Robots Threaten Millions of Retail Jobs

Tech experts all say that simple jobs are the easiest to automate. Therefore we can expect to see a lot more self-checkout when shopping. How hard is it to scan bar codes and calculate the total cost? My local Safeway added several DIY checkout stations a couple years ago in a major remodel.

Self-checkout — get used to it, shoppers.

As a result of advancing technology, cashier jobs are starting to disappear now, and a recent study forecasts that six million or more could go in the next decade.

Seriously, does America really need to continue importing immigrant workers when automation is forecast to shrink the number of US jobs dramatically? There is a bill in Congress to reduce immigration by half, but that’s hardly enough given the automated future.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that “63% of American Adults believe it’s at least somewhat likely that most jobs in America will be done by robots or computers 25 years from now.”

So if nearly two-thirds the American people are aware of the automation threat to employment, why is Washington entirely asleep on the subject?

Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs, CNN Money, May 19, 2017

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation.

Next up could be jobs at your local stores.

Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group.

That represents at least 38% of the current retail work force, which consists of 16 million workers. Retail could actually lose a greater proportion of jobs to automation than manufacturing has, according to the study.

That doesn’t mean that robots will be roving the aisles of your local department store chatting with customers. Instead, expect to see more automated checkout lines instead of cashiers. This shift alone will likely eliminate millions of jobs.

“Cashiers are considered one of the most easily automatable jobs in the economy,” said the report. And these job losses will hit women particularly hard, since about 73% of cashiers are women. Continue reading this article

Media Malfeasance against President Trump Is Noted at Harvard

Tucker Carlson began his Friday show by remarking on a new analysis about media reporting of President Trump, and of course it almost entirely negative. The report is from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, titled “News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days”.

Interestingly, the paper noted, “Immigration was, at once, both the most heavily covered topic in U.S. news outlets and the topic that drew the most negative coverage.”

That outcome should not be surprising, since the occupation of Journalist is unique in that it has no corresponding employment visa: as a result, members of the scribbler class never face the possibility of being replaced by a cheaper immigrant worker and have little apparent sympathy for those who do. If the thousands crossing the border included skilled reporters and editors rather than being mostly strawberry pickers, immigration coverage would certainly change: sob stories of “immigrant” suffering would be balanced by the crushing cost of open borders to Americans in terms of jobs lost, schools flooded with non-English speakers and healthcare overwhelmed.

Let’s have more immigration diversity in the newsroom by Congress creating a Journalist Visa! There’s nothing like more open borders in one’s own profession to clear the mind and increase compassion for those similarly afflicted.

Back to Tucker Carlson and his observations about media malfeasance. . .

TUCKER CARLSON: The news media are liberal: if you grew up in this country, you probably have known that for quite a while. It’s obvious in the stories they choose and maybe even more evident in the ones they ignore. About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it and that would include progressive activists posing as reporters and the Democratic politicians whose water they carry, but exactly how liberal and how biased is the press? Well, for the answer to that we have to go to social science. and now for the first time in a while we actually have some some real data.

A new study from researchers at Harvard University looked at 10 major news outlets and found the overwhelming majority of their coverage of the new administration’s first 100 days was hostile. At CNN and NBC, both purportedly straight news outlets, 93 percent of the stories were negative which is remarkable considering that there’s no way that 93 percent of their stories about — I don’t know, pick someone — Fidel Castro were negative. Ninety-three percent is a lot. In fact it’s not only news coverage at that point: it’s advocacy. So the press doesn’t like Trump; we knew that, but it’s not just Trump, it’s the issues that Trump’s voters favor. The media disagree with those too, and they skew their coverage accordingly.

Take immigration for example. Now there many sides to that issue but most Americans believe it ought to be illegal to come to our country without permission. That’s why the Congress has made it illegal. But that’s not how the people who work in the media think: they believe that defending the border is an act of bigotry, and so that’s how they have portrayed it with no other side represented at all most of the time. The Harvard study found that of stories on Trump’s immigration policies, fully 96 percent were negative. There was more diversity in the Romanian media under Ceausescu. That’s no diversity at all.

Now if you’ve read a newspaper lately, you’ve seen it. Here’s the New York Times for example: “Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on Any Corner.” The LA Times: “Trump’s crackdown sparks fear and anger among immigrants here illegally” and of course, America’s least honest newspaper The Washington Post which wrote in a headline: “Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them.”

