We could see this one coming: a handful of National Guard personnel was sent to the border by the administration, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano then declared the problem solved. Next step, amnesty for all!
Indeed, open-borders hispanics are now the recipients of extreme fawning as the mid-term elections approach (and may look like Godzilla meets Bambi to fearful Democrats). Senator Harry Reid is fighting to keep his seat in Nevada, and as Senate majority leader, he can manipulate legislation by adding generally unpopular items to vital bills for specific pandering purposes:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today he is planning to attach an immigration reform measure that would help undocumented students to the Defense authorization bill slated to hit the Senate floor next week, CBS News Capitol Hill producer John Nolen reports.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who came to the United States as minors and attended college or joined the military. Reid said a vote on the bill is long overdue.
“We are going to match our policy with our principles and finally say that in our country everyone who steps up to serve our country should be welcomed,” Reid told reporters today. “If they go into the military, serve for two years, they can get a green card. That’s what the DREAM Act is all about.”
Actually, the DREAM Act is a treasure trove of amnesty goodies pretending to be a pro-student measure, as documented in a helpful NumbersUSA Fact Sheet.
Back to Napolitano, who had a hopeful audience in the Hispanic Caucus…
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that an unprecedented amount of manpower and technology has secured the Southwest border and clears the way for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Napolitano said the Obama administration has met every benchmark set by Congress on border security and called on lawmakers to “quit moving the goal posts.”
“We need Congress to fix our broken immigration system,” Napolitano told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s public policy conference.
Napolitano is one of six Cabinet secretaries to address the two-day conference, which is being held during Hispanic heritage month.
In addition to immigration reform, Obama administration officials, lawmakers and experts will discuss policy initiatives dealing with the economy, education, financial services and international relations.
Napolitano said the administration has reduced a yearlong backlog for legal immigrants applying for visas and citizenship and that it has stepped up enforcement of laws against employers who hire and exploit illegal workers.
The president also has sent 1,200 National Guardsmen to the border until additional Border Patrol and customs agents are hired and trained to bolster security.
Napolitano said it is time for lawmakers in both major political parties to negotiate not just a bill, but a fair system that addresses the 11 million immigrants in this country illegally with earned citizenship.
President Barack Obama has called on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but he has acknowledged that he lacks the votes to get the contentious bill through the Senate.
Of course the idea that the border is secure is a political fiction.
I certainly hope the following story is accurate, which reports that DUI illegals will be jailed rather than be released to further endanger the public. The reason given is the death of Sister Denise Mosier (pictured left) at the hands of drunk-driving alien Carlos Montano (pictured right) in August.
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials now plan to incarcerate illegal aliens when they’re arrested for drunken driving, WTOP has learned.
“The message has gone out to the field offices: Take them into custody, and don’t let them out on bond,” a high-ranking source within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells WTOP.
The new, tougher policy comes after the death of a Catholic nun, allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant with previous drunken driving arrests in Prince William County. Carlos A. Martinelly Montano, an illegal immigrant from Bolivia, was involved in the Aug. 1 crash that killed Jeanette M. Mosier and seriously injured two other nuns in Bristow. Mosier was know in her Benedictine Order as Sister Denise Mosier.
After a 2008 drunken driving arrest, Montano, 23, had been detained by ICE but was released on his own recognizance, pending a deportation hearing. Mosier’s death sparked outrage that Montano had not been in custody.
Earlier, ICE said Montano’s previous alcohol-related arrests did not meet guidelines for detaining him.
“So even after a first DWI we have the authority to take him into custody. People in custody tend to go through the deportation process much faster,” the ICE source said.
Prior to this change, under the Obama administration, ICE had focused on removing violent criminals from the country. Some, including Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert, had argued repeat drunken driving should be grounds for removal.
Ebert says detaining them at the time of their arrest would not be a legal issue.
“They still have rights under our judicial system, but on the other hand, if they commit a crime and are here illegally, they don’t have any right to be released.”
Last week, a Prince William grand jury indicted Montano for felony murder, driving with a revoked license and maiming resulting from drunken driving — the first time Ebert has prosecuted felony murder based on DUI.
“The feeling is ‘this should never happen again,’” says the ICE official. “The decision has been made to treat them like they would violent criminals.”
