However, his Friday opinion piece usefully examined the problems with refugees and asylum seekers, a topic far too PC for most politicians to confront. Those groups are uber-victims, which makes them highly favored by liberals. The associated symptoms of terrorism, criminality and fraud are little explored in the press, except when an unavoidably blatant example pops up.
Senator Paul’s interest may have been arroused earlier by the case of Waad Ramadan Alwan, an asylee from Iraq resettled in Kentucky, who had been a soldier in Saddam’s army fighting Americans and whose fingerprints were found on an IED, yet he was admitted to this country. Senator Paul voiced the opinion during a 2011 hearing that there were too many refugees and asylum seekers to be screened adequately, remarking “I don’t fault you for missing the needle in the haystack. You’ve got to make the haystack smaller.”
Yes, let’s reduce the number of refugees and asylees to the low dozens, a number the government could conceivably screen properly.
Fazliddin Kurbanov is from Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country that borders Afghanistan. This month, Mr. Kurbanov was arrested in Boise, Idaho, charged with teaching people how to build bombs that could be used to target public transportation. He is accused of conspiring with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States recognizes as a terrorist organization. Mr. Kurbanov was here legally, admitted as a refugee in 2009.
Last year, in Aurora, Colo., Jamshid Muhtorov was arrested and charged with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, which the United States recognizes as a terrorist organization. Like Mr. Kurbanov, Mr. Muhtorov is from Uzbekistan and was also here legally as a refugee.
In 2011, in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested and accused of supporting efforts to kill American troops in Iraq. Both men are from Iraq. Both were also here legally as refugees.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that these Iraqi refugees “slipped through the vetting process that allowed both of them political asylum in the United States.” Apparently, Mr. Kurbanov and Mr. Muhtorov “slipped through” as well.
So did Ulugbek Kodirov, who was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., last year and sentenced to 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Obama. Kodirov was from Uzbekistan and was in the country illegally on a student-visa overstay.
Last month, two pressure-cooker bombs were exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264 people. The Washington Post noted of the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev: “With their baseball hats and sauntering gaits, they appeared to friends and neighbors like ordinary American boys. But the Boston bombing suspects were refugees from another world — the blood, rubble and dirty wars of the Russian Caucasus.”
I condemn government inefficiency and incompetence often. The targets for criticism are endless. In the repeating patterns from these refugee and visa cases, however, we see potentially dangerous scenarios in which we cannot afford any excuses.
In the case of Sept. 11, 2001, if the State Department had more adequately monitored visa overstays and application screening, most of hijackers would have been detected and caught beforehand. After the Boston bombing, I asked what faults we might have in our current intelligence that allowed the Russian government to identify the suspects as potential terrorists before the US government did. Continue reading this article
He recently delivered remarks, shown in the video below, about how Britain has come to the current state of affairs, where a British soldier can be butchered like an animal on a London street by Muslims following the dictates of the Koran.
Weston succinctly recounted the history of government lies about immigration to his country over the past few decades:
Look, the numbers are very small, it doesn’t matter, the numbers are so small it will have no impact on your lives. Then the numbers got bigger and we were then told: Look, all right the numbers are bigger but they’re going to integrate, so you have nothing to worry about. Then the numbers became huge, and they said: Well all right, they’re not going to integrate there’s too many of them, we’ll introduce this new ideology, we’ll call it multiculturalism, and they can have their separate lives, you can have your separate lives and we’ll all get on very well together.
PAUL WESTON: I was going to talk today about “Is Britain Sustainable”, but events have rather overtaken that on Wednesday night with the brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, and as horrific as that was I am more horrified by the reaction of the media and by the reaction of our government.
David Cameron tells us this is a betrayal of Islam. Boris Johnson tells us Islam has nothing to do with this. When they butchered that soldier, they quoted verses from the Koran, they shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they were chopping the poor guy’s head off. This was done in the name of Islam, and no matter what our treacherous politicians have got to say about this, this was done in the name of Islam. And everybody is in denial in this country.
The BBC are trying to pretend this is because we are in Afghanistan, because we are in Iraq, because we are oppressing them worldwide.