Where are the stories about Americans hurt by illegal immigration? Well, you’d have to wait an awful long time to see those. There aren’t many, if any. If anything, most television news is even more distorted than this.

SCOTT PELLEY: President Trump drew an X today through the welcoming words of the nearby Statue of Liberty.

FAREED ZAKARIA: Trump has always trafficked in fear-mongering; this time to stoke those fears and present himself as the country’s protector. He chose to punish ordinary men women and children who are fleeing terrorism and violence.

JIM AVILA: This is just a proposal, but already immigration attorneys are telling me it’s harsh and un-American.

CARLSON: Un-American. Well that’s news with a message at its core, just like in a political campaign which in many ways is exactly what this.

Trump Convinces Some Recalcitrant Countries to Accept Their Deported Criminals

It’s good news from Washington that President Trump has prevailed upon some of our irresponsible world neighbors to take back their criminal citizens. The problem of deportable thugs being freed onto American streets because their homelands won’t take them has been under-reported.

Naturally, released criminals continue committing crimes, leading to some terrible, preventable murders like that of grandmother Lois Decker, pictured.

Texas Congressman Ted Poe has been a resolute leader on the issue of undeportables for years, and last January he reintroduced H.R. 241, the Timely Repatriation Act of 2017, to restrict diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a national ordered removed from the United States.

In 2012 Ted Poe appeared on the House floor and discussed the murder of Lois Decker while displaying her photo, plus analyzing other crimes resulting from criminal aliens being released into American neighborhoods.

The Washington Times article below is reasonably thorough; however it could have included more details about Thong Vang, an illegal alien criminal mentioned. He had rape convictions and shot two guards according to the article, but there’s more, much more.

As I reported in Fresno Gunman Was a Violent Convicted Felon Laos Would Not Receive in Deportation, Vang and more than a dozen of his Hmong gangster pals kidnapped, forcibly confined and gang-raped three young girls, aged 12 to 14. Plus Vang was sentenced to only 19 years in prison and served 16 despite the violence of the crime, which is rather shocking in itself. He shot the two police officers last September when he reported to the Fresno County Jail as required by his parole and was behaving strangely. When an officer asked him to sit down, he pulled a gun in the crowded room and wounded the two.

Six months after the shooting, the two correctional officers were still recovering from the gunshots. They are lucky to be alive, given America’s weakness toward illegal alien criminals in recent years.

Trump presses more countries take back U.S. deportees in immigration success, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 16, 2017

Between cajoling, threats and actual punishments, Homeland Security has managed to drastically cut the number of countries that habitually refuse to take back immigrants whom the U.S. is trying to deport, officials said Tuesday, notching an early immigration success for President Trump.

The number of recalcitrant countries has dropped from 20 to 12 over the months since the presidential election, and some longtime offenders — including Iraq and Somalia — have earned their way off the naughty list. The list of countries is the shortest this decade.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials couldn’t immediately say how many people have been deported because of the changes, but Somalia has taken back 259 just seven months into the fiscal year. That is far more than the 198 it took back in all of 2016 and the 17 it took in 2015.

Marlen Pineiro, assistant director for removal operations at ICE, said the efforts began under the Obama administration but that Mr. Trump has created a determined focus at the Homeland Security and State departments, which are both involved in speeding up deportations.

“The wind being at our wings is really driving us forward,” she said.

In many cases, that means criminals who otherwise would have been released onto the streets are now being sent to their home countries.

Recalcitrant countries have long been among the serious issues that didn’t get much attention, though the consequences can be extreme.

In one notorious case, Haiti refused to take back an illegal immigrant who had served time for attempted murder, and U.S. officials were forced to release him. He killed a young woman in Connecticut just months after his release.

Another illegal immigrant, Thong Vang, was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for rape convictions, and his home country of Laos refused to take him back. He was sent to a California prison last year and shot two guards, police said.

Armed with those kinds of cases, Mr. Trump made recalcitrant countries a part of his presidential campaign. He vowed to begin putting pressure on countries to take back their deportees.

One of his first executive orders instructed Homeland Security to take steps to pressure other countries, including potentially stopping the issuance of visas to governments that refuse to cooperate. Continue reading this article

Chinese Characterize ‘White Left’ as a Slur

Tucker Carlson finished up Tuesday’s show (5/16) with some interesting remarks about America’s leftist culture as observed from Red China, which knows something about ultra socialism and its excesses. It seems the term “white left” has become an insult in the People’s Republic and refers to the increasingly nutty expressions of leftist identity politics as practiced in the US and Europe.