ICE just noticed that drunk-driving illegal aliens kill? Remarkable.
Asked by WTOP to confirm details of the policy change, ICE spokesman Brian P. Hale issued a statement:
“ICE’s highest priorities are apprehending and removing convicted criminal aliens, aliens who pose a danger to the community, and fugitive aliens. Aliens who are criminals, public safety threats, and fugitives are a main focus for the agency. That includes aliens convicted of DUI, particularly those already ordered to leave the country.”
Even with the new policy, scarce space in ICE detention centers may mean not all impaired drivers will be taken into custody immediately.
“If you have a gang member and a first-time DUI and only one bed, you’re going to keep the gang member in custody,” the ICE source tells WTOP.
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who has been a sharp critic of ICE, says he’s “excited” by the decision.
“This is just the beginning. We have other dangerous criminals that ICE will continue to release until their deportations and that policy has got to change as well.”
Stewart has written to ICE requesting a list of all illegal immigrants in his county who have been released while awaiting deportation hearings. He says he has not heard from the federal government on his request.
Immigration issues, including questions about who should have U.S. citizenship, have hurt President Obama’s standing with voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac University national poll.
The poll, carried out during the first week in September, found that respondents had a strong anti-immigrant tilt, favoring, by 68% to 24%, stricter enforcement of immigration laws rather than integrating illegal immigrants into society and, by 48% to 45%, an end to the constitutionally guaranteed practice of granting U.S. citizenship to children born of illegal immigrants.
With members of Congress back in Washington for a short session before leaving to campaign, no one is expecting lawmakers to move on an issue as divisive as immigration reform. But some Republicans are pushing for congressional hearings on the birth issue, which conservatives have propelled into a campaign theme in races in which tea party movement candidates are running viable races.
Estimates vary, but there are about 4 million children of illegal immigrants who are U.S. citizens by right of birth in this country. Many are the children of settled illegal immigrants, but conservatives argue that women are sneaking into the country to give birth and gain U.S. citizenship for their children.
“Many Americans want to end ‘birthright citizenship,’ an issue some Republican senators want to explore through congressional hearings,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Voters were told that ‘our Constitution and current laws’ blessed the practice, and the prospect of having to change one or both apparently doesn’t faze them.”
The electoral impact of the issue seems limited. Democratic respondents favored granting citizenship by 62% to 31%, while Republican and independent respondents oppose it by 67% to 27% and 51% to 42%, respectively.
There are a couple of noteworthy points in this poll. One is the very strong support for enforcement (68%) versus amnesty (24%). The poll question is: “24. Do you think immigration reform should primarily move in the direction of integrating illegal immigrants into American society or in the direction of stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration?”
Another item of interest is the desire of voters to eliminate the anchor baby magnet. Some restrictionists opine that any enforcement applied toward adorable precious innocent BABIES is politically verboten, that removing a wrongfully obtained benefit is somehow harmful to children.
In the Westlake area of Los Angeles, the local hispanics rioted for a couple days recently after an illegal alien was shot and killed by a police officer when the Guatemalan lunged at the cops with a knife. For more background, see my earlier blog: Los Angeles Officials Coddle Rioting Foreigners.
Naturally, a journalistic followup seemed in order that would mosey around the neighborhood, with lots of sensitive observation of new residents struggling to achieve a better life, as well as appreciation for the local color.
What readers get is painfully upside-down in its gushing deference to illegal aliens and their problems created by further lawbreaking. To be fair, the reporter reflects in part the mood on the ground, where top cops and politicians pander at length to people who, by law, belong in another country.
The article begins with a misleading headline (“immigrants” rather than “illegals”) and launches full throttle into a cheerful embrace of diversity, celebrating the colorful noisy smelly elements of a non-American street scene, fueled by unlicensed illegal vendors. The reporter then goes on to describe a community filled with dysfunction, poverty and crime — which is it?
The smell of corn roasting on sidewalk grills, the oompah beat of Latin music blasting from mom-and-pop stores, colorful signs touting tongue-twisting names like Atitlan and Quetzaltenango.
This central Los Angeles neighborhood could almost be plucked right out of Guatemala City.
