shown in court), the death of her husband plunged her into a terrible darkness.
Losing her husband of 24 years, she said, has been almost unbearable.She also understood the immigration aspect of the crime due to Washington malfeasance, remarking, "I'm very much in favor of closing the borders."
"Just getting out of bed at times has been a daunting task," Susan Derrington said. "I missed two months of work because I could barely function."
The good news is that Villasana was sentenced to the maximum sentence possible, 25 years. The bad news is that Tennessee law permits parole after only 30 percent of the sentence has been served.
See VDARE.com version, Charlie Derrington Killer Sentenced.
Right hails Feinstein in border agent flap [7/22/07]
The San Francisco Chronicle still suffers from the misapprehension that immigration and border enforcement are issues that only concern the far right. On the contrary, polls consistently show that citizens across the political spectrum want immigration to be legal, controlled and reduced. Americans want their borders enforced and US sovereignty protected.
But when a Democrat Senator takes on the subject of an obvious miscarriage of justice, she is "suddenly ... a darling of the right." Chron writers really need to get out of wacko San Francisco once in a while and visit the United States. Sen. Feinstein is responding to bipartisan anger at how Agents Ramos and Compean were railroaded to prison by the Bush administration in another move to coddle the Mexican narco-state. The Senator should be commended, and is, by all citizens who are concerned that the rule of law is under attack by the forces of globalization.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, normally a target for criticism from outspoken conservatives, is being hailed as an unlikely hero by the political right for joining them in calling for President Bush to free two U.S. border agents convicted of shooting a suspected drug smuggler.
The case of agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos has become a cause celebre for conservative talk radio, bloggers and politicians. The agents were sentenced in October 2006 to 12 and 11 years in prison, respectively, by a federal judge in El Paso, Texas. Supporters say the initial verdict and the sentences were unbelievably harsh, an example of overzealous prosecution and of misplaced government priorities.
The critics of the sentence, many of whom opposed the failed immigration reform bill that Feinstein backed, also say the incident shows the U.S.-Mexico border is out of control because of drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
Newsweek Poll: Americans and Islam [7/21/07]
Citizens are not exactly comfortable with Muslim immigrants in their midst, although it's clear that more education needs to happen, particularly to knock down the misguided belief that "Islam is a religion of peace." It's not. The Koran is full of stories about the battles of the Islamic conquest and admonitions to kill infidels.
Americans are largely accepting of their fellow citizens who are Muslims, but remain worried about radicals inside the United States, according to a new NEWSWEEK Poll--the first the magazine has conducted on attitudes toward Islamic Americans. Forty percent of those surveyed believe Muslims in the United States are as loyal to the U.S. as they are to Islam. (Thirty-two percent believe American Muslims are less loyal to the U.S.) But close to half (46 percent) of Americans say this country allows too many immigrants to come here from Muslim countries.As I observed in Muslim Fifth Column Polled, Muslims residing in the United States are not loyal to this country at all: Only 28 percent consider themselves Americans first; 47 percent have their primary identity in being Muslim.
Keep in mind that Muslim immigration is increasing, despite the obvious danger of welcoming possible enemies.
For more Muslim diversity, see Foreign Policy's list of the World's Stupidest Fatwas (five). Here's one against public health:
Polio vaccineSee VDARE.com version, Americans Mixed (Up) about Muslim Immigrants.
Who: Local mullahs in rural Pakistan
What: Pakistan's largest Islamist umbrella group, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), issued a fatwa in January 2007 endorsing the provincial government's efforts to immunize children from polio in the country's Northwest Frontier Province. But even though health workers carried copies of the ruling with them as they trudged across the province, The Guardian reported in February 2007 that the parents of some 24,000 children had refused to allow the workers to administer polio drops. It turns out that influential antistate clerics had been issuing their own fatwas denouncing the campaign as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims. Although Pakistan only saw 39 cases of polio last year and most children have now been immunized, a similar religiously motivated firestorm against polio drops in Nigeria in 2003 allowed the eradicable disease to spread to 12 new countries in just 18 months.
Trying Times Ahead: The Prospect of 60 Million Californians [7/20/07]
Population reality expressed in the New York Times?! How did that happen?
Recently, the California Department of Finance projected that there will be some 60 million people living in the state by 2050. At present there are 36 million. The numbers in themselves are frightening enough, but what I find terrifying is the bland assumption that a two-thirds increase in population is inevitable and that the main problem will be creating the infrastructure necessary to house, feed, educate, transport and govern all those people. To me, the main problem is how to keep them from showing up in the first place.Of course, the evil "i" word (immigration) is missing, so that must make the piece acceptable to the motherlode of PC BS.
Somehow the numbers in themselves don't really suggest the sobering weight of this projection. To say that for every three Californians now there will be five in 2050 doesn't capture the scale of change. If you said that for every three houses now there will be five in 2050, or for every three cars, ditto, you might be getting a little closer to the visceral feel of the thing. But when it comes to houses and cars, California is a land of loaves and fishes, always multiplying in the most unexpected ways. To live in the state is to live with unrelenting change, whether you like it or not, and it has been that way for decades.
Survey shows UC students diverse, Internet savvy [7/20/07]
California's future diversity revealed...
More than half of University of California undergraduates are immigrants or the children of immigrants, says a new survey that paints an interesting picture of students by the numbers. [...]At UC Berkeley, there are more Asian undergraduates than white, yet Chancellor Birgeneau believes the school suffers from a diversity crisis, and it's unlikely he thinks there are too many Chinese. See also Little Asia on the Hill from the New York Times.
Sakaki, who spoke to UC's governing Board of Regents as they met in Santa Barbara on Thursday, presented findings from 2006 culled from responses by 58,000 undergraduates, 38 percent of the system total.
Twenty-three percent of the students reported they were born outside the United States, and another 37 percent said they have at least one parent born outside the country. Thirty-five percent said English was not their first language.