Unfortunately nobody pulled that video clip out of the show, so you can click to near the end of the whole show below (37:42 to be precise) to watch or just read my transcript below:

It’s interesting that the far left looks just as insane from abroad to ChiComs (!) as it does from up close here in the US.

TUCKER CARLSON: The Chinese have a new insult you often see in online political arguments between Mandarin speakers: the word is “Baizuo”— its literal translation is “white left” according to political scientist Chenchen Zhang who wrote about the term in a recent open democracy piece. Members of the white left are, in the view of the Chinese “biased, elitist, ignorant of social reality and constantly applying double standards. . .”

“They only care about topics like immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment. . .” and have “. . .no sense of real problems in the real world. . .” They’re people obsessed with political correctness to the extent they “. . .tolerate backward Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism. . .” and on top of that they say the white left “. . .pity the rest of the world and think they are saviors.”

Hmm, sounds like the Chinese are watching pretty carefully. The term first became popular two years ago to describe Angela Merkel and her decision to welcome more than a million third-world immigrants to Europe. Chinese students and job seekers complained they had to work very hard to stay in Europe, while unskilled migrants could simply show up, claim asylum and get welfare. Chinese immigrants to the US, meanwhile, see themselves penalized by affirmative action and wonder why they’re paying the price for historic wrongs that other people committed, which is not a crazy question by the way.

One Chinese internet user described the white left as quote “a spiritual epidemic that will destroy the West and destroy China — if we’re foolish enough to follow their lead.”

As Donald Trump once noted of the Chinese: “They’re laughing at us.”

He may have been more right than he knew.

California Budget Proposes Extra Millions for Defending Illegal Aliens from Deportation

Mexifornia Governor Jerry Brown has unleashed his budget for the legislature to consider, and it includes an extra $15 million to provide legal representation for illegal aliens who may be deported to their nations of citizenship. California Democrats really don’t like Americans, or at least it seems so from their actions.

Below is a discussion of the budget on Fox News Tuesday morning. Helpfully, Kristin Tate, a contributor for The Hill, recited some diversity crime facts:

KRISTIN TATE: ”California is a border state so they have high rates of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. In 2014 which is the most recent year for which data is available 75 percent of criminals convicted for federal drug offenses were illegal immigrants. That same year 38 percent of murder convictions in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and New York were illegal immigrants. All of this data is available via the Government Accountability Office.”

Keep in mind that individual California cities like Sacramento and San Francisco are directing taxpayer dollars to defend the “rights” of illegal foreigners to remain in the country they invaded.

California is definitely generous in spending the citizens’ money on unlawful residents. In 2015, the state mooched $57 million in tax dollars to subsidize illegal alien drivers’ licenses as well as covering illegal alien kiddies’ healthcare, beginning with $40 million allocated in the beginning and expanding to $132 million annually “when fully implemented” — whenever that is.

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Times article below refers to illegal aliens as “Californians” in its title. But even more outrageous is the statement that illegal alien boosters pushed for the legal aid particularly in cases where “the repercussions of deportation could lead to death.”

What about the deaths to Californians caused by the illegal aliens residing in the state!? Some that I’ve reported include Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the three members of the Bologna family in San Francisco, Marilyn Pharis of Santa Maria, Drew Rosenberg from Los Angeles, Jamiel Shaw in Los Angeles and film director Bob Clark of Pacific Palisades.

Below, Tony Bologna and his two sons were shot to death by an MS-13 gangster a short distance from their home in San Francisco as they returned from a family picnic.

It’s monstrous that the state government does so little to provide public safety for the citizens while going out of its way to crank out freebies for illegal aliens.

Gov. Brown’s budget proposal includes an extra $15 million to help Californians facing deportation, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked an extra $15 million in the state’s budget to expand legal defense services for people battling deportation, a move that could be interpreted as a response to the Trump administration’s broadened immigration enforcement orders.

The one-time cash infusion would boost the state government’s financial help to those in the country illegally to $33 million. Immigrant rights groups and lawyers hailed the increased funding in Brown’s revised state budget, calling it a signal that the state is committed to protecting families from what could happen under President Trump.