Long ago a well-heeled area of Los Angeles, in more recent decades the Westlake district surrounding MacArthur Park has become a densely packed enclave of Central American immigrants fleeing brutal civil wars and grinding poverty in their home countries.
This week, the bustling community turned into a hotbed of unrest after a police officer shot and killed a Guatemalan day laborer who allegedly lunged at him with a knife. The incident Sunday sparked three days of protests by people who felt that killing Manuel Jaminez, a 37-year-old illegal immigrant, was an unfair and unnecessary use of police force.
The demonstrations surprised officials, who blamed the blowback on outsiders who had come to the area to stir up trouble. A visit to the neighborhood of grimy tenements with curlicued cornices and portals that belie a more elegant past reveals a social tapestry fraying from increasingly hardscrabble living and widespread frustration.
“Life is very hard here,” said Ricardo Fernandez, a retired Nicaraguan truck driver. “I tell people not to come, it’s not as good as before. But people still come.”
The neighborhood has long been a first stop for new arrivals who have made the risky journey to “el Norte.” More than two-thirds of residents are foreign-born, almost three-quarters are Hispanic, almost half live in poverty.
Drawn to a neighborhood with flavors of home, about 118,000 residents jam the area’s 2.7 square miles, making it one of the most crowded districts in Los Angeles.
Here, they find everything from comfort foods such as tamales and Pollo Campero — Central America’s beloved fast-food fried chicken chain — to fake Social Security cards and driver’s licenses to cheap lodging in shared bedrooms and living rooms.
But they often find it fails to live up to the starry-eyed stories told by friends and relatives eager to appear big shots with their U.S. success.
Jobs are few and far between, rents are high, and unfamiliar laws are stringently enforced. Crime is also high, with much of it related to the neighborhood’s homegrown Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13, a gang formed by Salvadoran immigrants in the 1980s that has morphed into one of the most vicious in the nation.
Particularly vulnerable are campesinos, subsistence farmers from the indigenous communities of rural Mexico and Guatemala who often are far less prepared to cope than other immigrants.
Many have only a few years of formal schooling and may barely be able to read and write. Some speak little Spanish, having grown up in isolated areas where native indigenous languages are mainly spoken.
Jaminez was a Quiche, one of Guatemala’s largest indigenous groups, and barely spoke Spanish.
“They’re the ones I see coming now. They’re not poor, they’re destitute,” said Carolina Sosa, a Guatemalan pastor. “Before it was the lower middle class fleeing the guerrillas. Now, they’re coming because they don’t have food.”
The recession coupled with the backlash against immigrants has toughened life for newcomers.
Apartments are often crowded with several families sharing rent. To eke out a living, many have taken to peddling everything from bootleg DVDs to bacon-wrapped sausages, turning the sidewalks into a chaotic flea market on evenings and weekends.
“There are a lot more people in the street selling,” said Andres Morales, a Cuban retiree. “It gets so you can’t walk on the sidewalk, but they have nothing else.”
In Latin American countries, street peddling is a ubiquitous and time-honored way of getting by when jobs are few and government assistance is scarce. Immigrants have a hard time understanding why it is illegal here and they resent crackdowns by police who give out $250 tickets and sometimes confiscate their goods.
“I’m making an honest living, but the police come and ticket us,” complained Jose Venegas, a Mexican ice cream seller who makes $12 to $15 a day. “I have two appointments in court for two tickets. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t have the money to pay the fines. I’m going to go to jail.”
The stress of trying to make ends meet plus social and emotional isolation leads some to seek refuge in alcohol. Jaminez had been drinking when he allegedly menaced two women and then police officers with a knife.
Residents said public drinking is out of control.
When radio guys John and Ken reported this story last week, John expounded at length on the disgusting filth and third-worldiness of the neighborhood, and how he and his wife feared driving through it.
Then a listener called in and described how at a local market, an employee daily goes through the parking lot picking up the dirty diapers thrown on the ground by diverse shoppers — placing the foul items into a shopping cart, dumping the diapers and then replaced the cart among the others for public use.
Are we diverse enough yet?
Below, residents of Los Angeles protested what they consider police brutality.