The Daily Telegraph – which is supposedly a right-wing newspaper – every single article they’ve had on this they’ve switched off the comments, because they know the comments are going to be hanging David Cameron out to dry. They will be telling him: Don’t lie to us, we know Islam was involved and no matter what you’re going to say about it, this has to be the truth, because it is the truth. And they turned off all the comments. In The Spectator they did exactly the same thing, another supposedly right-leaning periodical. The reason that they’ve done this is because they have to admit that if there is a problem with Islam, then they have to do something about it, and if you want to do something about it, that automatically makes you a far-right, racist, xenophobic bigot, and they don’t want to be labelled that, so they would rather betray their entire country than be labelled a racist.
This whole racism thing has got to stop, because we are no longer a country with a few immigrants that we have to be nice to. At the time back in the fifties and sixties we were, but that is no longer the case, and when they talk and label us as racists, they’re doing this because the left liberals have declared a racial and cultural war on the indigenous people of this country. It’s what they’re doing. Everything that they are doing right now is literally a racial and cultural war.
You look at someone like Peter Sutherland, who’s the UN immigration/ migration official. He has said that in order for the European Union to actually achieve what it wants to do, which is political union of the entire continent of Europe, they have to de-homogenise the nation states.
Now what does he mean by de-homogenise? What he means is we can no longer be considered an indigenous people; we must open the doors to the Third World, we must break down the nation states, and only when the nation state is broken down can they achieve full totalitarian control over any number of bickering communities, as they call us – not the bickering, just the communities.
Since Tony Blair came in 1997, we have had eight million immigrants coming into Britain, principally into England, and we’ve had two million indigenous Brits move out. Now that’s a ten million difference. This is an astonishing figure, it’s never happened before in the history of this country, in the history of any countries really. And the result is that our cities are now becoming minority white. But even that is a slight lie because they’re not minority white across the whole spectrum. If you get down to the ten- to twenty-year-olds, we are a huge minority already. Continue reading this article
Since that time, however, the horrific Boston Marathon bombing has shown what a backpack explosive hidden in a crowded place can do. That attack was mentioned by the judge in sentencing. Hassoun’s bomb was encased in a paint can rather than a pressure cooker, but the contraption sounded similar otherwise. Hassoun, a Lebanese national, placed a backpack with what he thought was a bomb inside a trashcan outside Sluggers sports bar near the ballpark. But the paint-can “bomb” had no explosives because he had been intercepted by the FBI after expressing an interest in pursuing terrorism. The “bomb” was a fake, a situation set up by the FBI to catch a terrorist.
In the news video below, the reporter oddly remarks that Hassoun “had a hatred of all things Chicago.” So if he and his Lebanese family had settled in Peoria instead of Chicago in 2008 he would have had no desire to mass murder Americans?
But at least the court appearance brought more attention to the case, accompanied by a surveillance video of the perp setting the “bomb” which he thought would level a city block.
More actual trials of jihadists, rather than plea deals, would inform Americans what dangerous people our diversity-crazed immigration policy admits. Let’s hope that the Boston bomber Tsarnaev will get the full courtroom treatment including an exploration of his jihad motive. Then citizens might begin to understand that Muslim immigration is a really bad idea.
As is common, the Lebanese perp tried to portray himself as the victim because of his violent experiences as a kid. If we forget about personal responsibility, Hassoun’s argument makes a good case for the US ending asylum and refugee admissions altogether.
One disturbing item: the suggestion that Hassoun will be able to resume positive pursuits after his release in a couple decades — no mention of the crud being deported! What does it take to get thrown out of this country?!
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge raised the specter of the Boston Marathon on Thursday as he sentenced a young Lebanese immigrant to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he believed contained a powerful bomb along a bustling city street near the Chicago Cubs’ baseball stadium.
Everyone at Sami Samir Hassoun’s sentencing in a crowded courtroom in Chicago could not help but think of the bombs that went off a month ago concealed in backpacks on the East Coast, killing three people and wounding hundreds more, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman said.
“Let’s give the elephant in the room a name: It’s called the Boston Marathon,” he said. “What would have happened had (Hassoun’s) bomb been real would have made Boston look like a minor incident.”
Earlier, prosecutor Joel Hammerman held up the ominous-looking but harmless device fashioned from a paint can that Hassoun put in a trash bin near Wrigley Field, placing it in front of the judge. Hassoun was told by undercover FBI agents, the prosecutor said, that it would destroy half the city block and kill dozens of people. Continue reading this article
Some of that vanload of freebies goes to Marita Nelson, who unlawfully swam across the Rio Grande to get her American Welfare Dream. A 50-year-old single mother, the illegal alien resides in Florida, where she receives government-funded housing, medication, $240 in food stamps and $700/month in Social Security. She has received assistance for 20 years, and generously recommends taxpayer-funded welfare for others!