But while the total funds are enough to support existing services, policy analysts said lawmakers might need almost double this amount to fund the other new legal initiatives under consideration at the state Capitol.

“We urge the Legislature to deepen its investment in programs,” said Ronald Coleman, government affairs director for the California Immigrant Policy Center. “It is going to be key given that California can be ground zero for the devastation that we would face from Donald Trump’s deportation policies.”

Improving legal defense for immigrants has been a significant part of a legislative package proposed by Democrats, in an attempt to assist more than 2 million people living in the state illegally. Among the proposals is a $14-million request to provide legal training, written materials, mentoring and technical assistance to county public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Another bill seeks to create a $12-million legal defense program for immigrants facing deportation who do not have a violent felony on their records, while a third would increase legal counsel for deported veterans, depending on available funding in the annual budget.

Opponents to the programs have argued against using taxpayer money to help offenders in the face of potential funding cuts from the federal government. And debate in Sacramento has simmered over who should be served with the limited resources.

On the state Senate floor last month, Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) said he had to reduce the scope of SB 6, which would fund the $12-million legal initiative, to prioritize immigrants with children, immigrants with parents who are citizens, veterans and asylum seekers.

Proponents say the legislative proposals come as lawyers and advocates across the country have sought to increase government-funded access to counsel for immigrants. The movement has centered on showing that many immigrants would be granted relief if they had the resources to prove their cases and that for some, the repercussions of deportation could lead to death. Continue reading this article

Report Explores the ‘Human Cost’ of Automation

The video piece from an Albany, New York, TV station starts out well enough, showing how automation is moving into jobs like supermarket checkout, restaurant cashier and cab driving.

But the piece wanders into sketchy territory when it poses a hopeful retraining message. Certainly the schools need to teach more tech-oriented curricula that will prepare young people for the jobs of the future. But not everyone can be a robotic engineer or even a mechanical engineering technician with a two-year degree. Well educated people forget how many Americans aren’t, and it skews the debate.

Plus there won’t be enough tech-connected positions for all the people displaced by the automation juggernaut. Businesses are investing in advanced software and machines in order to save money by cutting labor costs. The press wants to calm fears that are developing in the public, but it’s not being honest. Yes, there will be new jobs created by the tech revolution, but not enough in total numbers to make up for the jobs lost. The articles written to reassure people about the techno-future are practically becoming a sub-genre of tech writing and they appear nearly every day.

But the warnings from automation experts are much more convincing. Automation job loss has been happening for a while — worsening the last recession — and its effects will only increase. The nation needs an honest dialogue about how we can handle the automation revolution to the economy and the world of work.

At the very least, the US government should end immigration, because it is rapidly becoming an obsolete institution in the coming age of automation. We certainly won’t need to import human workers when machines are doing the jobs.

Below, digital ordering in restaurants is becoming more common as machines become cheaper and more capable, while workers’ wage demands accelerate the change.

Here’s the text version of WNYT’s report:

In Depth: The human cost of automation, WNYT, May 8, 2017

Jobs are disappearing in the Capital Region as everyday tasks are automated. It’s expected to get worse in the future as computers and robots get faster and more efficient.

The concern over machines replacing humans for certain jobs is nothing new. The Industrial Revolution brought on riots with people raging against machines that took their jobs. Today, these machines are even smarter and they’re going after jobs that were once automation proof.

The Digital Revolution as it’s called, is transforming the labor market.

Self-checkout systems are popping up in many places. For example, the Price Chopper in Latham, assisting customers. Human cashiers at supermarkets and fast food restaurants may be phased out altogether in the future.

Self-driving cars will be replacing cab drivers. A recent study done in the United Kingdom suggests that 38 percent of jobs in the United States could be in jeopardy by the early 2030s because of automation. Continue reading this article

Illegal Aliens Are Removed from Military Base

The San Jose Mercury’s big front pager on Saturday has a sob-story sniffler about a couple of illegal alien workers being deported to Mexico after being busted on a Travis Air Force Base construction project. The actual photo was of the men’s wives crying with each other, but no faces are shown — it’s an odd picture to be in such a prominent position.

It’s good to see. Illegal alien job thieves need to be removed to their homelands, because they have zero right to be here and mooch from the US economy. The millions of unemployed American citizens need those jobs and others still held by lawless foreigners.

The government is correct to focus on arresting violent criminal aliens running free on American streets, like the recent gang sweeps. But authorities are also right to put all illegals on notice that the United States is not their country and they may be removed at any time.