Below, the stats from 2006 on four campuses:
State puts forward emergency money as TB, syphilis cases increase [7/20/07]
Arizona citizens are stuck with an immigration tax to deal with serious public health problems caused by open borders.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has ordered the allocation of $395,000 in state emergency health funds to help deal with increased cases of tuberculosis and congenital syphilis.
Both of those diseases are on the rise in the state, with links to illegal immigration.
Napolitano ordered that $295,000 be used to combat the spread of TB. The state reports a 12 percent increase in TB cases over the past year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that Mexico has a higher tuberculosis rate than the U.S. The CDC also reports Mexican and Latin American immigrants are boosting TB cases in the U.S., and Mexican border areas tend to have high TB rates.
Democrats want 'John Doe' provision cut [7/19/07]
Just when you think the Democrats have stooped the lowest they can possibly go (i.e. enthusiastic support for illegal alien amnesty for tens of millions, including terrorists and criminal gang members), they defy common sense, morality and national security to go lower. Apparently the Ds want to allow Muslims to sue Americans who speak up in good faith to authorities when they see an activity that looks like it might be terrorism.
Remember how the Flying Imams are suing individual American passengers who blew the whistle on them for suspicious behavior. Of course, it is not the passengers' call as to who is booted from a flight; it is the captain who decides when the plane is in the air and police on the ground. The imams' lawsuit is an undisguised threat against citizens, telling them to keep quiet if they see a Muslim doing something that looks criminally threatening -- or they will be sued.
Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides. Muslim immigration, including the intention on the part of some of eventually turning the US into an Islamic country, is accompanied with cultural intimidation of the sort exemplified in this legislation. The Democrats are only increasing the belief among the public that they are weak on national security by such pandering to hostile Islamic interests.
The legislation, which moves to a House and Senate conference committee this afternoon, will implement final recommendations from the 911 Commission.
Rep. Pete King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, sponsored the bill after a group of Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against U.S. Airways and unknown or "John Doe" passengers after they were removed for suspicious behavior aboard Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix on Nov. 20 before their removal.
"Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement," Mr. King said in an interview last night.
"This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists," Mr. King said.
Furthermore, the recent news about the National Intelligence Estimate's conclusion that we are increasingly endangered at home by mass murdering jihadis makes citizen awareness and willingness to speak up more important than ever.
This just in: Rep Roy Blout's press release on the King provision.
"National security in a post-9/11 world requires the constant vigilance of the American people, and the courage to stand up and report activity they deem to be unusual or suspicious. That Democrats in the House and Senate would seek to strip a provision protecting Americans from being sued for discharging these important duties is deeply troubling -- and is something Republicans in the House will not abide. VDARE.com version Democrats Side with Terrorists.
See also the remarks of Debra Burlingame, the sister of Charles Burlingame, who was killed when the plane he was piloting was flown into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Iraqi refugees' arrival worries Warren mayor [7/19/07]
Is the Detroit metro area destined to become the first to go Muslim?
Mayor Mark Steenbergh expressed concerns on the city's Web site today over the possibility of "thousands" of Iraqi refugees moving into the city, saying they could strain services and educational resources.Warren is a suburb of Detroit, which is part of a growing Muslim presence in Michigan. With thousands of Iraqis coming to town, the mayor should worry less about employment and more about conflict, including the kind that includes explosives. Islamic sectarian violence has already occurred between Sunnis and Shias in Detroit.
ÊSteenbergh states in a blog message that the Macomb County Planning Department informed the city to anticipate the imminent arrival of 90 Iraqi refugees, with more to come. But it's unknown when the refugees will arrive.
Steenbergh said he's concerned what the influx of residents will strain city services and the Warren school districts.
"I'm extremely concerned that we cannot handle this burden placed upon our resources," Steenbergh wrote. "My biggest concern is where the refugees will find employment. Longtime Warren residents are having trouble finding jobs. This is not the time to add more people to a shrinking pool of employment.
The correct number of Muslims immigrants is ZERO, for national security and cultural reasons.
Middle Easterners Smuggled Into U.S. Through Mexico [7/18/07]
More bad news from the border, not that it is really news. Rep. McCaul published a report last year about foreigners being smuggled across the Mexican border, including members of Hezbollah. Here's a news report from 2004 about Middle Easterners who are living in Mexico and learning Spanish in order to pass themselves off as Mexican when they cross the border.
Illustrating the national security threat created by failing to protect the southern border, a Mexican human smuggling operation has helped Iraqis and other Middle Eastern individuals sneak into the United States through the Rio Grande for more than a year.A lot of the Arizona border is just a few strands of barbed wire.
Based in Chaparral New Mexico, the lucrative smuggling ring initially sneaked Mexicans and central Americans across the U.S. border but operators took on Middle Eastern customers more than a year ago because they paid thousands more to make it north.
An alarming Federal Bureau of Investigation report says the Middle Eastern illegal aliens paid the smugglers a fee of $20,000 to come to the U.S. They would meet at a specified house near the border in Mexico and then cross the Rio Grande, the 1,885-mile river that divides the U.S. from Mexico and flows through Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
911 call failed to stop attack that killed man [7/18/07]
Near Folsom, a Fijian man was killed over a diversity dispute at a picnic grounds.
Chargin said the Russian-speaking group seemed to be offended because Singh was dancing to ethnic music with both men and women. When Singh's group went into the water, one of the Russian-speaking men went over and spit on their blankets, he said.Just keep repeating, "Diversity is our Strength!"
The sheriff's sergeant said witnesses reported that the Russian-speaking group also hurled "homophobic and racial slurs" at Singh's group, but added that investigators had not been able to identify any suspects in the case.