The Fox report below also observed that Florida has many food stamp recruiters, and the state aims to increase its federal welfare by $1 billion annually.
Welfare and immigration cost expert Robert Rector appeared on a panel Wednesday (watch on C-SPAN) where he noted that immigrants being a “public charge” not long ago was cause to send them back where they came from. These days, foreigners are seen as victims who need government help — and Obama is just the President to see they get it.
Rector explained that the taxpayer costs of massive redistribution are enormous when the government imports millions of poor foreigners:
RECTOR: The difference is at the time of Ellis Island we didn’t have a $2 trillion redistributive state. . . most people don’t realize, we spend close to a trillion dollars a year aiding poor people, 80 different programs. . .
We can barely afford to do that for U.S.-born citizens and for legal immigrants. But to try to apply this massive system of redistribution to people whose only claim to U.S. taxpayer resources is that they came here and broke the law, I think that’s a travesty, and I think it’s an assault on the U.S. taxpayer that’s unmerited.
In Washington, the Congressional offices are not reporting much activity from citizens opposing the massive Senate amnesty bill and that the phone calls are nothing like what happened during the 2007 victory against anarchy.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal gave the subject a page-top treatment with a photo of citizens speaking out against amnesty in Phoenix:
Part of the problem is likely the buying off of talk radio “conservatives” with big-money ad purchases (paid by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg), particularly of Senator Rubio lying up a storm about how conservative the bill is, how filled with enforcement it is, blah blah. Those ads have run heavily on Rush Limbaugh’s show, among others. Limbaugh has recently begun speaking of amnesty again, but such a death threat to traditional America needs constant reinforcement, does it not? Perhaps he heard from enough irate listeners that buying into the Rubio snake oil is not acceptable.
RUSH: By the way, Chris Cillizza’s point, that piece that I was sharing with you about how all of these scandals are distracting everybody away from amnesty, not here. And I just want to reiterate with all of these things that are going on, amnesty is the biggie, folks, because if amnesty is achieved, then all the rest of this is academic, and we basically have a one-party government and country for at least a generation. By the way, Chris Cillizza, even in his story, Chris Cillizza’s point was that the IRS scandals were distracting talk radio from raising the alarm about amnesty. He admitted that it was talk radio that stopped amnesty in 2007.
Chris Cillizza, the Washington Post. And he said all these other scandals — Benghazi, IRS — are providing cover for amnesty, got talk radio distracted, so they know where their real problems lie. Cillizza admits it. But here’s the point. The amnesty bill, as it’s written, or the pathway to citizenship bill, delays citizenship for a number of years. That’s why you’re hearing pathway to citizenship. Well, what’ll happen, the theory is — and it’s a good one — what’ll happen is if the law is passed, then it’ll immediately be challenged, that this citizenship provision is unconstitutional. You can’t bring these people out of shadows. You can’t grant them this. You can’t do that. They’re citizens now, and all you need is one Obama judge, one liberal judge, and they’re not hard to find these days, and, bammo, you’ve got instant citizenship, instant voting.
Fierce Backlash That Derailed 2007 Overhaul Bid Has Yet to Materialize, Though Opponents Vow to Intensify Campaign
Grass-roots activists were instrumental in derailing the previous attempt by Congress to overhaul immigration laws, in 2007. This time, they have yet to ignite a similar fire.
Coordinated rallies last week to oppose the current bipartisan immigration legislation drew sparse crowds, with fewer than 10 people showing up for a protest in Dover, Del. The number of phone calls to lawmakers’ offices opposing the bill has been a fraction of what it was six years ago. As a discussion topic on conservative talk radio in recent weeks, immigration has ranked behind issues such as Syria-Israel tensions and President Barack Obama’s speech on counterterrorism.
“This time I am getting this sense of resignation,” said Rusty Childress, a veteran opponent of illegal immigration in Phoenix. “We have to awaken the sleeping giant.”
The current immigration bill, introduced by a group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight,” would provide a pathway to citizenship to about 11 million people illegally in the U.S. and create new work-visa programs. It also would require beefed-up border security and employment verification before steps to legalize undocumented immigrants could kick in. Continue reading this article
In Australia, the assimilation of ultra-diverse immigrants does not appear to be going well, as reported by a popular news series, Today Tonight. In one segment, the show observed a Brisbane neighborhood that has the new name of “Little Africa” where homegrown Aussies don’t feel welcome in many immigrant businesses.