Plus, isn’t it hard to be admitted to a military base? The Mexicans were apparently identified as illegals by Travis’ security personnel who contacted ICE, but it’s unclear how long that took. Of course, illegal aliens with access to military facilities could be subject to blackmail because of their status, but to the Mercury, selling the sob story propaganda is job #1.

California military base construction workers detained by ICE, San Jose Mercury News, May 12, 2017

Hugo Mejia grabbed the lunch his wife made for him early in the morning May 3 and took off for his job at a new construction project on the Travis Air Force base in Fairfield. But the 37-year-old father of three from San Rafael didn’t return home.

Mejia and a coworker, Rodrigo Nuñez from Hayward — both undocumented immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico who have been in the United States for more than a decade — were detained on the base after a military official discovered they did not have valid social security numbers during a routine identification screening and reported them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE officials have placed both men in expedited deportation proceedings without a court hearing — known formally as “reinstatement” — because they each have old removal orders issued more than a decade ago after border agents caught them attempting to illegally cross the border. Neither of them has criminal records, according to their attorney.

Their plight has drawn sympathy and support from friends, neighbors and immigrant rights activists who say the men are being swept up in an illegal immigration crackdown that was supposed to focus on felons, not people whose only offense was entering the country illegally.

“The first thing that came to my mind was why me?” Mejia said in Spanish during a phone interview with this news organization from the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, where he is being held.

“I’ve been here for 17 years and my record is excellent. I’ve never done anything to anyone. My bills are paid on time, I have a clean record, we’ve never asked the government for help.”

A spokeswoman for the air force base confirmed the incident in a prepared statement, saying, “As part of normal protocol, Security Forces personnel entered the individuals’ information into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, which identified them as undocumented immigrants. Security Forces then telephoned Immigration Customs Enforcement, who confirmed the status of the individuals and responded to take custody.” Continue reading this article

President Trump Creates Voter Integrity Commission

It’s not too early for the president to shore up the nation’s protections against voter fraud which are rather slim these days. The Democrats will be loaded for bear in 2018 with expanded Get Out the Vote efforts, and that will include recruiting dead people and illegal aliens to mark the D-candidates.

According to voting expert Hans von Spakovsky, Trump is right to think that illegal aliens are voting. As the co-author of a book about voter fraud (Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk), he is well versed in the subject.

In a discussion of non-citizen voting, Spakovsky observed, “Based on the surveys it could be anywhere from two percent to over six percent of non-citizens voting in elections which could be anywhere from a couple hundred thousand to over a million.”

Another expert on non-citizen voting is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who will be the co-chair of the Trump commission. Kobach has long been an advocate of photo IDs being used in elections, and Kansas began requiring it in 2012.


Kobach pointed out recently that if there really is no voter fraud as liberals insist, then the commission will report that result and libs should therefore be more supportive of the project.

As Trump creates commission to study voter fraud and suppression, liberals cry foul, By Stephen Dinan and Dave Boyer, Washington Times, May 11, 2017

President Trump established a commission Thursday to study voter fraud and suppression, tapping Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach to lead an effort that is drawing fire even before its first meeting.

On an issue where anecdotes, conjecture and accusations from both sides have dominated the debate, the commission hopes to break new ground by producing a comprehensive national look at the extent of voter fraud.

The commission, for the first time, will delve into Homeland Security databases in an effort to determine the scope of noncitizens who end up illegally registered to vote — and sometimes even cast ballots.

“People have their different opinions about whether this is big enough to be considered a problem, how big a problem is it. But oftentimes they don’t have a whole lot of data to work with. This commission will provide that data,” Mr. Kobach told The Washington Times just after Mr. Trump signed an executive order creating the commission.

The idea for the commission stems from Mr. Trump’s insistence that Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton’s popular victory last year was padded by illegal votes. Liberal voting rights groups dismissed that, saying there isn’t enough evidence of fraud to give the matter attention.

The commission’s charge is broad and the wording is tempered, but Mr. Trump’s signature ignited ferocious pushback from Democrats and activist groups, who said he was setting the stage to strip voting rights from some Americans.

The ink was barely dry on the executive order before the American Civil Liberties Union said it had filed an open records request demanding that the White House release the evidence Mr. Trump is referencing when he makes claims of fraud. Continue reading this article

ICE Gang Sweep Nets over 1300 in Arrests

“Gang sweep” is a phrase Americans haven’t heard in a while, and it sounds good.