The SIOA folks had their freedom rally earlier today in New York City to stand for American values, which are increasingly under attack by totalitarian Islam. It looks like they had a good turnout, judging by photos like the one below from El Marco.
New York snapper Urban Infidel has posted some photos of the event also.
The Ground Zero mosque has become a front line against sharia intrusion into this country (which has experienced an uptick under President Obama, it’s fair to say). The 9/11 attacks were one strike in the 1400-year war of Muslims against everyone else and the Ground Zero mosque is a continuation. Imam Rauf proved that he is not acting in good faith by his recent threat of Muslim violence if he didn’t get his victory monument right where he wants it. Rep. Peter King made a similar point recently, that the imam is using the mosque as blackmail.
Meanwhile, President Obama supports the mosque and declared in his 9/11 speech that the United States in not at war with Islam, even though Islam is at war with us. Someone should tell him that weakness only encourages them.
Geert Wilders appeared at the SIOA event and gave a speech that was enthusiastically received…
Dear friends, May I ask you to be silent for ten seconds? Just be silent and listen. Ten seconds. And listen… What we hear are the sounds of life in the greatest city on earth.
No place in the world, no place in human history, is as richly varied and vibrant and dynamic as New York City. You hear the cars, you hear the people, you hear them rushing to their various destinations, you hear the sounds of business and of pleasure, you hear the cheers, you hear the cries, the buzzing sounds of human activity. And that is how it should be.
Always. Now close your eyes – I know it’s a beautiful day, but close your eyes. I have been told that this day nine years ago was just such a beautiful day — and remember, or try to remember, or try to imagine the sounds which were heard here on this spot under this same blue sky exactly nine years ago. The sound of shock, the sound of destruction, the sound of panic, the sound of pain, the sound of terror.
Did New York deserve this? Did America deserve this? Did the West deserve this? What, my friends, would you say to people who argue that New York, that America, that the West had itself to blame for those horrible sounds?
There are people in this city who argue this. And they are angry because we are gathered here today to commemorate, to make a stand, to draw the line. My friends, I have come from the other side of the Atlantic to share your grief for those who died here nine years ago. I have not forgotten how I felt that day. [. . .]
An overwhelming majority of Americans is opposed to building an Islamic cultural center close to Ground Zero. There is no lack of mosques in New York. There are dozens of buildings in which Muslims can pray. It isn’t about a lack of space for prayers.
It’s about the symbolic meaning. We who have come to speak today, object to this mosque project because its promoter and his wealthy sponsors have never suggested building a center to promote tolerance and interfaith understanding where it is really needed: In Mecca – a town where non-Muslims are not even allowed to enter, let alone build churches, synagogues, temples or community centers.
Ordinary Americans object to the mosque project because currently no fewer than ten major multi-million dollar mosque projects are being planned in the United States as well as dozens in Europe, while not a single church is allowed in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while Jews are not even allowed to move their lips in prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, while the oldest Christians in the world, the Copts, are not free to renovate their churches, let alone to build one in Egypt.
On September 10, the day before the 9/11 terror anniversary, the two chairmen of the 9/11 Commission appeared at a press conference to discuss the state of national preparedness against our enemies. (Watch on C-Span.) Former Delaware Governor Tom Kean and Rep. Lee Hamilton were accompanied by other terrorism experts to discuss successes and failures of the last nine years. They are concerned that the top security officials have not adequately adjusted to the change in strategy of the jihadists.
The United States has failed to anticipate the danger from homegrown terrorists and now faces the most complex set of threats since the Sept. 11 attacks, analysts on an organization headed by the two 9/11 Commission co-chairmen warned Friday.
Unveiling a new report a day before the nation marks nine years since the 2001 attacks, members of the National Security Preparedness Group said Al Qaeda and other terror groups are increasingly turning to U.S. citizens to carry out attacks on the United States. Though the U.S. at one time may have thought its cultural “melting pot” would provide a “firewall” against radicalization from within, group member Bruce Hoffman said that assumption turned out to be false.
“The United States has failed to fundamentally understand and prepare for these threats,” Hoffman said. “Terrorists may have found our Achilles’ heel. We have no strategy to deal with this growing problem and emerging threat.”
The report said U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Somalia in 2008 to join extremist Muslim groups was not an isolated event. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.