Some Australian suburbs are slowly being turned into ethnic enclaves where some claim certain groups are not welcome.
Immigration is at record levels with more than a quarter of Australia’s population born overseas.
People within ethnic groups are increasingly banding together in the suburbs.
Social demographer Mark McCrindle believes the benefits of cultural diversity outweighs any negative impacts.
“The cultural mix we have now will continue to add to the richness of our country,” he said.
“I think it is the cultural mix that has made Australia what it is.”
Optometrist Harry Melides has been in the suburb of Moorooka in Brisbane for the past 33 years. He says business is down by 12 per cent in one year. He claims it’s because low cost stores cater almost exclusively to a new, foreign clientele where locals feel unwelcome. Continue reading this article
It is crazy to educate our enemies, be they Red Chinese or Islamic. America has more enemies than anybody, but Washington pretends otherwise to please business and university interests. Our national security is severely endangered by short-term economic choices, like colleges welcoming full-tuition students from dangerous nations like Saudi Arabia and Red China.
Here’s the Washington Post article from Tuesday that stirred up the interest in China’s theft of America’s military secrets:
Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.
Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.
Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.
The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.
The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cybertheft. Continue reading this article
Imagine if in 1960 (at the height of the Cold War) the USSR had proposed to build a massive “cultural center” somewhere in America where commies could hang out and conspire. It never would have happened.
But when the project represents Islam, the true nature of being a totalitarian ideology bent on world domination is disguised by the protected category of religion. Therefore, an enemy installation called a mosque generally gets little opposition.
Below, an illustration of the $100 million mega-mosque and associated Islamist structures, to be built in Maryland.
The mosques are our barracks,
The domes our helmets,
The minarets our bayonets,
And the faithful our soldiers.
The Maryland mega-mosque is meant to be a territorial marker, showing Islam’s increasing power over America, just like the proposed Ground Zero Mosque in Manhattan.
Every Muslim immigrant is a potential warrior for jihad, like the Tsarnaev Boston bombers, who appeared assimilated, but only superficially. America should learn from the European disaster and stop diverse Muslim immigration before it’s too late.
The building of this center takes Turkey’s “outreach” in America out of the realm of the subtle.
The government of Turkey is building a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland. Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 as part of his official visit to the U.S.. The state of Maryland was officially represented at the event by its Secretary of State John McDonough.
The event was also attended by the leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.
The mega-mosque is called the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center and, according to the Muslim Link, it “will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished in 2014. The Muslim Link explicitly says it is “a project of the government of Turkey.” Continue reading this article
The Associated Press has a cheerful pro-amnesty item for Memorial Day weekend, noting how the 1986 legalization allowed Mexican farmworkers to get out of the fields and into better jobs. AP’s Mexican hero, Paulino Mejia, moved from agricultural picking to construction, a field once prized by Americans for its decent pay until immigrants and illegal aliens took it over in affected areas.
[. . .] “They’ll be able to immediately apply for much better jobs than they currently have,” Sessions warned of illegal immigrants set to join the pathway to citizenship. “Maybe they were working at a restaurant part time. Now they’re going to be truck drivers, heavy-equipment operators competing at the factories and plants and we’ve got an unemployment rate that’s very high.” [. . .]
Many amnesty demanders claim that legalization won’t change much because the workers already have jobs in the US. But the problem for citizens is that many newly legalized workers will want to upgrade to a better gig and will be competing with Americans in a very limited job market.
Another upbeat success story in the piece was the farmworker who left the fields to go to college. He is now a certified interpreter of Mixteco, an indigenous language of Mexico. The only use for that obscure skill might be as a court translator for Mixteco-speaking criminals. But the AP thinks it’s a swell example of immigration success.
MADERA, Calif. — After Paulino Mejia crossed the border illegally into the U.S. in 1980, he picked grapes, peaches and other crops in California’s agricultural heartland, lived in crowded rental housing, hid from immigration agents and sent paychecks to family in his native Mexico.
His life, however, changed in 1986, when Congress agreed to allow immigrants who were in the country illegally to get legal status — with a special provision that focused on farmworkers.
Mejia then stopped living in fear. He left agriculture to join a construction company that hired only legal workers, sent his two daughters to college and bought a house in Madera, near Fresno, instead of wiring money to Mexico.