In contrast, Obama preferred to release illegal alien criminals from jail, including violent ones. CIS reported that under the Obama administration, immigration agencies were rather permissive: ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Aliens in 2015. Perhaps the previous president saw diverse criminals as future Democrat voters.

Below, some tatted-up MS-13 members. Of the 1378 recent gang arrests, 104 were MS-13, who have been causing a lot of mayhem lately on Long Island.

Interestingly, CNN was reassuring to diversity enthusiasts in its report, headlining: ICE announces major anti-gang operation, mostly US citizens arrested. CNN detailed that out of more than 1300 arrests nationwide, “445 were foreign nationals, with 384 in the country illegally.”

Presumably we citizens are supposed to be relieved at that number.

Were any re-arrests of illegals released by Obama? Inquiring minds want to know.

ICE arrests 1,378 suspected gang members in largest sweep to date, Fox News, May 11, 2017

The Trump administration has concluded a six-week nationwide sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests — the largest such gang sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date.

The operation, which ran from March 26 through May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.

“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”

According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors. Continue reading this article

President Trump Approves of Continuing Big Immigration

It was disappointing, although not entirely surprising to read President Trump’s disinterest in limiting legal immigration, as remarked in a May 11 Economist interview and quoted by Mark Krikorian in National Review:

Do you want to curb legal immigration?
Oh sure, you know, I want to stop illegal immigration.

And what about legal immigration? Do you want to cut the number of immigrants?
Oh legal, no, no, no. I want people to come into the country legally. No, legally? No. I want people to come in legally. But I want people to come in on merit. I want to go to a merit-based system. Actually two countries that have very strong systems are Australia and Canada. And I like those systems very much, they’re very strong, they’re very good, I like them very much. We’re going to a much more merit-based system. But I absolutely want talented people coming in, I want people that are going to love our country coming in, I want people that are going to contribute to our country coming in. We want a provision at the right time, we want people that are coming in and will commit to not getting…not receiving any form of subsidy to live in our country for at least a five-year period.

But the numbers of those people could be as high as the numbers that are coming in legally now? You’re not looking to reduce the numbers?

Oh yeah, no, no, no, no, we want people coming in legally. No, very strongly. Now they’re going to be much more strongly vetted as you see. You know, we’ve broken the all-time record [of detentions at the border] by many times, 73, we’re up to 73, it’s going to go up to almost 80% at the border, we’ve…you know, really stopped it. We also want farm workers to be able to come in. You know, we’re going to have work visas for the farm workers. If you look, you know we have a lot of people coming through the border, they’re great people and they work on the farms and then they go back home. We like those people a lot and we want them to continue to come in.

The comments of President Trump were foreshadowed by his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s declaration in March that automation’s threat to American jobs was “not even on our radar screen … 50-100 more years.” President Trump has spoken often about globalization as the source of job loss without mention of automation. That ignorance is concerning.

Below, automobile manufacturing once employed millions of Americans, but no longer, since the robots arrived.

Mnuchin’s opinion is not shared by many tech and robot experts, who believe that a substantial portion of US jobs could be automated within a couple decades. The big picture of employment is indeed sobering. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation. The recent PwC forecast was only slightly less severe than the Oxford numbers.

Even the most upbeat forecast reveals the foolishness of continuing to import large numbers of immigrants as workers because they are not needed now and will be even more unemployable in coming years. A growing community of angry, jobless foreigners does not sound like a recipe for domestic peace and tranquility.

In addition, overpopulated California dodged a bullet by having a very rainy winter in 2016-17 that ended a disastrous drought that I suspect was worse than authorities were willing to admit. The state experienced severe mega-droughts from 900-1400 which is quite recent in climate terms, and there is no guarantee that similar droughts won’t recur.

California’s Lake Oroville was almost dry in September 2014.

What happens in a modern society when a region runs out of water and millions need to relocate? Certainly in the west, water supply must be considered before inviting millions more immigrants to come live in America.

The automated, potentially drought-plagued future strongly suggests that immigration is an institution that needs to be retired for the good of all Americans.

Los Angeles Times Swoons over Houston, America’s Most Diverse City

The LA Times is notable for its passionate trust in liberalism’s true faith of diversity. American culture, it assumes, exists only to provide a comfy habitat for immigrants and illegal aliens to enjoy. Preserving the traditional society for the benefit of citizens does not seem to be considered.