Report: Deportation Devastating Families [7/18/07]
The open borders' fanatics have used a lot of tearful split-families propaganda to advance their agenda. Here's the latest ploy, from Human Rights Watch, another far-left bunch of one-worlders.
An estimated 1.6 million children and spouses have been separated from family members forced to leave the country under toughened 1996 immigration laws, a human rights group said Wednesday.Golly, isn't forging a check considered a felony and therefore a serious crime? These open-border types have amazingly low standards of behavior.
The separations have taken a toll on families who have sold homes, lost jobs, lost businesses or been thrown into financial turmoil, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. [...]
"How do you explain to a child that her father has been sent thousands of miles away and can never come home simply because he forged a check?" Parker said.
Cartels grow pot on 'national treasures' [7/17/07]
Unfortunately, it is not news that Mexican drug cartels are growing marijuana in our national parks. The Christian Science Monitor (among others) reported in 2003 that cartels were infesting Sequoia National Park.
The real question is why the government isn't bringing more force to bear on these criminals? As Mexico has shown, when crime becomes organized and takes over chunks of territory, that is a national security threat.
ONDCP spokesman Stephen E. Schatz said violent Mexican drug cartels construct, operate and manage 80 percent to 90 percent of all U.S.-based marijuana plantations - most of which are in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.See also my blog from last year about a San Francisco area infestation, Point Reyes Invaded by Mexican Organized Crime.
Mr. Schatz said those hired to tend and guard them do so with high-tech equipment and state-of-the-art weapons.
He said California's public lands are exceptionally vulnerable, adding that nine out of the top 10 marijuana-producing sites are found in that state and that 57 percent of all marijuana produced on public land in the U.S. is grown in California.
"Last year alone, close to 2.8 million outdoor marijuana plants were eradicated in California, including 1.7 million plants from federal and state land, with an estimated street value of $6.7 billion," he said.
The marijuana plantations also have lead to a litany of problems for outdoor enthusiasts, law-enforcement personnel and the environment, he said. An increasing number of campers, fishermen, hikers, hunters and forest and park officials are being intimidated, threatened or assaulted when they come near a Mexican-run marijuana garden.
Fear whittling jury pool in terror financing trial [7/17/07]
Possibly the good news here is the indication that more Americans understand the danger of Islamic terror groups acting within the country. But the bad news is the unwillingness of citizens to do their part in national defense.
Three potential jurors in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial were sent home Monday after each said they were afraid their service might put them or their families in danger.The Holy Land Foundation located in Richardson Texas near Dallas has been a very effective fund raiser for the terror group Hamas.
"Sounds like some pretty serious charges to me," said one man, moments after he was told why he was asked to show up at the federal courthouse. "I don't feel comfortable. ... This ain't like a parking ticket."
More communities use local police to enforce US immigration law [7/17/07]
Support for local immigration enforcement is spreading, as Americans everywhere begin to see the threat from immigration anarchy. Prince William County in Virginia is one such place, where local officials, like Supervisor John Stirrup, have stepped up to the plate at public urging.
The county "has reached a boiling point," says Mr. Stewart. An influx of illegal immigrants over the past four years has led to overcrowded houses and schools, overstretched public services, and a rising problem with gangs, he says.
With its vibrant economy and healthy job market, Prince William County, located about 30 miles outside the nation's capital, has by one estimate attracted 40,000 illegal residents Ð about 10 percent of the total population.
In Nashville, a Street Gang Emerges in a Kurdish Enclave [7/16/07]
Apparently there are 8,000 Kurds living in Nashville. Who knew? It's getting harder all the time to keep up with America's increasing diversity.
Now Nashville is having a serious problem with a Kurdish gang, the first one in the United States.
Police officials say that Kurdish Pride members have grown increasingly vicious and brazen. Investigators believe that the gang has committed about 10 home burglaries since January, including two involving rapes, said Mark Anderson, a Nashville police detective who works in a gang unit.Here are the Kurdish gang members arrested for the attempted murder of a Nashville parks officer and other crimes.
In a case involving the rape of a pregnant victim, a 17-year-old suspect, Zana Noroly, hanged himself in his jail cell in April. Messages in his memory are ubiquitous on the Web pages of Kurdish youth.
There was an assault in which a student was dragged from a high school classroom and beaten, and another during the school graduation that left the victim hospitalized. Kurdish Pride members have been accused of shooting at a rival gang, injuring three, and also beating a man to death in January at a motel, Mr. Anderson said.
Fear Seizes Pr. William Immigrants -- Legal and Not [7/15/07]
Among the things that never change, like death and taxes, we apparently must add biased reporting about illegal immigration in liberal newspapers -- even after the furious citizen uprising that shut down the Senate amnesty bill thought to be a sure thing.
This article is another typical sob story portraying foreign lawbreakers as victims. Such reversals of reality eviscerate any remaining respect people have for MSM.
Get a load of the PC BS...
Some cowered indoors, wary of police sweeps. Others said they'd leave for another county, or state -- anywhere that didn't seem as unwelcome as Prince William suddenly did. One father gave his sons copies of their green cards to carry to summer classes in elementary school, worried they'd be stopped and questioned.Hey, aren't lawbreakers supposed to be afraid of arrest?
Although the anti-illegal-immigrant measures approved last week in Prince William County were less severe than proposed originally, Hispanic residents there say a clasp of fear has gripped their community in recent days, as anxiety and confusion over the policies ripple through supermarkets, job sites, hair salons and living rooms.
"Everyone is scared to go outside," said Jorge Villarta, a Salvadoran immigrant who spoke in Spanish as he waited for his wife at the Salon Hispano beauty shop in Woodbridge, dropping his voice to a whisper. "They think the police will grab them, and they'll be deported," said Villarta, who added that he is a legal resident but still fears arrest.