“Immigration reform changed my life. It gave my family freedom,” he said. “It allowed us to reach the American dream.”
With Congress considering a new immigration proposal that includes a speedier process to legal status for farmworkers, experts say the best indicator of how such an overhaul would play out is to look at the fate of the generation of farmworkers legalized over two decades ago.
In Central California, the nation’s agricultural powerhouse and a region with one of the highest poverty levels, the 1986 law had a profound impact on people like Mejia.
And like him, many other farmworkers legalized after 1986 have left the fields, moving to jobs in packing houses, warehouses and factories, attending college and working as professionals. And many who remained in agriculture became supervisors, crew leaders or labor contractors.
As their wages soared, they bought cars, houses and trailer homes — and many airplane tickets to visit family south of the border.
Workers, advocates and experts say immigration reform could again lift many farmworkers, one of the poorest groups of immigrants, out of poverty. But this time, they say, legalization’s impact would be much bigger: in 1986, many farmworkers were single men; today most have families. Continue reading this article
The President has mostly kept out of the mega-amnesty/immigration tsunami debate, since his presence is considered unhelpful by open-borders extremists — which is curious when you think about it. But on Tuesday Obama signaled his support for lawbreaking foreigners to become future Democrats by welcoming a batch of well scrubbed DREAMer kiddies to the White House for a photo op.
The White House issued a laudatory press release about the young foreigners:
This morning, the President and the Vice President met in the Oval Office with young immigrants who received deferred action and with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. This meeting was an important opportunity for the President and the Vice President to meet with families who are directly affected by our nation’s broken immigration system.
The President and the Vice President were moved by the stories of courage and determination of these young immigrants and their families. The Dreamers shared how their lives have been positively affected by the deferred action process and emphasized that they and their families need a permanent solution that will allow them to fully contribute to the country they call home. [. . .]
Meanwhile, the President has neglected to meet with union representatives of border control officers who can report on enforcement issues from the front lines, as pointed out by a letter from Senator Jeff Sessions and Rep Bob Goddlatte. But Obama seems unconcerned with the border enforcement which amnesty enthusiasts have promised will be front and center in the legislation (just like 1986) along with the nearly immediate work permits for millions of foreign job thieves.
Two key Republicans have blasted President Obama for not meeting with a union representing 7,000 immigration and customs officers.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) in a letter to Obama argue his administration is shunning concerns the group has over immigration reform.
The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council has warned Congress that immigration reform, one of the president’s highest priorities, will cause a surge of illegal immigration.
The administration has normally been responsive to the concerns of labor but the immigration and customs officers’ union has been unsuccessful in getting any White House attention.
“We write today to express concern over the exclusion of immigration and customs enforcement officers and their representatives from the negotiations surrounding immigration reform,” Goodlatte and Sessions wrote in a letter dated May 23.
“To be effective any immigration reform bill must heed the warnings from our federal immigration agents,” they wrote. “Unfortunately, far from being included in the process, ICE officers have been shut out and have even had their day-to-day operations handcuffed by [Department of Homeland Security] officials to the point of being unable to carry out their sworn duties.” Continue reading this article
Canada’s SunTV broadcaster Michael Coren and Jihadwatch’s Robert Spencer discussed the statement the London beheader made immediately after he murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. The killer was fairly calm after just hacking a man to death with a meat cleaver, presumably because he felt justified by the commandments of the Koran to kill the perceived enemies of Islam.
JihadWatch has posted the text for what is apparently killer Michael Adebolajo’s full rant. Many media reports edited the killer’s words to lessen the Muslim references. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, sought to deny the religious aspect, saying, “It is completely wrong to blame this killing on Islam.” Prime Minister David Cameron declared the murder was a “betrayal of Islam.”
But the full statement makes clear how Islam was the entire motivation for the murder.
The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers. And this British soldier is one. It is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. By Allah, we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. So what if we want to live by the Shari’a in Muslim lands? Why does that mean you must follow us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? Rather you lot are extreme. You are the ones that when you drop a bomb you think it hits one person? Or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family? This is the reality. By Allah if I saw your mother today with a buggy I would help her up the stairs. This is my nature. But we are forced by the Qur’an, in Sura At-Tawba, through many ayah in the Qu’ran, we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. I apologise that women had to witness this today but in our lands women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? You think politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy, like you and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so can all live in peace. So leave our lands and we can all live in peace. That’s all I have to say. [in Arabic:] Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you.
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