Tuesday’s front page served up a prime example of diverso-think, with undisguised delight about the change of Houston from an American city to the nation’s most diverse one, declaring that “Houston’s new boom is diversity.”

Doesn’t the Times seem a little too happy at the disappearance of white people? Its demographic chart shows only 25.6 percent white people in 2010. Would Zero white people be preferable according to the Times‘ values?

Perhaps the LAT has forgotten that pale persons were the founding fathers of America. In addition, they were almost entirely Protestants who were English-speaking British-descended persons.

So according to current liberal beliefs, the American founding was a complete disaster because no diversity. True, women and blacks were initially left out of the club, but that was fixed eventually. How curious then that the diverse peoples of the world flock here by the millions to live in a nation designed by white Protestant men.

Still, some might suspect that the left’s immigration diversity fixation today is a strategy to import millions of big-government voters, based on the culture of their homelands.

The Times gets carried away in its multi-culti enthusiasm, such as when it gushed over a diverse couple who don’t speak any language in common — the male Afghani and the female Spanish speaker — and need a translator. Just how enriching is diversity when one cannot even understand the values and culture of the Other? Perhaps the Times does not recall the Biblical lesson of the Tower of Babel, where God punished prideful humans by creating numerous languages and consequent lack of understanding.

Destroy the traditional nation, up with diverse anarchy! It’s the liberal dream, despite the bad fit with the normal tribalism that’s hard-wired in human nature.

How Houston has become the most diverse place in America, Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2017

The boys sprint in white and yellow uniforms down the green turf, grunting and sweating as the coach shouts from the sidelines. “Búscalo, búscalo,” he yells in Spanish, urging the players to sprint for the ball.

“Umusitari!” comes a voice on the sidelines — run down the line — from Biganiro Espoir, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Margaret Long Wisdom High School soccer team hails from Central America, Mexico, Africa and points between. Its bench hums with Spanish, Kinyarwanda, Swahili and often English. But its real unifying language — soccer, played hard — is universal.

The high school is in southwest Houston, a city whose stunning growth and high-volume immigration have turned it into the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the country, surpassing New York in 2010.

“It’s really surprising to see a place like this in the South, where you consider it to be racist and xenophobic,” said Michael Negussie, a Wisdom High School senior from Ethiopia. “Stereotypes of Texas don’t apply here.”

Of course in some ways they still do. Houston — with a black, Democratic mayor and a powerfully pro-immigrant population — has potentially become one of the battlefronts in Texas over the city’s “don’t ask” ‘sanctuary policy,’ which prohibits police from inquiring about the immigration status of a person who hasn’t been arrested.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has led an aggressive charge to end such policies, and on Sunday signed a bill to punish so-called sanctuary cities.

Under the new law, set to take effect Sept. 1, local law enforcement officers are allowed to ask people about their immigration status during a lawful detention, such as a routine traffic stop. Local entities that prohibit enforcement of immigration laws could be fined up to $25,500 a day.

The sanctuary issue has roiled Texas, which has the country’s longest border with Mexico and an estimated 1.5 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. Much of the debate has focused on liberal islands such as Austin, where the governor has blocked $1.5 million in funding over sanctuary policies. In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has balked at ordering his police officers to take on the role of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in carrying out immigration laws.

“What I’ve consistently said is that we will obey federal and state laws as long as those federal and state laws are consistent with the United States Supreme Court,” Turner said in a March interview, “and consistent with the United States Constitution.”

The story of how his city turned from a town of oil industry roughnecks and white blue-collar workers into a major political centrifuge for immigration reform, demographic analysts say, is nothing less than the story of the American city of the future.

Houston boomed through the mid-20th century, thanks to the oil bonanza, and most of those who came to get rich were white. Large numbers of Vietnamese refugees began arriving in the 1970s, and after an oil collapse in 1982, they were followed by an influx of Latinos driven by cheap housing and employment opportunities. Whites, meanwhile, started drifting out.

The multi-ethnic boom has occurred deep in the heart of a state that has often seemed to regard conservatism, and Texas identity, as an element of religion.

The state’s Republican leadership has helped lead the fight this year not only on sanctuary cities, but to defend President Trump’s order on border security and immigration enforcement. Texas went to court in 2015 to successfully block expanded deportation protections for young “Dreamers” and their parents who brought them here illegally.