LA archdiocese to pay $600M to settle abuse claims [7/14/07]
Over the last few months of the struggle against amnesty, Archbishop Roger Mahony was noticably absent. In previous amnesty battles, Mahony has been a major supporter of open borders. This year, not so much.
Now we understand that he has been busy on another front -- wrangling with lawyers to settle the huge pile of lawsuits against his diocese from victims of sexual abuse by predatory priests, the evil men whom Mahony protected for years by refusing to release relevant files.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle its clergy abuse cases for at least $600 million, by far the largest payout in the church's sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press learned Saturday.Photo: Archbishop Roger Mahony and Sen Kennedy push for illegal alien amnesty.
Attorneys for the archdiocese and the plaintiffs are expected to announce the deal Monday, the day the first of more than 500 clergy abuse cases was scheduled for jury selection, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement had not been made public. [...]
The Los Angeles archdiocese, its insurers and various Roman Catholic orders have paid more than $114 million to settle 86 claims so far.
Archbishop Mahony actively shielded a dozen pedophile priests and lied about at least one in court, actions which were included in the documentary film about priest sex crimes Deliver Us from Evil. Yet he has accused American citizens of being insufficiently moral for refusing to open US borders to his new parishioners (Mahony Baloney). Now he doesn't want the shocking testimony of victims to be heard in court.
On March 6, Lou Dobbs ran a clip of Mahony displaying his usual arrogance. Keep in mind that the Catholic hierarchy regard illegal immigration as a right for the poor, not a privilege allowed by the American people.
CARDINAL ROGER MAHONY, ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES: This is an issue about people, and the focus upon people who are our neighbors, people who live here in our United States who are contributing to our country. We simply cannot exclude them. We must find ways to bring them into the full light of our society. It's a shame that we citizens won't see the rotten side of the Catholic Church in court proceedings. After all, even non-Catholics prop up Vaticrat activities because of the tax breaks they receive as a church, plus the "faith-based" goodies like the $40 million Catholic Charities gets to resettle refugees. We should at least be allowed to view what we have paid to support.
For the VDARE.com version, see Treason Lobby Archbishop Writes the Big Check.
The BBC has a timeline of the scandal.
Congress getting worse, poll finds [7/14/07]
The public is not impressed with the new Democratic Congress it elected. No doubt the electorate was sick of constant overspending (the National Debt is approaching $9 trillion), the endless war continuing with no success in sight and was hoping that the Democrats would bring some attention to the struggling middle class. Other than the war, the Dems have been inactive on anything smacking of importance.
Furthermore, nothing has been done about the real dangers: the biggest national security threat remains the open borders and permissive immigration policies that allow increased numbers of Muslims to enter our country.
Bush has been taking heat over the Iraq war, his decision to spare a former top vice presidential aide from going to prison and his desire for an overhaul of immigration laws that critics said would give a free pass to illegal immigrants. His job approval rating in the AP-Ipsos survey remained virtually unchanged at 33 percent.Certainly the monumental struggle over the last couple months as citizens forced the Senate to reject a massive amnesty is a big factor.
The 24 percent approval rating for Congress matched its previous low, which came in June 2006, five months before Democrats won control of the House and Senate due to public discontent with the job Republicans were doing.
Just two months ago, 35 percent of the public approved of Congress' work.
Honduras Fears US Immigration Crackdown [7/14/07]
Another powerful force lobbying against American borders and sovereignty are the Central American countries that are hopeless remittance junkies. For example, Honduras expects to receive $2.8 billion in remesas this year, more than a quarter of its GDP.
Shown below, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick comforts a teary-eyed Honduran who apparently doesn't want to go home.
Unlike Mexico, which feigns poverty, nations like Honduras and Salvador really are dirt poor. Their idea of foreign policy is to visit Washington and put on the big sob story about how they really need the remittances from their citizens squatting in the US and sending back lots of money, so don't deport any more.
Who doesn't like a fat allowance that comes in the mail and you don't have to do anything to get it? Free money -- the best!
While attention is focused on the U.S. battle to stem the tide of illegal immigrants from Mexico, a federal effort to crack down on Hondurans is threatening the Honduran economy and sparking a crisis in U.S.-Honduran relations.
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya visited Washington on Monday to lobby Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a moratorium on what he called "massive and selective" deportations of Hondurans in the U.S. illegally. He promised that the Honduran government would strenuously defend the rights of Honduran immigrants, without elaborating. [...]
"Remittances are like an addiction," said Juan Jose Garcia, a remittances consultant in San Salvador, El Salvador. "Remittances feed consumption, the banking system and the stability of society."
When the stability of a society depends on the kindness of expatriates, the homies are skating on thin ice. It would be better for Central American nations to work on sensible development rather than wait for the checks to arrive, since they could easily stop coming for many reasons.
Indeed, there have been several studies showing that remittances are not a good development tool, that recipients often develop a welfare mindset which prevents actual economic progress from occurring.
Once again, tough love is the greater kindness.
Missing Marlette [7/13/07]
I just learned today about the death of cartoonist and author Doug Marlette, who was killed in an auto accident in Mississippi on Tuesday. He was brilliant, fearless and independent.
The courage Doug bore witness to through his characters also found lodging in his brave heart. He was fearless against authority and hypocrisy. He stood fast when fundamentalists of all stripes issued death threats because of his cartoons. He was undaunted in defending the First Amendment, which he recognized as the foundation for all other freedoms. Doug got a lot of jihadi attention for his infamous cartoon featuring Mohammed.
He wrote about the experience for the Columbia Journalism Review in I Was a Tool of Satan:
Last year, I drew a cartoon that showed a man in Middle Eastern apparel at the wheel of a Ryder truck hauling a nuclear warhead. The caption read, "What Would Mohammed Drive?" Besides referring to the vehicle that Timothy McVeigh rode into Oklahoma City, the drawing was a takeoff on the "What Would Jesus Drive?" campaign created by Christian evangelicals to challenge the morality of owning gas-guzzling SUVs. The cartoon's main target, of course, was the faith-based politics of a different denomination. Predictably, the Shiite hit the fan.