As a result, there remains no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents, said the report.
This is a disturbing report, if accurate. Top cops didn’t think two dozen young Somali men with US passports getting full jihad warfare instruction was a problem? The Senate held a hearing in 2009 about Al Shebab recruiting among Somalis residing here, so the danger was discussed. And even without the call of the tribal homeland, the internet never sleeps and has been quite effective in luring young Muslims into its clutches.
The fuzzy way that “homegrown” is used is confusing, and tends to blur the immigration cause lurking in the background. Even national security elites don’t want the doors shut to our enemies, it appears. One reason is that now we are fighting wars in Islamo-holes like Afghanistan, and the military needs native speakers of the enemy language. And so it goes.
Congrats to Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancelor, for honoring the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard for his courage in pursuing free speech during the Danish cartoon jihad. The artist angered the Muslim street (not that hard, true) for perhaps the most iconic cartoon of the controversy, Bomb-Turban Mohammed (shown).
As a result of Westergaard’s exercise of Western freedoms, he has required 24/7 security since February 2008 because of threats to his life. Last winter an axe-carrying Somali broke into the cartoonist’s Denmark home with murderous intent (Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin, UK Sunday Times).
It would be nice if our own national leader, Barack Hussein Obama, would stand up for free speech against the Muslims-of-perpetual-fury. He has tried to straddle the fence regarding the Ground Zero mosque, for one example.
One might also recall the semi-hidden audience BHO gave to the Dalai Lama (hated by Red China) who was forced to exit through White House trash. Obama is never the stand-up guy for American values.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the bravery of a Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad at an award ceremony honoring his achievements for freedom of speech.
In her speech praising illustrator Kurt Westergaard, “who has had to fear for his life since the publication of the cartoons in 2005,” Merkel emphasized Wednesday that media freedom is an important element of rights in Europe.
“It does not matter if we think his cartoons are tasteful or not, if we think they are necessary and helping or not,” Merkel said at the ceremony in the city of Potsdam. The question, she said, was, “Is he allowed to do this? Yes, he is.”
There have been at least three attempted attacks on the 75-year-old Westergaard or his newspaper, the Danish the Jyllands-Posten, since he and 11 other artists angered Muslims around the world by creating the Muhammad cartoons four years ago.
Protesters in Muslim countries have torched Danish and other Western embassies.
Westergaard’s cartoon, which he said took 45 minutes to draw, was considered by many Muslims the most offensive of the 12. He has rejected calls to apologize, saying poking fun at religious symbols is protected by Denmark’s freedom of speech.
Merkel’s appearance at the award ceremony drew criticism from Muslim groups, who perceived it as an endorsement of Westergaard’s cartoon. Aiman Mazyek, general secretary of Germany’s Muslim Council, told public radio Deutschlandradio that Merkel is honoring the cartoonist who sullied “our Prophet … and thereby all Muslims.”
Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, rejected the criticism and said Merkel’s message was to underscore the importance of freedom of speech.
Merkel condemned plans by a pastor in the United States to burn the Muslim holy book to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“If a fundamentalist evangelical pastor in America wants to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, I find that — in a word — disrespectful, also abhorrent and false,” Merkel said.
European Christians should have more children to stop the continent becoming ‘Islamised’, a senior Vatican official has suggested.
Father Piero Gheddo said the low birth rate of indigenous Europeans combined with a huge wave of Muslim migrants with large families would ’sooner or later’ see Europe dominated by Islam.
Italian Father Gheddo is a highly respected figure from the Vatican’s Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, a society of missionaries.
He blamed Christians for failing to live up to their own beliefs and creating a ‘religious vacuum’ which was being filled by Islam.
‘The challenge must be taken seriously,’ he said.
‘Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families – while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a much higher level of growth.’
He added: ‘If we consider ourselves a Christian country, we should return to the practice of Christian life, which would also solve the problem of empty cradles.’
In addition, photos like the one below suggest that the Islo-newbies are not exactly friendly to Western values.
In Los Angeles, the shooting of a drunk Guatemalan national with assorted IDs who was threatening people with a knife has resulted in two days of rioting. The drunk was shot dead after he lunged at a cop with the knife.