Yet demographic experts say the Houston metro area, home to the third-largest population of undocumented immigrants in the country — behind New York and Los Angeles — is a roadmap to what U.S. cities will look like in the coming decades as whites learn to live as minorities in the American heartland. Continue reading this article

California Tax Dollars Are Allocated to Defend Illegal Aliens in Court

Fox Radio host Todd Starnes commented on Tuesday that illegal aliens are getting even more freebies than the usual food stamps, subsidized housing, education, etc. in one California city:

“The Sacramento City Council is going to give taxpayer money to illegal aliens with immigration problems. The city agreed to set aside up to $300,000 to help illegals with their legal issues. They also beefed up their status as a sanctuary city, so it’s now illegal for city employees to ask about someone’s immigration status. In other words, one set of rules for law-abiding Americans and another set of rules for the illegals.”

True enough, but it’s worse than just one Mexifornia city ripping off the taxpayers’ dollars to aid job-stealing invaders: quite a number of cities are wasting cash on unlawful foreigners that could be spent on needy citizens.

Talk about paying for your own dispossession — California taxpayers are forced to fund the legalization of illegal foreigners who are here to steal their jobs and incidentally make America just like all the hellholes the aliens escaped.

For illegal aliens, California supplies a very generous welcome. Remember that in 2015 the state allocated $57 million in taxpayer funds so illegal aliens wouldn’t have to pay the full cost of drivers licenses. Plus the budget included free-to-them healthcare — a major mecca for moochers — etc. ad nauseum:

Following, the Sacramento Bee details the other California cities that are organizing free-to-them immigration lawyers — all the better to show their liberal bona fides to screw the citizens. Why would a discriminating illegal alien go anywhere else when California provides the top magnet of foreigner free stuff?

As Trump threatens deportations, Bay Area funding immigrants’ legal defense, Sacramento Bee, May 9, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Immigrants facing deportation have no right to a lawyer if they can’t afford one, but Bay Area governments are leading a movement — which could take hold throughout California — to ensure there’s an attorney by their side anyway.

Facing President Donald Trump’s pledge to crack down on illegal immigration, officials in San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara counties are hiring public defenders and pro bono lawyers for U.S. immigration courts. Critics call the trend a flagrant misuse of local tax dollars, but immigrant advocates say it’s a way to make these courts more just.

“It’s past time that we provide representation for these people,” said Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s public defender. Starting June 1, his office is dedicating three newly hired attorneys to deportation cases, thanks to $200,000 allocated by city supervisors.

“You’re locked up in a prison or jail facility, often far, far away from your family, you don’t speak the language, and you don’t have any resources — you need help,” he said.

A lawyer can mean the difference between getting to stay in the U.S. or taking a seat on the next deportation bus. Just 11 percent of people without legal representation prevailed in deportation cases, compared with 33 percent of those who had a lawyer, a 2014 study by Stanford University researchers found. Nationwide, about 40 percent of immigrants facing deportation had no lawyer in 2016, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data.

California and Bay Area officials are working to change that. Like San Francisco, the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office is hiring three new immigration attorneys with funding from Alameda County, the city of Oakland and The San Francisco Foundation. Their first new attorney started this week.

Santa Clara County and the San Francisco city government have approved grants in recent months for nonprofit groups that provide free legal representation in immigration court, which together total several million dollars. Los Angeles city and county officials are also working on a $10 million legal defense fund. The Sacramento City Council approved $300,000 in legal defense funding last week.

In the state Legislature, a bill that would provide an additional $12 million for immigrant legal defense statewide has passed the Senate and is moving forward in the Assembly, where it could be passed through a stand-alone bill or be incorporated into the state budget before the June 15 budget deadline. California would be the second state, after New York, to fund legal defense for immigrants.

The funding — which activists spent years fighting for — wouldn’t have materialized so quickly without Trump’s victory, advocates say.

“A lot of cities and counties see this as a time when they want to make a pro-immigrant statement,” said Oren Root, a researcher with the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit that advocates criminal justice reform.

Critics, meanwhile, say that providing lawyers in immigration court is a waste of government funds. “I don’t believe there is an appetite among the citizens in California to use their taxpayer dollars to defend undocumented immigrants who may have committed crimes,” said Sue Caro, the Bay Area regional vice president of the California Republican Party. Continue reading this article

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