Can you say "fatwa"? My newspaper, The Tallahassee Democrat, and I received more than 20,000 e-mails demanding an apology for misrepresenting the peace-loving religion of the Prophet Mohammed -- or else. Some spelled out the "else": death, mutilation, Internet spam. "I will cut your fingers and put them in your mother's ass." "What you did, Mr. Dog, will cost you your life. Soon you will join the dogs . . . hahaha in hell." "Just wait . . . we will see you in hell with all jews . . . ." The onslaught was orchestrated by an organization called the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR bills itself as an "advocacy group." I was to discover that among the followers of Islam it advocated for were the men convicted of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. At any rate, its campaign against me included flash-floods of e-mail intended to shut down servers at my newspaper and my syndicate, as well as viruses aimed at my home computer. The controversy became a subject of newspaper editorials, columns, Web logs, talk radio, and CNN. I was condemned on the front page of the Saudi publication Arab News by the secretary general of the Muslim World League.
Eisenhower and illegals [7/13/07]
Tom Tancredo reviews a little history about border enforcement in an earlier time. Eisenhower initiated Operation Wetback in 1954 to repatriate thousands of Mexican citizens.
Eisenhower inherited the mess and decided to act. He told his attorney general, who supervised the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Border Patrol, that he wanted the Bracero program ended and the border secured. In 1954, Eisenhower appointed a West Point classmate, "Jumping Joe" Swing, as head of the INS. One of Commissioner Swing's first acts was to transfer a number of old-time Border Patrol managers out of the border areas to disrupt the cozy relationships with local employers and politicians. Operation Wetback shows what can be done when the political will exists.
During a two-month period, June and July of 1954, a force of less than 800 INS agents rounded up and repatriated more than 50,000 illegal aliens in California and Arizona. The agency estimated at the time that more than 400,000 fled back to Mexico in fear of deportation. From July to the end of September, more than 80,000 were arrested in Texas and more than 500,000 left Texas voluntarily by the end of the year. Today, the bureaucrats call that "self-deportation," but I prefer to call it returning home. In fact, going home might be considerably easier today for the millions of illegal aliens have Bank of America credit cards.
Below, Ike visiting with members of the 101st Airborne before they parachuted into France on D-Day.
Immigrant advocates demand radio station fire host for remarks [7/13/07]
Open-borders fanatics are also extremists in their dislike of free speech.
Bay Area immigrant rights advocates say radio host Michael Savage should be fired for using hateful language when suggesting supporters of an immigration reform bill who fasted in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza last week should starve to death.Naturally the enemies of borders deem this "hate speech" and want him fired. And naturally the PC Chronicle allowed nothing from the Michael Savage side no spokesman for the First Amendment or for the individual show.
During a July 5 broadcast of "The Savage Nation," his nationally syndicated talk show, Savage said, "I would say let them fast till they starve to death ... because then we won't have a problem about giving them green cards because they're illegal aliens."
Comments are all over the place.
Tancredo wins applause at NAACP [7/12/07]
It's too bad that only one Republican showed up at the NAACP convention, but Tom Tancredo was well received for his honesty, courage and good humor.
As the only Republican, he had his choice of lecterns and made use of the situation.
"Do you think we should wait a few minutes to see if these other guys show up?" Tancredo said, drawing a big laugh from the crowd. "Do they know something I don't know, is that it? I think actually I know something that they don't know."More details at the Team Tancredo blog. Also, check out the ingeniously spliced 24-based web ad.
That line drew a loud cheer from the audience, clearly appreciative that Tancredo had bothered to show up. He used his opening remarks to talk about his signature issue, illegal immigration, and how it was hurting American workers, and especially African-American workers. Tancredo said he gets "insulted" every time he hears that illegal immigrants are working jobs American citizens won't take.
"I've done those jobs, you've done those jobs, our kids have done those jobs," he said.
Mexico's Gas Attacks [7/12/07]
Mexico's structural strength as a nation has been under attack as never before from the growing power of drug cartels which act as fiefdoms within the Mexican state. Now the Marxists have joined in by blowing up some of the gas pipeline infrastructure.
As Jimmy Durante used to say, "Everybody wants to get into the act!"
Two gas pipelines were blown up in central Mexico on Thursday, shutting off energy and forcing evacuations in factories, residences, and offices through Mexico's industrial heartland. The hit costs the regional economy $6.4 million a day.The attack piles more pressure on a very damaged system. Presidente Calderon is trying to take down the cartels through a military campaign, but they are giving him a serious fight.
Although that's not a lot of money to us, it is for Mexico, an economy where per capita income is just $6,000 a year.
But bad as this was, the cash losses aren't the biggest problem. These attacks raise the prospect of a new campaign to destabilize our vulnerable southern neighbor through violence.
They show how easy it is for a small terror group with perhaps as few as 100 members to disrupt Mexico's economy, threaten America's energy supplies and rock Mexico's stability.
See my earlier article about Mexico as a failed state, Is Mexico About To Fall Apart?
In addition, since Mexico's oil reserves are being depleted rapidly, soon there won't be anything for Marxicans to blow up. George Grayson predicts, "At the rate they're going, within 10 years Mexico will be an oil importer."
Public schools grapple with Muslim prayer [7/11/07]
What is it about schools that make them unable to say No to the most objectionable activities when they fall into the Diversity category? In San Diego, the local Muslims have managed to open their own little madrassa on the taxpayer tab, behind closed doors in a public school. Could we have a little separation of church and state here?