I’ve been listening to the John and Ken show for updates; one report was the guy (Manuel Jamines is but one of his several names) threatened a woman with a stroller (2pm hour, Sept 8).
Is the reaction of the city to clamp down on an area that has become a third-world enclave of illegal aliens unlawfully vending on the sidewalk?
Of course not. The aliens are being coddled with a warm and wonderful community meeting to hear their complaints about the police. The foreigners demonstrated their ire against law enforcement officers by throwing eggs and bottles (heh) at the Ramparts LAPD station.
Sensitive hispanic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has assembled a stellar line-up for the complaint-fest, including PD Chief Charlie Beck, Councilman Ed Reyes and consul generals of Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico.
Wouldn’t an ICE strike force be more appropriate? Oh, wait, I forgot that LA is a sanctuary city where foreign lawbreakers are pampered, and public safety is NOT job #1.
Another point of interest is how illegal aliens are like catnip to cop-hating communists:
When the Los Angeles Police Department faced hundreds of protesters on the streets of the Westlake District, some were people drawn to the event from other parts of the city for political reasons.
Twenty-two people were arrested Tuesday night after protesters clashed with police near a vigil for Manuel Jamines, a Guatamalan-born day laborer fatally shot Sunday by an officer who said Jamines refused to drop a knife.
Among those arrested was Jubilee Shine, 40, a South Los Angeles activist who heads the Coalition for Community Control Over the Police. Shine said he was arrested on 6th Street near Bonnie Brae Street just before 10 p.m.
He said he arrived in the area about 9:30 p.m. and was walking toward a crowd of demonstrators at the corner of 6th Street and Burlington Avenue when the crowd bolted toward him.
“People just started to split,” Shine said.
He said he turned to run but was ordered to the ground and handcuffed. Police have not released the names of those arrested, but Shine said the protesters with whom he shared a jail cell Tuesday night were all Central American or Mexican immigrants who live in and around Westlake.
“From what I could tell, everyone there was local from that neighborhood,” he said.
Some of the earlier unrest appeared to have been fueled by political activists from other parts of the city. About a dozen people who appeared to be affiliated with the Revolutionary Community Party handed out literature about its beliefs and other cases of officer-involved shootings, and chanted messages over bullhorns about a communist revolution.
Meanwhile, demonstrators from the neighborhood chanted, “Police are racists and killers!”
Ahem. When bystanders were threatened by a dangerous armed drunk, they phoned the police, not a commie community activist.
Continuing. . .
As the night wore on, protesters clashed with police. Some, including a boy who appeared no older than 13, hurled rocks, bottles and eggs at officers and at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart station building.
Some debris was thrown at officers from apartment house roofs. Other people burned trash bins in the street. Several said they planned to continue their demonstrations in coming days.
“We’re not going to stop,” said a man who on Tuesday night was standing in a crowd of about 200 chanting protesters near the corner of Union Avenue and 6th Street.
Police are hoping a community meeting near MacArthur Park, planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, will help defuse tension after a second consecutive night of violence in the neighborhood. The meeting is to be held at John Leichty Middle School at 650 S. Union Ave. [. . .]
Police showed photographs of the bloodied knife, with blade that is about 6 inches long when opened, that they say Jamines, 37, was holding at the time of the shooting. Investigators are testing the blood to see whose it is, the LAPD said.
Beck said the area where the incident occurred “is not an easy place to police,” in part because of its large immigrant population and widespread illegal vending.
Why not clean out the lawbreaking behavior then? Once again, authorities have two different systems of law enforcement: the one for responsible citizens is strict, while treatment of lawbreaking foreigners is permissive, like they were children.
The result is a growing sense of entitlement despite their illegal status, as the riots illustrate.
Below, local aliens lovingly memorialized the violent drunk who threatened women and police with a knife.
The Fox News video below is an update on the situation in southern Arizona, and yes it is the same old, same old, despite the Obama administration’s declarations that the borders are secure — and are locked down sufficiently to begin legislating that comprehensive amnesty.
Rancher Gary Thrasher says he never sees any Border Patrol agents in the area. That circumstance shouldn’t be a surprise, since Sheriff Larry Deaver has remarked that the officers have been withdrawn from regions considered too dangerous. (See On the Border: Retreat? for details.)