For now, about 100 students in the Arabic language program at Carver Elementary School are finishing their first year under a daily schedule that gives them a 15-minute recess period in the afternoon, about an hour after lunch. Many of the students are Muslim and transferred from an Arabic-language charter school that folded. Carver Elementary revised its schedule so the students would have the option to pray at the specific times ordained by their religion, says attorney Brent North, who represents the school district. A teacher is present to watch the praying children but cannot lead or take part in the observance.Former San Diego Mayor and current radio host Roger Hedgecock appeared on the O'Reilly Factor recently to blow the whistle on the Muslim infiltration scheme. Roger had interviewed a substitute teacher who reported that a school schedule listed "pray for one hour" the teacher thought it should have read "play." Furthermore, the class was segregated by gender and religion it was for Islamic girls only illegal according to court rulings. O'Reilly also brought up the Muslim foot-washing sinks installed by the University of Michigan using taxpayer funds as an example that the San Diego case is not unique.
Lou Dobbs Tonight Transcript July 10 [7/11/07]
LDT noted the California population projections which show Mexifornia as the cultural future of a very crowded state.
DOBBS: The State of California is facing, among other things, a dramatic boom in its population. New projections from the state say California's population will jump 75 percent over the next 40 years. And Southern California's Riverside County can expect a population growth rate of more than 200 percent. [...]
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: (voice-over): Higher Hispanic birth rates, as well as legal and illegal immigration, will add more than 25 million people to California by the middle of this century. The state's Department of Finance projects California's population will grow to nearly 60 million by 2050, an increase of about 75 percent.
The report foreshadows a looming crisis. California already faces water and power shortages, decaying infrastructure, education funding gaps and a $92 billion debt. Urban planners say state officials need to wake up.
DOWELL MYERS, AUTHOR, "IMMIGRANTS AND BOOMERS: They've been asleep at the switch in past decades. We had a lot of growth before, in the '80s. And then they didn't do a whole lot to prepare for it. They were coasting on infrastructure that was put in place in the '60s. And that many requires more roads, it requires more infrastructure, it requires more housing. And it also generates a lot more business opportunities, too.
WIAN: And major demographic and cultural shifts.
Here's how California's population appeared in 2000 -- whites, 47 percent; Hispanics, 32 percent; Asians, 11; and blacks, 7 percent.
Fast forward to 2050 and the state predicts Hispanics will make up more than half its population, whites only about a fourth. The percentage of Asians will increase slightly, while only one in 20 Californians will be black.
MARY HEIM, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE: For Hispanics, almost 80 percent of the growth is due to natural increase or the excess of births over deaths. And it's just about the opposite for the Asians. Almost 80 percent of their growth is due to people moving to California either from other states or other countries.
WIAN: Los Angeles County faces an even more dramatic projected shift. The white population shrinks to 1.6 million, while Hispanics swell to 8.4 million. Put another way, L.A.'s Hispanic and Asian population is expected to double by 2050, while the number of whites and blacks will be cut in half.
Hispanics will outnumber whites more than five to one in Los Angeles, two to one statewide.See also 60 million Californians by mid-century. Meanwhile, innumerate pundits like Mona Charin argue that America should accept more legal immigrants.
Muslims declare sovereignty over U.S., UK [7/10/07]
Here is today's exhibit of how unwise immigration can destroy a country. Surely it is far better to keep your enemies across the ocean than welcome them into your own land.
In Britain, years of weakness in responding to mass murder and terrorism has only inspired more arrogant squawking about jihad from the local Muslims. Unfortunately, the new Prime Minister has little grit for confronting the danger the West faces. Brown recently forbade his ministers from using the word Muslim in connection with terrorism.
Don't miss the sound file of radio host Rusty Humphries interviewing jihadist Abu Saif.
Are we to say that Muslims can fully practice religion in America," [Saif] asked in an attempt to explain. "Say, for instance, I was a Muslim in America. Could I call for the destruction of the American government and establishment of an Islamic state in America? No. So where is the freedom of religion? There is none." Is there any good reason to continue Muslim immigration? Don't we have enough hostile diversity already?
Humphries asked: "Do you call for that?"
"Of course," he replied, "we want Islam to be a source of governance for all of mankind. And we also believe that one day America will be ruled by Islam."
Abu Saif explained Islam, like Christianity, has a prophetic tradition.
"One of the prophecies of the message of Muhammad was the hour will never come, i.e., the last day which you also believe in will never come until a group of the Muslims ... will rise and conquer the White House."
State's population projected to reach nearly 60 million by 2050 [7/9/07]
We Californians have already been told to cut back on water usage after only one winter of below-average rains (at least in the north). But the explosive numbers just keep adding up. Demographic change is relentless, particularly when the government insists on keeping the borders open.
The Department of Finance predicted Monday that California will have 59.5 million residents when the state reaches the mid-century mark nearly 22 million more than today.Mexifornia!
Hispanics will make up 52 percent of the population in 2050, up from 36 percent currently. Whites, now 43 percent of the population, will drop to 26 percent, while Asians' share will grow by one percentage point to 13 percent and blacks will decline from 6 percent to 5 percent, according to the department's forecast.
Hispanics are projected to become a majority of the population by 2042.
Many Homeland top jobs empty, report finds [7/9/07]
Here's another nail in the coffin of George W. Bush as national protector. What a joke. He has been too busy trying to open the borders to his pals in Mexico to actually defend America.
The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a gaping hole in the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a congressional report to be released today.It's pretty lame to have one quarter of important positions remain unfilled now, nearly six years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
As of May 1, Homeland Security had 138 vacancies among its top 575 positions, with the greatest voids reported in its policy, legal and intelligence sections, as well as immigration agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. The vacant slots include presidential, senior executive and other high-level appointments, according to the report by the House Homeland Security Committee.
Saturday night in the Mission - a beat full of alcohol and fights [7/9/07]
San Francisco's increasing diversity makes policing a tougher job than ever before. The Mission used to be a rather pleasant working class neighborhood, but it has become considerably more violent in recent years as it has gotten Mexicanized.
They work the overnight shift, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. That's a tough enough shift for anyone doing any kind of work. But it's a whole other world to be a cop on Saturday night in the Mission. The area has high-end restaurants and froufrou bars next to burrito joints and crusty taverns. Latino gang members cruise the streets, while across-the-bridge kids mingle with the working-class immigrants, anarchists, artists, activists and bike messengers who make the Mission their home.
Finally, it's 2 a.m. Closing time. Hundreds of partyers hit the streets. A call comes in. Another fight.
This one's at a liquor store on Mission near Cesar Chavez.
The officers find a young Latino man on the corner. His English is limited, but he explains that he and his buddy got jumped by a group of men in the store. Both got hit, but his friend took quite a beating and ran off. The man doesn't know what happened to his friend, or even whether he's still alive.
Mexican president's big wager [7/8/07]
Presidente Calderon's use of the military to break the power of the drug cartels has been a popular one in Mexico for the most part. The place was looking like it was going the way of Colombia in the 1980s and something needed to be done. However, there is no guarantee that he will be successful. The cartels are incredibly rich and powerful, and Mexico's cultural corruption plays in their favor. (A recent poll found that 87 percent of Mexicans have used a bribe.)
Calderon presides over strategy sessions with the leaders of Mexico's army and navy, key players in the centerpiece initiative of his 7-month-old presidency: a military assault against drug cartels. No Mexican president in recent history has convened his security council with such regularity, but few of his modern-day predecessors have faced such a daunting security crisis.
Calderon is betting his presidency on a surge of Mexican troops -- one of the country's largest deployments of the military in a crime-fighting role -- to wage street-by-street battles with drug cartels that are blamed for more than 3,000 execution-style killings in the past year and a half. Sending more than 20,000 federal troops and police officers to nine Mexican states has made Calderon extremely popular; his latest approval ratings hit 65 percent.
But as the campaign drags into its eighth month and the death toll mounts, Calderon is facing a growing cadre of critics, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights representative in Mexico, who opposes the use of the military in policing. [...]
The troops have arrested more than 580 people, according to the government, though only one would qualify as a major figure. Since the military campaign began, 19 troops and 168 police officers have been killed; more than 1,080 civilian deaths have been recorded, though most of those were the result of infighting among cartels.
U.S. Unable to Deport Most Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes [7/7/07]
There is no excuse for convicted foreign felons not to be deported when their prison sentences are completed.
Ezeiquiel Lopez already had a rap sheet that stretched all the way to Texas when, police said, he shot Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Deputy Sheriff Frank Fabiano in the head, killing him.Here's more about Deputy Fabiano, the man murdered by Lopez. The perp had a rap sheet ranging over 4 states.
Lopez, 45, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was free at the time of the May shooting, after having been jailed for two prior violent crimes. By law, he should have been deported, but federal immigration authorities didn't know he had been in custody, and state and local police didn't tell them.
The case isn't an exception. Fewer than half the foreigners convicted of crimes in the U.S. -- most of whom are in the country illegally -- are deported after serving their sentences, according to the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.
Sources: 2 in plot explored U.S. jobs [7/6/07]
We shouldn't be surprised that a couple of the accused bombers from the Glasgow Doctor Jihad also had a desire to practice in the United States. America is the Great Satan to jihadists and therefore remains terror target #1.
Two of the seven doctors arrested in Britain after last week's failed bomb attacks had explored the possibility of coming to the United States, making inquiries to a Philadelphia-based organization, sources said.Below is shown neurologist Mohammed Jamil Asha, 26, a Jordanian born in Saudi Arabia of Palestinian descent with his family before he was arrested for being part of the Glasgow-London terror plot.
The two took preliminary steps to apply for graduate medical-education programs in this country, sources familiar with the FBI investigation told The Inquirer.
For another sign of British fecklessness, see Eight Al Qaeda fanatics working for the police (but they don't dare sack them).
Up to eight police officers and civilian staff are suspected of links to extremist groups including Al Qaeda.The British people must certainly be outraged that their police cannot even purge known terrorists from their ranks. What strange PC has paralyzed law enforcement to the point where it cannot minimally protect itself?
Some are even believed to have attended terror training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Their names feature on a secret list of alleged radicals said to be working in the Metropolitan and other forces. [...]
Astonishingly, many of the alleged jihadists have not been sacked because - it is claimed - police do not have the "legal power" to dismiss them.
Unwise immigration has put Europe in a terrible fix. We in America should learn from their stupidity and curtail immigration from enemy societies, and stop imagining that exposure to US freedoms will remove jihadist ideas from Muslim minds an elite fantasy that endangers us greatly.
Muslim immigration to America is increasing just the opposite of what Washington should be allowing.
Employer sanctions force some migrants to weigh leaving Arizona [7/5/07]
Gov. Napolitano has just signed into law a bill that makes it harder for employers to hire illegal aliens. The ink is hardly dry and businesses are squawking up a storm.
On the other side of town, illegal foreign workers are considering a change of scene
News of the law, believed to be the toughest of its kind in the country, sent a shock wave through the immigrant community. It spread far and fast as illegal immigrants braced for the possibility that they may soon lose their jobs if skittish employers begin culling workers wholesale rather than facing the possibility of losing their business licenses, the penalty for a second offense under the measure.Enforcement works! Yes, punishment has a deterrent effect! If negative reinforcement were not effective, then business would not be lobbying so hard against it.
Instead of waiting for that to happen, Arellanes said, he is considering moving to look for work where the climate toward illegal immigrants is less hostile. Others said they planned to wait and see how the law pans out, then decide whether to stay.
Students fasting for green card provision [7/5/07]
There's no satisfying illegal aliens, EVER. It's not enough that the kiddies get a free K-12 education on the backs of American taxpayers, no. They insist upon getting a subsidized college education too.