Another notable remark comes from Pew Hispanic Center researcher Jeffrey Passel, “Once a migrant makes a decision to set forth for the United States, they ultimately get in.”
Of course. There is no punishment for breaking into this country, so foreigners keep trying until they succeed.
“They only come to work”… oh wait, maybe not so much. Illegal aliens routinely use their US-born anchor babies as meal tickets to provide access to a trough of welfare benefits. No wonder that hispanic aliens have such strong family values: they benefit directly from having the highest fertility rate of any group.
Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.
The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The new figure represents an increase of $3.7 million from July 2009 and makes up 23% of all county welfare and food stamp assistance, according to county records.
Last year, welfare and food stamp issuances totaled nearly $570 million, and the amount is projected to exceed $600 million this year. In addition, county taxpayers spend $550 million in public safety — mostly for jail costs — and nearly $500 million for healthcare for illegal immigrants, Antonovich said.
“The supervisor is very concerned,” said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell. “He believes we have an economic catastrophe on our hands.”
Shirley Christensen of the county Department of Public Social Services said the number of households with illegal immigrant parents and U.S. citizen children receiving welfare increased by 7% from January to June of this year.
“With the economy the way it is, a lot of people have had to avail themselves of programs they may not have needed before,” Christensen said. “Everyone is taking a hit, including undocumented immigrants.”
Amid continued economic gloom, debate has intensified over the public cost of providing benefits to illegal immigrants and their U.S. citizen children. In recent months, calls have grown for a constitutional amendment that would effectively deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, whose numbers increased from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million in 2008, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Currently, U.S. citizenship is automatically granted to children born on U.S. soil. Last month, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that he might introduce a constitutional amendment to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Antonovich and several legal scholars, however, argue that a federal statute would be sufficient to change the law.
But even some immigration hawks are wary of such a move. Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based research organization that supports immigration restrictions, said ending birthright citizenship would harm children for their parents’ misdeeds, require new federal registration systems and create other problems. The solution, he said, is to continue driving down illegal immigration with tough enforcement.
How, pray tell, does it “harm children” for them to have non-US citizenship? Billions of people manage to have adequate lives without American nationality. On a planet rapidly approaching seven billion human residents, people need to stay home and make their own country work.
In a California city where at least 80 percent of residents are Hispanic, parents no longer need to concern themselves with the annoying task of feeding the children: the taxpayer will handle that expensive chore. (Redistribution of funds conveniently means more cervesa money left over for dad, as it works out.)
Every student at 18 of Santa Ana Unified’s campuses will receive a free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year regardless of whether they qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal program.
For the third consecutive year, the district will participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program aimed at improving nutrition among students in schools serving the neediest populations.
The 18 schools each have at least 85 percent of students already qualifying for free or reduced-price meals. Officials say the program will also help reduce administrative costs by freeing up district staff from processing thousands of free and reduced-price lunch applications.
“Success in education is directly linked to teaching students who are not hungry, said Judy Pollock, interim food services director.
Federal officials have also said the program hopes to capture all needy students who don’t always apply for subsidized meals because of the stigma attached to receiving a free lunch, while friends and fellow classmate pay.
The USDA began the program at districts across the country two years ago. Santa Ana Unified, the county’s largest district with 55,000 students and 55 campuses, is the only one participating in Orange County. [. . .]
In Santa Ana Unified, a full-priced elementary school breakfast or lunch costs between $2 and $3 per meal. Breakfast dishes include cereal, English muffins with egg and ham, and breakfast burritos with potatoes, cheese and egg. Lunches include spaghetti with meatballs, crispy turkey filet sandwiches, and teriyaki beef with brown rice.
Many parents in Santa Ana welcome the program as a way to promote health for children who instead may eat fast food, or other less nutritious meals. At the same time, parent say the program allows families to save money in tough economic times.
“For many of students in this community, the school lunch might be the best meal they receive each day,” said Rosa Macias Robles, a parent at Washington Elementary. “Besides a good education, giving low-income children a good meal free of charge is one of the best services a school can provide.”
Hey, Rosa, those nutritious meals aren’t “free of charge” to the taxpayer, who is forced to pick up the tab.
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