The recently killed Senate amnesty bill contained the illegal DREAM act (actually a nightmare for citizen kids, since it dispenses tuition subsidies not available to homegrown Americans). So a contingent from the permanent gimme chorus was deeply miffed that their trough was not expanded and is camped out in San Francisco, enacting a fast. Get out the Kleenex for a heart-tugging sob story of hopes dashed!
The bill, first introduced in 2001, would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who entered the country before they turned 16, have lived here at least five years, have no criminal record and have graduated from high school or been admitted to college. The students would be granted a six-year provisional legal status during which they must attend college or serve in the military for at least two years before they could receive a green card.A June article by Kris Kobach, A college education for illegal aliens points out that the DREAM act shreds 1996 legislation which prevented foreigners from receiving greater benefits than citizens in this one instance.
An estimated 65,000 illegal immigrant students graduate from high school every year and would benefit from such a bill. At present, they are unable to work legally and, in many states, can't enroll in college.
"The DREAM Act would give me a sense that I was valued as a person," said Miriam, who is one of seven students holding a weeklong fast in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza in a push for passage of the bill. In San Jose, students are fasting outside the district office of Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "I was raised here; I went to school here; I see my future here. ... Let us be part of this society, let us do it the right way."
The DREAM Act is a nightmare. It repeals a 1996 federal law that prohibits any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, unless the state also offers in-state tuition rates to all U.S. citizens. On top of that, the DREAM Act offers a fast track to U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens who attend college.Besides, whatever happened to getting a job and earning the money to attend college!?
On its own, the DREAM Act never stood a chance of passing - even in the Senate. Every scientific opinion poll on the subject has shown over 70 percent opposition to giving in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! [7/4/07]
Report: Mexican magnate richer than Bill Gates [7/3/07]
Carlos Slim is #1, the richest man on earth, according to the latest calculations. (It's been a tough week for Bill Gates, with the spectacular unveiling of the iPhone.) As has been noted here for years, Mexico is rich. It is a very wealthy nation, consistently among the top 15 top GDP. Hopefully the ascension of Sr. Slim into the ultimate heights of financial success will make Americans more cognizant of Mexican wealth.
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim has overtaken Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the world's richest man, a Mexican financial journalist who has been tracking the mogul's wealth said today.
Slim, who controls Mexico's largest fixed-line telephone company and owns other businesses involved in everything from construction and music to restaurants and cigarettes, was worth $67.8 billion (euro50 billion) at the end of the second quarter -- nearly 8 percent of Mexico's Gross Domestic Product, said Eduardo Garcia, founder and director of sentidocomun.com, a Mexico-based financial news Web site.
Forbes magazine reported on its Web site in April that Slim had moved past U.S. investor Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest man, with a fortune estimated at just over $53 billion (euro39 billion).
Katrina brought a wave of Hispanics [7/3/07]
Here's a food update from New Orleans, and they're talking about tacos, not gumbo or boudin.
NEW ORLEANS - For proof that Hurricane Katrina is transforming the ethnic flavor of New Orleans and creating altogether new tensions look no further than the taco trucks.The city is becoming Nuevo Orleans, as forecast by Mexicans who like the idea of taking over another American city. They have arrived and are cranking out jackpot babies to get family citizenship and easy access to welfare benefits.
The trucks are a common sight in barrios from Los Angeles to New York, but controversial in a city still adapting to a threefold increase in Hispanics since Katrina.
Mexican Cartels in Talks to Split Turf [7/2/07]
This article is rather bizarre, in that it assumes criminal gangs arranging territory among themselves is a good thing. That attitude, clearly shared by Mexican officials, is an admission of failure, that the Mexico City government cannot return cartel territories to the rule of law.
Leaders from the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels are negotiating over carving up the critical northern states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, both of which border Texas, intelligence officials said.
Meanwhile, according to these sources, the Zetas, a violent enforcement group formed by highly trained military deserters, would share the state of Tamaulipas with their old bosses, the Gulf cartel. Negotiations over other states could follow, including Michoacan, Guerrero and Veracruz, the officials said. [...]
The talks include some local, state and federal officials in Mexico, Mr. Valle and authorities said.
"The realignment under way is not just within the cartels, but also with some members of the government," said Mr. Valle. "That's the only way any pact can work because of the vast corruption within sectors of the government."
GOP hopefuls march in unison on issues at Iowa presentation [7/1/07]
Here's the usual dinosaur press complaints about the similarity of the messages coming from Republican Presidential candidates -- has the reporter listened to the Democratic gaggle recently?
Anyway, there is a fine Tom Tancredo quote that got in somehow...
The loudest cheers of the day went to conservative Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, who railed against illegal immigration. "If you want to call me a single-issue candidate, that's fine as long as you know my issue is the survival of this country," he said. Tancredo drew applause by challenging the others to forswear Spanish-language advertising as they seek Latino support.For ideas from another luminary, see Lou Dobbs interviewed by Glenn Beck in a Youtube clip. Great stuff.
GOP chairman: Immigration will define 2008 election [7/1/07]
In Kansas, Kris Kobach predicts that immigration will no longer be ignored as an issue in the Presidential election.
Kobach said supporting the immigration bill has injured the presidential chances of McCain, R-Ariz., who once led the race but has faltered in recent polls.
The immigration issue also could hurt Giuliani, a former New York City Mayor, who will have to answer to skeptical GOP conservatives for having once sued the federal government to keep New York a "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.
The candidate getting the biggest boost is former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" actor Fred Thompson, Kobach said. Thompson and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both take a harder line on immigration, he said.
"I think it would help both of them," Kobach said, but added, "I think Romney is gaining less traction among conservatives than he hoped."
And even though Reps. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., remain long shots, their strong stance on the issue has brought them much-needed attention in the crowded Republican field.
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